National Techies Day

It’s National Techies Day, and since we go to Rochester Institute of Technology, we thought it was beyond appropriate to celebrate! As our campus is packed with countless technology majors, technology buildings, and technology computer programs; Information and Technology Services helps students, faculty, and staff on a daily basis.

What is Information Technology Services (ITS)?

Information and Technology Services’ mission is simple. They want to deliver quality services to members of the RIT Community, improve customer value through service management, and advance our institution’s vision. Not only will ITS provide users with solutions to their IT needs, but they will ensure it is customized to the specific situation at hand.

What services do they offer?

ITS is equipped to offer a variety of services to the RIT community. If you are in need of software assistance such as RIT computer account or Google applications troubleshooting, ITS is here to help. For more service listings, check out their website.

How do I contact ITS?

The ITS Service Desk is located in Frank E. Gannett Hall, room 1113 on the first floor. Open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and both weekend days from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ITS Residential Networking (ResNet) is another Service Desk option available to RIT students. Another part of the campus-wide ITS organization, the office i located in Nathaniel Rochester Hall (NRH), room 1034. Lastly, ITS offers services in the Wallace Library at their walk-up help desk on the first floor when the fall and spring semesters are in session. If you are unable to stop by a service desk, ITS can be easily contacted at servicedesk@rit.edu, or by phone at (585) 475-4357.

Can I work for ITS?

Are you a techie interested in working for ITS? Well, there are a variety of part-time and co-op positions available for students! As for part-time, ITS is currently filling positions for a Communication Specialist Assistant, Service Desk Representative, and Tech Services Technician. If you are interested in technology as well as engaging with campus life, the Communication Specialist Assistant position may be a good fit for you. If you are interested in more of the technology aspect of ITS, apply to be a Tech Services Technician! Interested in being even more than a part-time employee? Check out ITS’s current co-op positions listings, and apply!

RIT Global Day of Service 2017

Do you enjoy helping others? If so, you’re in luck. Every year, Rochester Institute of Technology hosts a Global Day of Service in which thousands of Tigers will be volunteering at over 40 locations all over the world. It all will be happening this week on Saturday, September 16, so be sure to mark your calendar. Hosted by the RIT Alumni Association, being part of this amazing day is made simple. Regardless of where you may be in the world, volunteering opportunities are available. Not only will you be having fun with fellow Tigers, you’ll be giving back to countless communities that truly appreciate your help. Check out how you can help this Saturday in Rochester;

George Eastman House (9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.)
If you’re interested in both history and helping beautify the Rochester community, stop by George Eastman House on East Avenue this Saturday. George Eastman House is one of the world’s oldest photography museums, that once belonged to George Eastman, the founder of Eastman Kodak Company. Volunteering will include basic gardening around this National Historic Landmark.
Address: 900 East Avenue Rochester, NY 14607
Website: www.eastman.org

George Eastman House

Foodlink (9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.)

Foodlink on Mount Read Boulevard in Rochester ships their collected donations to organizations and individuals in need. Volunteering this Saturday will incorporate packing lunches for kids, sorting food, and categorizing labels.
Address: 199 Mount Read Boulevard Rochester, NY 14615
Website: www.foodlinkny.org

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Ronald Mcdonald House  Sale (10:00 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.)

This Saturday, Ronald Mcdonald House will be hosting their largest fundraiser of the year. Known as the “Household Sale,” thisfundraising event’s proceeds are provided to families who are in need of housing whilst they are receiving healthcare in the Rochester area. This is a great fundraising effort if you are interested in directly impacting the Rochester community.
Address: 789 Elmgrove Road Rochester, NY 14624
Website: www.rmhcrochester.org

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Sonnenberg Gardens (9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.)

Lastly, if you’d like to help beautify the community, Sonnenberg Gardens will be having volunteers rake, mulch the grounds, and garden.
Address: 151 Charlotte Street Canandaigua, NY 14424
Website: www.sonnenberg.org

Sonnenberg Gardens

Regardless of where you are located in the world, and your interest in helping the community, there are countless ways to help this Saturday, September 16. Grab some friends, and get ready to meet fellow Tigers who are ready to help on RIT’s Global Day of Service! Check out their website for requirements, clothing suggestions, and more information at http://alumni.rit.edu/GlobalServiceDay.

