Moving Out

As the school year comes to an end, there are a lot of things to consider aside from classes.  Keep in mind that if you are living on campus, you have to move out of your RIT housing by Saturday, May 23rd. To try and alleviate some of the stress, here is some advice for moving out:

  1. Move out day is Saturday, May 23rd by 10am. If you are a graduating senior or working graduation this is extended to Sunday, May 24th by noon. If you are unable to leave by these respective dates, contact housing as soon as possible to request an extension. You may have to pay a fee, but it’s better than losing your belongings. Another route you can take is volunteering with Goodbye, Goodbuy! between 5/18-5/24. Students who work the program past the 23rd are eligible to stay in their RIT Housing later at no extra cost.
  2. Speaking of your belongings, if you don’t plan on keeping some items, consider donating them to an organization. This year RIT launched the above mentioned “Goodbye, Goodbuy” program, which aims to address the 130+ tons of items thrown out every year by RIT students during move-out. Bins will be set up in the Dorm and Global Village lounge areas. For the on-campus apartments, bins will be located near the dumpsters. If you live in Park Point or Province, you can still use the donation bins at the nearest RIT apartments.
  3. If you are unable to bring everything you own back home for the summer but still want everything next year, look into alternative storage options in the Rochester area. As noted in RIT’s housing guidelines, it’s against the rules to leave them in your on-campus housing even if you give permission to roommates to use or watch over them. Many storage companies in Rochester are willing to work out deals with students though. For more information on storage, feel free to contact RIT housing at
  4. When moving out of your housing, make sure you leave your room or apartment as clean as possible. It takes 30 FMS workers 5 days to clean up after students and failure to keep housing in the same condition it came in as will result in a fine to your student account.
  5. Don’t forget to return your dorm key to the housing office in Grace Watson Hall! Really, tons of people forget.
  6. Secure transportation to where you need to go. If you have a car and plan on driving, this won’t be an issue. If you require transportation, be sure to post online on the RIT subreddit or the RIT Rideshare site. It’s a great chance to make a new friend, and generally pay less than a bus or plane ticket.
  7. For those who don’t plan on living in Rochester for the summer, but have a lease that extends over the summer, consider subleasing. I know from personal experience that it can save you a lot of money. The open housing group on Facebook is a great place to post as well, since it’s only open to RIT students.


Any other great move out ideas? Post them in the comments and help. For more information about move out day, check out the RIT Housing page

May 8th – 17th Concerts

With finals on the horizon, you’re probably looking for a way to unwind. Fortunately, there are plenty of concerts to choose from this week- thanks to the Lilac Festival and RIT SpringFest. I’ve picked out some notable performers and linked videos of live shows to give you a taste of what you’re in for:

This is what I’m into, but there are performers with all different sounds- 60s rock-n-roll, indie and alternative rock, jazz, blues, reggae and more. For the full line-up, check out the Rochester Lilac Festival website. Lilac Festival concerts are free to attend and only a 12 minute drive away from campus. Also, there’s some wonderful food for sale at these events.

  • RIT SpringFest
    • You can still buy tickets for Chance the Rapper and Common’s RIT SpringFest show tonight at 8:00pm in the Gene Polisseni Center.

Speaking from previous experience, RIT SpringFest concerts are a lot of fun and if you have the time I suggest you check it out! Concert experiences are always cool, but they’re especially cool when you can share them with other people from RIT.

So in the next week, you have a lot of opportunities to check out concerts in Rochester before you kick off your summer. I hope I see you at some!

A Night of RIT Artists

Finally, it’s May. You know what that means, don’t you? We have another chance to head out for First Friday! To recap my last article from last month, First Friday is an event designed to showcase art in the Rochester area, which occurs on the first Friday of every month from 6pm – 9pm. This month’s First Friday is a special one, because it’s largely celebrating the work of RIT students. Here are some notable venues that participating in First Friday and where to find them:

  • The Hungerford (located at 1115 East Main St.)
    • The Hungerford building, as described by their website, is a building that inhabits a community of both artist and creatives.  They are open for every first Friday.
  • A Work in Progress Studio (250 North Goodman St.)
    • This space is notable because not only does it foster the larger art community, but is also the spot where RIT photojournalism students will be awarded for this year’s annual “This Is What We Do” competition. That means this First Friday, you can enjoy the gallery experience while celebrating your classmates as they’re rewarded for their hard work and artistic savvy.
  • Gallery R (100 College Ave.)
    • For this First Friday, Gallery R is displaying the final works of 16 students graduating from the School of American Crafts at RIT. Come check out what talent these RIT students have developed during their time here.

For a complete list of all participating venues, check out the First Friday website. Also, many of the artist on display tonight also have work featured at Shop One^2. If you haven’t been to the gallery/store on campus, I suggest you check it out. They have some really amazing pieces on display, most of which are made by artists affiliated with RIT.

Solar Array at RIT

RIT is always trying to be on the cutting edge of technology and innovation. It should come as no shock that when a company offered to build a solar array on RIT property, they hopped on the chance.


Assistant VP of FMS gave a tour of the array this morning, in recognition of Earth Week.


Did you miss the tour? Here’s the head’s up:

The solar array is located in the fields to the south of RIT. Take short walk down on one of the service roads located on the loop and it’s hard to miss.  The array takes up 6 and half acres , produces 2 megawatts of energy, and is made up of 6,138 panels.  The solar array is one of the largest in the state at any university and is expected to provide 3% of the total commodity of electricity for RIT. What is really exciting is that solar panel technology has advanced so much that they can still produce electricity even in the grey, gloomy months of winter (Good thing too, right?)!

