The inaugural production in the newest building on the RIT campus, AstroDance II: Across the Universe, premiered Dec. 1 to 3 and featured a variety of dance, aerial and circus arts, and augmented reality. The performances were held in the new state-of-the-art Sklarsky Glass Box Theater inside the SHED. The theater has 90 retractable fixed theater seats, with options to more than double the capacity. AstroDance II seated 130 for each performance.
More than 300 veterans, family members, students, and community members attended RIT’s 12th annual Veteran’s Day Breakfast in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center. The keynote speaker was RIT alumnus Maj. Gen. (retired) Timothy Lunderman.
The second annual Together RIT: A Day of Dialogue, hosted by the Division of Diversity of Inclusion, was held on Oct. 20 and focused on gender and sexuality. Student Peter Zellers, center, speaks during the opening panel held in Ingle Auditorium alongside staff interpreter Jase Rivera, left, and student Leah Dibble, right.
Third- and fourth-year illustration students learned about the art of comics from a Marvel master during workshops on Sept. 20. Adam Kubert ’81 (medical illustration) introduced students to the world of a comics artist and the complexity of telling stories panel-by-panel. Students brought their own comics depicting the story of their journey to RIT for critique. Kubert’s workshops were part of his visit to RIT for the grand opening of the Kubert Lounge and Gallery in the Cary Graphics Arts Collection within Wallace Library and a discussion about his work on the Spider-Man India series. The lounge is named for his father, DC Comics artist Joe Kubert.
Members of the Henrietta Fire Department assisted by ROTC cadets hook up an American flag before raising it next to The Sentinel sculpture during the 9/11 remembrance vigil Monday morning. A joint service color guard containing members from each local ROTC branch—Air Force, Space Force, Navy, Army, and Marines—attended the vigil along with representatives from area police, fire, and first-responder agencies. The guest speaker was Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter.
Keith Jenkins, senior vice president and associate provost for Diversity and Inclusion, speaks Thursday at a commemoration to rename an RIT residence hall after a granddaughter of abolitionist Frederick Douglass. The dedication of Fredericka Douglass Sprague Perry Hall was held in conjunction with RIT’s annual Lighting the Way ceremony to welcome women and non-binary students to campus.
The 14th cohort of the Destler/Johnson Rochester City Scholars were welcomed at a ceremony on Aug. 28 held at Liberty Hill. The scholars program provides scholarships and academic support to graduates from the Rochester City School District and approved charter schools.
Thousands of RIT’s newest students participated in the seventh Hunger Project on Aug. 25 in Ritter Arena. Students packaged more than 115,000 meals for the Rochester community that will be distributed through FoodLink. The service project is coordinated through RIT’s Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement.
AIM Photonics hosted several days of training Aug. 15-17 in Photonic Integrated Circuits: Testing and Packaging. Training was first at its Test, Assembly and Packaging (TAP) facility in Rochester, for an overview and scope of available resources to set up participants for collaborations in their state-of-the-art cleanrooms. Lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on testing assembly work followed at Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Rochester. Workshop participants came from the U.S. integrated photonics industry and academia.
Omar Moralez-Saez, a third-year game design and development major, left, works alongside Shane Gayle, 17, of Rochester’s Vertus High School, during a game design camp at MAGIC Spell Studios. The camp, in partnership with RIT's K-12 University Center, taught the students the fundamentals of game design, programming logic, art, and animation through a combination of lessons and lab time. The students published their games at the culmination of the camp.
Nabil Nasr, associate provost, founding director of Golisano Institute for Sustainability, and founding CEO of the REMADE Institute, leads members of the British Consulate General and RIT Government and Community Relations on a tour to highlight innovation at RIT. From left to right: Ben Brierley, British Consulate Head of Policy and State Government Relations; Emma Wade-Smith, His Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for North America and His Majesty’s Consul General New York; Eleanor Boyer, Technology Sector Director; and Garrett Dunlap, Head of Science and Innovation. The delegation spent Monday touring areas around Rochester that highlight the region’s expertise in the semiconductor, cybersecurity, and renewable energy industries.