The newest edition of RIT’s Athenaeum newsletter is on campus today, and I hope you enjoy our unique look at the School for American Crafts, part of the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. This cover story, told by University News’ Rich Kiley, looks at the changing face of traditional “making” today and how students and graduates are increasingly utilizing technology in their artistic adventures—without sacrificing those time-tested, and awe-inspiring, artisan techniques.
Also inside, you’ll find a story by Marcia Morphy about the amazing journey taken by RIT assistant professor Jessica Lieberman, whose battle with lymphoma has forced her to view life—and herself—through a new lens. With the help of family and friends, Lieberman has persevered and tells her story in a book and photo exhibit called Becoming Visible.
A definitive culture thrives inside RIT’s student-run radio station, WITR 89.7 FM, where students, hidden behind alter egos, bear their souls over the airwaves and keep their ears open anxiously awaiting the sound of the next big musical talent. University News co-op student Krista Bellardo uncovers why WITR members are so passionate about their tunes and shares their hope that a station relocation will further their quest to bring music to the RIT masses.
Another other stories in this issue is an interview with the new head of RIT’s imaging science program, Chip Bachmann; a Viewpoints essay from Hector Flores, dean of graduate studies, who outlines the direction of this growing sector of our student population; and a look back at RIT’s first intersession term.