RIT/NTID Dance Company performed AstroDance at the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival on Sept. 22. The dance was conceived and choreographed by Thomas Warfield, director of the RIT/NTID dance program.
The Little Theatre (240 East Ave.) is the home venue for RIT during the inaugural First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival Sept. 19-23. Theatre, film, dance, music and art are among the offerings by RIT students and faculty. Gallery r, Christ Church and The Little Theater will feature presentations. For a complete list of RIT performances, go to www.rit.edu/fringefest. For more on the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival, go to www.rochesterfringe.com.
Taylor Deer, a fourth-year management student from Williamsville, N.Y., will lead the student community as the newly elected RIT Student Government President.
RIT held its seventh annual Lighting The Way ceremony on Aug. 31 to welcome new female students to campus. The event was sponsored by the Center for Women and Gender, RIT’s Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs and RIT’s Office of the Vice President of Finance and Administration.
Taylor Deer, president of Student Government, welcomed new students and their families during the Student Convocation on Aug. 30.
College of Health Sciences and Technology Dean Daniel Ornt, M.D., meets with incoming students and their families Aug. 30.
The Resource Fair, held Aug. 29, featured introductions to a variety of RIT departments. Here, RIT student Patience Ibezim directs new students and families to register.
Tom Caruso ’72 (finance and management) learned that construction was his future career while on co-op at RIT in the 1970s. Today he is vice president of Campus Construction.
Brian Duddy, senior research administrator for RIT’s Sponsored Research Services, recently published “Invasion Stripes: The Wartime Diary of Captain Robert Uhrig, USAAF and the Dawn of American Military Airlift.” The book is a biography of Uhrig’s service during World War II, told in his own words from extensive diary entries and letters to his wife. According to Duddy, the story is “an original source of history, written completely in the moment.” The book can be purchased by contacting Duddy directly or through the Lulu website, www.lulu.com.
More than 450 people attended the Undergraduate Research Symposium on Aug. 10. Undergraduate students presented their research in either oral presentations or poster presentations. Sessions were broken up by the following themes: chemistry and materials, energy and sustainability, imaging and optics, modeling and simulations, social sciences and humanities, and biomedical and life sciences. RIT alumna Brandy Pappas, now a biophysics graduate student at Harvard, and Edward Reinfurt (shown here), director of the division of science, technology and innovation within the Empire State Development Corp., delivered keynote addresses.
More than 450 people attended the Undergraduate Research Symposium on Aug. 10. Undergraduate students presented their research in either oral presentations or poster presentations. Sessions were broken up by the following themes: chemistry and materials, energy and sustainability, imaging and optics, modeling and simulations, social sciences and humanities, and biomedical and life sciences. RIT alumna Brandy Pappas (shown here), now a biophysics graduate student at Harvard, and Edward Reinfurt, director of the division of science, technology and innovation within the Empire State Development Corp., delivered keynote addresses.
Building a robotic vehicle was only one of the activities that drew female deaf and hard-of-hearing middle schoolers to attend RIT/NTID’s TechGirlz camp. The program offers girls the chance to get a head start thinking about their dream careers by participating in science, technology, engineering and math activities. Along the way the students made new friends from all over the United States and had fun visiting an amusement park. TechBoyz, underway at the same time, offered similar opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing middle school boys.
In the foreground, Matt Switzer, left, updates professors John Waud and Sarah Brownell on the modifications his senior design team made to a UV water-treatment system used in Mexico. In the background, Phil Floroff, left, Evan Hall, center, and Tyler Josselyn unpack the circuit board that will operate the system.
“Under the Influence: DRAW Artists and Their Mentors” is on exhibit in the Dyer Arts Center through Aug. 10.
Work continues on the state-of-the-art facility for the Golisano Institute for Sustainability.
Summer Start Up Program works with student entrepreneurs to help them accelerate the development of their business concepts. The program is sponsored by the E. Philip Saunders College of Business and the Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Caroline DeLong, RIT assistant professor of psychology in the College of Liberal Arts, works with Catina Wright, a zookeeper at Rochester’s Seneca Park Zoo, to study object perception in river otters. DeLong’s research in this area began with marine mammals—namely dolphins and whales—and now involves other aquatic animals including goldfish and otters.
RIT students have partnered with residents in Rochester’s Marketview Heights neighborhood to create several gardens throughout the community. Through the University/Community Partnerships program in the College of Liberal Arts, RIT students educate neighborhood children about proper nutrition, where their food comes from, the benefits of growing their own food, and musical and artistic expression in the garden. In addition, all of the food cultivated in the garden is free to community residents.
The university held its 14th annual RITirees Picnic in the Gordon Field House on June 13. The picnic honored all RIT retirees and welcomed a new class of retirees from 2012. The 2012 “RITirees Award” honored retired faculty member William Keyser from the School for American Crafts and retired staff member Linda Sallade, shown here, from Student Affairs.
Orange and brown are popular colors in the wardrobes of the Lamb family. From left, Connor, Chuck, Susan and Devin are all active members of the RIT community and “tigers” at heart.
Ryan Norris, left, and Benson Yu, fifth-year engineering majors, are part of the senior-design team that helped put a little extra swirl in Wegmans Food Markets marble cakes. The team designed equipment consisting of swirler modules to be used in the Bakeshop.
Nicole Mallory, a third-year physician assistant student, competed in the U.S. Olympic trials for flat-water kayaking in April, hoping to earn a coveted spot on the Olympic team. She placed fourth overall in the 500-meter race and took second place in the 500-meter kayak double with her racing partner, falling just short of making the team. Mallory has her sights set on the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro.
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.