Campus Spotlight

May

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5/31/2011
The Sakoku Edicts and the Politics of Tokugawa Hegemony, by Michael Laver, RIT assistant professor of history, offers one of the first thorough translations and examinations of Japan’s Sakoku, or “closed country,” Edicts. The series of laws, first established in 1635, were designed to restrict the influence of European trade, culture and Christianity on Japanese society and continued to characterize Japan until the 1850s.

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5/27/2011
Paul Solt, a sixth-year computer science B.S./M.S. student, created Artwork Evolution, an iPhone/iPad application that allows users to create digital artwork and wallpapers on a mobile device in seconds. Solt is working with Venture Creations, the RIT Business Incubator, to develop a business plan that supports his ideas for the application. Prints of his work are on sale in Shop One2 in Global Village.

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5/26/2011
RIT Staff Council hosted its yearly Bob Howie Memorial Classic Car Display May 25 as part of the 15th annual Staff Appreciation Day and Community Picnic. Ted Passarell checks under the hood of his 1968 Ford Fairlane. Passarell is an electrician for Facilities Management Services.

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5/26/2011
RIT Staff Council hosted its yearly Bob Howie Memorial Classic Car Display May 25 as part of the 15th annual Staff Appreciation Day and Community Picnic. Jessie Cowd, center, shared information about his 1977 Chevy truck. Cowd is a project coordinator for Facilities Management Services.

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5/25/2011
RIT Staff Council hosted its yearly Bob Howie Memorial Classic Car Display May 25 as part of the 15th annual Staff Appreciation Day and Community Picnic.

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5/24/2011
More than 300 visitors came out for the School of Design’s annual Portfolio Walkthrough on May 12. Seniors from the school’s bachelor of fine arts programs exhibited their physical and digital portfolios throughout the University Gallery.

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5/24/2011
The Women’s Council of RIT gathered for the annual meeting on May 18. The group participates in a variety of projects including, but not limited to, scholarships to RIT’s women students. One member is chosen to represent the Council at Board of Trustee meetings and committees.

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5/23/2011
On May 20, David Johnson walked across the stage at commencement and accepted his degree. Like the hundreds of other graduates there, his proud family cheered and celebrated his accomplishment. That achievement, though, was completed more than 20 years ago. Johnson, 75, finished his master’s degree in imaging science in 1989. But he missed the commencement ceremony so he could watch his son graduate from the State University of New York at Geneseo.

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5/22/2011
RIT celebrates its new crop of graduates with the university’s 126th commencement. The two-day observance kicks off during Academic Convocation, on May 20 in RIT’s Gordon Field House and Activities Center. During the ceremony, RIT President Bill Destler confers degrees on both undergraduate and graduate candidates.

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5/20/2011
RIT celebrated its new crop of graduates with the university’s 126th commencement. The two-day observance kicked off during Academic Convocation on May 20 in RIT’s Gordon Field House and Activities Center. During the ceremony, RIT President Bill Destler conferred degrees on undergraduate and graduate candidates. Here, Craig Martek, a computer science graduate in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, celebrates after receiving his degree.

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5/19/2011
Alex Johnson, who graduated with a mechanical engineering degree May 21, accepted a position with General Electric Aviation in Lynn, Mass. Her capstone project was a portable alarm system for the deaf.

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5/18/2011
The creativity of talented student artists from RIT’s School for American Crafts was highlighted during the annual “Walkthrough” event on May 16.

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5/18/2011
RIT President Bill Destler presented a commemorative plaque May 6 during the dedication of the John J. Peters Student Innovation Lounge, located adjacent to the Center for Student Innovation. Wendy Peters accepted the award on behalf of her late husband. John Peters, an RIT alumnus, served as senior vice president and chief technology officer at Performance Technology Inc. and regularly supported a variety of RIT initiatives, including Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival.

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5/18/2011
Joe Fornieri, professor of political science in the College of Liberal Arts, is a 2011 recipient of an Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching. In 2002, he received the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, given each year to a faculty member with one to three years’ experience at RIT.

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5/17/2011
Cara Calvelli is a 2011 recipient of an Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching. Calvelli teaches medicine to third-year students in the College of Science. The award is named in honor of M. Herbert and Elsa Bausch Eisenhart. Mr. Eisenhart was the longtime president and board chairman of Bausch & Lomb Inc. and a member of RIT’s Board of Trustees for more than 50 years.

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5/16/2011
Therapy Dogs International—handlers with certified therapy dogs—provided a welcome break for RIT/NTID students as they entered exam week. Students “de-stressed” with the dogs, who were wearing bandanas that read “Paws a While for Love.”

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5/13/2011
Sandra Connelly is the 2011 recipient of the Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Connelly’s responsibilities include 13 labs associated with general biology classes, plus coordination of the intro biology labs for the majors class and teaching Ecology of UV Radiation, a course linked to her research.

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5/12/2011
Lesa Mitchell, vice president of advancing innovation with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, discussed innovation and how universities play a role in economic development and entrepreneurial growth on May 6. The Kauffman Foundation has been especially interested in RIT’s research and development programs.

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5/12/2011
William McNabb, right, chief executive officer of Vanguard, was the keynote speaker at the Executive Leaders Network Luncheon on May 6, at the Genesee Valley Club. Prior to the event, which was sponsored by the E. Philip Saunders College of Business, McNabb held an informal discussion with RIT students on campus.

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5/11/2011
RIT students are honoring the memory of former classmate George Delany by lobbying Congress to pass “Billy’s Law.” Students held a petition drive May 11 in the Student Alumni Union in support of legislation that would link the FBI and Department of Justice databases to help find more than 40,000 missing Americans and identify their remains. Students have also launched an online petition at www.change.org.

