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. 

Staff Council is pleased to introduce the 2020-21 Staff Council Executive Committee! 

CHAIR:  Lindsay Vallone, CET Student Advising

VICE CHAIR:  Cathy Clarke, NTID Communications, Marketing & Multimedia Services

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER:  Joanna Prescott, ITS Enterprise Support                                                                            

EVENTS OFFICER:  Emily Heyman, University Arenas 


This month, we have a special staff feature - Carol Reed! Carol has been a fixture on campus since 1981 and I personally have many memories of crossing paths with her during my involvement in student clubs. She will be retiring at the end of June, and RIT will miss her very much. Best wishes, Carol!

How long have you worked at RIT? Tell us a bit about your career here.

Staff Council is thrilled to announce the results of our recent membership elections!​

Please join us in congratulating your newly-elected representatives:


  • Mark Baum – Public Safety
  • Tracey Courtwright – The Corner Store
  • Emily Heyman – University Arenas *
  • Dan Rutenber – Housing Operations Administration
  • Michelle Teal – Housing Operations Administration


Special Election – 1 year term

Challenging times have greatly altered our everyday reality and work landscape.  Like many other institutions, RIT had to provide a completely different platform to support the effort of moving our staff, faculty and students to a new reality.  To find out exactly how this seamless transition took place, I reached out to Michelle Weiss – Director of ITS Infrastructure & Operations – to give us the details: