Monthly Archives: September 2017

RIT ranks high in Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education ranking

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Rochester Institute of Technology placed 130th out of 1,054 U.S. colleges and universities in The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking.

The ranking, developed in partnership with experts and universities, uses 15 individual performance metrics, grouped into four pillars representing Resources (30 percent), Engagement (20 percent), Outcomes (40 percent) and Environment (10 percent), indicators deemed most important to students when choosing a university, according to the ranking organization.

Within the Northeast region, RIT ranked 60th out of 303 institutions. More.

50th Anniversary Reunion Weekend Golf Tournament Registration Opens

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The 50th Anniversary Reunion Weekend Core Team is happy to announce that registration is now open for the golf tournament that will take place on Thursday, June 28, 2018!

Located at the Mill Creek Golf Club, the tournament is a convenient 10-minute drive from campus, which means it’s a great way to kick off your reunion weekend!

You can register here:

In case you have any questions, the organizers—Jamie Munro and Mark Pfuntner, both of whom are alumni working at NTID—have put together an FAQ; keep reading for more details.


How many people can register?

The maximum is 144 golfers or 36 teams of four.


How will teams be set up?

If you already have a team, you can add your fellow players as “guests” on the registration form. If you don’t have a team, you can register on your own, and we will assign you to a team that has space for you.


Will there be a waiting list in case of cancellations or no-shows?

Yes. If you are unable to register because the tournament has accepted the maximum number of players, contact Jamie and Mark at


I’m new to this golf tournament. What’s the format like?

We’ll be playing a Scramble, which will allow everyone at all levels to play. For more information on the format:


What time do I need to be at the course?

Registration will open at the course at 8 a.m., and everyone should be in their carts and ready to play by 8:45, rain or shine!


What kind of prizes will be awarded?

There’ll be prizes for both men and women for: Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, and Straightest Drive. There’ll also be drawings for other prizes, so please bring cash if you plan to participate.


What’s included in the $80 registration fee?

A continental breakfast will be available for players, including breakfast sandwiches, whole fruit, orange juice, and coffee. Also, range balls will be provided, and of course lunch is included!


What’s for lunch?

For lunch, the options are: Slow-cooked pulled pork, BBQ chicken, creamy coleslaw, salt potatoes, cornbread, cookies, iced tea, and lemonade.

By the way, if you’re not playing, but want to join for lunch, it’s only $25!


What else should I know?

It’s fun! There’s always some joking around among players because it’s a friendly competition. And of course, it’s always nice to win some prizes, and the camaraderie can’t be beat!


If you have any more questions:

RIT/NTID and EPA ink development of cooperative program

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Deaf and hard-of-hearing students attending Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf will benefit from enhanced educational and career opportunities in the environmental sciences, thanks to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the college and the Environmental Protection Agency.

The MOU was formalized during a “virtual” signing ceremony Sept. 12, with representatives from both RIT/NTID and the EPA connecting through live video conferencing.

The purpose of the MOU is to increase cooperation between RIT/NTID and the EPA in areas of mutual interest, including promoting equal opportunity in higher education, contributing to RIT/NTID’s capacity to provide high-quality education, and encouraging the participation of RIT/NTID in EPA programs.

Activities being considered as part of this partnership include:

  • Inviting RIT/NTID faculty and student participation in public policy forums, presentations, seminars and other events at the EPA.
  • The EPA participating in career fairs and other outreach to RIT/NTID students, faculty and alumni regarding EPA employment opportunities.
  • The EPA providing assistance to RIT/NTID for the advancement of environmental education by distance learning technology.
  • EPA representatives participating in lectures, webinars, conferences and other events at RIT/NTID.

“The federal government has been a strong advocate for equal employment opportunities for all individuals, including deaf and hard-of-hearing Americans,” said Gerry Buckley, NTID president and RIT vice president and dean. “We are so pleased to be partnering with the EPA on behalf of our students.”

