There are dollar signs associated with RIT’s Financial Management Association, a student organization under the helm of the E. Philip Saunders College of Business. Members get to manage real money, track an investment portfolio with a market value of $110,000 and decide whether to invest or not invest based on their analysis. Eight members presented financial assessments during a late-April field trip, as they met with company executives in New York City’s financial marketplace. Jaré Allocco Allen, left, assistant controller at RIT, accompanied students William (Jon) Weintraub, Guangjun Ding, Troy Lubberts, Russell Sisipenzi, Harpreet Singh, Deep Ashar and Seerat Sodhi, along with Daniel Tessoni, right, accounting professor in the Saunders College (not pictured is Financial Management Association President Mayank Bindal). Tessoni was responsible for arranging executive meetings at WL Ross & Co. and International Textile Group (Cone Denim). James Watters, senior vice president of finance and administration at RIT, was responsible for arranging the executive meeting at Goldman, Sachs & Co.
RIT Staff Council hosted the Bob Howie Memorial Classic Car Display on May 30, in conjunction with RIT’s 16th annual Staff Appreciation Day & Community Picnic. About 40 classic vehicles belonging to RIT employees, retirees, trustees, alumni and students were displayed. The show is named for Bob Howie, who first organized the classic car display as an RIT retiree of Campus Connections bookstore. Howie died in 2008.
Adena Thomson is an accounting major with a 4.0 GPA who will be graduating with an MBA degree from RIT in February 2013. She enjoys playing the violin and is the captain of RIT’s intramural volleyball team. Read more about Thomson and her journey to RIT in Athenaeum and at www.rit.edu/news/story.php?id=49188.
RIT celebrates its new crop of graduates with the university’s 127th commencement. The two-day observance kicked off during Academic Convocation on May 25 in RIT’s Gordon Field House and Activities Center. Here, students from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf line up for their ceremony in the Ritter Ice Arena. To see more photos from Academic Convocation, go to bit.ly/Kb0pEG.
RIT celebrates its new crop of graduates with the university’s 127th commencement. The two-day observance kicked off during Academic Convocation on May 25 in Gordon Field House and Activities Center. During the ceremony, RIT President Bill Destler conferred degrees on both undergraduate and graduate candidates. To see more photos from Academic Convocation, go to bit.ly/Kb0pEG.
Bill Nye, scientist and beloved TV personality, provided the keynote address at RIT’s 127th commencement celebration May 25 in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center. Nye’s message on fostering a scientifically literate society proved popular among graduates, many of whom grew up watching “Bill Nye the Science Guy” during its originally run on public television from 1992 to 1998. To see more photos from Academic Convocation, go to bit.ly/Kb0pEG.
Neil Hair is a 2012 recipient of an Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching. Hair is an associate professor of marketing in the E. Philip Saunders College of Business. In 2006, he received the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Both awards are 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.
Bernard Brooks is a 2012 recipient of an Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching. Brooks is an associate professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences in the College of Science and a gifted researcher and teacher. 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.
Dan Bogaard is a 2012 recipient of an Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching. Bogaard, an associate professor of information technology in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, is a faculty advisor for the college’s Web development minor and teaches courses in information technology, including Web client-side and client-server programming. 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.
The creativity of student artists from RIT’s School for American Crafts was highlighted during the school’s annual “Walk-Through” event May 21.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Seth Harris toured the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies on May 21. Harris visited RIT to learn more about the Finger Lakes Food Processing Cluster Initiative, an effort led by the center in the nine-county region. The project is focused on enhancing the food-processing supply chain, such as growing crops or raising livestock, food-processing equipment and packaging and selling food products. Federal, state and local leaders see more opportunity to increase economic development regionally.
Paula Garcia, a third-year industrial design major from Bethesda, Md., has re-designed a hand splint for spinal cord patients. Garcia is currently applying for a provisional patent. She has presented her design at the University of Buffalo and at the University of Maryland. Garcia is involved in various campus clubs including CSTEP, Entrepreneurship Hall, the McNair Scholars Program and Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity. She is also a fellow in the Center of Student Innovation.
Jason Kolodziej, assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, is the 2012 recipient of the Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award is given each year to a faculty member with one to three years of teaching experience at RIT. Read more about Kolodziej in Athenaeum.
Dylan Heuer, a photo intern for RIT’s Sports Information Department, has landed a job as assistant photo editor for MLB.com. He has also worked with the Rochester Red Wings for the past two summers as a team photographer.
Grover Swartzlander, professor in the Department of Physics and the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, created the optical vortex coronograph to help astronomers find planets in other solar systems. Now, he is extending his research to extract information from other unresolved sources of light.
RIT welcomes dt ogilvie as dean of the E. Philip Saunders College of Business, effective Aug. 1. She joins RIT from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers Business School at Newark-New Brunswick, where ogilvie serves as a professor of business strategy and urban entrepreneurship. She is the founding director of the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development and founding director of the Scholars Training and Enrichment Program at Rutgers. Ogilvie takes over the helm from Ashok Rao, who joined RIT as dean of the Saunders College in 2007 and will retire at the end of the academic year.
Daniel Maffia, a sign-language interpreter for the College of Liberal Arts team and fitness instructor, shares his dramatic weight-loss story on the new TurboFire DVD workouts. Maffia’s accomplishments are featured on the DVD, and he is also one of featured trainers in the nationally televised infomercials.
College of Science students Kimbria Blake and Colin Axel have won scholarships from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. Blake, a second-year biochemistry student, will receive $15,000 toward her next two years at RIT; Axel, a third-year imaging science major, will receive $7,500 for his senior year. Samuel Kennedy, a third-year applied mathematics major, not pictured, received an honorable mention.
“Silent Laughter” is a silent movie performed live on stage and celebrates the glory days of the great comic actors of the 1920s such as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and the Mack Sennett Comedy Factory. The play features deaf and hearing actors on stage without voice interpretation for the deaf actors or ASL interpretation for the hearing actors. Performance dates are May 10-13 in the Robert F. Panara Theatre and the production is directed by Jerry Argetsinger.
Mary-Beth Cooper, senior vice president for student affairs, ‘throws’ her support into the Quarter Mile Challenge on May 10. The campus-wide fundraiser, which featured a dunking booth, targets support toward beautification efforts along RIT’s Quarter Mile.
