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.
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.
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.
Professor Grover Swartzlander is helping astronomers learn about unresolved sources of light in space.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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, 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.
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.
Packaging science, graphic design and industrial design students teamed up in a design competition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students collected children’s books and made hats for families affected by Hurricane Irene.
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.
Students, faculty and staff meet via Telepresence with Cisco Systems officials in California.
Vincent F.A. Golphin, assistant professor of English, recently published “10 Stories Down,” his collection of poems written during his time in China.