President Bill Destler addressed the RIT community Jan. 29 in Ingle Auditorium on the university’s cost-containment strategies as part of the Open Administration Series. “Our overall fiscal health enables us to explore new educational paradigms and possible cost-cutting and revenue generation models from a position of strength,” he said. Slides from the presentation are available on the president’s website in the Open Administration Series section. A recorded copy of the address will be captioned and added to the president’s website later this week.
David Hunke, former president and publisher of USA Today and current chief strategy officer for digerati, Inc., spoke to RIT students and faculty as well as a contingent from Syracuse University about the future of journalism. Hunke was one of several journalism experts on campus Jan. 29 for the conference “What’s Next? Journalism’s Leading Questions: The Future of Collaboration and Innovation.”
Artist Alec Hazlett ’71, ’72 sells his pottery in Shop One2 on the RIT campus. Shop One2 is a fine art and craft gallery in RIT’s Global Village which features hand-made, one-of-a-kind artwork by RIT affiliated artists including students, faculty and alumni.
Three Mo’ Tenors performed during the 2013 Expressions of King’s Legacy program at RIT on Jan. 28. The group has toured the world performing classical operatic selections as well as jazz, blues, gospel, spirituals and popular songs.
Julianne Malveaux, considered one of the leading experts in racial and cultural economics, discussed how race, gender and culture are shaping public opinion in the 21st century at the 2013 Expressions of King’s Legacy program at RIT on Jan. 28. An educator, author, activist and civic leader, Malveaux has held positions in numerous women’s, civil rights and policy organizations. Her commentary has been seen on multiple news channels including CNN and MSNBC, and her syndicated columns are published in USA Today, Essence magazine and The Progressive.
Black History Month kicked off Jan. 22 with music, performances and food. The event is presented by the Center for Campus Life and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion. Here, Carl Atkins, professor in the College of Liberal Arts, leads the African Percussion Ensemble.
An exhibition of creative works by NTID arts and imaging studies faculty is on view in the NTID Dyer Arts Center through Feb. 22.
Germain Fenger is a doctoral candidate of RIT’s Microsystems Engineering program. He expects to graduate in May 2013.
The Native American Future Stewards Program celebrated the scientific contributions and research of faculty and students and the science of the Three Sisters—the combined intercropping of corn, beans and squash—during Native Innovation Day on Jan. 18. Here, Roger Dube, research professor and director of RIT’s Science Exploration Program in the College of Science, presents on the Ganondagon White Corn Project.
Samuel Sandoval, an information technology student, spends about three hours a week working on DeafTechNews, a website he launched in 2010 that covers issues related to deaf technology products, assistive technology and video relay services. To see Sandoval’s work, go to www.deaftechnews.com.
The RIT cycling team, which has about 30 racing members, is split into three main components: a mountain team, a road team and a cyclocross team. The cyclists compete in races throughout the school year across the northeastern U.S. as part of the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference of USA Cycling Collegiate.
Computer science graduates and IBM developers Stephan Roorda, shown here, and Randy Horwitz visited RIT Jan. 15 to show off IBM’s Watson, the Jeopardy! champion and supercomputer. Roorda and Horwitz hope to hire RIT students for co-ops at IBM.
Cory Barber is vice president of RIT’s bowling club and has bowled three perfect (300) games. The presence of a bowling team at RIT had an impact on Barber’s decision to come here for college.
RIT’s Center for Campus Life, Division of Student Affairs and others are hosting the 4th annual FreezeFest celebration on campus Feb. 1-3. FreezeFest giveaway events are held through January at various locations on campus. From left, Chelsea Triebwasser and Danielle Fanara received hot/cold tumblers before they ran out.
LiDestri Food & Beverage, a Rochester-based company that produces 2 million jars of sauces, dips and beverages daily, has turned to the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute at RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability for help in recycling the plastic linings from containers of tomato products. To read more, go to www.rit.edu/news/magazine_story.php?id=49562.
Jennifer “JD” Harper works on architectural drawings in Slaughter Hall. She’s one of 10 students in the first class of RIT’s new Master of Architecture program. The program, which launched in fall 2011, focuses on the areas of sustainability and urbanism. To read more, go to www.rit.edu/news/magazine_story.php?id=49566.
Construction began for the future Gene Polisseni Center. The arena will be the home of the men’s and women’s hockey teams and is expected to be open for play in Fall 2014.
Melissa Shukoff, a fourth-year biomedical science student, is part of RIT’s 49-member equestrian team. The team practices throughout the year and participates in horse shows that are part of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. To read more about RIT club sports, go to www.rit.edu/news/athenaeum_story.php?id=49637.
Alva Redfield ’41 (chemistry) started his co-op at Eastman Kodak Co. on his 18th birthday in 1939. After graduation he landed a full-time job in the pulp-testing laboratory at Kodak and retired there in 1982.
