Behind the Scenes: NTID’s 50th Anniversary Reunion

The logo of NTID's 50th Anniversary Reunion

Less than a year from now, NTID will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its founding with a three-day-long Reunion Weekend. You’ve seen the videos, you’ve seen the flyers, and you may even already have bought your tickets.

But you’re probably wondering the same thing everyone else is wondering: What will it be like?

On June 28, 2018, you’ll set foot on a campus where you once lived, played, worked and learned. It might look familiar, but subtly different: There’s a building where a parking lot used to be, apartments materializing out of thin air, even a shining new Campus Center with a fountain that looks an awful lot like where you used to sit during swim meets.

Some things might have moved around, and other things might have grown or changed, but make no mistake: You are coming home.

Much like your parents might have once worked feverishly to make sure you felt welcome and comfortable when you visited them during winter break, the staff and alumni volunteers of NTID are working hard on making sure the 50th Anniversary Reunion Weekend is the best welcome you’ve ever had.

But don’t take our word for it. Starting with this post, we’re pulling aside the curtain and giving you a backstage tour of all the work that’s going into celebrating this incredible milestone. Who are we and what have we been doing?


Welcome aboard

First, you should know that there are a lot of people working together on the 50th anniversary! Here’s a photo taken by Norma Moran (SVP ’95, ’00), showing a recent Core Team meeting:

A laptop monitors shows the faces of several people participating in a teleconference.

You can also check out the Core Team membership here to get an idea of how many people are involved. Keep scrolling to the bottom to check out our ambassadors. Why?

Because Mary Jo Ingraham (’72) has become the Ambassador representing alumni enrolled at NTID 1968-1969! NTID’s first classes are truly special, and to have them here to see the 50th anniversary of their school means a great deal to everyone. We’re pleased and proud to work with Mary Jo, along with all the other ambassadors.

Loriann Macko (left) and Mary Jo Ingraham (right) smile at the camera while sitting at a small table in a coffeeshop.

What does working with the ambassadors look like? Take a peek into an Ambassadors meeting:

Loriann Macko, Mary Jo Ingraham, and Carmen Sciandra sit at a table, looking at a television screen showing themselves, Christopher and Staci Wagner, and Angela Officer, during an ambassadors' meeting.

Second, another alum working behind the scenes is Claire Bernard (’15).  Claire has been working closely with Loriann Macko, director of alumni and constituent relations, to do research needed to make sure that the history of NTID is front and center in our celebrations!

Claire Bernard smiles at the camera while working at a desk.

For example, she’s responsible for finding the photos you’ll see on the history displays that will line the entrance to each and every one of our Roadshow events! Here’s one possible example:

An example poster for the Reunion Roadshow, depicting several black-and-white photos tiled together under the Reunion logo and an orange header that says

Welcome to the 50th Anniversary Reunion Weekend team, Mary Jo and Claire!


Student innovation

Check this out: 

Tiandre Turner (left) demonstrates an app on a smartphone to Loriann Macko (center right) and James McCarthy (right).

What’s happening? Tiandre Turner, left, a student in RIT’s Web and Mobile Computing program, is showing an app to Loriann and James McCarthy, NTID marketing communication specialist.

What’s the app? The official 50th Anniversary Reunion Weekend app, of course! This is a very, very early preview, but by the time the Reunion Weekend rolls around, you’ll be able to see the entire weekend’s schedule at a glance, put together your own calendar, and share that calendar with your friends so you can spend time together.

The app will help you find your way around, keep track of event updates—sometimes rooms need to change, after all—and stay notified of important information, such as lost items that need to be claimed and special events at vendor exhibits.

All of these cool new features come courtesy of Tiandre, who is currently working at the Center on Access Technology on a co-op. Talk about #deaftalent!


What to watch next

Over the next 10 months, NTID will be releasing vlogs on a regular basis. They’ll cover lots of things—what to look forward to, what’s happening at Roadshow events, and the Alumni Museum. Most importantly, they’ll also communicate information you need to know about the Reunion Weekend.

For example, here are Rick Postl (SVP ’90, ’95) and Elena Shapiro (’95, ’96) in NTID’s state-of-the-art video studio in LBJ Hall, supervised by Loriann.

Elena Shapiro (left) and Rick Postl (center left) stand on a small stage in front of a green screen in a studio; Loriann Macko (far right) looks at the camera.

They’re busy recording a video for vendors and exhibitors, to be released next month. They’ll explain how to apply for a space in the exhibit hall, what amenities are available for vendors, and how to find out more information. Keep an eye on the Reunion website and RIT/NTID’s Facebook page for more information!


Coming up

For the next 10 months, we’ll be releasing regular updates, keeping you up to date on the latest details and taking you behind the scenes at the biggest celebration in the history of NTID!

As always, you can also like the Facebook pages for RIT/NTID and the NTID Alumni Association for faster updates, as well as news for your specific part of the world.

If you have any questions, please contact Loriann Macko at