COLA Connections Newsletter: Winter 2015

From the Desk of the Dean

Is it really the beginning of February already?! February: Rochester’s least favorite month. A month where we not only slog through Arctic temperatures and “wintery mixes”, but we do so with the hanging guilt of all the New Year’s resolutions we have (already) broken. Grrrrr.... However, on the brightside, by the time you read this, I estimate we are only about 15 days away from pitchers and catchers reporting -- so we have that going for us...which is nice (to quote Carl Spackler). And it is with this spirit of optimism that we present another edition of our COLA e-newsletter.

In this issue, we spotlight our Performing Arts Program, which put on a series of concerts during the holiday season that were nothing short of phenomenal. These lively and spirited events showcased the skills of the highly talented musicians of our university community. The story also highlights the important contributions that our Performing Arts Program brings to campus not only at the holidays, but also year round.

Second, we present an alumna profile of Ms. Kayla Zerby, who graduated in 2005 after completing the Professional and Technical Communication program here in the college’s School of Communication. Kayla is now building a career in public relations, working as PR Director for the firm Code and Theory in New York City. This profile shows how fierce determination can carry you anywhere, and how the intellectual foundation that RIT built provided steady support for her work after college.

Lastly, we include an article about a film screening on campus for a thesis documentary produced by CIAS grad student Taunja Isaac and sponsored by our Department of Criminal Justice. The documentary explores the story of a falsely imprisoned Rochester resident who was exonerated after 25 years. This fascinating investigation probes into our local criminal justice system and looks for ways to ensure proper justice in the future.

We hope you enjoy this edition of our newsletter, and we welcome any questions or comments about its contents, our programs, or anything else related to our college. Once again, welcome to the spring semester!