Preethi Gopalan, second from right, a microsystems doctoral student, explains the inner workings of a large-scale fuel cell to lab co-workers, from left, Valentina Mejia, Camila Gomez and Carmen Azzaretti. The four worked closely together this summer on several projects led by mechanical engineering professor Satish Kandlikar. To read more, go to www.rit.edu/news/athenaeum_story.php?id=50199.
Installation of a time capsule marking the conversion from the quarter system to semesters took place on Aug. 29. The capsule contains a video of interviews with students, faculty, staff and alumni on what this milestone means for the university, plus a proclamation from the board of trustees and other memorabilia.
Wade Kellard, an RIT/NTID mechanical engineering technology major, demonstrates technology that converts hand shapes to text. He’s a member of MotionSavvy, a team of students who participated in the Saunders Summer Start-up Program, which provides mentoring for newly-formed businesses. To read more, go to www.rit.edu/news/athenaeum_story.php?id=50200.
Cori Kolb’s ongoing medical challenges haven’t stopped her from earning RIT’s Outstanding Undergraduate Scholarship Award and an accounting degree from Saunders College of Business last May, or her gig as a soprano singer and business director of Encore, RIT’s all-female a cappella vocal ensemble. To read more, go to www.rit.edu/news/athenaeum_story.php?id=50197.
J. Fernando Naveda, calendar conversion director, has led RIT through the transition to a semester system. A campus-wide celebration marking the milestone academic calendar change will be at 3 p.m. today in Ingle Auditorium. The celebration also will be live streamed with real-time captioning at www.rit.edu.
Red Wings General Manager Dan Mason introduced RIT’s hockey teams at the first-ever RIT Day with the Rochester Red Wings on Aug. 24. The 2013 RIT men’s lacrosse team was honored at home plate and members of the men’s and women’s hockey teams signed autographs during the game.
RIT held its eighth annual Lighting the Way ceremony on Aug. 23 to welcome new female students to campus.
Renovations to Barnes and Noble @ RIT are complete. Murals featuring campus scenes were hung on the walls and the children’s book department has a new look, featuring a stage and sitting area. To read more about this and other construction projects, go to www.rit.edu/news/athenaeum_story.php?id=50202.
RIT President Bill Destler welcomed the university community back to the 2013-2014 academic year on Aug. 23. He believes the coming year “will be one of the most important in the history of RIT.”
Student Convocation welcomed new students and their families on Aug. 21. The program included remarks from President Bill Destler; Jeremy Haefner, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs; and Heath Boice-Pardee, interim senior vice president for student affairs. Todd Pagano, associate professor and director of Laboratory Science Technology at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, served as keynote speaker.
RIT community members cheer on incoming freshman students Aug. 21 as they take the Tiger Walk to the Gordon Field House for Convocation for New Students and Families. Todd Pagano, associate professor and director of Laboratory Science Technology in the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and the 2012 U.S. Professor of the Year, delivered the keynote address. Student Government President Paul Darragh, a third-year software engineering major, also spoke.
Steve Ierardi, from Southern California, sported an orange mustache to get into the RIT spirit during Orientation on Aug. 20. His son, Weston, is a first-year student in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.
Incoming students were immersed in the Orange and Brown Experience, one of RIT’s DiscoveRIT Pre-Orientation Programs. The collaborative program ran Aug. 16-19 and taught students about RIT’s history, how to navigate campus as well as an introduction to the American Sign Language alphabet and common signs. Here, from left, Claire Fleming, Andrea Shaver and Andrew Greene practice some signs.
New freshmen arrived at RIT during Move-In Day Aug. 20. RIT President Bill Destler stopped by to lend a hand as new students carried in their belongings for the coming school year.
RIT’s newest group of honors students arrived on campus Aug. 17 for a week of orientation activities including meeting college advocates, enjoying a daylong retreat at YMCA Camp Arrowhead and participating in a campus-wide scavenger hunt. Here, a group located the Schmitt Interfaith Center, a spot on the scavenger hunt list.
Nearly 265 deaf and hard-of-hearing students arrived on campus on Aug. 16 to attend the Summer Vestibule Program, an orientation program for RIT/NTID students.
Thomas A. Nantka and Wilma A. (Tessmann) Nantka met as students at RIT, married in May of 1953, and celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year.
Construction continues on the 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.
