RIT Freshman Convocation 2013

RIT Freshman Convocation 2013


[ ♪ MUSIC PLAYING ♪ ] ♪ ♪ [CHEERING] WELCOME. IN THE INTEREST OF SAFETY WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS TIME TO ADVISE YOU OF OUR EMERGENCY PROCEDURES AND TO POINT OUT THE LOCATION OF THE EXITS. YOU WILL BE INFORMED BY AN ANNOUNCEMENT OR THE SOUNDING OF THE FIRE ALARM SYSTEM IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY REQUIRING EVACUATION. IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY WE ASK THAT YOU LEAVE IN A CALM AND ORDERLY FASHION THROUGH THE EXITS NEAREST YOU WHICH ARE IDENTIFIED BY EXIT SIGNS. THANK YOU. [ ♪ MUSIC PLAYING ♪ ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ CHEERING ] [ CLAPPING ] [BAGPIPES] [APPLAUSE]>>DR. HAEFNER: HELLO, TIGERS!>>DR. HAEFNER: GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE. I AM DR. JEREMY HAEFNER, RIT’S PROVOST AND SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS. AND I’M SO HAPPY TO WELCOME EVERYONE TO THIS CONVOCATION FOR NEW STUDENTS AND FAMILIES, ESPECIALLY TO YOU, OUR NEW STUDENTS, OUR GUESTS OF HONOR. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] WE ARE TRULY DELIGHTED THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN RIT FOR YOUR JOURNEY INTO HIGHER EDUCATION. WE HAVE CHOSEN TO BEGIN YOUR JOURNEY WITH THIS FORMAL CEREMONY, WHICH FEATURES SEVERAL COMPONENTS OF A VIBRANT ACADEMIC COMMUNITY, SUCH AS THE ACADEMIC REGALIA, OUR MACE AND A FORMAL PROCESSION AND RECESSION, JUST TO NAME A FEW. AND WHAT A JOURNEY IT WILL BE, FILLED WITH FRIENDS AND FACULTY, FRENETIC TIMES AND FOLLY, A FANTASTIC FUN RIDE IN AN INTELLECTUAL JOURNEY. SO LET’S GET STARTED. PLEASE JOIN ME IN STANDING FOR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM LED BY EIGHT BEAT MEASURE, ONE OF OUR MANY STUDENT MUSICAL GROUPS, AND DEAF SIGN PERFORMERS JAMAL JONES, TIMOTHY HOLMES, AND NICHOLAS SHAW. ♪ OH, SAY CAN YOU SEE, BY THE DAWN’S EARLY LIGHT ♪ ♪ WHAT SO PROUDLY WE HAILED AT THE TWILIGHT’S LAST GLEAMING ♪ ♪ WHOSE BROAD STRIPES AND BRIGHT STARS ♪ ♪ THROUGH THE PERILOUS FIGHT ♪ O’ER THE RAMPARTS WE WATCHED WERE SO GALLANTLY STREAMING ♪ ♪ AND THE ROCKETS’ RED GLARE ♪ THE BOMBS BURSTING IN AIR ♪ GAVE PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT ♪ ♪ THAT OUR FLAG WAS STILL THERE ♪ ♪ OH, SAY, DOES THAT STAR-SPANGLED BANNER YET WAVE ♪ ♪ O’ER THE LAND OF THE FREE ♪ AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE ♪ [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>PLEASE BE SEATED, THANKS AGAIN TO THE MEMBERS OF EIGHT BEAT MEASURE, JAMAL, TIMOTHY AND NICHOLAS. I ALSO WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE OUR BAGPIPERS AND DRUMMERS – LEX SLEEMAN, WHO DOUBLES HERE AT RIT AS ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR NCAA COMPLIANCE AND ELIGIBILITY AND A WELLNESS INSTRUCTOR, AND HIS COLLEAGUES – MEMBERS OF THE GATES KEYSTONE CLUB POLICE PIPES AND DRUMS. LET’S GIVE THEM ALL A HEALTHY ROUND OF APPLAUSE. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>IT WOULD DIFFICULT NOT TO NOTICE THE BOISTEROUS GROUP OF PEOPLE GREETING STUDENTS AS THEY ENTERED THE FIELD HOUSE TODAY. THEY ARE THE FACULTY AND STAFF, MANY OF WHOM ARE ALSO RIT ALUMS, WHO GATHERED TO WELCOME YOU ALL AS THE NEWEST MEMBERS OF THE RIT FAMILY AND TO EXPRESS HOW MUCH THEY LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU. TO ALL THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE TIGER WALK, THANK YOU FOR THAT EXUBERANT WELCOME! [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] RIT IS THE PROUD HOME OF THE NATIONAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF, ONE OF ONLY TWO INSTITUTES OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE UNITED STATES FUNDED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR THE EDUCATION OF DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING STUDENTS. NTID, AS IT IS KNOWN ON CAMPUS, IS ONE OF OUR NINE COLLEGES AND SUPPORTS MORE THAN 1,500 STUDENTS WHO UTILIZE THE OUTSTANDING SERVICES OF OUR FACULTY, PROFESSIONAL INTERPRETERS, CAPTIONISTS, AND OTHER STAFF. WE APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT THIS AND ALL CEREMONIES WILL BE ENRICHED BOTH BY REALTIME CAPTIONS AND BY THE PRESENCE AND EXPERTISE OF OUR PROFESSIONAL SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS. WE THANK THE INTERPRETERS AND THE REAL-TIME CAPTIONIST FOR THEIR DEDICATION TO THEIR IMPORTANT WORK. PLEASE JOIN ME IN THANKING OUR INTERPRETERS. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] I WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE SPECIAL GUESTS AND MEMBERS OF THE PLATFORM PARTY WHO JOIN US TO CELEBRATE YOUR ARRIVAL. MEMBERS OF THE RIT BOARD OF TRUSTEES PROVIDE THEIR VISION AND EXPERTISE IN LEADING RIT. PLEASE JOIN ME IN THANKING THEM FOR THEIR EFFORTS IN BEING WITH US TODAY. [APPLAUSE] OUR ALUMNI ARE THE LIFEBLOOD OF THE UNIVERSITY. THEY ARE HERE TO HELP AND SUPPORT YOU THROUGHOUT YOUR JOURNEY AT RIT AND THEY LOOK FORWARD TO YOU JOINING THEIR RANKS WHEN YOU GRADUATE A FEW YEARS FROM NOW. LOMAX, WILL YOU PLEASE STAND? PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING LOMAX CAMPBELL, CLASS OF 1994, AND THANKING HIM AND OUR OVER 110,000 ALUMNI WORLDWIDE FOR THEIR CONSTANT SUPPORT. LOMAX, THANK YOU. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] NEXT I ASK THAT DR. MICHAEL LAVER, DR. RYNE RAFFAELLE, AND MR. KEVIN MCDONALD TO PLEASE STAND. DR. LAVER, WHO LED THIS AFTERNOON’S PROCESSION CARRYING THE MACE, IS ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF HISTORY IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND CHAIR OF THE ACADEMIC SENATE; HE IS HERE TODAY AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE RIT FACULTY. DR. RAFFAELLE IS VICE PRESIDENT AND ASSOCIATE PROVOST FOR RESEARCH; AND MR. MCDONALD SERVES AS OUR VICE PRESIDENT AND ASSOCIATE PROVOST FOR DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION. THANK YOU ALL FOR JOINING US IN THIS CELEBRATION! [APPLAUSE] NOW, I KNOW MANY PARENTS AND OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET OUR OUTSTANDING DEANS OR THEIR REPRESENTATIVES IN COLLEGE MEETINGS EARLIER TODAY. I AM PROUD TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO INTRODUCE THEM TO YOU AGAIN AND FOR THE FIRST TIME, TO OUR STUDENTS. STUDENTS, YOU DON’T NECESSARILY WANT TO RUN INTO THE DEAN, BUT AT LEAST YOU SHOULD KNOW WHO THEY ARE. DEANS, PLEASE STAND WHEN I CALL YOUR NAME AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL ALL HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED TO THE MEMBERS OF THE AUDIENCE, AND PLEASE HOLD YOUR APPLAUSE UNTIL THAT TIME. DR. H. FRED WALKER, DEAN, COLLEGE OF APPLIED SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; DR. DT OGILVIE, DEAN, E. PHILIP SAUNDERS COLLEGE OF BUSINESS; DR. ANDREW SEARS, DEAN, B. THOMAS GOLISANO COLLEGE OF COMPUTING AND INFORMATION SCIENCES; DR. HARVEY PALMER, DEAN, KATE GLEASON COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING; DR. DANIEL ORNT, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE INSTITUTE OF HEALTH SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY AND DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY; DR. TWYLA CUMMINGS, SENIOR ASSOCIATE DEAN, COLLEGE OF IMAGING ARTS AND SCIENCES; PROFESSOR M. ANN HOWARD, ASSOCIATE DEAN, COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS. ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR MARY BOYD, INTERIM DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR MULTIDISCIPLINARY STUDIES; DR. GERARD BUCKLEY, PRESIDENT, NATIONAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF AND VICE PRESIDENT AND DEAN, RIT; AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST DR. SOPHIA MAGGELAKIS, DEAN, COLLEGE OF SCIENCE. LET’S ALL GIVE THEM AN RIT ROUND OF APPLAUSE. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] AS WE CONTINUE OUR JOURNEY TOGETHER, YOU WILL COME TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE TAKE OUR ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ACADEMIC, INTELLECTUAL, PROFESSIONAL AND PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT OF YOU, THE CLASS OF 2017 (AND 2018) VERY SERIOUSLY. IN OTHER WORDS, ‘YOU ARE IN GOOD HANDS.’ ACTUALLY, YOU HAVE ALREADY BEEN IN GOOD HANDS THROUGH THE AUSPICES OF OUR CRACKERJACK ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT AND CAREER SERVICES STAFF WHO WORKED TIRELESSLY TO BRING YOU ALL HERE – APPROXIMATELY 2800 OF YOU FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS AND ABOUT 700 TRANSFER STUDENTS – FROM EVERY STATE IN THE NATION AND 43 COUNTRIES WORLDWIDE. THROUGH THEIR EFFORTS, YOU BEGIN YOUR JOURNEY WITH STUDENTS WHO, LIKE YOU, ARE BRIGHT, AMBITIOUS AND EAGER TO LEARN; EACH OF YOU WITH A WEALTH OF EXPERIENCES AND TALENT TO ENRICH OUR COMMUNITY. THE ENTIRE UNIVERSITY APPRECIATES THE EFFORTS THAT THE STAFF FROM ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT AND CAREER SERVICES PUT FORTH IN BRINGING THIS EXCEPTIONAL CLASS TO RIT. ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT AND CAREER SERVICES, I THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE] NOW, THE GREAT NEWS IS YOU WILL CONTINUE TO BE IN GOOD HANDS WITH THE STAFF OF STUDENT AFFAIRS. SO PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING DR. HEATH BOICE-PARDEE, INTERIM SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS. HEATH? [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] GOOD AFTERNOON. STUDENTS, FAMILY, STAFF, FRIENDS, AS DR. HAEFNER SAID I AM DR. HEATH BOICE-PARDEE AND I AM THE INTERIM SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS. I REPRESENT OVER 200 STAFF THAT IS HERE TO HELP YOU NAVIGATE YOUR EXPERIENCE AT RIT. BEFORE I BEGIN MY FORMAL COMMENTS, I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO THANK ALL THE STUDENT LEADERS WHO MADE TODAY POSSIBLE. WITHOUT THESE UPPER-LEVEL STUDENTS, THESE PAST FEW DAYS WOULD NOT HAVE GONE AS SMOOTHLY AS THEY DID. THEY ARE OUR ORIENTATION LEADERS; LEAD OA’S, RESIDENT ADVISORS, AND OUR PAL’S FROM INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES. [CHEERING] ALSO, OUR OAS FROM NTID’S SUMMER VESTIBULE PROGRAM. ALL OF YOU PLEASE STAND, IF YOU’RE NOT ALREADY, AND BE RECOGNIZED. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE ORIENTATION STAFF STAFF – SHAWNA LUSK, AMANDA METZGER AND HANNAH FESSLER – FOR THEIR TREMENDOUS EFFORTS IN CREATING AND IMPLEMENTING OUR ORIENTATION PROGRAM. I KNOW YOU WILL AGREE THAT THEY HAVE DONE AN OUTSTANDING JOB. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] SO LET’S GET INTO IT. I KNOW THAT YOU’VE RECEIVED A LOT OF INFORMATION THIS WEEK – AND I KNOW THAT IT CAN BE OVERWHELMING. BUT I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT WE IN STUDENT AFFAIRS, ALONG WITH OUR CAMPUS PARTNERS, ARE HERE TO MAKE YOUR EXPERIENCE AN EXCELLENT ONE. BUT, IN ORDER TO MAKE YOUR EXPERIENCE AT RIT EXCELLENT WE NEED YOUR HELP. THIS STARTS WITH AN ASSIGNMENT. DON’T YOU LOVE THIS? YOU HAVEN’T STARTED CLASSES YET AND I’M GIVING YOU HOMEWORK. OKAY. I KNOW, YOU’VE HAD A LOT ON YOUR PLATES LATELY, AND THAT’S LIKELY TO GET MORE AND MORE, BUT ONE THING YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME IS THAT I WILL NOT ASK YOU TO DO SOMETHING THAT I WON’T DO MYSELF. SO WE’LL DO OUR HOMEWORK TOGETHER. HERE IS THE ASSIGNMENT: GET ENGAGED. ALL RIGHT. I HEARD A FEW GASPS AND I THINK I SAW A MOM FAINT, SO RITA YOU MIGHT WANT TO GO UP AND LOOK AT THAT. NO, I ASSURE YOU IT’S NOT WHAT YOU THINK. I’M ASKING THAT EACH OF YOU BECOME ENGAGED IN THE RIT COMMUNITY. RESEARCH IN HIGHER EDUCATION SHOWS THAT STUDENTS WHO BECOME ENGAGED IN THEIR CAMPUS COMMUNITY ARE MORE SUCCESSFUL, SATISFIED, AND GRADUATE AT A HIGHER RATE THAN THOSE WHO DO NOT. AND I AM PROUD TO SHARE THAT RIT IS A PERFECT PLACE TO BECOME ENGAGED, BECAUSE LAST YEAR, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OUR HISTORY, STUDENT SATISFACTION AT RIT EXCEEDED THE NATIONAL AVERAGE. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] TO PUT THAT SIMPLY, STUDENTS LIKE BEING HERE. AND WHY WOULDN’T THEY? LOOK AT ALL RIT HAS TO OFFER: [ ♪ MUSIC PLAYING ♪ ]>>EXCITING, RIGHT? [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>OK NOW FOR THE HOMEWORK THAT WE’RE GOING TO COMPLETE TOGETHER. THIS ASSIGNMENT WILL HELP IN YOUR QUEST TO BECOME ENGAGED AT RIT JUST LIKE THE FOLKS ON THE VIDEO. AND HERE IT IS. I WANT YOU, AND I WILL TOO, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THREE NEW OPPORTUNITIES THIS YEAR. YOU MIGHT JOIN A CLUB, PARTICIPATE IN AN INTRAMURAL, OR TAKE A CLASS ON A SUBJECT YOU’VE ALWAYS DREAMED OF. OUR SG PRESIDENT PAUL WILL GIVE YOU SOME MORE IDEAS IN A MOMENT. NOW MY PROMISE TO YOU IS THAT I WILL ALSO DO THE HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT – WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER, RIGHT?>>YES! [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] IN FACT, I’M GOING TO ROLE MODEL STEPPING OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE, AND TAKING ADVANTAGE OF OPPORTUNITIES AT RIT RIGHT NOW. YOU SEE, WHEN I FIRST ARRIVED ON-CAMPUS SEVEN YEARS AGO, I IMMEDIATELY BEGAN TO LEARN SIGN LANGUAGE SO THAT I COULD COMMUNICATE WITH OUR DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING STUDENTS. BUT I DON’T USE MY MINIMAL SIGN LANGUAGE SKILLS AS MUCH AS I SHOULD. WHY? BECAUSE LEARNING A NEW LANGUAGE IS HARD. WHAT IF I SIGN THE WRONG WORD? AND I HAVE SIGNED MANY WRONG WORDS. I’VE TOLD STUDENTS HAVE A NICE DAY. [LAUGHTER] THEN I REALIZED THE SIGN FOR “DAY” IS NOT WHAT I SIGNED, “MORNING.” [LAUGHTER] AND WHEN YOU LEARN SIGN LANGUAGE, YOU’LL SIGN MANY WRONG WORDS, TOO. AND THAT’S OK. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] IT’S OKAY BECAUSE TAKING A RISK IS PART OF THIS HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT TO BECOME ENGAGED. AND FOR ONCE EFFORT COUNTS. ENJOY YOUR EXPERIENCE. PLEASE KEEP ME POSTED ON YOUR PROGRESS, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO HELPING YOU BE SUCCESSFUL THIS YEAR. THANK YOU. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] AND NOW I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF INTRODUCING ONE OF THE KEY INDIVIDUALS IN CREATING A VIBRANT CAMPUS LIFE, YOUR STUDENT GOVERNMENT PRESIDENT, MR. PAUL DARRAGH. PAUL? [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>PAUL DARRAGH: WHY IN THE WORLD IS GROUNDBREAKING PRINTED ON ALL OF YOUR SHIRTS? IT IS A CHALLENGE TO ALL OF YOU TO GET INVOLVED AT RIT! I ACCEPTED THIS CHALLENGE TWO YEARS AGO AND IT IS THE REASON WHY I AM STANDING UP HERE TODAY. BY THE WAY MY NAME IS PAUL DARRAGH, OR TALL PAUL IF IT HELPS. I AM EXCITED TO BE THIS YEAR’S STUDENT GOVERNMENT PRESIDENT! [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] A FEW YEARS AGO I SAT DOWN THERE LISTENING TO A THEME TITLED “DREAM BIG,” BY A STUDENT ROCKING THIS ORANGE BLAZER THAT LOOKED SO HIDEOUS THAT IT RESULTED IN ME LEANING OVER TO THE KID NEXT TO ME AND SAYING, “DID HE LOSE A BET?” WELL, I’M STANDING UP HERE LETTING YOU KNOW THAT IF I LOST THE SAME BET, IT’S THE BEST BET THAT I’VE EVER LOST. WHY MIGHT YOU ASK? I GOT INVOLVED, MADE GREAT FRIENDS, AND NOW I GET TO STAND UP HERE AND LET YOU ALL KNOW HOW TO GET INVOLVED. ONE THING YOU PROBABLY WILL NEVER HEAR AT RIT IS A STUDENT WHO SAYS, “I AM SO BORED, THERE IS NEVER ANYTHING TO DO HERE.” WELL, YEAH, YOU’RE RIGHT. IF ALL YOU DO IS GO TO CLASS AND NEVER LEAVE YOUR ROOM RIT IS A PRETTY BORING PLACE. THOUGH, IF YOU DARE TO ACCEPT MY CHALLENGE, YOU WILL SOON TURN AROUND TO ANY STUDENT WHO DARES TO UTTER THESE WORDS, AND SAY “WHAT DO YOU MEAN THERE IS NOTHING TO DO HERE? I CAN’T MAKE ENOUGH TIME IN THE DAY TO DO EVERYTHING I WANT TO DO!” WELL, GUESS WHAT? THIS IS A THREE-PART CHALLENGE I HAVE FOR ALL OF YOU. PART ONE, TRY PLAYING SOME SPORT HERE! WE HAVE EVERYTHING FROM DIVISION I HOCKEY TO INTRAMURAL QUIDDITCH. THAT’S RIGHT, I SAID QUIDDITCH. AND IT’S HARDER THAN YOU’D THINK! WE ALSO LOVE TO CHEER ON OUR SPORTS TEAMS, FROM FRIENDS SUPPORTING THEIR FLOOR INTRAMURAL TEAM TO OUR FUN, ROWDY CORNER CREW THAT CHEERS ON OUR MEN’S AND WOMEN’S HOCKEY TEAMS. PART TWO, GO OUT TO THE GET INVOLVED FAIR THIS SATURDAY AND JOIN AT LEAST ONE CLUB. WE HAVE EVERYTHING TO OFFER, FROM THE ELECTRONIC GAMING SOCIETY TO GREEK LIFE! THOUGH IF YOU THINK WE’RE MISSING SOMETHING, AND YOU ARE JUST A LITTLE BIT AMBITIOUS, THEN YOU CAN EASILY CREATE YOUR OWN! PART THREE, GO TO AT LEAST ONE CAMPUS EVENT EACH WEEK! WE HAVE RESIDENTIAL LIFE EVENTS HOSTED SO YOU CAN MEET EVERYONE ON YOUR FLOOR, THE COLLEGE ACTIVITIES BOARD HOSTING MAJOR CONCERTS TO WEEKLY MOVIE NIGHTS, AND MANY OTHER CLUB AND ORGANIZATION EVENTS THAT ARE HAPPENING ALL THE TIME! SPEAKING OF THAT, WE HAVE ONE THAT EVERYONE GETS INVOLVED IN, WHETHER THEY WANT TO OR NOT, WHICH IS CALLED HUMANS VS. ZOMBIES. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] THIS IS ESSENTIALLY A GIANT WEEK-LONG GAME OF TAG PLAYED WITH NERF GUNS, FLYING SOCKS, AND THE OCCASIONAL KID JUMPING OUT OF A TREE OR BUSH. [LAUGHTER] NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO THAT WEEK YOU WILL BE DODGING BULLETS LAUGHING AS STUDENTS ARE CHASED AROUND CAMPUS AND JUST WONDERING WHOEVER CAME UP WITH SUCH A GREAT GAME. NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO, DESPITE THE ABSURDITY AND SURPRISES AT RIT YOU’LL FIND THAT YOU ARE DRAWN TO PARTICULAR EVENTS, ACTIVITIES AND FRIENDS. JUMP INTO THOSE, AND IF YOU’RE EVER HAVING TROUBLE FINDING THOSE, LOOK AROUND THIS ROOM, AT ALL OF THE STUDENT LEADERS HERE NOW. YOUR BIGGEST SUPPORTERS ARE HERE IN THE FORM OF RESIDENT ADVISORS AND ORIENTATION ASSISTANTS. THEY ARE WAITING TO HELP AND ARE EAGER TO GUIDE YOU AS YOU NAVIGATE THE TRAILS OF RIT. ALL OF THEM CAN VOUCH THAT AT ONE POINT OR ANOTHER, THEY WERE IN YOUR SHOES, AND THAT IT MIGHT NOT SEEM IT, BUT YOU ARE THE NEW STUDENT LEADERS ON CAMPUS. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] I PROMISE THAT BY THE END OF THIS YEAR EACH ONE OF YOU WILL HAVE LEFT A MARK ON CAMPUS. SO COME IMPRESS US WITH YOUR TALENT, PASSION AND VISION FOR YOUR PERFECT RIT. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] RIT! RIT! RIT! RIT!>>THANK YOU. THANK YOU. IF YOU REMEMBER ONE THING FROM MY SPEECH, KEEP YOUR DOOR OPEN, TALK AND SIGN WITH EVERYONE, AND IF SOMETHING LOOKS FUN, IT PROBABLY IS. DON’T BE AFRAID TO TALK TO ANYONE IN A LEADERSHIP POSITION, FROM YOUR RESIDENT ADVISER TO DR. DESTLER HIMSELF. WE MIGHT ROAR, OCCASIONALLY, BUT WE NEVER BITE. HAVE A NICE DAY, GUYS! [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>DR. HAEFNER: THANK YOU, PAUL, TALL PAUL, APPROPRIATE INDEED. AND I DO LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU AS YOU BEGIN YOUR TENURE AS STUDENT GOVERNMENT PRESIDENT. AS PAUL SAID, THERE ARE SCORES OF OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO YOU AT RIT. THE GREATEST OPPORTUNITY, HOWEVER, AHEAD FOR YOU IS THE TEACHING AND LEARNING THAT IS RIT’S HALLMARK. RIT IS BLESSED WITH AN OUTSTANDING FACULTY DEDICATED AND COMMITTED TO HELP YOU TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF THAT OPPORTUNITY BY MAKING SURE THAT YOU HAVE THE EDUCATION — THAT THE EDUCATION YOU RECEIVE IS RIGOROUS, CUTTING-EDGE, PERSONAL, RELEVANT, AND SECOND TO NO OTHER UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCE. ALSO