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Honors Mentors

Each spring we hire some of our passionate, involved, and enthusiastic current students to help us welcome and orient our new students into the Honors Program. They lead, guide, teach, learn, challenge and play with the freshmen to ensure that they understand our Honors Program.  These are the mentors for The Honors Orientation Program 2019!

 

This year, in addition to giving the mentors' academic background, we asked them "what do you think the most underrated part of RIT is?"

 

 

 

Meet the Honors Mentors!  

 

 

 
Laura Discavage

Laura Discavage

Lead Mentor
Laura is a fourth-year Industrial
Engineering student.
 
"The dorms- they're not
perfect but they make it easy to meet
new friends and make memories."
 
 
 
Alan Kuffner

Alan Kuffner

Lead Mentor
 
Alan is a fifth-year Mechanical
Engineering student.
 
"All the fun things to do during
the week, you just need to get
out and look."
 

Bennett Wong

Bennett Wong

Lead Mentor
Bennett is a fifth-year Mechanical
Engineering Technology student.
 
"There are so many different
things to do on campus.
You'll never be bored!"
 
Ryan Alicea

Ryan Alicea

Ryan is a third-year Psychology
student.
 
"The nature trail near the Quarter
Mile. It's a nice way to spice up
your commute, especially during the
autumn season."
 

Alex Amling

Alex Amling

Alex is a third-year Game Design
and Development student.
 
"All the unique and interesting classes,
like dodgeball"
 
Ryan Brown

Ryan B. Brown

Ryan is a second-year Mechanical
Engineering student.
 
"The view of the sunset
from the towers"
 
 

Ryan Brown

Ryan W. Brown

Photo Mentor

Ryan is a second-year Mechanical
Engineering student.
 
"The amazing culture; everyone
is extremely accepting
and nice."
John Byrne

John Byrne

John is a fifth-year Software
Engineering student.
 
"The immersion requirement.
Taking 3 courses in something
unrelated to your major is a great
way to pick up or entertain a passion,
or just give yourself a break."
 

Dominique Caldwell

Dominique Caldwell

Dominique is a third-year
Applied Statistics student.
 
"The koi pond in Kodak
Quad, it's a really relaxing
place to sit outside on a
nice day."
Siobhan Gannon

Siobhan Gannon

Siobhan is a second-year
Film and Animation student.
 
"The gym! There's a wide variety of
equipment, a pool, multiple tracks,
hot tub/saunas, and a bunch of fun
wellness classes, and it's a great place
to de-stress!"
 

CJ Gebo

CJ Gebo

 
CJ is a second-year Information
Security student.
 
"The tunnels on dorm-side, they make
it really easy to see your friends
and get food, especially
in the winter."
Drew Haiber

Drew Haiber

Drew is a second-year Computer
Science student.
 
"The pizzas at Ctrl+Alt+Deli in
Golisano."
 
 
 

Claire Herget

Claire Herget

Claire is a fifth-year Chemical
Engineering student.
 
"The fact that there are so
many things to do and so
many kinds of people that make it
a great place to be yourself and
find people that share your interests."
Brendan Hughes

Brendan Hughes

Brendan is a third-year Management
Information Systems student.
 
"The diversity on campus with
people from all different
backgrounds coming here from all
over the world."
 

Ashley Hum

Ashley Hum

Ashley is a third-year Criminal
Justice student.
 
"How small of a school it can be.
It's technically a medium-sized school
but you'll always be running into
people you know from dorms,
classes, and clubs"
Calise Jin

Calise Jin

Calise is a third-year Game
Design and Development student.
 
"How enthusiastic campus
social life is. There's always
something going on and club
activity is huge."
 

Brandon Keller

Brandon Keller

Brandon is a fourth-year Computing
Security student.
 
"All the discounts we can
get using our student ID"
Ailene Lung

Ailene Lung

Ailene is a third-year Industrial
Design student.
 
"The people! Everyone is so
unique and proudly so"
 

Jonathan Lutzer

Jonathan Lutzer

Jonathan is a second-year
Physics student.
 
"The number and variety of clubs.
The number of clubs here means
there's almost guaranteed to be a
club for you."
Judy Mermelstein

Judy Mermelstein

Judy is a fourth-year
ASL Interpreting student.
 
"The subs from Commons. It
might take them a bit, but the
results are super tasty."
 

Jessica Metelski

Jessica Metelski

Jessica is a fourth-year Biomedical
Sciences student.
 
"The willingness of staff members to
form personal relationships with
students and how many faculty are
excited to get to know you, give you
advice, and help you."
Ryan Montero

Ryan Montero

Ryan is a third-year Game Design
and Development student.
 
"The forest trail to the left of
dorms, it's quite relaxing to
walk through there on the
way to class."
 

Michael Moore

Michael Moore

Michael is a third-year Mechanical
Engineering student.
 
"The Honors office! More people
should be spending time
there!"
Dan Mullen

Dan Mullen 

Dan is a third-year Motion
Picture Science student.
 
"How artistic the campus and
student body really is! RIT gets billed
as a tech school but some of the
most creative people I've ever known
are people I met right here at RIT." 
 

Thomas Murphy

Thomas Murphy

Thomas is a second-year Biotechnology
and Molecular Biosciences student.
 
"The reserved study rooms in
the library. Great way to secure
some alone time!"
Sarah Oakes

Sarah Oakes

Sarah is a fourth-year Chemical
Engineering student.
 
"The variety of food on
campus. I enjoy that there are
visiting chefs from restaurants
and several dining locations"
 

Jared Ortega

Jared Ortega

 
Jared is a third-year Environmental
Health and Safety student.
 
"The intramural sports. You'll meet
a lot of amazing people."
Ben Palmer

Ben Morgan Palmer

 
Ben is a fourth-year Mechanical
Engineering student.
 
"The cheesy chicken hot
sub at Crossroads"
 
 

Trish Pickelhaupt

Trish Pickelhaupt

Photo Mentor

Trish is a third-year Visual Media
student.
 
"The RIT arts community!"
Isabel Talarico

Isabel Talarico

Isabel is a second-year
Mechanical Engineering student.
 
"How much fun can be had
on campus. Some of my favorite
memories include the concerts
and playing pick-up soccer"
 

Laura Weintraub

Laura Weintraub

Laura is a fifth-year Computing
Security.
 
"Tiger Den games- free food
and swag just to attend an
RIT athletics event!"
Ari Weisenburn

Ari Weisenburn

Ari is a second-year Electrical
Engineering student.
 
"The fact that students have
access to free ice skating for
an hour every week day at the
Ritter Ice Rink"
 

Aleea Wrightstone

Aleea Wrightstone

Aleea is a second-year Biochemistry
student.
 
"The views out of the
windows on campus"
Emalee Wrightstone

Emalee Wrightstone

Emalee is a third-year Biotechnology
and Molecular Biosciences student.
 
"The amount of professor / student
interaction outside of class"
 

Allie Zeznick

Allie Zeznick

Allie is a third-year Physician
Assistant student
 
"The extremely supportive
environment that is contributed
to by students, faculty, and staff."