A committee of 10 NTID faculty and staff members
has been established to create NTID 2020, a
strategic planning guide to help NTID set and reach
goals in the coming years.
NTID’s National Advisory Group welcomed four
new members: Catherine “Katie” Hunt, of Spring
House, PA., Lauren Lercher, Piscataway, NJ
Harold Mowl, of Pittsford, NY and Sara Weiner of
NTID has announced a Military Veterans with
Hearing Loss initiative, encouraging recent
veterans with hearing loss to attend school at RIT
and receive access services such as captioning
through NTID. Hearing loss is one of the most
common causes of disability for men and women
serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Up to 10 such
veterans may be enrolled in the fall.
John Macko has been named Director of NTID’s
Center on Employment. A graduate of RIT/NTID,
Macko began working for the college in 1993.
Jim DeCaro, director of PEN-International, received
the 2008 Contribution to Society Award from
Japan’s Foundation for Encouragement of Social
Contribution. He was honored for his contributions
to the education of deaf and hard-of-hearing people
around the world.
Terry Bruce, Director of Campus
Learning Technologies in the
Educational Technology Center,
retires after 27 years at RIT.
For Bruce, leaving a job better
than he found it has been the
hallmark of his career. He initially
worked in the Office of Development as the director
of their systems and services, and then moved to
Human Resources in the same type of position.
From there, he became the Director of Operations
for the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences,
before taking the reins at ETC. Some of the
projects that Bruce has overseen during his tenure
at ETC include the addition of the Center for
Biotechnology Education and Training (CBET)
building, the College of Applied Science and
Technology (CAST) building and renovations to the
E. Philip Saunders College of Business.
A handful of RIT students and staff have
accomplished in only four months what normally
can take a year or more - construct a cutting-edge
high-definition production and broadcast trailer.
And they did it for a third of the regular cost!
The broadcast trailer is the only one of its kind in
upstate NY: a full-production, high-definition
moveable facility. You may see it outside Ritter
Arena during home Tigers hockey games
broadcasting SportsZone Live, the cable sports TV
show covering RIT’s home games. SportsZone
Live, a production of Educational Technology
Services, may expand to cover away games next
year, and other universities may rent the trailer
Students were largely responsible for planning and
building the trailer in a four-month span and, now,
for running the show during live broadcasts. This is
all invaluable experience that they can’t get
anywhere else. To read more about this unique and
exciting venture, click here:
A Corporate R&D Success
RIT welcomed Johnson & Johnson Ortho Clinical
Diagnostics Vice President for R&D Dr. Martin
Brusdeilins (3rd from the right) and a team of
scientists to the SMFL
The Corporate R&D program was introduced as a new method of doing research with RIT last spring and has received a lot of interest from companies. Johnson & Johnson Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, the former Kodak Clinical Diagnostics group, was one of the companies who saw this as an opportunity to expand their relationship with RIT. This Johnson & Johnson subsidiary develops and markets diagnostic tests for the screening, monitoring, and confirmation of diseases and is one of the top 20 employers in the Greater Rochester area.
RIT faculty from the Kate Gleason College of Engineering were awarded three projects in this first round of research with OCD. Dr Kathleen Lamkin-Kennard, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Steven Day, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Eli Saber, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering have each started a project with their students in modeling, microfluidics and image processing respectively. This initial bio-medical engineering work will provide $160,000 in research funding this year and form the basis for a long term research partnership with J&J OCD. This partnership was orchestrated over the past year by Mike Dwyer of the Research Relations Office. Congratulations to all who participated and supported the expansion of this partnership!