RIT Summer Bucket List

The First Day of Summer is here!

June 21, the first official day of summer. With the first day of summer upon us, the Behind the Bricks team created the ultimate Summer bucket list for you to try and complete before the first day of the fall semester. We challenge you to try every single item out and track your progress using the hashtag #RITSummer. Good luck!

Eat at every dining location on campus

There are various dining locations that are open during the summer time at Rochester Institute of Technology. Whether you are craving a burrito, a gourmet cup of coffee, or a garbage plate, Dining Services has you covered. For a list of summer dining locations and their hours of operation, visit: https://www.rit.edu/fa/diningservices/hours-and-locations.

Run the loop

Whether you are interested in getting your fitness back on track, or have some spare time during the day, running the loop around RIT is a great option. Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of the 3.14 mile running path. For more hiking and running trails, check out: http://ritbehindthebricks.com/experience-the-fall-through-rit-jogging-and-nature-trails/.

Try every Starbucks drink at Barnes and Noble in Park Point

The drink selection at Starbucks in Barnes and Noble in Park Point is endless, so it really will be a challenge to complete this by the end of summer! Whether you are interested in a frothy frappuccino or a refreshing cold tea, Starbucks is the place to go. While you’re visiting Starbucks, take a peek at the awesome summer deals going on in the apparel section of Barnes and Noble!

Volunteer at RIT FoodShare

RIT FoodShare is located at 113 Riverknoll, within the Apartment Area West office. FoodShare is constantly in need of volunteers. Open Monday-Saturday, stop in if you are looking for some volunteer work this summer! Check out https://www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/reslife/pages/foodshare for more information.

Count how many steps it takes you to walk the entire Quarter Mile

You can find this bullet on nearly every RIT bucket list out there, but hey, if you have the time, go for it! The Quarter Mile starts at the compass statue outside of Kate Gleason dorm building, and extends all the way to the infinity quad, just past the Wallace Center. The Quarter Mile is actually 0.41 miles long, not 0.25, so be prepared for a long walk!

Visit Rochester’s Public Market

The Rochester Public Market runs all 52 weeks of the year, and is a great way to embrace the culture of our campus city. RIT even has shuttles going out there some weekends! Running since 1905, the Public Market is held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Whether you are interested in picking up some fresh produce, or getting off campus, the Public Market is for you. For more information, visit: http://www.cityofrochester.gov/publicmarket/.

Try every smoothie on Ultimate Smoothie Blendz (USB) menu

Who wouldn’t want to be constantly refreshed and cooled down by delicious smoothies? With greens and protein options available, there’s a smoothie that will satisfy whatever you are craving. Pick up a smoothie at Beanz, or Crossroads!

Get a new hairstyle at Shear Global

Starting the Fall semester with a new hairstyle is the perfect way to boost your confidence, and make an impression. Shear Global is open Monday through Friday, and accepts walk-ins. If you want a trim, a blowout, or a completely new hairstyle, Shear Global has you covered. The salon accepts Tiger Bucks as a form of payment. Check out their website for more detailed hours: https://www.rit.edu/fa/globalvillage/services/shear-global-salon.

Try every flavor of ice cream flavor at Ben and Jerry’s

With more than 60 flavors, this is sure to be a challenge to complete before the end of the summer. Ben and Jerry’s is located in the center of the Student Union next to Brick City Cafe, and across from Nathans Soup and Salad. Next time you pass through the SAU, stop and try a new flavor!

Go camping at Letchworth State Park

In need of a trip off campus? A 40 minute drive from RIT will take you to the “Grand Canyon of the East;” Letchworth State Park. The park has something for everyone including; kayak rentals, cabin rentals, bonfires, hiking, you name it. If you gather a group of friends for a weekend, the cost to rent a campsite is relatively inexpensive. Embrace the great outdoors while you can!

