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April 2, 2019

Researchers from Rochester Institute of Technology and Seneca Park Zoo are developing a virtual reality gaming environment that will let zoogoers experience a Madagascar rainforest ecosystem. They recently journeyed to the Centre ValBio field station in Ranomafana National Park on a trip that laid the groundwork for creating accurate 3D models of the exotic Madagascar wildlife and habitat.

March 26, 2019

Kevin Mejia, from Yonkers, N.Y., has always been passionate about traveling. During his time at RIT, the fourth-year business management and international and global studies double major has traveled to France, Germany, England and Cuba through the RIT Education Abroad office. In addition to his study abroad experiences, Mejia has also visited roughly 18 countries, including several countries in Central America, South East Asia and Europe. He also worked in Hong Kong for summer 2018 at the John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth program, and plans to return during summer 2019.

January 18, 2019

RIT Press published a three-book series on RIT history in 2018. Imagine This: RIT’s Innovation + Creativity Festival (Edited by Bruce A. Austin) reveals Imagine RIT’s initiation, development, and maturation during its first decade. A Shining Beacon: Fifty Years of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (Edited by James McCarthy) illuminates the multifaceted experiences of NTID’s students, faculty and staff.

January 17, 2019

A collaboration between researchers at Golisano Institute for Sustainability, researchers in the Environmental Science program at RIT, and Rochester’s World of Inquiry School No. 58 resulted in their outreach project being featured in the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) Free Resources newsletter, Dec. 2018. 


January 11, 2019

Two companion exhibitions titled “Rewarding Investment in Tomorrow” opened during the 2018 Brick City Weekend. On view through the Spring semester, an exhibit in the RIT Museum explores the growth of the Henrietta campus from inception to the present through archival images and artifacts. An exhibit in the University Gallery told the story of student life on the Henrietta campus since its founding.

January 11, 2019

Jeannette Klute: A Photographic Pioneer (RIT Press, 2017) received the Arline Custer Memorial Book Award given each year by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference to recognize the best new books using archival sources. The chapbook was authored by Therese Mulligan, Administrative Chair of the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, with contributions from RIT Archivist Becky Simmons and Lauren Alberque, project archivist in the Cary Graphic Arts Collection.

December 18, 2018

Emily Redman joined our Academic Affairs team as a Sr. Staff Accountant on September 17, 2018. Emily came to RIT with six years of experience as a staff accountant and most recently worked at the University of Rochester. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Alfred University.

Emily resides in Honeoye Falls with her husband, Jason, her 14-year old identical twin stepdaughters, and their cat, Pickles. She is passionate about playing and coaching volleyball, crafting and volunteering.


December 12, 2018

The Academic Affairs team warmly welcomed Brenda Thornton, a Senior Staff Specialist, to RIT on September 13, 2018. She’s located in Eastman Hall and filled the position previously held by Stephanie Maryan.

May 29, 2018

A group of ten RIT parents and students had the opportunity to explore the Adriatic region this May. This one-week, hands-on experience, was organized by the Office of Parent and Family Programs and RIT Global, and led by Rick Lagiewski, Ph.D. (assistant professor in Hospitality and Tourism Management) and Chelsea Petree, director of Parent & Family Programs. Families visited several cities in Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro and explored Adriatic culture, history and ecology through lectures, guided tours, nature excursions and gastronomic sampling.

May 28, 2018

The spring Capstone Symposium held on April 25 in the University Gallery featured the largest showing of SOIS student work to date.  Nine graduate students, 28 undergraduate students, and one student from WNY Tech Academy high school presented a vast range of disciplinary research and problem solving at the symposium.  In addition to student research, more than 15 students from the team-based SOIS Wicked Problems course presented their solutions to the wicked problem “Improving Access to Education for People with Disabilities.”   

May 25, 2018

SOIS hosted more than 125 students, faculty, staff, alumni,​ and friends at the 4th annual Difference Makers Dinner on March 20 in the University Gallery.  This event recognizes and celebrates the remarkable academic and civic achievements of SOIS students, faculty, staff,​ and alumni.  Highlights from the evening include a keynote by SOIS alumna, disability rights activist,​ and research analyst for the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Initiatives, Luticha Doucette, and a conversation via skype to Peru with SOIS alum Lorenzoa Llosa, who shared his work in sustainable cocoa bean production and t

May 24, 2018

Dr. Carl Lutzer has been appointed as the interim direcor of the Honors Program. Dr. Lutzer joined the faculty at RIT in 2000 and currently serves as the coordinator of undergraduate programs within the School of Mathematical Sciences. He has helped design honors courses in the COS and has taught them including “The Mathematics of Politics and Power.” He is known most especially for his student-centeredness and commitment to student success. We are very fortunate to have Dr. Lutzer moving into this interim role. 

May 23, 2018

SOIS faculty member Daniel Worden was awarded funding for research and scholarship related to the study of comics. These interdisciplinary projects engage faculty and staff from RIT Libraries and the College of Liberal Arts.

Lucy Shelton Caswell Research Award from the Ohio State University's Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum (BICLM)

May 22, 2018

Sara May, Marketing & Communications Manager at RIT Libraries, will receive a PR Xchange Award from the American Library Association at their annual conference in June 2018. The social media campaign “Where in Wallace,” which promoted RIT’s Art Collection and Graphic Design Archive, was selected from 400 entries submitted by libraries nationwide. 

May 21, 2018

Several authors and artists visited campus during the academic year as part of the Comics Studies Lecture Series through SOIS:

May 18, 2018

Two members of the RIT advising community were recently recognized for their outstanding work by NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising.

May 15, 2018

RIT Libraries was awarded the region's 2018 Academic Library of the Year by the Rochester Regional Library Council (RRLC) based on the quantity and enthusiasm of nominations from students and faculty. Patrons submitted comments to the RRLC commending RIT Libraries’ supportive staff, collaborative learning spaces, and special collections. Read more >>

May 14, 2018

In collaboration with COLA, IHST, CAST,​ and others, SOIS helped to facilitate the signing of a partnership with Foodlink, Inc. at Imagine RIT on April 28.  This partnership will support the continued development of mutually beneficial programming, scholarship and grant proposals,​ and experiential learning opportunities for students across RIT while aiding the fight against hunger in our region.

May 11, 2018

The U.S. Department of State recognized Rochester Institute of Technology for success providing study-abroad opportunities for students with disabilities. RIT was named to the inaugural list of U.S. higher education institutions that sent the most students overseas on the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program in academic year 2016-2017.

May 7, 2018

The Office of the Provost and the Office of Educational Effectiveness Assessment (EEA) are pleased to announce the Student Learning @ RIT Assessment Grant.  This assessment grant is designed to support the development and  implementation of student learning assessment activities in academic programs and the General Education curriculum.

May 7, 2018

Digital initiatives librarian Frances Andreu was awarded an Early Career Fellowship from the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP). Recipients of the highly competitive fellowships are chosen based on their high level of engagement in their fields and diverse range of skills in scholarly publishing and librarianship.


May 4, 2018

Student Spotlight: An interview with Sonja Armbrecht, a first-year international business major, and Petar Kleskovic, second-year web and mobile computing major, from RIT Croatia.

May 3, 2018

The Excellence in Student Learning Outcomes Award is given to recognize an academic degree program that is committed to best practices in assessment, improving student learning, and is dedicated to continuous program improvement.

May 2, 2018

At the Cary Graphic Arts Collection, "The Luminous Print" celebrates photogravure, a printing process that combines the fine detail of photography with the wide tonal range of fine arts intaglio printing. At RIT Archive Collections, "Photography and Photographers at RIT" highlights RIT's 116 years of photography education, encompassing advertising, fine art, and photojournalism.

May 2, 2018

ROC the Project is a team competition designed to engage Rochester-area college students in the practice of project management and to develop their leadership skills. Student project teams were formed in January of this year and were provided with a real-life business challenge faced by Rochester-area organizations, for which they must provide a solution.