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Top RIT News stories and videos for 2017

What a year! RIT had some great news to share in 2017. Among the top stories are the $50 million gift from Austin McChord and the announcement of David Munson as RIT's 10th president.

See 2017's top stories and videos below:


1. Alumnus gives RIT $50 million to foster entrepreneurship and cybersecurity

2. David C. Munson Jr. named RIT's 10th president

3. RIT now among the top 100 universities in the nation

4. RIT Saunders College alumni pitch business on 'Shark Tank' Feb. 24

5. RIT alumnus named Forbes '30 Under 30'

RIT to host statewide Game Dev Challenge kick-off event Jan. 19

Rochester Institute of Technology's Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity (MAGIC) will host the kick-off event for its second New York State Game Dev Challenge. The event is at 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19, in RIT's Student Innovation Hall.

Top RIT News stories for October 2017

News about the Presidential Awards for Outstanding Staff was the most viewed last month. Check out all of October's top stories.

Top News Stories

1. RIT Presidential Awards for Outstanding Staff honor employee service

2. 17,000 expected at RIT's Brick City Homecoming & Family Weekend

3. Alumnus gift completes Saunders College of Business Challenge initiative at RIT

4. RIT's packaging and industrial and graphic design teams win national packaging design challenge

RIT becomes Education Partner with New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association

Rochester Institute of Technology's School for International Hospitality and Service Innovation has been selected as an official Education Partner of the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association. As a partner, RIT's hospitality school faculty will provide professional development workshops in areas such as revenue management, hospitality sales and marketing and effective service coordination for association members around the state, starting in March and continuing on a quarterly basis.

RIT's Venture Creations incubator receives $1.8 million NYSERDA contract

Rochester Institute of Technology's Venture Creations incubator has been awarded a new four-year contract valued at $1.8 million from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), earmarked for early-stage, clean-energy companies.

Couple turns cider mill into destination

Bill and Brenda Michaels like to tell people that they have three children and their oldest child is never going to leave the house.

That oldest child is their business, Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard in Central New York. The couple recently published a cookbook to celebrate the cider mill's 160th anniversary.

IdeaLab teams brainstorm access technology solutions

Seven teams of students and faculty coaches representing a variety of disciplines spent a weekend in November brainstorming solutions to problems impacting individuals with differing abilities during the RIT Access Technology IdeaLab.

The interactive two-day workshop held in Student Innovation Hall featured hands-on teamwork brainstorming meetings, Q&A sessions and presentations to clients and participating organizations. The student teams were coached by volunteers from RIT faculty and alumni and community organizations.

RIT's graduate programs offer distinctive, cutting-edge education

As Fatmah Bamashmous painstakingly crafts furniture for her thesis in RIT's woodworking studio, she uses a mixture of traditional hand tools and state-of-the-art power tools. She has a distinct vision for what she is trying to accomplish, and her designs draw inspiration from calligraphy and the Arabic alphabet.

"I want to create modern furniture with distinct Arabic influences, which you don't see hardly anywhere," she said.

Top RIT News stories for November 2017

Check out all of November's most popular stories below:

Top News Stories

1. New RIT-inspired beer crafted by Three Heads Brewing to hit shelves Nov. 10

2. Top 10 U.S. colleges battle at National Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition

3. Theme park ride designer nabs dream job

4. Monster colliding black holes might lurk on the edge of spiral galaxies

5. Saunders College of Business cited in 'Bloomberg Businessweek' rankings

Learn more about RIT's entrepreneurial ecosystem, leadership in cybersecurity, and donor Austin McChord

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