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Dean's Alumni Update - Summer 2014


Dean’s Alumni Update – Summer 2014

The past year has been a historic one at the Golisano College, marked by outstanding student, faculty, and staff achievements as well as RIT’s transition from a quarter to semester system.

Here are just a few highlights from our faculty in recent months:

- Jonathan Weissman, an adjunct in computing security and IST, received RIT’s Outstanding Teaching Award for Non-Tenure-Track-Faculty. Jonathan has since been hired as a lecturer in the Department of Computing Security.

- IGM professor Liz Lawley received a Fulbright Scholarship that will support her work in exploring a game design and development minor in Croatia.

- Assistant professors Wei Le and Linwei Wang both earned prestigious NSF CAREER awards.

These are just a few of the numerous accomplishments of our faculty, which were made even more significant by the fact that everyone was also busy developing classes for semesters. In addition, our students have been busy adding to the college’s legacy of achievement:

- Our Cyber Defense team once again won the Northeast Regionals at the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. They defended their 2013 national championship at the finals in San Antonio where they ultimately finished in 2nd place to the University of Central Florida.

- Jen Lamere, a first-year student who garnered national attention after creating Twivo, an app that blocks television spoilers on Twitter, travelled to the United Kingdom where she was named “Emerging Talent of the Year” at the Net Awards. Jen is also the youngest intern in Twitter’s history.

- IGM student Brett Morris became the first-ever recipient of the Game Show Network’s Game Innovators Scholarship.

And our staff has also been hard at work helping make the transition from quarters to semesters as seamless as possible for our students, and moving into new roles where they are making important impacts. One great example is Lana Verschage who was named Director of Women in Computing earlier this year. In her brief tenure Lana has already helped host our college’s first WicHacks event, as part of the International Women’s Hackathon, and organized our college’s first-ever overnight experience for women admitted to our undergraduate programs.

Finally, our college is keeping an eye toward the future by adding a wider breadth of offerings for our students and recruiting new faculty. In the past year we have added the nation’s first-ever minor in free and open source software and free culture as well as a minor in geographic information systems and an advanced certificate in big data analytics. Moreover, this fall will mark the largest arrival of new tenure-track faculty since I joined the college.

I hope everyone has a relaxing summer and I look forward to the coming school year.


Andrew Sears