Monthly Archives: December 2013

From the NTID President and RIT Vice President and Dean

Welcome to our new format for the Parent Newsletter. Our goal is to bring you timely information and to keep you up-to-date with the exciting things that are happening here for your student. One of the ways you can see for yourself is to catch our Ambassadors’ Blog. Students themselves share their experiences in a continuous stream of journal-like entries. Our 12 ambassadors share their thoughts in projects, movies, the job hunt, weather and more. I’m sure you’ll find their perspectives on the college experience fun and insightful.


Success Story: Robin Alummoottil

Robin Alummoottil

RIT/NTID students and graduates are seeking and finding employment all over the country. Alumni Robin Alummoottil from Richardson, Texas is now in Kentucky, working for Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America. He says “I really believe that my Packaging Science degree from RIT/NTID and the co-op program helped me to find my job with one of the greatest companies in the world.” Read more here >>

Connecting for Jobs

Students rely on the NTID Center on Employment (NCE) to connect with potential employers and talk about the benefits of hiring RIT/NTID student for co-ops and permanent jobs. Last fall, employment specialists from NCE hosted an on-campus presentation by the Central Intelligence Agency The presenter was a CIA employee who also is an RIT/NTID alumna. In December, representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs were invited to visit NCE staff to build relationships and encourage hiring. If you have employers or know of organizations that NCE representatives could contact, or ideas about building relationships with potential employers, anywhere in the country, please contact me by phone 585-475-6726 (voice), 585-286-4622 (videophone) or by email

Financial Aid Reminders

If your student receives support from Vocational Rehabilitation in your state, be sure to remind your student to give his or her VR counselor copies of grades and registration schedules at the end of each semester so that VR payment authorizations for your student are not delayed. Your student can give both you and VR access to information that will allow you to view your student’s billing statement, schedule or grades; set up a payment plan; or make online payments.  Your student must grant you access to his/her account, and once access is granted, you will receive an email from RIT to set up an account for this purpose. This access to student grades, schedules and bills is a great resource for VR counselors as they consider support for your student.

Also, when you are completing your 2013 tax forms, please do remember to fill out the FAFSA for 2014-2015 based on your 2013 tax return. You may want to use the data retrieval tool in the FAFSA application to link your IRS tax return right to your son or daughter’s FAFSA forms.

If you have questions, contact us at 585-475-6864 (voice) or email NSASAID@RIT.EDU.

Faculty Spotlight: Annemarie Ross

Annemarie RossAnnemarie Ross, RIT/NTID alumna and assistant professor in NTID’s Department of Science and Math, received the Environmental Merit Award from the American Chemical Society after presenting her scholarship related to environmental chemistry at the national conference of the ACS in Indianapolis.The Merit Award recognizes efforts by individuals who assist the ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry help the community better understand and protect the environment. Read more here >>

Study Abroad

Go Global! Our students are taking advantage of increasing opportunities to study abroad—to travel, learn and get college credit for it. RIT/NTID faculty are leading trips abroad and so far have taken groups of students last summer to Italy to study photography.

Spring semester will offer an International Studies Seminar in Costa Rica.There students will be able to enjoy experiences of different cultures and have time to complete related student projects during fall semester 2014, earning 3 credit hours. They will interact with the Deaf community: visit schools, organizations for the deaf and engage in discussions with leaders. Visiting the rain forest, beaches, waterfalls, cloud forest and volcanoes will add to their study of biodiversity in Costa Rica. If your student is interested in study abroad, contact Dr. Denise Kavin at or 585-475-4661(TTY) or 585-286-5244 (videophone).

Damn Yankees!

Rehearsals will soon be underway for the upcoming NTID Performing Arts Production of Damn Yankees which will run March 13 – 16. Damn Yankees is a 1950s musical comedy based on a book by George Abbott and Douglas Wallop with music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. The story is a modern retelling of the Faust legend, and is set in the 1950s in Washington, D.C., during a time when the New York Yankees dominated Major League Baseball. Deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing performers will make up the cast of this hilarious production.