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RIT/NTID inducts students into new Epsilon Pi Tau national honor society

Nineteen students and eight faculty members from Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf were recently inducted into the college’s first national honor society, Epsilon Pi Tau.

Nineteen students and eight faculty members from Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf were recently inducted into the college’s first national honor society, Epsilon Pi Tau. This is the first EPT chapter in the nation dedicated to deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

Newly inducted students, listed by major, are:

  • Computer integrated machining technology— Mohamed Ali (Lackawanna, N.Y.); Jonathan Cabrera (Lynn, Mass.); Keith Cahalane (Lindenhurst, N.Y.); Zachary Gery (North Wales, Pa.); Ivan Gonzalez (Louisville, Ky.); Johnny Rodriguez (Brooklyn, N.Y.); Rachel Viacava (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • Art and imaging studies— Ashley Barone (Slatington, Pa.); Brittney Caldwell (Honolulu, Hawaii)
  • Business—Emily Berlin (Greenburg, Pa.); Mason Chronister (Red Lion, Pa.); Timothy Fitzgerald (Washington Crossing, Pa.); John Huang (Brooklyn, N.Y.); LaShonda Williams (Greenville, N.C.)
  • Applied computer technology— Timothy Bernardo (Norfolk, Va.); Mathew Mills (Gaithersburg, Md.)
  • Laboratory science technology—Elder Berroa (Hazleton, Pa.); Christine Kim (Centreville, Va.); Macie King (Columbia, Miss.)

Faculty inductees are: Gary Behm (engineering studies); Karen Beiter (information and computing studies); Bonnie Jacob (science and mathematics); Donna Lange (information and computing studies); Dino Laury (engineering studies); Elissa Olsen (information and computing studies); Mellissa Youngman (business studies); and Andrea Zuchegno (visual communication studies).

Stephen Aldersley, NTID’s associate vice president for academic affairs noted that, “Epsilon Pi Tau’s goals of promoting academic excellence and professional contributions to the advance of technology are a perfect fit for NTID. At RIT’s recent graduation ceremony, several of the inductees proudly sported the society’s blue, white and gold ribbon as they received their degrees. Membership in the society will be a significant addition to their résumés and I am confident that future students, aspiring also to become members, will strive to achieve commensurate academic success.”

Epsilon Pi Tau, the international honor society for professions in technology, was founded in 1928 as a Greek letter fraternity to recognize leaders and potential leaders in industrial arts and industrial vocational education. Today, Epsilon Pi Tau recognizes academic excellence of students in fields devoted to the study of technology and the preparation of practitioners for the technology professions. Epsilon Pi Tau also extends the honor of membership and advancement activities to outstanding practitioners in the technology professions, scholars with exemplary research interests in technology in society and/or persons who have significantly supported or advanced technology professions.

RIT/NTID Outstanding Undergraduate Scholars

Rochester Institute of Technology honored 104 students whose academic and personal achievements have made them this year’s Outstanding Undergraduate Scholars.

The awards, bronze medallions, were presented in ceremonies on April 16, 2015 to those students who have met the scholarship criteria—a minimum grade-point average of 3.85 out of 4.0; completed more than two-thirds of the credit hours required for a bachelor’s degree; and demonstrated community engagement, such as creative work, serve on student committees, civic activities, employment or independent research.

“RIT is pleased to pay tribute to these undergraduates whose demonstrated devotion to excellence is an inspiration to the university community,” said Jeremy Haefner, RIT provost and senior vice president of Academic Affairs, who presented the scholars to President Bill Destler and RIT deans at the ceremony in Gordon Field House.

The 2014-15 RIT/NTID Outstanding Undergraduate Scholars are:

Nathan Scott
A graduate of Guilderland High School in Guilderland, N.Y., Nathan is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Applied Arts and Sciences. He has worked as an NTID math tutor and is a member of the Premedical Student Association and the Asian Deaf Club. Nathan is the recipient of the Ronald Dodge Scholarship, the NTID Presidential Scholarship and the Sertoma Scholarship for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. After graduation, he plans to attend graduate school and enter the field of sports analytics.

Natalie Snyder
A graduate of Rockville High School in Maryland, Natalie is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences. She served as a Red Cross volunteer at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center with a focus on prosthetics, orthotics and physical therapy. Natalie is an NTID student ambassador and a math and physics tutor at the NTID Learning Center. She is on the RIT swimming and diving team. She is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and the Cross-Registered Student Advisory Board. After graduation she plans to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy.

Kyle Murbach
A graduate of Hindsdale South High School in Wheaton, Ill., Kyle is pursuing a bachelor’s/master’s degree in Computing Security. He completed an internship at the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations at the National Security Agency (NSA). He is the recipient of the (ISC)2 Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship and Harold F. Tipton Scholarship, the Bridgestone Americas, Inc. Scholarship, the Nathaniel Rochester Society Scholarship, the Lucille R. Jennings Scholarship, the NTID Vice President & Dean Scholarship, the NTID Presidential Scholarship, and the RIT Presidential Scholarship. After graduation, Kyle plans to become a malware analyst in a government or corporate setting.

Brett Morris
A graduate of Farmington High School in Connecticut, Brett is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Game Design and Development. He worked as an animation teaching assistant at RIT and the University of Washington Summer Academy for Advancing the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Computing. Brett is the recipient of the Game Innovators Scholarship, the NTID Presidential Scholarship, and the RIT Presidential Scholarship and is a member of the Honors Program. After graduation, Brett plans to find work in the game or movie industry.

Rachel Green
A graduate of Central High School in Springfield, Mass., Rachel is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language–English Interpretation. She received a degree in deaf studies from Holyoke Community College. She is a member of the RIT Deaf chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma, Epsilon Pi. She worked as a residential advisor and in the RIT Information and Technology Services Command Center. After graduation, Rachel plans to return to Massachusetts and continue working as a sign language interpreter.

Catherine Lambe
A graduate of Whitesboro (N.Y.) High School, Catherine is pursuing a bachelor’s in American Sign Language–English Interpretation. She worked as a student interpreter in the Department of Access Services at NTID and as a financial assistant at the club resource center on campus. Catherine is a member of the Honors Program and provides volunteer interpreting services at City Hall in Rochester and other community locations. After graduation, Catherine plans to move to Boston where she will pursue her national interpreting certification and work as an interpreter in the healthcare field.

2015 Imagine RIT

Imagine RIT, the nationally acclaimed festival now in its eighth year, returns to the RIT campus on May 2, 2015 with more than 400 examples of innovation and creativity, all showcased through interactive exhibitions, demonstrations and live performances. More than 30,000 people are expected to visit the RIT campus for the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A variety of food, entertainment and children’s activities combine to make the event a fun, family-friendly environment. Mark your calendar to join us! More.

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.