IGM Insights 3/29/18

IGM Undergraduate Academic Advising…..


The last day to withdraw from spring 2175 classes is Friday, April 6th at 11:59 PM


Fall 2181 Enrollment:

-Enrollment shopping carts for fall 2181 open Monday, March 26th. At that time, you will be able to start planning your schedule and find your enrollment appointment date and time.

-Enrollment for fall 2181 begins the week of April 9th.

-Monday, April 9th: Graduate students, early 5th year students and early 4th year students in a 4-year program

-Tuesday, April 10th: AM: 5th year students, 4th year students in a 4 year program, early 4th year students in a 5-year program; PM: 4th year students in a 5-year program, early 3rd year students

-Wednesday, April 11th: 3rd year students, early 2nd year students

-Thursday, April 12th: 2nd year students, early 1st year students

-Friday, April 13th: 1st year students

-Be sure to check that your account is free of enrollment holds. If you do have a hold, contact the department that placed the hold to find out what needs to be done to remove it.

- The fall 2181 enrollment guides, and other enrollment resources, can be found here: https://www.rit.edu/gccis/igm/academic-resources


Mandatory First Year Advising Meetings for Spring

  • All first year students who entered into RIT this year are required to attend one group meeting with their academic advisor during spring semester (this meeting does not apply to transfer students who entered in fall 2171).
  • In the group meeting the IGM Academic Advisors will discuss future course enrollment and other IGM resources.
  • There will be NO required individual meetings with an advisor in spring semester.
  • It is imperative that you attend as there will be a hold on your account that will prevent for you from enrolling. This hold can only be removed by attending a group meeting with your academic advisor.
  • Please e-mail your advisor if you have any questions.


Students can use Starfish to sign up for ONE of the following group meetings:


Game Design & Development meetings:

Friday, March 30: 3:30pm – 4:30pm in GOL 1400

Friday, March 20: 4:30pm – 5:30pm in GOL 1400


New Media Interactive Development meetings:

Thursday, March 29: 3:30pm-4:30pm in GOL 2500

Friday, March 30: 11am-12:00pm in GOL 2500


Walk in Advising Hours for Spring Semester

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:

Become an IGM Ambassador!

The IGM Ambassadors are a select group of our students that represent our School at Open Houses, events and meeting with prospective students and their families during campus visits. Applications are available on the IGM website: https://www.rit.edu/gccis/igm/student-ambassadors. The application deadline is Friday, March 30th. Please e-mail Kathleen Schreier Rudgers at kmsrla@rit.edu if you have any questions.


Sony PlayStation Info Session, Thursday, April 5th




RIT and iThrive Games present: a game jam about Kindness, on the weekend of April 6-8!


Starts April 6 at 6:00pm in Golisano 1400 before moving to the labs. Friday 6pm-midnight, Saturday 9am-midnight, Sunday 9am-8pm (no overnights).

Free to attend; includes food, instruction on how to make games that improve players' lives, more food, prizes, beverages, access to subject-matter experts, and food.

Open to everyone: students, hobbyists, professionals.

Register at:



Benefits: learn more about positive psychology and how it can be used to make better games; your game prototypes may be featured on the iThrive Games website and/or used for research to help improve the lives of teens.


Applications to the 2018 cohort of the Game Center Incubator are open!

Applications are open until 4/8. The application is here,

Program Overview
The NYU Game Center Incubator is a 3-month intensive program in NYC focused on turning small-scale game projects into commercial products. We're looking for small but capable teams (or individuals) working on games that have commercial potential and a creative spark. We are especially folks making games with diverse voices from underrepresented communities. To learn more about what we're looking for and see past projects, check out the Incubator website.
Participants receive:

  • $2000/month living stipend per developer.
  • Access to an Advisory Board comprised of publishers, technology companies, veteran developers, lawyers, journalists, and other industry experts who guide the Incubator participants towards their launch goal.
  • Dedicated office space in a community of developers working on projects with similar challenges.
  • Weekly workshops focused on production, biz dev, publishing deals, and more.
  • An Executive Producer working one-on-one with you to help keep your project on track for the duration of the summer.
  • Teams retain all ownership over IP and equity in their companies. In exchange for these resources, there is a 10% revenue share if the game earns more than $10,000 in a calendar year. Any proceeds exclusively fund future Incubator cohorts.

