RIT Summer Bucket List

The First Day of Summer is here!

June 21, the first official day of summer. With the first day of summer upon us, the Behind the Bricks team created the ultimate Summer bucket list for you to try and complete before the first day of the fall semester. We challenge you to try every single item out and track your progress using the hashtag #RITSummer. Good luck!

Eat at every dining location on campus

There are various dining locations that are open during the summer time at Rochester Institute of Technology. Whether you are craving a burrito, a gourmet cup of coffee, or a garbage plate, Dining Services has you covered. For a list of summer dining locations and their hours of operation, visit: https://www.rit.edu/fa/diningservices/hours-and-locations.

Run the loop

Whether you are interested in getting your fitness back on track, or have some spare time during the day, running the loop around RIT is a great option. Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of the 3.14 mile running path. For more hiking and running trails, check out: http://ritbehindthebricks.com/experience-the-fall-through-rit-jogging-and-nature-trails/.

Try every Starbucks drink at Barnes and Noble in Park Point

The drink selection at Starbucks in Barnes and Noble in Park Point is endless, so it really will be a challenge to complete this by the end of summer! Whether you are interested in a frothy frappuccino or a refreshing cold tea, Starbucks is the place to go. While you’re visiting Starbucks, take a peek at the awesome summer deals going on in the apparel section of Barnes and Noble!

Volunteer at RIT FoodShare

RIT FoodShare is located at 113 Riverknoll, within the Apartment Area West office. FoodShare is constantly in need of volunteers. Open Monday-Saturday, stop in if you are looking for some volunteer work this summer! Check out https://www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/reslife/pages/foodshare for more information.

Count how many steps it takes you to walk the entire Quarter Mile

You can find this bullet on nearly every RIT bucket list out there, but hey, if you have the time, go for it! The Quarter Mile starts at the compass statue outside of Kate Gleason dorm building, and extends all the way to the infinity quad, just past the Wallace Center. The Quarter Mile is actually 0.41 miles long, not 0.25, so be prepared for a long walk!

Visit Rochester’s Public Market

The Rochester Public Market runs all 52 weeks of the year, and is a great way to embrace the culture of our campus city. RIT even has shuttles going out there some weekends! Running since 1905, the Public Market is held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Whether you are interested in picking up some fresh produce, or getting off campus, the Public Market is for you. For more information, visit: http://www.cityofrochester.gov/publicmarket/.

Try every smoothie on Ultimate Smoothie Blendz (USB) menu

Who wouldn’t want to be constantly refreshed and cooled down by delicious smoothies? With greens and protein options available, there’s a smoothie that will satisfy whatever you are craving. Pick up a smoothie at Beanz, or Crossroads!

Get a new hairstyle at Shear Global

Starting the Fall semester with a new hairstyle is the perfect way to boost your confidence, and make an impression. Shear Global is open Monday through Friday, and accepts walk-ins. If you want a trim, a blowout, or a completely new hairstyle, Shear Global has you covered. The salon accepts Tiger Bucks as a form of payment. Check out their website for more detailed hours: https://www.rit.edu/fa/globalvillage/services/shear-global-salon.

Try every flavor of ice cream flavor at Ben and Jerry’s

With more than 60 flavors, this is sure to be a challenge to complete before the end of the summer. Ben and Jerry’s is located in the center of the Student Union next to Brick City Cafe, and across from Nathans Soup and Salad. Next time you pass through the SAU, stop and try a new flavor!

Go camping at Letchworth State Park

In need of a trip off campus? A 40 minute drive from RIT will take you to the “Grand Canyon of the East;” Letchworth State Park. The park has something for everyone including; kayak rentals, cabin rentals, bonfires, hiking, you name it. If you gather a group of friends for a weekend, the cost to rent a campsite is relatively inexpensive. Embrace the great outdoors while you can!

Go to a concert in the Rochester area

Rochester is packed with endless concert venues. If you are interested in a smaller venue, check out the upcoming concerts at Waterstreet Music Hall. Want something a little but bigger? Main Street Armory is for you. Even bigger? Blue Cross Arena hosts popular artists and bands all the time. Rochester also offers plenty of free concerts. If you want to stay close to campus, Park Point holds a free concert series during the summer months!

Skate at Frank Ritter Ice Arena

Although this isn’t something to do outdoors this summer, open skate at Frank Ritter Ice Arena is always an option for inexpensive fun. Open skate is offered year round, and summer is a perfect time to try it if you haven’t gotten a chance to during the academic year. Visit https://www.rit.edu/fa/arenas/ritter-arena/facility-hours for summer open skate hours.

Eat a garbage plate

This may not be the healthiest option, but garbage plates are a Rochester staple. Crossroads offers a Garbage Plate as an on campus option, but Nick Tahou’s and Henrietta Hots have THE authentic plates you have to try.

Visit Salsaritas for Taco Tuesday

Who wouldn’t want to celebrate Taco Tuesday? Visit Salsaritas on Tuesday for a meal deal. Grab yourself some loaded tacos, queso and chips, and head outside to take in the Rochester summer sun. Open on Tuesday’s from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Taco Tuesday is a great option for lunch or dinner!

Go for a swim in the pools in the Student Life Center

The multiple pools in the Student Life Center are often taken for granted by members of the RIT community. The SLC offers a lap pool with multiple diving boards, a recreation pool with a whirlpool, and a large hot tub. Cool off from the summer heat by stopping in the SLC for a quick dip! Check out https://www.rit.edu/~w-criw/schedule.php for updated hours.

 

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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!

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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!

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.

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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!
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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!

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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.
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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!

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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!
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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.

Gallery Hop returns!

Did you miss the RIT’s first Gallery Hop last month? Not to worry, because College of Imaging Arts and Sciences (CIAS) is hosting their second Gallery Hop event! The William Harris, Bevier and University Galleries will be showcasing the second part of MFA theses by students from various schools in CIAS. The MFA theses exhibition series provides a platform WH_2017for the students to share their skills with the public. The effort put in by each student has resulted in some amazing projects.

The first gallery, William Harris Gallery, is located on the third floor of Frank E. Gannett Hall. It will be displaying five MFA theses from the Imaging Arts, Photography and Related Media program in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences. The media includes photography, videos and more. The exhibition “alt. facts” will continue to display the works of Jee Young Bang, Dustin Brown, Katie Efstathiou, Robert Gordon and Chen Wang.

Bevier Gallery, located at the second floor of James E. Booth Hall, will be presenting artwork by students from the School of American Crafts and School of Art. The space gives an impression of eight solo BG_2017exhibitions held under one roof. The participating artists are Shane Caryl (Glass), Carter Hopkins (Furniture Design), Joe Lee (Ceramics), Samyuktha Valluru (Metals), Xinhao Yang (Metals), Julia Manson (Metals), Ryan Florey (Ceramics) and Lingfei Zao (Fine Arts Studio).

University Gallery, also located in James E. Booth Hall, will be home to fourteen MFA theses from the School of Design’s Industrial Design program:
UG_2017Reema Aldossari, Priyanka Brambarkar, Yi Feng, Shi-Hsuan Kelly, Nicholas Miclette, Spar Patton, Wenjing Qi, Kaining Qiu, Elizabeth Stegner, Jiahe Tian, Hui-Yu Yang, Yue Zhang and Runhao Zhao. These projects show great innovation and creativity in the conceptualization, design and development of competitive products in collaboration with industry sponsors. Each display is comprised of detailed posters explaining the motivation and approach along with a prototype of the product itself.

The first Gallery Hop event marked the beginning of RIT’s own art tradition. Tonight, the RIT community will be able to meet these emerging artists/creators and get to know more about their work at the opening reception, held at all three locations from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Dynamic Library: Celebrating the change at Cary’s

RIT’s Cary Graphic Arts Collection is known for its collection of books and archives surrounding the history of printing, graphic design, typography, calligraphy and more. This year, Cary Collection is hosting “The Dynamic Library”, an exhibition showcasing their recent acquisitions of graphic arts history.

