COLA Connections Newsletter: Summer 2016

From the Desk of the Dean

“Summertime done, come and gone, my, oh, my…”

Robert Hunter, “U.S. Blues” is not quite “come and gone” yet, but summer is “truckin’” along here in the College of Liberal Arts. This newsletter’s stories will bring you up to speed with all the latest happenings in the college, including some useful tips for students seeking coöp, internship opportunities, or Pokémon Go! secrets.


In our first story, we meet with Rebecca Edwards, PhD, and Michael Brown, PhD, who were part of a team that helped curate and organize When Rochester Was Royal, an exhibit showcasing memorabilia from Rochester’s former NBA basketball team, the Rochester Royals. The Royals (now the Sacramento Kings), won the NBA Championship in 1950-51.


Next, we present stories about two of our fantabulous students - one current and one former.   First, we interview Rich Barney, a fourth year Criminal Justice student and peer mentor.  Rich recently completed an internship with the U.S. Marshals Service and is going to embark on another internship with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in the fall. Second, we reconnect with an alumna from the Advertising and Public Relations Program, Jamie Frumusa, who is currently working as an Account Supervisor at Tipping Point Communications in Rochester. Jamie talks about her journey since graduation and provides some advice to students seeking jobs or internships.


This newsletter also covers some of the exciting research activities happening in the college this summer. In particular, we interview Cissi Ovesdotter-Alm, PhD, assistant professor in our English Department and Principal Investigator for a NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site in Computational Sensing here at RIT. Dr. Ovesdotter-Alm explains the goals of this REU and how students from around the country are involved in this effort.

As for Pokémon Go! tips, all I can say is keep your smartphone well-charged and remember to look up once in awhile, especially when crossing the street.  Enjoy the rest of the summer!