Fourth-year hospitality major Elizabeth Prater was among the hundreds of employees and volunteers at this year’s PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in Pittsford, N.Y. Serving as a host in the Wannemaker VIP Tent on the grounds of the country club, she had a chance to meet-and-greet some of the 18,000-plus guests attending the final practice day of the tournament on Aug. 7. Prater, a Fairport resident, and several other students in RIT’s School of International Hospitality and Service Innovation worked at the event as interns or co-ops with the PGA, Oak Hill or Levy’s Restaurants, learning firsthand the coordination and details required to successfully manage a major professional golf tournament. The hospitality students were among several groups from RIT, including alumni, students from ITS and others, helping out with the event.
Shivan Shah, standing at center, read online about the weeklong camp, “From Finches to Fish: The Making of the Fittest,” at RIT and wanted to enroll. The 10th-grader at Clarence High School—and her mom—drove to RIT from Buffalo in time for the 9 a.m. class, offered by the Center for Bioscience Education and Technology Aug. 5-9. Here, instructor Gary Buckert, a science teacher at Pittsford-Sutherland High School, shows Shivan and Angela Rubin, left, a 10th-grader from Rush-Henrietta Senior High School, and Myah Sims, a ninth-grader from Ninth Grade Academy, how to separate and analyze proteins from the muscle tissue of different fish and a chicken. The Center for Bioscience Education and Technology is part of the Institute of Health Sciences and Technology.
At RIT/NTID’s TechGirlz summer camp, deaf and hard-of-hearing middle school girls from all over the country enjoyed the opportunity to build their own computers and more. The camp took place July 28-August 2.
RIT/NTID’s Steps to Success summer camp gave deaf and hard-of-hearing middle school students a chance to explore careers, including laboratory science. The camp was held July 26-28.
Massimo Vignelli led a design workshop with RIT professors R. Roger Remington and Bruce Ian Meader the week of July 22. The 20 participants focused on a design and typographic identity for a jazz festival. A highlight of the week was a conversation, moderated by Remington, with Vignelli on July 25. Vignelli is president of Vignelli Associates in New York City. He and his wife, Lella, donated their archive to the Vignelli Center for Design Studies at RIT.
The 5th annual Graduate Research and Creativity Symposium offered a showcase for graduate work featuring more than 50 presentations on a variety of topics including binary black holes, how the Federal Reserve controls the stock market and an analysis of Rochester pawn shops. Here, Valerie Rapson explains a young binary star system. The daylong symposium was sponsored by RIT’s Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies on July 23.
RoboCamp @ RIT is a weeklong day camp that lets students design, build and program robots. This camp is enriched with mini-projects and goals that promote teamwork and creativity. Along with the mini-projects, instructors teach the students some of the fundamental aspects of robotics and programming. Sessions are held through August.
Nearly 200 deaf or hard-of-hearing high school students from across the country attended RIT/NTID’s Explore Your Future Program to sample careers, experience life on a college campus, make new friends and have fun.
Community volunteers assisted 40 bikers during I Can Bike, held at the Gordon Field House and Activities Center July 8-12. The camp helps kids with autism learn how to ride a bike without training wheels, which organizers say builds self-confidence and provides inclusion with peers. Above, 7-year-old Mark Bress gets encouragement from Alison Durocher, a volunteer from Rochester. AutismUp, an organization that supports individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families, hosted the event with help from many sponsors and volunteers.
Everyday Engineering, a summer camp for girls entering grades 5-9, is a weeklong day program sponsored by the Women in Engineering program, part of the Kate Gleason College of Engineering. This year’s theme was “Energy and Environment” and the 40 campers designed, built, decorated and displayed their energy-efficient dog houses, one of the many hands-on activities during the camp designed to spark interest in engineering and technology fields.
From left to right, Casey Jordan, with Venture Creations Director Bill Jones and Jordan’s business partner, Patrick Borsek, celebrate the graduation of Jordan and Borsek’s company, Jorsek, from the RIT business incubator on July 10. Jorsek provides software to aid technical communications. Venture Creations helps young high-tech businesses grow through mentoring and support.
Garry Clarke holds the distinction as the first “unofficial” student enrolled in the new chemical engineering program. The New York City native graduated in May.
RIT Press won two awards at the recent Book, Jacket, and Journal Show of the Association of American University Presses Conference held in Boston on June 22. Four jurors reviewed hundreds of entries and selected The Scythe and the Rabbit: Simon de Colines and the Culture of the Book in Renaissance Paris by Kay Amert and edited by Robert Bringhurst in the Scholarly Typographic category and Vignelli Transit Maps by Peter B. Lloyd with Mark Ovenden and designed by Bruce Ian Meader (CIAS) in the Trade Illustrated category.
