W. Scot Atkins Named NTID Distinguished Alumnus




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Scot Atkins, senior vice president of human resources for Communication Services for the Deaf (CSD) in Sioux Falls, S.D., has been chosen 2002 Distinguished Alumnus for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology. Atkins was honored at ceremonies on campus this month.

The annual Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizes the professional accomplishments of graduates and the manner in which these accomplishments reflect positively on RIT.

"This award not only honors Scot for his achievements," says NTID Dean T. Alan Hurwitz, "it also expresses our appreciation for representing his alma mater in such a prominent way."

Atkins received a bachelorís degree in Business in 1989 and a masterís degree in Career and Human Resource Development in 1992. He was a human resources administrator with Sprint before joining CSD in 1995. When he joined CSD, the company had two relay centers and 300 employees. Today, CSD has seven relay centers and approximately 1,800 employees in 14 states.

His responsibilities include employee relations, recruitment, personnel records, compensation and benefits, safety and health, and training.

"Scot is a wonderful asset to our company," says CEO Benjamin Soukop. "His background, experience, and credentials not only bring a higher level of credibility and recognition to the human resources department, but to the entire organization."

The first and largest technological college in the world for students who are deaf and hard of hearing, NTID, one of eight colleges of RIT, offers educational programs and access and support services to 1,100 students from around the world who study, live, and socialize with 14,000 hearing students on the RIT campus.

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