Go to a concert in the Rochester area

Rochester is packed with endless concert venues. If you are interested in a smaller venue, check out the upcoming concerts at Waterstreet Music Hall. Want something a little but bigger? Main Street Armory is for you. Even bigger? Blue Cross Arena hosts popular artists and bands all the time. Rochester also offers plenty of free concerts. If you want to stay close to campus, Park Point holds a free concert series during the summer months!

Skate at Frank Ritter Ice Arena

Although this isn’t something to do outdoors this summer, open skate at Frank Ritter Ice Arena is always an option for inexpensive fun. Open skate is offered year round, and summer is a perfect time to try it if you haven’t gotten a chance to during the academic year. Visit https://www.rit.edu/fa/arenas/ritter-arena/facility-hours for summer open skate hours.

Eat a garbage plate

This may not be the healthiest option, but garbage plates are a Rochester staple. Crossroads offers a Garbage Plate as an on campus option, but Nick Tahou’s and Henrietta Hots have THE authentic plates you have to try.

Visit Salsaritas for Taco Tuesday

Who wouldn’t want to celebrate Taco Tuesday? Visit Salsaritas on Tuesday for a meal deal. Grab yourself some loaded tacos, queso and chips, and head outside to take in the Rochester summer sun. Open on Tuesday’s from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Taco Tuesday is a great option for lunch or dinner!

Go for a swim in the pools in the Student Life Center

The multiple pools in the Student Life Center are often taken for granted by members of the RIT community. The SLC offers a lap pool with multiple diving boards, a recreation pool with a whirlpool, and a large hot tub. Cool off from the summer heat by stopping in the SLC for a quick dip! Check out https://www.rit.edu/~w-criw/schedule.php for updated hours.

 

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Stay stress-free at RIT

An inevitable part of student life, stress can easily get in the way of a successful semester.

However, RIT has a number of resources in place to help combat that stress. Whether you need to voice your opinion or are struggling with your co-op search, there’s someone ready to help you.

FoodShare Center

According to Feeding America, nearly 49.3% of college students must choose between educational expenses and buying food. RIT FoodShare aims to combat this issue by providing all students with access to free food. What originally started as a Facebook group  to share free food items across campus, turned into a physical center for distribution at Riverknoll. RIT FoodShare is a solution to the problem of food insecurity for college students. Open to all members of the RIT community, visitors can pick up free food items, donate, or volunteer.

Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education

One of the prime qualities of an RIT education is the integration of co-ops into the curriculum. When it comes time to finding that co-op, the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education is dedicated to helping you succeed in the job search. Career Services offers career counseling, career mentors, diversity initiatives, grad school information, and much more. Whether you need resume help or co-op advice, the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education will help you every step of the way.

Ombuds Office

During your academic career, you may run into situations that require outside intervention to come to a fair resolution. Neglecting to effectively resolve a conflict, “may cause further damage and lead [you] and your team or organization down a vicious path of negativity,” according to Creighton University. Filled with trained professionals, The Ombuds Office is available for all RIT members in times of conflict. It provides a safe and confidential place to voice any disputes, problems, or questions you may have.

Pawprints

Students are already making change on campus using Pawprints. You can, too. Created by Student Government, the goal of the site is to allow members of RIT’s community to converse on important issues. If you’re looking to support on-going initiatives students care about, view, sign, and share any petitions at pawprints.rit.edu/.

Naps.rit.edu

Best put by Teen Vogue, this RIT feature is “tired, tested, and true”. Naps.rit.edu brings you the best napping spaces around campus. Knowing where to nap on campus is perfect for those moments when you need to unwind between classes. Check out the website for a complete map of napping locations with the size and quiet level of each spot.

Tiger Center

If you haven’t already, it’s time to take full advantage of  the new and improved Tiger Center website. The site is equipped with your schedule, course enrollment information, grades, academic information and dining balances. The dining balances tab even provides you with a rough estimate of how much you can spend for the rest of the day and week. The grades section provides you with a GPA calculator, so you can always see how you’re doing academically throughout the course of the semester.

While these resources may help reduce stress for some, no two people experience stress the same way. If you’re experiencing stress and need help navigating through it, please visit Tigers Care for information about more resources that can help you find what works for you.

What’s Happening Around RIT This Summer?