This exhibition gives insight into Cary Collection’s transition to a “dynamic” library. The oldest artifacts included in the display date back to 17th century. Some of the interesting acquisitions include the 1994 model of Apple Newton MessagePad, Apple’s first commercial tablet, regarded as a stepping stone into the world of digital tablets. The tablet itself along with its packaging is on display at the exhibition.

Another item on display is the “Uncommon Press”, designed and manufactured by five RIT students in 2016. The “Uncommon Press” is a working reconstruction of a wooden printing press from c. 1780, designed to fill the missing piece in the collection of nineteen other working presses in the Cary Collection. Another printing press within the exhibition is the Acorn-Frame Printing Press. The press does not include a maker’s mark, however, it is likely that it was created by the Cincinnati Type Foundry c. 1830.

The exhibit hosts many other pieces of printing history such as hand-press printed books, typography, prints, classroom materials, portfolios, etc. This exhibition gives a peek into the evolution of printing over the centuries and the progression toward digital media. “The Dynamic Library” will continue to display until May 30, 2017. Visit this exhibition on 2nd floor of the Wallace Center!

“WAIT A MINUTE” at Gallery r this First Friday

We are already in the second half of the spring semester! This is the time when our art majors showcase their capstone and thesis projects as a part of the annual exhibitions held at William Harris, Bevier Galleries located on campus and Gallery r located in downtown Rochester.

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On April’s First Friday, tonight, Gallery r is opening a group exhibition “WAIT A MINUTE” displaying the thesis projects of nine Fine Arts Studio seniors from the School of Art: Nicole Adsit, Sydney Debruyn, Kali Doubledee, Maddy Jason, Daniel Krull, Holly Lavoy, Kailey Martin, Monica Potter and Samuel Root. The artwork includes a diverse range of mediums such as painting, sculpture, print, photography, video, animation and installation.

The Fine Arts Studio course, led this year by Assistant Professor Eileen Bushnell, encourages the expression of aesthetics and material explorations of autobiographical, cultural, narrative, abstract and environmental themes. The idea is to cultivate the roots of art and prepare the students for the future. This exhibition celebrates this transformation of students to young artists.

The opening reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Gallery r located at 100 College Avenue in downtown Rochester.

Dyer Arts Center celebrates Retrospective by Ann Silver tonight (3/31)

RIT/NTID’s Dyer Arts Center opened “Ann Silver: Deaf Way, Her Way – A Retrospective” on First Friday this month. The exhibition showcasing the deaf-centric works of Ann Silver, an internationally renowned artist, will be on display until April 22. A reception will be held in Silver’s honor tonight, March 31, from 5 to 8 p.m.ASL AND ENGLISH LINGUISTIC XING

Silver is known for her contribution as a founder of the Deaf Art Movement (DAM) during the 1960s-70s. She received her Bachelor’s in Commerical Art from Gallaudet University and an MA from New York University. Her wide range of artwork includes logos, book jackets, studio art, graphics, Deaftoons, greeting cards etc. A variety of these are displayed at Dyer Arts Center for both viewing and sale.DEAF PRIDE its ASL10x8-with signatures

An interesting fact about Silver’s works is that all of them address some sort of a message. Whether it is protest art, political satire or graphic art; each of her pieces are a portrayal of ethics and sociopolitical philosophy infused with creative Deaf-centric Art. Silver’s approach is conscious yet playful. She boldly dives into the “hearing” perception of the “deaf”. Her range road signs artwork show a satirical take on this communication.Adobe Photoshop PDF

Ann Silver’s early works were greatly influenced by Morris Broderson’s artwork. To complement the Retrospective, Dyer Arts Center is also hosting an exhibition “Broderson: Paving Her Way” in the sculpture gallery. Broderson’s artworks have been selected from the Center’s permanent collection and will be open to the public until April 8.