COLA Connections Newsletter: December 2015

From the Desk of the Dean

“Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of.”  –Dr. Charles Richards

As we wrap up 2015 and our Fall semester, I’m encouraged by how our amazing students, faculty and staff have decided to use their days this year.  It’s been exciting to see new developments in the college; from our newest degree program, Digital Humanities & Social Sciences, being approved by New York State, to the continued cultivation of our partnership with Sweden’s Malmö University, to the outstanding work our students have done both inside the classroom and across the globe, it seems we have all been working hard to make the most of the semester.

This issue of our newsletter features a student who takes Dr. Richards’ quote to heart, making use of not only her days at RIT, but her hours and minutes as well.  Fourth year Journalism and International & Global Studies double major Alyssa Jackson went above and beyond her programs’ coöp requirements this summer by completing a third coöp—this one at CNN headquarters in Atlanta, GA.

In addition, we’ll highlight a visit to the College from acclaimed Italian director Giovanna Taviani, who screened her film “Ritorni” with students and faculty from across campus.  (Let me express here a big “thank you” to the Department of Modern Languages & Cultures, and especially Dr. Elisabetta D’Amanda, for arranging the visit.)  The newsletter will also shine a spotlight on the work of the Department of Performing Arts & Visual Culture for putting on an excellent rendition of the cult-classic “Rocky Horror Picture Show” – one which encouraged raucous participation from the audience.  Finally, we’ll share a story on the 30th anniversary of our School of Communication, which celebrated with a gala for faculty, staff, students, and alumni hosted at the beautiful George Eastman House.

Moving into 2016 and the start of the Spring semester, I know that members of our COLA community will continue to use their time at RIT to accomplish great things.  In the meantime, I wish you all a joyous and peaceful holiday season and a Happy New Year!