The Center for Campus Life hosted a Halloween Bash on Oct. 31 in the Fireside Lounge. Raj Paul, a graduate student in the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, celebrated his first Halloween by donning a cutthroat pirate costume and winning a prize for the best and fastest mummy wrap.
The new building for the Golisano Institute for Sustainability features a roof-top garden.
Andrew Quagliata, lecturer in RIT’s communication department and co-organizer of this quarter’s public speaking contest, far right, discusses the Oct. 19 competition with finalists, from left, Laura Schiller, Wesley Musgrove and Josaphat Valdivia. The themes for this quarter’s contest, open to all undergraduate students, were elections and politics. Valdivia won first place for his speech “Why People Don’t Vote.”
Luis von Ahn, developer of the anti-spamming technology CAPTCHA, spoke at RIT Oct. 19. He talked about his newest service Duolingo, a language learning platform that helps people learn new languages for free, while at the same time helping to translate text on the Web.
RIT’s cooperative education program, which kicked off in 1912 with 32 students at a dozen local companies, turns 100 years old this academic year. A celebration was held recognizing past achievements and the important role co-op had on the success of RIT graduates on Oct. 18. The keynote speaker, Lindsey Pollak, a career expert and spokesperson for LinkedIn, discussed career trends of the future.
Nicholas Langswager ’12 (graphic design) started working at Fisher-Price Inc. in East Aurora, N.Y., full time in March. He was offered the job after working there as a student last summer in content design and this fall and winter in packaging design.
Faculty and staff members from the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences were the target of gallons of fun! They volunteered to be on the hot seat in a dunking booth set up outside of Gannett Hall. For $5, people had three chances to try and get them wet. The money raised will help pay for student travel to RIT’s 28th Big Shot next year. The site is not confirmed yet, but more details are expected to be announced soon. Here, Nanette Salvaggio, lecturer in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, gets wet.
David Kelbe, an imaging science doctoral candidate from Victor, N.Y., travels abroad and around Rochester to participate in various volunteer capacities. Locally, he works with refugee children at Mary’s Place. Here, Kelbe makes apple cider using an old cider press with some of the children. Kelbe was honored in 2012 with the Bruce R. James ’64 Distinguished Service Award.
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.