Thursday, May 17, 2012

Direct Deposit: HSBC

Do you have a bank account from HSBC? Have you set up direct deposit with your job, especially at RIT?

HSBC banks in New York and Connecticut are moving various major accounts to First Niagara Bank in the month of May.  For anyone who has set up a direct deposit from RIT (or any other job) to an HSBC account, your routing number is changing and you need to take a few extra steps to ensure there is no interruption in your automatic access to your paycheck.  It is important to note that your bank account number is not changing, just your routing number. 

Taken directly from RIT Message Center:

The RIT payroll department needs your help to insure there is no interruption to your direct deposit.

If you have received specific information from HSBC that your account is changing to First Niagara Bank, please take the following steps:

Submit the RIT Payroll Direct Deposit Form:
to the Payroll office with the following information filled in:

Name; employee ID OR UID #; phone OR email contact; indicate how paid (BW or SM); place check mark in ‘Change Account’; in ‘Bank Name’ field write HSBC to First Niagara; in ‘Transit Number’ indicate the number on the form received by the bank; indicate ‘Account Type’.

Be Sure to SIGN and Date the form at the bottom.

Submit by:       ASAP because it takes time to process in the system
Submit To:      Payroll Department; EAS-1160

Monday, May 14, 2012

Behind the Scenes: The Making of the RIT Enrollment Video

There is so much that goes into making a short clip that most people don't think about.
  • Who do you want to be in the film?
  • Where are you going to shoot it?
  • What are you going to say?
  • What props do you need? 
Just to name a few.

Laura and I worked with a group of students to develop a concept that was both funny and had the ability to get the message across.  For us, we wanted the video to be less of a training video and more of a way to remind people of the old system while create awareness about the new system.  

We also wanted to make people laugh, bringing out highlights of RIT that in some cases only someone who was attending RIT would understand.  We brought one of the guys in the film wearing a hockey helmet and carrying an umbrella, meant to represent the battle of the old SIS.

The project team was able to develop a concept that did everything we wanted to, then it was off to find our actors.

The two guys in the film are Saunders College of Business major Geoffrey Blosat and College of Health and Science Biomedical Science major Jeffrey Henstenburg. Both of these guys were great sports and really ran with our ideas and added their own personal touches.  I have known both of these guys since week one of my RIT experience through the Honors Orientation and the entire project team can't thank them enough for jumping on board and being so flexible with their time.   

We started off filming Geoffrey Blosat who plays the new enrollment student.  We headed off to Saunders college of business and filmed him enrolling in classes.  Then it was off to Barnes and Noble.  We filmed a couple of scenes that didn't make the final cut that included Geoff "shopping" for classes in the book store.  He picked up a lot of interesting books including: Social Media for Dummies, Organic Chemistry, and Statistics.

The next day we filmed Jeff Henstenburg at a Park Point Apartment.  He played the role of the old registration student.  We had him waking up at at 5:55 to go into "battle" with the system and try and beat out the old refreshing page.  The scene showing him preparing to go into battle features a hockey helmet (because we all know hockey is a big deal on campus) and an umbrella (a small play on the RIT Umbrella incident).  We filmed a couple of scenes of his angry fit when he couldn't get into the SIS system since he had woken up so early where he threw a chair, threw things around the apartment, and stomped around the apartment.

We hoped you enjoyed watching the video as much as we enjoyed making it and if you haven't had a chance to watch the video see it here:


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Everything in ONE Place

Unlike the old SIS, the new system has everything you may need to see (with the exception of Access Services and MyCourses), in one consolidated system.  The system allows you to enroll in your classes, plan out your time at RIT, request documents, apply for graduation, check your GPA, see your class schedule, and coming during the 2012-13 academic year, a degree audit system that will work for all majors throughout RIT will be integrated.

Where do I find my academic information?

When students enter Student Center, they simply need to click on My Academics, which is located under Academics below Search, Plan, Enroll.  If you are already in either Search, Plan, or Enroll you can click on the My Academics tab from that screen.

Unofficial Transcript
Students now have access to a formal unofficial transcript within minutes (depending on the download speed of your computer).

From the My Academics page, students can select View my unofficial transcript.  From here, students can also request an official transcript from their academic department or advisor.  The unofficial transcript will be a downloadable document that students can use for their own personal purposes but it is important to remember this is an UNofficial transcript.

Past Course Information

Under the My Academics tab students can also view all the courses they have taken and view transfer credits.

Apply for Graduation

Students also have the ability to apply for graduation with in this system.  This can be done when a student is within four quarters of graduation.  Students can also check the status of their graduation application.

Enrollment Verification

For the purposes of taxes and financial aid requests outside of RIT, you can request your enrollment verification within this system.  This link is located under the Transcript heading in My Academics.

My Program

In this system students have what is known as a career (undergraduate or graduate), a program (your college), and your declared major and minor (if you have declared one).  Students can have multiple program plans if they are a part of multiple colleges and/or majors. You can see this on the side of the My Academics page.


Within the My Academics tab there is a link to your advisors.  You can send a direct message to him or her by clicking on the View my advisors link.  This will take you to a page that allows you to select one or multiple advisors to notify and directly message within the system.  If they respond, the email will go to the student's RIT email address listed in the system.  The message center will also copy your RIT email address into the conversation, if you choose.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Wait Lists FAQ's

How does the wait list work?
When you are adding a course to your shopping cart, check the 'Wait list if class is full' if you would like to add a course to the wait list. When you enroll, read the message to see if you have been placed on the wait list, and to see what your position number is. If a spot becomes available in the class, the system will automatically enroll the first positions from the wait list into the class.

How can I check my position number?
When you view 'My Class Schedule' your status will say 'Waiting' if you are on the wait list. You can find what position you are right next to that, under 'Wait list Position.'

Where can I find how many people are on the wait list?
Use the class search to find the specific class, click the blue class link for more class information. Under 'Course Availability' you will find the wait list capacity, as well as the wait list total.

Why can't I wait list a specific class?
Not all classes have wait lists. If an academic department has decided not to utilize wait lists, the wait list capacity in the course description will say '0.'

How will I know if I get in?
At this time, you will have to check your student account periodically to see if you get into a class.

Can I set up a swap with a class I am wait listed for?
Unfortunately you cannot set up a swap with a class you are currently enrolled on the wait list for. How you choose to deal with enrolling in different sections or possibly losing a few spots on the wait list to set up a swap, is up to every student individually.

I'm spot #_, what are my chances of getting in?
There is no definite answer for knowing whether or not you will get in. The higher the spot you are, or if there is a reserved capacity that will be lifted and is not full, the better your chances. Check back periodically through out the summer to see if your position has changed.

I set up a swap, and now I want to drop one section of it. Why is it asking me to drop both classes?
Although it takes you to a page that seems like you are dropping both sections, when you select 'Finish Dropping' it only drops the section you have selected.