DEDICATED TO MAKING SURE THAT YOU ARE IN GOOD HANDS, THE FACULTY CARE DEEPLY ABOUT YOU AND YOUR INTELLECTUAL GROWTH. THEY WILL CHALLENGE YOU ACADEMICALLY TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT GROWTH OCCURS. YOU HAVE AN OBLIGATION, AND THAT OBLIGATION IS TO ACCEPT THIS CHALLENGE, TO BE ENGAGED, AS HE MENTIONED EARLIER, AND, IN FACT, TO CHALLENGE THEM AS WELL. BUT PLEASE DO SO RESPECTFULLY AND THOUGHT FULLY BECAUSE THAT IS HOW THEY WILL TREAT YOU. SO WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM YOUR EDUCATIONAL JOURNEY? HERE TO HELP ANSWER THIS QUESTION IS DR. TODD PAGANO, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AND DIRECTOR OF THE LABORATORY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AT THE NATIONAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF. LAST SPRING TODD WAS AWARDED THE EXCELLENCE IN FACULTY MENTORING AWARD AND HE IS THE FIRST RIT FACULTY MEMBER TO RECEIVE THE U.S. PROFESSOR OF THE YEAR AWARD FROM THE COUNCIL FOR THE ADVANCEMENT AND SUPPORT OF EDUCATION AND THE CARNEGIE FOUNDATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF TEACHING. LET ME REPEAT THAT. HE’S THE FIRST RIT FACULTY MEMBER TO BE NAMED A U.S. PROFESSOR OF THE YEAR. PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING DR. TODD PAGANO. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>DR. PAGANO: STUDENTS, PARENTS, FACULTY, AND DISTINGUISHED GUESTS, PLEASE ALLOW ME TO ADD MY WORDS OF WELCOME TO RIT. I’M GOING TO NEED TO USE MY HANDS TO ATTEMPT TO DO SOME CHEMISTRY FOR YOU ALL TODAY, SO I’M GOING TO TURN OVER THE SIGNING TO THE SKILLED INTERPRETERS FOR THE REST OF MY PRESENTATION. [APPLAUSE] STUDENTS, YOU AND I CAN RELATE. AND PARENTS, I’M CERTAINLY NOT OVERLOOKING THE SIGNIFICANCE OF YOUR ATTENDANCE HERE TODAY, BUT IF I MAY, I’D LIKE TO TAILOR MY WORDS TO YOUR STUDENTS. STUDENTS, I CAN RELATE TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU. IF ON NO OTHER LEVEL, I ONCE SAT WHERE YOU ALL DO TODAY, WELL, NOT RIGHT HERE, AND NOT ON THIS BEAUTIFUL CAMPUS. WE CAN’T ALL BE THE PROUD ALUMS OF RIT BUT I ONCE HAD MY OWN WELCOMING CONVOCATION, AND TRUTHFULLY I DO NOT RECALL THE MESSAGE OF THE CONVOCATION SPEAKER ON THAT DAY. QUITE FRANKLY WHEN I’M DONE TODAY YOU MAY NOT EITHER. BUT I AM CERTAIN, I AM CERTAIN, THAT ON THAT DAY YEARS AGO I COULDN’T HAVE REMOTELY CONSIDERED THE THINGS THAT I’VE EXPERIENCED IN MY CAREER, EVEN IN THIS PAST YEAR, BEING NAMED A FELLOW OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, RECEIVING THE U.S. PROFESSOR OF THE YEAR HONOR TRAVELING TO CAPITOL HILL TO SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING LEARNERS TO OUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT THESE THINGS WERE NOWHERE ON MY RADAR WHEN I SAT WHERE YOU ALL SIT TODAY. THE POINT THAT I’M TRYING TO ELUCIDATE, AND I KNOW THAT IT’S CLICHE, IS THAT COLLEGE OPENS DOORS, OPPORTUNITIES THAT YOU LIKELY ARE NOT EVEN IMAGINING TODAY. I’M ABSOLUTELY CONVINCED OF THAT, BUT I AM ALSO CONVINCED THAT YOUR SUCCESS WILL REQUIRE SOME WORK ON YOUR PART. NOW, IN AN ATTEMPT TO GIVE MY MESSAGE TODAY A FIGHTING CHANCE TO BE REMEMBERED, EVEN IF BY JUST A FRACTION OF YOU, I WOULD LIKE TO TALK ABOUT CHEMISTRY, AND I JUST REALIZED AS IT CAME OUT OF MY MOUTH HOW SILLY THAT SEEMS TO TRY TO TALK — KEEP YOUR ATTENTION AND TALK ABOUT CHEMISTRY. BUT I’M GOING TO GIVE IT A TRY, AND JUST BECAUSE I’M GOING TO USE A CHEMISTRY ANALOGY, IT DOESN’T MEAN THAT STUDENTS IN NONSCIENCE MAJORS CAN JUST TUNE OUT. SO PLEASE STAY WITH ME FOR A MINUTE. SO I PREPARED A DEMONSTRATION THAT I HOPE WILL HELP TO CONVEY MY MESSAGE TODAY. WHEN I COMBINE THESE TWO — CAN THE CAMERA SEE? WHEN I COMBINE THESE TWO SEEMINGLY CLEAR CHEMICALS INTO THIS BEAKER, FLASK, RATHER, — I KNOW YOU’RE FULL OF ANTICIPATION, AND I DON’T WANT TO LET YOU DOWN. IF YOU MIX THOSE TWO CHEMICALS, AND, WELL, NOTHING HAPPENS. BUT THAT’S OKAY. WE CAN ALL OBSERVE THAT I POURED THE TWO CHEMICALS IN THERE, AND EVEN THOUGH THE CHEMICALS ARE IN THIS FLASK TOGETHER, A NOTICEABLE REACTION JUST DID NOT HAPPEN. SOMETIMES WITH CHEMICAL REACTIONS, AN ENERGETIC ACTIVATION BARRIER IS PRESENT THAT PROHIBITS THE REACTION FROM TAKING PLACE. THIS BARRIER MUST BE OVERCOME BY THE ADDITION OF SOME KIND OF ENERGY, OR A CATALYST, BEFORE THE REACTION CAN OCCUR. NOW, IF I HAVE MADE THESE SOLUTIONS PROPERLY, AND WITH ALL THE EYES ON ME RIGHT NOW, I SURE HOPE THAT I DID, WHEN I ADD THIS THIRD SEEMINGLY CLEAR CHEMICAL, ONE THAT ACTS AS A CATALYST TO OVERCOME THE ACTIVATION BARRIER, A REACTION SHOULD TAKE PLACE. OH, IT’S NOT DONE. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] NOT DONE. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] I’M GLAD YOU ENJOYED IT, AND GETTING THE FOCUS BACK ON ME AFTER A CLASS DEMONSTRATION, AND I TRY TO DO A DEMONSTRATION IN EVERY SINGLE CLASS THAT I TEACH, IT’S ALWAYS A CHALLENGE, AND I HAVE FOUND, IN FACT, THAT TRYING TO COMPETE WITH THE WONDERS OF SCIENCE IS ULTIMATELY FUTILE, AND THAT JUST KEEPS GOING. BUT IF I CAN WIN BACK YOUR ATTENTION FOR A MOMENT AS I ATTEMPT TO PARALLEL THIS DEMONSTRATION I RECENTLY PERFORMED TO THE COLLEGE PATHS THAT YOU ALL HAVE IN FRONT OF YOU. WHAT WOULD I LIKE YOU TO TAKE HOME FROM THIS DEMONSTRATION? WELL, THERE IS AN INEVITABLE ACTIVATION BARRIER STANDING BETWEEN WHERE YOU ARE RIGHT NOW AND ULTIMATELY THE GREAT THINGS THAT CAN HAPPEN DURING YOUR TIME AT RIT AND BEYOND. YOU KNOW, I URGE YOU, I PLEAD WITH YOU, TO PUT IN THE ENERGY TO OVERCOME THIS BARRIER. THE PROCESS OF OVERCOMING THE ACTIVATION BARRIER IS A CRITICAL COMPONENT OF THE SHARED MISSION OF STUDENT SUCCESS. I THROW THAT TERM AROUND ALL THE TIME, THE SHARED MISSION OF STUDENT SUCCESS, BECAUSE FOR MY MONEY, IT IS THE ONLY WAY TO LEARN. YOU SEE, THE SUCCESSFUL OUTCOME OF YOUR EDUCATION IS NOT AS DEPENDENT ON YOUR PROFESSORS AS YOU MIGHT THINK, THOUGH THEIR ROLE, OF COURSE, IS ALSO CRITICAL. NO, IT IS A SHARED MISSION BETWEEN YOU, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY YOU, YOUR CLASSMATES AND THE FACULTY/STAFF OF RIT. IF YOU DO NOT PUT IN THE ACTIVATION ENERGY, THEN YOU ARE NOT FULLY ADDING YOUR PART TO THE SHARED MISSION, AND YOU MISS — YOU RISK MISSING A REACTION, AN OPPORTUNITY THAT COULD CHANGE YOUR LIFE. LIFE-CHANGING ACCOMPLISHMENTS HAPPEN TO STUDENTS HERE AT RIT ALL THE TIME. YOUR WORK CAN BE INCLUDED IN SCHOLARLY PUBLICATIONS, YOU CAN RECEIVE AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS, YOU CAN TRAVEL THE WORLD, MAKING PRESENTATIONS AT SYMPOSIUM, AND YOU CAN FIND GREAT CO-OPS THAT CAN LEAD TO SUCCESSFUL CAREERS. BUT IF I MAY, HERE’S AN EXAMPLE OF FALLING SHORT OF THE ACTIVATION BARRIER. SAY YOU GO TO CLASS, LISTEN TO THE INSTRUCTOR, GO BACK TO YOUR DORM ROOM, MAYBE COMPLETE SOME OF THE ASSIGNMENTS, AND PERPETUALLY DO THE SAME THING FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SEMESTER. IN SUCH A CASE YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE COMPLETELY FAILED, BUT THE REACTION PATHWAY TOWARD THE SHARED MISSION OF YOUR ULTIMATE EDUCATIONAL SUCCESS LIKELY HASN’T OVERCOME THE ACTIVATION BARRIER STANDING IN THE WAY OF TAKING YOUR EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE TO THE NEXT LEVEL. SO, WHERE DO YOU FIND THIS EXTRA ENERGY OR CATALYST? WELL, IT’S LIKELY NOT CREATED BY SPENDING MORE TIME ON SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS, WHICH IS PROBABLY AN UNFAIR JAB FOR A NON-FACEBOOK USER SUCH AS MYSELF, BUT IT IS ALSO NOT FOUND WHILE OBSESSING OVER A FANTASY FOOTBALL TRADE, SOMETHING FOR WHICH I AM GUILTY AS WE SPEAK. IN MY OWN LIFE AS A STUDENT AND IN MY 11 YEARS OF TEACHING AT RIT/NTID, I FOUND THERE TO BE A NUMBER OF CATALYSTS TO HELP THE STUDENTS ALONG THE PATH TOWARD STUDENT SUCCESS. TO NAME A FEW: KEEP AN OPEN MIND, BE OPEN TO NEW IDEAS, SUBJECTS AND EXPERIENCES. WORK WITH THE FACULTY. GREAT THINGS HAPPEN FOR STUDENTS WHO COLLABORATE WITH MEMBERS OF THE RIT FACULTY. THEY JUST DO. GET TO KNOW YOUR PROFESSORS. SEE AND EMULATE THEIR PASSION FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING. JOIN THEM IN THEIR RESEARCH PROJECTS. DEVELOP A GROUP OF TRUSTED FRIENDS WHO SHARE YOUR PASSION. GET INVOLVED IN THE RIT COMMUNITY. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL OF THE OPPORTUNITIES ON THIS WONDERFUL CAMPUS: A UNIQUE CAMPUS WHERE DEAF, HARD OF HEARING AND HEARING STUDENTS LIVE, STUDY AND WORK TOGETHER. AND DON’T SIT BACK. LEAN IN AND FIND YOUR PLACE AT RIT, AND THEN, IN THE WORLD. YOU ARE ALL HERE BECAUSE YOU HAVE FELT THAT “FIT.” SOMETHING INTRIGUED YOU ENOUGH, CHALLENGED YOU ENOUGH, ENGAGED YOU ENOUGH TO MAKE RIT YOUR COLLEGE OF CHOICE. AND BY ALL MEANS YOU MADE A GREAT CHOICE. YOU HAVE ALREADY BROUGHT WITH YOU THE INTELLIGENCE, CURIOSITY AND ACADEMIC PREPARATION REQUIRED TO SUCCEED. NOW THAT YOU ARE HERE USE THOSE TOOLS FOR YOUR STUDIES, BUT FIND YOUR CATALYST AND OVERCOME THE ACTIVATION BARRIER STANDING BETWEEN YOU AND GREAT THINGS IN YOUR FUTURE. REACH OUT, CONNECT, AND COLLABORATE WITH FACULTY AND STAFF. LINK MINDS WITH THEM INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM. SHARE THOUGHTS. SHARE THE MISSION OF YOUR EDUCATIONAL SUCCESS! SO WELCOME, STUDENTS, WELCOME TO RIT. IN FACT, WELCOME TO YOUR OWN NEW EXPERIMENT. GOOD LUCK. WORK HARD. HAVE FUN. AND PLEASE, PLEASE, BE THAT CATALYST UNTO YOURSELVES AND FIND YOUR OWN ACTIVATION ENERGY THAT WILL MAKE GREAT THINGS HAPPEN FOR YOU AT RIT AND BEYOND. THANK YOU. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>THAT WAS ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS. NEXT TIME YOU DO THAT EXPERIMENT, HOWEVER, COULD YOU DO ORANGE AND BROWN AS THE COLORS? [LAUGHTER] I DO WANT TO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. YOU’VE GIVEN US LOTS TO THINK ABOUT AS WE ALL START THIS NEW JOURNEY TOGETHER AND I ALSO WANT TO THANK YOU FOR NOT BLOWING UP THE STAGE PARTY AS WELL. THAT WAS IMPORTANT. SO TO FURTHER DR. PAGANO’S POINT ABOUT THE GREAT THINGS THAT CAN HAPPEN BETWEEN FACULTY AND STUDENTS, WE HAVE DEVELOPED A SERIES OF SHORT VIDEOS FOCUSED ON THE AMAZING RELATIONSHIPS THAT HAVE DEVELOPED BETWEEN FACULTY AND STUDENTS AND I’M NOW PLEASED AND PROUD TO SHARE WITH YOU TODAY THE LATEST IN THE SERIES. PLEASE ENJOY THE FOLLOWING VIDEO. [APPLAUSE]>>DID YOU LIKE THAT? [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>I WANT TO THANK PRODUCER JOE BELLAVIA AND HIS TALENTED STUDENT WORKERS, AND THE STAFF AT RIT PRODUCTION SERVICES IN THE WALLACE CENTER FOR CREATING THIS VIDEO, WHICH IS PART OF A LARGER SERIES OF VIDEOS FEATURING FACULTY AND STUDENTS FROM THE OTHER COLLEGES. THE ENTIRE SERIES CAN BE FOUND ON THE PROVOST’S WEBSITE. IT GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE RIT’S PRESIDENT, DR. WILLIAM W. DESTLER. HE WILL BE FOLLOWED BY OUR STUDENT ORIENTATION COORDINATORS ETHAN AUSBURN, LAUREN BELL, TYKEMIA BOATWRIGHT, AND TANNER NEWCOMB, WHO WILL LET YOU KNOW WHAT COMES NEXT AND THEN CLOSE THIS CONVOCATION. HE’S AN INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED PHYSICIST. HIS NAME IS BANJO BILL. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] HE’S THE ONE THAT HIGH FIVED 2,500 NEW FRESHMEN THIS YEAR OUT ON THE TIGER WALK. PLEASE GIVE A WARM WELCOME FOR DR. BILL DESTLER. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>DR. DESTLER: I THINK HE WANTED SOMETHING FROM ME. I WILL NOT SIGN THIS SPEECH TODAY, BUT I WILL SIGN MY SPEECH ON YOUR GRADUATION. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] AND I’M KIND OF THIRSTY, ACTUALLY. IS THIS STUFF DRINKABLE? [LAUGHTER] IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE THAT I WELCOME ALL STUDENTS, BOTH NEW AND RETURNING, TO RIT. IT IS ALSO MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME ALL OF THE PARENTS AND FRIENDS OF OUR STUDENTS WHO ARE HERE TO WISH THEM LUCK ON THIS EXCITING EDUCATIONAL JOURNEY. ONLY SIX YEARS AGO I WAS A FIRST-YEAR TIGER MYSELF, AND I WAS AS EXCITED TO BEGIN THE ACADEMIC YEAR AS ANY FRESHMAN MIGHT BE. AND LIKE ALL OF YOU, I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO IMMERSING MYSELF IN THIS EXTRAORDINARY CAMPUS AND LEARNING ALL ABOUT WHAT RIT HAS TO OFFER. WHAT I HAVE FOUND IN MY FIRST SIX YEARS HERE IS THAT RIT IS TRULY A “CATEGORY OF ONE” UNIVERSITY. WHERE ELSE CAN YOU FIND STUDENTS ON THE SAME CAMPUS STUDYING MEDICAL PHOTOGRAPHY AND ENGINEERING? WHERE ELSE CAN YOU FIND STUDENTS WHO ARE STUDYING BUSINESS AND FURNITURE DESIGN WORKING SIDE-BY-SIDE? WHERE ELSE CAN YOU FIND DEAF STUDENTS AND HEARING STUDENTS WORKING TOGETHER ON TEAM PROJECTS? IT IS THIS UNUSUAL COMBINATION OF RIGHT-BRAINERS AND LEFT-BRAINERS WORKING TOGETHER THAT MAKE RIT A SPECIAL PLACE, AND IT IS THE PRESENCE ON OUR CAMPUS OF THE NATIONAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF THAT MAKES RIT ABSOLUTELY UNIQUE. THIS KIND OF INTELLECTUAL AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY IS AVAILABLE ONLY AT RIT, AND IT PROVIDES AN EXTRAORDINARY OUTSIDE-THE-CLASSROOM EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY TO ALL STUDENTS. HOW MUCH YOU BENEFIT FROM IT, OF COURSE, IS REALLY UP TO YOU. I ENCOURAGE ALL OF YOU TO FIRST FIND YOUR FOOTING IN YOUR ACADEMIC STUDIES, AND THEN BRANCH OUT INTO THE VARIOUS OPPORTUNITIES FOR CAMPUS ENGAGEMENT THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU. IT IS THIS OPPORTUNITY TO GROW INTELLECTUALLY IN AREAS INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF YOUR MAJOR THAT CAN MAKE AN RIT EXPERIENCE SO SPECIAL. NOW WE IN ACADEMIA HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE AS EXAMPLES OF HOW TO ENGAGE IN CIVIL DISCOURSE IN WHAT I’M AFRAID HAS BECOME AN INCREASINGLY POLARIZED NATION. MANY OF US ARE DISMAYED AT THE EXTENT TO WHICH INTELLIGENT DISCUSSIONS ON COMPLEX ISSUES CAN SEEMINGLY NO LONGER BE HELD WITHOUT THE KIND OF HYSTERICAL ACRIMONY THAT ONLY SERVES TO HARDEN POSITIONS AND MAKE COMPROMISE IMPOSSIBLE. LET US ALL REMEMBER THAT COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, OF ALL ORGANIZATIONS, MUST REMAIN FORUMS FOR OPEN AND RESPECTED DISCUSSION OF CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES. FROM ALL SIDES. WE ARE ALL PART — [APPLAUSE] WE ARE ALL PART OF A LEARNING COMMUNITY, AND MUCH OF OUR LEARNING COMES FROM EACH OTHER. RESPECT FOR THE OPINIONS OF OTHERS, EVEN WHEN WE STRONGLY DISAGREE WITH THEM, MUST BE A CORNERSTONE OF OUR CAMPUS COMMUNITY. ONE CAUTIONARY NOTE, HOWEVER. THE UNITED STATES IS A WONDERFUL COUNTRY AND ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT THIS NATION IS THE