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!

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).


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.


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.


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!
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!


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.
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!


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!
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.

Who’s Really Behind the Bricks?

With many contributors to Rochester Institute of Technology’s vast campus, it is sometimes difficult to sort where the names of our buildings came from. Our team has compiled a list of some of RIT’s most well-known buildings, so we can uncover who’s really behind the bricks!


Nathaniel Roch43_NRHester Hall (NRH)

This residence hall located on the east side of campus, just off of the quarter mile, is named after Colonel Nathaniel Rochester. Nathaniel Rochester was an American Revolutionary War soldier. He is known for his assistance in establishing the settlement of Rochester, New York. Nathaniel Rochester also played a major role in founding the Athenaeum, an association “for the purpose of cultivating and promoting literature, science, and the arts.” The Athenaeum offered various lectures and debates within the Rochester community, and would eventually become Rochester Institute of Technology.


George Eastman HallRIT_building_-_Eastman_Building_and_Kodak_Quad

Housing the offices of the Registrar, Vice President, and President, George Eastman Hall is located in the center of campus, next to the Sentinel statue. George Eastman is the founder of Eastman Kodak Co., and was a benefactor to the Rochester Institute of Technology, until his death in the year 1932.


Carleton Gibson Hall

Located in the North area on the dorm side of campus, Carleton Gibson Hall houses first year students. Carleton Gibson was the first President of the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute, which later became Rochester Institute of Technology.


George H. Clark GymnasiumIndoor-Clark-Gym-Big

An area of Building 3, George H. Clark Gymnasium was funded by George Clark, a Rochester Institute of Technology trustee. George Clark was also one of the original RIT stockholders of the Eastman Kodak Co., and provided our University with a donation to promote health and recreation through the addition of a new gymnasium.


Frank E. Gannett Hallgannetthall

Formerly known as Frank E. Gannett Building, Gannett Hall was established through the efforts of Frank Gannett, a publisher who founded Gannett Company, Inc., a media conglomerate. Gannett founded a media empire that included 22 newspapers, four radio and three TV stations. He acquired the Empire State School of Printing, which is now known as the School of Print Media.


Grace Watson HallGrace-Watson-Hall

Named after Grace Watson, the hall was born from the decision that Rochester Institute of Technology’s educational programs would remain progressive and unique. A local from Rochester, Grace Watson left a large portion of her estate to our university. This grant is still known as one of the largest bequests ever made to Rochester Institute of Technology. Grace Watson’s generous contribution allowed RIT to buy 1,300 acres of land in Henrietta, and move the campus to where it resides today.


Golisano BuildingRIT_building_-_Golisano_Building

Housing the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, the Golisano Building opened in the spring of 2003. Tom Golisano donated $14 million dollars to Rochester Institute of Technology for the establishment. A philanthropist, Golisano founded Paychex, as well as the B. Thomas Golisano Foundation, which provides “grants to organizations dedicated to providing opportunities for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families”. Aside from his $14 million dollar donation to RIT in 2001, Thomas Golisano donated an additional $10 million for the Golisano Institute for Sustainability in 2007.


Vignelli Center for Design Studiesvignelli-center-design-studies-RIT-exterior

Named after world renowned designers Massimo and Lella Vignelli, the Vignelli Center for Design Studies is home to an archive of the these legendary artists’ work. The archive holds various forms of art, including furniture design, graphic design, and more. Currently, the archives are used as teaching tools for students. Viewing of the archives is open to all, and it’s definitely worth checking out!


Now that you know where many of Rochester Institute of Technology’s building names came from, take a walk over to a building that you’ve never been to before!


8 Ways To Manage Your Time Effectively

Visit the Academic Support Centerasc

If you find yourself having trouble with a particular course topic, and can’t seem to grasp the overall concept, a trip to the Academic Support Center (ASC) may be worthwhile. Rochester Institute of Technology’s Academic Support Center provides assistance to members of our student body in a variety of ways. Whether you’re looking for reading support, academic coaching, tutoring, supplemental instruction, and much more, the ASC is a one-stop shop. The first step to effectively managing your time is to use be efficient, and the ASC is here to help you do that. To learn more about what the Academic Support Center can do for you, visit: https://www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/asc/.

Go outside to studyoutside

As the weather gets warmer and warmer, it starts to get harder and harder to concentrate in the library. Instead of depriving yourself of Rochester’s beautiful spring temperatures, take your studying outside! Make sure your laptop is completely charged, and enjoy the sun. Great places to study outside include; Salsaritas’ patio, Crossroads’ patio, and the quad areas between dorm buildings!

Make time for yourselfmake

When it comes to managing time effectively, this may be the most important tip. Very often, students get so caught up in their studies, that setting aside time for themselves becomes extremely rare. If you aren’t in the right mindset, studying becomes much less effective. Getting in the proper mindset can take many forms. This may be going to the gym, reading a book for fun, or going on a walk. While you may feel as if you should be working on something school-related, don’t forget that personal time is equally as important.

Create a weekly to-do list/priority list

If you haven’t already been doing this, these final few weeks may be a good time to start. Managing time is much easier if you know exactly what you need to do, and by when. As final project due dates and final exams grow nearer, missing one assignment may affect your overall grade in a course.


Sleep is important! Some weeks we can be nocturnal, and other weeks our sleep schedules are semi on-track. Not only does a lack of sleep result in a weaker immune system, it also has a direct correlation with the amount of stress that you are able to handle. If you are tired and are running on little sleep, the amount of information you retain while studying greatly decreases. It is much better to study after a long night’s rest, allowing you to use your time efficiently.

