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Mechanics Institute first began.

Department of Domestic Science started.
Cooking classes begin with the courses consisting of 26 lessons in practical cookery.


School of Home Economics began.

Department of Food Administration started.
  1952 Henry’s was established in downtown Rochester with the name of “Henry’s Room.”
  1963 Computer Center established.
Enrollment: Applied Science totals at 815. Food Administration is at 62 students.
Tuition: Electrical or Mechanical was $1,270. Food Administration is $790.
Graduation requirements: Completion of program with no failing grades and a cumulative grade point average of 2.0
Enrollment: Applied Science at 871. Food Administration at 84 students.
George Brown promoted to Electrical Associate Professors. Douglas Marshall promoted to Mechanical Associate Professor. Muhamed Razack was promoted to Electrical Assistant Professor.
Frosh daze was initiated as a “Welcome to Freshmen Parents.”

The College of Applied Science had 14 laboratories working.
Same graduation requirements as in 1966.
Two four year programs are offered in the Department of Food Administration: Food Management and hospital Dietetics.

Tuition: Applied Science at $1775. Food Administration was at $1700.
Bhalchandra Karlekar promoted to Mechanical Associate Professor.
ROTC began at RIT.


  1972 School of Computer Science and Technology
Civil Engineering Technology was developed as an upper division curriculum.
  1973 The Institute College (9th college) was established with five departments under the Dean Roy I. Satre Jr.
The Department of Packing Science was created.
  1974 Department of Food Administration, Hotel, Tourist Industries Management began
Enrollment for Institute College was at 1,480.
Dr. Clinton J. Wallington was chairman of Department of Instructional Technology.

Department of Career and Human Resources Development started.
Dr. Roy Satre was promoted to RIT’s vice president of Academic Affairs and has appointed Dr. Dennis C. Nystrom to Dean of CAST.
Dr. Donald Baker was named chairman of Career and Human Resources Development.
John F. Adams has been named acting director of the School of Engineering technology (SET) by Dr. Roy I. Satre.

  1981 “Institute College” was renamed College of Applied Science and Technology
CAST made up of five departments including Computer Science, Engineering Tech., Packing Science, Instructional Technology, and Career and Human Resources.
  1981 Wiley McKinzie named Associate Dean as being the former Associate Director of the School of CS and Tech
New Programs: Drafting Technology and Health Services Management
New Divisions: Energy Education and Training Division to develop education success for the energy industry.
Career and Human Resources combined with Instructional Technology headed by Dr. Clinton Wallington.
Dr. Dennis C. Nystrom appointed Dr. Donald Baker to Associate Dean.
Wiley McKinzie appointed Director of the School of Computer Science & Tech.
  1983 Donald D. Baker was named Dean of College of Applied Science and Tech.
CAST emerges as the largest college’s of RIT.
Enrollment increased 32% from 1932 students in 1982.
School of Food Hotel and Tourism Management was added from the College of Business.
School departments in CAST totals up to six.-Computer Tech and Tourism Management Option has been added.
Henry’s called The Henry Lomb Room.
William J. Stratton was promoted to Associate Dean of CAST.
Enrollment topped the 2,000 mark with full time students.
Wiley McKinzie was appointed Dean of CAST.
Telecommunications Engineering Technology program was started. Was the first bachelor of science program in the US accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

  1997 The College of Continuing Education was added to CAST and fell under the department of CMS.
The American College of Management Technology was created.
The AMCT began classes in Croatia in Hotel and Resort Management
A master’s degree was started in Environment, Health, & Safety Management
The Golisano College began with the degrees of Computer Science, Information Technology, and Software Engineering.

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