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5/11/2011
The Strong’s National Museum of Play was the subject of the 2011 RIT Big Shot on May 5. Close to a thousand volunteers, manned with flashlights, illuminated The Strong’s campus while RIT photographers shot an extended exposure from the terrace rooftop of the ESL Federal Credit Union on Chestnut Street.

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5/10/2011
Phyllis Wade Albro, instructor, First Year Enrichment, Student Affairs, is the 2011 winner of the Isaac L. Jordan Faculty/Staff Pluralism Award. The award is given to an RIT faculty or staff member who advances diversity efforts and pluralism on campus and in the community. RIT President Bill Destler announced that for the first time the honor includes a monetary award of $1,000 in addition to a statuette and community recognition.

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5/10/2011
Ritchie’s Ice Cream Experience, an interactive exhibit at the 2011 Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival, concludes with an ice cream sundae. Here, three-year old Olivia Little samples the treat with her father, Jonathan.

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5/9/2011
The RIT Pep Band performed a selection of songs on the Eastman Kodak Quad steps during the 2011 Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival on May 7. Approximately 32,000 visitors explored 350 exhibits showcasing technology and creativity.

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5/8/2011
Mechanical Engineering and the Golisano Institute of Sustainability collaborated to create an interactive exhibit that allowed visitors to explore wind power using four fans at the 2011 Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival on May 7.

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5/7/2011
Andrea Hickerson, assistant professor of communication in RIT’s College of Liberal Arts and Victor Perotti, associate professor of management information systems at RIT’s E. Philip Saunders College of Business, have been awarded a $154,000 grant from the Knight Foundation for “Rising Above the Crowd,” a real-time experiment in community engagement using mobile devices and interactive displays. It will be formally launched during Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival on May 7.

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5/6/2011
Gerard Buckley, standing with RIT President Bill Destler, is the first alumnus in NTID’s history to be named president of the college. The academic installation was held May 6 in Panara Theatre. Buckley has served NTID for 20 years, most recently as assistant vice president for college advancement.

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5/5/2011
The Strong’s National Museum of Play was the subject of the 2011 RIT Big Shot on May 5. Close to a thousand volunteers, manned with flashlights, illuminated The Strong’s campus while RIT photographers shot an extended exposure from the terrace rooftop of the ESL Federal Credit Union on Chestnut Street.

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5/5/2011
For the first time in 14 years, a musical production is on the stage of NTID’s Robert F. Panara Theatre. Guys and Dolls features more than 50 actors and dancers and an 18-piece live orchestra—something the theater has not seen in more than 30 years. The show opened May 4, with daily performances through May 8. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. May 5-7, with matinees at 2 p.m. May 7-8. Tickets are $7, or $5 for students and seniors available at the NTID Box Office (open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and one hour before curtain).

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5/4/2011
For the first time in 14 years, a musical production is on the stage of NTID’s Robert F. Panara Theatre. Guys and Dolls features more than 50 actors and dancers and an 18-piece live orchestra—something the theater has not seen in more than 30 years. The show opened May 4, with daily performances through May 8. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. May 5-7, with matinees at 2 p.m. May 7-8. Tickets are $7, or $5 for students and seniors available at the NTID Box Office (open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and one hour before curtain).

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5/4/2011
RIT faculty, staff and students enrolled in Brandy Morrison’s hip-hop fitness class perfect their routine. The class is just one of the unique fitness courses offered through RIT’s Center for Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation.

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5/2/2011
RIT student filmmakers screened their films at the 360 | 365 George Eastman House Film Festival in Rochester on April 30 at the Little Theatre. Audience members weighed in on their favorite film. Third-year film and animation major Jeremy Sickles’ film You’ll Feel Better (seen above) tied with the film Bitter Tea by Cai Cai Lui, a graduate student, for the most votes. There were 10 films, done at the graduate and undergraduate level, that were part of the School of Film and Animation’s Emerging Filmmakers show.

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5/2/2011
Sandor Kerekes, vice rector of Corvinus University in Budapest, Hungary, opened the seventh annual International Environmental Management Symposium on May 2. Members of the international society of environmental professionals met to discuss corporate sustainability and responsibilities.

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5/1/2011
RIT’s Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and the RIT Dodgeball Club broke the Guinness World Record for the largest single dodgeball game in history May 1 in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center. More than 2,100 members of the RIT community participated in the event, which broke the old record, held by the University of Alberta, of 2,012 players.

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April

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4/30/2011
RIT students, faculty and staff participated in Stand Against Racism Day on April 29, a national day of racism awareness. The RIT event included a unity march and encouraged individuals to speak their minds against prejudice.

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4/29/2011
RIT students, faculty and staff participated in “Stand Against Racism,” a national day of racism awareness April 29. The RIT event included a unity march and encouraged individuals to speak their minds against prejudice.

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4/27/2011
The American Red Cross is targeting 600 units of blood as part of a life-saving partnership between RIT and the University of Rochester. Both schools plan to collect at least 300 units each during the month of April. Show your “Tiger spirit” and help RIT rise to the challenge by participating at the a campus blood drive 10 a.m.–4 p.m. April 28–29 in the Fireside Lounge, Campus Center.

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4/27/2011
As part of RIT’s health and wellness offerings, the Counseling Center offers meditation to RIT students, faculty and staff. This session was lead by Patrick Walsh, left.

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4/26/2011
Alyssa Schreiner, center top, fourth-year public policy major, and Emily Schreiner, graduate student in secondary science education, take part in a blood drive sponsored by the American Red Cross. The Schreiner family acknowledges that blood donation saved the life of their baby sister, Rachel Schreiner, left, a second-year criminal justice major, who has had multiple heart surgeries due to a birth defect.

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4/25/2011
WHAM-TV anchor Ginny Ryan and other Rochester television anchors are among local luminaries taking a stand against racism. As part of a national campaign involving YWCAs around the country, the YWCA of Rochester produced a series of public service announcements in collaboration with RIT School of Film and Animation students. The PSAs are currently airing to time with Stand Against Racism Day on April 29.

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4/22/2011
Graduate Thesis III is on view through May 7 in Bevier Gallery. A detail from “Invisible Cage,” created by MFA student Pei-Chen Chien, is composed of copper pipe, plaster and Styrofoam.

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4/21/2011
Members of the RIT Orchestra rehearse for the spring concert, “Five Centuries of Italian Music,” to be held April 30 in Ingle Auditorium. The orchestra will perform great Italian music from the 16th through the 20th centuries, including works by Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Donizetti, Rossini and Verdi. Students from all majors participate in the orchestra.

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4/20/2011
Paloma Capanna, an RIT adjunct professor in political science, helped lead the RIT community in its search for George Delany and spoke at a campus gathering April 19 in the Schmitt Interfaith Center. The third-year political science major went missing last month. His remains were found April 17 in a wooded area in Steuben County.

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4/19/2011
RIT students regularly give hour-long walking tours for prospective students, parents and other visitors to campus. The student perspective is important in addition to showing the academic, athletic and campus life facilities.

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4/19/2011
David Bainbridge, popular-science writer, veterinarian, reproductive biologist and Clinical Veterinary Anatomist from University of Cambridge, visited campus April 18 as part of the Caroline Werner Gannett Project’s “Visionaries in Motion IV” speaker series. Jamie Winebrake, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and his wife, Susan, met Bainbridge during the book signing after the talk.

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4/18/2011
Allison Caton, 9, found the golden egg at the annual Easter Egg Hunt April 16 at RIT. Her prize included a coloring book and paints. The event is co-sponsored by RIT’s Art House, the RIT Leadership Institute and Community Service Center, and Office of Alumni Relations.

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4/18/2011
An exhibit by Pamela E. Witcher, featuring a selection of work from the past 10 years, is on view in the NTID Dyer Arts center through April 23.

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4/15/2011
RIT President Bill Destler, center; Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy ’93, center right; and Golisano Institute for Sustainability director Nabil Nasr, left, broke ground April 15 on a new facility for the Golisano Institute. They were joined by representatives from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the state of New York. The facility was made possible through a $13.1 million grant from NIST and $10 million in funding from New York state.

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4/14/2011
“Frozen in Time!: The Synchronic Comic Book Collection of Stephen Neil Cooper” is now on display at RIT’s Cary Graphic Arts Collection through June 6. The exhibition features all 202 comic books that were on candy store racks and newsstands in April 1956. Cooper gave a brief talk about comics and his hobby on April 14.

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4/14/2011
RIT President Bill Destler officially announced the establishment of the Institute of Health Sciences and Technology on April 14. The institute will produce technological solutions to healthcare delivery and position the RIT-RGHS Alliance as a contributing player in the reform of the nation’s healthcare system.

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4/13/2011
The Firehouse Gallery at Genesee Pottery presents the 2011 College Clay Collective through April 28. College students from across the country are represented in the juried show, including three from RIT.

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4/13/2011
The book Sustainability Ethics: 5 Questions seeks to better define sustainability and address the key ethical concepts involved with sustainable development. It features leading scholars in the fields of philosophy, political science and ethics and is co-edited by philosophy professors Evan Selinger and Wade Robison along with Ryne Raffaelle, an affiliate professor at RIT and director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Center for Photovoltaics.

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4/12/2011
Students at James P.B. Duffy School No. 12 in Rochester learned a lesson in good health and wellness from RIT pre-med students. The RIT students have traveled to Rochester city schools throughout the year to teach the youngsters about good habits and healthy eating.

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4/11/2011
A sculpture exhibit by Gary Mayers, featuring a selection of work from the past 30 years, is on view in the NTID Dyer Arts center through April 23.

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4/8/2011
Emmy Award-winning technology expert Katie Linendoll ’05 returned to her alma mater April 8 to deliver a talk, “Innovation in Technology,” as part of the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences Dean’s Lecture Series. Linendoll graduated with a bachelor’s degree in information technology and received the Golisano College’s 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award.

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4/8/2011
RIT’s Outstanding Undergraduate Student Scholars were celebrated April 7 in Gordon Field House. Each student honored achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.85 out of a possible 4.0.

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4/8/2011
RIT’s Outstanding Undergraduate Student Scholars were celebrated April 7 in Gordon Field House and Activities Center. Each student honored achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.85 out of a possible 4.0.

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4/7/2011
Maggie Castle, far right, will lead a team of fellow first-year imaging science students on an imaging expedition to Boston Public Library the week after graduation. Castle won funding from the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science to image historic materials and artifacts at the library using the polynomial texture mapping system the students designed and built in the center’s yearlong Freshman Imaging Project. The imaging device illuminates a subject from different directions and angles. Computer software compiles the multiple shots into one interactive image to examine subtle surface textures and features. Castle’s team includes Kevin Dickey, far left, Scarlett Montanaro and Dan Goldberg.

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4/5/2011
Award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie visited campus April 4 as part of the Caroline Werner Gannett Project’s “Visionaries in Motion IV” speaker series. Adichie’s presentation “Shifting Spaces: Identity, Literature and the Emergence of Stories” explored the ideas of identity and literature and how both have influenced her life as a fiction writer.

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4/4/2011
Collette Shaw, an instructor in RIT’s First-Year Enrichment program, is the author of Won’t Get Fooled Again, a novel about a workaholic executive who longs for something beyond her career and gets involved in a web of blackmail and betrayal.

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4/1/2011
Shear Global, a full-service salon, is a focal point of the university’s new residential and retail complex Global Village. While offering many traditional services, Shear Global operates under a mission consistent with the university’s growing focus on international outreach. Many ethnic styles are available for the growing number of international students.

