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!


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!


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!

What to do around Rochester for spring break


So you are staying in Rochester for spring break. Maybe you need to do homework and stay at school. Maybe you blew all your money on Chipotle instead of saving for that trip to Mexico like you wanted. Whatever the reason, staying in Rochester does not have to be dull. There’s tons to do around town all week, it’s just a matter of knowing what’s out there. There’s a whole world of music, food, museums and entertainment for the discerning RIT student to enjoy.


If you are looking to enrich yourself, Rochester has a number of museums that are always showing something new. For example, the George Eastman Museum will be holding a tintype photography workshop, where participants have their portraits done using an early camera. The Eastman Museum also has several special exhibitions on display right now.

If you’re looking more in the realm of the sciences, Rochester Museum and Science Center always has some interesting exhibits and events. This weekend, March 11, the Cumming Nature Center will be having a demonstration of how to tap a maple tree for sap. For something a little more out of this world, the Strasenburgh Planetarium has various shows going on all week. It’s not all educational material, either. On Saturdays in March, the planetarium runs laser shows based around the music of Radiohead and the Dave Matthews Band.

The Strong Museum of Play is great for those who want to indulge the inner child. Their collections include all sorts of exhibits totally devoted to play, and are entertaining whether you are 2 or 22. Especially interesting for many of us here at RIT is the simply massive collection of video games from every era.

There are plenty of other historical landmarks and museums around Rochester. Some good spots to check out are Mount Hope Cemetery, the Susan B. Anthony house, Memorial Art Gallery, and Gallery R. These are all open throughout break, and often have special exhibits depending on the time of year.


While it is supposed to be cold this weekend, a thick coat and some hot coffee can get you through a walk in one of the many City and State Parks in the area. There are over 3,500 acres of parks in Rochester. There are also a number of beautiful New York State Parks in the region, such as Watkins Glen, Letchworth, or Stony Brook. These are all open this time of year and offer some great hiking opportunities, no matter what the temperature is.


Even though RIT will be mostly closing down for the week, this is far from the case for the City of Rochester. A number of events will be happening over the course of the week. One major event is the Rochester St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which is happening Saturday, March 11. This will run along East Ave throughout the morning. Other events in the area include Amerks games and concerts, if parades aren’t your thing.

Night Life

Rochester has plenty to offer if you’re looking for entertainment after dark. Areas like East and Alexander and the South Wedge have a number of restaurants, bars and clubs to go to. Popular spots include Murphy’s Law, Butapub, or The Daily Refresher. Even closer to campus in places like Lovin Cup, Shramrocks, Texas BBQ in Park Point offer some fun within walking distance to campus. Many places will be doing St Patrick’s Day specials that Friday as well, offering food and drink specials. Just remember, you should always designate a driver or take a cab if you plan on participating in the festivities. The luck of the Irish will only get you so far, but certainly not out of a DUI charge. 


Rochester has a lively music scene, with a number of concerts happening around town every single night. These range from huge acts at the Blue Cross Arena to small bands playing venues like the Bug Jar. Even Lovin’ Cup in Park Point hosts regular shows, hosting both local and national bands. The hard part is sifting through the dozens of concerts to find the one you want to go to, and trust me you will find one. Great resources for finding concerts are sites like bandsintown.com, which has a pretty exhaustive list of all the bands coming to Rochester and the surrounding areas. As you can see, the period between March 11 and 19 takes up quite a bit of space. On top of sites like this, it’s always a good idea to keep your ears open online as well, regularly checking band social media pages and the events pages of local venues. You never know when your favorite band might be coming to town. On top of popular music acts, you can never go wrong with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, which performs regularly in downtown Rochester.

This makes up only a fraction of what is going on over the break. Make sure to keep an eye out for more events, concerts, museums, and more. Rochester has a lot to offer no matter what you want to do. Whether you want to quietly reflect on a piece of art or dance the night away, the only thing you need to do is get out there and find it.

Destler’s Greatest Moments

It’s safe to say that President Bill Destler will have left quite the impression here at Rochester Institute of Technology as David C. Munson Jr. takes over as our 10th president. From endless hockey game appearances to banjo performances for our campus community, President Destler will never be forgotten as our 9th president. His endless accomplishments have helped RIT become the top tier university it is today. Let’s take a look at some of President Destler’s greatest moments.

Orange HairThe Orange Hair Destler Dare

When it comes to taking on challenges, there isn’t a doubt that President Destler will be involved. He challenged the RIT community to sell out the Gene Polisseni Center on October 24, 2015, with the incentive that he would dye his hair bright orange. Well, as you probably guessed, the RIT community did not want to let our dear President down! On the evening of October 24, President Destler sat in the center of the rink, while our campus watched his hair go from white to orange.

