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March 22, 2018

Mr. Amir Sagie, Deputy Consul General of Israel in New York visited RIT on February 14. He delivered a presentation to a group of about 20 RIT students from various majors, titled Israel’s Innovation Ecosystem and its Global Impact. Mr. Sagie talked about how Israel has long been viewed as a technology innovation hub and how this innovation ecosystem has impacted Israel’s global diplomacy and altered international relations. He also discussed new technologies in the areas of cyber-security, aviation, water, and agriculture.

March 19, 2018

Steven Galbraith, Curator of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection, co-presented a program about the King James Bible at the Smithsonian Institution on March 17, 2018. The program explored the history, creation, printing, and enduring impact of the King James Bible. You can read more about their presentation at the Smithsonian Institution website.

March 15, 2018

Two RIT Kosovo alumnae named to Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ list

Blinera Meta and Dafina Olluri recognized for their work with Open Data Kosovo

Two RIT Kosovo alumnae are featured in a prestigious 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the field of European law and policy. Blinera Meta ’13 (applied arts and science) and Dafina Olluri ’13 (applied arts and science) were recognized for their use of technology to improve government transparency and accountability with the nonprofit organization Open Data Kosovo.

March 12, 2018

CIAS Honors students traveled to Europe in January, 2018, as part of a 3-credit leadership course. Students helped to plan and fundraise for their travel. They met to discuss the architecture, art history, typography, and culture of the cities and sights they visited. In April, the group will present a “travelogue” about the cities they visited, and will wrap up the term with presentations and projects based on their experiences – demonstrating their technical skills and creativity. Through their art, they will reflect on how they were impacted by their experiences.

March 9, 2018

Honors Students from UE and CAST joined together on Saturday, March 3 to take donations for Lollypop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester, at the 2018 Tails of Hope Telethon, broadcast from Eastview Mall. Lollypop provides lifesaving veterinary care, pet adoptions, humane law enforcement investigations and far-reaching community services for Rochester pets in need. Students answered phones and helped take donations to make the Telethon a success and to set a new giving record. Over $436,000 was raised on Saturday.

March 8, 2018

RIT’s Global Scholars is a group of about 30 students from RIT’s global campuses, currently studying at the main campus for spring semester. On February 24, the Global Scholars attended the Native American Winter Games at the Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan.

Although the spring-like weather conditions of the day didn’t allow for the scheduled activities such as dog sledding demonstration and snow boat races, the student still had plenty to explore at this State Historic Site during the event.

March 7, 2018

Sixteen M. Architecture students from Golisano Institute for Sustainability, advised by Professor Jules Chiavaroli, recently had the opportunity to design sustainable, healthy residential projects in the Hudson Avenue neighborhood of Rochester. After conducting pre-design research, the students met with members of the community several times throughout the fall semester to receive feedback on their designs, which included single-family homes, a group of townhouses, a duplex, co-housing, and even tiny houses.

March 6, 2018

Honors Program alumni came together to catch up and attend an RIT hockey game on February 24, 2018. Alums came from Rochester, Seattle, the Albany area and New Jersey to attend the event in the Gene Polessini Center. They enjoyed a pre-game reception in the Honors Program lounge before heading over to cheer on the RIT Men’s hockey team against Mercyhurst University in the final game of the regular season. 

March 5, 2018

Mato Franković, mayor of Dubrovnik, Croatia and his team visited RIT's main campus to learn about the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem, both within RIT and in the region. Mr.  Franković is an RIT alumnus, receiving his degree in 2003 in hotel and resort management (CAST) from RIT Croatia.

March 2, 2018

Dr. Callie Babbitt, associate professor in the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, presented the results of her research project “Sustainable Materials Management for the Consumer Technology Product Ecosystem” during Sustainability Day at the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 (CES) in Las Vegas in January. She presented along with Walter Alcorn, VP of Environmental Affairs and Industry Sustainability at the ‎Consumer Technology Association, and Jake Swenson, Director of Sustainability at Staples. This research is part of an ongoing collaboration with both of these organizations.

February 28, 2018

HAYDN, an online journal published by RIT Press and focused on scholarship exploring the music of Haydn, has been recognized for innovation in journal publishing in the humanities and social sciences. Published semiannually, the journal integrates audio clips, images of the 18th-century composer’s scores, and other multimedia elements to augment scholarly articles written by international experts.

