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Meet the Class of 2015

By Ellen Rosen

At the Academic Convocation, RIT President Bill Destler will confer degrees upon some 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students.

The event kicks off RIT’s two-day commencement celebration that inclues 11 smaller ceremonies in RIT colleges and centers. Graduations at American University in Kosovo, RIT Croatia and RIT Dubai follow.

For the graduates, it's the culmination of many years of hard work and study. But ... (more)


Eisenhart Awards for Outstanding Teaching: Robert Garrick

Fourth teaching and mentoring recognition in five years presented to CAST professor

thumbnail imageBy Michelle Cometa

RIT dedicated a new interactive learning classroom at the start of this academic year. Today it’s filled with mechanical engineering technology students solving problems — and swaying to salsa music.

While the technology paired with active and cooperative pedagogy in the classroom has positively influenced student learning, Robert Garrick added a personal touch and the encouragement necessary for these student successes.

Garrick is ... (more)


Eisenhart Awards for Outstanding Teaching: Tom Gasek

Award-winning animator and director adds to list of honors

thumbnail imageBy Rich Kiley

As a longtime animator and movie director, Tom Gasek has inventively created countless original scenes and characters during more than 30 years of award-winning, professional stop-motion filmmaking.

He now has another award to add to his honors after earning one of this year’s Eisenhart Awards for Outstanding Teaching for his work in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.

“Teaching has been a ... (more)


Eisenhart Awards for Outstanding Teaching: Christopher Kurz

Effectively making lessons come to life

thumbnail imageBy Vienna McGrain

Providing experiential learning opportunities and establishing strong connections with his students are two contributors to Christopher Kurz’s success in the classroom. His triumphs are the result of thought-provoking and practical applications of his lessons and his ability to adapt his teaching style and philosophy to meet the changing needs of his diverse students.

Kurz, an associate professor in NTID’s secondary education of ... (more)


Eisenhart Awards for Outstanding Teaching: Katie Terezakis

Philosophy professor believes teaching ‘keeps her honest’

thumbnail imageBy Greg Livadas

Although Katie Terezakis, associate professor in the Department of Philosophy, teaches a wide variety of subjects in philosophy, she most enjoys returning to the ancient Greeks, whose lineage she shares.

“I tell my students that Socrates remains our role model, which probably means that ideally, good teaching entails upsetting people every day,” she said.

Terezakis, who has taught at RIT for nearly 10 ... (more)


Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching: David Halbstein

Professor brings passion to teach from the Big Apple to RIT

thumbnail imageBy Rich Kiley

David Halbstein hails from the land of the Jersey Shore and Bruce Springsteen. Yet when he stepped onto the RIT campus for a job interview five years ago, he said he felt a connection like never before.

“I was working in New York City at the time, but when I came to the campus I knew this is where I wanted to ... (more)