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!

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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!

walk for autism

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.

14 Things To Do Before Your Freshman Year Is Over


If there is one event throughout the course of the academic year that gives a true representation of what Rochester Institute of Technology stands for, it would be Imagine RIT. This day-long event is jam packed with creativity, innovation, and ingenuity. This year, Imagine RIT will be taking place on May 6, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Don’t miss out!

2. FreezeFest

Although FreezeFest for this year has already passed, it is definitely something that new students should not miss. FreezeFest weekend is always packed with events that tailor to all members of the Rochester Institute of Technology community, and helps you escape from the winter blues!

3. SpringFest

Shifting seasons, SpringFest is another event that every freshman student should attend. Much like FreezeFest, there are multiple free events that all members of the Rochester Institute of Technology can enjoy. Every year, College Activities Board (CAB) announces a musical artist that performs in either the Gordon Field House or the Gene Polisseni Center. This year’s SpringFest concert is Andy Grammer!


Attending a performance put on by the National Technical Institute for the Deaf is a must. With such a large deaf and hard-of-hearing population here on campus, an NTID performance is something every freshman should check out. The majority of NTID performances take place in Robert F. Panara theatre, located near the dorms on campus. Past performances include; Shakespeare’s “The King,” and “We the Deaf People.” Upcoming shows include “Fairy Tale Courtroom” and “The Love of Three Oranges.” Check out the NTID Performing Arts Event Calendar here!

5. Lilac Festival

It is always nice to get off campus every once in a while. One of the best times of the year to do this is mid to late May, when the Lilac Festival is on display in Highland Park. This year, the festival will occur from May 12 to May 21. Jam packed with endless gardens, food, music, and special events, there is something at the festival for everyone.

CORNER CREW6. Hockey Game

No matter what year level you are at Rochester Institute of Technology, attending a hockey game is an absolute must. If there is one thing that truly captures the school spirit of RIT, it’s a game at the Gene Polisseni Center. You may even catch a glimpse of the President in the crowd!

7. Ice Skating in Ritter

Ice skating at RIT’s Frank Ritter arena is a great past time when you want to take a break from studying. With various hours of operation throughout the course of the week, Frank Ritter arena is a very short walk from the dorms. Check out prices and hours of open skate here!

8. Lighting the WayLIGHTING THE WAY

Lighting the Way is one of Rochester Institute of Technology’s most prominent welcoming ceremonies for the new women here on our campus. The event is sponsored by the Center for Women and Gender, and takes place during new student orientation. All members of the community are invited to attend the

9. Eat at Henry’s on Campus

One of the hidden gems on campus is a fully functional restaurant located on the fourth floor of the Eastman building. Henry’s is a part of the Hospitality department’s classes, to provide the best possible learning experience to their students, however it is only open a few times per semester. For general information, check out: http://www.rit.edu/cast/henrys/webpages/frameset.htm!

10. Learn how to finger spell

Being exposed to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community on a daily basis here at Rochester Institute of Technology, learning how to finger spell by the end of your freshman year is an achievable goal. Whether you decide to watch Youtube videos or attend No Voice Zone on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. in the Student Development Center, it’s worth a try!

VIGNELLI11. Vignelli Center

Checking out the Vignelli Center for Design Studios should be at the top of every freshman’s bucket list. Started in 2010, the Center has housed various kinds of art and design work.

12. Attend a CAB event

College Activities Board (CAB) is an extremely prominent student-lead organization here on campus. CAB holds events on a weekly basis, that range from movie screenings in Ingle Auditorium (located in the Student Alumni Union) to discounted excursions off campus. Check out their website (https://www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/cab/), or stop by their office located in the basement of the Campus Center.

13. Eat a Garbage Plate

One of the most debated topics in the Rochester community is where to eat the absolute best garbage plate. While some swear by Nick Tahou Hots who originated the iconic menu item, others swear by Henrietta Hots located very close to campus. Prior to end of your freshman year, try one, and decide for yourself!

