When Elizabeth Sheffield crosses the stage at graduation, she’ll do so wearing a special stole that exemplifies her heritage, hard work and the tremendous support she has received from her Native American tribe during her four years at RIT.
Sheffield, a fourth-year animation student in the School of Film and Animation at the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, is a proud citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and will be wearing a special stole that reads Chikasha Holitoplichi, meaning Honors Program.Read more
Brenda Lee, a medical educator and medical school administrator, was appointed the 2018 Frederick H. Minett Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Lee has previously served appointments at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School. In 1987, she was appointed as an assistant professor in the Division of the Medical Humanities and the assistant dean for medical education and student affairs at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (URSMD). She held a permanent appointment on the URSMD Admissions Committee, designed an annual African American History Seminar Series and was a member of the Double Helix Curriculum’s Diversity Theme.Read more
Students, faculty, staff and alumni gasped and then cheered when they heard the real announcement: A 2009 alumnus is giving RIT $50 million, the largest donation ever made to the university and one of the largest ever in the region.
The unprecedented gift comes from Austin McChord, founder and CEO of Datto, a Connecticut-based data protection company with engineering and support offices in downtown Rochester.Read more
Jeremy Haefner is stepping down as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Haefner, RIT’s provost since July 2008, will become the provost and executive vice chancellor at University of Denver, effective July 15. He will remain at RIT through this academic year.Read more
Reginald Rogers, a faculty member at Rochester Institute of Technology, has been awarded the Dr. Janice A. Lumpkin Educator of the Year award by the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). The award is given annually to a collegiate faculty member who has demonstrated commitment to advancing education in engineering, science or mathematics.Read more
Winds of Change magazine recognized Rochester Institute of Technology as one of the Top 200 Colleges for Native American Students.
This marks the eighth time RIT made the annual list, published by American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). The magazine ranked top universities in the U.S. “where American Indians are going to school in significant numbers and where the community, Native programs and support are strong enough for these students to enjoy college and stay on to graduate.” RIT is one of nine colleges from New York state to make the list.Read more
Carol Marchetti, professor of statistics and coordinator of the RIT Women’s Caucus, formally launched the caucus, a new campus advocacy organization, at the Nov. 16 Academic Senate meeting. She shared her vision for the caucus as one of advocacy and involvement. It will establish and promote Senate priorities, develop an agenda based on priority issues defined by the caucus such as student behavior in the classrooms of female faculty, and policies and procedures related to harassment and discrimination. The group will also host informational sessions and networking activities and encourage community and governance involvement.Read more
To help faculty develop professionally, hone their teaching skills and stay current in their fields, Rochester Institute of Technology’s Faculty Career Development (FCD) and the Office of the Provost are now accepting applications for four annual grant programs. These offerings emphasize the crucial skill of mentoring and the specific activities of lecturers and adjunct faculty. A new Faculty Stretch grant program introduced this year is intended to reach beyond one group or department and impact the broader RIT community.Read more
Keith Jenkins has been appointed vice president and associate provost for Diversity and Inclusion at Rochester Institute of Technology. Jenkins has been serving as interim vice president and associate provost since June 2016 and assumes the new position Nov. 1.
“Keith is committed to working with university leaders and RIT Trustees to advance the mission and goals of RIT’s 2015-2025 Strategic Plan: Greatness Through Difference,” said RIT President David Munson. “The Division of Diversity and Inclusion continues to flourish under his leadership as it works collaboratively with academic and administrative units to provide a holistic range of services that enhance access and success for historically underrepresented students, faculty and staff, support education and scholarship, and ensure a welcoming, inclusive, vibrant and accessible environment for everyone.”Read more
Rochester Institute of Technology received three grants totaling $2.8 million to help underrepresented minority students receive access and support in their education. RIT’s Division of Diversity and Inclusion secured new funding for three national outreach programs:
- Upward Bound Classic Program
- RIT’s Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program
- The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program