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September
22
*Holiday with signficant work restrictionEid al-Adha is a major festival that celebrates the willingness to make sacrifices in the name of one's faith. According to legend, the prophet Ibrahim was ordered to sacrifice his son in God's name. When Ibrahim was prepared to kill his son, God stepped in and gave him a sheep to sacrifice instead. This holiday celebrates Ibrahim's total faith in God, and Muslims view this holiday as an important annual reminder.General Practices: Prayers, gift giving, prayers, and sometimes slaughtering of sheep, with a portion of the meat gifted to the poor.Date details: All Islamic days begin at sunset of the prior day.Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities on the first day. If planning an evening event, provide food accommodations if requested (Islamic dietary restrictions apply).Oct. 15–18, 2013(Monday, October 6th, All Day-) Event Details »
September
17
*Holiday with signficant work restrictionEid al-Adha is a major festival that celebrates the willingness to make sacrifices in the name of one's faith. According to legend, the prophet Ibrahim was ordered to sacrifice his son in God's name. When Ibrahim was prepared to kill his son, God stepped in and gave him a sheep to sacrifice instead. This holiday celebrates Ibrahim's total faith in God, and Muslims view this holiday as an important annual reminder.General Practices: Prayers, gift giving, prayers, and sometimes slaughtering of sheep, with a portion of the meat gifted to the poor.Date details: All Islamic days begin at sunset of the prior day.Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities on the first day. If planning an evening event, provide food accommodations if requested (Islamic dietary restrictions apply).Oct. 15–18, 2013(Sunday, October 5th, All Day-) Event Details »
August
19
*Holiday with signficant work restrictionEid al-Adha is a major festival that celebrates the willingness to make sacrifices in the name of one's faith. According to legend, the prophet Ibrahim was ordered to sacrifice his son in God's name. When Ibrahim was prepared to kill his son, God stepped in and gave him a sheep to sacrifice instead. This holiday celebrates Ibrahim's total faith in God, and Muslims view this holiday as an important annual reminder.General Practices: Prayers, gift giving, prayers, and sometimes slaughtering of sheep, with a portion of the meat gifted to the poor.Date details: All Islamic days begin at sunset of the prior day.Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities on the first day. If planning an evening event, provide food accommodations if requested (Islamic dietary restrictions apply).Oct. 15–18, 2013(Saturday, October 4th, All Day-) Event Details »
August
12
Holiday with signficant work restrictionYom Kippur is often considered the holiest day of the year for Jews, and the day is dedicated to atonement and abstinence.General Practices: During Yom Kippur, Jews fast from before sundown until after sunset, and light a Yahrzeit memorial candle at sundown on the night of Yom Kippur.Date details: Begins at sundown of prior day.Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on this date and after a day of fasting.(Saturday, October 4th, All Day-) Event Details »
August
05
Navarati is one of the greatest Hindu festivals, and celebrates the triumph of good over evil. During this time, Hindus worship Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati.General Practices: Durga is the mother goddess, and so Hindus try to visit their mothers and other relatives during this time. Some Hindus will pray and fast, and there are are often feasts and dances.Oct. 5–13, 2013(Friday, October 3rd, All Day-) Event Details »
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August
01
Navarati is one of the greatest Hindu festivals, and celebrates the triumph of good over evil. During this time, Hindus worship Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati.General Practices: Durga is the mother goddess, and so Hindus try to visit their mothers and other relatives during this time. Some Hindus will pray and fast, and there are are often feasts and dances.Oct. 5–13, 2013(Thursday, October 2nd, All Day-) Event Details »
July
22
Navarati is one of the greatest Hindu festivals, and celebrates the triumph of good over evil. During this time, Hindus worship Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati.General Practices: Durga is the mother goddess, and so Hindus try to visit their mothers and other relatives during this time. Some Hindus will pray and fast, and there are are often feasts and dances.Oct. 5–13, 2013(Wednesday, October 1st, All Day-) Event Details »
Rochester Institute of Technology's Division for Diversity and Inclusion received the 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. RIT was selected based on its diversity and inclusion initiatives, and ability to embrace a broad definition of diversity on the campus. This is the first time RIT... Full Story »
Rochester Institute of Technology will welcome 20 prospective faculty to its Future Faculty Career Exploration Program Sept. 18-21. The annual event, now in its 11th year, brings diverse faculty candidates to campus to explore teaching or post-doctoral opportunities at the university. The program is one of the university's successful initiatives for recruiting... Full Story »
The newest class of Rochester City Scholars will be welcomed to Rochester Institute of Technology at a ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Liberty Hill, President Bill Destler's residence, 2201 Lehigh Station Road. This year, 15 students from the Rochester City School District will be part of the fifth class... Full Story »
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Forty high school students from the Rochester City School District-East High, Edison, Benjamin Franklin, Wilson Commencement and School of the Arts, among others-will graduate Saturday after completing an unconventional summer school program at Rochester Institute of Technology's Saunders College of Business. The apprentices have been attending the Future Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs... Full Story »
What are people willing to do individually, or with others, to improve race relations? Three community organizations are helping to answer that question with the launch of Person2Person, a structured experience that pairs Rochesterians from different racial and ethnic backgrounds to build relationships, and hopefully to set aside biases and increase interpersonal... Full Story »
There may not be any roads in John Smart's village of Napakiak, Alaska, but they have electricity there. And Smart, 15, a Yupi'k Eskimo, plans to use some of it for his new computer he built at the recent TechBoyz summer camp at Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the... Full Story »
A University of Alabama director and African-American culture scholar will join Rochester Institute of Technology as the executive director of the Center for Multidisciplinary Studies. James C. Hall, who was director of New College at Alabama and executive director of the Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning, starts at RIT on Aug.... Full Story »
JJ DiGeronimo, president of Advancing Women in STEM, will be the keynote speaker at this year's Women in Engineering WE Explore summer program at Rochester Institute of Technology. She will address the 60 students and parents participating in the program during a luncheon at 11:45 a.m. July 18 in the Multidisciplinary... Full Story »
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A $1 million endowment gift to the Rochester City Scholars program means Rochester Institute of Technology will be able to help fund the education of deserving city public school students for years to come. The gift was made by the program's founders-RIT President Bill Destler and his spouse, Rebecca Johnson. Rochester City... Full Story »
Forty students from the Rochester City School District can be the next Future Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs (FBLE)-based on attending an unconventional summer school program on the Rochester Institute of Technology campus. The 10 Saturday sessions run though Aug. 16. Now in its sixth year, the FBLE program is hosted by Saunders... Full Story »
Rochester Institute of Technology will hold a weeklong camp for eighth-grade girls this summer that yanks math out of textbooks and mashes it up with the real world in a fun way. Summer Math Applications in Science with Hands-on Experience for Girls, or SMASH, is co-hosted by RIT's College of Science, Women... Full Story »
Members of the Multicultural Center for Academic Success at RIT recognized student, faculty and staff leaders on May 6 at the center's annual "Celebration of STARS." The awards program and dinner was highlighted by an evening of music, awards and inspiration from special guest Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren. The STAR Awards are... Full Story »
"Talking can transform minds, which can transform behaviors, which can transform institutions." - Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer, Facebook Nearly 20 female faculty from across campus and at varied stages of their careers "leaned in" this past week for a panel discussion, "Daring Appreciation: Strategies for Increasing Recognition of Your Work." The... Full Story »
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