Three Staff Members Appointed At NTID

They Join the College’s Recruitment and Outreach Teams

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The National Technical Institute for the Deaf, a college of Rochester Institute of Technology, announces three new staff appointments.

Lauren Bain of Rochester has been hired as an admissions counselor and Gail Duell of Churchville has been hired as staff assistant, both in the NTID Office of Admissions. Mark Sommer of Pittsford has been named associate director of Pre-College Outreach.

Bain will do recruitment travel, process applications, and manage the western region of the United States to assist deaf and hard of hearing students in their college search and application process for RIT programs.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in social work from RIT in 2006. She previously worked as a sociotherapist at Hillside Children’s Center in Rochester, where she also served as a social work intern in 2005.

Duell will manage the department’s database for all high schools and organizational contacts, including the tracking of all recruitment visits in that database. She also will provide general information about the application process and campus visits, and will process application materials.

She formerly was secretary to the managing partner of Faber Homes in Rochester and was assistant to the president of Tapetex, Inc., also in Rochester. She has completed coursework in business, accounting, and computers from RIT and Monroe Community College.

Sommer will manage NTID’s growing outreach programs for high school and secondary audiences, including Explore Your Future, MathCounts, and a digital arts and animation competition. He formerly was associate director of Admissions and Outreach at NTID. Before that, he was director of Outreach and Customer Relations for VISSTA Information Technologies in Massachusetts and Outreach and Education Program Manager for MCI WorldCom in Boston.

He has a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from California State University, Northridge.

NTID is the first and largest technological college in the world for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. One of eight colleges of RIT, NTID offers educational programs and access and support services to the 1,100 deaf and hard-of-hearing students from around the world who study, live, and socialize with 14,400 hearing students on RIT’s Rochester, N.Y., campus.

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