FITL Schedule

8:00 – 8:30 am
Registration
8:30 – 8:45 am
Opening Remarks - Lynn Wild
8:45 – 9:50 am

The Future Requires Unlearning - Jack Uldrich

The Future Requires Unlearning
Jack Uldrich, Renowned Global Futurist

The pace of change is accelerating. We live in a world where constant change is the only constant. Advances in medicine, nanotechnology, and information technology are bringing forth exciting and unexpected discoveries, while the expansive and growing power of the Internet, social networking, globalization and the open-source movement are fueling the fires threatening to consume much of today’s business landscape. Life-long learning is more essential than ever in this chaotic and churning environment; but often lost in the emerging reality of exponential change is the fact that before we can seize tomorrow’s opportunities, we must first unlearn obsolete information, beliefs, and the old ways of doing business. In his informative, entertaining and interactive presentation Uldrich, hailed as “America’s Chief Unlearning Officer,” will explain why unlearning is a critical skill.

10:00 – 10:50 am

Achieving Medicine of the Highest Order: Cultural Transformation Based on “Horton Hears a Who” - Bradford Berk

Achieving Medicine of the Highest Order: Cultural Transformation Based on “Horton Hears a Who” Bradford C. Berk, MD, Ph.D., CEO, University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC)

Dr. Bradford Berk has a remarkable story, stemming from a life-altering accident in 2009 that left him paralyzed, posing serious challenges to the way he had always done things. This accident also presented Berk with the opportunity to re-evaluate and rethink the possibilities for the professional culture he leads at URMC. See how unlearning—and relearning—approaches to his personal and professional life have transformed Berk into a different CEO and inspiring leader, motivating others to accept challenge, advocate for self, and never give up.

11:00 – 11:50 am

FITL 2013 Expo Begins

View a complete list of programming for the FITL 2013 Expo here.

The Art & Science of Unlearning - Jack Uldrich

The Art & Science of Unlearning
Jack Uldrich

Playing off our new knowledge from Jack Uldrich’s opening presentation that we don’t hear or see as we often think we do, this session is an opportunity to dig deeper and challenge your current assumptions. Explore where you might take some risks by unlearning in order to stay ahead of the curve—and thrive! Take away some priorities and action steps for your future professional development.

The “New Humanities” Have Gone Digital - Lisa Hermsen

The “New Humanities” Have Gone Digital
Moderator: Lisa Hermsen
Panelists: Elizabeth Goins, Richard Newman, Shaun Foster, Steven Galbraith, Cecilia (Cissi) Ovesdotter Alm


The humanities have been digital for quite some time as the acts of retrieving information, storing it, writing about it, and presenting it have demanded digital tools. Now, though, sources of big data and new ways of displaying content through interactive media are allowing historians, literary scholars, and artists to ask new questions and use new methods in teaching and research. Join us in a demonstration of some of these intriguing possibilities. Faculty engaged in the digital humanities will describe their projects, place them in context, and describe how and why digital works differently—and sometimes better.

Writing Habits: From 15 Minutes a Day to Peer Writing Groups - David Martins

Writing Habits: From 15 Minutes a Day to Peer Writing Groups
David Martins

Writing the dissertation was hard enough—but becoming a faculty member brings on a whole host of new writing challenges: grant proposals, journal articles, monographs, committee reports, faculty governance policies, performance evaluations, conference proposals and abstracts, merit reviews, plans of work, tenure dossiers, PowerPoint and Prezi presentations, lectures, syllabi and assignment descriptions. Identify your writing weaknesses and build productive new habits at this workshop. Martins will highlight writing strategies that can work for you, identify ways to improve your writing environment, and help you make your writing energy contagious.

Finding Time for Wellness

Finding Time for Wellness
Joe Delgado, Jacques-Luis Nodar

This workshop will help you make wellness a daily priority. Concepts discussed will include time management, prioritizing, and how to customize a wellness program to fit your needs and lifestyle. Through raised awareness and strategic planning, the process becomes less overwhelming and more feasible. Incorporating wellness into your life can be done successfully despite the daily challenges!

12:00 – 12:50 pm
Lunch
1:00 – 1:50 pm

Polarity Thinking: Tapping the Power of “And” - Margaret Seidler

Polarity Thinking: Tapping the Power of “And”
Margaret Seidler, Organization Development Consultant, Master Trainer

Polarity thinking is an especially useful perspective for change management. The capacity to shift from an either/or to a both/and mindset – interdependent pairs – gives us a way to think and manage challenges more strategically, gaining the best of both viewpoints over time. You will explore ways to navigate these competing interests enabling you to thrive in your professional and personal development, and will be inspired and motivated to advance your effectiveness as an educator. You will learn how to reach a deeper awareness of what it takes to create collaboration, manage complex issues, and improve results.

2:00 – 2:50 pm

Polarity Thinking: A Look Across RIT - Margaret Seidler

Polarity Thinking: A Look Across RIT
Margaret Seidler

Armed with knowledge about polarity thinking from Margaret Seidler’s presentation, this session will delve into how flexibility and adaptability are vital components in a changing environment. Examine how your success comes from people AND systems in this interactive and enlightening session.

