RISD – Connects
Newsletter of the RISD Alumni Association
May 2020

Welcome to RISD CONNECTS, a new monthly newsletter filled with alumni news, events and stories. Joining together as a community is more important now than ever, and this is one of the new ways we want to communicate with you.

Let’s stay connected and continue to inspire each other with our collective creativity. Share what you’re working on or participate in one of the virtual events featured below.

This newsletter is for you, so be sure to let us know what you'd like to see and we’ll shape RISD CONNECTS together.

Wishing you good health,

Donald Choi BArch 82 P 07
RISD Alumni Association

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RISD Network Takes Off
Over 1,500 alumni and 600 students are already expanding their professional connections with the RISD Network, our new online mentoring platform. Join fellow alumni and help students and alumni learn from your college and career experience. Get started today!
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Alumni Webinars
May 13 Legal and Tax Q&A for the COVID-era with Hannah Cole and Dr. Katherine de Vos Devine

May 20 The Creative Entrepreneurs Guide to Money with Eric Holter 91 IL

May 27 The Creative Entrepreneurs Guide to Marketing with Eric Holter 91 IL

Missed a webinar? You can watch webinar recordings at no charge on the alumni website.

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Upcoming Virtual Events
Tonight! How to Transition into the Textiles Industry with Jason Romero MFA 12 TX, Chase Taylor MFA 13 TX, Cristina Sirbu MFA 14 TX, and Alli Stocco MFA 14 TX

May 20 Meeting of RISD Zero Waste Alumni with Callie Clayton 17 TX, Anne Keating 17 TX, Juliana Sohn 92 PH

More panels with RISD Lawyers, RISD Alumni in Photography and alumni working in graphic design coming soon!

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Connect with alumni around the globe by joining this new affinity group led by Amy Cohen 76 TX. Read creativity-themed fiction and nonfiction works and discuss in an online forum or participate in an alumni-hosted meeting in your area.
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Alumni in the News
RISD makers Josh Linder-Haber 12 ID, Naomi Mishkin 11 GL, Melissa Borrell MFA 05 JM and many more are helping address the nationwide shortage of Personal Protective Equipment by rejiggering their studios and other fabrication sites to produce fabric masks or plastic face shields.

See how other alumni are responding to COVID-19 and share your own story.

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Success in Virtual Learning
Longtime faculty member Matthew Bird 89 ID brings his popular course on the history of everything to students around the world.

Remote learning has inspired a dynamic revamp of a core Landscape Architecture studio—and a heightened sense of mission.

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Momentum: Spring 2020
Philanthropic and volunteer support is making a profound difference for students like financial aid recipient Steven Kaplan-Pistiner MFA 20 JM, who is honing his craft while honoring his grandfather, and scholarship recipient Sophia-Yemisi Adeyemo-Ross 21 PT, who is breaking down barriers and preparing to inspire a new generation of students.
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RISD Zoom Backgrounds
Show your RISD pride during this time of social distancing by downloading one or more of our free virtual backgrounds to use during Zoom meetings. Choose images of campus or the museum collection.
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Resources during COVID-19
The Career Center is keeping a running list of resources to support students and alumni in these challenging times. You’ll find information from noteworthy organizations across a broad range of disciplines and interests.

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