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Tigers Care!

Tigers Care is a new campus wide effort to enhance, promote, and sustain a culture of caring and support at RIT. Tigers Care began as a collaboration of Student Affairs and student groups and is about reaching out to those who are facing challenges and directing them to helpful resources on campus.

The end of the academic year is often a stressful time for students.  Please read below a list of resources (not inclusive of all the excellent resources available on our campus) that can be helpful for students who are having a difficult time. 

Resources at RIT 

Student Behavior Consultation Team (SBCT)- (585)475-3963

The Student Behavior Consultation Team (SBCT) assists students who may be in distress or experiencing challenging or difficult life circumstances. SBCT also provides consultation and intervention when students exhibit aggressive, concerning or disruptive behaviors. 

Student Counseling Center – (585)475-2261

The Counseling Center offers students a range of services intended to provide support, problem-solving, symptom-reduction, insight, education, and personal grow to enhance student learning and success. Counselors fluent in American Sign Language are available for Deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

NTID Counseling and Academic Services – (585)475-6288

NTID counselors provide personal, social, career and academic counseling services to all deaf and hard-of-hearing students at RIT. Every RIT/NTID student has a counselor assigned to work with them. Go to the website to identify your student’s counselors and their appropriate contact information. 

Center for Women and Gender – (585)475-7464

The Center for Women and Gender, a confidential Title IX resource,  offers short term relationship counseling, as well as support, and advocacy regarding sexual assault, stalking, violence in relationships, and harassment and discrimination experiences. 

Student Health Center – (585)475-2255

The RIT Student Health Center provides high quality primary health care and education to students, including psychiatric services, women’s health care, contraception counseling, and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.

Student Wellness Services – (585)475-3963

Student Wellness Services includes prevention, education, counseling and support for students and addresses the following issues: alcohol and other drugs, smoking cessation, eating disorders, nutrition, supplements, stress reduction, contraception, wellness support, and referrals to other resources. 

Center for Residence Life – (585)475-6022

In an emergency, after hours and on weekends there is an on-call system that can be assessed through Public Safety. In addition, Residence Life staff are assigned to residential areas on campus and keep regular business hours. 

Academic Support Center – (585)475-6682

The Academic Support Center’s programs and services provide students with the individual and group opportunities needed to become successful, active learners. 

Center for Religious Life – (585)475-2137

The Center for Religious Life is a place of personal and community exploration within the diverse and rich religious, cultural, and spiritual traditions of our campus community. All are welcome! 

 Public Safety – Emergency: (585) 475-3333; Text: (585) 205-8333;

Public Safety, available 24/7, 7 days a week, responds to emergency situations involving RIT students. Public Safety staff provide a wide variety of security services and prevention programs to the campus community including victim and witness assistance, escort service (mobile and walking), motorist assists, apartment lock-outs, and emergency first-aid.

RIT Tiger Trail Women Return From Nine-state Relay

Photo by: Kyle Hofsass

After eight days, nine states and 1,400 miles, 15 past and present members of the women’s cross country and track and field squads arrived back home at RIT on March 29. The runners, including RIT/NTID student-athletes Julie Kerchner and Amanda Dole, spent their spring breaks on the relay dubbed the Tiger Trail to raise awareness and funds for the Tigers for Tigers Coalition. More.

RIT/NTID Professor Named to Distinguished Fulbright Specialist Roster

Adding to his remarkable achievements in and out of the classroom, Todd Pagano, associate professor of chemistry and director of the Laboratory Science Technology program at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, has been named to the Fulbright Specialist Program. The program, which provides Fulbright Specialists two- to six-week grants, promotes linkages between U.S. scholars and professionals in select disciplines and their counterparts at host institutions in more than 140 countries around the world. Pagano is still waiting for word on where he might be placed.

“The globalization of science is upon us,” said Pagano in his Fulbright application. “Today, scientists and corporations work across borders and diverse cultures. U.S. professors are increasingly involved with students from diverse cultures, while attempting to teach all students to be ‘global citizens.’ My goal is to develop ways to improve the teaching of chemistry while substantially broadening opportunities in the field for traditionally underserved students in an effort to narrow gaps in the attainment of education and employment in the field. I would like to work with host institutions to develop chemistry curricula and establish sustainable programs, interventions, and research opportunities for disadvantaged students.”

At NTID, Pagano developed the Laboratory Science Technology program, the world’s only chemical technology program for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. In 2012, he was named U.S. Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He has also received the American Chemical Society Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences, sponsored by The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, and the Stanley Israel Medal for Diversity in Chemistry from the American Chemical Society. He is an American Chemical Society Fellow and was named to Rochester Business Journal’s ‘Forty Under 40’ list of professionals who have made significant community contributions. He has also earned two faculty humanitarian awards as well as RIT’s Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching.

“As a scientist, my hypothesis is that my interactions abroad would uncover fundamental differences in approaches to serving students in educational science programs, but also deep-rooted similarities in the innate care and desire for populations to help those who are less fortunate,” added Pagano. “I am excited about the prospect of extending my quest to broaden educational and research opportunities for underserved students overseas, and believe the Fulbright Specialist program is the ideal vehicle to do so.”

Share Achievements on Merit

Encourage your student to share achievements through Merit. Merit lets students share their successes — such as making the Dean’s List, joining a club or fraternity, studying abroad, getting a job and even graduating — with their friends and family through their social media networks. Each RIT student has a Merit profile page. More

Technology Innovation: Impact of 3D Printing on Drone Technology

The use of 3D printing technology to create human body parts has been widely reported in the news lately, but what impact does this technology have on creating and improving drone “body” parts?

Steven Forney, a research associate for the Systems Management and Production Center at University of Alabama in Huntsville, presented “Technology Innovation: 3D Printing and Multi-rotors Drone Technology” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in the CSD Student Development Center, National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester Institute of Technology. A question-and-answer session follows the free presentation, which is part of this year’s Edmund Lyon Memorial Lectureship Series.

Forney, who is deaf and earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and electrical engineering from RIT in 2012, will explore the rise of 3D printing and how it benefits innovation and drone technology. According to Forney, 3D printing is playing a significant role in helping with the drones’ continuous field maintenance and repair, as well as increasing innovation, improving communication, reducing development costs and garnering interest from clients and contractors. Forney is also an expert in reverse engineering and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in human-computer interaction from RIT.

He will be using American Sign Language. Interpreters and captioning services will be available.

The purpose of the lectureship series is to bring distinguished speakers to NTID to share expertise and scholarly contributions that stand on the cutting edge of advancement in the education and career success of deaf persons.

File Your FAFSA

It’s time to file your FAFSA!!

Returning RIT/NTID students need to file a new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year between January 1 and April 1, 2015 at

Filing the FAFSA each year is the most important step in the financial aid process. By submitting it, your student will automatically be considered for all federal and institutional aid programs. If you need assistance completing the form, go here for a video that leads you through the process. If you would like to complete the FAFSA form in Spanish, go here.

In addition to filing the FAFSA, returning RIT/NTID students need to file an institutional financial aid application.