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March

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3/31/2011
The Spring Career Fair, which took place March 30, is one of two major employment events held at RIT every year that’s open to RIT students and alumni. Employers are recruiting for co-op and full-time openings. Typically over 200 companies and more than 2,800 students and alumni attend the fairs. Companies that participate range from small technology firms to Fortune 500 companies.

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3/30/2011
Cheyanne Olson, center, a student at Fort Gibson (Okla.) High School, discusses her project on salmon population with Angela Foreman, right, an instructor in the RIT/NTID science and mathematics department, and interpreter Lola Johnston during the RIT National Science Fair for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students on Saturday. Olson won $500 for first place for individual high school students.

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3/29/2011
RIT’s 2011 Eat Well Live Well Challenge runs through May 9. Increasing exercise and eating more fruits and vegetables are the major incentives of the program.

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3/26/2011
Carole Counihan, professor of sociology and anthropology at Millersville University and editor of Food and Foodways, gave the keynote address at RIT’s inaugural Conable Conference in International Studies: Cuisine, Technology and Development March 24-26.

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3/25/2011
The School of International Hospitality and Service Innovation at RIT hosted its 26th Puttin’ on the RITz dinner on March 26. Alojz Paver, left, and Ana Buhin, both from Croatia, helped with food preparation for the black-tie event. Proceeds benefit the RIT Hospitality Education Fund, which provides scholarships, undergraduate and graduate awards and stipends for student travel related to the college’s international hospitality program.

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3/24/2011
Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Mary-Beth Cooper was presented with the Four Presidents Distinguished Public Service Award on March 23. Cooper was honored for her leadership, service and dedication to the community.

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3/24/2011
RIT student Julianna Johnson, a fourth-year graphic design major, received the Bruce R. James ’64 Distinguished Public Service Award on March 23. Johnson thanked RIT, family and friends for their support. Johnson is the co-founder of the student club KEEP Rochester, which collects and distributes toiletries, clothes and other items to local men’s and women’s shelters. As part of her award, Johnson donated $500 to Bethany House and $500 to The Women’s Place.

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3/23/2011
Award-winning composer David Liptak discussed his creative process as part of the presentation “Composing New Music” on March 22. The event, part of the Caroline Werner Gannett Project’s “Visionaries in Motion IV” speaker series, included performances of several of Liptak’s compositions by noted classical pianist Zuzanna Szewczyk (left).

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3/22/2011
Members of the campus community gathered March 22 for a rally of hope in support of missing student George Delany. The third-year political science major was last seen March 12 along a roadside in Steuben County. Members of Students Finding George Delany used the event to encourage others to help spread information related to the ongoing search.

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3/22/2011
Rochester television anchors are among local luminaries taking a stand against racism. As part of a national campaign, “Stand Against Racism,” involving YWCAs around the country, the YWCA of Rochester is producing a series of public service announcements and is collaborating with RIT School of Film and Animation students. WHAM-TV anchor Ginny Ryan, left, WROC-TV’s Maureen McGuire and WHEC-TV’s Janet Lomax came to RIT’s film studios March 21 to record PSAs that will air next month to time with “Stand Against Racism” Day, April 29. There will be events going on throughout Rochester that weekend.

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3/21/2011
An RIT fan reacts during the final women’s hockey game on March 19. Norwich defeated RIT 5-2 in the 2011 NCAA Division III National Championship game at Ritter Arena, ending the RIT women’s hockey team’s season.

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3/19/2011
Norwich defeated RIT 5-2 in the 2011 NCAA Division III National Championship game March 19 at Ritter Arena, ending the RIT women’s hockey team’s season.

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3/18/2011
The RIT women’s hockey team advanced to the 2011 NCAA Division III Championship game after defeating Middlebury 5-2 on March 18.

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3/17/2011
For the first time in its program history, the RIT women’s hockey team will compete in the 2011 NCAA Division III Women’s Ice Hockey Championships, held March 18 and 19. To gear up for the weekend, RIT hosted a rally for the team March 16 at Global Village.

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3/16/2011
The annual United Way kickoff began with a Carnival on Campus and prize auction on March 16 in the Student Alumni Union lobby. Lea Michel, assistant professor in chemistry, succeeded in balancing apples at one of the game tables.

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3/15/2011
Steve Carpenter and Adam Frank discussed their collaboration and the union between art and science on March 15. Frank, shown here, is an astrophysicist and Carpenter is an artist. “Carpenter’s paintings incorporate the imagery of the Hubble Telescope and scientific formulas contributed by Frank,” says Alan Singer, associate professor at RIT’s School of Art, which sponsored the event.

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3/14/2011
Students, faculty and staff—including Mark Leonardo, a third-year packaging science major—participated March 14 in the popular PB Jam charity event, sponsored by RIT Hillel. Over 2,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were assembled and delivered to five local shelters.

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3/14/2011
An RIT research team has proven the existence of stable optical lift—the use of a beam of light to move and manipulate particles. Pictured are team members Timothy Peterson, a master’s student in computer science and Alexandra Artusio-Glimpse, a doctoral student in imaging science.

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3/11/2011
Students in RIT’s packaging science program found several viable solutions for decreasing the amount of lead found in popular reusable grocery bags. The students’ data showed that several of the bags had just over the allowable 100 parts per million of lead; one company had nine times the acceptable levels.

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3/11/2011
Ryan Buckley, chief of operations for RIT Ambulance, and Tim Keady, associate director of the Student Health Center, far right, led an RIT delegation on March 8 in presenting a voluntary $5,000 contribution on behalf of the university to Henrietta Ambulance. RIT Ambulance, which is a student-run Emergency Medical Services organization, works in close partnership with members of the town’s ambulance corps. Currently about a dozen RIT alumni volunteer with Henrietta Ambulance.

