Category Archives: Student Life

RIT/NTID Greek Life

Rochester Institute of Technology is home to 32 diverse international, national and local Greel organizations offering students an opportunity to enhance college life in a unique environment. Commitment to personal and organizational excellence is the cornerstone for an RIT Greek experience, and each fraternity and sorority shares a deep commitment to development of the individual members as well as the entire chapter.

RIT’s sororities and fraternities have promoted scholarship, actively participated in a variety of community service projects, raised money for their national philanthropies, competed in athletic and intramural sports and socialized with other organizations.

The RIT/NTID students in this video are from various majors and are in various stages of their college career, but all share the pride in their chosen organization, and in what that group gives to each individual, the college and the community.

Hundreds of students attend RIT/NTID’s annual job fair

Student in black shirt chats with representatives from Texas Instruments.

Representatives from more than 40 local and national corporations, federal agencies and nonprofit organizations met with hundreds of deaf and hard-of-hearing students—who are also prospective employees—at the 16th annual job fair, on October 19, at RIT/NTID.

“Employers had the opportunity to recruit talented deaf and hard-of-hearing students in associate and bachelor’s degree programs such as business, finance, graphic design, engineering, computing and more,” said John Macko, director of NTID’s Center on Employment.

Companies represented included Google, Yahoo, Aetna, Baxter Health Care, Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Finance and Accounting Service, Dow Chemical Co., Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Harris Corp., Internal Revenue Service, Lockheed Martin, and the U.S. Department of Defense, among others.

“Employers continue to want highly qualified employees who bring the necessary skills and who will fit into the company culture and contribute to the company’s success,” said Macko. “Our students are well trained and can hit the ground running at companies right here in Rochester and all over the country.”

Check out the video from this year’s job fair.

RIT/NTID team wins National Association of the Deaf College Bowl for the sixth time

Gerry Buckley in orange RIT golf shirt cheering w/four team members and two coaches in black RIT shirts holding trophy.

A student team from Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf has won the National Association of the Deaf College Bowl academic competition for the third consecutive year, and earned its sixth victory overall.

Held at the biennial NAD conference since 1988, the College Bowl is a four-day question-and-answer academic competition with topics as varied as literature, science, mathematics, history and current events. The event, which brings together deaf contestants from top colleges and universities serving deaf and hard-of-hearing students, regularly draws more than 1,000 audience members to the finals.

Teams of four students from each school vie for the trophy and scholarships for their respective colleges. In addition to RIT/NTID, teams at this year’s competition held in Phoenix were from California State University-Northridge, Gallaudet University and the University of Minnesota.

The winning RIT/NTID team members are Lauren Berger, a psychology major from Rochester, N.Y.; Eric Epstein, a software engineering major from Tucson, Ariz.; Asher Kirschbaum, a mechanical engineering major from Washington Grove, Md.; and Emmanuel Perrodin-Njoku, a biomedical sciences major from Washington, D.C.

“The weekly practice throughout the year paid off big time,” said Epstein. “I am so proud of my teammates for their yearlong efforts in studying. I look forward to the next generation of Tigers who will undoubtedly defend the bowl.”

The team worked with co-coaches and RIT/NTID faculty members Christopher Kurz and Gary Behm to prepare for the competition.

“The entire RIT/NTID community is so proud of our College Bowl team for bringing the trophy back to campus for another two years,” said Gerry Buckley, NTID president and RIT vice president and dean. “Lauren, Eric, Asher and Emmanuel did an extraordinary job against fierce competition. They are carrying on a great tradition, and it was wonderful to have so many of our students, faculty, staff and alumni in the audience cheering on our students.”

Opening events for academic year 2016-2017

Four students in brown t-shirts with an orange RIT imprint pose for a

Join the RIT community for opening events for the 2016-2017 academic year.

The Convocation for New Students and Families begins 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 17 in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center. This event provides new students with a traditional induction into RIT’s intellectual community. The Convocation for New Students and Families features an academic procession, recognition of faculty, welcoming remarks by Dr. Sandra Johnson, senior vice president for Student Affairs, and Andrea Shaver, president of Student Government. Dr. Leslie Kate Wright, associate professor, Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences, College of Science, and a recipient of the 2015-2016 Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching, will serve as keynote speaker. In his remarks, Dr. Destler will provide the overall acceptance of the new class and our commitment to their livelihood and academic growth.

