RIT announces 2018-2019 theatrical season

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Four performances presenting an array of cultural, political and social issues are part of a new collaborative season by Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf Performing Arts program and RIT's College of Liberal Arts Theater Arts program. The productions will give students the opportunity to work in a deaf and hearing cast and crew that promotes diversity, inclusion and respect for different cultures and perspectives. All four productions are planned to be fully accessible for deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing audiences. More.

RIT recognized for diversity and inclusion efforts

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Rochester Institute of Technology’s work to establish a diverse and inclusive environment earned two awards from national organizations this fall. For the second year in a row, RIT is being honored as an institution committed to diversity for 2018 by Minority Access, Inc. RIT also is receiving a Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from "INSIGHT into Diversity" magazine for the fifth consecutive year. More.

Registration now open for Brick City Homecoming & Family Weekend, Oct. 19-21

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Brick City Homecoming & Family Weekend is RIT's annual tradition to celebrate alumni, students, parents and families, faculty, staff and friends of the University. RIT combines parents weekend and alumni reunions into one big event. The excitement will begin Friday, Oct. 19 and run through Sunday, Oct. 21. For a full list of activities and to register, visit https://www.rit.edu/gcr/brickcity/.

RIT’s newest students urged to dream and change the world

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Get involved, know your fellow students and professors, and take advantage of as many opportunities as you can.

That was a main theme expressed during the Convocation for New Students at Rochester Institute of Technology today, as the university welcomed its most academically qualified first-year students, who had an average 1300 SAT score.

The new students also are expected to set a total RIT enrollment record at more than 19,000 for the first time. The new students come from 46 states and Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and 43 countries. Total international students come from 51 countries, with the most students coming from India, China, Saudi Arabia, Dominican Republic and Iran. More.

Rochester Fringe Festival to feature acts with RIT/NTID connections

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This year’s Key Bank Rochester Fringe Festival will feature a variety of performances and films with RIT/NTID connections. 

Since the festival’s debut in 2012, deaf and hard-of-hearing performers, as well as captioned performances have been highlighted. Many of those performers have been RIT/NTID students, alumni, faculty and staff.

The 2018 festival features the following:

  • A showing of the film “Baby Driver” featuring RIT/NTID alumnus CJ Jones
  • A one-person comedy show “Becoming Kat” from alumnus Keith Banks
  • Former and current RIT/NTID students in the performance group “Dangerous Signs” in a performance of their original production “Beyond Words”
  • Alumnus and current Performing Arts faculty Fred Michael Beam’s one-man show “Black Deaf Male: Who Am I?”
  • A documentary featuring Performing Arts faculty Thomas Warfield “On the Way to Oz”
  • Performances by RIT/NTID’s traveling troupe, Sunshine 2.0
  • Stand-up comedy by RIT/NTID alumnus Tom Willard

Numerous other festival productions are being ASL interpreted. For more information on interpreted performances, dates, times, locations and tickets, visit the Rochester Fringe Festival website.

RIT/NTID names Keinaths as 2018 Distinguished Alumni

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RIT/NTID has named David and Patricia Keinath of St. Louis, Missouri, as 2018 Distinguished Alumni.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented annually by each of RIT’s nine colleges and the School of Individualized Study to an alumnus/a who has performed at the highest levels of their chosen profession or who has contributed significantly to the advancement and leadership of noteworthy civic, philanthropic or service organizations. It is the highest award an RIT college can bestow upon its alumni.

The Keinaths are both members of RIT/NTID’s SVP class of 1983, with David earning his degree in Industrial Drafting in 1987. He was a founding member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity at RIT/NTID and is active with the organization’s alumni board.

“David and Patricia are strong supporters of various deaf advocacy groups,” Gerry Buckley, NTID president and RIT vice president and dean, said. “I’m thrilled that we will be adding them to our list of outstanding alumni who have received the Distinguished Alumni award.”

The awards will be presented during the Presidents’ Alumni Ball 6:30 – 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in the Gordon Field House.

For information on all of RIT’s 2018 Distinguished Alumni award recipients visit this site. For all events and information on Brick City Homecoming & Family Weekend visit here. For a list of RIT/NTID Distinguished Alumni recipients through the years, visit the website.

Cortez Harris completes Dale Carnegie Training, earns award

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RIT/NTID student Cortez Harris, an Applied Liberal Arts major from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, recently completed the Dale Carnegie Customer Satisfaction Training program in Rochester, New York, and earned the organization’s “The Future is Bright” award at a ceremony in July.

Harris became involved with Dale Carnegie as part of a training with RIT’s Men of Color, Honor and Ambition (MOCHA) last fall and spring semesters.

“The first semester was a three-day course, while the second semester was a five-day, high impact immersion course that trained my MOCHA brothers and myself in public speaking, leadership, confidence, presentation skills, conflict resolution and other skills,” Harris said. “I won the outstanding performance award during the three-day course for my ability to show confidence, ambition and hard work, and I won the high achievement award for showing improvement in all areas of the program during the five-day course.”

Dale Carnegie programs provide trainings to improve individual and business performance.

“The trainers at Dale Carnegie saw my motivation and dedication to work hard and improve myself and my willingness to encourage and motivate others around me and decided to honor me with the ‘Future is Bright’ award at their 5th annual customer appreciation awards event,” Harris said. “Now that I am a Dale Carnegie graduate, I can influence people within my community who may feel fearful to reach for the stars or to break the rules. I can now teach them that rules are meant to be broken—that it is perfectly fine to step outside of the box for a moment and to redirect your vision.”

Attending the ceremony were RIT/NTID Director of Student Life Tim Albert and RIT/NTID Director of Diversity and Inclusion Stephanie Albert.

"It was an honor for me and Tim to attend the Dale Carnegie awards program,” Stephanie Albert said. “We congratulate Cortez for receiving ‘The Future is Bright’ award. He is an optimistic, hard-working, goal-oriented and highly motivated leader who inspires students and others toward a bright and successful future.”

 

RIT named among the nation’s ‘Best 384 Colleges’

Rochester Institute of Technology is considered one of the nation’s best universities for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education-services company features RIT in the just-published 2019 edition of its annual book "The Best 384 Colleges." Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and only four colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the book, which is one of The Princeton Review’s most popular guides.

Students cited RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf as “providing amazing accommodations for deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend the university, including notetaking, interpreters and CPrint technology.” More.