Blog Posts by Cathy Clarke

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. 

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.

Your RIT Staff Council is having a busy Fall semester! I'd like to take a few minutes of your time to highlight some upcoming events and discuss our plans for the rest of the year. 

In the Spring, Staff Council invited all staff members to participate in a survey. Our primary goal was to gather suggestions and input from RIT staff about issues for us to work on as we move forward with new plans of work. We also hoped to evaluate staff members knowledge of and experience with Staff Council. Thank you to everyone who spared a little bit of time to take the survey and share your thoughts with us!

Staff Council just wrapped up the end of the year with final reports, we said goodbye to representatives whose terms were ending, and are ready to welcome new members for their first terms at our meeting this week, on June 6. Reflecting on the past year, we've made a lot of progress on some of our key initiatives. I'm so proud of our members this year and the hard work they have contributed to advancing staff at RIT. Please join me in celebrating our devoted representatives and review Staff Council's accomplishments from the 2018-19 academic year!

Staff Council is thrilled to announce the results of our recent membership elections! Please join us in congratulating your newly-elected representatives:

RIT Staff Council has been busy this Fall semester! Before we enjoy the Thanksgiving break and start thinking about the holiday season, I’d like to take some time to highlight what we’ve been up to and discuss our plans for the rest of the year. 

This month, we are especially pleased to bring you this interview with Peg Meyers, Staff Council Coordinator, aka the backbone of RIT Staff Council! Our interview comes as Peg celebrates 25 years of service at RIT, and shortly after making a big announcement (read on to find out more)!

If you would like to nominate a staff member that you think we should interview, please let us know by filling out this short nomination form or email us at

Fall semester just whizzed past us, didn't it? Now that we've all settled into “Spring”, Staff Council would like to take a few minutes to update you on our accomplishments this year. Most importantly, your feedback and input is so valuable to us and helps shape the work we do. We love to hear from you! You can contact us through this web form, or you can reach out to your Staff Council rep.

The nominees for the 2017 RIT Presidential Awards for Outstanding Staff have been selected! View the list of nominees here

The nominees for the 2016 RIT Presidential Awards for Outstanding Staff have been selected! View the list of nominees here

Students at RIT already use Google Apps for Gmail, Calendar, etc. But did you know that RIT faculty and staff can use Google’s cloud storage application, Google Drive, for free? This is a great way to store your work-related files and access them from anywhere. It also makes it easy to share files, regardless of size. All you need to do to get started with Google Drive is to opt-in to the service. Here’s how:

December is a great time to reflect on the events and accomplishments of the year. At work, we’re finishing up projects and classes, trying to achieve inbox zero before we leave for the winter break, and celebrating the holidays with our co-workers. Let’s press pause on the hustle and bustle and look back at some highlights from Staff Council.