COLA Connections Newsletter: Spring 2018

From the Desk of the Dean

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

From Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Here we are more than halfway through our academic year and time is flying by.  Before we know it, the snow will melt, the sunshine will return, and we’ll be celebrating our 133rd Commencement for the Class of 2018.  While we at RIT have always prided ourselves on our ability to navigate such a fast-paced environment, it’s also important that we take the time to s-l-o-w d-o-w-n and recognize and reflect on where we’ve been.

In this edition of COLA Connections, we are pleased to highlight School of Communication alumna Emily Griffin.  Emily is combining her interests in Deaf culture and American Sign Language with her desire to teach through NTID’s Master of Science in Secondary Education.  We will also catch up with alumna Rhonda Frederick, President and CEO of People Inc., a human services organization in Western New York.

We’re also excited to welcome another COLA alumna, Kristy Mooney Graves, back to campus! Kristy has joined the Office of Student Services team as Associate Director, bringing a wealth of knowledge from her previous experiences at Florida State University and Monroe Community College.  Finally, we shine a spotlight on the Intercultural Communication class taught by School of Communication professor and Vice President and Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. Keith Jenkins.  This popular course explores how culture affects communication styles – an incredibly important topic in today’s multicultural society.

Thank you for taking the time to read about the exciting things happening in the College of Liberal Arts. We look forward to the remainder of our Spring semester, however quickly it goes by!