RIT has completed another one of its “Big Shot” photographs, with the latest venue in Western New York.

On Saturday night, about 825 volunteers including 72 RIT students and 100 alumni traveled to Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown, New York.

All of those people were needed to provide the primary light source for the Big Shot image while RIT photographers shot an extended exposure of the historic site.

Office of Gov. Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a stop in Rochester on Wednesday to help celebrate the expansion of Datto.  That’s a data protection company started by Austin McChord, an RIT grad who last year announced a $50 million donation to his alma mater.

Cuomo notes that Datto has moved its 225 jobs from its previous location on Franklin Street in Rochester, to several floors in The Metropolitan, which is the former Chase Tower.

Cuomo also announced that the state is creating a new venture capital fund to help attract other entrepreneurs.


RIT’s College of Art and Design says it is moving its gallery space to the Sibley Building  in downtown Rochester.

The gallery is now located on College Avenue and it had been called “Gallery r“

The venue will move this fall to the first floor of the Sibley Building and it will be called RIT City Art Space.

The gallery will continue to serve as exhibition space for College of Art and Design students, faculty, alumni and visiting artists.

But gallery director John Aäsp  says this move will increase visibility for the artworks being displayed.


Words. They are with us one moment… and then they are gone. Those words you read just seconds ago? Already pushed aside by the new words arriving now, barking for attention.

Is this weightlessness a concern? Should we hold our words, and those who speak them, more accountable?

Aldous Huxley would think so. Writer, poet, Hollywood screenwriter, philosopher. Perhaps best known for Brave New World, a novel published in 1932 depicting a future in which science creates genetically and behaviorally engineered humans. And 1954’s The Doors of Perception, in which Huxley describes his experiments with psychedelic drugs.

It is forward-looking writing that has survived to this day. Yet the prolific Huxley left us much, much more. A few years ago, a Rochester Institute of Technology graduate, Jon Budington, was poking through a used-book store in Vermont when he found Words and Their Meanings, a slim volume by Huxley, published in 1940. Budington contacted RIT Press and suggested the book was worthy of resurrection. The publishing house’s director, Bruce Austin, agreed.

‘Big Shot’ heading to Old Fort Niagara

Aug 9, 2018
RIT Big Shot Team

The 33rd “Big Shot” community photo project will focus on a historical site next month.

The subject of Rochester Institute of Technology’s photographic project this year is Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown, Niagara County.

The Sept. 29 event will capture a nighttime image of the fort, which has a past that spans more than 300 years.


RIT used an evening of arts and entertainment on Thursday to announce a $1 billion fundraising campaign.

President David Munson told more than 2,000 invited guests at RIT’s Gene Polisseni Center that it is the largest fundraising effort in the university’s history.

A consortium led by RIT has won a $19.5 million contract from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to continue operating the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute.

The institute is led by RIT's Golisano Institute for Sustainability.

RIT is the hub for that institute which began a decade ago, and the latest contract extends that for another five years.


RIT is holding commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday.

Former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, was the keynote speaker on Friday. He said it’s important for graduates to work on figuring out how new technology can benefit humanity.

“We have not evolved from the industrial era, created by the railroad and the telegraph, to the information era, and we need a new set of rules. That’s the challenge you graduates inherit today.”


A technology start-up company with roots in Rochester and RIT is getting some help from New York State.

The company is called Token and it was founded last year by two RIT grads, Melanie and Steve Shapiro.

They make a special type of ring that you can wear as a device  that you would use to do everything from make mobile payments to enable ‘smart locks’ for your home or car.

Empire State Development says that through its New York State Innovation Venture Capital Fund it will invest up to $1.75 million in the company.


Among those watching the deal announced Wednesday where Fuji will gain majority control of Xerox as part of a new company called Fuji Xerox is a retired longtime Xerox executive.

Emerson Fullwood worked for Xerox for 36 years, in a variety of roles, including having been president of the company's Worldwide Customer Services Group. The Pittsford resident also is still a member of various corporate boards, including the Vanguard Group and SPX Corporation, and he has been an Executive in Residence at RIT.