Category Archives: Academics

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

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 www.fafsa.gov

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.

 

 

 

 

Spring Semester Bills

Reminder: Spring semester bills need to be paid by January 15th. You can make payments electronically on the RIT Student Financial Services website at https://www.rit.edu/eservices or you can mail a paper check to Student Financial Services, 25 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester NY 14623. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact RIT Student Financial Services at 585-475-6186 or by email at ASKSFS@RIT.EDU.

If your son/daughter has VR funding, he or she should send his or her VR counselor copies of the spring schedule and spring bill, along with a textbook list associated with those classes and then the spring grades when available. You are only responsible to pay that portion of the spring bill that VR does not cover.

RIT Building New Clinical Health Sciences Center

RIT is building the new Clinical Health Sciences Center, which will be home to the College of Health Sciences and Technology, a primary care clinic—to be run by Rochester General Hospital—and the recently announced Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition.

“The Clinical Health Sciences Center will be more than a beautiful addition to the campus,” said RIT President Bill Destler. “It will move the RIT & RGHS Alliance forward in its goal to impact the future of health care.”

Construction began in April on the 45,000-square-foot facility expansion at the north end of the Louise M. Slaughter Hall. The Clinical Health Sciences Center is scheduled to open in fall 2015. 

Health Care Employment Panel

Health Care Employment Panel

Often when the topic of jobs in health care comes up, people immediately think of traditional occupations such doctors and nurses. But it’s important for students to realize there are many other options for working in the  health care field. On November 12, the NTID Outreach Consortium and the NTID Center on Employment hosted a panel of four RIT/NTID alumni who shared their paths to careers in health care in non-medical occupations.

Nearly 50 students filled NTID’s Student Development Center to learn about employment options in the fast-growing field of health care. Students learned about the growing need due to the expansion of the health care industry as the U.S. population ages. It’s estimated that by 2022, there will be 5,000,000 jobs in the healthcare field.

Garth Arnold, applications integration programmer at the University of Rochester Medical Center here in Rochester; Aaron Bosley, application developer at Highmark in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Shentara Cobb, administrative assistant at St. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky; and Camille Ouellette, lecturer in the Department of Science and Mathematics here at NTID, all shared information about their majors, co-ops, job searches and employment experiences with students and other visitors.

In terms of getting a job in this, or any field, and being successful, the panel offered these suggestions:

  • When at work, be a team player.
  • Network, network, network to get to the job you want.
  • Cultivate relationships with professors on campus; they can connect you with valuable resources.

For more information about health care careers for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, visit http://www.rit.edu/ntid/healthcare/education.