President's Address to the RIT Community
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RIT President Bill Destler told hundreds of professors and students Tuesday that "this will be one of the most important years in RIT history."
For the first time in university history, enrollment will reach nearly 18,000 students. It will be be the last year before RIT converts to a semester system in the fall of 2013.
RIT's Division III women's hockey team will soon be Division I.
Destler said RIT will remain a campus under construction for the foreseeable future. The Golisano Institute for Sustainability will open this fall, around the same time that ground is broken for the new hockey arena. And RIT’s new Institute for Health Sciences and Technology, which includes a partnership with Rochester General Health System, is expected to open sometime in the Spring.
"I think there's a lot of momentum behind the institution; in some sense, our time has come," Destler said. "When you think about the pendulum swinging to increasing concern about whether graduates will actually get jobs, 95 percent or so of our students get jobs or go to graduate school full time after they graduate, so this is a pretty good place if you're a parent or student worried about the future. I think we're seeing a lot of that. I think we're also seeing the faculty and staff working hard to improve the institution and the quality of experience our students get."
"Just to see even the physical changes has been amazing, but then we expand on clubs every year and we do a lot more emphasis on letting students have fun at the school and making sure they're involved in something and that's something that was not at the top of the list when I was a freshman," said Taylor Deer, RIT Student Government President.
This year, Destler said RIT will explore expanding performing arts opportunities for students.