Alex Jones was hired as a Real Time Captionist for the Department of Access Services just one month before the pandemic closed RIT down. His start date was not until April 2020. There was a lot of concern that the pandemic would impact his job offer since many companies were starting to lay off and furlough employees. Fortunately, captionist training is done at home. The entire captioning department began working from home full-time in March, so the job offer was not affected. However, the job itself was definitely impacted.

This week's Staff Feature Friday is Emily Heyman, Assistant Director of Events, University Arenas. Emily is Staff Council's new Vice Chair, and we aer so lucky to have her! 

Tell us a little about your RIT career…how long have you worked here, what roles have you done?

I have been at RIT for a little over six years. I began as the Event Services manager in the Gordon Field House and am now the Assistant Director for Events in the Gordon Field House. We manage all of the events and activities that take place in that space.

Call For Nominations! 

As a Staff Council representative, you will be a partner in RIT’s system of shared governance. You will meet with staff representatives from all areas of RIT, have an opportunity to hear from campus leaders and contribute your ideas on issues that impact RIT staff members. Any regular full-time or part-time, exempt or non-exempt staff employee may nominate themselves or another staff member. Even if you recently started at RIT, you are invited to participate! Representatives attend bi-weekly Staff Council meetings (4-5 hours per month).  

Practicing Sustainability During the Holidays

During the holiday season, many people are tempted to lay ease on their sustainable practices and environmental concerns due to the cultural traditions. Whether it be through gift-giving, holiday decor, or even just large feasts for your family, many find it nearly impossible to make these activities eco-friendly. Our friends at RIT Sustainability have some tips to share to help make the holidays greener this year!

Green Gift Ideas

Came in like a lion, and left like a Tsunami!

Shana Chaffer has worked in the NTID Admissions Office for almost 10 years as a Staff Assistant/Senior Staff Assistant.  During the COVID shutdown period, Shana came to campus each week to pick up mail from multiple campus locations. Meanwhile she continued to help run the office remotely and to support admissions counselors, process admits, and send out admission packets. 

Part two in our feature on the College of Science Stockroom! Meet David Koslowski, the Chemical Lab Technician in the College of Science and another member of the team in the College of Science Stockroom who kept us going during the shutdown.  David did all the weekly safety checks of the showers/waste areas, among many other tasks, while we were gone so we didn’t have any hidden problems crop up. 

Staff Council is dedicating several blog posts to the folks who kept RIT running 'behind the scenes' while many of us were working off campus. First up, Paul Allen from the College of Science!

Paul Allen has been working the A level stockroom of Gosnell, along with John Galluci, Dave Lake and Dave Koslowski keeping all the orders, shipments, activities and all the other behind the scenes functions humming along,  while some of the campus was experiencing shut-downs, working from home and reduced staffing. I caught up with Paul to hear about his moments here at RIT.

RIT's approach to higher education was altered greatly with the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Many changes in approach to delivery and care for our students was suddenly in need of additional and non-traditional solutions.  Last month, we highlighted the efforts in technology, operations and infrastructure that geared up to support the new demands we all found ourselves facing.  Building upon the details shared previously, I turned to Kelly McLaughlin – Director of Enterprise Support - to provide additional information on how the ITS Enterprise Support teams continued to transition and m

This term of Staff Council ended in a way none of us could have predicted, the past three months have been tumultuous to say the least. Before I review the year in Staff Council accomplishments, I would like to express my sincerest thanks and deepest appreciation to all our RIT community members and the steadfast dedication you've shown to the success of staff, faculty, and students. The outpouring of compassion since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic has been so heartening.