Students in the International School of Hospitality and Service Innovation took on a very different kind of project this fall. The group of undergraduates created a variety of tasty treats using Dove chocolates. The one-of-a-kind desserts were part of the school’s Product Development course. When completed, the students’ recipes and design concepts are presented to Dove. Third-year nutrition major Jillian Doty, left, explains the nutritional values of the ingredients in her biscotti with chocolate sauce, walnuts and toffee nougats to faculty members Carol Whitlock and Ed Ganster. To read more, go to www.rit.edu/news/athenaeum_story.php?id=49630.
Delta Sigma Pi, RIT’s co-ed business fraternity, organized RIT Cares: A Walk Against Violence to honor the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 20. The walk took place from the Infinity Quad to the Sundial, where a vigil was held.
Construction workers install a fuel cell, left, and cooling unit outside RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability on Dec. 20. As the primary energy source for the “green” building, the UTC Model 400 Purecell System will produce 400 kilowatts of continuous electric power; heat generated as a by-product of electrical generation will help heat this and other buildings on campus. Any excess electricity will go into the campus grid.
The kindergarten class from Margaret’s House Child Care Center at RIT worked hard to sell handmade snowman bookmarks Dec. 19 in the Student Alumni Union. Margaret’s House partnered with the RIT Leadership Institute and Community Service Center to sell the bookmarks for $1 to help raise money for the American Red Cross to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. The children raised a total of $200 from two sales on campus.
RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability has received $5 million in capital funding as part of the $96.2 million award given to the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council today. The money will be used to equip laboratories and test beds at the Golisano Institute.
Several customers had their heads shaved Dec. 8 at Shear Global Hair Salon on campus in support of Robin Wilson, left, who is undergoing breast cancer treatment. Howard Ward, right, assistant vice president of student auxiliary services, was one of them. “Robin works for me as a salad worker and she is highly respected and loved by her colleagues at Crossroads,” Ward says. “I lost my mother to breast cancer and I am dedicated to doing whatever I can as a man to step up and support causes to defeat this awful disease.”
Elizabeth Goins, assistant professor of museum studies, works closely with student Jason Ferriera to help create virtual worlds that will engage users as they play interactive learning games inside museums and in classrooms. To read more, go to www.rit.edu/news/athenaeum_story.php?id=49631.
Barnes & Noble @ RIT hosted a meet and greet with the RIT men’s hockey team on Dec. 15 to support Hockey Coaches Care, the official charitable foundation of the American Hockey Coaches Association. The event featured autographs, auctions, team photos and special-edition ornaments for sale.
Dorrene Brown isn’t letting her guard down. She stays well-rounded as president of the Society of Software Engineers and president of the RIT Fencing Club. Brown is a fifth-year software engineering student from Rockledge, Pa. To read more about RIT club sports, go to www.rit.edu/news/athenaeum_story.php?id=49633.
A television crew from SBS (Seoul Broadcasting System) visits the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies on Dec. 13. The crew was here as part of the production of a documentary, The Great Rebirth. Scheduled to air Jan. 27 on the national TV and radio network for South Korea, the documentary reports how the lack of raw materials and a struggling global economy are driving remanufacturing worldwide. In addition to filming a variety of labs inside CIMS, the TV crew interviewed Nabil Nasr, director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, which is recognized as a world leader for applied research in remanufacturing.
A reception honoring Todd Pagano, associate professor and director of NTID’s Laboratory Science Technology program, was held Dec. 13 at the Dyer Arts Center. Pagano was named 2012 U.S. Professor of the Year at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., last month. Pagano, center, said he shares his award with his students. About 200 students, faculty, staff, relatives and government representatives attended.
Frans Wildenhain, 1950-75: Creative and Commercial American Ceramics at Mid-Century, by Bruce A. Austin, is an in-depth analysis of Frans Wildenhain, his role in mid-century studio ceramics, university education in crafts, and his innovative and entrepreneurial role in merchandising crafts. The book features archival images as well as color photography of the ceramics from an exhibit at RIT earlier this year. The catalog can be purchased from Shop One2 in Global Village and through the Wildenhain website. When you purchase through either of these two locations, 100 percent of the revenue from the exhibition catalog is deposited in a fund that supports original research conducted by RIT students.
The book will be available at the 11th annual faculty and staff Winter Craft Sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Fireside Lounge of the Student Alumni Union.
RIT photography students worked hard throughout the weekend to get their little subjects to smile for the camera. This was part of the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences’ portrait sittings. Sittings are being offered again this weekend, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 15 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Crossroads Building. Donning a Santa hat for his photo shoot was 6-month-old Patrick Martin. Patrick’s mom, Courtney, is on the far left. Shooting Patrick’s photo is RIT photography student Lindsay Quandt. Assisting Quant are students Erin Gabreski and Ryan Harriman. The students have raised nearly $550 so far. The money raised will send students to the Big Shot photo project at Cowboys Stadium in March 2013. To read more, go to www.rit.edu/news/story.php?id=49590.
