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October
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*Holiday with signficant work restrictionDiwali—the Hindu “festival of lights”—is an extremely popular holiday for multiple religions throughout Southern Asia. Diwali extends over five days, and celebrates the victory of good over evil. The Times of India described Diwali as “a reaffirmation of hope, a renewed commitment to friendship and goodwill, and a religiously sanctioned celebration of the simple.” Fireworks, oil lamps, and sweets are common, making this a favorite holiday for children. The lamps are lit to help the goddess Lakshmi find her way into people's homes.General Practices: Lighting oil lamps and candles, setting off fireworks, and prayer.Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities on this date. Hindu employees will likely request a vacation day on this date.(Thursday, October 23rd, All Day-) Event Details »
October
15
Holiday with signficant work restrictionThis holiday celebrates the birthday of Bahá'u'lláh, one of the Baha'I faith's most important figures. For Bahá'ís, the Birth of Bahá'u'lláh is a Holy Day celebrating the rebirth of the world through the love of God, just as Christmas is for Christians.Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on this date. (Baha'i employees will likely request to have this day off.)(Monday, October 20th, All Day-) Event Details »
The co-founder of Milo.com, Ted Dzuiba, is the keynote speaker at the RIT Entrepreneurs Conference at Rochester Institute of Technology on Oct. 24. Dzuiba '06 (computational mathematics), who now serves as technical director for eBay, will discuss the online commerce site purchased by eBay in 2012 that allows shoppers to compare... Full Story »
A second-year Rochester Institute of Technology student is receiving national recognition this week as one of 10 Girl Scout USA 2014 Young Women of Distinction at a national convention in Salt Lake City. Anna Krauss of Manorville, N.Y., has been a Girl Scout since age 5, when she joined as a Daisy... Full Story »
Farrukh Mohiuddin, a third-year biomedical engineering student from Queens, N.Y., is the administrative secretary of the Muslim Student Association. The association will be hosting its annual Laugh & Dine charity event at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, in the Clark Gym. The event is the largest annual Muslim celebration in the... Full Story »
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"While outcomes regarding numbers are important, the emphasis is on 'changing hearts and minds.' If the first happens, the numbers will follow." - Renee Baker, executive director, RIT's Office of Faculty Recruitment and Retention Laura Tubbs, professor and associate dean in the College of Science at Rochester Institute of Technology, was presented the... Full Story »
Rochester Institute of Technology has been credited by the National Organization on Disability as a good example of a university that successfully helps its students find jobs upon graduation. At a news conference at RIT to kick off National Disability Employment Awareness Month, NOD President Carol Glazer said colleges across the country... Full Story »
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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