Jon Brennan, a fourth-year New Media Design & Imaging student from Downingtown, Penn., landed a designing job in New York City early this year. Brennan began at production agency B-Reel shortly after graduating in May.
Dorrene Brown ’13 (software engineering) will make the move to Seattle in August to start with Microsoft as a program manager working on apps for Office. She worked on a co-op with the company last summer and was offered the full-time position in September. To read more, go to www.rit.edu/news/athenaeum_story.php?id=50046.
Microelectronic engineering faculty presented a weeklong, intensive training course on Integrated Circuit Fabrication, June 17-21. The course is a regional workforce development initiative, specifically for the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster. RIT is part of a larger, collaborative team with the University of Rochester, High Tech Rochester and the New York State Department of Economic Development providing workforce training, and retraining, of workers in optics, imaging and photonics. At RIT, faculty from microelectronic engineering, the College of Applied Science and Technology and the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science provided the training in support of New York state and the Finger lakes Economic Development initiatives.
Siddharth Khullar, originally from New Delhi, India, received his Ph.D. in May from the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science. In January, Microsoft Research hired him as a post-doctoral research fellow. Khullar was the graduate speaker at the RIT academic convocation and the College of Science graduate delegate.
Employees of Darkwind Media spend their days enabling video games to be played on new platforms, testing and debugging games and creating new games. In its sixth year, revenue has doubled each year for the business, which is based in RIT’s Venture Creations. To read more, go to www.rit.edu/news/athenaeum_story.php?id=50040
Students in the kindergarten class at Margaret’s House Child Care Center at RIT use iPads and Mac computers as tools to learn about everything from foreign languages to astronomy. The educational technology was purchased with a $5,000 grant from the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund. To read more, go to www.rit.edu/news/story.php?id=50104.
Two RIT hall of famers were honored at the 15th annual RITirees Picnic held in the Gordon Field House on June 12. Robert Frisina, shown here, joined RIT in 1967 as the first director of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. He is a member of the RIT Innovation Hall of Fame. J. Roger Dykes joined the RIT staff in 1972 as sports information director, where he served for 25 years. Dykes is a member of the RIT Athletics Hall of Fame.
Two RIT hall of famers were honored at the 15th annual RITirees Picnic held in the Gordon Field House on June 12. J. Roger Dykes, shown here, joined the RIT staff in 1972 as sports information director, where he served for 25 years. Dykes is a member of the RIT Athletics Hall of Fame. Robert Frisina joined RIT in 1967 as the first director of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. He is a member of the RIT Innovation Hall of Fame.
Evan Coyne combined a rich mix of hospitality and tourism courses with work and study abroad experiences to land a position with the Ritz-Carlton resort on Amelia Island, Florida. While an undergraduate in RIT’s School of International Hospitality and Service Innovation, she was the recipient of the prestigious Statler Scholarship, led the department’s Hospitality Student Association and helped to coordinate the school’s annual Puttin’ on the RITz Black Tie Dinner and Fundraiser—only a few of the many experiences she will be able to use in her new career.
RIT hosted the 2013 SAE Baja Rochester World Challenge, a major international collegiate design challenge and race, this past weekend. This was the fifth time RIT hosted the event, and 90 collegiate racing teams participated in the three-days of off-road racing held at RIT on June 7, and at Hogback Hill in Palmyra, N.Y., on June 8 and 9. Colleges from seven countries were represented—the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, India and the United Arab Emirates—and more than 790 engineering and engineering technology students participated. In individual events, RIT Racing placed second in acceleration and maneuverability and in the top 10 of the four-hour endurance race. Those placements were enough to put the team in third place overall in performance at the competition. The team was also awarded the Toyota Teamwork Award, given to the group that goes above and beyond helping other teams throughout the competition.
Sean Sercu, from Rochester, N.Y., graduated this year with a degree in criminal justice and feels fortunate to have already secured full-time employment as a youth care professional with Hillside Children’s Center.
Dalton Allen graduated from NTID and has a job lined up as a CNC operator with Tiffany & Co. jewelers in Rhode Island.
John Schott won RIT’s first major research grant from NASA in 1981 to calibrate the thermal band of Landsat 4, the Earth-observing satellite. His research laid the cornerstone for the university’s imaging science program and first doctoral program. The Frederick and Anna B. Wiedman Professor in RIT’s Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science will retire from teaching this year.
Jamie Post and Ryan Harriman are students from the first graduating class of RIT’s University Studies Program. They graduated on time with respective degrees in business and bio-medical communications. To read more about the University Studies program, go to www.rit.edu/news/athenaeum_story.php?id=50041.
