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The University Magazine

‘Pink Rink’ event raises $21,248 to fight cancer

Fans in RIT’s Corner Crew donned pink T-shirts during Men’s and Women’s Hockey games on Jan. 30, helping to raise more than $21,000 for the fight against cancer. (Photo by Dylan Heuer)


Kyle Gahagan: sole member of the raquetball team


Eric Koslow: started Tutorii.com to help students with school work

Nicholas Seaver in Egypt

RIT hockey players and fans traded orange apparel for pink on Jan. 30 and in the process raised $21,248 to fight cancer. Zeta Tau Alpha sorority teamed up with the RIT men’s and women’s hockey teams for the event. An auction of team members’ pink Tiger jerseys raised $9,248 for Rochester General Hospital’s Lipson Cancer Center. Zeta Tau Alpha also raised more than $12,000 from T-shirt sales. Those sales benefited the Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation.

“Being a part of ‘Make The Rink Pink’ was such a fun and exciting experience,” says Amy Perazzo, president of Zeta Tau Alpha. “We were so happy with the turnout and pumped to see everybody decked out in pink!”

The fundraiser, drawing more than 3,000 fans for both games, also served as an example of the partnership between RIT and Rochester General Health System. The institutions created a strategic alliance in 2008.

Racquetball ‘team’ has one member

RIT/NTID freshman Kyle Gahagan loves racquetball so much he’s representing RIT at several collegiate racquetball tournaments—even though he’s the only one on his team.

Gahagan, a biomedical science major from Parkton, Md., registers for the tournaments, pays for his hotel and meals and drives back and forth to competitions in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Albany. He’ll do this until the racquetball season ends in May. Gahagan won most of his matches in conferences in the fall, and made it to the quarterfinals in one tournament. It may seem that racquetball is always foremost on his mind – and it usually is – but Gahagan insists school and homework are a greater priority. “All I do is study and play racquetball,” he says.

Student creates homework help

Web site Tutorii.com, a free Web site developed by second-year RIT software engineering student Eric Koslow, provides assistance with complex high school and college-level work. Koslow stresses that Tutorri is not a site that users should expect to visit, find an easy solution and move on. Instead, Tutorri is designed to help users understand the nature of the problem so they can determine an answer and learn the process behind it.

“I really hope that Tutorii can grow and develop,” says Koslow. “It’s only going to be as good as the number of people who use it.”

Top prize for student researcher

Dwight Cooke, a graduate student in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, won the top award in the graduate research paper category at the American Indian Science and Engineering Society Conference held recently in Portland, Ore.

Cooke’s paper, “Modeling the Intrusion of a Gas Diffusion Layer into Flow Channels of a Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell,” details how the gas diffusion layer material deforms while it is compressed in an operating fuel cell, he explains.

Game for visually impaired child wins student design award

RIT students designed and built an interactive game for a visually impaired 9-year-old that won first place in the 2009 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Student Design Awards contest.

The team was awarded $5,000 for the hand-held device. Students incorporated an LCD display, tactile feedback motors, stereo speakers and a simple user interface to build a model that was both fun and focused on a 9-year-old’s sensory development.

A local physician contacted RIT to design and build the game, says Jesse Muszynski, a sixth-year electrical engineering student and member of the RIT IEEE student chapter.

Air Force ROTC cadets participate in cultural skills program

Two Air Force ROTC students from RIT participated in the Cultural and Language Immersion Professional Development Program offered by the U.S. Air Force.

Nicholas Seaver spent several weeks in Egypt and Orion Kellogg traveled to the Czech Republic. The program focused on learning the languages and developing cross-cultural skills.

“This was the best trip of my life so far,” says Seaver, a fourth-year international studies major.

“Not only did I make huge strides in my Arabic language abilities, but I also had experiences that I never dreamed I would have.”

Students present green vehicle research in Malaysia

Two undergraduates from the College of Applied Science and Technology presented their green vehicle design paper at the 2009 Small Engine Technology Conference in November in Penang, Malaysia.

Their paper was one of only 10 international student papers and only two from the United States accepted at the international event.

Anson Wong and Sakhawat Hossain presented “Inspiring a College Campus to Design, Create and Build Green Small Engine Vehicles” at the conference sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers and Japan Society of Automotive Engineers.

The students’ paper is about the RIT teams that built alternative energy vehicles for the Green Vehicle Challenge event, part of the 2009 Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival held last May.

Burdick earns Empire 8 Runner of the Year

Senior Jared Burdick from Manlius, N.Y., was named Empire 8 Runner of the Year after finishing first in the Empire 8 Men’s Cross Country Championship.

Throughout the 2009 season, Burdick proved to be a top competitor in the Empire 8, finishing in the top-six five different times. He recorded a season-best time of 24:44 at the Geneseo Invitational on Oct. 3.

In addition, he was named Empire 8 Runner of the Week five times, RIT Male Athlete of the Week two times, and RACA Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending Oct. 18.

Frisicano earns 2009 NSCAA East Region third team honors

Junior defender Sarah Frisicano of the RIT women’s soccer team was named to the 2009 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) East Region third team. Frisicano becomes the first Tiger since Carol Rivers in 2001 to receive this prestigious honor. Frisicano, who also earned 2009 All-Empire 8 first team honors, has started every game since her freshman year in 2007. She also was an All-Empire 8 honorable mention selection in 2008.

Dietz earns CoSIDA/’ESPN The Magazine’ Academic All-District honors

Junior midfielder and co-captain Bret Dietz of the RIT men’s soccer team was named to the 2009 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I Men’s Soccer Team. Selections are made based on a combination of academic and athletic excellence. Dietz, a civil engineering technology major from Harrisburg, Pa., was a first team all-district selection with a 3.84 GPA. He was a second team all-district selection in 2008.

Project wins prize from American Packaging

A packaging redesign for Chex Mix created by a team of students won first place in a challenge sponsored by the American Packaging Corp. Valerie Nadeau and Jessica Pirrello, both packaging science graduate students, joined Elizabeth Francis, a visual media undergrad, and Andrew Maruska and Jessica Billow, both graphic design majors, to develop the winning Chex Mix design. Each received $200 from American Packaging Co.

Projects were judged on creative graphic design, packaging innovation, sustainability, shelf presence and space utilization, along with solutions for minimizing handling through distribution and costs to produce the product.

American Packaging and General Mills representatives will review taped presentations by the students to determine how some of their ideas might be incorporated into consumer products.