Campus Spotlight

August

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8/31/2011
New freshmen arrive at RIT during Move-In day 2011. An estimated 2,500 freshmen and 900 transfer students were welcomed. From left, Lenny, Liz, Linda and Jessica Kellner and Anthony Passerino. Jessica is the first-year student.

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8/31/2011
RIT President Bill Destler lends a hand to first-year student Dan Bartz Wednesday during Move-In Day.

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8/30/2011
President Bill Destler welcomed back RIT faculty and staff on Aug. 30 during remarks that traditionally begin the academic year. Other speakers included Jeremy Haefner, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs; Paul Tymann, chairperson of Academic Senate; Molly Johnson, chairperson of Staff Council; Greg Pollock, Student Government president; and Kevin McDonald, vice president for diversity and inclusion.

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8/29/2011
George Zion, chair of the cross-disciplinary committee for RIT’s calendar conversion initiative, says the university is making significant progress in transforming curricula to accommodate a change to semesters in 2013. The New York State Department of Education has already approved the redesign of most of academic programs.

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8/28/2011
Irma Girón, right, a biotechnology major, presented a poster at the annual meeting of the American Society for Plant Biologists, Aug. 6-10, in Minnesota, describing how the algae enzyme can be used as a target for algaecide. Girón has published two papers on the topic with RIT Professor André Hudson, left.

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8/25/2011
Sharon Morgan Beckford-Foster, visiting assistant professor of English, College of Liberal Arts, recently published her book, Naturally Woman: The Search for Self in Black Canadian Women’s Literature. The book is an exploration of the fiction and poetry of Canadian’s Caribbean writers.

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8/21/2011
Eliza Hammer, a third-year marketing student, was the lead fellow this past school year and a summer fellow a year ago at the Center for Student Innovation. As a summer fellow, she worked on a website for a clean-energy company that allows customers to show how they reduced their home’s carbon footprint. During the school year, Hammer designed a hydroponic system using polyvinyl chloride pipe. She loaned the system to The Harley School, a Rochester private school, so teachers could use it in their school garden. Hammer says RIT students are blessed to have facilities such as the Center for Student Innovation and the Rapid Prototyping Lab, which opened on an appointment basis last spring and is adjacent to the center in Global Village. There, students use three-dimensional printers and a laser cutter/engraver to produce prototypes.

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8/19/2011
Construction is moving along on the Golisano Institute for Sustainability. The facility was made possible through a $13.1 million grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and $10 million in funding from New York state.

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8/18/2011
What started as a class project for Experimental Filmmaking has made film student Ben Disinger the hottest young commodity within the glitzy music-video industry. Disinger’s creation has become the official video for the song “Virgin,” performed by the rock band Manchester Orchestra. The video has gone viral, appearing online and on network TV outlets like Fuse and mtvU. In July, it won Best Music Video at the Los Angeles Reel Film Festival, and Disinger earned Best Director honors.

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8/17/2011
Construction is moving along on the Golisano Institute of Sustainability. 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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8/16/2011
RIT professor Callie Babbitt was presented the AT&T Technology and Environment Award by representatives from AT&T on Aug. 16.

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8/15/2011
Lil Kids on Campus, a six-week camp for children attending Margaret’s House Child Care Center at RIT, welcomed children from Julie Shahin’s kindergarten class at Rochester School for the Deaf on Aug. 12. All of the children enjoyed an outdoor carnival with games and activities and shared lunch together.

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8/15/2011
Lil Kids on Campus, a six-week camp for children attending Margaret’s House Child Care Center at RIT, welcomed children from Julie Shahin’s kindergarten class at Rochester School for the Deaf on Aug. 12. All of the children enjoyed an outdoor carnival with games and activities and shared lunch together.

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8/12/2011
RIT students were among dozens of community volunteers who volunteered during Lose the Training Wheels, hosted by the Gordon Field House and Activities Center Aug. 8-12. The camp helps kids with autism learn how to ride a conventional bike without training wheels, which organizers say builds self-confidence and provides inclusion with peers. UNYFEAT, an organization that supports individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families, sponsored the event. Here, Will Schlindler, an eight-year-old from Pittsford, gets support from Kris Spencer, a third-year interpreting student at NTID.

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8/12/2011
Christopher Sullivan, a mechanical engineering major, was among the more than 200 RIT students who participated in the annual Student Research and Innovation Symposium on Aug. 12. Sullivan presented his preliminary design of an ankle foot orthotic that adapts to differing terrain. Student researchers and innovators presented their work throughout the day at Louise Slaughter Hall and the Center for Student Innovation.

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8/10/2011
Nineteen students experienced college life in RIT residence halls and attended RIT/NTID’s Steps to Success weekend summer camp. The camp is for deaf or hard-of-hearing African-American, Native American or Latino students entering 7th, 8th or 9th grade in Fall 2011, and who are interested in exploring careers in technology.