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3/10/2011
Shanty Town is a fundraiser and service event to benefit House of Mercy, a Rochester homeless shelter. Brothers of APO Xi Zeta lived in cardboard boxes by the Tiger statue March 7-11 to raise awareness about homelessness and hunger. From left, Chris Tarantino, Richard Latham and Alexa Seidner huddle under a blanket by the structure.

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3/9/2011
Golan Levin, artist, performer, composer and engineer, is a leader in the use of human-computer interaction to infuse art and design with new forms of reactive expression. Levin highlighted humans’ creative relationship with machines, using work from his online, installation and performance media, during a March 8 presentation, “Interactive Art and Speculative Human-Computer Interaction.” It was part of the Caroline Werner Gannett Project’s “Visionaries in Motion IV” speaker series. In conjunction with the talk, Levin hosted two workshops focused on art and performance on March 9.

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3/9/2011
RIT’s Week of Women is a series of week-long events celebrating International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. It is also an opportunity to help students, faculty and staff find out what clubs and services are available on campus for women. Here, Silvia Benso, professor of philosophy, hands out tulips during an information fair on March 8.

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3/8/2011
RIT’s Week of Women, March 7–11, celebrated International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. Students, faculty and staff also learned about clubs and services available on campus for women. Participants learned traditional henna body painting before a viewing of the film Eat, Pray, Love on March 7.

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3/5/2011
Hundreds of competitors and their robots took the field in Gordon Field House March 4-5 for the 2011 Finger Lakes Regional FIRST Robotics competition. More than 40 high school teams from across the Northeast U.S. and Canada participated in LOGO Motion. Here, students cheer for their team.

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3/4/2011
Hundreds of competitors and their robots took the field in Gordon Field House March 4 for the 2011 FIRST Robotics Finger Lakes Regional competition. More than 40 high school teams from across the Northeast U.S. and Canada participated in LOGO Motion. Winners in the regional meet for the championship April 27-30 in St. Louis.

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3/3/2011
More than 130 full-time sign-language interpreters are found throughout RIT. Here, Angela Hauser interprets for the Aeolian Choir during RIT’s Martin Luther King Day celebration.

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February

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2/28/2011
Mentors & Makers, an exhibit at Rochester Contemporary Art Center, features Wendell Castle, RIT artist-in-residence, with Nancy Jurs, his wife and an RIT alumna. The couple invited alumni Tom Lacagnina and Bethany Krull to exhibit their work alongside theirs. The exhibit is on view through March 13.

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2/25/2011
Therapy Dogs International—handlers with 10 certified therapy dogs—provided a welcome break for RIT/NTID students as they entered exam week. Students “de-stressed” with the dogs, who were wearing bandanas that read “Paws a While for Love.”

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2/24/2011
Ask Jamie Wratten, a fourth-year mathematics student, about his thoughts on education and he’ll tell you that it’s not all about the classroom or the lab. A desire to volunteer and gain new experiences led him to orphanages in India where he spent the last two summers teaching children English and mathematics, and reshaping his own worldview. Wratten will graduate this spring with his bachelor’s degree in mathematics.

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2/23/2011
Venture Creations, RIT’s business incubator, facilitates the growth of businesses in the Rochester area. Sweetwater Energy is a Venture Creations company that produces liquid feedstock for ethanol producers.

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2/22/2011
Upgrading and improving the “Wandering Campus Ambassador” took the collective expertise of students from mechanical, electrical and computer engineering as well as peers from industrial design. The robotic system and its intricate mechanical elements were on display at the multidisciplinary senior design presentations in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering on Feb. 18. The device is designed to move around campus to not only generate interest in robotics but to raise awareness about self-sustaining energy platforms. The project, sponsored by the RIT Provost’s Learning Innovations Grant, focused on upgraded solar collectors and improved mechanical components.

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2/21/2011
Fernando Naveda is charting a course for RIT’s conversion to semesters starting Aug. 26, 2013. The appointed calendar conversion director says questions from members of the campus community remain among his priorities.

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2/18/2011
“Algae—as a renewable feedstock—grow a lot quicker than crops of corn or soybeans,” says Eric Lannan, right, who is working on his master’s degree in mechanical engineering. “It’s a more continuous source that could offset 50 percent of our total gas use for equipment that uses diesel.” Lannan and Jeff Lodge, left, associate professor of biological sciences, are developing biodiesel from microalgae grown in wastewater. They’ve moved their research out of the lab and to Environmental Energy Technologies Inc. on Brighton-Henrietta Townline Road, where they’ve scaled up production from 30 to 100 gallons, with Lannan’s thesis advisor Ali Ogut, professor of mechanical engineering and president and CTO of EET.

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2/17/2011
Design experts deliberated over chair prototypes designed by industrial design students as part of a juried competition Feb. 10 in collaboration with Wilsonart International. The students were required to use Wilsonart laminate in their chair designs. Jurors pictured from left to right are Wendell Castle, RIT artist-in-residence and furniture designer; Ron Labaco, senior curator at the Museum of Arts and Design; Grace Jeffers, project manager for the Wilsonart Challenge; and Allan Chochinov, editor-in-chief of Core 77. Jurors selected six student designs, including Dan Kestler’s design (foreground) which conjoins two Adirondack chairs, to be featured at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City in May.

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2/16/2011
Barnes & Noble @ RIT hosted a meet and greet with the RIT men’s hockey team to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester on Feb. 12. The event included a silent auction of RIT hockey memorabilia, donations for a team photo for the players to sign, giveaways and snacks. The total raised was $1,000.

