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RIT/NTID Career Fair to bring record number of employers to campus to recruit deaf, hard-of-hearing students

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Representatives from more than 50 local and national corporations, federal agencies and nonprofit organizations looking to diversify their workforce will meet with hundreds of deaf and hard-of-hearing students—who are also prospective employees—at the 18th annual Career Fair, 12:30–4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. The event will be held in Lyndon Baines Johnson Hall on the RIT campus.

A record 53 companies, including Lockheed Martin, Caterpillar, Merck, NavSea, Texas Instruments, the CIA and Prudential Financial, are participating in this year’s career fair. Quicken Loans, PNC and Datto, the cybersecurity and data backup company whose founder, RIT alumnus Austin McChord, recently donated $50 million to RIT, will be attending for the first time.

Interpreters will be available at each table to facilitate communication as recruiters meet the estimated 400 students participating.

Between 25 and 35 RIT/NTID alumni will be coming to Rochester this year to represent their companies at the career fair, serving as recruiters and role models for deaf and hard-of-hearing student job seekers.

“We are always so pleased and proud to see so many of our graduates come back to recruit for their companies,” said John Macko, director of NTID’s Center on Employment. “It’s gratifying to see them come ‘full circle’ and help the next group of students find their place in the world of work.”

An employer panel consisting of representatives from PNC, Route 66 Promotions, Naval Sea Systems Command and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will provide students with insight into what companies are looking for in new employees from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the college’s CSD-Student Development Center, rooms 1300/1310.

RIT/NTID’s Center on Employment, the career fair sponsor, also will recognize four companies who consistently hire deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. The companies are Eastman Kodak Co., the Learning Center for the Deaf, Route 66 Promotions and Prudential Financial.

RIT/NTID graduate receives DOD award for outstanding employees with disabilities

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An RIT/NTID alumna is one of about two dozen Department of Defense employees who received a 2018 Secretary of Defense Award for Outstanding Service Members and Civilians with Disabilities.

Tracy Tao-Moore ’92 (graphic design) is the lead graphic artist for the Mission Support Branch, Technology Division, U.S. Army Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, Ky.

She received the award Oct. 4 during the 38th Annual Disability Awards Ceremony at the Pentagon. The ceremony is part of DOD’s annual observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, held each October. 

The award recognizes personnel with disabilities for their contributions in support of the DOD mission and recognizes exemplary department organizations for their efforts to advance a diverse and inclusive workforce.  

“I am shocked and totally surprised," Tao-Moore said. "I feel humbled to be selected for this prestigious award. It never occurred to me that I would receive it. This is probably my proudest achievement.”

HRC’s graphic arts office produces more than 500 printed and designed products each year. Tao-Moore collaborates with customers to ensure visual presentations, training aids, briefing resources and other graphics-oriented materials meet their needs. 

Tao-Moore uses a variety of computer hardware, software products, peripherals, drawings, page layouts, color separations processes, signs, sketches and original artwork. During her 21 years of government service, she has often been the only graphic artist in the locations where she has worked. 

RIT students prepare for largest University-Wide Career Fair

RIT students in professional attire line up to sepak to employers at Career Fair.

Nearly 270 employing organizations from 30 states seeking Rochester Institute of Technology students and graduates are attending the 2018 Fall University-Wide Career Fair on October 3, 2018. It will be the largest career fair RIT has hosted in its 17 years of hosting career fairs.

The fair is open to current RIT students and alumni. The event allows them to meet with prospective employers to explore career opportunities for internship, cooperative education and entry- or experienced-level positions.

RIT’s cooperative education model is one of the oldest and largest in the country. More than half of the students participating in co-op will go to work for one of their co-op employers upon graduation, said Maria Richart, director of RIT’s Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education. Richart added the turnout is a clear reflection of the continued strong demand for the outstanding student talent RIT produces. More.

RIT/NTID Dyer Arts Center director named ‘40 Under 40’ honoree

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Known throughout Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf as a “force of nature,” Tabitha Jacques has been selected as a 2018 Forty Under 40 honoree by the Rochester Business Journal.

As director of NTID’s Joseph F. and Helen C. Dyer Arts Center, Jacques has been credited with expanding the number and enhancing the quality of exhibitions, including curating first-ever exhibits by deaf, black and deaf, Latinx artists; increasing NTID’s permanent collection of art, making it one of the largest collections of works by deaf artists anywhere in the world; collaborating with other organizations, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, to highlight art work by people with disabilities; and, along with RIT/NTID’s Center on Access Technology, has developed a mobile application providing gallery accessibility to deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind and blind museum visitors.