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8/9/2011
Nineteen students experienced college life in RIT residence halls and attended RIT/NTID’s Steps to Success weekend summer camp. The camp is for deaf or hard-of-hearing African-American, Native American or Latino students entering 7th, 8th or 9th grade in Fall 2011, and who are interested in exploring careers in technology.

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8/8/2011
Nineteen students experienced college life in RIT residence halls and attended RIT/NTID’s Steps to Success weekend summer camp. The camp is for deaf or hard-of-hearing African-American, Native American or Latino students entering 7th, 8th or 9th grade in Fall 2011, and who are interested in exploring careers in technology.

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8/7/2011
Twelve boys experienced college life in RIT residence halls and attended RIT/NTID’s TechBoyz Camp, a weeklong summer camp for deaf or hard-of-hearing boys entering 7th, 8th or 9th grade this fall who are interested in science, technology, engineering and math.

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8/5/2011
Twenty-two girls experienced college life in RIT residence halls and attended RIT/NTID’s TechGirlz Camp, a week-long summer camp for deaf or hard-of-hearing girls entering 7th, 8th or 9th grade in fall 2011 who are interested in science, technology, engineering and math.

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8/2/2011
The Dyer Arts Center at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf is hosting the exhibit “Stephanie Kirschen Cole, A Tribute in Celebration of Her Life and Art,” with a reception 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 5. Stephanie Kirschen Cole, painter and collagist, was a professor in RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Science until her recent passing at the end of May. She had been planning for this solo exhibit for more than a year. It now has been installed to celebrate her life and runs through Aug. 12.

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8/1/2011
More than 200 deaf and hard-of-hearing high school students attended RIT/NTID’s Explore Your Future, a six-day career awareness program in July. They experienced college life and got a taste of real-world careers in business, computing, engineering, science and art.

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July

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7/29/2011
Renowned designers Massimo Vignelli, left, and George Lois, second from right, hosted a master designer’s workshop in July in RIT’s Vignelli Center for Design Studies. Participants from all over the country were part of a hands-on weeklong workshop working with the pioneers. Lois’ iconic Esquire covers that he designed for the magazine from 1962 to 1972 are on exhibit in the University Gallery, adjacent to the Vignelli Center.

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7/28/2011
Kayjona Rogers, left, and Carina Scalice, from Penfield, practice using the pipette during the DNA Detectives camp, July 25-29, offered as part of RIT’s Center for Bioscience Education and Technology bioscience exploration summer program. Twelve students from area middle schools learned about their personal genetics and how DNA is used to solve crimes. Dina Newman, assistant professor in biological sciences, presented the campers with a mystery involving RIT’s mascot RITchie, which they had to unravel using DNA clues.

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7/25/2011
More than 100 RIT graduate students presented their research at the third annual Graduate Research Symposium on July 22. Nicole Varble, a mechanical engineering student, explained her research on methods to increase flow in a fistula used for dialysis.

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7/23/2011
High school students from California to Maryland attended a five-day workshop on photojournalism July 18-22. Led by William Snyder, chair of RIT’s photojournalism program, the week included lectures, shooting assignments and demonstrations and culminated with a book of students’ photographs.

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7/21/2011
RIT professor Grover Swartzlander, left, shared his expertise in optical vortices with graduate students and other young scientists during the Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute on Frontiers in Imaging Science in June at Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogatá Colombia. Standing with Swartzlander are Matt Risi, alumnus; Ross Robinson, graduate student in imaging science; Meridith Whitaker-Kupinski, alumna; David Saroff, doctoral student in the astrophysical sciences and technology program; and Alexandra Artusio Glimpse and Kenny Fourspring, graduate students in imaging science. Swartzlander is an associate professor in RIT’s Department of Physics and the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science.

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7/20/2011
RIT’s student chapter of the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts won for best overall publication at this year’s international competition held in Pittsburgh. RIT competed against universities from the United States and Canada. Part of the book’s design included a foldout, removable cover featuring a timeline of the history of graphic arts. The students chose a printed spine, that looked like ribbon. Students developed a variable data workflow to personalize each spine with the last name of the person who was to receive a book copy. The book’s content included technical papers written by School of Print Media students and faculty.

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7/19/2011
While the U.S. Navy Blue Angels flew overhead, several of the Navy’s flag officers and enlisted personnel stopped by RIT to visit with middle school girls in the WE@RIT World in Motion camp to talk about how STEM programs can be preparation for naval careers. Featured at the camp event was Rear Admiral Gretchen Herbert, assistant chief of naval operations, who shared some of her experiences as she first looked into the Navy as a career choice while attending West Irondequoit High School. Since being commissioned in 1984, Admiral Herbert has served as a combat systems officer and assistant chief of staff for communications and information systems and has been deployed in the Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf with several carrier strike groups.

