Monthly Archives: December 2016

RIT/NTID alumnus establishes student workshop series

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Marc Roer of Chicago, an alumnus of Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, has established a fund to provide a series of workshops that focus on students’ “soft skills” and practical use of today’s technology for career success.

Through the $10,000 commitment, the Roer Family Workshop Series “Genius Labs” will provide programming developed in partnership with RIT/NTID’s Student Life Team and Center on Employment.

“NTID holds a very special place in my heart,” Roer said. “Providing a way for students to develop the soft skills needed in the workplace offered a golden opportunity for me to give back and be able to help others in the same way that NTID helped me. It is my hope that the Roer Family Workshop Series will help provide the same direction NTID gave me and motivate other alumni to contribute to the series as well as to NTID.”

Workshops topics include best practices in PowerPoint and Prezi; study and homework apps for students; how to use social media tools such as Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat; tips for video and Skype interviews, and more.

“These skill-building sessions highlight a number of practical activities, focused primarily on technology, that are designed to advance students’ practical knowledge and application, no matter their level of experience,” said Gerry Buckley, NTID president and RIT vice president and dean. “We are grateful to Marc for his commitment to RIT/NTID’s students, and for giving back to his alma mater in such an innovative and creative way.”

Roer earned an associate degree in electromechanical technology from RIT/NTID in 1981 and is a senior mechanical research technician at John Crane Inc. in Morton Grove, Ill.

RIT/NTID annual Scholarship Symposium Jan. 12, 2017

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Season’s Greetings to RIT/NTID Alums and Retirees,

Dr. Buckley and Dr. Aldersley are pleased to announce NTID’s Third Scholarship Symposium 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2017, in the CSD Student Development Center. They cordially invite you back to campus to see what your former colleagues have been doing in the areas of research and scholarship.  A wine and hors’ d’ouevres reception will follow the final presentations 4-5 p.m.

We ask that you register by January 3, 2017, so we have an accurate count for hospitality throughout the day.   

For more information on the symposium schedule and registration, click on the links below.

For registration questions, please contact Hope Williams,

Rochester Institute of Technology expands agreement with university in China

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Tianjin University of Technology of China, a nationally recognized leader for its programs in engineering, technology and the arts, and the first technological university providing education for the deaf in China, has entered into new partnership agreements to enroll students in one- and two-year programs at RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID).  

Tianjin University has been a longtime partner of NTID, and representatives visited RIT as an opportunity to review and confirm details related to these new agreements. A formal signing ceremony took place Friday, Dec. 9.

Representatives from Tianjin University attending the signing ceremony included the university’s vice president, head of the technical college for the deaf, head of the school of engineering and the associate director of the Office of International Relations.

RIT’s President William Destler, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jeremy Haefner and NTID President and RIT Vice President and Dean Gerry Buckley represented RIT.

“RIT/NTID has had an outstanding relationship with Tianjin University of Technology since 2001,” said Buckley. “We consider Tianjin University a ‘sister college’ and are excited to expand and develop additional partnerships throughout other areas of RIT.”

NTID is the first and largest technological college for deaf and hard-of-hearing people in the world, and has formal relationships with colleges and universities in Japan and Russia, in addition to Tianjin University of Technology.

RIT established the first undergraduate microelectronic engineering program in 1982 to address the need for engineers trained in micro-fabrication for the growing semiconductor industry. The program combines imaging science and a strong core of electrical engineering.

“Advanced microelectronic manufacturing already has changed the world, and this developing relationship will have an impact as we continue into the future,” said Robert Pearson, director of RIT’s Microelectronic Engineering Programs. “I find it amazing that two universities a world apart share such similar attributes and goals.”

Introducing RIT/NTID’s New Athlete Development Program

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A new program is underway, making the competitive world of collegiate sports even more accessible to all students.The RIT/NTID Athlete Development Program  provides support and training to improve quality of deaf and hard-of-hearing athletes’ experience as key members of their respective athletic programs. Skip Flangan, RIT/NTID’s athlete development coordinator, is working closely with RIT varsity coaches, NTID faculty and staff and, of course, the athletes themselves to help ensure greatness on and off the field, court or track. More.