Silent Laughter is a silent movie performed live on stage and celebrates the glory days of the great comic actors of the 1920s such as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and the Mack Sennett Comedy Factory. The play features deaf and hearing actors on stage without voice interpretation for the deaf actors or ASL interpretation for the hearing actors. Performance dates are May 10-13 in the Robert F. Panara Theatre and the production is directed by Jerry Argetsinger.
Shawn Gray, left, fourth-year film and animation major, and Thomas Macias, third-year multidisciplinary studies major, rehearse for the upcoming production of “Dog Sees God” May 17-20 in Booth Hall room A428.
The RIT Color Run, a 5-kilometer road race, took place on May 6 at RIT. Runners started with a white T-shirt and had colored powder thrown at them at regular intervals throughout the race. Proceeds go to the Trevor Project, an organization providing support to LGBTQ youth.
“Fine Arts Studio Senior Exhibition” runs through May 19 at Gallery r, 100 College Ave. in Rochester.
Refugee children from Mary’s Place joined RIT alumni and graduate students on a tour of Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival on May 5. Dave Kelbe (orange shirt), a doctoral candidate in imaging science, arranged the outing.
Four people were inducted in RIT’s Innovation Hall of Fame on May 4. From left to right, Kevin Surace ’85; Robin Cass, representing the School for American Crafts in honor of the late Aileen Osborn Webb; Patricia Moore ’74; Dean Kamen and President Bill Destler.
A record 35,000 spectators discovered the latest in the arts, science, technology and entrepreneurship on May 5 at the Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival. The festival, with Time Warner Cable as the premier sponsor, involved 2,700 participants and more than 600 volunteers. The festival has now drawn more than 140,000 visitors in five years. In 2013, the festival will be held May 4.
More than a dozen teams in the inaugural E-Dragster Race, this year’s kickoff event to Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival, took off on May 5. Participants, who included RIT students, faculty and staff, competed with electric-powered dragsters in time trials. The winning car, Hot Wheelz (shown here), from the Women in Engineering team, won a banjo from President Bill Destler’s personal collection.
Seabreeze Amusement Park in Irondequoit was the subject of the 27th RIT Big Shot on May 3. More than 1,500 students, faculty and community volunteers, manned with flashlights and flashes, lit up the historic Rochester landmark while RIT photographers shot a 30-second exposure from a nearby platform.
“He was an entrepreneur, a risk taker and always did it his way,” John Del Monte, president of E.J. Del Monte Corp., said about his father, the late Ernest J. Del Monte Sr., during a luncheon on May 3 at Oak Hill Country Club. John Del Monte accepted the 2012 Herbert W. Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award in honor of his father, who founded his company in 1953, established Delcrete Building Systems and owned several Marriott franchise properties. The Vanden Brul award was established in 1984 and the annual event is sponsored by RIT’s E. Philip Saunders College of Business.
Sculptor and MacArthur-award winner Elizabeth Turk engaged an audience of more than 150 people during her May 2 presentation, “Emptiness of Matter,” wrapping up the 2011-2012 season of the Caroline Werner Gannett Project’s “Visionaries in Motion V” series. Turk discussed her tools, methods, drawings and preparations, and she revealed her sources of inspiration, as well as some of her creations. Go to www.cwgp.org and click on “Celebrating Six Visionary Years” to read comments about the series from past speakers.
The RIT community gathered May 2 for a reception in appreciation of Georgia Gosnell, left. Her $5 million commitment to the university creates the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences in the College of Science. The naming comes in recognition of her late husband, who served as chairman of RIT’s Board of Trustees from 1987 to 1992. RIT President Bill Destler, right, joined the celebration.
RIT Hillel sponsored a free falafel pita tasting on April 30 in front of the Student Alumni Union. The event was a celebration of Israel’s 64th Independence Day on April 26.
Tracey O’Dowd and Mike Higham share some love with dogs from Scottsville Veterinary Adoptions. The pooches visited April 27 as part of the Spring Festival but had to depart early because of the cold weather.
In partnership with the George Eastman House, RIT and Visual Studies Workshop, photographers from Magnum Photos documented Rochester April 14-29. Students researched, assisted and scouted locations for the photographers—who, on April 28, discussed the project and signed books at the George Eastman House. Here, RIT Professor Willie Osterman, right, project coordinator for RIT students, talks with Jim Goldberg, one of the Magnum photographers, during the book signing. Magnum Photos is an agency owned by its photographer members and founded in 1947 by documentary photographers.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand convened leading experts from industry, government and academia for a summit at RIT’s Center for Student Innovation on April 27. The event focused on strategies to bring about a manufacturing renaissance to upstate New York. Golisano Institute for Sustainability Director Nabil Nasr looks on.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand convened leading experts from industry, government and academia for a summit at RIT’s Center for Student Innovation on April 27. The event focused on strategies to bring about a manufacturing renaissance to upstate New York. Here, U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson provided the keynote address.
RIT President Bill Destler, center, prepares to face off against more than a dozen teams in the inaugural E-Dragster Race, this year’s kickoff event to Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival on May 5. Participants, which include RIT students, faculty and staff, gathered April 26 for a media preview in Simone Plaza. Electric-powered dragsters will take part in time trials, and the winning team claims either $1,000 or a banjo from President Destler’s personal collection.
Sen. Joe Robach, second from right, poses with members of RIT’s team in the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute’s first-annual Greening Your Campus competition. RIT’s Team Powers addressed greenhouse-gas emissions and mercury releases as a direct result of RIT’s electricity purchases. The team, which placed second, consists of students Nikhil Kale, left; Steven Barber, second from left; Ayham Haddad, right; and faculty/staff advisor Chance Glenn (not pictured). Clarkson University took first place and University at Buffalo took third place. Students were presented awards at a ceremony in Albany after exhibiting their projects.
As part of its Research and Development Program, the Pollution Prevention Institute had developed a student competition in which teams must identify a specific activity at their university with a high environmental footprint and define a solution for lowering the impact.
Fifth-year packaging student Zack Loughery worked with the preservation team at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film to protect some of photography’s history using modern packages. He was part of a team that developed a new archival storage and protection covering for daguerreotypes.
The College of Liberal Arts honored students April 20 with a luncheon and awards presentation in University Gallery. Student achievement in writing was recognized with the 2012 Henry and Mary Kearse Student Honors Awards for excellence in liberal arts coursework. Faculty members recommended students based on writing assignments done in individual classes. The awards were created in 1980 thanks to a donation from Henry J. Kearse and his wife, Mary, a longtime member of RIT’s Nathaniel Rochester Society. Pictured are (front row, left to right): Amy Pease, Diana Bonilla, College of Liberal Arts Dean James Winebrake and Danielle DiGaspari. In the back row are Benjamin Liu, Adam Oest, Matthew Steski, Nicholas Giordano, Terese Davies and Kenneth Tyler Wilcox. Missing from the photo are Caitlin Purdy, Michael Rousselle and Nikolas Cairns.
