All posts by Kathy Johncox

Kathy is the editor and writer for Parent News. She is a Communications, Marketing & Multimedia Services Specialist at RIT/NTID.

It’s Baseball Season and … did you know?

45_45_300As the baseball season begins, the fields are prepped, uniforms readied and players practice everything from the bunt, to the slide, to the hand signals. Did you know that the hand signals used in baseball were created by a 19th century major league player who was deaf? William “Dummy” Hoy is the player credited with developing the well-known hand signals of “out”, “safe”, “Strike” and “Ball” still used in every ballpark in America today.

As the baseball season gets underway, our RIT Tiger Baseball team returns home from the RussMatt Invitational in Central Florida to play a pair of doubleheaders this weekend against Liberty League foe University of Rochester. Both doubleheaders will be played at the University of Rochester and are scheduled to take place on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 12 p.m.

Baseball. Musical. Comedy.

Damn_Yankees_carousel_55749Batter up!  It’s that time of year, and NTID Performing Arts is presenting a classic baseball musical comedy, Damn Yankees, directed by Luane Davis Haggerty, in RIT/NTID’s Panara Theatre. Running March 13-15 at 7:30 p.m. and March 16 at 2 p.m., tickets are $5 for students/seniors and $7 for all others. Email ntidtix@rit.edu for reservations or visit the Panara Theatre box officeRead more here.

Celebrating Women

International Women’s Day is observed on campus on Friday, March 7, with the presentation of tulips to women in the Student Alumni Union. Read more here

Next week, March 10-14, is Deaf Women’s Awareness Week, which features programs such as Deaf HERoines, a presentation of inspirational videos and discussion about women, and a presentation by a panel of successful Deaf women who will share their experiences.

Merit—A New Way to Share Good News!

Merit is a user-friendly and secure software program that RIT is offering to help your student share academic successes and achievements with you, friends and family and keep you all updated on important things happening in your student’s life at college. Each RIT student gets a Merit profile page and should recently have  received an email from Merit with instructions on how to claim their profile page and get started sharing.  Read more here

RIT’s Award-winning Big Shot

RIT Big Shot at HIgh FallsCoordinated by RIT’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, the signature Big Shot “painting with light” annual night-time community photography event is an RIT innovation that began in 1959.  Volunteers are recruited from wherever the Big Shot is scheduled, and several thousand people of all ages—RIT/NTID students, faculty and staff as well as members of the local community—come out with flashlights and fortitude, warm or cold,  rain or shine, to light the chosen venue and help make a spectacular image of something amazing. This year’s Big Shot was right here at High Falls, Rochester, N.Y.

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Studying Photography in Italy

Last summer, eight students accompanied by retired RIT/NTID professor Antonio Toscano, educator and artist in the field of photography, spent three weeks immersed in Italian culture and exposed to Italian Sign Language and Deaf culture. They all were participating in a credit-bearing photography course that offered the opportunity to use a camera lens as a microscope to see previously unseen things, to look inward and adapt to an unfamiliar culture and practices.

“In Siena, Italy, students learned to use photography as a tool to communicate their personal interactions with Siena and its people,” says Toscano. “It was an invaluable experience.”

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