IGM Insights 10/12/17

IGM Undergraduate Academic Advising…..


Did you enter RIT this fall semester? Schedule your First Year Advising Meeting!

All students who entered into RIT this year are required to attend a meeting with their advisor during fall semester. The goal of this meeting is to start building the advisor advisee relationship and provide information regarding important resources. Incoming students can schedule this meeting via Starfish Connect. It is imperative that incoming students attend this meeting as there is a hold on all incoming student accounts that will prevent them from enrolling in spring semester classes. This hold can only be removed by attending this meeting with your academic advisor. Please e-mail your advisor if you have any questions.


Walk in Advising Hours for Fall Semester

Our walk in hours for fall semester have changed. You can see an advisor during the following times:

Mondays: 2pm – 4pm

Tuesdays: 2pm – 4pm

Wednesdays: 2pm – 4pm

Thursdays: 10am – 12pm

Fridays: 10am – 12pm


Need an Appointment with your advisor?

All students can schedule appointments with their advisor using Starfish Connect. To access Starfish Connect, log in to SIS or MyCourses and click the symbol: Starfish Logo_teal-01

Then, click “My Success Network”, then “Schedule Appointment” link under your advisor’s name. You can sign up for an available time that works for you!

*Keep in mind that you can only schedule an appointment with your specific advisor.


Game Design & Development:

Last names A-K: Amanda Thau absrla@rit.edu

Last names L-Z: Kathleen Schreier Rudgers kmsrla@rit.edu


New Media Interactive Development:

Jeff Spain jhsics@rit.edu



Upcoming Events/Opportunities:


Crashtest Game Jam, October 16th

Want to flex your tabletop design muscles? Then come join us at Crashtest on October 16 for our very first tabletop game jam!
Alone or in a team, make the best board game in 3 hours! The event will start at 7PM, with show-off at 10PM.
Monday October 16, 7PM

Please join the Crashtest Facebook group to stay up to date on Crashtest meetings and other events:




Imagine Cup, October 20th

IGM is hosting Imagine Cup! Get your team in order and prepare for 36 hours of hacking fun. The School of IGM will be providing snacks and meals throughout (details to come). The lab will be closed 1 am - 8 am (sleep is important). Build games, solve problems, or create cool applications and yes you can tell your friends from other colleges. Team slots are limited so register now! Each person in a group needs a ticket (we are going to use this to figure out how much food to get). There will be prizes!




IGM Halloween Party, October 27th

Join the IGM Ambassadors on Friday, October 27th from 4-7pm in the Golisano Atrium for a spooky afternoon of games, costumes, music, and of course, candy! All events are free and open to all IGM students.



HeroJam, October 27th

HeroJam hosts charity game jams committed to helping kids in hospitals around the world. We support Child's Play Charity, providing kids in hospitals with toys, books, and games. 100% of all donations go to Child's Play to help kids in need.


Our next event is happening from October 27th to the 29th. The kickoff is at 6:30pm on the 27th in GOL-1400, then the count-down for the game jam starts at 7:00pm. The labs we're using are GOL-2435 and GOL-2570, but participants are welcome to work from home or other labs. On Sunday, the 29th, at 1:00pm the game jam will be over and we'll begin judging. Judging will be occurring in GOL-2570 and should run for roughly 1 hour. After this, prizes will be given out.


Participation is free and meals will be provided for free, including breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Teams are encouraged and can have up to 5 members. Prizes have not been completely finalized but will include Best Art, Best Gameplay, and Runner Up categories if possible. For a person or team to compete for prizes, they must donate a minimum of $10 per person. If a person cannot donate, the rest of their team needs to cover their cost to compete.


Registration link: www.herojamfall2017.eventbrite.com

More information: www.herojam.io

Donation link: https://donate.childsplaycharity.org/6d7c1eb580e9573c83b809ed029e1e0b


Google’s back on campus Oct. 18-19th!


On October 18-19 (Wed-Thu), Google will be hosting a few events aimed at giving RIT students some tips on navigating the fall recruiting season *and* how to have some serious fun. The dates and registration

info for both sessions are below. Hope to see you there!


Resume Workshop + Live Technical Interview Demo (10/18, 2:30PM)

What: What does Google look for in a technical resume? What does a technical interview look like? Get your questions answered by two Google alums from RIT and see a live mock demonstration of a technical

interview by our very own engineers. Bring questions -- swag will be provided while it lasts!

Where: Golisano 1400


Google Games: Campus Edition (10/19, 6-8:30PM)

Interested in participating in a fun and friendly puzzle competition? Assemble a team of up to five of your best buds to compete against other student teams in puzzles (which involve some coding) and word

association games. The top teams will receive some pretty good prizes! Start assembling your 5-person team and register by Monday, October 16th . Pizza and swag will be there while it lasts!

Registration by each individual team member is required!

Where: Slaughter 2210/2220

W hat to do next? ** Register for the events which interest you . ** Make sure your resume and LinkedIn profiles are up to date (feel free to link both in the form above) and of course come with lots of good

questions! For Google Games, be sure to register by Monday, October 16th . After that date we will no

longer be accepting registrations for Google Games.

REGISTER: tiny.cc/ritgooglegames



Google Games FAQs

Q. Can we have fewer than five members on our team?

A. We strongly recommend having the maximum number of members – any less and you'll lose your competitive edge. Each team member must register individually!

Q. Can we replace a member before the start of the event?

A. Sure. Just let us know via email techstudents@google.com . Be sure to include: the full name and email of the new team member, the full name of who is being replaced, your school name and your team name.

Q. Do I need to bring my own laptop if the event is not in a computer lab?

A. It will give your team a competitive advantage to have all members work from their own laptop in the challenges. If you don’t have your own, see if you can borrow one from a friend. And don’t forget the


Q. Will food be provided?

A. We’ll have pizza as long as it lasts!

Q. When will our team receive a confirmation about the Games?

A. After the registration deadline, we will reach out to confirm team selection and provide more details 3-4 days before the event.



Teaching Assistants

If you are interested in a TA position with IGM, please email bmlpsn@rit.edu with potential classes that you would like to be a TA in.


Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program
Game Design & Development in Japan
Course Term: Spring 2018
Travel Dates: May 15th – June 1st, 2018 (approximate)
Credits: 3

Spend 2 weeks in Japan for an inside look into the Japanese gaming industry!

While in Japan you will:

  • Attend lectures in the Game Program at Ritsumeikan University
  • Collaborate on projects with Japanese students
  • Participate in a game jam over several days
  • Visit Japanese game studios

Program requirements:

  • No Japanese language is required.
  • Students must have Junior or Senior status and a minimum of a two course concentration in content creation (graphics, animation, audio, etc.),
    computer programming and/or web development.
  • Interview and portfolio review required as part of program application process
  • Space is limited to 12 students.

Students will be registered for the course in spring 2018 and meet a few times during the semester to participate in lectures which will focus on
cultural and contextual information. In early summer, students will spend two weeks in Japan to complete the course.

Application deadline is October 15, 2017.

For more information:


Next Step:

  1. Start an application here.

Login with your RIT username and password




Use Handshake to Search for Co-op and Full Time Positions!


As of August 1, the Office of Career Services will no longer be posting jobs in JobZone. They have moved to a new platform – Handshake!

What does this mean for you?

· You can log into Handshake and start building your profile at https://rit.joinhandshake.com/ Creating a profile is easy- it prepopulates when you upload your resume and you build from there!

· Tips on how to create a Handshake profile and how to search for a co-op can be found on our website: http://www.rit.edu/emcs/oce/student/handshake

· You will still have access to Job Zone to track prior applications and follow up with employers. You will also be able to access your documents.

Check out this video for a quick preview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jB-zmARNSnE



Welcome to Fall Semester from Women in Computing!


WiC Wednesday weekly meetings have begun! They are from 6:30-7:30 pm in GOL-3560.


Below are events and opportunities we have organized for you up until October! Hope to see you there!



Women in Computing Committee Heads:

  • Laura Corrigan (CS)– Logistics
  • Laura Weintraub (CSEC) – Public Relations
  • Sarah Fomchenko (CS) – Outreach
  • Cassidy Horzempa (Comp. Math) – Outreach
  • Sneha Vaswani (GDD) – WiC Hacks
  • Regina Locicero (Web & Mobile) – Projects
  • Bill Krodthoff (CSEC)- Allies
  • Lauren DiDonato (Web & Mobile) – Webmaster
  • Catherine Nemechek (GDD) - Events





Room Reservations

All IGM students or student groups/clubs must go through Jill Bray to make a room reservation. In GCCIS, please do not go through the Dean’s Office. Jill can be reached at jcbics@rit.edu or Room 2161.


Social Media

Please remember to stay in touch with the latest and greatest School news

· Facebook: School of Interactive Games and Media

· Twitter: @IGMRIT

· Foursquare: School of Interactive Games and Media

· There are also 2 student created and moderated discussion groups: Game Design and Development and New Media Interactive Development on Facebook

· IGM Student Wiki: https://wiki.rit.edu/display/IGMguide/Home


Key Players in IGM

Jessica Bayliss – Associate Director

Jill Bray – Administrative Assistant to the Director

Ed Huyer – Lab Manager

Tony Jefferson – Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Beth Livecchi – Operations Manager

Kathleen Schreier Rudgers – Sr. Academic Advisor

David Schwartz – Director

Jeff Spain – Academic Advisor

Amanda Thau– Sr. Academic Advisor

Shameelah Thomas – Sr. Staff Assistant

Ann Warren – Lab Manager

Chad Weeden – Assistant Director


Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education Contacts


Annette Stewart, aksoce@rit.edu, 585-475-5466

Lisa Monette, lamoce@rit.edu, 585-475-7413


Feedback Welcomed

Your constructive feedback is always welcomed! Please feel free to respond to this email with any questions or concerns.