Global campuses unite in OneSpiRIT event Saturday

Students from five RIT campuses compete live in trivia competition

Students at Rochester Institute of Technology campuses around the world will unite in a celebration of the countries and cultures that make them unique Saturday during RIT’s third OneSpiRIT event.

Students from RIT’s campuses in Kosovo, Dubai, Rochester and the Croatia campuses in Dubrovnik and Zagreb will be competing in a game show via live teleconference, answering questions about the different campuses and pop culture.

Students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to watch the competition Saturday, from noon to 2 p.m. in the 1829 Room in the Student Alumni Union.

Free giveaways and food, including a potato bar, soups, snacks and desserts, will be available. Sign language interpreters will be available.

Admission is free, but those coming are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to Foodlink.

Lorena Rosean, a senior in international business and vice president of Student Government on RIT’s Zagrab campus, said she is “extremely excited” to see how the teams are going to place in the game show.

“OneSpiRIT is very important for our students because this is the only time our students are reminded that they’re a part of something a lot bigger than the building they have classes in every day,” Rosean said. “They get to feel the unity by connecting to the students who share their interest and everything else RIT stands for.”

Jason Karol, a fifth-year marketing major from the Rochester suburb of Greece, will be emcee for the competition on Rochester’s campus.

“RIT is trying to think about our direction moving forward in a global way,” he said. “Having that perspective from the university gives us a global horizon to think about things we haven’t thought of before. It’s an awesome experience to interact with students who may not have the same culture as we do, but have the RIT connection. We want to stimulate growth and a more global perspective on how we look at our own lives as well as RIT.”

Shawna Lusk, senior associate director of RIT’s Center for Campus Life, said OneSpiRIT is intended to unify our global campuses.

“Each time it’s something different that showcases the uniqueness of our global network,” she said.

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