Tuesday, January 27, 2015



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RIT Office of Graduate Studies
USC (87) Innovation Center building  Room 3100  -  585-475-2127

Greetings and welcome to Spring Semester at RIT!

In order to keep the number of emails down I am going to try to keep your announcements attached to these weekly newsletters.  I may still need to send out some individual emails for events that are cancelled or other important news you will need to know.
Read below about some new events, a meet and greet at the Office of Graduate Studies, Tiger Tales Toastmasters, the chance to apply for research money and our upcoming Graduate Education week which concludes with our 7th annual Research and Creativity Symposium.  
As always I invite you to come by our office for a free cup of coffee and we even have sweets sometimes.  J  Our study area is open to Graduate Students from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.   I have an open door policy and you are welcome to come by my office anytime to chat about issues related to graduate study at RIT.  

MEET AND GREET Thursday January 29th Noon – 2 p.m.
This Thursday January 29th we will have a meet and greet in our office space from Noon until 2 p.m..  This is an opportunity to meet your Assistant Dean and to find out more about how to register and present at the Symposium.  Yes, we will have cookies.  We are located on the third floor of the innovation center in suite 3100.  You can contact us by email at bdogs@rit.edu or by phone at 475-2127

Research and Creativity Reimbursement Program Spring 2015
Are you doing research and need some funding?  Are you going to a conference to present your work?  Do you need materials? Are you starting a business venture? 
If you need some funds we have a Reimbursement Program you may be interested in.  We award 20 students per semester a $500 reimbursement.  You must provide receipts in your name and there is an application process.  You must also present your work at our 2015 Symposium on February 27th to be eligible. (Your work can be in any stage of the process to present)  If you were reimbursed through this program in spring or fall 2014 you are not eligible for the spring 2015 program.   I will be sending out an email next week with instructions on how to apply so watch your email for that important information.  Have questions in the meantime?  Stop by and chat or send an email to LRRGLA@rit.edu

Tiger Tales Toastmasters Club 
This club is highly recommended by the Office of Graduate Studies and meets every Friday at Noon in James E Booth BOO (7A) in room 1480.  For more information visit their website. 
Registration for the 2nd Annual Graduate Education Week and the 7th Annual Research and Creativity Symposium is now open on our website. 
Remember in order to be eligible for the Spring Reimbursement program you must present at our symposium.  You can register here:

This spring we have a new program that I hope you will consider taking part in.  Take a look at the announcement below. 

Research, Translation, World-making:
A Graduate Salon on Reading Across the Disciplines
(a collaboration between the Department of Philosophy and the Office of Graduate Studies)

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of Library”  Jorge Luis Borges

Academic disciplines draw boundaries and make worlds.  Some are computational worlds, some are invented and fictional, some are naturalistic—chemical or biological - worlds, and some are social and political.  To do research is to cross boundaries and to engage in a kind of translation that helps us make sense of how these different worlds relate.   Disciplines need to be in conversation with each other.  In whose language and by reference to whose world(s) should such a conversation take place?  
This salon is to open to any graduate student from any field who is interested in a conversation about how disciplines make worlds, and about the kinds of translation that allow worlds to talk constructively to each other.
The conversation will begin with a short story by the writer Jorge Luis Borges (see below), who excelled in synthesizing elements of literature, philosophy, science and even mathematics into his writing..  We will meet every two weeks during Spring 2015 to discuss readings related to the salon’s general theme. RIT faculty colleagues across the disciplines will join the discussions.
Increasingly, creative problem-solving requires that science and art be in conversation, that discovery and invention be connected, that natural and computational systems work together, that different modes of representation—natural, aesthetic, and mathematical—interact coherently with each other.  In effect, we are all inevitably caught in translation. With your participation, the salon will re what this means for transdisciplinary conversation, research and world-making at RIT.
For more information, contact Hector Flores hefgrad@rit.edu; or Timothy Engstrom thegsh@rit.edu.
Registration deadline: January 30, 2015.
Tentative Meeting time: Every other Thursday, 5-7 pm (location TBD, most likely off campus).
Initial Reading: The Library of Babel, by Jorge Luis Borges  http://people.math.sfu.ca/~van/teaching/Math-303/Fall14/Borges_LibraryofBabel.pdf

Monday, January 19, 2015

2105 Graduate Education Week and Research and Creativity Symposium

Greetings Graduate Students!

