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Sean Forbes always loved music, but he knew turning music into a career would be difficult. When he came to RIT/NTID his freshman year, he left his instruments in his hometown of Detroit so he could concentrate on his studies.
But a month later, Forbes, who has been deaf since he was 9 months old because of spinal meningitis, got a call from his dad, who told him to wait outside his dormitory at 9:30 that night. He did and met a family friend carrying his guitar case and amplifier.
The region in southeast Europe has been ravaged by wars and political instability for centuries. “It could take at least 10 years for Kosovo to stand on its own two feet,” Joost Lagendijk, who oversees Kosovo policy in the European Parliament, told The New York Times in 2008. “Kosovo is a poor agricultural country where the energy supply is chaotic, the rule of law needs to be upheld and the economy is almost starting from scratch.”
But a rebuilding nation - Kosovo declared independence as sovereign nation in 2008 - is “the ideal opportunity,” say members of the RIT student-led team behind Kosovo Wind Gardens. Kosovo Wind Gardens is a venture that plans to construct and sell wind turbines to individual homes, businesses and farms in the vast rural areas of Kosovo. The small, 5-kilowatt turbines would provide energy independence, an option far better than the daily blackouts due to a poor and aging energy infrastructure, says Adam Walker, Kosovo Wind Gardens executive director.
Jordan MacIntosh played his first professional indoor lacrosse game in Rochester when the Minnesota Swarm challenged the Rochester Knighthawks on February 4. He played RIT Lacrosse until late 2011 when he was signed by the Minnesota Swarm in the first round of the MLL Draft.
Mery Palarea-Lobos joined the Global Programs team in January as a Global Programs Specialist. Mery will provide operational and administrative support to the RIT Dubai campus. She will also provide coordination and logistics support for RIT campus based programs with global outreach efforts.
Mery is new to RIT, bringing with her previous experience as an Outreach Coordinator with the Crown Foundation in Chicago. She also has a multicultural background with experience living, studying, and working in various countries including Guatemala, Italy, and the United States. Mery holds an M.A. in Arts Administration from the School of Art Institute of Chicago. We are very excited to welcome Mery to our team!
Guy Johnson, Professor
Spent winter quarter as a visiting scholar at the University of Washington Tacoma. His recent activities included:
• Met with the Assistant Chancellor for Instructional Technology to discuss collaborative offerings with RIT
• Met with the head of the Institute of Technology, and the head of the Urban Studies, regarding the need for GIS courses
The CMS advising team in conjunction with the Academic Support Center, offered three workshops in academic success exclusivley for students in CMS. The workshops ran during January: Making the Most of 168 Hours; Effective Study Techniques; and Prepare and Conquer.
The CMS Winter Social took place December 13th in the Fireside Lounge. Students gathered to celebrate the start of Winter quarter and also collected food to donate to a family in need during the holiday season.