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Blizzard season for Sue Provenzano and your neighborhood provost
March 25, 2014

"Those that reach the top are the ones who are not content with doing only what is required of them."

 -Og Mandino


There is nothing like tenure and promotion season to humble a provost with all the terrific work done by faculty. I really do enjoy reading about the research, the teaching philosophies, the input from colleagues, chairs, and deans as well as the external letters.  There is a lot of information and evidence and it is critical that the president and I review it all and we do. And each year we are impressed that the dossiers continue to get stronger and more impressive.

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A soup of abbreviations but good news nonetheless!
March 11, 2014

“Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.”

 Abraham Lincoln


Good news is always fun to write about so here's a posting with great news from the community.

Vic Perotti, head of the Management Information Science (MIS), Marketing and Digital Business department in the Saunders College of Business, wrote me the other day with a Phoenix-like rebirth of the MIS degree program. 

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Picture more flexibility in our views about scholarship
March 4, 2014

One of the best decisions I made this year was to purposefully visit as many academic departments as I could fit into my schedule during the academic year. I have delighted in the conversations and getting to know many of the incredibly hard-working and dedicated faculty and staff we have here at RIT. Much of the conversation has centered on the semester conversion but there have been great discussions on topics such as promotion, bureaucratic paperwork, work overload, and scholarship.

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The Center for Multidisciplinary Studies
February 24, 2014

At a university as complex as RIT, it is extraordinarily challenging to be aware of the various gems we have scattered across campus. One such gem is the Center for Multidisciplinary Studies (CMS). For this posting, I thought I'd spend some time discussing the Center and provide three important updates.

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February 24, 2014

As you know, we have spent considerable focus this year on the information and data we collected in 2012-2013 from the climate, engagement and COACHE surveys. This is a handy venue to provide a short update about where we stand in our efforts to address key issues identified in this wealth of data.

We spent most of the fall semester sharing the data from the COACHE, the climate and the engagement surveys. We did this sharing with the deans, the chairs and directors, in town hall meetings, and in each of the colleges. This effort was a key strategy to communicate widely our findings. 

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Research Space Task Force
February 19, 2014

"Space: the final frontier"

     - Star Trek


As more faculty engage with research, creative work, and scholarship, the need for "research space" increases. It is interesting to note that, aside from space in Slaughter Hall and Institute Hall, we have not really built space dedicated to research. Rather, we have either converted space from other areas or we have designated some space with multiple purposes, one of which is for research. But there are few other needs that are as challenging to meet as the space needs of our researchers, artists and scholars. So space really is the 'final frontier'.

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"… an amazing part of my break."
February 11, 2014

Love is a potion mixed up by careless foolsAnd it takes two and it takes twoLove isn't certain, it comes right out the blueAnd when she casts her spell, there's nothing you can do- Sub Focus, "Out the blue"

I'm learning that sometimes a posting can just fall out of the blue and onto your lap. Here's a delightful email passed onto me from Alla Bailey who taught an innovative course during the intersession. 

Thanks, Alla, for your pioneering effort!



The first “Clean Energy: Hydrogen /Fuel Cells” Intersession Course has successfully ended. Eleven RIT students took the course from different states and even different countries.

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Was Socrates a jerk?
February 4, 2014

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

     - Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Pop quiz: Which one of the following are the least enjoyable to you:

a) A week-long headache that will not go away.

b) A long winter of polar vortex type temperatures; or

c) A colleague who is such a jerk that you dread coming to work.

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