RIT Libraries has created RIT Pub Central for
faculty and staff to input bibliographical information
on their research and writings. 2008 faculty and
staff authors were recognized by Sponsored
Research Services at the eleventh annual RIT
Principal Investigator's Reception on February
The RIT Lab for Social Computing is becoming a
part of the RIT Libraries effective in February. LSC
headquarters is located on the 3rd floor of the
library in room 3570. There was a kick-off lecture
with David Weinberg, author of Everything is
Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital
Disorder, on February 13th in the Idea Factory. For
more information about The Lab for Social
Computing, contact LSC Director, Elizabeth Lane
Lawley, Ph.D. at email@example.com.
- The Library’s Faculty Scholar Series resumed on February 4 with another presentation in the Idea Factory by Patricia Albanese, Matt Bernius and Michael Riordan of the Open Publishing Lab, a cross disciplinary center in CIAS for researching new methods of content creation and open source application development.
Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
Dr. Anne Wahl, our new director of Student Learning Outcomes Assessment, officially joined us on January 26th.
Under the auspices of the Provost’s office, a
general education outcomes assessment pilot
began Winter quarter. Ten faculty from the College
of Liberal Arts, College of Science and NTID
volunteered to participate. These individuals are:
Rebecca Edwards, Tim Engstrom, Lisa Hermsen
and Richard Newman from CLA; Carl Lutzer, Doug
Merrill and Jake Noel-Starr from COS;
Stephanie Polowe and Larry Quinsland from NTID.
Marianne Gustafson (NTID) and Ron Jodoin (COS)
are the pilot consultants and Chris Licata is the
liaison on the project. This pilot will provide us with
grass roots experience and ways to assess student
learning outcomes, including methods to measure,
collect, record, archive and evaluate data.
A second part of the pilot involves assessing
student writing. Barbara Heifferon and Linda Rubel
are working with Writing Faculty to develop an
assessment rubric and apply the rubric to a sample
of randomly collected student essays.
The Advisory Group that oversees the work of this
pilot is chaired by Dean Emeritus Bob Clark and
includes: Patricia Clark (COS); Babak Elahi (CLA);
Suzanne Graney (CLA); Ron Jodoin (COS) and
Marianne Gustafson (NTID).
Results from these pilot efforts will be used in
university discussions related to outcomes
assessment and will be incorporated into our
progress letter to MSCHE and shared with the
General Education Student Learning Outcomes
General Education Outcomes Task Force II:
This task force, established by the Academic Senate in collaboration with Provost Haefner, began its work on January 22 to:
• recommend a set of student learning outcomes for the general education curriculum at RIT
• identify a sustainable evaluation and assessment plan based on the identified student learning outcomes
Each RIT college is represented on this task force by a member of the college’s college curriculum committee including: Roy Czernikowski (KGCOE), Ron Jodoin (COS), Naomi Orwin (CIAS), Kathy Ozminkowski (SCB), Roxanne Canosa (GCCIS), Richard Santana (CLA), Mary Beth Parker (NTID), and Linda Tolan (CAST). Provost appointees include: Linda Hermsen (CLA), Marianne Gustafson (NTID), and Anne Wahl (Provost’s Office).
Learning Communities News:
A Learning Community Advisory Board has been established to help develop an assessment plan, review results and guide future directions for LC’s at RIT. The board is chaired by Chris Licata and includes: Latty Goodwin (FYE), Eileen Bushnell (CIAS), Michael Eastman (CAST), Suzanne Graney (CLA),Trudy Howles (GCCIS), David Koster, Student, (SCB), Sophia Maggelakis (COS), Sylvia Perez-Hardy (GCCIS), Sue Provenzano (Provost’s Office), Dick Reeve (KGCOE), Kristen Waterstram-Rich, (COS) and Lynn Wild (Provost’s Office).
Dr. Cathy Engstrom, chair of the Higher Education program at Syracuse University and a national expert on Learning Communities will oversee data collection and develop a set of recommendations for our consideration. Dr. Engstrom worked with Kit Mayberry in 2004 when RIT was first establishing LCs.
Academic Enhancement Programs
Study Abroad Program:
The Office of Academic Enhancement would like to
welcome Inge Meffert, our new AEP Associate.
