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Mid-May Events Promote Student Success at Rochester Institute of Technology

J.M. Lesinski

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As the school year continues in Rochester, New York, the lingering implications and setbacks from the COVID-19 pandemic have not stopped the student body from propelling forward into the future. Across the Rochester Institute of Technology campus this month, a number of student-centered programs and events will highlight senior’s accomplishments, provide insight into new sustainability practices, and offer student counseling to those who are currently seeking it.

The Rochester Institute of Technology Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS) Division of Student Affairs is hosting the event, “Virtual Drop-in Connections: Being an Out-of-State, Remote, or Quarantined Student in the COVID Era,” on Monday, May 10 from four to five in the evening virtually.

With COVID creating so much uncertainty for what the future holds, the goal of this CaPS event is to discuss emotional reactions to the pandemic and whatever consequences it may have on student health and well-being. Registration will be required for this event.

The College of Liberal Arts Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program Spring Open House will take place on Monday, May 10 from eleven in the morning until noon. The virtual event will take place via Zoom with registration required in order to attend.

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Program Council will promote conversations, program updates, and planning for the next academic year at the event. Starting right at eleven will be a meet and greet with other faculty and staff in the program, followed by a forty-five minute formal and informal information session.

The RIT College of Art and Design’s Graphic Design program will present the online version of its capstone show on Monday, May 10 from five to six-thirty in the evening. Student projects will be on display via Zoom and attendees will have the opportunity to comment on their work and ask any questions they may have. The event is open to the public and registration is not required beforehand.

RIT’s Interior Design program will host the final defenses of their 2021 capstone projects on Monday, May 10. Senior students will showcase their capstone presentation on the topic of Healthcare in this virtual event that will run all day and will be open to the public. No registration will be required beforehand for this event.

Two more Virtual Drop-in Connection events for RIT students will take place on Tuesday, May 11. “Virtual Drop-in Connections: Being an International Student in the COVID Era” will take place virtually from noon to one in the afternoon. “Virtual Drop-in Connections: Greek Life” in the COVID Era will also take place virtually from four to five in the afternoon. Registration will be required for both events.

RIT’s New York State Pollution Prevention Institute event, “NY Sustainable Brewery Summit: Waste Reduction & Energy Conservation,” will also take place Tuesday, May 11 from one to four in the afternoon. This event will be open to the public, in addition to RIT students.

This second part of a two part virtual event will feature brewery leaders, craft beverage panelists, and sustainability experts and plans to discuss pollution prevention and sustainability in brewing, as well as solutions for energy, water, and chemical use reduction.

Starting on Wednesday, May 12 the Metaproject 11 Exhibition and Industrial Design MFA Thesis Exhibition will be sharing the University Gallery at Booth Hall for their displays. Metaproject 11 will showcase student output from the RIT Metaproject course before it will be shown in Design Week in New York City in November of 2021.

Eight Industrial Design MFA candidates will showcase their end-of-study theses in the gallery for their thesis exhibition. The exhibiting designers are Tatiana Ferrucio, George Harvey, Fong-Yun Su, Allison Treacy, Tianyou Wu, Xincan Yang, Jeehoon Yu and Chuanhong Zhou. Both exhibits will run from May 12-16, with open viewing all day, and they will be open to the public as well as students.

On Thursday, May 13 the Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS) Division of Student Affairs is hosting the event, “Virtual Drop-in Connections: Being a Student-Athlete in the COVID Era,” from one to two in the afternoon. With the uncertainty of COVID-19 still troublesome for many, the event promises to alleviate some of that stress through talking and sharing one’s emotional reactions to it. The virtual event requires registration beforehand and is limited to RIT students only.

Resuming on Thursday, May 13 is the RIT Schools of Art and American Crafts MFA Exhibition, which will be located at the RIT City Art Space, 280 East Main Street, in the Sibley Tower on the first floor, in beautiful, downtown Rochester, New York. Twelve MFA candidates in Ceramics, Fine Arts Studio, Furniture Design, Glass and Metals and Jewelry Design will be presenting their thesis projects.

The exhibit runs from one to five in the afternoon from May 13-16 with extended hours until nine in the evening on Friday, May 14. The exhibiting artists are Sarah Chang, Kaixin Chen, Hairuo Ding, Gretchen Ettlie, Rinoi Imada, Ying Chiun Lee, Miranda Mattson, Drew Slickmeyer, Unique Fair, Nickolas Viele, Jessica Wolinski and Ryan Zimmerman. Masks will be required to enter the exhibition room.

Also occurring on Thursday, May 13 is the RIT Photographic Sciences Capstone Presentation from three to five in the afternoon. Eleven graduating seniors will be showcasing their capstone class work during this open to the public, virtual event. The exhibiting students are Gabrielle Brogle, Rebecca Fitzgerald, Rebekah Greenberg, Mia Guarino, Zisheng Huang, Umut Kocak, Lea MacKnight, Zoe Miller, Carly Nyiri, Virginia Seabright and Dabin Yi.

Closing out the week at RIT will be the Virtual Artist Talk with Fran Flaherty entitled, “Immigration, Motherhood, and Deafness in Art,” on Saturday, May 15 from six to seven in the evening. Fran Flaherty is a deaf mixed media artist who will be presenting on her journey as an artist and her experience with her immigrant, motherhood, and deaf identities and how they drive her work. Voice interpretation will be provided for this sixty minute presentation. This event will take place virtually, will be open to the public, and requires registration beforehand.

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