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October 6, 2017

The Honors Program welcomed 164 new students this fall from 20 states and 5 countries, and 54% of them are from New York State.  Students participated in orientation activities which provided them with opportunities to meet their peers.

October 5, 2017

Two RIT Dubai students’ idea for an intuitive indoor car-parking navigation system has impressed over 500 senior IT professionals from around the world, securing Sanaz Mokhtari, a third-year mechanical engineering student, and Syed Moneeb Ali, a third-year electrical engineering student, first place at the prestigious Fujitsu Global Start-up Initiative 2017.

October 4, 2017

Marina Solis, an RIT Honors College of Applied Science and Technology student, attended the 28th IAPRI Packaging Research Symposium which was held in May, 2017 in Lausanne, Switzerland at the Olympic Museum on Lake Geneva. The event theme was "unlocking the full potential of packaging across the value-chain" and consisted of working groups, oral and poster presentations, and several keynote speakers.

June 29, 2017

The Cary Graphic Arts Collection at The Wallace Center was awarded a Breakthru Grant from the Rochester Regional Library Council to create a proof of concept for the Collection in virtual reality. The project aims to allow a researcher using a virtual reality system to enter the Collection and interact with a 3D model of a 17th-Century English hornbook in ways that would not be possible with the physical artifact.

June 19, 2017

On June 14, Provost Jeremy Haefner recognized Academic Affairs staff celebrating an employment anniversary in 2017. More than 45 staff members and their supervisors attended the breakfast in the University Gallery, where employees received a certificate and a small token of appreciation in recognition of their years of service. The staff recognized this year are listed below. 

June 15, 2017

A signing ceremony for RIT’s first international dual degree agreement between Japan’s Kanazawa Institute of Technology and RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering took place June 9. The occasion was also marked by a tree dedication ceremony, and a flame maple tree will be planted in RIT's Global Village as a symbol of the enduring partnership between RIT and KIT.

May 18, 2017

RIT graduate Daniel Mooney (GCCIS/NTID) has been named the recipient of the Academic Achievement Award from NTID for his capstone work with Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, under the advisement of Professor Brian Tomaszewski, Ph.D. Watch the video to learn more about Daniel's project.


May 15, 2017

At the end of the academic year, lots of love and attention is given to students, and rightly so. But Faculty Career Development (FCD) in The Wallace Center decided to show faculty that they are loved and appreciated, too! On Wednesday, May 10, 120 RIT faculty, representing most colleges, received that love through free coffee and refreshments, leading to relaxed and open conversation. FCD’s simple purpose: provide a place for faculty to take a break from giving and grading exams and projects. FCD’s invitation to all faculty: “There is no agenda or registration – just come if you can.” And faculty came! TWC library college liaisons were on hand, along with FCD staff to greet, mingle and chat with faculty.

May 9, 2017

This RIT News story was featured on the University of Rwanda website on May 8, 2017.

When Eric first saw the prosthetic arm that two RIT engineering students designed, he was nervous about touching it, let alone wearing it. Family and friends from his village in Rwamagana, in eastern Rwanda, gathered to be there as he received the new hand, and they encouraged him to try it himself.

May 8, 2017

This is an excerpt from the original blog post found here.

Professor Roberley Bell, an American artist with experience in interdisciplinary arts at a foundational level, led the workshop that 110 freshman students were a part of. Professor Bell teaches in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York and this was the second time she has offered this workshop at AUS.

May 5, 2017

In Professor Zack Butler’s honors course, Puzzles For Computing, students are learning algorithms to both solve and create puzzles. They explore how human strategies can be encoded in a program, and how human puzzle authors can work together with computer programs to create puzzles that are more interesting than either could construct on their own. Students are investigating logic puzzles, math puzzles, word puzzles, and even brand-new puzzle styles that they are designing.

May 4, 2017

The Honors Program welcomes the 2017 late entry students. They are high academic achievers, engaged citizens, and campus and community leaders. Their extracurricular activities include coaching, tutoring and peer mentoring; and leadership positions in sororities, fraternities, national honors societies and other organizations. These students are research focused. Many of them will continue their research as Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows and will present their work at the Undergraduate Research Symposium.