The goal of the university is to reduce RIT’s carbon footprint by 2030. This is just one of the great steps in place to help reach it. I highly suggest if you have the chance you, check it out. To learn more about the solar array, you can watch Senior Sustainability Advisor Enid Cardinal and John Moore in this video by RIT University News.



First Friday

It’s finally April – with Winter weather on the way out, what better way to spend the first Friday of the month than by going to check out local artwork? Many art venues in the city celebrate the first Friday of the month by staying open late, often until 9pm. The event is put on to promote collaboration between the city and its universities and artists. Shop One^2 is home to the work of RIT students and alumni- some of which are being featured in participating galleries in the city tonight.

Shop One^2 is not only a shop, but a gallery that highlights work created by the RIT community including the staff, faculty and alumni. While visiting Shop One^2 I had the pleasure of meeting Wendy Marks, the manager of the gallery. I was introduced to some of the work by some fine artists, featured below:

Anderson Art Gallery (250 N. Goodman St.)

  • Judith Gohringer: As a student of art and design at both RIT and Nazareth, she became a skilled artist who focuses mostly with abstract art.
  • Richard Harvey: A figurative mixed-media and sculpture artist, Richard Harvey graduated with a degree in Graphic Design in 1972. His major influences include ancient artifacts.
  • Richard Margolis: A photographer who focuses on using black and white film. This become apparent when seeing his work, but he resonates more with printmakers and painters than with most photographers.

Hungerford (1115 East Main St.)

  • Jeremy and Chelsea Griffith: After graduating in 2008, these two alumni opened up a glass studio in 2010, doing both custom work as well as expressing themselves through a colorful series of glass artwork.
  • EvenOdd Creative: The EvenOdd duo makes bags and fashion accessories from upcycled material. Their handcrafted bags are so good they claim that they would, “kick Steven Seagal’s ass in a fight to the death.”

Wendy also introduced me to some other artists on display, including members of RIT faculty. One artist, Josh Owen, is currently the Industrial Design Chair and President of his own design studio, Josh Owen LLC. Another professor, Stan Rickel, is graduate director for CIAS Industrial Design program. Seeing their work made it clear that RIT is clearly an innovative university in every industry.

DSC00568The capstone of my visit to Shop One^2 was meeting local artist Scott Grove who had just arrived to display his new work, Ethereal. It is a piece made from a Kentucky Coffeetree, planted by Patrick Barry, the man who christened the Flower City name. Scott is an artist who graduated in ‘81 and dedicates his life to creating art. While there, talked with me about a few of his upcoming projects. As an experienced veneer artist, he gave a bit of insight on an undertaking involving famous choreographer Garth Fagan, who is most known for his work with The Lion King production. Scott’s work involved getting a cast of Garth’s face and using advanced techniques to set the piece’s curvature just right. For more information about veneering, he has written a book which can be found at Shop One^2.


It was a pleasure to learn about what is offered at Shop One^2 and I look forward to my next visit. For more information about the store, the featured artists and up-and-coming talent, please visit Shop One^2, call them at 585-475-2335 or visit them in Global Village across from Salsarita’s.


Spring Break Travel Tips

mapIt’s that time of the year again; with spring break upon us, we’re preparing to travel and have a great week ahead of us. While going on vacation can be very exciting, it’s also important to keep in mind some tips that will not only make your trip more enjoyable, but make sure you don’t run into any unexpected issues along the way!

  • Packing, Packing, Packing
    • While you might be in a rush to get out the door and on your way, it’s important to doublecheck (or maybe even triple-check) that you have everything. It’s not uncommon to forget that extra set of clothes, that phone charger, or even your wallet! By having a list and checking it twice, you can minimize the chances of forgetting the essentials, which could change a seemingly fun break into a stressful week for you and everyone around you. If space is limited, wear things you would normally pack to save on having to add that extra carry-on. Be sure to bring your identification with you too, you wouldn’t want to be stuck at school because of a missed bus, train, or flight! Put everything you need in one pile and leave it somewhere you know you’ll pass by right before you leave.
  • Plan Your Snacks
    • Whether you’re on the road or jumping flight to flight, staying fed can quickly turn expensive. Don’t spend all of your cash before you even reach your destination. Instead, use your debit and meal plans to stock up for the trip. I suggest the Global Village Market because you can get interesting junk food OR fruit. Fruit’s a good call if your trip is going to be long or late in the day because the natural sugar will give you an energy boost.
  • Dress Comfortably
    • Chances are you will be spending around a day going both to and from your vacation spot. Wearing comfortable clothes can make your travel experience a bit more bearable. Just think of it like this: would you rather spend six hours sitting in a suit and tie, or relaxing in sweatpants and a hoodie?
  •  Watch Your Things
    • Generally speaking, most people are not out to get you and your belongings, but there are always some who will target you to make an extra buck. If traveling with a friend, have him or her look over your belongings if you are going to step away for even just a second. Try not to let anything out of your sight! If possible, wear bags and wallets that strap to you in a way that’s easy to keep an eye on. It’s difficult to feel and see somebody going into your backpack and shoulder bags are easy to snag off. Bags that cross over your body and can be pushed forward are best. If you plan to go somewhere where you’ll need to take your wallet out a lot, consider a wallet with a wrist strap. Barnes & Noble has them in black and red.
  • Have Fun!
    • While the transit to and from your destination isn’t necessarily as fun as the vacation itself, you can still keep yourself entertained in different ways. If traveling with friends, come up with some philosophical conversations or games to pass the time in the car. Shop One^2 has coloring books if that’s your style! If traveling alone, sing aloud in the car by yourself or make friends with the person next to you on the flight. This can make the journey that much more enjoyable.