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Zimpher delivers final State of the University Address

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More State University of New York students than ever before are completing their degrees.

That's according to SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, who delivered her final State of the University address today.

The outgoing chancellor highlighted new initiatives such as the SUNY Impact Foundation, which would actively seek private sector investment in programs.

"A system-level repository that allows us to actively seek private-sector investment in programs proven to expand access, drive completion, and prepare students for success," she said.

RIT has found someone to be its next president.

The university announced on Twitter and Facebook Monday that its national search is complete and its 10th president will be announced Wednesday, 11:00 a.m., at the Gordon Field House.

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The Dean of the College for the University of Rochester for the past decade will be stepping down from that role.

Richard Feldman will leave the dean position at the end of the current academic year. 

Feldman, who is also a professor of philosophy in the School of Arts & Sciences will be returning to the philosophy department after a year of leave in the 2017-18 academic year.

U of R President Joel Seligman says that Feldman “has demonstrated an enormous commitment to the college and his impact on its progress cannot be overstated.”

A professor at RIT has won funding from the National Science Foundation to develop an inclusive approach to physics graduate education as well as retaining traditionally underrepresented U.S. citizens.

Associate Professor Casey Miller is working with a $428,000 grant to increase diversity and physics Ph.D. completion rates among women, African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans.

Miller says the future needs  of the U.S. technological workforce depend on cultivating the talent pool and underrepresented groups.

The West Irondequoit School District says some of the water faucets in its school buildings have tested above the federal limits for lead.

Water samples were taken last October from 622 faucets in 12 schools and at the district office.

Results show 87 of those samples tested above the federal safety threshold for lead of 15 parts per billion.

The district says the majority of those affected samples were from bathroom sinks and science labs. The faucets now have labels saying that the water is not safe for drinking, but can be used for hand washing and dishwashing.


RIT is continuing its involvement in working to help American manufacturers work more efficiently. The local university is part of a new effort aimed at using advanced robotics in industry.

RIT is a core academic partner in this new consortium, which is led by Carnegie Mellon University and includes more than 220 partners in industry, academia, government and the non-profit sector.


RIT has received a federal grant to expand a social media campaign aimed at combating extremist rhetoric in various online sites and social media.

News about the $149,000 grant comes from New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.  It follows up on a global competition won by a group of RIT students last year, with a campaign they call "It's Time: Ex-Out Extremism."

The Spencerport School District is going to be looking for a new superintendent.

Mike Crumb, who has been with the district since 1998, the last six years as its leader, will retire at the end of June.

Crumb says “now simply feels like the right time,” and he says he’s looking to enjoy the years ahead with family and friends.

Spencerport School Board President Mike Crumb Gary Bracken said that Crumb’s impact on Spenceport has been ‘immeasurable,’ and says he always did ‘what is best for kids.’

The president of the Rochester School Board says if the city school district wants to compete with charter and private schools, there have to be some creative solutions to give students a top-notch education.

Van White says one of his priorities for 2017 is to focus on the basics such as literacy and support for students who have struggles at home.

But White says families want and deserve much more.

RIT has won a competition by the federal government to lead the REMADE (Reducing Embodied-energy and Decreasing Emissions in Materials Manufacturing) Institute, a new clean energy manufacturing facility.

The initiative will help further technologies designed to conserve energy and reduce emissions.