Don’t study in your bedroomlibrary

Studying while laying in bed seems like a much more desirable option than walking all the way to the library, however, your overall productivity will increase greatly if you sit at a desk in a different setting with no distractions. The greater your productivity, the better your time will be managed. If you absolutely do not want to leave your bedroom, try your best to at least sit at your desk while working on homework and studying!


Managing your time effectively can only take place if you have a healthy mindset.exercise

Setting time aside in your busy schedule to exercise is important. You’ll start to feel better physically, you will sleep better, and your memory may improve. Although working around your hectic schedule is tough, exercising daily will greatly improve your efficiency and overall time management skills.

Carry your work with you

Do you ever find yourself getting out of a class a bit earlier than usual? Those few minutes here and there will add up. Keeping your homework/class readings/laptop on you at will ensure that those few unexpected free minutes are put to good use.


Autism Awareness Month at Rochester Institute of Technology

April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month. Autism affects 1 in 68 children and prevalence figures have continued to grow every year. On average, autism costs a family $60,000 a year, and there is currently no medical detection for a cure.

While many are aware of autism’s prevalence, showing your support and acceptance is a great way to get involved, especially during the month of April. Rochester Institute of Technology has a large population of students who fall on the autism spectrum, and our team here at Behind the Bricks has compiled a list of ways you can get involved.

Wear Blue

This is one of the simplest ways to get involved in the initiative to increase autism awareness. Throughout the month of April, wearing blue is a good way to not only show your support, but to spark a conversation about autism!

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Walk for Autism

There are various walks you can attend, all with the same goal: supporting autism awareness. While Rochester’s walk does not take place during the month of April, it is still an awesome way to show your support. This year, the walk is set to take place on September 23. Sponsored by Autism Speaks, you can register and/or donate here: http://act.autismspeaks.org/site/TR/Walk/NewYorkState?fr_id=3025&pg=entry.

Take Advantage of the Spectrum Support Program

As mentioned, Rochester Institute of Technology has quite a large population of students who fall on the autism spectrum. Because of this, our campus is packed with programs and initiatives to create awareness and make the college transition for students on the spectrum go as smoothly as possible. One of RIT’s most prominent initiatives on campus is the Spectrum Support Program. With the goal and mission of positively impacting students’ college experiences, the program places an emphasis on academic, social, and career success. With countless resources available, the Spectrum Support Program is definitely worth checking out: https://www.rit.edu/~w-ssp/.

Best Buddies

Join RIT Best Buddies

If you are interested in supporting autism on a one-on-one basis, RIT Best Buddies is a good choice for you. Best Buddies is an international, nonprofit organization that is dedicated to establishing friendships, integrating employment, and promoting leadership for individuals with developmental disabilities. RIT’s branch of this international organization meets once a month on Sundays in room 1829 in the Student Alumni Union. Best Buddies at RIT hold various fundraisers and events to engage the student body, and promote one-on-one friendships. Interested in joining or attending a meeting? You can find the organization on The Link: https://thelink.rit.edu/organization/bestbuddies.

Whether you want to walk, donate, join a club, or wear blue, there are endless ways to get involved in supporting autism awareness throughout the month of April. Rochester Institute of Technology is a strong supporter of autism and students who fall on the spectrum, so make sure to check out the endless ways you can get involved!


RIT Spring Clothing Essentials

With Spring in full swing, our team here at RIT Behind the Bricks has compiled a list of clothing essentials that everyone here at Rochester Institute of Technology should have in their closet! Check it out!



This may be an obvious essential, but that’s why we decided to put it first on our list. It’s not fun when you’re sitting in class during the transition between seasons and you keep going from hot to cold. Stuffing a sweatshirt in your backpack will prevent this issue. It also doubles as a pillow (if necessary). Barnes and Noble located in Park Point has plenty of  RIT gear available. Check them out here.



This is a piece that everybody probably already has in their wardrobe, but hey, jeans are a necessity. Whether you want to dress them up or dress them down, you can’t go wrong with denim. If you are in the market for a new pair, but don’t want to break the budget, checking out one of Henrietta’s multiple thrift stores is always a good option. Set some time aside on an afternoon, because you may have to do some digging. Once you find a staple pair of jeans to add to your spring wardrobe, the digging will have been worth it!

Denim Jacket

Denim JacketThe keys to surviving in Rochester are layers (and plenty of them). You never know when the weather will take an unexpected turn for the worse. You may be walking to class enjoying the sunshine, and a few moments later you may be shivering in the snow or rain. Denim jackets are a staple piece for any wardrobe, and they complement any outfit. The best place to find jean jackets would be any of the local thrift stores here in Henrietta. Savers, Amvets, and Salvation Army are a very short drive from campus. It may take some digging, but you will more than likely find the perfect jacket for under $10!


Wind Breaker


As mentioned previously, layers are a must. Rochester Institute of Technology’s campus is filled with wind tunnels, so having a wind breaker in your wardrobe is a necessity (year round). Barnes and Noble located in Park Point is stocked with various wind breakers of multiple colors and styles. Whether you like a fitted pull over, or a loose zip up, B&N has you covered (literally). The store is open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. You can also check out their available outerwear here.

Baseball Hats/Caps

Now that the winter snow has (hopefully) ended, it’s time to put away your winter hat, and substitute it for a new baseball cap. With no need to keep your ears warm anymore, having a baseball bat in your spring wardrobe is essential. It’s perfect for those days when your hair isn’t looking the way you intended it to, or if you‘re trying to make an outfit feel a bit more casual. Whether you are a fan of Nike caps, or simple RIT letters, there’s something available for everyone.