Category Archives: Academics

Financial Aid Information — related to FAFSA and VR

If you haven’t yet completed your Free Application for Federal Student Aid for 2014-2015 and want to apply for financial aid, please go to www.fafsa.ed.gov, complete the FAFSA form and submit it as soon as possible.  

Please remind your student to send spring grades AND fall schedule to his or her VR counselor if your student is receiving VR support. This is important to do even if your student is on a waiting list for financial support.

It’s also important for your student to:

  • Visit his or her VR counselor and get an updated Individual Plan of Employment or have VR email your student the information about how much funding he or she will receive toward educational expenses for next year.
  • Send that information to Barbara Polle at blpnod@rit.edu or FAX it to 585-475-7850. If your student can’t email or fax, be sure to have him or her bring that information to campus in the fall and give it to Barb Polle, LBJ, Building 60, Room 2625.

Two RIT/NTID Students Interviewed by Local TV Station About New Text 911 Service

Verizon, Sprint, AT & T and T-Mobile now offer Text 911 service so that people who may not be able to make a voice call can get the emergency help they need. By years’ end all other carriers will be on board.

The two students interviewed, Christopher Fenn and Jonathan Pons, have a vested interest in this technology. In RIT/NTID’s The Next Big Idea innovation competition earlier this month, they took third place for “Silent 911”, an app that would enable contact with fire, police or emergency dispatchers with the touch of a button on a smartphone. The message for help would be received instantly along with pre-programmed personal information.

NTID Opens Doors to Employment

Calvin Young expects to graduate in May with his bachelor’s degree in new media marketing. But unlike many new college graduates, he’s already working full time even before he’s donned his cap and gown.

His door to employment opened three years ago during one of his co-ops with ZVRS, a video relay company based in Clearwater, Fla.

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NTID students and RIT buildings recognized by Henrietta Chamber

Two buildings on the Rochester Institute of Technology campus as well as students in the arts and imaging studies program at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf were among the best local businesses, individuals and organizations recognized Wednesday by the Henrietta Chamber of Commerce during their Community of Excellence Awards celebration, held at Locust Hill Country Club.

The awards are intended to recognize those that have made significant and long lasting contributions to business and to the quality of life in Henrietta.

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Academic Convocation and College Commencements

Graduates of RIT's nine colleges, the Center for Multidisciplinary Studies, the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, and their guests are invited to the Academic Convocation, the university's community Commencement celebration on Friday, May 23, 2014, in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center. The Academic Convocation will feature the official conferral of degrees by President Destler and the 2014 Commencement Address. The Academic Convocation is open to all graduates and their guests. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are not required; seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Overflow seating will be available in the Ritter Ice Arena. More