“Songs for the Journey” A Concert by President Destler

With an impressive collection of over 160 banjos, President Destler thought it was time to showcase his talent to the Rochester Institute of Technology community. This past Thursday, Feb. 16, President Destler performed at a packed Ingle Auditorium with his wife, Dr. Rebecca Johnson. This free performance not only captured the hearts of all attendees, it was also an impressive show that embodied the vast impact President Destler has had on our campus community. Check out his original song, “Alternative Facts” here.


From the Board Room to the BenchBBall

On Friday, February 3, President Destler went from the board room to the bench as he served as guest coach of the Women’s Basketball team. Working alongside head coach Amy Reed, and assistant coaches Ralph Damerell and Mike Maiorano, the team took on defending Liberty League Champion Clarkson University.  The Tigers won with a score of 78 to 63, meaning that President Destler can officially add “Coach” to his resume.

Changing “Dining Dollars” to “Destler Doubloons”

Let’s not forget about the ongoing Paw Prints petition regarding changing “Dining Dollars” to “Destler Doubloons!” Many members of Rochester Institute of Technology’s community hope to switch the name to maintain the spirit of our beloved President after his retirement.

Destler Wins “Insight into Diversity” Award

The “Insight into Diversity” Award honors college presidents and chancellors who take it upon themselves to give back to their institutions and local communities beyond the duties they face on a day to day basis. President Destler has insured that Rochester Institute of Technology remains extremely inclusive and constantly promotes diversity. For this reason, he was presented with this prestigious award on March 10, 2016. Civic involvement and established initiative were held to the upmost importance when it came to deciding the recipient of the award.

AskDestler“Ask Destler!” Series on WITR

President Destler enjoys making a continuous presence on campus, and answering any questions fellow Tigers may have. Over the years he has participated in WITR’s “Ask Destler” series. Students could tweet questions to the radio station, or ask them in person. President Destler gave us insight into this past weekend’s Freezefest and of course, the presidential search that is now over.

Huffington Post: “The role of Higher Education in the Search for Civility”

Published in the Huffington Post on September 14, 2016, President Destler’s article “The role of Higher Education in the Search for Civility”, dove deep into the topic of the election, compromise, and RIT’s “Gray Matter” series. President Destler emphasized the importance of involving the community in topics ranging from Black Lives Matter to Spirituality and Science. He stated that, “If we can involve greater numbers of students, staff, and faculty at our colleges and universities in these kinds of discussions, perhaps we can, over time, rekindle a thirst for civil discussion of complex issues that will serve our community and national needs more productively than does the current hateful public discourse.” You can find President Destler’s article and more of his work for the Huffington Post here.


President Destler establishes RIT’s first innovation festival; “Imagine RIT”Imagine

When you think about RIT, one of the first things that comes to mind is Imagine RIT; An annual festival in May that captivates the true meaning of innovation and creativity. If it weren’t for President Destler’s vision in September of 2007, Imagine RIT would not exist. Early into his presidency, he had a vision for our campus that has now become a tradition.


It’s clear to see that President Bill Destler has left an impressive legacy at Rochester Institute of Technology in many ways. From his encouraging words to his impressive banjo performances, he will be missed, but never forgotten.


Interview with Dave Edborg: Public Safety Patrol Major

Dave Edborg is a competitive deadlifter who competes in the World Association Benchpress and Deadlift Championships. He’s also a father, husband, world traveler, and a stalwart role model to all, a firm believer that everybody can work hard to be the best person they can be. But for his day job, he serves as the Public Safety Patrol Major here at RIT. I met him at Beanz to talk about his background, career and to get a behind the scenes look at Public Safety, focusing on the work they do to keep RIT’s students safe and the university running smoothly. He bought the coffee.

Edborg putting in work at the Weidman Fitness Center

A native of Jamestown, NY (about 75 miles southwest of Buffalo), Edborg now resides in West Irondequoit. Edborg, an RIT alum, studied criminal justice, minoring in security management, in the early ‘80s. “My professors, my colleagues, and other students have become lifelong friends. RIT was a terrific, terrific experience…,” he mulls it over for a second, “and it still is after 30 years!”

Edborg has spent most of his life in and around RIT, entering his 30th year of his Public Safety career. “I was hired right out of school, July of ‘84,” he recalls proudly. “Then I worked my way up to Sergeant. Then I was at a bank, in the corporate security division, for three years. My job was eliminated and I came back here [to RIT].” Thirty years is quite a long time, but Edborg wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. He also travels to RIT’s international campuses in Dubai and Croatia to assist with security protocols.

Edborg was a recipient of the Life Saving Award from the Northeast Colleges and Universities Security Association in 1998. Curious, I asked him if he could retell the story, a question he’s surely received many times before.