The RIT Anime Club hosted its annual convention, Tora-Con, on April 21-22 on campus. The RIT Anime Club, with more than 150 members, is one of the largest in the country. Anime is an art form and an expression of Japanese culture. The weekend featured music, a cosplay contest, a dance and panel discussions.
The RIT women’s hockey team captured its first NCAA Division III championship and the first national championship for a women’s sport at RIT on March 17. A celebration for the team took place April 20 in Fireside Lounge. Here, Kim Schlattman autographed a poster for a fan.
Lorraine Justice, dean of the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, spent seven years in China as dean of the School of Design at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Her new book, China Design Revolution, from The MIT Press, is available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon and the MIT Press website. The book discusses the history of design and innovation in China along with current designs and global brands. It explores design’s role in China’s economic boom.
The RIT women’s hockey team captured its first NCAA Division III championship and the first national championship for a women’s sport at RIT on March 17. A celebration for the team took place April 20 in Fireside Lounge. Players signed autographs on posters and shirts.
Brian Koberlein, front, senior lecturer in RIT’s Department of Physics, and his team of educators asks Gwyn Guthiel and her middle-school classmates at the Harley School to “Prove Your World” during a science outreach presentation April 5. Koberlein and his colleagues are developing an inquiry-driven science television program, “Prove Your World,” for 8- to 13-year-olds—an age group with a teetering interest in science and technology. “Prove Your World” asks students to investigate science questions they find interesting. The pilot is in pre-production and will air on WXXI. Also pictured are artist and puppeteer Kevin Schoonover ’86 (graphic design), left; educator Julie Koberlein, back; Grant Guthiel, professor of psychology at Nazareth College, second from right; and Susan Sherwood, science education consultant, right. Not shown is Gail Grigg, professor of inclusive child education at Nazareth College.
The Tiger East End Express connects the RIT campus to Rochester’s East End from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday nights. RIT students can hop the bus for the opportunity to explore Rochester clubs, theaters, restaurants, stores, galleries and museums.
The annual Leadership Awards, presented on April 18, give special recognition to student leaders who significantly improve the quality of campus life. The Davis Scholarship (recipients pictured), Walls-Olson Memorial Scholarship and six other awards were presented to those who demonstrate leadership ability, good campus citizenship and high personal standards.
J. Ford Huffman, writer, designer and award-winning former deputy managing editor of USA Today, presented a talk April 16 on the future of news. Huffman is known for recommending the design and art direction of Page One, as well as the front-page design of the Sept. 12, 2001, issue of USA Today, which sold 3.6 million copies. In the mid-1980s, he was managing editor of Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle. His presentation was sponsored by RIT’s Department of Communication in the College of Liberal Arts.
About 400 men and women walked a mile in heels on April 15 to support victims of domestic violence. Alpha Sigma Alpha members coordinated the event. All proceeds went to the Advocacy Services for Abused Deaf Victims, a Rochester organization that provides free services to people who are deaf and hard-of-hearing and have experienced domestic violence or sexual abuse.
About 400 men and women—some wearing heels—walked a mile on April 15 to support victims of domestic violence. Alpha Sigma Alpha members coordinated the event. All proceeds went to the Advocacy Services for Abused Deaf Victims, a Rochester organization that provides free services to people who are deaf and hard-of-hearing and have experienced domestic violence or sexual abuse. NTID President Gerry Buckley, center, and Student Government President Greg Pollock share a fist-bump while making the trek.
Renowned Civil War artist Wendy Allen sets up shop in Louise M. Slaughter Hall in preparation for the American Statesmanship and Constitutionalism Colloquium (1776-1865), April 13-14. In addition to displaying and selling her paintings, prints and illustrations, Allen presented “An Artist’s Portrayal of Lincoln’s Statesmanship” during the two-day event, sponsored by RIT’s political science department.
Photographer Kwaku Alston was recognized at this year’s Distinguished Alumni Awards. During his campus visit on April 13, Alston met with students and reviewed portfolios.
Talent runs in the family as “Frances & Albert Paley” are the featured artists in University Gallery’s newest exhibition. The show is open to the public and runs through May 26, with an artist reception set for 5 to 7 p.m. May 15.
RIT hosted its annual tribute to the Outstanding Undergraduate Scholars on April 12 in the Gordon Field House. In order to receive the scholars designation, students must have earned a GPA of 3.85 and completed at least 125 quarter credits of study. Selection is also based on factors complementing their academic achievement, including creative work, independent research and community service.
RIT hosted is annual tribute to the Outstanding Undergraduate Scholars on April 12 in the Gordon Field House. In order to receive the scholars designation, students must have earned a GPA of 3.85 and completed at least 125 quarter credits of study. Selection is also based on factors complementing their academic achievement, including creative work, independent research and community service.
During a stop today at RIT, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer announced his support for legislation to kill a rise in student-loan interest rates. On July 1, interest rates on federally subsidized Stafford loans will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent, unless Congress takes action to block the increase. Joined by RIT President Bill Destler, Schumer addressed students from RIT and other area colleges in the Fireside Lounge.
Rebecca Edwards, associate professor of history and chair of the department, recently published her book, “Words Made Flesh: Nineteenth-Century Deaf Education and the Growth of Deaf Culture.” The book is part of the New York University Press’ The History of Disability Series.
The Rochester Parkour group, which includes RIT alumni and students, cleaned up Manhattan Square Park on April 7. They meet on Saturdays in the park to practice their sport. Kyler Mulherin, a third-year game design student, has participated since he came to RIT.
Graduate Thesis 2 is on view through April 18 in Bevier Gallery. The exhibit represents work from the School of Art, School of Design and School for American Crafts.
Barry Schwabsky, art critic for The Nation, spoke to students in RIT Professor Alan Singer’s fine art painting class on April 5. Schwabsky is a poet, critic and teacher who has edited and published monographs on artists as diverse as Alex Katz and Jessica Stockholder.
Erik Ellingson, a third-year photography major, picked RIT because of the photography program. He didn’t realize that his grandfather and great-grandfather made the university what it is today. Ellingson’s grandfather is Mark Ellingson, who was RIT’s fifth president from 1936-1969. Ellingson’s great-grandfather was John Randall, who was the fourth president of RIT from 1922 until 1936.