14. Study Outside

As spring arrives, studying outside becomes more and more of a realistic idea. Luckily, our campus is packed with benches, tables, and chairs all dedicated to outdoor seating. The Global Village plaza area has multiple outdoor areas where you can find a seat, enjoy the weather, and get your study grind on!

Global Village Construction Update

The construction of Global Village 405 has been well underway all winter long, and our team here at Behind the Bricks has been keeping you updated every step of the way! RIT broke ground on the new Global Village apartment complex, a building that will house more than 140 Rochester Institute of Technology students, in April of 2016. While Global Village currently houses around 400 students, RIT’s growing popularity has necessitated a new building to house more members of our campus community. With construction remaining on schedule, Global Village 405 is set to begin housing students this fall.


The four-story building is located to the right of Building 404, if viewed from the Global Village plaza. Like the other Global Village apartment buildings, there will be two resident advisors housed in the apartment complex who will act as immediate resources for students in the building. Building 405’s outermost structure is, for the most part, complete, and construction of the interior is well underway.2

There will be no alterations to the pre-existing student parking lots in the surrounding vicinity. While certain areas of the Global Village apartment complexes are dedicated to commercial space, Building 405 will be used for the sole purpose of housing Rochester Institute of Technology students. Housing contracts in the Global Village apartment complexes are for one full academic calendar. If you find yourself near Midnight Oil or Salsaritas, stop by and check out Global Village 405’s progress!

Make the Most of Your Spring Break

Spring break is just around the corner and our team at Behind the Bricks has created a list of things to do so that you can make the most of your week off of school! Whether you are staying on campus, going home, or visiting a tropical paradise, here are some tips on how to have a great and productive spring break:

  1. Finish assignments at the beginning of the break, or before it starts

Realizing that you have an assignment due at 11:59 p.m. in the middle of sunbathing may just ruin your whole break. Your beach relaxation will be cut short, and you’ll have to spend the rest of the day in your hotel working! Be sure to check to see if you have any assignments due during the week of spring break, and finish them before you leave campus, or early in the week!

  1. Don’t sleep the days away

While sleeping until noon everyday may sound like the best thing in the world , you’ll end up wasting your five days of freedom. Sleep in the first couple days, and then get up at a reasonable hour the rest of the week to do something fun and worthwhile!

  1. Connect with old friends


Whether you are at home, on vacation, or on campus, spring break is the perfect time to reach out to old friends that you may not have talked to in a while. The hustle and bustle of the semester sometimes causes us to lose contact with people from back home. If you’re back in your hometown, grab coffee or a movie with an old friend. If you aren’t in the same vicinity as them, take some time to FaceTime or call them up! They’ll appreciate you reaching out.

  1. Looking for something to do? Volunteer!


The beauty of volunteering is that you can do it anywhere! Rochester is filled with opportunities to give back to the community if you are staying on campus. Foodlink and RIT Foodshare are always looking for individuals that are willing to donate their time to volunteer. If you are on vacation, finding places to volunteer is just as simple. You’ll feel good about yourself, and the community will be grateful. It’s a win-win situation!

  1. Check your Email Occasionally


While professors do understand that you are on spring break, it’s important to check your email occasionally and sporadically throughout the week (just in case).


  1. Make a bucket list for the week

The week of Spring Break will fly by, so making a bucket list is imperative. Whether this be a list of restaurants or coffee shops you want to try, excursions you have planned, making a list is the easiest way to avoid wasting your week.

  1. Plan a budget, and stick to it

BudgetIf you are not working during the week of spring break, there is a high chance that you will be spending lots of money. Whether this be on coffee dates with friends, movie outings, or dinner excursions, planning a reasonable budget will make sure you come back to campus with some cash.

  1. Read for fun!


This is something plenty of us here at RIT do not have time for during the semester. With endless assigned textbook readings, how are we supposed to pick up and enjoy our favorite novel? Use the week of spring break to catch up on some reading that you wish you could do during the rest of the semester.