Monthly Archives: September 2014

NTID Job Fair

The 14th annual NTID Job Fair for deaf and hard-of-hearing students and graduates will be in Lyndon Baines Johnson Hall on October 29, 2014. Attendees can meet employers from around the country interested in hiring for co-ops and permanent jobs. More 








RIT Ranked Among Best Universities

Elizabeth Lamark, RIT Production Services

Rochester Institute of Technology is recognized in several categories for educational quality and value in the 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges. Since U.S. News began ranking colleges in 1983, RIT has consistently been listed among the top regional universities. RIT leaders anticipate moving to the national research category next year with the university’s growth in doctoral programs.

For the 2015 ranking, RIT placed eighth in the “Best Regional Universities (North)” category in the latest report among hundreds of schools that offer a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs. RIT also received the second highest peer assessment score, which is a survey of presidents, provosts and deans from other universities judging a school’s academic excellence.

In the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category, RIT ranked fifth among regional universities (North). The formula used to determine which schools offer the best value relates to a school’s academic quality to the net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of financial aid. “The higher the quality of program and the lower the cost, the better the deal,” according to U.S. News.

In the “Focus on Student Success” category, RIT was listed as one of only 13 colleges nationally recognized for excellence in the “Internships” listing. RIT’s cooperative education program, which began in 1912, remains one of the largest in the nation and has been recognized every year since U.S. News began the category in 2002. More.

“Miracle on Ice” Olympian Jim Craig Visits RIT/NTID Oct. 3

Motivational speaker and former member of the "Miracle on Ice" 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team, Jim Craig, will be at RIT/NTID on Friday, Oct. 3 for a variety of activities with students, athletes and the general public. Craig, who gained notarity during the 1980 Olympics as the goalie for Team USA during their "miracle" gold medal run, now is a motivational speaker and author of the book "Gold Medal Strategies: Business Strategies from America's Gold Medal Team"

Craig will be the guest at a breakfast for RIT student athletes, and then will present at a VIP luncheon on campus. Tickets for the lunch are $75 each, or a table for eight for $500. Proceeds will benefit the NTID Foundation Endowed Scholarship Fund. 

From 4-5:30 p.m., Craig will deliver a lecture and hold a book signing at NTID's Panara Theatre. The lecture is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event. 

For information on lunch tickets, contact Heather Emerson Jeremy, assistant director of NTID Development, or 585.216.1819 (vp).

A Valuable Learning Experience

NCE Success Story: Helen Yu

A Valuable Learning Experience
Business Management major prepares Helen Yu for a management role in a variety of settings after graduation.  

Sunnyvale, California

Degree programs
B.S. in Business Management

Minor in Chinese

Year of graduation
May 2015

Place of employment
Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), Indianapolis, Indiana 

Job title 
Financial Management Student Intern for Accounts Payable Department (Summer Internship 2014)

Work responsibilities 
DFAS provides finance and accounting services and pays all Department of Defense (DoD) military and civilian personnel, retirees and annuitants, as well as major DoD contractors and vendors. During my first week, I completed the DoD Financial Management 101 courses to learn more about DoD before I started to work. Then, I worked with my group on a project for the Accounts Payable Customer Care Center. We analyzed the causes of misrouted calls and provided recommendations so DFAS could prevent that in the future.

I also did some job shadowing to learn the various types of work and career opportunities that DFAS offers. While in the accounts payable department, my main responsibility was to perform extensive research to identify general ledger imbalances that can prevent the proper posting of invoices and receipts that are necessary for liquidation of a recorded account.

How does your co-op relate to your degree from RIT/NTID 
My degree in Business Management will help me prepare to manage in a variety of fields. I am learning how to be effective at communicating, writing and at developing solutions to complex problems. And I am acquiring the managerial skills that will allow me to work my way into leadership roles in future jobs. My major is pretty broad, and I have taken various business courses that helped me prepare for my future career area. While on co-op, I used the skills I have developed related to Business Information System Processes, Finance/Accounting, and Leadership in Organizations. Not only did my business courses contribute to my being able to work well on co-op, but also I have learned from my involvement with clubs and organizations on campus how to be a successful leader and that has added to my leadership abilities. All in all, DFAS provided a great learning experience.

There are so many opportunities out there. Take advantage of them, if you can. Life is short.


Memorial for Robert F. Panara Planned for Friday

A memorial tribute to Robert F. Panara, the much beloved professor emeritus at Rochester Institute of Technology, author, poet, historian and sports fan, is scheduled at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, in the theater bearing his name at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Lyndon Baines Johnson Hall. The event is scheduled to be live streamed.

The RIT flag will be lowered in his memory.

Panara died July 20. He was 94. A news obituary appeared in the NTID newsroom, as well as in major newspapers across the country.

Several speakers are expected to reflect upon Panara’s lengthy and colorful career and life at his memorial, entitled “Remembering Bob: Celebrating Robert F. Panara’s Life.” There will be video clips of him in the classroom and performances of his poetry. A reception will follow across the hall in the Joseph F. and Helen C. Dyer Arts Center, where a collection of items reflecting Panara’s various passions—including his family, teaching, sports, theater and the arts—will be displayed through Sept. 25.

“My dad accomplished so much in his life, making a difference in the lives of so many others,” said his son, John Panara, an English professor at RIT/NTID. “When people speak of him as a teacher, mentor and friend, words like ‘encouraging, caring and inspiring’ always come up. And, of course, they mention his trademark smile and positive energy.”

Panara’s best friend and biographer, NTID Professor Emeritus Harry Lang, and his wife, Professor Emeritus Bonnie Lang, are helping coordinate the memorial. “We hope those attending the memorial and the exhibit in the Dyer gallery will get not only a sense of Bob’s extraordinary career, but how he personally touched and inspired so many,” Harry Lang said.

“Robert Panara was like a deaf father to me. He made a big impact on my life,” said J.J. “The Mime” Jones, of Overland Park, Kan., who took classes taught by Panara when Jones came to RIT/NTID in 1974. “I learned about myself and Deaf culture in his Deaf Studies class. I was fascinated by the way he taught us and how he told stories! He would go on and on with great stories, and when the bell rang, we didn’t rush out of the classroom—we wanted to stay longer to listen to his entire stories. His smile and charm blew us away.”

Jones will present a brief tribute in mime during the memorial.

John Panara said the memorial will conclude with a video of his father performing his famous poem, “On His Deafness.”