EXTENT TO WHICH IF YOU FAIL YOU CAN START OVER AGAIN. BUT REGAINING YOUR PERSONAL REPUTATION FOR HONESTY AND INTEGRITY, HOWEVER, IS NOT SO EASY. SO AVOID THE TEMPTATION TO CHEAT OR PLAGIARIZE OTHERS’ WORK AS YOU PURSUE YOUR STUDIES. THIS IS THE PLACE WHERE YOU BEGIN TO BUILD YOUR REPUTATION FOR HONESTY AND PERSONAL INTEGRITY THAT YOU WILL CARRY FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIVES. YOU WILL HAVE OTHER IMPORTANT DECISIONS TO MAKE AS WELL. NOW THAT YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN, YOUR CHOICES AS TO YOUR USE OF ALCOHOL AND DRUGS WILL BE AMONG THEM, AND I ENCOURAGE YOU TO STEER AWAY FROM ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES OF ANY KIND. YOU WILL ALSO BE IN A POSITION TO OBSERVE FRIENDS WHO MAY STRUGGLE WITH DEPRESSION OR SHOW WORRISOME CHANGES IN BEHAVIOR, AND I ENCOURAGE YOU TO CONTACT YOUR RESIDENT ASSISTANT OR THE RIT COUNSELING CENTER IN SUCH CASES. WE ARE ALL MEMBERS OF THE RIT FAMILY, AND WE ALL NEED TO WORK TOGETHER IF OUR COMMUNITY IS TO FLOURISH AS A COMMUNITY OF LEARNING AND OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL OF US. THE FACULTY AND STAFF AT RIT ARE HERE TO SUPPORT YOU AND ENCOURAGE YOU ON THIS JOURNEY, AND I ASK YOU TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL THAT THEY HAVE TO OFFER. ALSO, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME, [email protected] SHOULD YOU FEEL THAT THERE ARE WAYS THAT WE MAY SERVE YOU BETTER, AND YOU WON’T BE THE FIRST TO DO SO. I WILL LOOK FORWARD TO WATCHING YOUR PROGRESS AND CELEBRATING YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS. AND FINALLY, GO TIGERS! [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>HELLO. HI. I’M TANNER NEWCOMB AND I’M FROM GENEVA, NY. PARENTS AND FAMILIES, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TO SUPPORT YOUR STUDENT. WE WERE ONCE IN THEIR SHOES AND USED OUR EXPERIENCE TO PLAN WHAT WE HOPE IS AN AWESOME WELCOME! TO RIT. EACH OF YOU SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED OUR FAMILY HANDBOOK AND CALENDAR WHEN YOU CHECKED IN, BE SURE TO USE IT AS A RESOURCE THROUGHOUT THIS UPCOMING YEAR.>>HELLO, I’M LAUREN BELL AND I’M FROM MASSENA, NY. OUR STUDENT PROGRAM, WHICH BEGAN THIS MORNING AND CONTINUES THROUGH SATURDAY, IS FILLED WITH PRESENTATIONS AND EVENTS TO ASSIST STUDENTS IN THEIR ACADEMIC AND SOCIAL TRANSITION TO THE RIT COMMUNITY. THE PROGRAMS INCLUDE ACADEMIC ADVISING AND ACADEMIC DAY; COLLEGE LIFE 101; LIVING AND LEARNING TOGETHER-WE ARE RIT! LET’S TALK ABOUT IT, A PICNIC AND CARNIVAL FOR ALL NEW STUDENTS, LIGHTING THE WAY, A WELCOMING STUDENT FOR RIT WOMEN, A CLUB AND ORGANIZATION FAIR, AND SHUTTLES TO THE SHOPPING AREAS. ORIENTATION ACTIVITIES ALSO INCLUDE FREE ENTERTAINMENT EACH NIGHT AND CONCLUDE WITH A BANG ON SUNDAY EVENING WITH THE FIREWORKS DISPLAY. ALL THESE ACTIVITIES WILL ENABLE YOUR STUDENT TO MEET AND CONNECT WITH NEW AND RETURNING STUDENTS AND PREPARE THEM TO START CLASSES ON MONDAY. [APPLAUSE]>>HELLO, I’M TYE BOATWRIGHT AND I’M FROM SYRACUSE, NEW YORK. THROUGHOUT ORIENTATION, STUDENTS WILL BE IN SMALL GROUPS AND LED BY AN ORIENTATION ASSISTANT, WHO THEY MET THIS MORNING AND SPENT THE DAY WITH. SELECTED THROUGH A HIGHLY COMPETITIVE PROCESS, THE ORIENTATION ASSISTANTS ARE WELL-TRAINED, UPPER-CLASS STUDENTS WHOSE PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES ARE TO ASSIST NEW STUDENTS IN THEIR ADJUSTMENT TO RIT. [APPLAUSE] [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>HELLO, I’M ETHAN AUSBURN AND I’M FROM LIVERPOOL, NY. WHEN YOU RETURN HOME, PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO COMPLETE OUR ON-LINE FAMILY PROGRAM EVALUATION. YOUR FEEDBACK IS IMPORTANT TO FUTURE ORIENTATION PROGRAMS. AGAIN, WELCOME! WE ARE GLAD YOU’RE HERE! TO CONCLUDE THE CONVOCATION FOR NEW STUDENTS AND FAMILIES, PLEASE STAND FOR THE RIT ALMA MATER, AS PRINTED ON THE INSIDE COVER OF YOUR PROGRAM AND LED BY EIGHT BEAT MEASURE AND DEAF SIGN PERFORMERS JAMAL JONES, TIMOTHY HOLMES, AND NICHOLAS SHAW. AFTER THE ALMA MATER, THE PLATFORM PARTY WILL RECESS DOWN THE CENTER AISLES. PLEASE REMAIN SEATED UNTIL THEY HAVE REACHED THE BACK OF THE FACILITY. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR JOINING US HERE TODAY! [APPLAUSE] [ ♪ SINGING ♪ ] HAIL, RIT! TOGETHER STAND; CREATING GOOD WITH MIND AND HAND; ♪ INSPIRED TO LEARN TILL LIFE ♪ ♪ IS DONE ♪ AS TEACHERS, LEARNERS, ALL ARE ONE! ♪ WITH PRIDE IN OUR DIVERSITY ♪ ♪ A SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY ♪ ♪ WE ARE THE MEN, THE WOMEN ♪ OF THE FUTURE HERE AT RIT! ♪ FROM RIT, OUR COURSE IS SET ♪ ♪ WE CELEBRATE A PROMISE KEPT ♪ ♪ A LIFE, A LIVING YOU HAVE TAUGHT ♪ ♪ LET NEW HORIZONS NOW BE SOUGHT. ♪ [APPLAUSE] [BAGPIPES] [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

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