Participants in the Tiger Walk, which precedes the Convocation, will greet new students beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Tiger Walk has become a tradition where alumni, faculty, and staff enthusiastically greet the incoming class as they enter the Field House. 

President Destler’s Address to the Community will be 9 a.m. Friday, August 19  in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center. The chairs of Academic Senate and Staff Council, the president of Student Government, and the interim vice president and associate provost for Diversity and Inclusion will each welcome us to the new academic year and briefly share their plans for the upcoming year. Dr. Destler will then deliver his address. A coffee hour will precede the President’s Address, beginning at 8 a.m. on the second floor of the Gordon Field House.

All members of the RIT community are invited and encouraged to attend of these events. Mark your calendars now for the Tiger Walk at 1:30 p.m. and the Convocation for New Students and Families at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17, and the President’s Address to the Community at 9 a.m. on Friday, August 19.

Flanagan named RIT/NTID athlete development coordinator

Skip Flanagan in maroon plaid button down with black t-shirt carrying book bag over his right shoulder

Alumnus and baseball standout Sean “Skip” Flanagan has been named athletic development coordinator for Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. In this role, Flanagan will work in tandem with the RIT Center for Intercollegiate Athletics, RIT varsity and club coaches and NTID faculty and staff to support the participation of deaf and hard-of-hearing student-athletes on varsity and club teams. 

Flanagan, of Framingham, Massachusetts, earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in exercise science from RIT’s College of Liberal Arts and currently is working on a master’s degree in educational leadership-intercollegiate athletic leadership at the University of Washington in Seattle.  He previously was RIT/NTID’s student-athlete liaison, a student ambassador for NTID, and played professional baseball.            

As athletic development coordinator, Flanagan will meet periodically with coaches of all RIT varsity teams, attend practices and meet with teams to provide educational seminars to improve team dynamics, as well as meet regularly with individual athletes to develop relationships, provide mentoring, support and problem-solving strategies. He will serve as representative of NTID at RIT athletic department staff meetings and functions.


“We are pleased to have Skip return to his alma mater in a role that takes full advantage of his experience both in the classroom and on the field,” said Dr. Gerard Buckley, NTID president and RIT vice president and dean. “He will serve as a role model to young deaf and hard-of-hearing student-athletes who attend RIT/NTID as well as those considering their college options.”

EYF offers students something new

Two students doing a lab experiment

Deaf and hard-of-hearing students from all over the country attend Explore Your Furutre each year and enjoy hands-on experiences with various careers. This summer camp also gives participants a taste of college life and the opportunity to make new friends. On the final day of camp, a parent workshop offers families the chance to ask questions about admissions and financial aid as well as take a campus tour. More

RIT/NTID appoints Mary Karol Matchett as assistant vice president for student and academic services

Mary Karol Matchett with blonde hair pulled back and bangs, wearing glasses, necklace blue jacket and red shirt.

Mary Karol Matchett, of Brighton, N.Y., has been named assistant vice president for student and academic services at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

Matchett will provide direction and oversight for a number of NTID programs and services, including the Counseling and Academic Advising Services Department, Student Life Team, Summer Vestibule Program, First-Year Experiences and Career Exploration Studies programs, NTID Psychological Services and Substance and Alcohol Intervention Services for the Deaf, NTID’s Title IX deputy/liaison, and NTID Financial Services and Student Scholarships.

Matchett will also serve as a member of NTID’s senior leadership group, the NTID Administrative Council, and will report to NTID’s associate vice president for academic affairs. She will be responsible for ensuring that students receive appropriate academic support services through collaboration between faculty and staff across departments. She also will work closely with RIT’s vice president for student affairs to ensure that NTID student needs are represented across the university.

“Mary Karol’s experience as an RIT/NTID student, admissions counselor and parent makes her uniquely qualified to bridge our students’ academic and social success,” said Gerard Buckley, NTID president and RIT vice president and dean. “Her energy, enthusiasm and knowledge of the factors that contribute to the development of well-rounded students will be invaluable in this role.”

Matchett earned a bachelor’s degree in social work at RIT, Master of Social Work degree at Syracuse University and doctorate in executive leadership at St. John Fisher College. She previously served as interim chair of counseling and academic advising services at NTID and prior to that, as special assistant for student success, focusing on RIT/NTID retention efforts.