Genesee Valley Quilt Club presents more than 600 quilts on display, as well as lectures, demos and exhibits at its biennial show May 31 through June 2 at RIT’s Gordon Field House. To learn more, go to www.geneseequiltfest.com.
The men’s lacrosse team heads to Philadelphia for the NCAA Division III National Championship at 4 p.m. Sunday. The Tigers face Stevenson University in the finals after a thrilling 10-9 overtime win over top-seeded and previously undefeated SUNY Cortland in the semifinals on May 19. This is the first time in the 46-year history of RIT men’s lacrosse that the Tigers will play for a national title.
RIT Staff Council hosted the Bob Howie Memorial Classic Car Display on May 22, in conjunction with RIT’s 17th annual Staff Appreciation Day & Community Picnic. The show is named for Bob Howie, who first organized the classic car display as an RIT retiree of Campus Connections bookstore. Howie died in 2008.
RIT celebrated its new crop of graduates with the university’s 128th commencement. The two-day observance kicked off during Academic Convocation on May 17 in Gordon Field House and Activities Center. Here, dt ogilvie, dean of Saunders College of Business, congratulates Nikesh Hajari, the Saunders College delegate, at convocation. To read more about commencement activities, including a copy of keynote speaker Alex Kipman’s speech, go to www.rit.edu/news/story.php?id=50059.
Alex Kipman ’01, now a Microsoft executive credited with inventing the Kinect system for Xbox 360 video game and Windows PCs, delivered the keynote address at convocation May 17.
“Lines” is a film about an experimental work of art created by almost 3,000 people. Ryan Meadows, who just completed his second year as a film production major at RIT, traveled to various locations around Rochester and Syracuse, N.Y. to collect lines on canvases. Each line was painted by a different person, and Meadows says that the project connects everyone involved. The film was screened at the RIT School of Film and Animation’s end-of-quarter screenings and Meadows plans to enter it into several film festivals.
Byron Conn, a fourth-year furniture design student in the School for American Crafts, enjoys some downtime on one of his creations inside the woodworking shop. To read more about Conn, go to www.rit.edu/news/athenaeum_story.php?id=50029.
Tae (Tom) Oh, an associate professor of information sciences and technologies, is creating a “Smart Cane” that uses directional force vibrations to allow deaf-blind persons to easily guide themselves through their environment.
Siddharth Khullar will be the graduate speaker at the RIT academic convocation and the College of Science graduate delegate. Stefi Baum, director of the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, has been a mentor through Khullar’s doctoral studies in imaging science.
Students in the School for American Crafts showcased their projects during the annual “Walkthrough” on May 13. “Walkthrough” is a SAC tradition that began more than 25 years ago based on touring the school’s ceramics, glass, furniture design, metals and jewelry design studios to view work created by RIT students. Faculty, students and friends can experience the entirety of the school in a way not possible during the normal day-to-day activities.
Linda Gottermeier, an associate professor/rehabilitative audiologist in NTID’s Communications Studies & Services Department, is a 2013 recipient of the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching.
Christina Goudreau caught the teaching bug as an undergraduate and never waivered from her chosen career path. “I’ve never had a job in the real world,” says the associate professor of chemistry in the College of Science and a winner of a 2013 Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching. “I went to college and then I went to graduate school and then I came here. I never left academia. I always say maybe I’ll get a real job when I retire.”
Ivona Bezáková enjoys looking at math as a problem-solving tool for programing and algorithmic thinking. The associate professor of computer science in RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences and winner of a 2013 Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching believes that anyone can understand the mathematical foundations of computer science. “Many people will tell you that they were bad at math in high school and will never be any good at it,” she says. “I have never been willing to accept that, because often times you just need to look at it from another viewpoint.”
Gary Behm, now director of the Center on Access Technology’s Innovation Lab at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, is testing materials to create a see-through facemask that can be used in clean rooms and hospitals.
Bill McDermott, Co-CEO of SAP, renews his former Xerox-Rochester ties as keynote speaker for the Executive Leaders Network Luncheon on May 8, hosted by RIT’s Saunders College and sponsored by Toshiba Business Solutions.
Bill McDermott, center, Co-CEO of SAP, renews his former Xerox-Rochester ties as keynote speaker for the Executive Leaders Network Luncheon on May 8, hosted by RIT’s Saunders College and sponsored by Toshiba Business Solutions.
Kelly Martin, assistant professor of communication in RIT’s College of Liberal Arts, is the 2013 recipient of the Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award is given to faculty who have taught three years or less and who foster excellence in teaching and leadership in the campus community. Martin, who came to RIT in 2011, says, “I always encourage my students to take advantage of every opportunity and build experiences.”