Are you going to be on or around campus this summer? Don’t worry. Just because the academic year won’t be in full swing doesn’t mean Rochester Institute of Technology won’t have plenty going on. We’ve compiled a list of things happening on and off campus this summer to keep you busy. Check it out!

JDRF One Walk: Sunday, June 11, 2017 JDRF

JDRF One Walk occurs throughout the year in over 200 different locations. The goal of the walk is to raise awareness of Type 1 Diabetes, and raise funds for further research. The event is scheduled to run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., starting at the Gordon Field House and surrounding campus roadways. This is a great way to give back to your Rochester community!

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Has the hustle and bustle of the semester prevented you from sticking to your fitness goals? Well, summer is the perfect time to get right back on track. The Student Life Center remains available to students between the spring and fall semester. For summer hours and more info, visit here!

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Did you know our university is packed with hiking and walking trails? They all vary in length and scenery. Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of these hidden trails. Take a peek at our article for more information.

ZenVisit the RIT Zen Garden

It’s hard to stay zen when you have three exams, two papers, and five homework assignments all due in one week. Now that summer is here, try and take some time to relax. RIT’s Zen Garden is located to the left of the Eastman building, and is a great place to catch up on a book. Bring a friend, or take in the beauty by yourself!

Rochester Lilac Festival: May 12-21Lilac

There are only a few days left in the Rochester Lilac Festival, so be sure to get over to Highland Park! This festival is a great kick off to summer, and includes great food, live music, and beautiful lilacs, of course!

GardenVisit the RIT Community Garden

This is another area of RIT that many students don’t know about. The RIT Community Garden is located behind the Tennis Courts (next to the Gene Polisseni Center). If looking at the garden isn’t enough for you, there are various opportunities available to get involved. To learn more about summer opportunities to give back to the RIT community, visit the RIT Community Garden’s Facebook page.

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There are plenty of stationary grills located just outside of Grace Watson Hall. This secluded area is great for hosting a get together, while enjoying some grilled food. Before firing up the grill, ensure you are taking the proper safety precautions.

Park AvePark Avenue Summer Arts Festival: August 5-6

August 5 and 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Park Avenue Summer Arts Fest truly showcases Rochester culture. The festival features over 300 artists, vendors, and exhibitors from all over the United States. It’s worth the drive over! Learn more about the festival here!

Whether you are taking summer classes, completing an internship in Rochester, or just hanging around the area for summer, take advantage of the happenings around Rochester Institute of Technology’s campus! From all of us here at Behind the Bricks, have a great summer!

Housing Operations Closing Procedures

With the end of the academic year upon us, it’s important to take into account proper closing procedures if you live in Rochester Institute of Technology housing. While closing procedures do vary by living complex, our team here at Behind the Bricks has compiled a list of everything you should do before you leave for the summer.

Room Key Return

One of the most frequent closing mistakes students make is forgetting to return their apartment/suite/room keys. All Rochester Institute of Technology housing keys should be placed in a key return envelope, and returned to Housing Operations, located in Grace Watson Hall. For your convenience, there is a key return drop box located outside of the office doors that can be accessed 24/7. If your RIT assigned keys are not returned by the scheduled move out date of your housing complex, you will automatically get charged $50 a day, and $100 for a lock change. Mailing back your keys is not an option, as they will not be processed. So Tigers, avoid getting charged, and return your keys on time!

Mailbox Key Return

Mailbox key return varies by housing complex. For those living in Colony, Perkins, and Racquet Club, place your key in the key return envelope (as mentioned above), and return it to Housing Operations in Grace Watson Hall. If the office is closed, be sure to place the envelope in the drop box outside of the door. Students living in Global Village, University Commons, and the Greek Houses should return their mailbox key to the Global Village Post Office. Much like Housing Operations, keys can also be returned 24/7, using the mail key slot next to the service counter.

Mail Forwarding

If you are expecting an order or package to arrive at Rochester Institute of Technology after your departure from campus for the summer, be sure to fill in your forwarding address at rit.edu/fa/hub/forms.html. After going to the URL, click on “Address Forwarding” under Forms

Summer Storage

Another common mistake students make at the end of the year is forgetting that Rochester Institute of Technology does not provide summer storage. While you may have friends and fellow classmates staying in RIT housing for the summer, it is against policy to store your belongings in their housing complex. Please ensure that all of your belongings are taken off campus. Visit CampusCarriers.com of call (866) 739-0095 to assist is streamlining the move out process (supported by Rochester Institute of Technology Center for Residence Life).

