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February 12, 2018

An article recently published in Joule by GIS faculty, Dr. Eric Williams, Dr. Roger Chen and GIS alum, Dr. Ashok Sekar, suggests that the spread of technologies enabling Americans to spend more time at home has a side benefit of reducing energy use, and, by extension, greenhouse gas emissions.

February 5, 2018

For the first time, Rochester Institute of Technology has been recognized by the Institute of International Education in its annual IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education. RIT received honorable mention in the Internationalizing the Campus category and will be featured by the IIENetwork as a “best practice” in international education.

February 2, 2018

In January, Marla Schweppe (CIAS, School of Design) and Daniel Worden (SOIS) offered a one weekend, one credit-hour "Making Comics" workshop. More than 40 students participated from across RIT, and the results of the workshop have been published as comics anthology, available online.  The workshop is part of an ongoing series incorporating visual storytelling, comics and graphic novels. 

January 30, 2018

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), the regulatory body for Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), the integrated free zone technology park, today announced the launch of the new Dubai campus of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT Dubai), a leading American university.

To meet the increasing number of applications received annually, the new premises will span a total area of 129,000 square meters with the capacity to accommodate up to 4,000 students.

January 22, 2018

RIT Libraries received a $61,000 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources to digitize rare videos about American Sign Language poetry and literature held in the RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive. The project will make important works of Deaf culture accessible to the public for the first time.

This story is an excerpt of a story written by Luke Auburn and published by University News. You can view the full article at

January 15, 2018

RIT Libraries redesigned their website ( to provide easier access to library resources and services from any device. RIT Libraries also introduced Library Extension, a free web tool that displays the availability of books through RIT Libraries as users browse for books on Amazon, Goodreads, and other websites.

January 13, 2018

Five students from the College of Liberal Arts and one each from the College of Applied Science and Technology and the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences along with two chaperones and two volunteers went on an Honors Program service trip to Puerto Rico in January.  The island was hit by two hurricanes last fall that devastated their power grid and access to fresh water.  The group stayed at the Las Cabezas de San Juan nature reserve along with a group of students and chaperones from Cornell College in Iowa.  

December 5, 2017

Colleagues, as we are rapidly approaching the winter break, it is impressive to look back and see just how much our Division has accomplished during the fall semester. In the following newsletter, you will find stories of departments trying out new, student-based events and others continuing to build on successful models for their programs.

December 2, 2017

The Office of Educational Effectiveness Assessment is happy to welcome Paige Drake in the role of Senior Staff Specialist.Paige holds a BA in psychology at George Mason University, and comes to RIT from Virginia. 

December 1, 2017

University Exploration, formerly University Studies, welcomed the first class under the new name. The new name showcases what students do in our program—explore the multitude of major options available here at RIT. Over the summer term, the program staff moved to a new set of offices in Global Village. It was a busy and exciting way to kick off the semester!

November 30, 2017

Award-winning translator Ros Schwartz held a workshop on literary translation called ‘Between the Covers’ with a group of RIT-Kosovo students and faculty on October 28. 2017. Over the past 35 years, Ms. Schwartz hastranslated over 80 books from French to English.

November 29, 2017

Last year University Exploration (UE) introduced an Internal Transfer Fair to assist current RIT students who are reconsidering their current major. This was an attempt to help the students learn about the office and how UE could help them find their direction at RIT. This year, UE expanded upon that model to include representatives from all nine colleges and the School of Individualized Study.

November 28, 2017

Mashal Waqar, BS, computing security graduate (2017), has recently been named Young Leader of the Year at the prestigious Naseba Annual Global WIL Economic Forum for her efforts in leading the accessibility movement in media. The Forum brings together over 500 global business leaders, policy-makers, entrepreneurs, NGOs, artists and youth, and champions diversity as the cornerstone of sustainable economic development.

November 27, 2017

RIT Kosovo and The National Gallery in Kosovo (Galeria e Arteve e Kosoves) are hosting a unique exhibition that celebrates a lost regional alphabet. “Unearthing a Lost Alphabet,” will debut in an opening reception at 6 p.m. Friday, December 1, at The National Gallery in Kosovo. 

November 26, 2017

RIT Dubai is a dedicated partner of the Smart Dubai initiative and the Corporate Happiness Program, providing several programs to boost smart and happy learning in the city. The program is designed to educate senior professionals on the key concepts of happiness and to give them the tools to bring their learnings back to the workplace. 

November 26, 2017

Current and past University Exploration Honors students joined together for the first community service event of the year, volunteering for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester, NY. This organization provides a “home-away-from-home” for families of children receiving healthcare in the Rochester community.

November 24, 2017

Honors Program students from the Saunders College of Business visited Toronto, Canada, in November 2017. The students met with College of Applied Science and Technology alumni Ken Wong and Marc Hyman at Crownhill Packaging, where they toured the company’s 200,000 square foot production and distribution center.  

November 24, 2017

The eighth annual Rochester Institute of Technology Dubai Engineering Competition recently saw over 150 grade 10, 11 and 12 students from across the UAE wow a panel of expert judges with their imaginative inventions and mathematical process.

November 23, 2017

During the November meeting of the RIT Board of Trustees, seven 2017 Trustees Scholarship Award recipients and nominees presented their research in a poster session at Louise Slaughter Hall (CIMS). The event gave trustees a rare opportunity to engage with the researchers, and discuss issues in their field of research.

November 22, 2017

The Printing Applications Lab (PAL) at Golisano Institute for Sustainability successfully delivered the 17th annual training program entitled ‘Printing Process ID & Image Analysis for Forensic Document Examiners’ on Oct. 17-20, 2017.

November 21, 2017

RIT Libraries launched My Untold Story, a new event series that invites members of the RIT community to share their personal experiences in an effort to challenge stereotypes and build understanding through dialogue.

November 20, 2017

SOIS alum, Remy (Jeremy) DeCausemaker, BS ’08, MS ’13, visited with students and staff October 5 to discuss his RIT individualized degree and his varied professional experiences. 

November 17, 2017

Nabil Nasr, associate provost and director of Golisano Institute for Sustainability was honored at the October 27, 2017, Technology & Manufacturing Awards sponsored by the Rochester Business Journal and the Rochester Technology and Manufacturing Association.

November 16, 2017

Students in the museum studies program spent weeks working closely with RIT archivists to curate two new exhibitions now on view in Wallace Library. 

November 15, 2017

In October, Honors students and staff from the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences (GCCIS) participated in a professional development trip to Washington, D.C.