February 21, 2018

This winter, while the temperature has plummeted, soared, fallen, settled, and shifted again, 13 faculty have been engaged in supported writing practice. It all started in January, when six faculty braved subzero wind chill to gather in The Writing Commons for a “Kick-Start” faculty writing retreat, designed and facilitated by Dr. David Martins, director of the University Writing Program.

February 12, 2018

An article recently published in Joule by GIS faculty, Dr. Eric Williams, Dr. Roger Chen and GIS alum, Dr. Ashok Sekar, suggests that the spread of technologies enabling Americans to spend more time at home has a side benefit of reducing energy use, and, by extension, greenhouse gas emissions.

February 5, 2018

RIT recognized by the IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education

University receives honorable mention for efforts to internationalize the campus

For the first time, Rochester Institute of Technology has been recognized by the Institute of International Education in its annual IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education. RIT received honorable mention in the Internationalizing the Campus category and will be featured by the IIENetwork as a “best practice” in international education.

January 30, 2018

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), the regulatory body for Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), the integrated free zone technology park, today announced the launch of the new Dubai campus of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT Dubai), a leading American university.

To meet the increasing number of applications received annually, the new premises will span a total area of 129,000 square meters with the capacity to accommodate up to 4,000 students.

January 22, 2018

RIT Libraries received a $61,000 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources to digitize rare videos about American Sign Language poetry and literature held in the RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive. The project will make important works of Deaf culture accessible to the public for the first time.

This story is an excerpt of a story written by Luke Auburn and published by University News. You can view the full article at

January 15, 2018

RIT Libraries redesigned their website ( to provide easier access to library resources and services from any device. RIT Libraries also introduced Library Extension, a free web tool that displays the availability of books through RIT Libraries as users browse for books on Amazon, Goodreads, and other websites.

January 13, 2018

Five students from the College of Liberal Arts and one each from the College of Applied Science and Technology and the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences along with two chaperones and two volunteers went on an Honors Program service trip to Puerto Rico in January.  The island was hit by two hurricanes last fall that devastated their power grid and access to fresh water.  The group stayed at the Las Cabezas de San Juan nature reserve along with a group of students and chaperones from Cornell College in Iowa.  

December 5, 2017

Colleagues, as we are rapidly approaching the winter break, it is impressive to look back and see just how much our Division has accomplished during the fall semester. In the following newsletter, you will find stories of departments trying out new, student-based events and others continuing to build on successful models for their programs.

December 2, 2017

The Office of Educational Effectiveness Assessment is happy to welcome Paige Drake in the role of Senior Staff Specialist.Paige holds a BA in psychology at George Mason University, and comes to RIT from Virginia. 

December 1, 2017

University Exploration, formerly University Studies, welcomed the first class under the new name. The new name showcases what students do in our program—explore the multitude of major options available here at RIT. Over the summer term, the program staff moved to a new set of offices in Global Village. It was a busy and exciting way to kick off the semester!

November 30, 2017

Award-winning translator Ros Schwartz held a workshop on literary translation called ‘Between the Covers’ with a group of RIT-Kosovo students and faculty on October 28. 2017. Over the past 35 years, Ms. Schwartz hastranslated over 80 books from French to English.

November 29, 2017

Last year University Exploration (UE) introduced an Internal Transfer Fair to assist current RIT students who are reconsidering their current major. This was an attempt to help the students learn about the office and how UE could help them find their direction at RIT. This year, UE expanded upon that model to include representatives from all nine colleges and the School of Individualized Study.

November 28, 2017

Mashal Waqar, BS, computing security graduate (2017), has recently been named Young Leader of the Year at the prestigious Naseba Annual Global WIL Economic Forum for her efforts in leading the accessibility movement in media. The Forum brings together over 500 global business leaders, policy-makers, entrepreneurs, NGOs, artists and youth, and champions diversity as the cornerstone of sustainable economic development.

November 27, 2017

RIT Kosovo and The National Gallery in Kosovo (Galeria e Arteve e Kosoves) are hosting a unique exhibition that celebrates a lost regional alphabet. “Unearthing a Lost Alphabet,” will debut in an opening reception at 6 p.m. Friday, December 1, at The National Gallery in Kosovo.