Professor Carl Salvaggio and his son, Phil, a doctoral student in imaging science, built a digital music player for their car because they could. They programmed a Raspberry Pi electronic interface—a $35 general-purpose computer the size of a deck of cards—to play a random selection of their favorite music from a thumb drive.
Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival drew a large and inquisitive crowd on May 4. More than 30,000 visitors explored the RIT campus during the festival. To read more, go to www.rit.edu/news/story.php?id=50004.
The E-Durance Challenge kicked off the Imagine RIT Innovation and Creativity Festival on May 4.
President Destler’s E-Durance Challenge kicked off the Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival on May 4. To read more about the race and other exhibits, go to www.rit.edu/news/story.php?id=50004.
The School for American Crafts BFA Exhibition will be showcased at Gallery r, 100 College Ave., from May 2 to 11. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. May 3, during First Friday—Rochester’s monthly citywide gallery night that encourages collaboration between nonprofit, university and commercial art venues.
Rob Aldi showcased his composite material products, including turbine blades used to generate wind power, at last year’s Imagine RIT festival.
The 3-foot-tall technology wonder walking the halls of the Kate Gleason College of Engineering is TigerBot III, RIT’s humanoid, autonomous robot. TigerBot III was developed by the engineering senior design project team of Chris Atwood, Graeme Buckley, Rachel Lucas, Nick Towle and Sasha Yevsitifeev, with mentoring by faculty advisers Ferat Sahin and George Slack. To read more, go to www.rit.edu/news/athenaeum_story.php?id=49918.
Whether they are mentoring their peers, flipping tables to de-stress during exam week or building projects, the Society of Software Engineers offers activities for everyone. To read more, go to www.rit.edu/news/athenaeum_story.php?id=49931. The group’s next table-flipping event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 9 by the Tiger Statue.
The RIT College Activities Board hosted SpringFest April 25-28. The sold-out Macklemore and Ryan Lewis concert at the Gordon Field House and Activities Center was the closing event.
Join the RIT/NTID Performing Arts players for their production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Jim Orr. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. April 25, 26 and 27 and May 3 and 4, with a matinee at 2 p.m. April 28. For more information, go to www.rit.edu/news/story.php?id=49912.
Kenneth Williams, left, presented his Persian Lime Chicken Burgers to Elizabeth Olsson ’95 during his product development class. Students are using olive oils and vinegars provided by Flower City Olive Oil, a company co-owned by Olsson. The students will provide Olsson with recipes that the company will post on their website.
Rochester Mayor and RIT trustee Tom Richards spoke with RIT students April 23 in an informal setting to discuss concerns and ideas about major city community-development projects. Information from the meeting, arranged as part of former Rochester Mayor Bill Johnson’s community economic development course, will be used in project reports the class is preparing on University of Rochester’s College Town and Brooks Landing, High Falls, the Midtown area of downtown and the JOSANA neighborhood in northwest Rochester.
Richard Doolittle, vice dean of the College of Health Sciences and Technology, has a plan to help the college define itself and move its programs forward.
Heel Violence, a one-mile walk on the RIT campus on April 21, was held to support victims and survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. Proceeds from the event went to Advocacy Services for Abused Deaf Victims.
Christar Wan, a fourth-year film student in the School of Film and Animation, won the audience choice for the best short film at the High Falls Film Festival April 20. Her film, Seek, about a man’s return home after 10 years in prison, was one of 11 short films shown by RIT students at the festival. During the four-day festival, 27 short films and 22 feature films were viewed.
The College of Liberal Arts honored its students April 19 with the presentation of the 2013 Henry and Mary Kearse Student Honors Awards for excellence in writing in liberal arts coursework. Faculty members recommended students based on writing assignments done in individual classes. The awards were created in 1980 thanks to a donation from Henry J. Kearse and his wife, Mary, a longtime member of RIT’s Nathaniel Rochester Society. Pictured are (front row, from left) Douglas Strouth, Daniel Corrigan (Akyuz-Ozmen Award for Women’s and Gender Studies), Audrey DiPaola, Breanne Kisselstein (McKenzie Endowed Writing Prize), Mikaela Cornacchio Cochran. In the back row, from left, are Margaret Stockman, College of Liberal Arts Dean James Winebrake, Hanna Stoehr, Ryleigh Bullock, Stephanie Whittemore and William Hamre. Missing from the photo are John Bowers, Kate Macken, Nikolas Cairns, Eric Kasperek and Kristen Cummings.