A standing-room-only crowd listened to entrepreneur David Bornstein speak April 2 in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science auditorium. Bornstein, founder of Dowser.org and the author of How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of Ideas, discussed new-solutions journalism and social innovation during his talk, “Are We on the Verge of a New Enlightenment?” Bornstein joined the list of presenters for RIT’s 2011–2012 Caroline Werner Gannett Project’s “Visionaries in Motion V” speaker series. The series concludes May 2 with a presentation by sculptor Elizabeth Turk.
“Three Artists, Three Views” is on exhibit in the NTID Dyer Arts Center through April 30. The exhibits feature photography, sculpture and paintings. An artists’ reception is 3:30-5 p.m. April 4.
Rochester Mayor Thomas Richards honored the 2012 RIT women’s hockey team with a key to the city March 30. The women’s team won its first NCAA Division III championship March 17. The following week, RIT announced plans to become a Division I program. The East High School Class-A girl’s basketball championship team also received an honorary key at the City Hall ceremony.
Mixed-media artist Radcliffe Bailey spoke about his traveling exhibit, “Memory as a Medicine,” on March 29 in Webb Auditorium. The lecture was sponsored by the College of Imaging Arts & Sciences.
Actress and New York Times best-selling author Victoria Rowell discussed the portrayal of women in the media, both positively and negatively, during a talk on March 29. As a woman in the media spotlight, Rowell has firsthand experience with how women are portrayed across various mediums.
Actress and New York Times best-selling author Victoria Rowell discussed the portrayal of women in the media, both positively and negatively, during a talk on March 29. As a woman in the media spotlight, Rowell has firsthand experience with how women are portrayed across various mediums. Rowell signed books before her talk in Ingle Auditorium.
Middle- and high-school students from 20 schools across the country competed March 24 for prizes and bragging rights for their schools in the seventh annual RIT National Science Fair for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students.
The Spring Career Fair, which took place March 28, 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. More than 230 companies participated and a record number of more than 2,900 job seekers attended. Companies that participate range from small technology firms to Fortune 500 companies.
Committee members from the women’s and gender studies program in the College of Liberal Arts commemorated Women’s History Month on March 28 by handing out tulips and fair-trade chocolate to the RIT community. The gesture aimed to reclaim commercialized products—flowers as symbols of life, hope and strength, and fair-trade chocolate as a sign of non-exploitative practices. Material related to women’s issues and campus activities and programs was also available. Here, Jasmine Lockwood, a new-media design student, stops to pick up a tulip.
Jason Shanley is a business management student in the E. Philip Saunders College of Business who won a scholarship to RIT after winning first prize in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy Regional “Bright Ideas” competition last May. Shanley is the CEO of UrLocker, which makes a variety-pack of removable, reusable designs for school lockers. His business was featured on BizKid$, a weekly series on PBS/WXXI-TV that teaches kids about money.
The annual RIT egg hunt on March 24 challenged children to find more than 2,000 toy- and candy-filled eggs hidden in the Eastman Kodak Quad. Face painting, paper-bag puppets and popcorn were available.
The Exact Theatre Ensemble, a collection of RIT alumni, performed a staged reading of “Playing with Fire,” written by Swedish author, playwright, poet and novelist August Strindberg. The performance was part of the Strindberg Symposium Centennial Celebration on March 23, which featured lectures and panel discussions sponsored by RIT’s College of Liberal Arts, Department of English, Department of Fine Arts, School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, Foundations Department and the Swedish Institute.
The RIT Pep Band performed in Global Village on March 23. The band plays at all the hockey games as well as other special RIT events. The warm weather prompted an outdoor performance.
RIT students were treated to a southern-themed dinner at Grace Watson Dining Hall on March 20. The meal included gumbo, fried chicken, pork chops, cornbread, blackened tofu and a variety of desserts.
RIT students Abbey Kinney, left, Katie White and Kaylee Martin look at a large millipede during a campus visit from the Seneca Park Zoo on March 21.
RIT honored Steven Morse, assistant vice president of institute audit, compliance and advisement, as this year’s recipient of the Four Presidents Distinguished Public Service Award. David Kelbe, an imaging science doctoral candidate, received this year’s Bruce R. James ’64 Distinguished Service Award. RIT Vice President Emeritus Alfred Davis started a $50,000 endowment to fund the awards program. Each recipient will have the privilege of designating the endowment income to a beneficiary of his choice. From left, Associate Director for Student and Recent Alumni Programs James Macchiano, RIT President Bill Destler, Kelbe, Morse and Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Mary-Beth Cooper gathered before the March 20 ceremony.
RIT’s women’s hockey team is applying to move to Division I. The team plans to join the College Hockey America conference next season. Women’s hockey would join the men’s hockey team as the only DI college teams in the Rochester area. Here, College Hockey America Commissioner Robert DeGregorio shares the news with RIT Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Mary-Beth Cooper.
RIT/NTID information technology student Samuel Sandoval was one of 60 men and women who got their heads shaved March 17 in the Fireside Lounge during St. Baldrick’s Day, a fundraiser sponsored by Sigma Nu fraternity. The fundraiser netted more than $9,000 for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which supports research for childhood cancers.
RIT women’s hockey team claimed its first NCAA Division III National Championship on March 17. RIT defeated Norwich University 4-1 at the Frank Ritter Ice Arena. RIT goalie Laura Chamberlain, named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, made 27 saves during the final game.
RIT women’s hockey claimed its first NCAA Division III Women’s Ice Hockey National Championship on March 17. RIT defeated Norwich University 4-1 at the Frank Ritter Ice Arena. RIT goalie Laura Chamberlain, named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, made 27 saves during the final game.
RIT’s 2012 United Way campaign kicked off on March 15 with a carnival and prize auction. Here, Rick Lagiewski handed Phyllis Walker a ticket for the auction after she played Spin It to Win It.
RIT’s 2012 United Way campaign kicked off on March 15 with a carnival and prize auction. Here, Adel Henen, facilities management, plays Shake, Rattle and Roll to win a ticket for the auction.
The Finger Lakes Regional FIRST Robotics competition roared into the Gordon Field House for “Rebound Rumble” March 9-10. More than 3,000 students, teachers, mentors and guests cheered on 41 teams, from across the Northeast and Canada, vying for positions at the national competition in April. Here, a student group, The Buzz, from World of Inquiry School 58, sang the national anthem before the competition.