Damages

Prior to your departure, it is imperative that you resolve any undocumented damages that may have occurred through the course of the academic year. Be sure to contact Housing Operations to receive an assessment of any damage, and to appropriately establish who should be charged in the living area. If damages remain unresolved, all members of the apartment/room will be billed equally. Maintenance requests can be filed online at myhousing.rit.edu, if there is a minor repair that can easily be taken care of.

Return living accommodations to Move-in Condition

Please leave your apartment/room/suite as it was when you first moved in. All trash should be taken out, unwanted items should not be left behind, and food should be removed. There will be dumpsters available in each complex to assist with the removal process. If you have unwanted furniture, clothing, etc., donating to Rochester Institute of Technology’s Goodbye, Goodbuy! move-out collection is a great idea. There are various item collection locations for students to donate their unwanted items. These items will then be sold for a discounted rate in the fall 2017 semester.

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RIT Warm Weather Guide

Warm weather has finally arrived here in Rochester, New York. As the semester comes to a close, don’t miss out on the fun things to do on or around campus.

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Global Village Plaza

If there’s one place on campus that allows you to take full advantage of the nice weather in Rochester, it’s Global Village. Now that the weather has allowed for it, there are lots of available outdoor seating. You can even access RIT wifi perfectly, allowing you to catch some sun rays while doing homework. Occasionally, Salsaritas will even open its windows, so the indoor and outdoor eating area are combined. There’s also a water fountain and fire pit that will top off any warm, spring day!
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Imagine RIT

While Imagine RIT is something fun and exciting to do while the weather is nice, it is also a day dedicated to the creative, innovative work that members of our campus community have accomplished. The festival will be taking place this Saturday, May 6 from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. And don’t worry, Imagine RIT is set to take place rain or shine! It is free and open to the public, so grab some friends and enjoy what Rochester Institute of Technology has to offer!

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Rochester Lilac Festival

The Rochester Lilac Festival is an exciting event to visit off campus. The festival runs daily from May 12 to May 21, so pick the day with the best weather forecast and make a trip out of it. Held in Rochester’s beautiful Highland Park, the event includes endless lilac gardens, music, food, rides, and so much more. Like Imagine RIT, the festival is free, and open to the public.
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Outdoor Track

While plenty of us dread going to the gym (especially when the weather is beautiful), using the outdoor track is always an option. Located in front of the Student Life Center, the outdoor track goes around the perimeter of the lacrosse field. You’ll get to embrace Rochester’s spring, all while working out!

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Seneca Park Zoo

Another off campus option, for those who are hoping to spend some time away from Rochester Institute of Technology, is the Seneca Park Zoo. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the zoo is a perfect spot for a day trip.

Loop around Campus

Much like the outdoor track, the loop around campus is also an option for working out. The loop that spans the perimeter of Rochester Institute of Technology is perfect for those who wish to ride their bike, walk, run, skateboard, etc. It is approximately 3.14 miles, and allows you to embrace the outdoors without straying too far from campus buildings.

Campus Hiking/Running Trails

Many people are not aware of the fact that Rochester Institute of Technology is packed with hiking and running trails. Check out one of our past articles to see where the trails start and end, as well as their distance!

Outdoor Volleyball

Who doesn’t love playing volleyball on a beach, while the sun shines high overhead? Unfortunately, Rochester Institute of Technology doesn’t have a beach, but there is a sand volleyball court available to mimic the experience! Located next to the Global Village apartments, the sand volleyball net is up, and ready to be used!
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Grill outside of Gracies

Located on the dorm side of campus, many students do not take full advantage of the grills outside of Gracies. As the weather gets nicer and nicer, gathering some friends for an outdoor barbecue is a fun, inexpensive way to get outside. Located behind Grace Watson Hall, there are benches and picnic tables in the vicinity, making it the perfect place to host an outdoor hangout.