RIT students organized a SlutWalk on April 19 to take a stand against sexual violence and a culture that sometimes blames victims instead of rapists.
The newly renovated College of Liberal Arts lounge officially opened April 18 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and presentations by RIT President Bill Destler, second-year College of Liberal Arts student Alex Van Hook and Dean James Winebrake. The College of Liberal Arts’ Student Advisory Board was instrumental in coordinating the new space, which is located on the first floor of Eastman Hall, near the Registrar’s office.
The newly renovated College of Liberal Arts lounge officially opened April 18 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and presentations by RIT President Bill Destler and Dean James Winebrake. The College of Liberal Arts’ Student Advisory Board was instrumental in coordinating the new space, which is located on the first floor of Eastman Hall, near the Registrar’s office.
Bertin Mboko, an international studies student, has been selected as this year’s student delegate for the College of Liberal Arts.
“Nothing is impossible,” said Robert Morgan, CEO and founder of Morgan Management LLC, who was honored with the 2013 Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award during a luncheon hosted by RIT’s E. Philip Saunders College of Business on April 16 at Genesee Valley Club. Morgan became paralyzed from the waist down after he was shot during a robbery at his parents' seafood business in 1991. He subsequently followed his passion for real estate and “making deals.” Morgan’s company now employs 950 people and is a driving force in the development of multimillion-dollar projects—including recent collaborations to revitalize the Strathallan Hotel and the Tower at Midtown.
Dane Gordon, professor emeritus of philosophy in the College of Liberal Arts, helped celebrate Poetry Month at RIT by reading selections at Shop One2 in Global Village on April 11. Another poetry reading is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Shop One2 and features John Roche, RIT associate professor of English, and Albuquerque poet Jules Nyquist.
Brooke Piraino, a third-year nutrition student, makes a cake during her product development class. The students are using olive oils and vinegars provided by Flower City Olive Oil, a company co-owned by Elizabeth Olsson ’95 (nutrition management). The students will provide Olsson with recipes that the company can then give to customers. Piraino used mandarin orange balsamic vinegar in her dessert.
About 300 people filled Sustainability Institute Hall April 12 to mark the dedication of the innovative “green” home of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability. In addition to remarks from federal and state government officials and industry executives, the event featured tours of the “living laboratory.”
Nabil Nasr’s dream was to open RIT’s first living lab, a building filled with cutting-edge technology that serves as a classroom and inspires students. Nasr, assistant provost and director of Golisano Institute for Sustainability, other RIT officials and special guests dedicated the building Friday. Cutting-edge “green” technology has been incorporated into every inch of the 84,000-square-foot building, from the solar panels on the soaring canopy to the 38-foot-tall green wall near the building’s entrance.
More than 80 middle school students from 13 states and Canada participated in RIT’s seventh annual Math Competition for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, competing in tasks that tested their speed and accuracy, teamwork and math skills. The competition took place April 5-7.
Chelsea Bailey, a third-year Ph.D. candidate in sustainability, is researching greener ways to recycle lithium-ion batteries discarded after use in electric vehicles and consumer electronics.
Stephanie Rankin ’08 (marketing), right, and Danielle Raymo, an alumna of SUNY Brockport, founded Rochester Brainery as a place to make learning fun, affordable and accessible. Situated in a 1,600 square foot location in Rochester’s Village Gate complex, Rochester Brainery has two classrooms, which are available for classes as well as meetings, parties and other gatherings. Classes typically range from $15-$30 and cover a vast array of topics, from how to brew kombucha tea, to diet tips, to web design.
Michael Ruhling, professor of performing arts/music in the College of Liberal Arts, conducts at a rehearsal.
More than 60 people signed up to have their heads shaved on April 4 to benefit St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which raises funds and awareness for childhood cancer. Here, RIT students Ashley Gast and Ethan Young participated.
Lynn Fuller, left, professor in microelectronic engineering, greets visitors to the clean room April 5. Stephanie Bolster, ’00, at right, an adjunct professor in microelectronics, introduced her three children to the Semiconductor and Microsystems Fabrication Laboratory.
Rosalind Picard, founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Laboratory, met with RIT doctoral students in computing and information sciences on April 4. She delivered a speech as part of RIT’s new lecture series—“Where Text and Code Collide: The Digital Humanities Distinguished Speaker Series.” Picard’s research is dedicated to making intangible emotions measureable through “wearable technology” and novel techniques—with applications from autism communication to human-computer interaction. For people with autism, or others who have difficulty expressing and interpreting their emotions, Picard’s innovative new tools may be the answer to unlocking rich emotional insight.
Dyer Arts Center presents “Time & Again, Photography by Tom Policano.” The gallery at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf will highlight more than 150 of Policano’s images through April 24.
More than 50 students from across the country participated in the eighth annual RIT National Science Fair for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students at NTID on March 23. The science fair promotes interest in technology, science, engineering and math to middle and high school students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Allison Conte collaborated with Don Figer, director of the Center for Detectors in the College of Science, to design signage for the suite on the third floor of Engineering Hall. Conte is in her third year of the graphic design program in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. To read more, go to http://www.rit.edu/news/story.php?id=49893.
Joshua Lettman, 5, discovers eggs hidden under a bush at RIT’s annual Easter Egg Hunt on March 30. Hundreds of toy- and candy-filled eggs were scattered across the Eastman Kodak Quad for children to find and put in their baskets.
Dawn Fitch, a second-year biology major, and Jason Meyers, a fourth-year environmental science major, collaborate during cell biology class. The availability of commercial models such as the ones Assistant Professor Dina Newman uses in her class hint at new research-based approaches to teaching biology, a trend echoing throughout the College of Science. To read more, go to www.rit.edu/news/magazine_story.php?id=49873.
Librada Paz ’03 (mechanical engineering technology) received the 2012 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award. Paz works with Rural Migrant Ministry to make conditions better for migrant laborers. Paz is a former farmworker herself who realized as a teenager that education was the way out.
The RIT Big Shot Team gave a presentation the morning of the Big Shot at Arlington Camera, one of the sponsors for this year’s Big Shot. The team is, from left, professors Michael Peres, Bill DuBois, Dawn Tower DuBois and Willie Osterman. More than 2,430 participants came together at Cowboys Stadium, the world’s largest domed stadium, on March 23 to help make RIT’s 28th Big Shot photograph a success. To read more, go to www.rit.edu/news/story.php?id=49842.
More than 2,430 participants from across the country and around the world came together at Cowboys Stadium, the world’s largest domed stadium, on March 23 to help make RIT’s 28th Big Shot photograph a success. About 40 RIT students who traveled to Texas from upstate New York and 175 alumni who live in the area were among those who provided the primary light source while RIT photographers shot an extended exposure. This year’s final image is a 30 second exposure at f16 at ISO 400. To read more, go to www.rit.edu/news/story.php?id=49842.
RIT’s Big Shot photo project is headed to Cowboys Stadium, home of the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys, on March 23 in Arlington, Texas. Students, faculty, staff and alumni will join residents of the Arlington and Dallas areas to make a spectacular nighttime photograph of the exterior of Cowboys Stadium, the largest domed stadium in the world. This will be RIT’s 28th Big Shot.
RIT’s Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services hosted the Spring 2013 Career Fair on March 20 in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center. A record number of employers are on campus to meet with thousands of RIT students who are preparing to enter the full-time job market or looking for co-ops. More than 650 representatives from 245 companies and government agencies are on hand for the event, making this fair the largest for a spring quarter in RIT’s history.
“What Matters to Me and Why” is a luncheon series where the RIT community can have an informal conversation with faculty and staff about personal values, journeys and visions. On March 19, Henry Hinesley, coordinator of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Center, shared his thoughts. The series is sponsored by the Spirituality Committee of RIT’s Student Wellness Initiative. The next “What Matters to Me and Why” luncheon is with Rauncie Ryan, assistant dean of graduate student success, on April 16 in the Campus Center Reading Room.
Typeface designer Steve Matteson ’88 (printing) spent March 11-16 in the RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection reading room researching type designer Frederic Goudy for the first Cary Collection/Monotype Imaging Fellowship. In 1990, Matteson began work at Monotype Corp. contributing to the creation of the Windows 3.1x core True Type fonts Arial, Times New Roman and Courier New. He has designed close to 50 fonts—including Droid, Convection, Arimo, Chicory, Titanium, Truesdale and Mayberry—and his work is featured in several computer operating systems and embedded in game consoles, cell phones and other electronic devices.
One of RIT’s newest additions, Institute Hall, features a rectangular brick wall, dotted with windows that are recessed into the side of the building. By contrast, the north face of Institute Hall is curved and made up almost entirely of glass. The modern architectural style is designed to be compatible with existing campus buildings. To read more about RIT’s evolving architectural style, go to www.rit.edu/news/athenaeum_story.php?id=49764.
The “Alexey Brodovitch, Life & Livelihood” exhibition at RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection at The Wallace Center is on view through May 19. From photographic portraits to the elegant layouts of Harper’s Bazaar, the exhibit examines the life and work of this 20th century art director and designer. A selection of portraits, publications and aphorisms provide a glimpse into Brodovitch’s career.