“Since arriving at NTID three years ago, Tabitha has moved all measurables in a positive direction,” said Gerry Buckley, NTID president and RIT vice president and dean. “Tabitha is working to change the face of museum accessibility in the Rochester area, and her efforts will bring about countless benefits to the Rochester community and beyond.”

Jacques, from Baton Rouge, La., formerly worked as assistive communication technology program manager at the Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Washington state and as an admissions counselor at Gallaudet University. Prior to that, she worked as an exhibit curator, director and producer for the Gallaudet University Museum Project and as an adjunct professor. She was also special projects coordinator for the National Postal Museum at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. She earned a Master of Arts in art history and museum studies from Georgetown University. In 2009, she received the Diversity Fellowship from the American Association of Museums, and she wrote the publication Introduction and Experience Within Space. She is also an accomplished lecturer.

Valerie Alhart, a 2015 graduate of RIT’s Saunders College of Business, is also among the honorees. Alhart, who earned her MBA, is senior director of marketing and communications for Pandion Optimization Alliance.

RBJ’s Forty Under 40 recognizes 40 men and women, under the age of 40, who have achieved professional success and have also made significant civic contributions to the community. The recipients will be honored Nov. 14 in a ceremony at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

RIT/NTID honors inaugural group of Maguire Scholars

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Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf has named its first group of Maguire Scholars. The students, who are deaf or hard of hearing, will each earn $5,000 per year, up to four years, and must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 while actively participating in extracurricular activities or community service.

This year’s RIT/NTID Maguire Scholars are Ty Brady, a transfer student in biology from East Central University in Ada, Okla.; Cameron Carey, a first-year computing security major from Carlisle, Pa.; Trinity McFadden, a first-year criminal justice major from Norwalk, Conn.; Ethan Misal, a first-year undeclared engineering technology major from Mechanicsburg, Pa.; and Nathan Murray, a first-year visual communication major from Harrisburg, Pa.

According to the website, the Maguire Scholars program “supports and enriches the leaders of tomorrow by providing an opportunity for an excellent education.” The Maguire Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life for people by investing in education, arts and humanities, and relief of hunger and homelessness and provides last-dollar scholarship support to up to five students in each institution’s incoming class. NTID was selected because of its history of excellence in providing educational programs that lead to successful careers.

“RIT/NTID is proud of our partnership with the Maguire Foundation,” said Gerry Buckley, NTID president and RIT vice president and dean. “The students who have earned this prestigious scholarship are among the best and brightest at our university, and we look forward to watching them flourish in their academic pursuits and continue along their path to success.”

RIT’s Big Shot illuminates Old Fort Niagara

Old Fort Niagara, a French castle, is shown illuminated with light in evening with colonial soldiers and a cannon in foreground.

The opportunity to “paint light” on a historic fortress drew more than 800 hundred people to Old Fort Niagara to help make the annual Rochester Institute of Technology’s nighttime Big Shot photograph a picturesque success.

The volunteers, including 72 RIT students who traveled to the Canadian border from RIT's campus, and more than 100 alumni, provided the primary light source for the Big Shot image while RIT photographers shot an extended exposure with Old Fort Niagara nearly completely darkened. More.

RIT/NTID student-athlete serves as brilliant leader of RIT women’s soccer team

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Captain. Leader. Communicator. All are attributes and qualities that describe junior forward Mia White (Littleton, Colorado/Rocky Mountain Deaf School) of the No. 15 RIT women's soccer team. White has played an integral role for the Tigers, appearing in all 41 games since joining the team as a freshman in 2016. White, who is deaf, is one of the most effective communicators on the team. She goes the extra mile to make connections with her teammates, which has helped fuel RIT's success. More.

RIT announces 2018-2019 theatrical season

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Four performances presenting an array of cultural, political and social issues are part of a new collaborative season by Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf Performing Arts program and RIT's College of Liberal Arts Theater Arts program. The productions will give students the opportunity to work in a deaf and hearing cast and crew that promotes diversity, inclusion and respect for different cultures and perspectives. All four productions are planned to be fully accessible for deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing audiences. More.

RIT recognized for diversity and inclusion efforts

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Rochester Institute of Technology’s work to establish a diverse and inclusive environment earned two awards from national organizations this fall. For the second year in a row, RIT is being honored as an institution committed to diversity for 2018 by Minority Access, Inc. RIT also is receiving a Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from "INSIGHT into Diversity" magazine for the fifth consecutive year. More.