Let’s Get Ready for Winter Break

It’s that time of the year. The weather grows colder, the holiday season approaches, and the study grind for finals begins. One thing to look forward to post-finals, is winter break. From December 20 to January 15, you’ll have no obligations, and some time to relax before the spring semester craziness begins. But before you head home, on vacation, or wherever you may be spending your break, it’s important to ensure that your dorm/apartment is prepared for your time off.

Housing Closing Procedures

Residence Halls

Residence Halls close on Wednesday, December 20, and all students must leave their rooms during the entirety of the break. For students planning on staying close to campus, don’t fret, rooms at the RIT Inn and Conference Center have been reserved for
you, just ask your RA for more info. If your roommate this semester is planning on moving out (or if they already have), it is important to ensure that your room is prepared for someone new to move in. This will consist of removing your personal belongings from their side of the room. In the hustle and bustle of finals week, many students forget to empty their garbage prior to leaving for winter break. We’re sure you can imagine how lovely the room will smell upon your arrival back to campus if you forget to do so! Aside from throwing out last minute trash, it is imperative that you close, lock, and pull down the shades on all of windows in your room. This will help prevent pipes from freezing. Just like your garbage, it’s just as important to remove all leftover food in your mini fridge prior to your departure from RIT. Lastly, don’t forget to unplug all electronics, and lock your door when you leave!

Apartments

Just like the residence halls, on-campus apartments also need to be prepared for your absence during winter break. Aside from preparing for a new roommate, locking windows, taking out garbage, and moving unplugging all electronics, it is important to adjust your apartment’s temperature prior to your departure. Your heater should be set to automatic, and the room temperature should be set to at least 65 degrees. While adjusting your apartment’s temperature, be sure to leave the HVAC covers in place, and do not turn off the valves to the HVAC unit. With most campus apartments having multiple roommates in one unit, it is important that you create a comfortable living space to ensure new roommates are welcome.

Dining Services

All of the dining halls will close December 20th, 2017, and will re-open at the start of spring semester 2018. For a full list of hours and operation, please visit the RIT Dining Servies website. 

Good luck on finals, and have a wonderful winter break. See you next semester!

International Students Day at RIT

Did you know that today is International Students Day? With students from over 100 different countries all over the world, Rochester Institute of Technology is proud to be a part of the celebration! Held annually on November 17th, International Students Day was created to commemorate the cultural diversity present in universities across the globe. With about 2,500 international students at RIT’s Rochester, New York campus, it’s pretty clear that RIT places a strong emphasis on diversity, and proudly embraces multiculturalism.

With a variety of different countries represented here at RIT’s home campus, it’s sometimes easy to forget how many other students attend RIT in other areas of the world. With campuses in Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Pristina, UAE, and Beijing, countless students are gaining a cultural experience from our university, while receiving an education that can’t be matched. For students studying abroad here in Rochester, New York, RIT provides multiple areas of support to ensure all international students have a smooth transition to life here in the United States. Well-being is a top priority, of course, both inside and outside of the classroom. With an intensive English language center, and advisors eager to ensure you have a great and memorable experience, studying abroad at RIT is made easy.

International Student Services  is an office designated to the overall success of international students here on campus. They not only provide support and answer any questions students have about immigration and adaptation, they also assist with any personal matters that may arise during students’ experiences abroad. Global Union is another resource available for international students to feel more at home whilst in Rochester. The Center for Religious Life (located in the Student Alumni Union) offers a safe area for prayer and services of all of the world’s major faiths.

If you are interested in becoming an international student yourself, studying abroad is the perfect experience for you. While students can study at any of RIT’s international locations, our university holds many partnerships with universities all over the world. With language barriers and credit transfers made easy, a stop in RIT’s Study Abroad Office can help with any questions you may have. Located above Salsarita’s in Global Village, stop on in!

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

FoodLink

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

Ronald McDonald House Sale 2016

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!

Student Life CenterGym

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!

Take advantage of RIT’s hiking and walking trailsHiking

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.

Throw a BBQBBQ

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!