Brandon Edquist, left, and Matthew Pituk created the three winning poster designs that will soon be seen around campus during RIT’s 2012 United Way campaign. Katherine Olsen, associate professor in NTID’s arts and imaging studies program, says her graphic design course project on “United Way Posters” was initiated 10 years ago. “It’s competitive but collaborative and the students all help one another to create a persuasive design for the purpose of fundraising. Brandon and Matthew are immensely talented, work closely together in class and really do influence each other’s designs, so it’s no surprise they both won.”
James Salzano, president of Clark Companies Inc., was a guest speaker at the 8th annual Executive MBA alumni event, “Sharpen the Saw,” on March 9. Salzano is an Irondequoit native and an accounting major alumnus who graduated from RIT’s E. Philip Saunders College of Business in 1987. Salzano says Clarks, a privately owned shoe wear company with 14,000 employees worldwide, remains focused on customer loyalty and innovative styles combined with comfort technology.
The Finger Lakes Regional FIRST Robotics competition roared into the Gordon Field House for “Rebound Rumble” March 9-10. More than 3,000 students, teachers, mentors and guests cheered on 41 teams, from across the Northeast and Canada, vying for positions at the national competition in April. Here, students cheer for their team.
Stephen Bosworth, former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of South Korea (1997-2001), spoke at Sharpen the Saw, the 8th annual Executive MBA alumni event sponsored by the E. Philip Saunders College of Business. Bosworth, currently dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, also delivered the keynote address for the Executive Leadership Network luncheon March 9 at the Genesee Valley Club.
The Finger Lakes Regional FIRST Robotics competition roared into the Gordon Field House for “Rebound Rumble” March 9–10. More than 3,000 students, teachers, mentors and guests cheered on 41 teams, from across the Northeast and Canada, vying for positions at the national competition in April.
Researchers Jason Faulring, left, and Don McKeown in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science discuss challenges of turning disaster data into useful information maps. Last fall, emergency responders used remotely sensed imagery Faulring captured of flooding caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.
The Middle East metropolis of Dubai is a multicultural experience for RIT’s E. Philip Saunders College of Business Honors Program students who were spending their spring break learning about the Dubai Financial Markets and visiting Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. The students toured the campus and met Mustafa Abushagur, center, president of RIT Dubai, who is currently on leave while serving as the deputy prime minister of Libya.
Kate Winnebeck, left, and Tracy Freas have developed an outreach and education program that provides ergonomics assessment and training for companies in New York and outside the state.
Lyndsey Saunders, a third-year advertising and public relations student, tweets during her e-Journalism class. Twitter and blogs are social-media methods of communication. Saunders has a blog on fashion.
Students from packaging science, graphic design and industrial design teamed up on design projects in a competition sponsored by American Packaging Corp. This was the third year students from the College of Applied Science and Technology worked with those from the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences to redesign packaging. In this year’s competition, the teams were asked to re-work several Wegmans product packages, such as juice containers, sauces and laundry detergent, to make them more eye-appealing, sustainable and easier to pack for shipping to stores.
Sydney Seaver, senior professional advisor, works with third-year student Kevin Mulholland to evaluate course options in pursuit of his computer engineering technology degree. Advising is a key aspect of RIT’s pledge to help all students effectively navigate the upcoming switch to semesters.
Gallery r’s current exhibition, “Redefining PCP*—Students & Alumni Interpret *Poetry, Craft & Performance” opened Feb. 24 and runs through April 7.
Engineering students demonstrated early results of senior design projects at the annual poster session and presentations Feb. 24 in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering. Chris “Chappy” Sullivan, a fifth-year mechanical engineering student, demonstrates The Motion Assistive Seating Device for Sailing. The device is a portable and detachable seating system that can be used by individuals with mobile disabilities to participate in leisure sailing excursions and competitions. It is one of several being developed as part of the college’s biomedical systems and technologies projects.
The Gallery at the Arts & Cultural Council, 277 N. Goodman St., presents an exhibit of paintings and sculptures by RIT Professor Leonard Urso. The exhibit is on view through Feb. 28.
RIT’s Student Affairs hosted a women’s leadership event on Feb. 21. Elaine Spaull, executive director of the Center for Youth and a Rochester City Council member, was the keynote speaker. Spaull spoke about compassionate leadership and incorporating respect for others in a leadership style.
Tom Keene ’75 (biology) is interviewed by WITR-FM (89.7) Feb. 17 during a men’s hockey game. Keene, an editor at Bloomberg News and co-host of “Bloomberg Surveillance” on Bloomberg Radio, is a former RIT hockey player and was joined at a reunion by more than a dozen alumni hockey players from the 1970s. Keene also shared his business prowess with students from the E. Philip Saunders College of Business during a discussion about the global economy.
Ashley Aberg, a fourth-year philosophy major from New York City, has conducted groundbreaking research on intersex infants and was the only undergraduate presenter and attendee at an international conference in Madrid.
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo presented highlights of his state budget to the Rochester community Friday at NTID’s Panara Theatre. The governor’s budget proposal aims to close the current $2 billion budget deficit with no new taxes or new fees. The Executive Budget also lays the groundwork for an innovative $25 billion economic development agenda.
RIT recognized members of the university’s research community during the annual Principal Investigators Reception on Feb. 16. During the 2011 fiscal year, RIT faculty and staff submitted a record 653 grant proposals. The annual reception and awards ceremony is hosted by Sponsored Research Services. Jan van Aardt, associate professor in Imaging Science, was among the seven new PI Millionaires honored this year.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented highlights of his proposed state budget to the Rochester community Feb. 17 at NTID’s Panara Theatre. The governor aims to close the current $2 billion budget deficit with no new taxes or new fees. The proposal also lays the groundwork for an innovative $25 billion economic development agenda.
Students in the industrial design program along with students from the glass program show off their work from Metaproject 2. Tom Zogas was awarded first-place in the glass category for his ceiling fan design and Dan Ipp took first-place in the industrial design category for his side table design. For this year's Metaproject, students from the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences teamed up with the Corning Museum of Glass where the winning projects were presented to members of the Corning team. The winning projects will also be presented during Design Week in New York City in May.
Students in the industrial design program along with students from the glass program showed off their work from Metaproject 2. Here, Tina Oldknow, curator of modern glass at the Corning Museum of Glass, reviews some of the entries. Tom Zogas was awarded first-place in the glass category for his ceiling fan design and Dan Ipp took first-place in the industrial design category for his side table design. Representatives from the Corning Museum of Glass judged the projects. The winning projects will also be presented in May during Design Week in New York City.