RIT’s 2013 United Way campaign kicked off March 14 with a carnival and prize auction. From left, RIT students Alexis Clemens and Agave Perez volunteered at the “Win it in a Minute” table for the game “Separation Anxiety.”
Stephanie Polowe, a professor in the Cultural & Creative Studies Department at NTID, received the 2013 Four Presidents Distinguished Public Service Award on Tuesday. Also recognized was Abubakar Ali, an RIT/NTID urban and community studies and international studies double major in the College of Liberal Arts, who received the Bruce R. James ’64 Distinguished Service Award for his service in the RIT community, in Rochester and in his native Somalia.
RIT Vice President Emeritus Alfred Davis started a $50,000 endowment to fund the awards program. Each recipient will have the privilege of designating the endowment income to a beneficiary of their choice.
From left, Associate Director of Student and Recent Alumni Programs James Macchiano, RIT President Bill Destler, Polowe, Ali and Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Mary-Beth Cooper gathered before the March 12 ceremony.
An exhibition “Totems and Other Tributes to the Earth” of two dozen recent ceramic works by Peter Gerbic, hosted at the Williams-Insalaco Gallery, Finger Lakes Community College, is on display through March 15. Gerbic earned his MFA in ceramics at RIT in 1968 and was one of Frans Wildenhain’s and Hobart Cowles’ students. Gerbic was instrumental in founding the ceramics program at both the Rochester Folk Art Guild and at FLCC.
RIT hosted “You Are Not Alone: Voices of Survivors of Violence,” a showcase featuring artwork, music and poetry created by survivors of violence, accompanied by their personal stories, as well as a memory table honoring those who have lost their lives to violence. Speakers and panel discussions were also part of the program, and a quiet spot was available for survivors to connect with each other. The showcase was sponsored by RIT’s College of Liberal Arts and the Center for Women and Gender. Here, a student views photographs of survivors by RIT student Lydia Billings.
RIT’s College of Health Sciences and Technology sponsored the conference, “Treating Family Violence as a Contagious Disease: Moving Beyond a One-Size-Fits-All Treatment Approach” on March 11. Keynote speaker Gail Gilchrist, head of the Centre for Applied Social Research at the University of Greenwich in London, presented “Treating Intimate Partner Violence Among Substance Users.” Gilchrist is implementing in London clinics a treatment alternative developed by conference organizer Caroline Easton, professor of forensic clinical psychology at RIT.
RIT celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8 with a tulip giveaway in the Student Alumni Union. International Women’s Day began in 1975 and the growing international women’s movement has helped make the commemoration a rallying point to build support for women’s rights and participation in political and economic arenas. RIT’s commemoration is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts’ Women and Gender Studies Committee and International Education Committee. Co-sponsoring the event is RIT’s Center for Women and Gender. Here, Laura Shackelford, assistant professor in the College of Liberal Arts, handed out flowers.
Workers install plants to the green wall near the west entrance of the Sustainability Institute Hall on March 7. The wall contains 1,776 green plants, contributing to air quality as well as aesthetics. The space measures 8 feet wide and 38 feet tall.
Workers install plants to the green wall near the west entrance of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability March 7. The wall contains 1,776 green plants, contributing to air quality as well as aesthetics. The space measures 8 feet wide and 38 feet tall.
Construction continues 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. Currently, 651 pipe piles are being installed before concrete footings are poured. Live streaming video of construction of the arena is available online at www.rit.edu/powerplay.
Ashley Carrington, a second-year accounting major in the E. Philip Saunders College of Business, is a founding “father” of Delta Sigma Pi-Epsilon Lambda Chapter. The professional business fraternity was resurrected after 60 years of extinction. She was instrumental in organizing the first Tiger Race fundraiser, a 5K race that raised $1,200 for the newly formed fraternity.
Students from 50 high school teams across the Northeast and Canada participated in Ultimate Ascent, the 2013 game in the annual FIRST Robotics competition held in RIT’s Gordon Field House March 1 and 2. Here, Victoria Dinoto, center, cheered for the East Rochester High School Robotics Team, #3157.
This season’s FIRST Robotics Competition featured robots flinging red, white and blue Frisbees into multi-tiered goals on the game field during two-minute matches. Students from 50 high school teams across the Northeast and Canada participated in Ultimate Ascent, the 2013 game in the annual FIRST Robotics competition held in RIT’s Gordon Field House March 1 and 2.