“We [Public Safety] got a call one night. I was the officer in charge at the time. The call was from a custodian about a fire in one of the upper floors of Ellingson Hall. I got there and I can remember smoke coming out from underneath a door. So I went in, and there was a Deaf girl who was sound asleep, and her bed was on fire. I’ll never forget it. Now, I had to get her out of there. She was laying down, and I scooped her up and went outside. She’s flailing and screaming and she’d burned her foot a little.” He explains, “So why’d that happen? She had rigged an alarm system which was strobing, and it used her lamp. Her lamp had fallen onto her bed, and she was sleeping while the bed was fully engulfed in flames. I got her out of there, got a blanket on her, ambulance, the whole thing. So that was what that was about. Through my time at RIT we’ve had a lot of people [Public Safety officers] here that have done a lot of things that have saved people’s lives.”

Edborg has been heavily involved in the RIT community in capacities outside his day job throughout his time here as well. “I was a coach for Partnerships in Pluralism for many years. I was the Chair of Staff Council for several years as well and currently I am an advisor for the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority.”

“I’m often asked, ‘When are you going to retire?’. Retire?! I don’t anticipate… that’s not even in my vernacular. Both my kids are out of the house, my wife’s a schoolteacher. Retire?! I love what I do. There’s nothing better than working with young people, helping them get through things and working with professional colleagues. I want to be able to say that I affected a lot of people’s lives. That’s what I want to hang my head on. ‘What did Dave do? Well, he did this and this, but you know what? He really helped me, guided me, cared.’ You treat people like they’re your own children. Retirement’s not on my radar.”

A solid sentiment from a man who dedicates his life’s work to guiding young adults, and aiding them to become the best people they can be.


When he’s not helping people as Public Safety Patrol Major, Edborg has been setting and breaking records in deadlifting. He currently holds four NY state records, competing in the men’s open 57-60 category, and the open Law Enforcement/Fire 56-60 category for the World Association Benchpress and Deadlift Championships. “I started back in the early ‘80s, back when I was a student here, and I grew into the competitions and competed nationally but in ‘91 I stopped. I got back into it four or five years ago for health reasons, thinking, ‘I could get back into this [lifting].’ So I put my mind to it and I lost about 40 pounds, and I’ve been competing nationally again for about three years now. And I’m proudly representing RIT.”

Ever the tight knit community, RIT fully supports Edborg with his passion. “Even in the gym, a lot of students will help me out with my workouts. I’ve found my thing, and I’m going to continue to do it… as long as I stay healthy.” At the end of August, Edborg will be traveling to Helsinki, Finland to compete against lifters in the European Cup. He will make connections and represent RIT internationally, all of which he excels at. Tiger pride runs deep.

Health Tips and Advice for Students

We began to talk about healthy living, citing the amount of resolution needed by gym-goers currently working on bettering themselves. “Lifestyle changes. This is going to sound like mom and dad talking,” he prefaces, “but sleep is important. A good diet, with not a lot of processed foods. Stretching ahead of a workout to prevent injury. You’ve got to be smart, listen to your body! Having a plan is really important. When you go into the gym, and there’s seven people waiting for every machine you get discouraged. And when you get discouraged, what do you do? You leave.” He lays out the ideal format for gym goers. Have your set of exercises listed somewhere, know what you want to do at the gym that day, and begin to form a weekly routine. Eventually, you will build good habits, and you’ll be able to hit the gym and get in a compact and results-oriented workout.

Main takeaway? “Eat those good, healthy foods, take vitamins, drink a lot of water, and get plenty of sleep.”

Public Safety

“What falls under my umbrella is the patrol; the uniform staff. That’s training, vehicles, dignitary visits and special events, whether it’s a D1 hockey game or a concert.” He lists names of celebrities and other figures that he’s taken care of while they visited RIT’s campus, including names like Jesse Jackson, Dick Cheney and Kanye West, just to name a few. “Managing these special events, these dignitary visits… planning that is my forte,” he tells me. “It takes many hands to plan a single event and our team at Public Safety is second to none!” That’s no small task, knowing how large RIT’s campus is, not to mention the population residing at RIT’s campus on any given day.

Public Safety’s main goal is to keep students safe, and guide them in the right direction if need be. Edborg made sure to clarify that. “That’s what we’re here for. Student success. We have an open door policy. I tell people that if they need anything, you come and see any public safety representative for assistance. We’re happy to help.”

Dave Edborg lives and breathes RIT. His dedication to his staff, the students and faculty is apparent as soon as you talk to him. He loves what he does and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon.

“I feel honored to be able to say that this is what I do, especially when I’m surrounded by top notch colleagues in Public Safety and the university.”