Professor Jim Perkins’ medical illustration was recognized internationally at the World Congress of the Association Européenne des Illustrateurs Médicaux et Scientifiques in Strasbourg, France, last November. His work, exhibited in “Anatomy of an Image,” is part of the permanent collection at the École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg. Perkins is co-director of medical illustration program, with joint appointments in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences and the College of Health Sciences and Technology.
Graduating students marked 100 days before commencement by attending the annual Graduation Fair on Feb. 15. Representatives from RIT’s nine colleges and various other departments across campus took part in the event. The Graduation Fair is intended as a one-stop opportunity to gather important information related to commencement weekend, May 25-26.
RIT students were serenaded at a Valentine’s Day dinner on Feb. 14 at Gracie’s. The special meal included garlic shrimp, teriyaki beef tips, chicken piccatta, braised red cabbage, vegetable lasagna, pesto tofu and a variety of desserts. Dining Services started this tradition more than 30 years ago.
Chris Spinelli ’08, ’09 (economics, MBA), left, and Jon Mervine ’07 (economics) are making a name for their Roc Brewing Co. in downtown Rochester. Their beer is sold in 15 Rochester bars and restaurants and their microbrewery attracts crowds of several hundred on weekend nights. The men also are beginning to get national recognition. Last fall, they were named one of two winners of the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Experienceship Award.
A camera installed on the International Space Station is giving upper Midwest farmers real-time data about how their crops are growing. The camera was built by a company owned by three RIT graduates. From left, Lawrence Taplin ’02 (imaging science); Tracie Spiliotis ’99, ’01 (accounting, MBA); and Pano Spiliotis ’99, ’01 (imaging science, MBA) own FluxData, based at RIT’s business incubator, Venture Creations. The University of North Dakota hired the company in 2010 to build the multispectral imager for its International Space Station Agricultural Camera project.
RIT held its second annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Feb. 10. The event honored female athletes of all ages at the RIT women’s basketball game versus Rensselaer. Nine schools were represented from the Rochester City School District as the girls were mentored by female student-athletes from RIT’s athletic teams. The event promotes the power in women’s sports as well as a healthy and active lifestyle.
RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences is hosting the Rochester-Finger Lakes Middle and High School Community Exhibit at Bevier Gallery through Feb. 29. The exhibition features 232 student art submissions—chosen for display by 120 teachers in 40 area schools across the Rochester-Finger Lakes region—from Webster Schroeder to Rush-Henrietta to Wayland-Cohocton.
Members of the RIT/NTID Dance Company perform “Off the Wall” Feb. 9-12 in the Robert F. Panara Theatre at NTID. Tickets for the show, directed by Thomas Warfield, are $5 to $7 and are available at the NTID box office.
More than 40 paintings by Francis Marion Tuttle (1839-1910), a 19th century deaf artist from Geneva, N.Y., are on view at the Dyer Arts Center through March 2. A reception and talk by Diane Gutierrez is 3:30-5:30 p.m. Feb. 8. Interpreters provided.
RIT’s Freeze Fest weekend Feb. 3–5 featured comedian Donald Glover, best known for his role as Troy Barnes on the NBC sitcom Community.
The cultural organizations of RIT educate and entertain audience members through dance, fashion shows and singing at Global Union’s Unification. As main event at Freeze Fest 2012, Unification allows students and the public to learn more about RIT’s cultural diversity through performances. Global Union is a major student organization that represents international students and cultural organizations at RIT.
The Center for Campus Life helped bring the mountain to RIT this winter during the annual Freeze Fest. Students enjoyed Snowzilla, an 80-foot-high inflatable tubing slide, complete with a bounce house underneath.
Lorraine Justice, dean of the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, at “A Celebration of Innovation” Feb. 3 in the Vignelli Center for Design Studies’ University Gallery. The event was part of the Office of the Vice President for Research’s monthly celebration of scholarship conducted by RIT faculty and students. The event included exhibits highlighting innovative work by sculptors, craft makers, illustrators, photographers, filmmakers and sign language performers, and it featured the work of world-renowned arts alumni, including the seven graduates who have received Pulitzer Prizes for photography.
Scottsville Veterinary Adoptions brought puppies to campus for a Freeze Fest event on Feb. 3. Paulina Evoy, left, director of College Activities Board, and CAB member Avis Lyons, right, hold two of the shelter dogs. CAB member Rachael Bisbo and student Wade Fuller look on. For more information on pet adoption and volunteer opportunities, go to www.petadoption.cc/index.htm.
Sebastian Seung, professor of computational neuroscience and physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, captivated a standing-room-only crowd in RIT’s Webb Auditorium Feb. 2 as the featured speaker for the Caroline Werner Gannett Project’s “Visionaries in Motion” series. Seung’s research has spanned the fields of neuroscience, physics and bioinformatics and he is currently mapping out a new model of the brain that focuses on the connections between each neuron that he calls our “connectomes.” Guests were able to “connect” with Seung one-on-one after the talk during a book-signing event and reception.
The annual Freeze Fest celebration on campus is Feb. 3-5. Photo ice crystals and hot chocolate were offered in the Student Alumni Union. Here, Phoenix Walter, a fourth-year student in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, shows off her likeness in a cube.
Scott Franklin, RIT professor of physics, co-wrote Explorations in Physics: An activity-based approach to understanding the world. The class won an award for Inquiry Based Instruction from Science Magazine.
RIT students had the opportunity to speak with Søren Stærmose Feb. 1 when he visited Michael Sarnowski’s “Worlds of Writing” class in Liberal Arts Hall. Stærmose was the producer of the film adaption of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” based on the Swedish novels written by the late Stieg Larsson. As part of a whirlwind tour of the United States, Stærmose addressed the university and Rochester communities at a talk in Carlson Auditorium.
The annual Packaging Science Career Fair took place on Feb. 1. The fair is designed to offer employers and students a forum to meet and discuss the packaging field and career opportunities. Employers have the opportunity to present their company and meet students in the Packaging Science program who are looking for co-op and full-time job opportunities. Students are able to gather general information about companies as well as specific co-op and full time opportunities within them.
Matt Hamill visited RIT on Jan. 30 for a showing of “The Hammer,” the movie about his early life and wrestling career at RIT. Hamill, shown with NTID Student Congress President Gerilee Cristina and Student Government President Greg Polluck, hosted a Q&A session after the movie.