Engaging + Empowering = WOW - Lauren Dixon

Engaging + Empowering = WOW!
Lauren Dixon

When Lauren Dixon and her husband designed the Dixon Schwabl (DS) workspace, they engaged and empowered their employees to create the “WOW” in the workplace that included a slide that takes you from the second floor to the lobby and a “primal scream room” (a soundproof room available for employees to vent frustrations). At DS, they’re very passionate about giving their employees the creativity and freedom to make things happen. Dixon’s passion for business and company enterprise are both positive and pro-active, integrating a unique culture and approach that has led to their success. Hear about that unique culture, and how passion, determination, and innovation can lead to a rewarding work-life balance.

Working Together to Succeed – NSF ADVANCE Connect@RIT - Margaret Bailey, Panel

Working Together to Succeed: How will RIT change as a result of the Connect@RIT project? NSF ADVANCE - Connect@RIT Team
Moderator: Margaret Bailey
Panelists: Kijana Crawford, Wendy Dannels, Susan Foster, John-Paul Hatala, Carol Marchetti, Maureen Valentine

Join the team for a panel discussion on the Connect@RIT project (Creating Opportunity Networks for Engagement and Collective Transformation), a five-year university-wide effort supported by a $3.2 million award from the National Science Foundation ADVANCE program. The project goal is to drive institutional transformation that results in increased recruitment, retention, and advancement of female faculty in STEM disciplines, including the social and behavioral sciences. While building on some existing RIT elements, new initiatives address improving faculty work-life balance, incorporating a faculty life-cycle advisor program, triennial faculty climate surveys, and a “connectivity” series to improve faculty social networking behaviors. As we strive to transform RIT, the success of the project will depend heavily on our collective willingness as a community to change, and to debate and discuss the value of those changes.

Toward a Sustainable University: The Campus as a Canvas - Enid Cardinal, Panel

Toward a Sustainable University: The Campus as a Canvas
Moderator: Enid Cardinal
Panelists: Kelly Norris Martin, Dominique Lepoutre, Tom Trabold, David Royka, Richard Stein, Kurt Ingerick


Interest in sustainability has grown both on and off campus. Because it spans across disciplines, there are many ways to weave sustainability into a class or research. This panel, made up of RIT faculty members from several colleges, will share how they have incorporated sustainability into their courses through campus sustainability projects.

3:00 – 3:50 pm

Engaging + Empowering = WOW - Lauren Dixon

Engaging + Empowering = WOW!
Lauren Dixon

When Lauren Dixon and her husband designed the Dixon Schwabl (DS) workspace, they engaged and empowered their employees to create the “WOW” in the workplace that included a slide that takes you from the second floor to the lobby and a “primal scream room” (a soundproof room available for employees to vent frustrations). At DS, they’re very passionate about giving their employees the creativity and freedom to make things happen. Dixon’s passion for business and company enterprise are both positive and pro-active, integrating a unique culture and approach that has led to their success. Hear about that unique culture, and how passion, determination, and innovation can lead to a rewarding work-life balance.

MAGIC: A One-of-a-Kind Approach - Andrew Phelps

MAGIC: A One-of-a-Kind Approach
Andy Phelps

In February, RIT President William Destler announced the new RIT Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction & Creativity (MAGIC). This new unit, comprised of a university-wide research laboratory together with MAGIC Studios (a corporate media production facility) is a conscious and deliberate effort to blur the lines between the arts and the sciences, between technology and expression. Through collaboration with faculty, staff, students, colleges and divisions throughout RIT, coupled with new and unique models of research and production and a sustained emphasis on multi-disciplinary collaboration, MAGIC represents a one-of-a-kind approach to the study of digital media. Come hear the latest thoughts on how MAGIC will transform the campus, what it can mean to our students, and how YOU can get involved.

Connectivity: It’s Not Just Who You Know, It’s What Your Social Network Knows - Carol Marchetti, John-Paul Hatala

Connectivity: It’s Not Just Who You Know, It’s What Your Social Network Knows.
Carol Marchetti, John-Paul Hatala
Do you know how to explore your network for resources to help reach your career goals? It requires the ability to access the right contacts who can provide the right input at the right time. It goes beyond simply knowing a lot of people to knowing how you can develop a relationship that will be mutually beneficial. In this interactive session supported by the NSF ADVANCE Connect@RIT project, you will be introduced to a framework for increasing the utility of social networks for career growth and learn about an easy-to-follow process that turns your social capital into career success - one contact at a time!

Small Samples of Wellness - Joseph Delgado, Jacques-Luis Nodar

Small Samples of Change
Joe Delgado, Jacques-Luis Nodar

Tired of sitting? This workshop gets you off your seat by sampling activities such as yoga, tai chi, soul line dancing, circuit training, hoop dancing, and kettle bells, among others. You need not be an Arnold or Jillian to join. All fitness levels are welcome and you can participate in whatever capacity is comfortable. No workout clothes needed. Come join us for this fun break that will rejuvenate you and show you the many aspects of wellness!

4:00 – 5:00 pm

FITL 2013 Expo and Reception

Close out the day with your colleagues as we celebrate the end of FITL 2013--the FINAL FITL!

While enjoying your favorite beverage --perhaps a marguerita--and snack, visit our Expo for some "hot" conversations around digital humanities, sustainability, the TWC Archives, Connect@RIT and more ... or relax by creating your own paint chip poetry or enjoy a free chair massage!

View a complete list of programming for the FITL 2013 Expo here.

EXPO

  • NSF ADVANCE Connect@RIT
  • “Better Me” Health
  • Innovative Education at RIT & NTID
  • Digital Humanities
  • Paint Chip Poetry
  • RIT Press & Scholarly Pub Studio
  • Cary Graphic Arts Collection
  • Toward a Sustainable University