Cary Collection exhibit sheds light on Persian poetry

"The Light of the Sublime: The Works of Rumi as Interpreted by Zahra Partovi and Vincent FitzGerald & Co." opened in the Cary Collection showcases on April 12. The contemporary artists' books on display are inspired by the poetry of 13th century mystic, Jalauddin Mohammed Rumi. These innovative limited-edition books synthesize creativity in printmaking, graphic design, calligraphy and bookbinding—highlighting them as exemplars in the Cary's specialized holdings. The opening reception festivities included a light projection art piece and harp performance of the latest work in this artists' book series: Fragments of Light. "The Light of the Sublime" will be on view in the Wallace Center until August 6. Join us for future programming about the exhibition including Rumi poetry readings and gallery talks. Information at cary.rit.edu .


Provost's "Meet the Scholars" Annual Launch Party for the Faculty Scholarship Report planned for May 2nd

The third annual report showcases our valued faculty members whose research efforts continue to promote innovation, collaboration and discovery. The 2011 report marks yet another year of continued growth, with nearly 1,200 scholarly works included.  Invitations have been sent for the May 2nd launch party, we will congratulate published authors as well as providing a unique mentoring opportunity for new faculty.

This year's report also places a specific emphasis on featuring a select group of outstanding faculty and the contributions they have made to their field, their students and their community.

A special thank you to SPS and ETC for their hard work on this publication that truly demonstrates RIT's position as a scholarship leader.


Dennis Pearl, PhD., Talks Course Conversion

On April 18 and 19, Dennis Pearl, PhD., a Redesign Scholar with the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT) visited RIT to talk about the NCAT redesign process.

Dr. Pearl facilitated two workshops that drew on his experiences during Ohio State's recent quarter-to-semester conversion to help RIT faculty jump-start their own course conversion efforts. A video of Dr. Pearl's presentation will be available for faculty to watch online.


Enhanced Access to RIT Archive Collections

We are pleased to announce that finding aids describing over 500 of RIT's historical collections are now available at http://library.rit.edu/findingaids/. The ability to access and search our finding aids is a true advancement and a cutting edge accomplishment typically only done by the largest and most prestigious of research libraries. The finding aids were created through a grant project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

The new site uses powerful open source indexing software called Solr Lucene. Sophisticated faceted browsing, keyword highlighting, relevancy ranking, Boolean search options, and other searching features were added, allowing enhanced access to RIT's history.

Everyone involved in this project should be congratulated and the entire Wallace Center should be proud of the work and collaboration required to accomplish this project.


Engaging Students in New Ways - In Class, Online and in the Wider World

The Educational Futures: A Faculty Showcase event recognized fifteen faculty members throughout RIT who are expanding the idea of what an RIT course can be. They presented a dozen examples of alternative course design for other faculty to consider or use as a point of departure as they redesign courses for semester delivery.

Provost Jeremy Haefner welcomed 70 RIT faculty members, along with deans and other guests, to initiate the course redesign phase of semester conversion. James Winebrake, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, likened some of what he was seeing to a children's book that let readers combine parts of different pictures to invent something new; in the same way, several of the courses presented combined teaching approaches, disciplines, or student groups to create a deeper experience for students. Sophia Maggelakis, Dean of the College of Science, emphasized the collaboration that will be important as faculty redesign programs during conversion.