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Commemorative and ceremonial gifts collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArc-0683

Scope and Contents

The Commemorative and ceremonial gifts collection contains objects given to RIT or its representatives in honor of relationships between departments and institutions, and to commemorate special events. The items are made of a wide variety of materials, and come in diverse shapes - from sculptural representations to decorative use objects to plaques. The original seed of this collection came from the Office of the President upon the retirement of Dr. William Destler as RIT's 9th president.


  • Creation: circa 2008-2017

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

About Dr. William Destler:

Dr. William W. Destler became president of Rochester Institute of Technology on July 1, 2007. He is the ninth president in the university’s 182-year history. He was previously senior vice president for academic affairs and provost of the University of Maryland at College Park.

Under President Destler’s watch, RIT has been recognized as a leader in green initiatives (cited by the Sierra Club as one of America’s 100 Greenest Universities), recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For”, and become a hub of innovation and creativity. Visit RIT rankings and recognition for more information.

Dr. Destler serves on the American Council on Education's Commission on Effective Leadership and is a board member for the National Institute of Aerospace Foundation. He is a member of the board of directors for New York¹s Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities. He serves on the steering committee for the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. Dr. Destler serves on community boards in Rochester as well: Rochester General Health System, Greater Rochester Enterprise, Rochester Business Alliance, Golisano Family Foundation and High Tech of Rochester, and Torvec Inc.

Prior to RIT, Dr. Destler spent more than 30 years at the University of Maryland, rising from the ranks of research associate and assistant professor of electrical engineering to senior vice president and provost. At Maryland, he also served as electrical engineering department chair, dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering, interim vice president for university advancement, vice president for research, and dean of the graduate school.

Dr. Destler is an international authority on high-power microwave sources and advanced accelerator concepts. He is best known for his pioneering work in the collective acceleration of heavy ions, achieving the highest energies to date by this method, and for his development of large orbit microwave devices, including large orbit gyrotrons and rotating beam free electron lasers. He has consulted for government agencies and private firms, received more than $40 million in grants and contracts, published more than 200 journal articles and book chapters, and presented many papers. Dr. Destler has also directed 18 master’s and doctoral student theses and earned awards for his teaching.

*Biography excerpted from: Retrieved November 4, 2011.

Information about the Kanazawa Institute of Technology program:

"KIT-IJST Fellows is a six-week program designed to give participants a rich experience in improving Japanese communication skills, learning basic terms and expressions useful in the fields of science and technology, and understanding Japanese culture and society. Students participate in cultural programs, field trips and develop science projects, in addition to attending lectures and participating in daily classroom activities.

Students are enrolled in a total of 8 credit hours of language courses and in 4 credit hours for the cultural course for a total of 12 credits."

(Retrieved from, 21 August 2017)

About RIT Dubai:

RIT Dubai Campus is a satellite campus of Rochester Institute of Technology established in 2008 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The founding president was Mustafa A.G. Abushagur who was the mediator for negotiations between RIT and the United Arab Emirates government to set up the campus. The current president and vice-president of the Dubai campus is Dr. Yousef Al-Assaf and Dr. Khalid Khawaja respectively.

The RIT Dubai campus provides students the opportunity for undergraduate and graduate courses much like the campus located in Rochester, New York. Students attending RIT are encouraged to study abroad in many of RIT’s satellite campuses and programs. To accommodate incoming student demands, the Dubai campus will be expanding to meet the number of applicants and build new facilities for its academic center.

The colleges within the campus include but are not limited to the “School of Electrical Engineering and Computing, the School of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, the School of Science and Liberal Arts, and the School of Business and Management.” The mission of the RIT Dubai campus is to promote innovation and learning through the university’s academic programs and higher education resources.



2 Box(es) (One document box, one oversized file box)




Items received by RIT and its departments to commemorate persons, places, or events.


The collection contains two items.

Physical Location

C.S. North, Shelf 171

Other Finding Aids

In addition to this finding aid, an inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

Commemorative and ceremonial gifts collection

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials recieved from the Office of the President upon the retirement of William Destler.

Accession number(s): 2017:037


Additional accruals expected.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Ella von Holtum in August 2017.

Commemorative and ceremonial gifts collection
RIT Archive Collections
Ella von Holtum
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA