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:

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.