Trimming the Perfect Holiday Tree—RIT Style

Dec. 6 event will create a Techie Tree to celebrate the holidays and computing

Lori Weiss, a fourth-year computer science major, shows off an ornament that adorned last year’s Techie Tree, a holiday tree that is decorated with ornaments made out of computer hardware.

Boughs of holly may deck most halls this time of year, but the Women in Computing group at Rochester Institute of Technology has some different holiday décor in mind. The B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences atrium will feature a Techie Tree—a holiday tree adorned with ornaments made out of computer hardware.

Students, faculty and staff will gather for a Techie Tree decorating party from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Golisano Hall atrium. They will create ornaments and trim the tree.

“We have a bunch of computer parts, media and other electronic devices that we’ve taken apart and will turn them into a holiday ornament,” says Sandra Murphy, Women in Computing’s program coordinator. “We’ll add some craft supplies and transform the hardware into something different…a snow flake, a Santa face or something like that.”

RIT’s Women in Computing group regularly holds events that are designed to facilitate the advancement of women in the computing field. Most of these events focus on professional development, but Murphy sees the Techie Tree decorating party as something different.

“This is an opportunity for us to get together socially and network in more of a casual, relaxed setting. It’s a great opportunity for students to connect with faculty, staff and each other,” says Murphy.


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