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:

As you know, all RIT-sponsored, on-campus events have been cancelled through June 30th. Unfortunately, this means that the Annual Staff Appreciation Day and Community Picnic, originally scheduled for May 13th, is cancelled. Due to the uncertainty about when we will all be able to return to campus and congregate in large groups, we are unable to say if this year's picnic will be rescheduled. All of us at Staff Council are looking forward to a time when we can all come together again and enjoy time with colleagues and friends.

Our work and personal lives have been greatly affected by COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Most of us are now working from home, with some essential staff remaining on campus. This may be a difficult time for some of us, and you probably have a lot of questions. We want to reassure you that RIT Staff Council is continuing to meet virtually, as are all other shared governance groups. It is important for us to stay the course as we figure out what our “new normal” is for a while. 

This month’s Staff Council Blog features Katie Beczak, Associate Director for International Enrollment.  Katie just returned from a three week recruitment trip to India, Nepal and Bangladesh.  I was happy to connect with her before she heads back to Asia in a few weeks!  If you haven’t met Katie, introduce yourself – she’s tirelessly dedicated and passionate about RIT, and is an amazing part of our local and global Tiger community! 

Q:  Tell me a little about your RIT career…how long have you worked here, in what roles, etc.

Staff Council is seeking nominations for representatives in Blocks 2, 4 and 6 to serve a 2-year term from June 2020 through May 2022. Not sure what block you’re in? Check out the bottom of the Representatives page for a listing of all department and divisions in each block.

Our December Blog focuses on Amanda Burns – a Junior Project Manager in FMS and a second generation TIGER.  Amanda is shown here with one of her most recent completed projects in the Hale-Andrews Student Life Center.  If you have not been there recently, check it out!  Those skylights really transform the whole space!

Tell us a little about your RIT career…how long have you worked here, in what roles, etc.

November's Staff Feature highlight's John Schrenker, manager of the Classroom Technology Team in the Innovative Learning Institute here at RIT.  

Tell me about your RIT career so far.

So I've been here six months and I manage the Classroom Technology Team, which is essentially responsible for classroom AV within Academic Affairs,

Our October staff highlight features Cliff Cisco, Evening Supervisor, Dining Services.  Cliff was recently a 2019 nominee for the RIT Presidential Awards for Outstanding Staff and has been recognized for his dedication to both student employees, customers, and the entire RIT Community.  Cliff graduated from RIT and has been an employee for 3 years.  I’m pleased to share some additional information about Cliff below.  He’d love to meet you so be sure to say hello next time you’re over in The Commons!