Application Dates & Details
Applications are open now and close April 8th. Here is the place to apply.
Applications will be reviewed by the team, and a subset will be invited to pitch and demo in-person or via video conference at The Game Center on 4/17 from 6 - 9:00PM. Applicants should save this date, as any project up for consideration for the cohort will need to demo on this night.
Folks with questions can write to Dylan McKenzie, Incubator Director at dylan.mckenzie@nyu.edu
Program Dates
The 2018 Incubator will take place at the NYU Game Center in Brooklyn, NY from June 1st to August 31st, 2018. Participants must be on-site for the duration of the program.

The Realm of Pyre, Chapter 4: The Deeps Arise

April 7, 2018

Join us for the next chapter in the Living Grand Strategy Role-Playing Game, and return to the Realm of Pyre, a world of angels, demons, magic, and dragons, where monstrous danger and political intrigue live side by side. This chapter picks up six months after chapter 3 ended, and will focus on the consequences of the actions and choices everyone made last time around.

The game will officially run from 1PM until about 9:00 (maybe later), with debrief and discussion afterward.

Note: When signing up, please make sure you will be able to stay for the whole event, to avoid disrupting the experience for others. If you sign up and end up not being able to make it, please contact us ASAP so we can open your slot for someone else.

For signup and more information:


As always, if you have any questions about it, you can email Sean Boyle at sean.boyle@rit.edu


Release Party – April 19th 4-6p

Please join us on Thursday, April 19th from 4-6 for release party for Lost & Found, and Lost & Found: Order in the Court – the Party Game. The event will be in the MAGIC Center. The CEO and Vice President from the Strong Museum will be in attendance for the event, as they will be featuring the game as part of their collection. There will be brief remarks and then a reception and game play.

More information on the game: http://www.lostandfoundthegame.com


HeroX Aging Innovators challenge

A project is being sponsored through NYS called the HeroX Aging Innovators challenge; more information can be found here at the challenge website: https://www.herox.com/aginginnovationNY..


HEVGA 2018-19 Computer and Video Game Arts Scholarship program

The ESA Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2018-19 Computer and Video Game Arts Scholarship program . The program provides financial assistance to women and minority students pursuing computer science or video game arts-related degrees at accredited four-year colleges and universities across the United States.

Students interested in applying for a 2018-19 ESA Foundation scholarship should visit www.ESAFoundationScholars.org for additional information, to view testimonials from last year’s recipients, and the application form. Answers to frequently asked questions about the scholarship application process are available here.

Applicants must be:

  • Women or minority students
  • Pursuing degrees leading to careers in computer and video game arts (high school seniors must already be accepted into a program)
  • Enrolling or enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States
  • Maintaining a grade point average of 2.75 or above on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent)
  • U.S. citizens

The application deadline for the scholarship program is Thursday, April 26, 2018 11:58 PM PST.


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 RIT students or student groups/clubs must go through the University’s centralized system for requesting space on campus. Please use the following website to request a room for your event: https://reserve.rit.edu/. If you have questions, you can ask for Jill Bray in the IGM Main Office or send an email to her attention at: jcbics@rit.edu


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 JeffersonUndergraduate Program Coordinator

Kaitlin Lee – Sr. Staff Assistant

Beth Livecchi – Operations Manager

Kathleen Schreier Rudgers – Sr. Academic Advisor

David Schwartz – Director

Jeff Spain – Academic Advisor

Amanda Thau– Sr. Academic Advisor

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.