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Staff Feature Friday - Emily Heyman

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.

What do you enjoy most about your role as Assistant director of events.

The events industry often is about making memories for families, spectators and participants. I love being able to see the smiles on proud parents when they see their student cross the stage at graduation, the excitement of a team that just won their competition or families experiencing RIT for the first time at an Admissions program. Hard work and dedication is always on display in the Field House and having a part in these memories can be very gratifying. Providing an exceptional experience is one of a kind.

Tell us a little about your experience with Staff Council, how has your involvement contributed to your RIT experience? 

I have been involved with Staff Council for the past 3 years, it has allowed me to communicate and interact with colleagues across campus that I may not have a chance to meet otherwise. I’ve enjoyed being able to learn more about the RIT community and advocate for the issues that are important to staff.  

Recently you’ve been elected as vice chair, what motivated you to do so?

I was motivated to run for Vice Chair to gain additional leadership skills and continue to help staff both on campus and remote.

What has your involvement been in response to the Covid pandemic?

With events on hold, I have been fortunate enough to help in the RIT response through Tiger Testing. Since late September I have been working with Jeff Siegel to develop, implement and oversee the surveillance testing program of student on campus. We have had to adapt and transform our processes throughout both semesters. Currently we are testing approximately 10,000 students per week with the help of many student employees and volunteer staff. We would not be successful without the support of the entire RIT community. Being a part of the tiger testing team has pushed me to think outside of the box and enhance my problem solving and critical thinking skills.  

What is your favorite RIT event and why?

My favorite RIT event is Orientation. Students and Staff are so excited to be on campus, it is such an exciting time to be on campus and share in RIT with all of our new students!

What is your favorite/best RIT memory?

My favorite RIT memory is being a part of the Tiger Testing team. It has been an unexpected and amazing experience to be a part of.