If you haven’t had the chance to get your family’s holiday portrait taken yet, RIT is offering portrait sittings Dec. 15-16 as a fundraiser for the university’s annual Big Shot photography project. The portrait location is the Crossroads building on the RIT campus (please park in S Lot). Only cash or checks accepted as payment. Props are not available at the site but participants are welcome to bring their own. For more information, call 585-475-2716.
The Center for Campus Life and the College of Liberal Arts presented “Music for the Holidays” on Dec. 8. The RIT Gospel Ensemble and groups from the RIT Music Program performed, including the a cappella group Surround Sound, above.
Anna Ross ’10 (advertising photography) landed her dream magazine job at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. She had just finished working there as a photography intern. Now, Ross is an assistant of photo research and special issues photo editor.
Neil Montanus ’53 is being honored with an exhibition of his work in RIT’s University Gallery. Montanus’s 35-year career as a photographer with Eastman Kodak Co. allowed him to travel the world and to photograph 55 Kodak Coloramas. A reception with Montanus is 5–7 p.m. Dec. 13 in the gallery. To read more, go to www.rit.edu/news/story.php?id=49594.
RIT students were treated to a holiday-themed dinner at Grace Watson Dining Hall on Dec. 4. The meal included roasted turkey, steak, salmon, ham, quinoa and eggplant and a variety of desserts. Music was by Me & The Boyz and the Magic Guy provided some tableside tricks.
Visitors to the Center for Environmental Initiatives’ 39th annual Community Salute to the Environment received tours of the new building that will house the Golisano Institute for Sustainability on Dec. 3. The building is on track to meet LEED Platinum certification and is a model of advanced green technologies, featuring state-of-the-art laboratories and teaching facilities that will keep RIT students at the forefront of this critical work.
Dr. Daniel B. Ornt joined RIT as the first vice president of the Institute of Health Sciences and Technology last December. In this role, he has emphasized wellness.
From left, scientists Michael Savka and Andre Hudson have decoded the whole genome sequence of bacteria associated with Riesling grapevines and Jamaican sugarcane. They are professors in the Thomas Gosnell School of Life Sciences within RIT’s College of Science. To read more, go to www.rit.edu/news/story.php?id=49589.
Radmilla Cody, a traditional Navajo recording artist, Indie Award winner, Native American Award nominee, Miss Navajo Nation (1997) and international performer, was the keynote speaker for RIT’s Native American Heritage Month celebration. A survivor of domestic violence, Cody uses her personal experiences to advocate against violence and prejudice toward biracial or multiracial individuals. Cody spoke with a group of students prior to her keynote presentation Nov. 29.
From left, Mike and Tonia Galban, Ganondagan State Historic Site interpreters and Haudenosaunee cultural experts, demonstrated quillwork on Nov. 28. The event, sponsored by RIT’s Native American Future Stewards Program, was part of Native American Heritage Month. Navajo recording artist Radmilla Cody presents her keynote address and performs at 5:30 p.m. today in RIT’s Vignelli Center for Design Studies, adjacent to James E. Booth Hall.
Midnight Oil, RIT’s newest coffee shop, debuted Nov. 26 in the Crossroads building near Global Village. Coffee, specialty beverages, sandwiches and desserts are offered 7:30 a.m.-midnight Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday and Sunday.
Wil Sideman, from Greene, Maine, is a graduate student in the RIT’s School for American Crafts glass program. Assisting Sideman is Brendan Miller ’12 (MFA), artist in residence. Sideman will graduate from RIT in the spring of 2013.
Jeremy Edman ’02 (information technology) recruits at RIT for JPMorgan Chase. More than 30 graduates work at the company. To read more, go to www.rit.edu/news/story.php?id=49302.
RIT Professor Alan Singer shares an exhibit with his father, Arthur, at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History in Jamestown, NY. “A Guide to Nature: The Art of Arthur Singer, with Alan Singer” has been extended through Dec. 30.
In an effort to spur research that assists people with disabilities, the Effective Access Technology Program awarded a total of $100,000 to 15 faculty-led student teams at the RIT Celebration of Research event Nov. 16. Areas of interest include: technology for improving the mobility of persons with visual or hearing impairment, the use of interactive media to help persons with cognitive or physical disabilities, and technology that improves the safety of and accessibility for individuals living in assisted living or group residences. RIT is partnering with the Al Sigl Community of Agencies, its affiliates and sister organizations as part of the program. Here, from left, Talal Alharbi, B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, explains a notification system for deaf and hard-of-hearing people to Dan Meyers, president of Al Sigl Center.
Denis Cormier, the Earl W. Brinkman Professor in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, explains the new Pulseforge advanced curing system for printed electronics during demonstrations on Nov. 16. Visitors had samples of printed electronics on their nametags. RIT researchers, like Cormier, and corporate partners expect to play a role in the growth of the printed electronics and advanced manufacturing industry. Estimated to be a multi-billion dollar growth industry in the coming years, some of the work developing new equipment, nano-inks and novel applications for medical devices, sensors and fuels cells, for example, may begin with local initiatives and a new university-industry partnership established at RIT. To read more, go to www.rit.edu/news/story.php?id=49539.