Inge will be working with both the Study Abroad
and Honors Program. A native of Germany, Inge
has numerous international work and study
experiences and previously also worked with
university students providing mental health
Study Abroad received a large number of
applicants for the Kanazawa Institute of
Technology Exchange Program. The selection
committee chose 13 RIT students for this summer
program in Japan.
RIT has a new affiliation with SEA Semester! SEA
Semester has selected RIT students for the tuition
match scholarship this spring semester. RIT
students can study for a semester and receive 2
quarters worth of credit for 1 quarter of RIT tuition
(additional expenses include room, board, and
travel). SEA is the only program in the world that
brings students from all disciplines to the deep
ocean under sail to study the science and culture of
Promotion of Study Abroad: Information tables
have been set up throughout the colleges and will
continue over the next few weeks. This allows for
more discussion with students on college-specific
international study options.
There is a change in the late-entry process this year. This year we are bundling the Honors Program application with an opportunity to apply for summer funding at the $3000 level. Students need to describe in lay terms what their summer activity will be, have a faculty sponsor, and present their work at the August student research symposium or at other venue. The number of students who will receive funding, and who are thus enrolled as late entry into the Honors Program, will be limited; this is a competitive application process. More details can be found at https://honors.rit.edu/admission.php#late.
RIT STEP Program hosted 26 students from
Edison Tech and Rush Henrietta High Schools at
the RIT Open House on December 5th.
The NOVA Academy final presentations and
luncheon were held on December 13th. RIT faculty
and staff members Joe Pow, John Powell, and
Steven Reber worked with high school students in
project based workshops to provide the students
with an in depth awareness of Imaging Science,
Virtual Enterprise and 3D Modeling. The next
NOVA session began January 10th and will run for
Edison STEP students participated in the FIRST
Robotics kickoff event held at RIT on January 3rd.
The STEP Regional Science Bowl was held at
RIT on January 31st. High school students from
Rochester City Schools, Rush Henrietta, Buffalo,
Syracuse and Albany competed at the Science
RIT GEAR UP program hosted the 2008 GEAR UP
Winter Family Event at Franklin Education
Campus. The event presented information to the
sophomore class and their families about college
readiness and financial aid options. GEAR UP
stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness
for Undergraduate Programs and is currently in its
4th year of programming. Over the next 2 years,
the class of 2011 will continue receiving services,
support and resources to better prepare the GEAR
UP student for postsecondary education. For more
information about our program and upcoming
events, visit our website at
Institutional Research, the Registrar’s Office and
ITS continue to partner on the implementation of
RIT’s Enterprise Data Warehouse. As was
previously reported, the warehouse’s first priority is
freshman retention and graduation data, which are
now available. The next two subject areas are
student enrollment and internal transfer data.
When completed this spring, this iteration will
provide enrollment and internal transfer reporting
capabilities for all RIT students. A steering
committee has been formed to help with the
continuing development of the warehouse.
Members include: Jeanne Casares (ITS) Dick
Doolittle (COS), Kevin Dudarchik (ITS), Joan
Graham (Institutional Research and co-chair), Ed
Lincoln (Enrollment Management), Joe Loffredo
(Registrar’s Office and co-chair), Wiley McKinzie
(GCCIS), Harvey Palmer (KGCOE), Betsy Saxe
(CIAS), Sara Schley (NTID), John Smithgall
(COLA), Kim Sowers (ITS and co-chair), Stephanie
Thompson (Institutional Research), John Tu
(EPSCOB), Maureen Valentine (CAST), John
Weas (Student Affairs), and Kim White (Diversity &
The RIT Advisors Council has partnered with the
Center for Professional Development to offer
professional development workshops for faculty
and staff with advising responsibilities. These
workshops are all designed, created and facilitated
by RIT professionals with expertise in the topic
areas. For more information about the workshops,
including how to register, follow this link: