The Top 8 Events of the Spring Semester

Some of RIT’s best and most important events on campus take place during the spring semester. I know this can be confusing lot to keep track of, so I put together a list of the top 8 events you don’t want to miss.  These are all annual events and are very important to the RIT community. Mark your calendars and have fun!

Freeze Fest

We all know what Freeze Fest brings: free stuff, entertaining comedian and lots of other fun activities! This year’s comedian is TJ Miller! He will make the whole campus laughfreezefest Saturday 18 from 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. in the Gordon Field House. You can find out more about the event on CAB’s event page.

Something else I saw that absolutely no one will want to miss: “Songs for the Journey” A Concert By President Destler! Don’t miss it; it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity! Mark your calendars for Thursday Feb 16 at 7 p.m. in Ingle Auditorium!

Career Fair

careerfairThe Career Fair is essential to your RIT education! Whether you’re a first year or fifth year, you should attend. Talking to employers and establishing relationships is vital. Who knows, your future employer could be waiting for you in the Gordon Field House! The Spring Career Fair is Wednesday, March 1 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Gordon Field House.

Pro tip: make sure you check in early! It will save you a lot of time and allows you to skip the line at the entrance. Early check in dates and times can be found here.

newpresidentMeet the new President events

Tuesday, February 28th and Thursday, March 2nd there will be campus-wide open forums with RIT’s 10th President, Dr. David Munson Jr. While the times have not been announced quite yet, stay tuned here for more information.

Atlantic Hockey Playoffs

The two-time Atlantic Hockey Champions will seek another championship in March! Show your support for your RIT Tigers!

Rochester Institute of Technology men's hockey team celebrate while holding the Atlantic Hockey Conference championship trophy after defeating Mercyhurst University 5-1 at Blue Cross Arena on March 21, 2015 in Rochester, N.Y.

  • First round: Best-of-three series, March 3-5 at campus sites: Seed 11 at 6, 10 at 7, 9 at 8.
  • Quarterfinals: Best-of-three series, March 10-12 at campus sites. Lowest remaining overall seed at 1; second-lowest remaining overall seed at 2, third-lowest remaining seed at 3, and 5 at 4.
  • Semifinals: March 17th at 4:30 p.m. at Blue Cross Arena
  • Championship: Saturday, March 18th at 7 p.m. at Blue Cross Arena

relayforlifeRelay for Life

The good news: a whole night of great fun for a great cause that takes place every year on campus! The better news: you don’t necessarily have to run! With performances from different clubs, different games and activities, Relay for Life has something for everyone to help benefit the American Cancer Society.  Relay for Life takes place Saturday April 8 at 7 p.m. – April 9 at 7 a.m. at the Gordon Field House. You can find out more about the event and sign up here.

SpringFest

springfestSince CAB has not released official information about SpringFest yet you’ll have to stay tuned to CAB’s Facebook page to find out who’s coming. , I thought I would refresh your memory on some of the artists who have stopped by over the past few years to get you excited:

  • 2015: Chance the Rapper & Common
  • 2014: Young the Giant
  • 2013: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Imagine RIT

imagineritThis is probably my favorite day of the semester! Whether you’re an exhibitor or just walking around with your family or friends, Imagine RIT is a great time for everyone. This year’s event should be extra special because it’s the 10th anniversary and the last one under the tenure of Dr. Destler, who created the festival. Don’t miss it Saturday May 6 10 a.m.-5 p.m.! You can find out more about Imagine RIT at https://www.rit.edu/imagine/.

Commencement

commencementWell, since this is my final year at RIT, I can confidently say I’m pretty excited about commencement this year! Convocation will take place Friday, May 19th 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. in the Gordon Field House. College specific commencement ceremonies will take place Friday May 19th and Saturday May 20th. You can find out more here.

 

Enjoy your spring semester, Tigers! Work hard and have fun!

Preview of the 35th Annual Expressions of King’s Legacy

This Thursday, Jan. 26, is the 35th anniversary of RIT’s Expressions of King’s Legacy. The event celebrates the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and this year’s keynote speaker is Fredricka Whitfield of CNN. The program will also feature words from Judge Robert L. Wilkins, a United States Court of Appeals Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit and a musical performance from the Fisk Jubilee Singers. Later on that day, from 7-9 p.m. at the Third Presbyterian Church in Downtown Rochester,the Fisk Jubilee Singers will be performing a full concert.

I have compiled a few videos for you to give you a glimpse into what you can expect witness at the Expressions of King’s Legacy Thursday! Let me tell you, you don’t want to miss it!

Fredricka Whitfield has many segments on CNN, but here’s a taste of her public speaking style for you. In this video she addresses a crowd after being named a media trailblazer in 2014 by the Atlanta Tribune and Café Mocha Radio Show.

This video shows Judge Robert L. Wilkins speaking at Harvard Law School on Sept. 19, 2016 about his book, “Long Road to Hard Truth.” The book is about his efforts to build the National Museum of African American History & Culture at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

This video gives you a glimpse into the past and present of the Fisk Jubilee Singers. Plus a little performance, too!

You can catch the event from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Gordon Field House. The Fisk Jubilee Singers will also be performing later that day from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Third Presbyterian Church (4 Meigs St). There will also be performances by Kearstin Piper Brown & the Chancel Choir of the Third Presbyterian Church.

For more information on the Expressions of King’s Legacy, you can visit the Division of Diversity and Inclusion here or check out the event on Facebook. If you plan to attend, please RSVP on the website.

What to do Before the End of the Semester

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I think we can agree it’s been a crazy semester and we’re ready for a break! Since you’re probably as checked out as I am (and have enough to worry about between presentations and finals), I have put together a list of things you need to know before leaving campus this semester!

Finals week de-stress events

The Wallace Center is holding a series of relaxing events throughout finals week to help you de-stress. All events are held on the first floor of The Wallace Center.

  • Monday, December 12th
    • Coloring: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Therapy Dogs: 3:30 – 5 p.m.
    • Coffee Break: 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 13th
    • Coloring: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Massages: 10 a.m. – noon
    • Coffee Break: 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 14th
    • Coloring: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Make Your Own Stress Ball: 3:00 – 5 p.m.
    • Coffee Break, Mac & Cheese: 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 15th
    • Coloring: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Coffee Break: 5 p.m.

Housing

If you are not returning for the spring semester

  • Students who are not returning to RIT housing for spring semester and not registered for an intersession class must check out of their housing by Saturday, December 17 at 10 a.m. Students checking out must remove all their items from their housing and return their key(s) in a Key Return Envelope to Housing Operations, Grace Watson Hall.
  • Students who are not returning to RIT housing for spring semester but are registered for an intersession class must check out of their housing on Saturday, January 21 at 10 a.m. Students checking out must remove all their items from their housing and return their key(s) in a Key Return Envelope to Housing Operations, Grace Watson Hall.

If you live in the residence halls

  • All students living in the residence halls must leave their room during break and intersession. The halls close Saturday, December 17 at 10 a.m.
  • Rooms are reserved at the RIT Inn for students who are continuing at RIT for spring semester and need to stay for intersession/break. To make a reservation for a room at the RIT Inn, please contact Donna Black at dkbapt@rit.edu. The residence halls will reopen Monday, January 16, 2017.

Recreation facilities holiday schedule

  • The RIT recreation facilities observe a special schedule from December 10th – January 22nd. The recreation facilities’ hours can be viewed here.
  • If you want to bring a guest, RIT members may sponsor up to three guests per visit. Guest passes for adults are $7 per person per visit. For children 13 years and younger, seniors 65+ years, and military with appropriate ID, guest passes are $5 per guest per visit.

The Wallace Center

  • Please note that the library observes special hours during break and is not open 24/7. You can view these hours here.
  • The library will be closed December 24 – January 2.

Dining

  • There are a few dining locations that will have limited hours during break and finals, so be sure to check the schedule here.

Health Center

  • The health center has limited hours during break.
    • Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Friday: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Bus Schedule

  • From December 17 – December 23 the buses will follow the regular weekend schedules except for the TE3 route.
  • The buses will not be running from December 25 – January 1.
  • To view official hours, you can visit their website or download the app to stay up to date.

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Need a ride to the airport for Winter Break? Student Government and RIT Parking & Transportation Services are offering a FREE bus for students to the Airport, Bus Station, and Amtrak.

The Winter Break 2016 Dates are:

  • Friday, December 16th from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 17th from 6 a.m.-1 p.m.

Buses depart every hour, on the hour from Gleason Circle. You can sign up for the Winter Break Bus here.

Have an outstanding holiday and enjoy your much-deserved break, Tigers!

13 Gift Ideas from Barnes & Noble

The Holiday season is already upon us and the end of the semester is in sight! If you’re like me, you have no idea what gifts to get certain people in your life. While some are easy to shop for, some are virtually impossible. I totally get that, so I’ve created a guide for you. To make it even easier, I found all of these gift ideas at Barnes & Noble on campus.

1. RIT Apparel.
You can never have too many RIT clothes. So. Comfy.
RIT Apparel.
You can never have too many RIT clothes (baby edition!). So. Comfy.
RIT Apparel.
You can never have too many RIT clothes (baby edition!). So. Comfy.
2. Burt’s Bees.
The temperature is dropping and your loved ones’ skin is drying. Help them!
3. Calendars.
I always get a calendar every year for Christmas. A great gift idea!
Calendars.
I always get a calendar every year for Christmas. A great gift idea!
4. Holiday boxed cards.
The easiest way to send out cards for the holiday season.
5. Chocolate.
For all of the chocolate lovers in your life!
6. Clinique products.
I personally love the clinical clearing gel, but Clinique has many awesome products for the beauty fanatic.
Clinique products.
I personally love the clinical clearing gel, but Clinique has many awesome products for the beauty fanatic.
7. Adult coloring books.
The newest craze of 2016. The perfect gift is allowing a family member or friend color their stress away.
8. Games.
Everyone needs a little competition in his or her life.
Games.
Everyone needs a little competition in his or her life.
9. Mugs.
For the coffee lovers in your life.
Mugs & water bottles.
For the coffee lovers and water guzzlers in your life.
Water bottles.
For the water guzzlers in your life.
10. Ornaments.
‘Cause who doesn’t want a little bit of Tiger pride on their tree?! I have one and I love it!
Ornaments.
‘Cause who doesn’t want a little bit of Tiger pride on their tree?! I have one and I love it!
11. Stocking stuffers.
Barnes & Noble has a specific shelf of little gift ideas, perfect for stockings!
12. Vera Bradley.
What virtually every woman wants, myself included.
13. Wine & beer glasses, shot glasses.
I love these! They’re perfect for the wine, beer, or liquor drinkers in your life!

Best of luck with your Christmas shopping and final exams! Happy holidays, Tigers! Enjoy your break!

What to do on Campus during Thanksgiving

happy-thanksgiving-headerThe semester has flown by and the holiday season is already upon us! If you’re able to go home for Thanksgiving, we hope you enjoy the time with your loved ones and eat as much as you possibly can! However, not everyone can feasibly make it home, so if you’re unable to make it home for Thanksgiving, I’ve got you covered. Here are a few things you could do if you’re staying on campus:

Thanksgiving Dinner at the Commons

The Commons is having a special Thanksgiving dinner! They will be serving all your Thanksgiving favorites—roasted turkey with gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, roasted butternut squash and a dinner roll.

Keep in mind, Dining Dollars and Tiger Bucks will be active over Thanksgiving break, but meal plans will pause Nov. 23 and resume Nov. 27.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Dr. Sandy Johnson’s

You should have received a message center email a week ago to let you know that Dr. Johnson is having students over to her house for a Thanksgiving meal. Her home is located in Pittsford, 11 miles from campus. Guests will arrive between 12:30 and 1 p.m. and dinner will end around 4 p.m. Please be sure you complete the RSVP form today if you’d like to attend.

Black Friday

Another thing I’ve done during Thanksgiving break the past few years is Black Friday shopping! Being a native Rochesterian, I always go to Marketplace Mall and a few stores around the area. If you don’t have access to transportation, the route 24 bus will take you directly from campus to Marketplace Mall. You can check the schedule through the RIT app to plan your trip accordingly.

Happy Thanksgiving, Tigers! Everyone here at Behind the Bricks hopes you enjoy your break and Thanksgiving meals!

How you can get Involved with Student Government

This is my third and final year at RIT, and lately I have been thinking a lot about how truly thankful I am for the many rich experiences that I’ve had while studying at this school. I have gradually become more and more involved in the RIT community and learned so much about the school along the way. A few months ago, Student Government hired me to be their Content Manager, which further opened my eyes and I’ve gotten to see up close how our governance group is working to make RIT a better place for all students.

Working with SG has taught me that it’s important for not just our elected officials, but all students to get involved in the RIT community. One way of doing that is to speak directly with Student Government about the issues that matter to you. SG works hard to make sure your voice is and always will be heard. How, you ask? There are many ways that SG would like to hear from you.

The first is by attending Senate meetings. These meetings aren’t restricted to elected officials, they are open to the public! If you would like your voice to be heard or would like to propose a change on campus, attending this meeting is a great way to do just that. You could also join a Student Government Committee and work on charges and PawPrints petitions!

There are a number of meetings you can attend to voice your opinions, and the schedule is as follows:

  • Senate Meetings: 2-4 p.m. on Fridays (Bamboo Room)
  • Academics & Co-ops Committee: 5-6 p.m. on Wednesday (SG Office)
  • Deaf Advocacy Committee: 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday (SG Office)
  • Housing & Dining Committee: 5-6 p.m. on Monday (SG Office)
  • Facilities, Parking, & Transportation Committee: 5-6 p.m. on Tuesday (SG Office)
  • Student Affairs Committee: 4-5 p.m. on Friday (SG Office)
  • Sustainability Committee: 4-5 p.m. on Thursday (SG Office)
  • Technology Committee: 6-7 p.m. on Thursday (SG Office)

Senate Meetings cover the most ground. You can find every Senate Meeting’s minutes since 1951 on SG’s website here.

Generally, Senate Meetings follow the format as follows:

  • Presentations by various people – on 10/28 it was the new Chief Marketing Officer of RIT
  • Charges
    • Statuses on Pawprints (hyperlink: pawprints.rit.edu)
    • Status of Committees
  • New Business
  • Old Business
  • Reports
    • Senate Reports
    • Committee Reports
    • Advisor Reports

Please note that at the beginning of every meeting, they ask the attendees if they would like to discuss anything with the Senate. That is when your voice will be heard.

You can also find out who is on Senate here.

There are other ways to have your voice heard if you cannot make it to a Senate meeting. Andrea Shaver, Student Government President, adds, “PawPrints is one great way to let Student Government know what issues are important and need to be worked on, but it can’t stop there! We are in need of membership in most of our committees. Joining a committee that is working on the issues you care about is the best way to make sure that you are making the most impact. When you work in a committee you’ll have the opportunity to work on official reports, present to the Senate, meet with administration, and make real change at RIT!”

Get involved and have your voice heard, Tigers!

RIT’s Hidden Gem: The Construct

If you’rconstruct-signe an RIT student, employee, or faculty member looking for a space to work on prototypes for a personal or academic project, look no further. The Construct at RIT provides access machinery and materials to bring your ideas to life for free or at low cost. By visiting the Construct you’ll get access to specialized equipment including 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC mills and more.

The Construct is located in the fourth floor of Institute Hall (building 73) room 4190, down a small hallway next to the south elevator. It’s easy to find if you know what you’re looking for. I learned that right away. Not only does The Construct have machinery for personal or academic projects, it also provides you with helpful staff and classes to help you succeed

Will, who works at The Construct, gave me a small tour and let me take pictures. I’d like to share those with you!

This is the Full Spectrum P48-36 laser cutter. It is free to use if you supply your own materials. The Construct does provide some materials for use at a low cost. To use the Full Spectrum, you must be trained to use it on your own.

While I visited The Construct, a student was there making key chains on the Full Spectrum laser cutter.

While I visited The Construct, a student was there making key chains on the Full Spectrum laser cutter.

The entrance and sign to the CNC Router room.

This machine is the ShopSabre CNC Router. It is capable of cutting wood, plastics, foam and composites. It is capable of performing 2.5d operations using 2D CAD drawings, or full 3D operations from 3D solid CAD models. The Construct does not supply materials, so you will need to provide your own. To use the CNC router, you will need to meet with the staff at The Construct to discuss your project. You will then schedule a time to use the machine and cut.

Information on the CNC Router.

This is the GigaBot Large-format 3D Printer. It was loaned to The Construct from the local chapter of Enabling The Future. Using the GigaBot for personal or academic projects costs $0.10/gram. Use for commercial purposes costs $0.50/gram. All filament used on GigaBot is provided by The Construct unless the filament is approved ahead of time. It is important to note that all prints on the GigaBot need to be approved by the lab manager before running or entering the print queue. Since GigaBot takes a while to print large objects, it will be easier if you get your print approved and use their form to schedule a print time. You will then receive an email telling you when your time slot will be.

This is the Tormach PCNC1100 CNC Mill. It is small, easy to use and meant for “engineers, designers, inventors, technicians, hobbyists, educators and specialty/short-run manufacturers.” It can machine most metals and plastics. To use the mill, you will need to speak with a lab manager ahead of time to prepare the CAD file and schedule a time to run the job.

A behind the scenes look at The Construct.
A behind the scenes look at The Construct.
A behind the scenes look at The Construct.
An area designated for electrical work.
A smaller laser cutter.
Materials available for student use.
Materials available for student use.
Materials available for student use.

The Construct hours:

  • Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

*The lab may be open at other times by users with swipe access, so please check the camera on their website (hack.rit.edu) before you head over.

The Construct contact information: