IGM Insights 10/20/17

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:


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



Student panelists who have successfully completed co-ops will provide advice on networking, business etiquette, and getting and negotiating an offer for post-graduation careers. Learn from your peers!!

Hack Your Co-op Search

Wednesday, November 1st

12:30 to 2:00 pm

Golisano Building, Room 2400

Space is limited – Register on Handshake in Events (Search for Hack Your Co-op Search, go into event and click Join Event)

Or email Stacy Gonzalez at ocega1@rit.edu

To request an interpreter – https://myaccess.rit.edu

Learn about:

• What it is like to be a co-op—stories, tips, successes, pitfalls, exciting projects, and the day to day from your peers.

• How to connect with professionals and fellow students for information on co-ops within companies.

• How to look for co-ops--and not just online or at career fairs.

• How to emerge from the crowd—from your resume to the interview to the job.

• How to sell yourself as a value added asset for a co-op--even when the company doesn’t have an official opening.

• Resources and tools to utilize in your search.


***Be prepared for an engaging and interactive experience! You will have the opportunity to ask questions, get information on companies the panelists were at and lots of valuable insight!***

Questions? Email Stacy Gonzalez at ocega1@rit.edu


Dr. Stephen Slota, 10/25/17

Next WED, OCT 25 at 1:00 pm in Student Innovation Hall, the DHSS program and MAGIC Center welcome Dr. Stephen Slota from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Slota is an Assistant Professor, holding a joint position between the Neag School of Education and the Department of Digital Media Design.


In his talk "A Match Made in Mario: The Sometimes Confusing (but Extremely Rewarding) Relationship Between Cognition, Learning, and Games," Dr. Slota will discuss the learning science principles of games and game-based learning from an educational psychology perspective. He will also debunk some long-standing education myths and describe the many challenges of making compelling educational games.


Please contact Prof. Trent Hergenrader, Department of English <wthgsl@rit.edu> with any questions about this 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.



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




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.