Todd Pagano, center, an associate professor and director of the Laboratory Science Technology program at NTID, has been named 2012 U.S. Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. His award was presented at a ceremony Nov. 15 in Washington, D.C. Pagano was selected from more than 300 nominations. To read more, go to www.ntid.rit.edu/news/ntids-todd-pagano-named-us-professor-year.
Richard Hirsch teaches ceramics in the School for American Crafts. The book With Fire, published by the RIT Press and available in January 2013, examines his work and life as a ceramic artist.
Rachel Mosetick ’12 (environmental sustainability, health and safety) is interviewing for full-time jobs that require three years of experience. Mosetick completed four co-ops as an undergraduate with Defense Logistics Agency in Colorado and ThermoFisher Scientific, Wegmans and Stantec Consulting Services in Rochester. To read more, go to www.rit.edu/news/story.php?id=49297.
Randy Vercauteren, director of parking and transportation, explains parking availability. Starting break week, the north sector of U Lot will be taken out of service while the Gene Polisseni Center is under construction. Approximately 235 reserved parking spaces will be retained in the southern section of U Lot during construction. The S Lot expansion adding 232 spaces will be available after break. To read more on parking at RIT, go to www.rit.edu/news/athenaeum_story.php?id=49474.
RIT hosted its second annual Veterans Day Breakfast Nov. 9 to pay tribute to members of the campus community who serve or have served honorably in uniform. RIT boasts a long history of accommodating the educational needs of returning veterans, dating back to the end of World War II.
The Spanish version of RIT professor Mark Fairchild’s “The Color Curiosity Shop, La tienda de las curiosidades sobre el color,” was published in hardcopy in Spain through a collaboration of professor Manuel Melgosa of the University of Granada. The Spanish edition was published by the University of Granada Press in collaboration with Parque de las Ciencias. The Spanish versions is available through Amazon.com. Mark Fairchild is an associate dean for research and graduate education at RIT and a professor in the Munsell Color Science Laboratory in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science.
Somalia native Bakar Ali came to the U.S. in 2009. He’s learned English, American Sign Langauge and is active in a group involving cross-registered NTID students enrolled in other colleges at RIT. NTID English professor John Panara recalls Ali as one of his best students citing his leadership skills and commitment.
RIT students gathered in Student Innovation Hall Nov. 6 to watch the election results come in from around the country in the race for president. Students were blogging from the event and political data interfaces were available for those who wanted to create apps, games or sites related to the election. The event was sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Lab for Technological Literacy and the Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Students could take a free shuttle Nov. 6 to the American Red Cross Blood Donation Center polling site in Henrietta, courtesy of RIT Student Government and the RIT Leadership Institute & Community Service Center. From left, RIT students Bryan Curneen and Jjvon Hardware fill out their ballots. This was the first time Hardware has voted in an election. Other election-related events included a viewing party Nov. 6 in Student Innovation Hall. Students were blogging from the event and political data interfaces were available for those who wanted to create apps, games or sites related to the election.
The indie pop band Fun. performed a sold-out show Nov. 4 in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center. Here, Nate Ruess, lead vocals, joined band members Andrew Dost, piano, and Jack Antonoff, guitar and drums. Fun. performed the previous night on Saturday Night Live.
“Design Autopsy,” an exhibition of alumni work from industrial design, is on view in Bevier Gallery through Nov. 14. Here, Donald Carr ’81 talks with students at the opening reception on Oct. 19.
RIT partnered with the Monroe County Department of Environmental Services and the Sheriff’s Office to host its first collection of unused or expired drugs on Nov. 2. According to Senior Sustainability Adviser Enid Cardinal, 144 people came to the event and dropped off 320 pounds of pharmaceuticals.
RIT partnered with the Monroe County Department of Environmental Services and the Sheriff’s Department to host its first collection of unused, expired and waste drugs on Nov. 2. Thomas M. Sinclair, industrial waste engineer, examined and collected some of the materials.
NTID Performing Arts presents Joseph Kesserling’s dark comedy classic Arsenic and Old Lace, directed by Luane Davis Haggerty. The productions are presented in American Sign Language and spoken English simultaneously for both deaf and hearing audiences. Performances continue in the Robert F. Panara Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 and 3 and 2 p.m. Nov. 4.
Forensic clinical psychologist Caroline Easton ’90 (biotechnology) is the first faculty member to join RIT’s College of Health Sciences and Technology from outside the university. RIT’s ninth college officially opened in September 2011 as part of the Institute of Health Sciences and Technology, which grew from the RIT-Rochester General Health System Alliance. To read more about Easton and her work, go to www.rit.edu/news/athenaeum_story.php?id=49469.
The Center for Campus Life hosted a Halloween Bash on Oct. 31 in the Fireside Lounge. Left, Stephanie Paredes, multicultural student life coordinator, welcomed students into the Fireside Lounge for tricks and treats. Right, Polyna Kim, a fourth-year student in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, was dressed as a rock star.
