Follow RITNEWS on Twitter David Strom, of Brighton, has been appointed director of Alumni Relations at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He will work to strengthen relationships with NTID's 5,000 alumni through networking, socializing, and fundraising activities.

Strom graduated from NTID/RIT in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering technology and later received a master’s degree in career and human resource development, also from RIT.

Serving as interim director for the past year, Strom has renewed efforts to connect alumni with current students and recent graduates looking for cooperative work experiences and full-time employment, leading to increased alumni participation in NTID-sponsored events as well as fundraising efforts.

"There is significant pride in being a graduate of NTID or one of the other colleges of RIT," Strom said. "Quality education was obtained and deep friendships were formed through NTID. It's exciting to be an integral part of keeping alumni connected with RIT and their classmates."

Strom teaches American Sign Language at NTID, Monroe Community College, and the State University of New York College at Geneseo. He also teaches Deaf Heritage at NTID and coordinates ASL Café productions at Rochester’s Comix Café and RIT’s College Grind. Strom founded ASL Café in 1999 with the support of three NTID alumni. Strom also serves on the board of directors with the Center for Disability Rights in Rochester.

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 13,500 hearing students on the RIT campus. Web address: or For more NTID news go to