Alumni talked about the future of technology in media and entertainment during an event Jan. 26 at the New York Yacht Club in New York City. Panelists included, from left, Becky Brubaker ’93, senior vice president for manufacturing and distribution at the Chicago Tribune; Tom Curley ’77, president and chief executive officer at The Associated Press; and Katie Linendoll ’05, TV host, producer and technology expert. William Snyder ’81, four-time Pulitzer prize-winning photojournalist and program chair for photojournalism, moderated the event.
The event was sponsored by RIT Trustee Arthur Gosnell, chairman and CEO of Stonehurst Capital Inc.
Shark Tank, featuring five student teams competing for the opportunity to turn their start-up businesses into reality, took place on Jan. 24. The first place winners were Christopher Burton (shown here), a junior in management information systems, and Alexander Bennett, a sophomore in industrial design. The student entrepreneurs won $2,000 for their Kinetic Beacon, a non-battery-powered hand-held device used as a GPS tool for intrepid outdoor adventurers.
The Center for Student Innovation Fellows Program hosted a nerd auction Jan. 20. The fellows, who represent many of RIT’s colleges, raised $500 to develop their projects and sponsor work by other students. Pictured above is fellow Richard Latham, right, a third-year industrial and systems engineering major, talking to RIT Professor Tony Harkin from the School of Mathematical Sciences. People bid on items the fellows made. The fellows themselves were also up for bid and participants won time with a student for help on a project or problem. The students hope to make this an annual event.
The Gallery at the Arts & Cultural Council, 277 N. Goodman St., presents an exhibit of paintings and sculptures by RIT Professor Leonard Urso. The exhibit is on view through Feb. 28.
Cornel West, professor, author, musician and philosopher, was the keynote speaker for the 30th annual Expressions of King’s Legacy Celebration on Jan. 23. West, professor of philosophy and Christian practices at Union Theological Seminary, often speaks of the King legacy and social justice.
Spoken-word poet Joshua Bennett performed “Tamara's Opus” at the Expressions of King’s Legacy Celebration on Jan. 23. Bennett wrote the poem about how he came to understand his sister Tamara’s experience as a woman who is deaf and how they learned to communicate with each other. The poem was spoken and signed.
In the mid-1990s, Garth Fagan Dance gave its Rochester performances in the Robert F. Panara Theatre at NTID. Fagan Dance, now in its 40th year, and one of the premier modern dance companies in the United States, returned to perform as part of RIT’s annual Expressions of King’s Legacy Celebration on Jan. 23.
In the mid-1990s, Garth Fagan Dance gave its Rochester performances in the Robert F. Panara Theatre at NTID. Fagan Dance, now in its 40th year, and one of the premier modern dance companies in the United States, returned to perform as part of RIT’s annual Expressions of King’s Legacy Celebration on Jan. 23.
Poet Joshua Bennett spoke with RIT/NTID students, staff and community members in the Student Development Center Jan. 22 as part of the 30th annual Expressions of King’s Legacy Celebration. Student performance groups Mental Graffiti and Dangerous Signs also performed.
Cornel West, professor, author, musician and philosopher, spoke with a group of students before giving his keynote address at the 30th annual Expressions of King’s Legacy Celebration on Jan. 23. West, professor of philosophy and Christian practices at Union Theological Seminary, often speaks of the King legacy and social justice.
RIT’s Science and Mathematics Education Research Collaborative connected with colleagues in the area on Jan. 20 to form the sixth regional network of Project Kaleidoscope, a leading advocate for engaging and retaining students in the STEM disciplines. RIT chemistry professor Tom Kim shared his ideas on concept maps to workshop participants and Scott Franklin, RIT associate professor of physics, looks on.
RIT’s College of Liberal Arts hosted its annual Major, Minor and Concentration Fair Jan. 20 in Clark Gym. RIT students met with Liberal Arts faculty members to learn about the more than 40 minors and concentrations. Students were also treated to free pizza and door prizes for their participation.
Some of RIT’s newer research participants are getting a helping hand. The Office of the Vice President for Research has awarded more than a dozen seed-funding grants of $5,000 each to support proposed research initiatives. The awards result from the faculty members’ participation in the annual Grant Writers’ Boot Camp program. Recipients of this year’s seed funding awards include (top row from left) Hans Schmitthenner, Hinda Mandell, Ivan Puchades, Wei Le, (bottom from left) Jennifer Adams, Susan Lane-Outlaw, Christine Monikowski and Patricia Taboada-Serrano. They’re joined by David Bond, director of Sponsored Research Service (bottom right).
Michael Ruhling, associate professor of fine arts/music and conductor of the RIT Orchestra, leads a rehearsal. Students from a variety of majors participate in the orchestra and take it for course credit. The group’s winter concert, with the Rochester Medical Orchestra, is Feb. 25 at the Hochstein School of Music Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester.
Mike Every’s fascination with the physics of spinning liquids has given his career an early start. The second-year physics major discovered a way to centrifugally cast telescope mirrors and caught the attention of an astronomer at California Polytechnic. Every was invited to present his research at a conference in Hawaii, Jan. 20-22, and to contribute to a book being written about the subject.
Gallery r’s Invitational Exhibit of faculty and students from the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences opened Jan. 12 and is on view through Feb. 19. Gallery r is located at 100 College St. in Rochester and will be participating in the First Friday openings on Feb. 3.
Sam Campanaro ’57 (illustrative photography) is best known for this famous photograph 15 Babies, which he shot in 1983 for a Kodak Colorama campaign. Here, Campanaro points to his grandson, who was one of the models for the shot. Campanaro worked for Eastman Kodak Co. for 42 years and continues to make pictures today.
John Eades ’93 (industrial design) opened a sandal factory in Geneva, N.Y. Vere Sandal Co. opened in August 2010 and is one of only a few companies making sandals in the United States. Read more about Eades in RIT: The University Magazine.
Student entrepreneurs and innovators from around the country collaborated on ideas to bring potential earth-saving technologies and products into the marketplace. RIT’s Center for Student Innovation hosted the Sustainable University IdeaLab workshop Jan. 4-8. Led by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, students learned how to develop and commercialize products and innovations that address sustainability issues. Student teams with the best ideas may receive seed grants up to $1,000.
Tony Zanni ’07 (graphic design) is the creative partner at Dock 2 Letterpress, a commercial letterpress business in Webster, N.Y.
David Eckler ’83 (printing management) is the owner of Dock 2 Letterpress, a commercial letterpress business in Webster, N.Y.
New faculty member Michael Schrlau joined the Kate Gleason College of Engineering this fall and has been working to balance classroom activities, research and department tasks. He talked to undergraduate engineering students about his research about unique strategies using nanotubes to study cells, tissue and larger biological systems.
Josh Turner, left, technology director of Kosovo Wind Gardens, works on a mold for a turbine blade in RIT’s composites lab. Turner is receiving assistance on the product from Rob Aldi, a graduate student in manufacturing and mechanical systems integration. Kosovo Wind Gardens is a venture that plans to construct and sell wind turbines to individual homes, businesses and farms in the vast rural areas of Kosovo.
Imaging science graduate student Kelly Canham used spectral imaging equipment last December in Oaxaca, Mexico, to support Professor Bill Middleton’s archeological research. Canham won the use of a spectralradiometer through the Alexander Goetz Instrument Program, along with David Messinger in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science and Middleton in the College of Liberal Arts.
Dr. Daniel Ornt joined RIT Dec. 1 as vice president and dean of the Institute of Health Sciences and Technology. He heads the institute’s three components: RIT’s ninth college, the College of Health Sciences and Technology, the Health Sciences Research Center and the Health Sciences Outreach Center. Ornt was formerly vice dean for education and academic affairs at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
Lisa Hermsen, associate professor of English and department chairperson in RIT’s College of Liberal Arts, recently published a book on the history of mania and mental illness.
Attendees at the Finance and Administration holiday breakfast Dec. 19 admired and photographed the gingerbread houses on display. Each dining area created a gingerbread house for a competition this year.
Teaching continues for engineering faculty Michael Schrlau, left, even after his Heat Transfer class has ended. Undergraduate mechanical engineering students gather at his office to discuss homework, class concepts and projects. Schrlau started his first year at RIT this past fall after working as a research assistant professor at Drexel University, where he developed devices for intracellular probing, imaging and spectroscopy.
Gabriella Ramos hands over a collection of handmade scarves as part of a donation to the Rush-Henrietta Area Food Terminal’s Holiday Food Basket program. Ramos is enrolled in the Urban Poverty class in RIT’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology.
The School for American Crafts annual holiday craft sale is taking place in the Student Alumni Union through Dec. 15. Ceramics students Bri Kinard, left, and Erin McGraw are selling their work in the sale.
RIT’s microelectronic engineering department is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The department has more than 1,000 of its graduates working in prominent semiconductor companies all over the globe. Patrick Chan ’10 is one of those graduates. He is a process engineer with Tokyo Electron Ltd., based in Malta, N.Y., just north of Albany. He had industry and corporate experience before coming to RIT, working as an electrical engineer at Xerox and Kodak.
RIT student musicians showed off their skills Dec. 9 at ROC the Mic in the Student Alumni Union. Soloists and bands of multiple genres participated in the competition hosted by RIT’s College Activities Board and WITR-FM (89.7), RIT’s student-run campus radio station. Performers competed for a free recording session and interview at WITR’s “Rochester Sessions” and other prizes.
Tiana Adams-Hawkins is president of the RIT Metalworks Club. Adams-Hawkins and the club, along with the Hooks and Needles Club, will sell their creations in the Student Alumni Union lobby through Dec. 15.
Members of the College of Applied Science and Technology’s Women in Technology group, including, from left, Kelley Lockwood, Kristen Wildenstein and Danyelle Greene, collected children’s books and made 32 fleece hats for families in eastern New York who were overwhelmed by Hurricane Irene this past summer. Greene, who grew up in the area, says communities in Schoharie County (Schenectady region) continue to rebuild after extensive flooding.
The Center for Campus Life Vending Office sponsored a Winter Craft Sale on Dec. 9 in the Student Alumni Union. The sale featured 38 faculty, staff and alumni vendors, including Abby Kuperstock ’03 (illustration and graphic design). Kuperstock is currently an adjunct professor in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.
Go Global Holiday Celebration on Dec. 8 featured RIT’s all-female a cappella group, Encore. Shop One² had a trunk show featuring work by alumni and local artists; Global Learning had an open house; and there was a gingerbread house-making demonstration and plentiful treats and beverages to sample.
RIT’s Caroline Werner Gannett Project hosted MacArthur award-winning biomedical animator Drew Berry on Dec. 8. Berry spoke to a standing-room-only crowd of about 300 guests in Webb Auditorium, where he focused on the challenges of accurately representing miniscule molecules of flesh and blood and explored the balance between scientific accuracy and creating content that is appropriate for a non-scientific audience. The next speaker in the series, Sebastian Seung, professor of computational neuroscience at MIT, is scheduled for Feb. 2.
Paul Spacher ’82 (mechanical engineering) helped develop a system to cool the battery in the Chevy Volt. His work is a reason the electric car can travel 35 miles or more on battery power.
The RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press hosted a holiday card-making event on Dec. 7. Using some of the antique presses, attendees were able to print their own cards. Here, Steven Galbraith, left, curator of the Melbert B. Cary Jr. Graphic Arts Collection, prints a card with Joseph Campana, a second-year graphic design graduate student.
RIT Student Auxiliary Services is hosting Go Global Holiday Celebration in Global Village 4:30–6:30 p.m. Dec. 8. RIT’s all-female a cappella group, Encore, will perform; Shop One2 will have a trunk show featuring work by alumni and local artists; Global Learning will have an open house; and there will be a gingerbread house-making demonstration and plentiful treats and beverages to sample.
NTID President and RIT Vice President and Dean Gerry Buckley, along with students, faculty and staff, meet via Telepresence with officials from Cisco Systems in California. The Telepresence system—the first in the Rochester area and valued at $700,000—was donated by Cisco to research how this technology can be better accessed by deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. Cisco is one of the top 10 employers of RIT students for co-ops and permanent employment upon graduation.
Vincent F.A. Golphin, assistant professor of English, recently published “10 Stories Down,” his collection of poems written during his time in China.
Gallery r opened on Dec. 1 with the exhibition “Prologues,” followed by an open house from 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 2. First Friday is the monthly citywide gallery night that encourages gallery hopping, in collaboration with regional nonprofit, university and commercial venues. The exhibit runs through Jan. 4 and features works by three recognized artists: Robin Cass, faculty member in the glass program at RIT’s School for American Crafts; Elizabeth Kronfield, associate professor in RIT’s Department of Fine Arts; and Karen Sardisco, assistant professor of fine arts at Monroe Community College (and formerly of RIT).