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2/15/2011
Jan van Aardt, associate professor in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, discussed the impact of RIT research following last year’s earthquake in Haiti. During the annual Principal Investigators Reception, hosted by Sponsored Research Services on Feb. 11, van Aardt addressed how RIT’s thermal imaging expertise provided relief and recovery agencies with critical insights needed to manage the earthquake’s aftermath.

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2/14/2011
Students from RIT’s Pathways to Service Learning course teamed up with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive Feb. 11 in the Fireside Lounge. Pathways is part of the First-Year Enrichment curriculum and provides students with a choice of themes—leadership, service or innovation and creativity—that highlight concepts related to long-term success.

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2/11/2011
The RIT/NTID Dance Company, one of few troupes worldwide that features both deaf and hearing dancers, presents “Danser et Voler”: to dance and to fly, conceived, directed and choreographed by Thomas Warfield. “Danser et Voler” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10-12 at Panara Theatre on the RIT campus, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Feb. 13. Tickets are $5 (students/seniors) and $7 (all others).

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2/9/2011
The RIT/NTID Dance Company, one of few troupes worldwide that features both deaf and hearing dancers, presents “Danser et Voler”: to dance and to fly, conceived, directed and choreographed by Thomas Warfield. “Danser et Voler” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10–12 at Panara Theatre on the RIT campus, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Feb. 13. Tickets are $5 (students/seniors) and $7 (all others).

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2/9/2011
RIT’s Student Government hosted a Super Bowl Extravaganza party in the Gordon Field House on Feb. 6.

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2/8/2011
The RIT Gospel Ensemble performed Feb. 4 during Gospel Fest 2011. The group, founded in 1981, is directed by Wardell Lewis Jr.

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2/7/2011
RIT’s Public Relations Student Society of America chapter received a $500 grant for being a runner up in the “Go Bare on Campus” Challenge, a fall 2010 competition sponsored by the Solo Cup Co. The Go Bare team is, from left, Chyna Trible, Crystal Hermawan, Renee Johnson and Elizabeth Bunn.

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2/5/2011
Gospel Fest 2011 featured a performance by gospel legend Smokie Norful, whose music and message is widely known throughout the gospel community. The event was part of the annual Freeze Fest celebration on campus that continues through Feb. 6.

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2/5/2011
Comedian Aziz Ansari, known for his role as Tom Haverford on the NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation,” entertained a crowd on Feb. 4. The event was part of the annual Freeze Fest celebration on campus that continues through Feb. 6.

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2/4/2011
RIT’s second annual Freeze Fest kicked off Feb. 4. with a variety of wintry events including Rail Jam. Travis Newberry, a second-year mechanical engineering student, showed off his skills to onlookers.

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2/4/2011
Students mob the Student Union to pick up free T-shirts, pens and gumballs to prepare for Freeze Fest Feb. 4-6.

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2/3/2011
The annual Packaging Science Career Fair took place on Feb. 2. Several company representatives are RIT alumni including two from Rich Products Corporation. Brian Rudyk, left, and Brooks Davidson, right, are packaging science graduates.

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2/2/2011
More than 200 female students in the Rochester City School District visited RIT for Women in Sports Day Feb. 1. The young students, ranging in age from 10-16, were paired up with female RIT students—many of them student-athletes—for an evening of mentoring and celebration. The students were also invited to cheer on the RIT women’s basketball team during their game that evening. The evening was hosted by RIT’s Center for Women and Gender.

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2/1/2011
The Stephen Neil Cooper Comic Book Collection was donated to RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press. Cooper, an alumnus of RIT, amassed a synchronized collection of 202 comic books that were on candy store racks and newsstands in April 1956.

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January

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1/31/2011
RIT alumnus Jerry Elman ’77, ’84, owner of Schoen Place Auto in East Rochester, offers female and senior customers an honest place to come for their auto repairs. Elman earned a B.S. in electrical engineering and an MBA.

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1/27/2011
Kathy Carcaci, currently RIT’s longest serving staff employee, has been a part of the campus community for 45 years. She has seen RIT transform from a close-knit neighborhood campus in downtown Rochester into the sprawling, state-of-the-art university that it is today.

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1/27/2011
Rochester performer and storyteller Rafe Martin spoke in Peter Lovenheim’s Narrative Nonfiction class on Jan. 25. He talked about the structure of a story and what is important to include for it to be a successful read. Lovenheim, adjunct professor of English at RIT, is the author of seven books.

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1/26/2011
Fourth-year industrial design students are busy fabricating chairs they designed and created using Wilsonart laminate. The project is part of a partnership with Wilsonart International, spearheaded by RIT professor Josh Owen. Next month, the students’ final chair designs will be juried by international design professionals. The winning student design will be among those featured at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in May in New York City. The top student will win a $1,000 scholarship.

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1/25/2011
Gerard DeLone, a chocolate lover from Facilities and Management Services, sampled a variety of homemade truffles at the Brick City Catering open house on Jan. 21. Customers ordering Valentine’s Day truffles will be entered into a drawing to win a free truffle-making class with chef Autumn Geer, on right.

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1/24/2011
One of America’s best known and widely read poets, Nikki Giovanni, gave the keynote address at the Expressions of King’s Legacy event on Jan. 24. She talked about the strength found in communities, social justice, activism and diversity. Earlier in the day, she met with students from the College of Liberal Arts as part of a poetry seminar class.

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1/23/2011
The Liberal Arts Minor and Concentration Fair on Jan. 21 featured faculty representatives from the more than 40 minors and concentrations offered through the College of Liberal Arts. John Roche, right, associate professor of English, answers questions from Jan Dvorak, a first-year student in the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.

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1/21/2011
Twenty RIT decision makers spent three days and two nights at the RIT Inn & Conference Center, Global Village and Perkins Green apartments for The REAL RIT Challenge, sponsored by Student Government. The challenge was to master campus transportation—learning how to read shuttle bus schedules to arrive on campus on time, and to get to off-campus locations such as Wegmans, Park Point and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Here, a group waits to board a bus to take them to their assigned destination on Jan. 20.

