An RIT-born community service program may go national – to other "Tiger" campuses!
Wallace Center staff partners with RIT athletes, visiting and volunteering in RCSD School #5 each Friday. This program is called READ: Hope In Action. The feature event is the Giant READ. TWC staff and student athletes read the book Amazing Tiger to 1st graders. Now, the program is growing in two significant ways: First, grant funding has helped the other six Rochester-area colleges to also partner with RCSD in a similar fashion. Secondly, other U.S. colleges and universities with Tiger mascots have been approached with the idea. So far, the University of Memphis and Auburn University have expressed interest! For more on RIT's latest Giant READ event, click here: http://www.rit.edu/news/story.php?id=47912
Developing information literacy and research skills, in an engaging fashion, is the focus of two new interactive computer programs developed at The Wallace Center. Margaret Bartlett, the Senior Manager of Information Services for Research and Instruction, built both. LIV@RIT (Learning Information Veracity) incorporates gaming concepts to teach effective research skills, and the pitfalls of plagiarism and copyright abuse. Completing all eight modules and quizzes reveals the final achievement! SCVNGR runs on cell phones using QR (Quick Response) codes. It's designed to replace FYE library tours, freeing up staff hours. To view LIV@RIT, click here: http://library.rit.edu/liv/
The recent RIT Adjunct Orientation session introduced seventeen new and returning adjuncts to RIT systems, resources and the overall "RIT way of doing things." Since February, the staff of Teaching & Learning Services has conducted these orientation sessions, helping more than 100 new and returning adjuncts become acclimated to the campus, library resources and effective teaching and learning practices. Other subjects touched upon include copyright rules, myCourses usage and understanding student motivators. Exit surveys indicate they not only appreciate the information but also the chance to meet fellow adjuncts. The "RIT Adjunct Resources" web page is here: https://wiki.rit.edu/display/adjunct/Home
The 2010 Faculty Learning Retreat was held at Rivers Run on Saturday, October 9, 2010. Turnout was great -- of the 30 registrants, 28 participated. The day was a good mix of instructive and collegial activities. Presenters on active and collaborative learning were Carl Lundgren, Keith Whittington and Duane Beck. Evaluations indicated the faculty enjoyed the retreat and found it beneficial. Several expressed a desire to have more Saturday faculty development events. The weather cooperated and the group was able to get a walk in to the RIT Crew Boathouse during the lunch break.
The Wallace Center's unique historical and special collections continue to grow. The RIT Archive Collections has acquired a substantial collection of ceramic works by former School for American Crafts faculty member Frans Wildenhain. A prolific artist, Wildenhain continuously varied his technique, moving from small wheel-thrown vessels to large sculptural pieces, often applying glazes sparingly. This marvelous collection builds on existing art work owned by RIT that showcases the many talented RIT faculty and students, past and present. Works in the collection are prized for the story they tell about the visual art programs, the curriculum and the people who have been part of the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. http://library.rit.edu/depts/archives/
The first visit by an RIT Librarian to the American University in Kosovo and ACMT in Croatia will occur in early December. Susan Mee, the Information Services for Research and Instruction representative to CAST, has a full schedule planned with faculty and students in the first two weeks of 20102. American University in Kosovo President Christopher Hall last spring showed an interest in enhancing The Wallace Center's support for faculty and students; it has culminated with this working trip for Sue. Both sides of the Atlantic expect Sue's visit to result in a better understanding of the library's resources for research and scholarship, for both faculty and students in the American University in Kosovo and ACMT.