More than 200 first-year and transfer RIT/NTID students from across the country move-in for the first day of SVP, the college’s Summer Vestibule Program, which provides classroom and social experiences prior to the beginning of classes.
Sherri Turpin of Tampa, Fla., has been named to Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf Foundation Board of Directors. Turpin is CEO of ZVRS, a video relay service providing communication access to deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.
The RIT/NTID Foundation is composed of volunteers committed to the advancement of career development and personal growth opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing students at NTID. It serves as a link through which foundation board members, external to the institute, foster involvement and private investment to enrich the quality and vitality of the learning environment at NTID.
A technology veteran, Turpin comes from a strong leadership background, with more than 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, specializing in business strategy and development, sales, marketing, operations and customer experience. Most recently, Turpin served as channel chief for EarthLink, leading all aspects of the company’s indirect distribution channel, which included accountability for full profit and loss, sales and revenue growth. Prior to EarthLink, Turpin was executive-in-residence for Kinderhook Industries and XO Communications in varying management roles. In addition to the RIT/NTID Foundation Board, Turpin serves as a trustee for the New York School for the Deaf in White Plains, N.Y.
“When it comes to higher education, there should be no barriers to communication or accessibility,” Turpin said. “We should be striving to create equal access and opportunity for all individuals regardless of hearing status. I’m beyond thrilled to join the RIT/NTID Foundation Board, as I believe wholeheartedly in NTID’s vision and commitment to their students.”
ZVRS is the creator and sponsor of RIT/NTID’s Next Big Idea, an annual competition in which cross-disciplinary teams of deaf and hard-of-hearing students work together to create a product, technology or business that will be useful to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.
“We are excited to have Sherri’s expertise and leadership on our Foundation Board of Directors,” said Gerard Buckley, NTID president and RIT vice president and dean. “We value the relationship we have with ZVRS and look forward to that relationship growing even stronger with Sherri’s involvement.”
Ruth Carroll from Queens, New York, is a design and imaging technology major working her co-op at VaynerMedia, a social media/digital advertising agency in New York, New York. In her position as a studio intern, she works with the studio production team assisting with video shooting of advertising footage, transcribing dialogue and editing videos with Adobe Premiere.
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