Summer orientation

Summer Orientation runs from June 14 through June 17 and includes events and informational programming relevant to RISD's summer graduate programs. Below you will find an outline of events for each day. If you have any questions please contact orientation@risd.edu.

Thursday, June 14

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  • 8 am – 4 pm: Brunch
    Portfolio Cafe (15 West)
    Drop in take and take a break during your move. A complimentary meal (student ID required) will be available to you and a guest at Portfolio Cafe.
  • 9 am – 2 pm: Check-in and move-in (for students in RISD Housing)
    15 West
    Come to 15 Westminster to receive your keys and check-in information. (If you have a conflict with check-in hours, you must contact the Residence Life team to make special arrangements.)
  • 11 am – 4 pm: Shopping shuttles
    15 West
    Shuttles will be available outside 15 Westminster to loop between campus and nearby Seekonk, MA for general shopping needs at Target, Wal-mart and Bed, Bath and Beyond.
  • 3 pm – 5 pm: The Grad Hour
    CIT 102/103 (Fletcher)
    Join Ashlie Norris, Associate Director, Graduate Experience, and Elaine Lopez of the Graduate Student Alliance (GSA) to pick up your student ID, have a light snack and learn about ways to get involved with the grad community.
  • 5 – 5:30 pm: Welcome (families and partners are invited to attend)
    Portfolio Cafe (15 West)
    Receive your first welcome from Tony Johnson, Assistant Dean, Leadership and Development, and your Orientation Leaders (OLs).
  • 5:30 – 6:30 pm: Dinner
    Portfolio Cafe (15 West)
    Enjoy dinner with new friends.
  • 6:30 – 7 pm: Residence Life 101: On and off-campus living
    Portfolio Cafe (15 West)
    The Residence Life team will share important information about on-campus and off-campus living.
  • 7 – 7:30 pm: Residence hall floor meetings (only for students in RISD Housing)
    15 West
    Join your RAs for further information about on-campus living and your floor community. Snack bags will be available compliments of RISD Dining.
  • 8 – 10 pm: Movies, boardgames and more!
    Tap room (Memorial Hall, 4th floor)
    Have fun with new friends.

Friday, June 15

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  • 7:30 – 9 am: Breakfast
    Portfolio Cafe (15 West)
    Grab a bite to eat at Portfolio Cafe with your OLs and RAs to get ready for the day.
  • 9 – 9:30 am: Deans' welcome
    Metcalf Auditorium (Chace Center)
    Join Maggie Balch, Dean of Student Affairs; Julie Talbutt, Assistant Dean, Student Support and Administration; and Tony Johnson, Assistant Dean, Leadership and Development, as they welcome you to RISD and summer studies.
  • 9:30 – 11:30 am: Campus tours
    Campus
    Tour campus with RISD's staff and learn more about key offices, such as Financial Aid, Public Safety and the Center for Arts & Language.
  • 11:45 – 12:45 pm: Lunch
    Portfolio Cafe (15 West)
    Enjoy lunch while learning more about RISD Auxiliary Services including RISD Dining and RISD stores.
  • 1 – 2:30 pm: Intro to MArch Summer Studies (MArch students only)
    Metcalf Auditorium (Chace Center)
    Led by EFS Associate Professor and Program Head Paula Gaetano-Adi, this session will provide you with important information about your summer studies experience—including what to expect and what is expected of you.
  • 1– 2:30 pm: MDes Q+A (MDes students only)
    Danforth Room (RISD Museum)
    Join Associate Professor of Interior Studies/Graduate Program Director Markus Berger who will shared details specifically for summer MDes students.
  • 2:30 – 4 pm: Taking care of business/free time
    Campus
    Take care of a few last-minute things before classes start or take time to relax with new friends. Limited offices on campus will be open.
  • 4 – 5:30 pm: Threading together your RISD Experience (student panel)
    Metcalf Auditorium (Chace Center)
    How do you thread together the different elements of your RISD experience? Current students will discuss their various approaches.
  • 5:30 – 7 pm: Graduate student social at Fortnight
    Fortnight (79 Dorrance Street)
    New graduate students are invited to meet and talk with faculty and staff to start building your RISD network.
  • 8 – 10 pm: Dave and Buster's social
    Dave and Buster's (Providence Place Mall)
    Enjoy some food and fun at Dave and Buster's at the Providence Place Mall. Food and gameplay included!


