As millions of American families gathered for the Thanksgiving holiday, a group of students – many of them international students at RIT – came together at a university administrator’s home to eat, socialize, make new friends and give thanks as well.
Hassan Eissa has a life journey that reads like a Hollywood script – born in Chad, left home at an early age, traveled across the continent before making his way as a refugee to the United States. And he has a résumé to match – shepherd, transporter of camels – and now engineering technology student and standout cross country runner at RIT.
Members of RIT Esports and Public Safety are answering the “Call of Duty” to raise money for mental health awareness Nov. 23. The RIT Esports Call of Duty team will compete against members of RIT Public Safety in a two vs. two tournament of the video game. Ticket proceeds will support the office of Counseling and Psychological Services.
RIT requires all undergraduates on its Rochester campus to complete two wellness courses before they can graduate. There are more than 180 wellness course options, and the goal is for students to appreciate a healthy lifestyle that will last long after they graduate.
Sometimes the answer lies within. In an effort to engage the more than 35 percent of undergraduate students who consider themselves “non-religious,” a new, somewhat nebulous group has formed at RIT to help them find secular answers for themselves.
Feral cats living on the RIT campus are being cared for thanks to members of a new student-run club, Caring Hearts for RIT Cats. About 120 students have joined Caring Hearts, which began as an independent club this semester. Members bring food and water each day to 10 shelters around campus where about a dozen feral cats are believed to live.
For Jessika Quijada, a second-year business management student, Native American Heritage Month is a time to not only remember her history, but to also spread awareness about Native cultures as they exist today.