May 3, 2017

The University Studies program helps students not just with their choices for a major, but with their overall growth and development as young professionals. The program also provides opportunities to serve the local community. On April 18, current and new late-entry Honors students joined together to volunteer at the FoodLink Warehouse facility. On April 24, ten women attended the 2017 Women’s Career Achievement Dinner with the University Studies Team.

May 2, 2017

Honors students in several colleges (GCCIS, NTID, CIAS, KGCOE, and SCB) visited professional associations and industrial partners during intersession and spring break.  


GCCIS Honors Trip to Seattle 

May 1, 2017

On March 30 & 31, The School of Individualized Study (SOIS) co-hosted the annual Individualized Major Programs (IMP) Conference at the Arbor Loft in downtown Rochester,NY. The conference was kicked off by keynote speaker, David Helfand, Professor of Columbia University and President of Quest University from 2008-2015. Helfand spoke to the unique educational opportunity Quest provides students through its non-traditional approach to higher education.

April 30, 2017

The Honors Program has begun to explore how they can engage their alumni in a more thoughtful way.  Program staff had dinners in the fall and spring and invited alumni from a variety of colleges to discuss this and other issues.

April 27, 2017

This academic year, the School of Individualized Study launched the Comics Studies Lecture Series. The series features artists, developers, executives, scholars, and writers who work on comics, graphic narratives, and comics-related media. The lecture series began in the fall with a workshop and public talk by New York Times best-selling and Eisner award-winning artist Ed Piskor. Piskor is the creator of the graphic novel Wizzywig: Portrait of a Serial Hacker and the multi-volume Hip Hop Family Tree, a documentary comic about the history of hip hop music.

April 26, 2017

RIT Press — RIT's scholarly publishing enterprise — is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Alexander S. Lawson Publishing Center, located on the second floor of The Wallace Center, on Friday, May 12, 2017. Join RIT Press as they celebrate this milestone! Reception with cake and refreshments will be held 3:00 - 4:30pm. All books will be 30% off in store 9:00am - 4:30pm.

April 25, 2017

Three Iberdrola Foundation scholars in the Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) MS sustainable systems program were invited to present their current research on grid-related topics on Friday, April 7 at AVANGRID (RG&E). The scholars are Jaime Sanchez-Ferragut Ardura, Marta Borrego de Guzman, and Sergio Mendez. They were accompanied by Assoiate Professor Gabrielle Gaustad who spoke about the research efforts underway at both GIS and the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies in grid-relevant areas. Several AVANGRID VP’s were in attendance as well as CEO Robert Kump.

April 20, 2017

On April 8, 2017, Dr. Nabil Nasr was honored at the Rochester Engineering Society Gala as a 2016 Engineer of Distinction. Each year the society selects outstanding engineers from the Rochester community based on their outstanding achievements and contributions to the profession who promote the importance of engineering to society, and whose professional reputation extends beyond Rochester.

April 19, 2017

Teaching and Learning Services (TLS), a division within the Innovative Learning Institute, has recently hired 3 new employees to assist with the development of courses and course-related media.

April 14, 2017

Honors student, Charles Hem, volunteered as a ski instructor for the Shared Ski Adventures Program this winter with CP Rochester. Shared Ski Adventures is an Adaptive Learn to Ski Program that helps people with disabilities become independent skiers/snowboarders. It is the largest adaptive ski program in the Rochester area. Program participants ski at Swain Ski Resort in Western New York. Charles’ involvement in this program has had a huge positive impact on his life and allowed him to make a positive impact on others.  Charles was paired with a student who has autism.

April 13, 2017

Each year, RIT launches the Faculty Scholarship Report to reflect on the previous year’s successes and to showcase valued faculty members whose research efforts continue to promote innovation, collaboration, and discovery. The 2016 Report marks yet another year of continued growth, with over 1,900 scholarly works included. Join The Wallace Center for the Provost’s Annual Launch Party on May 2, 3:00-5:00pm in the Fireside Lounge. Register online.

April 11, 2017

The Wallace Center hosted a Women on Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on March 25 in celebration of Women's History Month. More than 50 people from the RIT community and the public joined RIT librarians in improving the representation of women on Wikipedia. Together, they edited 146 entries about notable women! The event was co-sponsored by the Center for Women and Gender and the Digital Humanities and Social Sciences Program.

Picutred: David Martins, center

March 14, 2017

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