Saturday, June 16

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  • 7:30 – 9 am: Breakfast
    Portfolio Cafe (15 West)
    If you're enrolled in a meal plan, it begins today (so you can swipe your ID for breakfast!).
  • 9 – 10:30 am: PVD tours!
    Around campus and Providence
    Meet your OLs on the RISD Beach for the “real” RISD tour (find out where to get food at 2 am, where you can print on huge plotters, where you can draw with charcoal in the library and more).
  • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm: Values, community & wellness
    Metcalf Auditorium (Chace Center)
    Where do you go when you get sick? Who keeps our campus safe? How do you join student clubs? How is diversity supported on campus? Get these questions and more answered during this session.
  • 12:30 – 1:30 pm: Lunch
    Portfolio Cafe (15 West)
    Enjoy lunch as you continue to connect with peers, OLs and campus partners.
  • 1:30 – 2:30 pm: The RISD Reality (student panel)
    Metcalf Auditorium (Chace Center)
    This student panel will cover day-to-day life for students at RISD, including classes, workload, self-care, relationships, culture, identity, balance and everything in between.
  • 2:30 – 3:00 pm: Surprise!
    Market Square
    Join us for a special surprise.
  • 3:00 – 5 pm: Taking care of business/free time
    Campus
    Take some time to hang out or get some last-minute supplies. OLs will be available to lead trips to local art supply stores and grocery stores.
  • 5 – 6:30 pm: Dinner
    Portfolio Cafe (15 West)
    This one's on your own (be sure to use a meal swipe if enrolled in a meal plan).
  • 8 – 10 pm: Rhode Island Pride Fest 2018
    15 Westminster/Downtown Providence
    Join us in attending Rhode Island's 43rd Annual LGBTQ Pride Celebration. This year's theme is Louder and Prouder. Meet outside of 15 West to walk to the illuminated night parade.

Sunday, June 17

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  • 8 am – 2 pm: Brunch
    Portfolio Cafe (15 West)
    This one's on your own (be sure to use a meal swipe if you're enrolled in a meal plan).
  • 11 am – 4 pm: Shopping shuttles/free time
    Outside 15 West
    Shopping shuttles will be available for any last-minute needs. OLs will also be available in the lobby of 15 West for anyone who has any questions.
  • 5 – 6:30 pm: Dinner
    Portfolio Cafe (15 West)
    Enjoy dinner together before classes begin!

Get in touch

Graduate program directors are the first point of contact for any program-specific questions (regarding materials, curriculum, etc.). For general inquiries about enrollment, email the Admissions team at admissions@risd.edu.

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Katy Schimert

Graduate Program Director

Department Head

Brett Roth

Department Administrative Coordinator

Mark Milloff

Graduate Program Director

Department Head

Traci Vaspol

Department Administrative Coordinator

Carl Lostritto

Graduate Program Director

Amy Kulper

Department Head

Matthew Everett

Department Assistant

Bethany Johns

Graduate Program Director

Eva Laporte

Graduate Program Coordinator

Patricia Johnson

Graduate Program Director

Marilyn Grear

Department Administrative Coordinator

Rachel Berwick

Graduate Program Director

Department Head

Brett Roth

Department Administrative Coordinator

Andy Law

Graduate Program Director

Elena Quinonez

Department Assistant

Markus Berger

Graduate Program Director

Liliane Wong

Department Head

Wendy Abelson

Department Coordinator

Brooks Hagan

Graduate Program Director

Alison Huff

Department Administrative Coordinator

Timothy Veske-McMahon

Graduate Program Director

Tracy Steepy

Department Head

Brett Roth

Department Administrative Coordinator

Suzanne Mathew

Graduate Program Director

Emily Vogler

Department Head

Denise Campbell

Department Administrative Coordinator

Kevin Zucker

Graduate Program Director

David Frazer

Department Head

Gabrielle Jacobsen

Department Coordinator

Odette England

Graduate Program Director

Steven Smith

Department Head

Theresa Rusho

Department Administrative Coordinator

Megan Foster

Graduate Program Director

Stephanie Darling

Department Administrative Coordinator

Heather Rowe

Graduate Program Director

Lisi Raskin

Department Head

Brett Roth

Department Administrative Coordinator

Paul Sproll

Graduate Program Director

Department Head

Sue McGuire

Department Administrative Coordinator

Eric Anderson

Graduate Program Director

Tina Egnoski

Division Assistant

Nicole Merola

Graduate Program Director

Tina Egnoski

Division Assistant