Clare Lagiewski is the woman behind the scenes, making sure every reserved event held at RIT’s Student Innovation Hall runs efficiently and seamlessly.
Working from her distinct vantage point, which Lagiewski describes as “the round glass building in an office with an amazing view of campus,” the operations manager of the Albert J. Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship handles one of the university’s busiest and most sought-after venues.
Lagiewski keeps all the logistics in stride—whether dealing with an advance team from the governor’s office, redirecting dignitaries to the podium, or managing a team of five students who help with room set-up and tear-down during events.
“Demand for this space is at a premium as more people on campus become familiar with Student Innovation Hall, which holds 150 people, and Conference Room 1100 in the lobby of the building,” said Lagiewski. “Due to this demand, we have a committee review requests to ensure events are aligned with the missions of RIT, Simone Center and MAGIC Center.”
Not surprisingly, the committee has declined some requests during her tenure. “We’ve been asked to hold a retreat for fewer than 10 people, an awards banquet, a battle of the bands and a fashion show,” she said. “We had to say no.”
Lagiewski earned her master’s degree in hospitality and tourism from RIT in 1994. She taught at Champlain College in Burlington, Vt., and Israel, RIT Croatia and Genesee Community College before coming to RIT in 2004 as international program manager—developing academic programs for RIT’s campus in Kosovo. She took a three-year hiatus before returning to RIT in her new position.
As a direct report to Richard DeMartino, endowed chair of the Simone Center, Lagiewski also helps administrate RIT’s NSF-I Corps grant and handles logistics for some campus events such as the Undergraduate Research Symposium and the Effective Access Technology Conference.
And the best part of the job? “Every day is different. I work in a highly innovative center where students come to advance their ideas, work side-by-side with our dedicated faculty and mentors, and become a source of inspiration to us all.”
Job title: Operations Manager, Albert J. Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Years at RIT: 8
What I like best about working at RIT: Every day is different.
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