The Center for Campus Life hosted a Halloween Bash on Oct. 31 in the Fireside Lounge. From left, Betty Chafla Rey, Brook Kallstrom, Mahesh Galgalikar and Raj Paul participated in a contest for the fastest and best mummy wrap. Paul, a graduate student in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, celebrated his first Halloween by donning a cutthroat-pirate costume.
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.
Storyteller Perry Ground, second from left, helped RIT celebrate the Oct. 29 kickoff to Native American Heritage Month. Ground, a Turtle Clan member of the Onondaga Nation of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy, has been telling stories for more than 15 years as a means of educating people about the culture, beliefs and history of the Haudenosaunee. The program, sponsored by RIT’s Native American Future Stewards Program, also featured drummers including RIT student Ben Parker (Squaxin, Turtle Mountain, Ojibwe) and singer Leah Shenandoah (Oneida), along with artwork created by RIT alumni Lauren Jimerson (Seneca), Awenheeyoh Powless (Onondaga) and Shenandoah. Native foods were also available for tasting. Other events associated with RIT’s commemoration of Native American Heritage Month include a film screening of Crooked Arrow, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 27, Bamboo Room; and a presentation by activist, model and singer Radmilla Cody on Nov. 29.
RIT students joined staff from Rochester’s Seneca Park Zoo Oct. 26 in planting a butterfly garden on the third floor “green roof” area of the building that will house the Golisano Institute for Sustainability. From left are J.D. Harper, a Master of Architecture student; Eric Tank, a master’s student in sustainable engineering; and Tina Crandall-Gommel, the zoo’s conservation education coordinator.
RIT Ambulance crews have been wearing pink uniforms for the month of October in observance of breast cancer awareness month. In addition to wearing the shirts, the ambulance membership donated a significant amount to the Wilmot Cancer Center at Strong Memorial Hospital. From left, Harrison Co, Katie Marquis and Matthew Lockhart check some equipment in the ambulance. For more information about RITA, go to ambulance.rit.edu.
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.”
Students checked out books and DVDs for the weekend at the Tiger Book Mobile, parked by the Sun Dial outside Grace Watson Hall on Oct. 5. The pilot project offers library resources and services close to the residential side of campus. The next trip will be noon-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the Sun Dial.
RIT will contribute to revitalizing the city of Rochester with a new Center for Urban Entrepreneurship in the heart of downtown. University leaders announced Oct. 22 they have acquired a landmark building, the former Rochester Savings Bank, which will serve as the new center and be converted into a multi-use venue for other RIT activities. RIT acquired the building at 40 Franklin St. through a donation from Rochester-based Broadstone Real Estate. The university has pledged to invest approximately $1.2 million in renovations in the four-story, 47,000-square-foot building.
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 welcomed film, stage and television actor Alec Baldwin as this year’s Horton Distinguished Speaker Oct. 20 in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center as part of Brick City Homecoming & Family Weekend, Oct. 19-21. Baldwin has appeared in more than 40 films, including The Cooler, The Hunt for Red October and The Departed. On television, Baldwin currently stars as Jack Donaghy on NBC’s 30 Rock. Baldwin is also a dedicated supporter of causes related to public policy and the arts.
RIT leaders and dignitaries participated in a ceremonial groundbreaking Oct. 19 for the future Gene Polisseni Center. The arena will be the home of the men’s and women’s hockey teams and is expected to be open for play in fall 2014.
Austin McChord, who graduated from RIT with a degree in bioinformatics in 2009, is the CEO and founder of Datto, recently recognized as the No. 1 Fastest Growing Backup and Security System in the U.S. by Inc. 500. McChord was the keynote speaker at the ninth annual Entrepreneur’s Conference sponsored by the E. Philip Saunders College of Business on Oct. 19.
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 Oct. 18 recognizing past achievements and the important role co-op had on the success of RIT graduates. Here, Salvatore Di Schino ’36 (mechanical engineering) accepts an award during the ceremony.
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.
The Fund for RIT kicked off its annual giving campaign on ROAR Day, the seventh annual Raise Our Annual Responses initiative, on Oct. 18. Camila Gomez Serrano, center, and Christopher Haluszczak, left, both second-year Kate Gleason College of Engineering students, make donations.
Nicholas Weidenbach brought back a little bit of Italy to his hospitality classes in CAST’s School of International Hospitality and Service Innovation this year. The fourth-year student received the Giacomo Bologna Scholarship and spent 10 days traveling, learning and cooking his way through the Le Marche region of the country. The scholarship is given to university students in culinary and hospitality programs by the Gruppo Ristoratori Italiani and the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation. Weidenbach and six other U.S. students visited restaurants, wineries and an olive oil mill in the countryside of Montefiore dell’Aso; made pasta with prominent local chefs; and attended educational seminars to learn about the cuisine of this part of the world.
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.
Christye Sisson, associate professor in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, takes the plunge in a dunking booth to benefit RIT’s 28th Big Shot next year. CIAS faculty and staff volunteered to be in the hot seat, set up outside Gannett Hall. For $5, people had three chances to try to dunk them. Nearly $350 was raised to help pay for student travel. The site is not confirmed yet, but more details are expected to be announced soon.
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.
Employers from throughout the country met with hundreds of students seeking co-ops or permanent jobs at the NTID Job Fair on Oct. 10. About 300 students and nearly 40 employers from across the country attended the 12th annual fair. To read more, go to www.ntid.rit.edu/news/hundreds-attend-2012-job-fair.
The Better Me Wellness Fair took place in the Global Village Wellness Center on Oct. 10. Exhibitors included Peace Partners, Breast Cancer Coalition, Excellus, RIT Dining Services and Workplace Ergonomics. Here, Michelle Seger, of Government and Community Relations, has her blood pressure checked by Susan Grace, of Wellness Coaches USA.
A recognition ceremony and dedication on Oct. 9 marked the installation of advanced switching and router system technologies donated by Frontier Corp. for the telecommunications lab in RIT’s College of Applied Science and Technology. From left, Fred Walker, dean of CAST; Ann Burr, chairman of Frontier Communications of Rochester and RIT trustee; Mark Davis, director of the northeast regional planning of Frontier Communications; and RIT President Bill Destler attended the event. Frontier and its vendor partners, Actelis, Adtran, Calix and Cisco, donated the equipment to the college’s electrical, computer and telecommunications engineering technology department. It is modeled after a telecommunications central office and will enable RIT students to be trained on today’s telecommunications networks.
RIT Crew Coach Jim Bodenstedt, left, and the crew program honored Joe Briggs for his 20 years of support and friendship at a small family gathering at the Gosnell Boathouse Oct. 5. Bodenstedt presented Briggs with a plaque highlighting his contributions in helping to establish the crew program.
RIT’s School for American Crafts sold its unique hand-blown glass pumpkins, gourds, vases and paperweights during the eighth annual Glass Pumpkin Patch fundraiser Oct. 6. More than $25,000 was raised. Proceeds from the sale benefit the School for American Crafts’ Visiting Artists Series as well as the Women’s Council scholarships. There are still pumpkins available. They will be for sale in the Student Alumni Union lobby from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10.
More than 50 representatives of the food-service industry, higher education and government learned how waste cooking oil can be converted into biodiesel fuel at a workshop Oct. 5 sponsored by the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute at RIT and Monroe County. Here, David Fister, senior engineer at the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute, answered questions.
Fourth-year advertising and public relations students Jenna Deutsch, left, and Kathryn Sundiang accept an award presented to the RIT student body from United Way of Greater Rochester “in recognition and with grateful appreciation for extraordinary fundraising achievement” for the 2012 campaign. Joining them is Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Mary-Beth Cooper at a ceremony Oct. 4.
Mary Orth, a new media interactive development major, developed an interest in brewing during her Beers of the World class. She hopes to open her own bistro and brewery one day. To read more, go to target=new>www.rit.edu/news/story.php?id=49290.
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.
Nicholas Higgins has enjoyed five different co-op experiences with Fisher-Price. The fifth-year mechanical engineering student hopes his time with the company will lead to a job when he graduates in May 2013. To read more, go to target=new>www.rit.edu/news/athenaeum_story.php?id=49351.
RIT alumnus Tristan O’Tierney ’08 went from being an RIT computer science student to a co-founder of Square, an electronic payment service that allows users to accept credit cards through their mobile phones, either by swiping the card on the Square device or by manually entering the details on the phone. O’Tierney shared his story and lessons with RIT students Oct. 1.
Shop OneČ is a fine art and craft gallery representing RIT affiliated artists including students, faculty, staff and alumni. Today, sculptor Susan Ferrari-Rowley ’81 launches her Angular Extremes bracelet collection from 4–7 p.m.
Amanda Bao, an assistant professor in the College of Applied Science and Technology’s civil engineering technology/environmental management and safety program, was one of several faculty who presented work-in-progress at the Research Seed Funding in Action event hosted by Sponsored Research Services on Sept. 27. She discussed her research about dynamic soil-structure interaction on bridges to facilitate sustainable design. Her studies will help determine bridge structural capabilities subject to seismic loads, blasts and strong winds.
RIT’s Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services hosted the Fall 2012 Career Fair on Sept. 26 in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center. The fair, which had a record number of 250 employers in attendance, also attracted a groundbreaking 3,235 students and alumni, which exceeded initial estimates.
Dangerous Signs, a performance poetry group from the NTID Masquers Drama Club, has a unique blend of African-American, deaf and original poetry mixed with dance, music, mime and the spoken word.
RIT students participated in Mud Tug 2012, the annual all out tug-of-war tournament held behind Grace Watson Hall on Sept. 22. RIT unofficially broke the world record with 1,647 tuggers.
