The RIT baseball team (33-7) won its first Liberty League Championship, defeating Clarkson University (18-18) 9-4 at Tiger Stadium on May 12. RIT earns an automatic berth into the 2017 NCAA Division III Baseball Championship, its first in the program's 65-year history. More.
BAGMAG, a hands-free solution for making skateboards more easily portable on the back of a backpack, took home the $5,000 first prize in the 2017 Next Big Idea competition at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf.
Judges from the competition’s sponsor, ZVRS, a video relay service headquartered in Clearwater, Florida, reviewed the projects of the four team finalists, asked questions and selected first, second and third place winners:
$5,000 First Place: BAGMAG, uses a strong magnet inserted on the backpack that connects to a strong magnet affixed to the bottom of the skateboard and eliminates the need to remove the backpack and use straps to affix the skateboard.
$3,000 Second Place: ASL Storyteller, an interactive app that offers sign language to babies, both hearing and deaf, to help with language development and creates a richer environment for signing babies.
$2,000 Third Place: Expect Zone, a rear-view mirror with three flashing lights that lets deaf or hard-of-hearing drivers know when an ambulance, police car or fire engine is coming near. It flashes more quickly as the emergency vehicle gets closer.
Four teams of deaf and hard-of-hearing students from Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf went head-to-head April 26 during The Next Big Idea Competition, a ”Shark Tank” style business competition.
The contest is an annual event where teams of students combine skills related to their individual majors to create innovative products, technology or businesses. Teams work with mentors on their projects and compete before judges for cash prizes. This year marks the sixth anniversary of The Next Big Idea competition.
Team members are:
ASL Storyteller—Julie Love, a Graphic Design major from Riverside , California, and Logan Lugo, an International Business major from Columbus, Ohio.
BAGMAG—Hans Khols , an Industrial Design major from Boston, Massachusetts, and Wade Kellard, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Cincinnati, Ohio.
Expect Zone— Amelia Hamilton, a New Media Marketing major from Austin, Texas, and Tanner Ketchum, an Accounting Technology major from Austin, Texas.
VIGN— Tobin Zolkowski, a Communication and Criminal Justice major from Neenah, Wisconsin, Iswor Ghimire, a Global Computing major from Nepal, Mohd Afifi Ishak, an Industrial Design major from Malaysia, and Jose Lopez, an Applied Computer Technology major from Los Angeles, California. Vign, described as a “Netflix for deaf people,” is designed to stream program content in sign language.
“The Next Big Idea competition is the culmination of a tremendous amount of hard work, creativity and innovation on the part of these student inventors and entrepreneurs,” said Gerry Buckley, NTID president and RIT vice president and dean. “We have seen some amazing products and services start in this competition and move into production. We thank ZVRS for their steadfast support since the beginning of the Next Big Idea, and are grateful for the belief they have in our students.”
Winners have been announced in Rochester Institute of Technology’s annual Math Competition for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
The competition, held at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf April 7–9, welcomed 140 deaf and hard-of-hearing middle school students from Alabama; Connecticut; Ohio; California; Georgia; Delaware; Florida; New York; Texas; Indiana; Kansas; Washington, D.C.; Massachusetts; New Jersey; Oklahoma; Oregon; Rhode Island; Minnesota; Colorado; Washington; Tennessee; Pennsylvania; and New Mexico as well as Canada.
They competed in tasks that tested their speed and accuracy, teamwork and math skills.
- First ($100): Crystal Salit of Boyds, Md., from Maryland School for the Deaf.
- Second ($75): Trey Johnson of Kyle, Texas, from Texas School for the Deaf.
- Third ($50): Luke Wood of Fishers, Ind., from Indiana School for the Deaf.
- First ($300): Maryland School for the Deaf
- Second ($200): Texas School for the Deaf
- Third ($100): Kenneth R. Olson Middle School,
Top Scorer: Crystal Salit of Boyds, Md., from Maryland School for the Deaf.
Most spirited team: E.C. Drury School for the Deaf, Milton, Ontario, Canada.
More information about the contest is available at http://www.ntid.rit.edu/prospective/mathcounts.
The 11th annual RIT Math Competition for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students welcomed more than 200 middle school students and coaches to a weekend of math competition and fun. The first place winners for the team countdown were from Maryland School for the Deaf. For other winners, both team and individual, see more.
The RIT women’s basketball team won its first conference title in the 30-year history of the program with an 85-72 win over Clarkson University in the Liberty League Tournament championship. With the win, RIT secures an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament. More.
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.
Now in its 10th year, the RIT Future Stewards Program is the reason RIT is recognized as one of the top schools in the country for Native American students. Through the program, Native American scholars are recruited to attend RIT, supported while on campus and encouraged to be active in the future of their tribal communities. More.
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.
A student team from Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf has won the National Association of the Deaf College Bowl academic competition for the third consecutive year, and earned its sixth victory overall.
Held at the biennial NAD conference since 1988, the College Bowl is a four-day question-and-answer academic competition with topics as varied as literature, science, mathematics, history and current events. The event, which brings together deaf contestants from top colleges and universities serving deaf and hard-of-hearing students, regularly draws more than 1,000 audience members to the finals.
Teams of four students from each school vie for the trophy and scholarships for their respective colleges. In addition to RIT/NTID, teams at this year’s competition held in Phoenix were from California State University-Northridge, Gallaudet University and the University of Minnesota.
The winning RIT/NTID team members are Lauren Berger, a psychology major from Rochester, N.Y.; Eric Epstein, a software engineering major from Tucson, Ariz.; Asher Kirschbaum, a mechanical engineering major from Washington Grove, Md.; and Emmanuel Perrodin-Njoku, a biomedical sciences major from Washington, D.C.
“The weekly practice throughout the year paid off big time,” said Epstein. “I am so proud of my teammates for their yearlong efforts in studying. I look forward to the next generation of Tigers who will undoubtedly defend the bowl.”
The team worked with co-coaches and RIT/NTID faculty members Christopher Kurz and Gary Behm to prepare for the competition.
“The entire RIT/NTID community is so proud of our College Bowl team for bringing the trophy back to campus for another two years,” said Gerry Buckley, NTID president and RIT vice president and dean. “Lauren, Eric, Asher and Emmanuel did an extraordinary job against fierce competition. They are carrying on a great tradition, and it was wonderful to have so many of our students, faculty, staff and alumni in the audience cheering on our students.”