Spring Semester is upon us and I wanted to get the word out to you about our 2nd annual Graduate Education Week and 7th annual Research and Creativity Symposium the week of February 23-27.

During this week we will be offering outstanding workshops, a graduate mixer and our 7th annual Research and Creativity Symposium.  This week has been planned as part of our new initiative to celebrate the accomplishments of RIT graduate students and to build a stronger culture of graduate education at RIT.  We hope that you will join us in building a stronger community at RIT for graduate students. 

Here is a complete list of events for the week and links to register for them. 
Monday February 23rd
9-11 a.m. Critical Thinking Workshop Presented by Chip Sheffield  ~ Building 87 Room 1100 ~  REGISTER HERE
Tuesday February 24th
10 - 11 a.m. Public Speaking Workshop Presented by the RIT Tiger Tales Toastmasters ~ SAU 1510 (The 1829 Room)  REGISTER HERE
5-7 p.m.  Graduate Student Mixer hosted by CIAS and the Office of Graduate Studies ~ Vignelli Center REGISTER HERE
Wednesday February 25th
9-11 a.m. Introduction to Grant Writing Workshop Presented by Rebecca Sumner ~ CIMS 2240/2230 REGISTER HERE
2- 4 p.m. Cross-Cultural Communication in Academic and Everyday Settings Presented by Stanley Van Horn ~ USC 87-3200 REGISTER HERE
Thursday February 26th
2-3:30 p.m. "Top Ten List of Things I Wish I Knew Back Then" with a focus on small business and the barriers to growth Presented by Patrick Talty ~ Campus Center 2610 (Bamboo Room) REGISTER HERE
Friday February 27th
8-5 p.m. 7th Annual Research and Creativity Symposium ~ 

The number 1 reason students give for registering for the RIT Graduate Research and Creativity Symposium is “my professor told me it was a good opportunity.”

I want to encourage you to submit your works of research, scholarship and creative endeavor in the 2015 Graduate Research and Creativity Symposium.  This is an opportunity for you to discuss your work with an audience beyond the classroom.  You can be at any stage of research from beginning to end.  There are opportunities for oral and poster presentations.  There will also be a luncheon as part of the symposium with Ray Ptucha as the keynote speaker.  Registration is now available online and will be open until February 15th, 2015.  For more information on the symposium  Register Here  Once you have registered I will be sending you instructions on how to deliver your research information to me and a schedule for the day. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me


Rauncie Ryan

Welcome New Tigers!!!

Greetings new Tigers!

My name is Rauncie Ryan and I am your Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Success.  I want to extend a hearty welcome to you and invite you to come by my office anytime for a cup of coffee and some conversation.  I am so glad to hear that you will be joining us at RIT for the Spring Semester.  I look forward to meeting you.

I wanted to touch base with you about some very important events you will want to attend at the end of this week. 

First of all there will be a resource fair Thursday January 22nd in the Fireside Lounge, located in the Student Alumni Union between 1pm-5pm.  Come to the Office of Graduate Studies sign in table to get signed in and get your cool RIT swag.  This is only for new incoming graduate students.  Be prepared to show your student ID. 

Secondly on Friday January 23rd at 9 a.m. in Ingle Auditorium in the Student Alumni Union there will be an orientation for Mycourses.  You will need to know how to navigate Mycourses to get your syllabus for classes and to be able to turn in work for some classes.  Following the Mycourses orientation all graduate students will stay in Ingle from 9:30 – 11 a.m. for an orientation by the Office of Graduate Studies.  You will get to meet those wonderful people in Graduate Admissions who helped you through the process of applying and then they will pass the torch to me and I will be sharing tips about how to navigate your time here at RIT.  You will also get to meet some key people from RIT offices that will be very helpful to you who will be our special guests for orientation. In addition those who attend this orientation will have a nice surprise at the end.  I hope to see you there! 

Here is the schedule:

Thursday January 22nd  1- 5 p.m. Resource Fair, Fireside Lounge, Student Alumni Union – Report to the Office of Graduate Studies table

Friday January 23rd  9- 11 a.m.  Ingle Auditorium - Mycourses Orientation followed by Office of Graduate Studies Orientation

Here are the links to our webpage and our social media.  Please join to keep up to date on what is happening with graduate student community at RIT.

Our official RIT website

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Office of Graduate Studies Twitter

RIT Graduate Student Success Blog

Again, let me welcome you to RIT and remember to dress warm.  Rochester is a beautiful city but it is cold out there.  J

See you soon!!