Al Biles, professor of interactive games and media, played his unique brand of technology-inspired music at the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival on Sept. 22.
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.
Barnes & Noble @ RIT hosted a meet-and-greet with the RIT women’s hockey team on Sept. 22 to benefit RIT’s chapter of the Fight to Be Healed Foundation. The foundation offers support to pediatric cancer patients at Golisano Children’s Hospital.
“Spirits Within,” a collaboration among Eastman School of Music professor Stephen Kennedy, dancers from FuturPointe Dance Company and RIT professor Marla Schweppe’s 3-D Digital Design students, was performed during the Rochester Fringe Festival on Sept. 21.
RIT’s state-of-the-art “green” facility, Golisano Institute for Sustainability, will serve as a center for sustainability research, technology transfer, education and outreach and will provide a showcase for green construction and design.
Isaiah Thomas himself made a surprise appearance at the 2012 Isaiah Thomas Awards honoring the American Antiquarian Society, a national research library that Thomas founded. He gave an impassioned history lesson on his life during the colonial period. He said: “It was in Nova Scotia that I first began fighting for the rights each American holds as inalienable. First I rallied against the Stamp Act and then later back in Boston for independency from Great Britain. My printing establishment was called the “sedition foundry.” In 1770, I began publishing a new newspaper for the middling class, entitled the Massachusetts Spy. It soon became the most widely read paper in all the colonies! In it I published the first eyewitness accounts of the battles of Lexington and Concord. I have always believed in a free and unfettered press. Should the liberty of the press be once destroyed, farewell the remainder of our invaluable rights and privileges!”
RIT Provost Jeremy Haefner presented Ellen Dunlap, president of the American Antiquarian Society, with the 2012 Isaiah Thomas Award in Publishing during a ceremony Sept. 20 in Worcester, Mass. The award is given annually to a person or an organization for outstanding contributions to the industry. Currently celebrating the 200th anniversary of its founding by the patriot printer and publisher Isaiah Thomas himself, the American Antiquarian Society is dedicated to preserving the legacy and advancing the mission of its founder. Its vast and highly accessible collection of history, literature and cultural documents spans the life of America’s people from the colonial era through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Thomas (in back) made an appearance at the event.
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.
The Fall Community Service Fair took place on Sept. 19 in the Student Alumni Union lobby. Nonprofit agencies from the Rochester area provided students, faculty and staff with information on the types of services they provide and the volunteer opportunities available. Here, Emma Griffith, a fourth-year marketing student, learns about Foodlink from volunteer coordinator Tim Scott.
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. Here, RIT alumnus Cameron Hebda ’12 takes pride in educating youngsters about healthy eating. To read more, go to www.rit.edu/news/athenaeum_story.php?id=49344.
Taylor Deer, a fourth-year management student from Williamsville, N.Y., will lead the student community as the newly elected RIT Student Government President.
Among RIT’s contributions to the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival is AstroDance, a series of pieces related to astrophysics and the phenomenon of black holes. From left are Joseph Fox; Thomas Warfield, director of the NTID Dance Ensemble; and Nicholas Shaw. The festival runs Sept. 19-23 with AstroDance performing at 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at The Little Theatre. For more information on the festival, go to www.rit.edu/news/story.php?id=49378.
The College of Liberal Arts’ Kern Lecture Series presented a talk on Sept. 13 by Jonathan Clancy, program director and American fine and decorative art faculty member at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Clancy presented “Crafting Modernism(s): American Studio Ceramics in the Post-War Period” in recognition of the Frans Wildenhain exhibit, running through Oct. 2 at Bevier Gallery and the Dyer Arts Center. Jonathan Schroeder, the Kern Professor of Communication at RIT, sponsored the talk.
RIT kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month on Sept. 13 with food, music, poetry and dance in the Fireside Lounge. Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
Monica Kempsell Sears knew early on that she wanted to be an engineer and work in the field of nanolithography. The microsystems engineering doctoral student has taken that interest, first discovered in high school, into the research area of manipulating wavelengths of light. This focus area is one of the innovative ways being sought to integrate more transistors onto computer chips to meet the demand for increased storage, power and speed for today’s sophisticated technology. Read more at www.rit.edu/news/athenaeum_story.php?id=49346.
Hundreds of students enjoyed apple beignets, apple butter, apple cake, apple cider and just plain apples at NTID’s annual Applefest on Sept. 7. The event, welcoming new and returning students to campus, also featured information booths for student and campus organizations.
Members of the Col. Andrew J. Dougherty squadron have been asking for $1 donations to plant flags in the area in front of Carey Hall, near Global Village. Half of the donations will benefit a 9/11 charity. Air Force ROTC cadets and a handful of active duty service members performed a memorial ceremony the morning of Sept. 11. Here, Thomas Skowronski, a first-year student in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, places a flag among hundreds of others.
Seamus Blackley, co-creator of the Xbox and president of Innovative Leisure, discussed the evolution of gaming “From Arcades to Apps” at the fourth IEEE Consumer Electronics Society International Games Innovation Conference. The “Designing for Play” conference was hosted Sept. 7-9 by RIT’s School of Interactive Games and Media and the International Center for the History of Electronic Games at The Strong.
