July 25, 2014
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All the world’s a stage… Campus life

We are rarely at a loss for news at RIT, and University News has the task of taking the tips, developing the stories or releases and plugging for placements. Many of the releases written are RIT-focused, placed in campus publications such as News & Events Daily, the online publication, or the new Athenaeum. We widen the circle passing articles to local or national media, depending on the topics. But when it’s all said and done, while we seek out information about events, projects, people—we also receive a great deal of information from campus folks—and the topics vary from new National Science Foundation-funding awards to department social activities like this one from the College of Applied Science and Technology:

On a Thursday, late in October, the McGowan Center in CAST was transformed into a cultural oasis with sights, smells and sounds from around the world. International students from the electrical, computer and telecommunications engineering technology department hosted classmates, faculty and staff at a college social. It was a chance to showcase music, dance and foods from their native countries.

CAST IndiaOrganized by Kathy Alhart, the department’s office manager, this was the first time for the social gathering of students from India, Brazil, Kuwait, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Cameroon and Kazakhstan. “I had wanted to do this for a long time,” she said, “and this year, with so many more students from overseas, it seemed like the right time.” This year, there are 65 international students from 15 different countries attending the department.

Students wore native dress, shared photos of their homelands and performed popular native songs from their countries. Others, like Gurmanpreet Kaur and Kshitij Malik from India and Annette Eko from Cameroon, answered questions about their respective countries and cultures.Kathy Annette

Of the many highlights of the evening, none was more impressive than the robust performance of Adai—a Kazahk native song about the courage of the country’s warriors.

Kazakhstan GroupDaniyar  Kassenov and Nursultan Kabylkas, blew the audience away with a rendition of the Kazakh folksong on the dombra. The audience was impressed not only with the richness of the song, but the fact that the beautiful instrument, long-necked and shaped like a mandolin, had only two strings. Faculty member Mark Indelicato summed up the group’s appreciation of the performance of Adai—the music and the students’ flying hands over the frets and strings—“amazing what two strings can do!”

Check out more photos and a video from the evening’s event at the ECT Engineering Technology Facebook site.

This story began with a phone call and ended with a few notes and photos of the department soiree. Regardless of country or city, there are some amazing stories, and at University News, we are always looking for those stories. Just let us know—and, we’re always up for a party.

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