Who do you have a hankering to see from your school days? Whoever it is, they won’t know to meet you on campus this fall unless you get in touch! Contact Claire Robinson in the Alumni Relations Office at crobinso**at**risd.edu or 401.454.6379 if you are interested in reaching out to your classmates to encourage them to attend RISD By Design Reunion 2013 and make it the best reunion EVER.
You won’t want to miss this keynote event of the weekend on Saturday, October 6, at 9:30 in the RISD Auditorium with RISD President John Maeda. President Maeda will discuss RISD’s support of adding “Art” to the STEM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – to create STEAM, leading to a more enlightened form of innovation at the juncture of art, design, technology and business. The panel will include several students who won The Maharam STEAM Fellowship for the Advancement of the Arts and Design in Government, a new summer internship opportunity for RISD students. Panelists include:
Samantha Dempsey ’13 Illustration, Maharam STEAM Fellow at
Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation
Ayodhya Ouditt ’13 Industrial Design, Maharam STEAM Fellow at NPR Science
John Dunnigan MFA 80 ID, Professor + Department Head, Furniture
Mary Anne Friel, Professor, Textiles
Cas Holman, Professor, Industrial Design
Mary Murphy MAE 86, Vice President for Design, Maharam
Learn more about STEAM, what it means and how you can advocate for adding STEAM to the national STEM agenda, at stemtosteam.org.
Whether or not you are planning to attend reunion weekend, we invite you to share images of your work in our image gallery in the RISD Tap Room in Memorial Hall on Saturday, October 6, from 2 – 4 PM. All alumni, parents, and students are welcome to stop by and see the diverse work of our creative community.
Format: jpeg at 300 dpi and sent no later than September 20 to alumni**at**risd.edu with “RBD artwork submission” in the subject line.
Whatever your passion has been since you’ve graduated, please take advantage of this opportunity to share and connect with other members of the RISD community! If you are on campus during the weekend, be sure to stop by the Tap Room and see what your fellow alumni have been busy creating all these years.
Recently, the parent of an incoming senior emailed us to ask about the weekend. Some of the questions voiced in her email eloquently echoed things we have heard from many, many parents across the years:
“I’m really looking forward to this learning experience, since for the last 3 years that [my child] studied at RISD, we didn’t really know what a ‘studio class from 8 in the morning till 6 at night’ was like. We didn’t understand the meaning, ‘At RISD you can choose 2 of the 3 things: work, sleep, or play.’ I get this feeling that most of the kids choose work and play. I’m not an artist or designer, so I want to understand the thinking process, and again, what do they do in studio classes from 8 to 6. I’m also very interested in learning about the ‘critiques’ in class. [My daughter] told me, ‘….the worst critique is when no one says a thing….’ Any way, as you can tell, I really don’t know much about what has been going on from Freshman to Junior year. And, now, I’m finding my daughter soon to be graduated! This will be a wonderful experience for us to understand what [she] does in school.
Well, we agree. And there are lots of options tailored to parents, from those of incoming freshman to seasoned senior students. Starting Friday, with the three part “Especially for Parents” piece of programming (where you’ll hear from the Provost, Deans and Career Center) and set of Open Classrooms, to an early Saturday coffee and pastries mixer for parents, followed by President Maeda’s panel discussion with faculty and students, and then Open Studio tours, where students will show you around (almost) every academic major department on campus. There are also special Saturday sessions with the Dean of Foundation Studies, discussing Foundation year, Res Life presentation about on campus housing options, followed by an all campus open house, and Student Life discussions with staff and students in Carr Haus, where OSL is housed. Hopefully when you’re done, you’ll understand a little better what goes on in those marathon studio sessions and crits!
We happen to be EXTREMELY lucky this year– The New York Times just did a fantastic review of bars/restaurants/local spots in their “36 Hours in Providence” Travel feature. Enjoy and get some great tips!
If you happen to have graduated during a year ending in 2 or 7, this years reunion weekend is a significant one for you. Save the Date for RISD By Design Alumni Reunion + Parents Weekend 2012, taking place this year on October 5 – 7 all over the RISD campus. Don’t worry if you aren’t a 2 or 7, we want you all here!
RISD Sale October 2011 photo by Steven Rosen 81 IL
On Friday and Saturday be sure to check out the launch of RISD CONNECT in locations throughout the campus!
It’s an entirely new way for alumni to offer career advice, entrepreneurial insights and creative inspiration. Alumni respond to questions through video and text submissions that are seen by other RISD alumni, students and the world. RISD CONNECT allows everyone to gain career advice, learn about career paths, hear creative inspiration, and experience life after RISD.
Chace Center Lobby - 10am-5pm Friday, 8am-4pm Saturday Carr House, 1st Conference Rm – 1-4pm Friday, 12-4pm Saturday Career Center – 1-4pm Friday & Saturday Waterman Building, Rm 11 - 1-4pm Saturday Only
How To Participate
For alumni, simply pick a question to answer at the RISD CONNECT site. Decide if you’ll record a video or submit a text response. Now tell the world what’s on your mind! Your involvement will help to build an extraordinary collection of career experiences that are unique to RISD. For students, parents and everyone, simply pick a question and check out the video and text responses that truly highlight life after RISD.
RISD by Design is Rhode Island School of Design's annual Alumni Reunion and Parents Weekend. Occurring over the Columbus Day holiday in October, RISD by Design coincides with our thrice yearly Alumni and Student Art Sale, as well as numerous presentations, tours, open studios and receptions. RISD by Design offers a chance to reunite with old friends, make new ones, discover or reacquaint yourself with the campus, and realize just what makes RISD so special. Dig in and get your hands dirty with us!