“Frans Wildenhain 1950-75: Creative and Commercial American Ceramics at Mid-Century” exhibition is on view simultaneously in the Bevier Gallery and Dyer Arts Center through Oct. 2. An opening reception in Bevier Gallery is 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 7.
Construction is under way for Sebastian and Lenore Rosica Hall. The $8 million, 23,000-square-foot building is intended for research and innovation at NTID. Construction is expected to be completed in the spring of 2013.
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.
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.
Student Convocation welcomed new students and their families on Aug. 30. The program included remarks from President Bill Destler; Mary-Beth Cooper, senior vice president for student affairs; and Taylor Deer, president of Student Government. Neil Hair, associate professor, E. Philip Saunders College of Business and 2011-2012 Eisenhart Outstanding Teaching Award recipient, served as keynote speaker.
RIT community members cheer on incoming freshman students Aug. 30 as they take the Tiger Walk to the Gordon Field House for New Student Convocation.
RIT community members cheer on incoming freshman students Aug. 30 as they take the Tiger Walk to the Gordon Field House for New Student Convocation.
Dr. Daniel Ornt, dean of the College of Health Sciences and Technology, meets with incoming students and their families Aug. 30. Ornt joined the university last December from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland. The College of Health Sciences and Technology is RIT’s ninth college and will educate the next generation of health-care providers and related researchers.
College of Health Sciences and Technology Dean Daniel Ornt, M.D., meets with incoming students and their families Aug. 30.
Thousands of incoming RIT students and their families attended the Resource Fair on Aug. 29 in the Gordon Field House. In support of the university’s sustainability initiatives, new students received reusable RIT water bottles for the first time as part of their orientation gifts.
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.
Hundreds of incoming graduate students attended the annual Graduate Student Orientation on Aug. 28. RIT President Bill Destler and Hector Flores, dean of graduate studies, were among those who welcomed them. Representatives from various departments were on hand to answer students’ questions and talk about all the services and clubs RIT offers.
President Bill Destler welcomed back the faculty and staff with his annual “Address to the Community” Aug. 28 in Ingle Auditorium. He looked back on RIT’s recent accomplishments and outlined upcoming university priorities. “RIT’s time has come,” Destler said. “RIT’s financial health and our focus on innovation and creativity, coupled with an increasing national expectation that higher education institutions demonstrate real added value and prepare students for global employment, has positioned RIT to move strongly upward in the ranks of the world’s great universities.”
Members of Perinton Youth Hockey, ages 11-12, wait for their opportunity to take the ice during Tigers Hockey School at Ritter Arena. The RIT men’s hockey program sponsors the camp each summer to assist young athletes with skills development and other life lessons. Youth teams from across Monroe County participate in the hockey school annually.
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.
Hanna Stoehr, a fourth-year museum studies major, talks with Wildenhain pottery collector Robert Johnson about her exhibition design for “Frans Wildenhain 1950-75: Creative and Commercial American Ceramics at Mid-Century” in Bevier Gallery. Johnson donated his collection of 330 pieces of Wildenhain pottery to RIT in 2010. In the background, Steve Bodnar, at left, a communication graduate student, talks with Winn McCray, Johnson’s partner. The exhibit is on view simultaneously in the Bevier Gallery and Dyer Arts Center through Oct. 2. For more information on the exhibit, go to www.rit.edu/news/story.php?id=49257.
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. Here, Noella Kolash explains her poster on the accessible viewing device. 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, 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, 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.
Forty community volunteers assisted 39 bikers during Lose the Training Wheels, hosted by the Gordon Field House and Activities Center Aug. 6-10. The camp helps kids with autism learn how to ride a conventional bike without training wheels, which organizers say builds self-confidence and provides inclusion with peers. Above, Ethan McNally, an 8-year-old from Rochester, gets pointers from Victoria Vazzana, a senior at Mercy High School in Rochester. UNYFEAT, an organization that supports individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families, sponsored the event.
Caroline DeLong, assistant professor of psychology in the College of Liberal Arts (right), works with Kenneth Tyler Wilcox, a fourth-year psychology major from Skaneateles, N.Y., at Rochester’s Seneca Park Zoo to study object perception in river otters. The research in this area began with marine mammals—namely dolphins and whales—and now involves other aquatic animals, including goldfish and otters. Wilcox and zookeeper Catina Wright will give a poster presentation on their otter research Aug. 10 at the Undergraduate Research Symposium.
“Under the Influence: DRAW Artists and Their Mentors” is on exhibit in the NTID Dyer Arts Center through Aug. 10. The women of DRAW include Connie Ehindero, Mary Buchan, Anne Marcello, Christine Knoblauch, Jean DeHaven, Elyse Capell, Carolyn Marshall, Andrea Sands, Deb VanWert and Kate Lipsky.
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.