The Harmonica and the Blues: Tom Hanney
Thanks to a Lecturers’ Professional Development Grant sponsored by the Provost’s office and Faculty Career Development Services, Tom Hanney, Senior Lecturer in CMS, traveled to Mississippi to conduct academic and field research in preparation for his new course, The Harmonica and the Blues. Tom began his trip at the University of Mississippi’s Blues Archives. There he met with Blues Curator, Greg Johnson, and Associate Professor of English and Southern Studies (and renown blues harmonica player), Dr. Adam Gussow. Tom was particularly interested in the “harmonica project” in the archives as he looked for information about the harmonica and its role in American musical history.
The trip also took Hanney to Clarksdale in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. Clarksdale is often called the ”birthplace and world capital of the blues” and is the location of the famous crossroads intersection of Highway 61 and 49. Tom visited historic locations, saw and played with local musicians and visited local blues museums as well as travelled to stops on the Mississippi Blues Trail.Read More
Student Highlight: Ryan Gaynor
Ryan Gaynor, 4th year BS student in Applied Arts & Science, learned about CMS through the CMS website (www.rit.edu/cms). When he started at RIT, Ryan was a student of the Digital Cinema program in CIAS, the former Motion Picture Science program. Although he enjoyed a lot of the classes in that program, he was especially interested in the creative side of film & video production, with an emphasis in sound design and music production. The RIT School of Film & Animation offers many classes in film and video production, post-production, and sound, however Ryan wanted to incorporate more courses in music composition, sound design and editing..Read More
During the 2014 fall term, six MS in Professional Studies students from the United States, India, and the Dominican Republic completed capstone projects and graduated from RIT. The range of project topics was far-reaching and addressed subjects that cut across the public, private and non-profit sectors. The quality of all six projects was exceptionally high; however, the project submitted by Ms. Rohita Kotagiri stood out as an example of what a multidisciplinary educated person can accomplish.
Rohita, who is currently employed by Apple Inc. and working on projects related to the digital supply chain aspects of the Apple iTunes online store, entered the Professional Studies program in spring 2014. What attracted Rohita to the program was the flexibility it offered to combine her studies in Industrial Engineering, focusing on logistics and supply chain management, with her research into inefficiencies in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Vaccines for Children program.Read More
An A.U.K. Alumni Winner
During his studies at A.U.K, Mr. Valon Osmani was named the best student in his concentration field of Public Policy. With a second concentration in Economics, he served as Vice President of the Economist Club. Valon’s studies in these areas have equipped him well for his interest in issues of poverty and inequality, the primary focus of his Master’s degree graduate program at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Valon stated that “The opportunity to study in the U.S. is a chance that knocks on your door once in your life. Given the cost of education in the United States of America and the possibilities that the Kosovars have to face such a cost, to be given a USAID scholarship is an honor for me not only, but al- so for all others who have had the opportunity to win this scholarship.” When it comes to winning, A.U.K alumni have excelled; Valon is joined by many A.U.K graduates who have earned USAID scholarships.Read More
An A.U.K. Alumnae Success Story
In 2013, Liridona Sopjani graduated from A.U.K as the best student in her professional concentration, Media and Visual Communication. After A.U.K, Ms. Sopjani won the full scholarship from the Swedish Institute to pursue her master studies in Sustainable Development at the prestigious Uppsala University, among the highest ranking universities in Sweden and ranked among the top 100 universities worldwide.
Throughout her bachelor studies she was engaged in numerous students’ activities showing success beyond university doors. While a student at A.U.K she worked in the financing sector at Raiffaisen Bank and USAID as a finance assistant. In her last two years of college, she focused more on communication design, where she and her friends founded the small startup – Animate, in the field of visual communication and animation.Read More
Alumni Spotlight - Berta Rivera, B.S., 2012
Berta Rivera earned a BS from CMS in 2012 with concentrations in General Business and Behavioral Science is the Director of the C.A.S.H. Coalition (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) a community coalition led by Empire Justice Center and the United Way of Greater Rochester. Her formal educa- tion includes a Bachelors of Applied Sciences from RIT.
As Director, Berta is responsible for the overall management of C.A.S.H. including: strategic planning and budgeting; fund development; volunteer training and development; Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site operations; financial literacy and asset-building initia- tives, and community outreach.Read More