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7/18/2011
RIT history professor Richard Newman, center, makes a stop at the historic home of Susan B. Anthony during his conference, “Abolitionism, Women’s Rights and Religion on the Rochester Reform Trail,” which continues through July 23. Eighty schoolteachers from around the country came to Rochester to learn about our place in American history. Other tour stops include Mount Hope Cemetery, National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, the Erie Canal Aqueduct and The Strong. Newman discusses the tour with Kevin Brenner, right, a teacher in Greensboro, N.C., and a Rochester native.

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7/11/2011
RIT’s Nathaniel Rochester Society has given its highest honor to E. Philip Saunders, founder of TravelCenters of America, chairman and founder of Genesee Regional Bank, owner of Saunders Management Co. and a member of the RIT Board of Trustees. The 2011 NRS Award will be presented July 14 during a ceremony at RIT’s Robert F. Panara Theatre in the Dyer Arts Center. The annual honor recognizes individuals who have contributed to the university’s advancement in an outstanding and significant manner. In 2006, Saunders made a $13 million gift to the university to boost the visionary plans of RIT’s business college which now bears his name. In 2010, he enhanced his support with an additional $5 million and a challenge to all Saunders College alumni and friends to raise $15 million to support future endeavors.

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7/7/2011
RIT history professor Richard Newman is spearheading a summer workshop series that will better educate history teachers on the influence of 19th century social reform movements on modern politics, culture and society.

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7/1/2011
Marshall Goldsmith, best-selling author and thought leader in leadership development and life coaching, gave the keynote address at the RIT Women’s Leadership Conference, “Finding Your Mojo,” on June 28.

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June

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6/30/2011
High school teachers attending RIT’s Summer Math Institute Teachers’ Workshop had the opportunity to attend computer science presentations offered through the CS4HS workshop. Both programs ran June 27-30. Here, Alex Canter leads the App Inventor Workshop, along with Lindsey Ellis (seated to his right).

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6/29/2011
Mayur Thakur, a software engineer with Google, was the keynote presenter for the second annual Computer Science for High School at RIT program on June 28. The three-day workshop is for area science, technology, engineering and mathematics high school teachers to upgrade skills and to build new course modules for courses. Thakur led a full slate of speakers in fields from robotics to game design.

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6/28/2011
Marshall Goldsmith, best-selling author and thought leader in leadership development and life coaching, gave the keynote address at the RIT Women’s Leadership Conference, “Finding Your Mojo,” on June 28.

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6/24/2011
Beverly Gough is among nearly 250 RIT staff members who make up Facilities Management Services. With 5 million square feet of building space on campus, nearly half of the FMS team is devoted to custodial services. Gough works in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center.

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6/23/2011
RIT President Bill Destler joined university researchers and representatives from General Motors at a seminar on June 22 at RIT. Destler discussed the research and development done at RIT that contributed to the most fuel-efficient compact car on the market, the Chevy Volt.

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6/21/2011
Nereida Vargas is among nearly 250 RIT staff members who make up Facilities Management Services. With 5 million square feet of building space on campus, nearly half of the FMS team is devoted to custodial services. Vargas, senior custodian, operates a floor cleaner in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center.

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6/15/2011
Sandy Nealon was recently named an Outstanding Adult Scholar by the Rochester Area Colleges Continuing Education Association. She is part of the RIT-Xerox Degree Program, working toward her bachelor of science degree. She was on campus recently as part of the new cohort of student-professionals from Xerox Corp. studying to complete the multidisciplinary degree that combines print industry trends with service management and leadership. Nealon is the manager of technical solutions and support with Xerox, based in the Albany area.

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6/14/2011
The 13th Annual RITirees Picnic took place in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center on June 8. Two retirees, Stan Witmeyer and Dave Calman, received the RITirees Award. Here, Calman, center, gathers his family for a group photo.

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6/14/2011
The third annual RIT Imaging Bash, held June 6, gave faculty and staff a chance to share their research with each other in two-minute presentations. The event was sponsored by the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science. Professors Maria Helguera, John Kerekes, center, and Joel Kastner chat before the bash began.

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6/13/2011
The 13th Annual RITirees Picnic took place in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center on June 8. Two retirees, Stan Witmeyer and Dave Calman, received the RITirees Award. Here, Witmeyer, former director of the School of Art, chats with other attendees.

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6/9/2011
Jeremy Mosman, who has spent 10 years working as a groundskeeper at RIT, helps manage about 300 acres of the campus landscape—keeping it operational and looking its best. Here, Mosman works on the soccer field’s irrigation system in advance of the spring sports season.

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6/6/2011
First-year students in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science are building an imaging system from scratch as part of the Innovative Freshman Experience.

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6/2/2011
Jonathan Peyton made use of his skills in engineering, fluid dynamics and biology to help improve a next-generation blood pump, a project led by engineering professor Steven Day. As part of the team, Peyton researched ways to improve the design of the pump’s impeller. Outside of the laboratory, Peyton is a long-time member of the RIT Baja Race Team and is looking at options to join a professional race team after graduation.

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6/1/2011
Wellness coach Sue Grace checks Terri O’Connor’s blood pressure as part of RIT’s Better Me health and wellness consultation program.

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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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