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1/20/2011
Twenty RIT decision makers spent three days and two nights at the RIT Inn & Conference Center, Global Village and Perkins Green apartments for The REAL RIT Challenge, sponsored by Student Government. The challenge was to master campus transportation—learning how to read shuttle bus schedules to arrive on campus on time, and to get to off-campus locations such as Wegmans, Park Point and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. The group gathered on Jan. 19 to receive information packets and have dinner.

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1/19/2011
The RIT American Sign Language and Deaf Studies Community Center opened with a ribbon cutting on Jan. 19. It is a resource for community, national and international outreach activities that enrich and celebrate achievements of the deaf community and fosters interaction among deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing colleagues.

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1/19/2011
Elizabeth Thabet, a first-year student in CIAS, learns about volunteer opportunities at an event hosted by RIT’s Intervarsity Christian Fellowship on Jan. 18.

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1/18/2011
Kim Murray, right, demonstrates a move in his wellness class, kickboxing. RIT’s Center for Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation’s Wellness Program offers numerous classes such as yoga, dance, cardio conditioning, pilates and more.

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1/17/2011
James Winebrake, a noted transportation and energy policy scholar, has been named dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Rochester Institute of Technology. Winebrake will develop and implement the college’s strategic plan and lead RIT’s research and education initiatives in the humanities, social sciences and performing/fine arts.

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1/14/2011
Judging for the second annual New York Ice Wine Competition took place Jan. 14 at Henry’s restaurant. Here, Abby Holland, a fourth-year food management major, and Tom Small, a fourth-year criminal justice major, prepare for the event, which was coordinated by Lorraine Hems, lecturer, and students in the School of International Hospitality and Service Innovation in RIT’s College of Applied Science and Technology. The New York Ice Wine Festival is Feb. 5 at Casa Larga Vineyard.

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1/13/2011
RIT history professor Richard Newman stands at the gravesite of famed activist and orator Frederick Douglass in Rochester’s Mount Hope Cemetery. Newman is conducting a workshop series sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities that seeks to better educate K-12 history teachers on the influence of 19th century social reform movements on modern politics, culture and society. The series will include a tour of Mount Hope and an examination of the Douglass papers at the University of Rochester.

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1/12/2011
Eighth-graders from Fairport’s middle schools visited RIT Jan. 12 to experience a taste of what it’d be like to pursue careers in computing and technology. The students, who are in an all-female technology class as part of Fairport’s single gender class pilot program, were hosted by RIT’s Women in Computing group and Women in Technology group. From left, Allison Mahoney, Emily Davio and Christian Conner experiment with PicoCrickets with Alana Malina, a second-year graduate student in information technology.

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1/11/2011
Students from RIT’s hospitality, tourism and nutrition management program traveled to RIT Dubai to study the growing tourism industry in the United Arab Emirates. Before they started classes, they took in the sights and activities of the area. Evan Coyne (left) and Traci Earwood, third- and fourth-year tourism students, respectively, took a camel ride, bringing a little bit of RIT to the desert.

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1/9/2011
RIT students, faculty and staff choreographed and filmed a lip-dub video on Jan. 9 to be shown during FreezeFest, Feb. 4–6. The lip dub was a one-take, lip-sync music video to Survivor’s hit song “Eye of the Tiger.”

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1/7/2011
A Discipline the University Didn’t Know it Wanted, by Patrick Scanlon, professor of communication, offers readers “A Brief History of the Department of Communication at Rochester Institute of Technology.” Scanlon traces the study of communication at RIT back to the late 19th century when communication was treated as “a tool to be handled with skill, as is the pencil, and hammer.” Then, beginning in the mid-1980s, a new degree program in professional and technical communication emerged. Over the course of the next few years, the department added degree programs in advertising and public relations and in journalism, and a graduate degree in communication and media technologies.

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1/6/2011
Gates Chili High School seniors, from left, Michael Leimberger, Brandon Garbacz and Zachary Goole, discuss a variety of pollution prevention initiatives with Anahita Williamson, director of the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute at RIT. The students conducted a recycling campaign at their school and plan to donate the proceeds to the Pollution Prevention Institute. Williamson met with the group Jan. 6 to target the funds for specific uses.

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1/5/2011
Tim Dehm and Bethany Wong, both third-year packaging science students, were among the attendees at PackExpo, the national conference and tradeshow for industry professionals. As part of PackExpo, student teams from universities across the country compete in a design challenge. This year’s theme commemorated Earth Day.

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1/4/2011
Robert Verderame, a second-year information security and forensics major, has developed a library reservation system that has been named a Top 100 Product of 2010 by District Administration magazine, a leading publication devoted to public school administrators.

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1/3/2011
The exhibit “Our Favorite Things,” featuring personal collections from NTID faculty and staff, was on view at the NTID Dyer Arts Center.

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December

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12/24/2010
Students, faculty and staff will return to campus after their holiday break. Classes resume Jan. 3.

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12/22/2010
Visitors to the RIT campus took to the ice during open skate hours at the Frank Ritter Ice Arena. The arena offers free skate every day. For hours and rates, call 585-475-2223.

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12/21/2010
RIT’s female a capella group, Encore, sang Christmas carols at “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” hosted by InterVarsity at Global Village on Dec. 16. Non-perishable food and winter clothes were collected to donate to the Open Door Mission.

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12/20/2010
At the end of the 2010 Formula SAE season, the RIT Formula Racing Team was ranked fourth in the world among 400-plus collegiate teams. As part of the group’s preparation for the upcoming season, the team hosted President Bill Destler last month for a walk-through in the machine shop in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering. RIT Formula Racing designs and builds a new car each season to race in the U.S. and Europe.