The parties plan to establish a program committee consisting of representatives of RIT/NTID and the EPA to manage implementation of the memorandum. The EPA has designated EPA Region 2, headquartered in New York City, to administer the MOU on behalf of the EPA, working with other EPA offices, regions and laboratories as appropriate. RIT/NTID’s Center on Employment will administer on behalf of the college.

Representatives participating in the signing were, from the EPA: Bisa Cunningham, director, Diversity, Recruitment & Employee Services Division; Richard J. Manna, assistant regional administrator, EPA Region 2; Jon Gabry, branch chief, Division of Environmental Science and Assessment, Hazardous Waste Support Branch, EPA Region 2; Colin “Mark” Oldland, disability employment program manager, Office of Policy and Management, EPA Region 2; Christopher Emanuel, EEO manager/Disability Employment Program, Office of Civil Rights, Affirmative Employment, Analysis and Accountability; Johahna Johnson, Civil Rights and Finance Law Office, Office of General Counsel; Tania L. Allen, chief, Diversity & Recruitment Branch Diversity, Recruitment & Employee Services Division; and Anthony Napoli, diversity and inclusion program manager of the Diversity, Recruitment & Employee Services Division. Gerard Buckley, NTID president and RIT vice president and dean; John Macko, director of RIT/NTID’s Center on Employment; and Shyrl Scalice, assistant director and employment adviser, RIT/NTID’s Center on Employment, represented the college.

50th Anniversary Alumni Reunion Roadshow: Rochester, Oct. 12!

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Join your fellow alumni 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 at La Luna, 60 Browns Race, Rochester, in the historic High Falls district, for an evening of fun as we celebrate 50 years of education excellence at RIT/NTID. President Gerry Buckley, reunion co-chairs Chris and Staci Wagner, and this year's NTID Distinguished Alumni award winners Sam and Barbara Ray Holcomb will be joining the fun. There will be a performance by Sunshine 2.0 along with delicious food and a cash bar. 

Don't miss a minute of the fun! Register today at!

RIT presidential inauguration set for Sept. 28

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The inauguration of President David Munson as Rochester Institute of Technology’s 10th president will take place Sept. 28. For more information on the inauguration and a full schedule, go to

What: Inauguration of David Munson as RIT’s 10th president

  • Keynote speaker Philip Hanlon, president of Dartmouth College, will welcome Munson. A mathematician, computer scientist and educator, Hanlon came to Dartmouth from the University of Michigan, where he served as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. At the inauguration, Hanlon will be joined by dozens of college and university presidents from across the country.
  • A video on Munson’s successes in higher education will also be a highlight of the ceremony.
  • Munson’s address will look toward the future of RIT and the role that higher education can play in solving complex issues around the world.

When: 3 to 4:30 p.m., with a reception to follow, Sept. 28

Where: Gordon Field House and Activities Center on the RIT campus

Who: Open to the entire RIT community

Munson facts:

  • Munson became RIT’s 10th president on July 1
  • Munson took the helm from retiring president Bill Destler, who served RIT for 10 years.
  • Munson was previously dean of the University of Michigan College of Engineering.
  • For a full biography of Munson, go to

RIT Quote: “With his terrific leadership experience at the University of Michigan and his success as a faculty member and as an entrepreneur, Dr. Munson is a perfect fit for RIT,” said Jeremy Haefner, RIT provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “I look forward to working with him as we enter an exciting new era for the university.”

RIT now among the top 100 universities in the nation

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Rochester Institute of Technology is now among the top 100 universities in the nation, having jumped 10 places in the “National Universities” category, according to "U.S. News & World Report" rankings.

RIT, which just last year moved into the top “National Universities” category due to its rapid increase in research and Ph.D. graduates, this year ranked 97th out of 311 universities in this prestigious category, which includes some of the nation’s best known colleges and universities. These top universities “offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master’s and Ph.D. programs, and emphasize faculty research,” according to "U.S. News." More.