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12/17/2010
Adam Walker, a master’s student in public policy, is traveling to Kenya in December to assist in the development of sustainable irrigation technologies for use by local farmers. The project is being conducted by the international nonprofit KickStart International. Walker plans on blogging about his experiences at forthebottom4.wordpress.com.

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12/15/2010
Holiday shoppers are buying up handmade gifts at the annual School for American Crafts holiday sale. Student artists in the school’s glass, wood, ceramics and metals programs are selling their wares in the lobby of the Student Alumni Union. The sale runs until 6 p.m. Dec. 16. Students use the money to defray the cost of projects throughout the school year.

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12/15/2010
Holiday shoppers are buying up handmade gifts at the annual School for American Crafts holiday sale. Student artists in the school’s glass, wood, ceramics and metals programs are selling their wares in the lobby of the Student Alumni Union. The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 15 and 16. Students use the money to defray the cost of projects throughout the school year. Here, Belinda Bryce, director for the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program, gathers pottery to purchase.

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12/15/2010
Kindergartners at RIT’s Margaret’s House do their part to collect spare change during The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign. The class, led by teacher Susan Northrup, set up shop Dec. 8 in front of the Campus Center.

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12/14/2010
Brick City Catering created flavored cupcakes for the holidays. The cupcakes are available for purchase by the half dozen and come in three flavors—Chocolate Peppermint (chocolate cake with peppermint extract, chocolate butter cream frosting, and candy cane garnish), Gingerbread (spiced yellow cake with cream cheese frosting and cinnamon candies), and Snow White (white cake with coconut butter cream frosting and coconut flakes). Orders may be placed through the catering sales office at 475-2346 by Dec. 20.

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12/13/2010
Noted poet and playwright Amiri Baraka will present a master class on the craft of creative writing and be present at an RIT performance of his award-winning play Dutchman on Dec. 13. The master class will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. in the 1510 Lab Theater in Lyndon B. Johnson Hall at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m.

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12/13/2010
The Metals Alumni Exhibition showcases national and international artists who have graduated from the RIT program and have achieved recognition and success for their work. An opening reception in RIT’s Bevier Gallery was held Dec. 10 and the show runs through Jan. 19. Bevier Gallery is closed Dec. 18 to Jan. 2.

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12/10/2010
RIT students rehearsing for this year’s performances of The Vagina Monologues took time to support University of Hartford student Ally Pfeiffer, a target of cyberbullies, who told her story on NBC’s Today Dec. 8. The RIT students created cards and wrote letters and plan to send them to Pfeiffer in Connecticut. The effort was coordinated by RIT’s Center for Women and Gender.

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12/10/2010
Approximately 30 vendors participated in the annual Winter Craft Sale, offering a variety of items created by faculty, staff and alumni. Ashley Tyler, a fifth-year mechanical engineering student, shopped at Jesarah Jewelry Designs for a gift for her mother.

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12/10/2010
Joshua Benton, director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard, was among the featured speakers at the RIT Social Media and Communication Symposium on Dec. 8. He also delivered the School of Print Media’s Paul and Louise Miller Lecture about the future of journalism. Benton said that as someone who grew up in a poor town in South Louisiana, his sources for news were a small, daily newspaper and Dan Rather. Benton believes journalism is better than it was in the past and the ability for everyone to publish on the Internet is an amazing innovation. Benton says that traditional news organizations have been wary of aggregation, but journalists have been active aggregators for years as they are the ones who are “aggregating” the brains of their sources for stories. Before coming to Harvard, Benton was an award-winning education reporter at The Dallas Morning News.

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12/9/2010
Students react to a reading during the Poetry Slam Dec. 3 in Java Wally’s, a coffee shop in Wallace Center.

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12/8/2010
Industry professionals discussed the use of social media in marketing and advertising during RIT’s Social Media and Communication Symposium Dec. 8. Keynote speakers included Jeff Jarvis, associate professor of journalism at the City University of New York and founding editor of Entertainment Weekly.

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12/7/2010
RIT’s Women in Computing group created a Techie Tree for the holiday season. Students, faculty and staff decorated the tree, which is located in the Golisano Hall atrium, with ornaments that they created out of computer hardware. Jennifer Piepenburg, a fifth-year computer science major, puts the finishing touches on her ornament.

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12/6/2010
RIT President Bill Destler was presented with a special award on Dec. 2 recognizing the university community’s outstanding commitment to the Red Cross blood program. Kay Schwartz, CEO of American Red Cross Biomedical Services, says RIT’s participation over the past five years has positioned the university as an academic leader across the state and throughout the Northeast in regards to lives saved.

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12/4/2010
In an effort to boost school spirit, RIT Student Government hosted a kick-off event for its “We Are RIT” spirit campaign on Dec. 3 in the Campus Center. Student Government leaders also turned the Campus Center fountain orange as a display of RIT spirit.

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12/3/2010
Award-winning graphic artist Alison Bechdel discussed her artistic process and the use of graphic narrative during the talk “Drawing Words, Reading Pictures” Dec. 2 at RIT. The presentation was sponsored by the Caroline Werner Gannett Project’s “Visionaries in Motion IV” lecture series. Bechdel’s nationally syndicated comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For ran from 1983 to 2008 and was one of the earliest ongoing representations of lesbians in popular culture.

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12/2/2010
A FIRST Lego League team coached by Stephanie Ludi, an associate professor of software engineering, and mentored by students from the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, practices for a recent FIRST regional championship. The team is comprised entirely of girls, an underrepresented group in computing. From left, Mike Dapiran, a second-year graduate student in game design, Rachel Wells, a fifth-grader at Indian Landing School, and Katrina Myers, an eighth-grader from Berger Middle School.

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