RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf has grown exponentially since enrolling its first class in 1968. Numbers don’t tell the whole story, but they do give you a glimpse of what NTID looks like today. Check out NTID by the Numbers.
The Syracuse Post-Standard’s Empire Magazine featured a cover story on Rochester’s vibrant Deaf community, including RIT/NTID. The multimedia story included a still photography slide show and video and featured several RIT/NTID students, faculty, staff and administrators, who discussed the high employment rate of RIT/NTID graduates; the growth of a “deaf middle class” in Rochester; the availability of deaf professionals in a variety of fields, including medicine, dentistry and more; and the willingness of hearing Rochestarians to learn sign language and engage with their deaf and hard-of-hearing neighbors and colleagues. The article refers to Rochester as a “tremendous model.”
Jeannette Vargas, senior staff specialist, development and alumni relations at NTID, was awarded the Outstanding Advisor Award by the Center for Campus Life, Fraternity and Sorority Life. She was nominated by the brothers of Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity, one of RIT’s Latino fraternities, to honor the work she has done with the group. She has been the fraternity’s advisor as well as the advisor for NTID’s Latin American Deaf Club for 20 years.
Rochester Institute of Technology’s industrial design, video game design, furniture design and jewelry design programs are among the world’s best, according to an independent online ranking authority that gives the university high marks for creative teaching methods and positioning students to succeed post-graduation. More.
In celebration of Black History Month, the Joseph F. and Helen C. Dyer Arts Center at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf hosts a rare exhibit showcasing the work of black deaf artists around the globe.
“Unfolding the Soul of Black Deaf Expressions” runs through Feb. 27 and features more than 150 works of art from 30 black deaf artists. Pieces stem from a variety of artistic media including paintings, photography and drawings.
A three-day symposium will also be held Feb. 25–27 in the Dyer Arts Center. Many of the presentations are free including “Empowering Young Black Deaf Artists” by Emily Blachly; “Preserving the Legacy of Black Deaf Art,” by LeeAnne Valentine; “How to be an Art Patron,” by Fred Beam and Earl Terry; and “Success Stories of Black Deaf Artists,” presented by a group of participating artists. For a complete schedule of events, go to the Dyer Arts Center website.
“One of the goals of the Dyer Arts Center is to display exhibits promoting cultural groups at least once a year,” said Tabitha Jacques, gallery director. “This season, we are proudly featuring the magnificent work of black deaf artists. It’s important to us that Dyer Arts Center’s exhibits and programs encourage discussion on the myriad types of art that are found within the deaf community.”
For more information about the exhibit, go to the Dyer Arts Center website, Facebook page or Instagram page, @dyerartscenter. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1–5 p.m., Saturdays.
Rochester Institute of Technology is emerging as one of the world’s most innovative, agile, diverse and forward-thinking universities. At RIT, we forge greatness by being different. We are a world leader in education and access for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. We have students who improve HIV medications in Africa, conduct remote sensing on volcanoes in Iceland, help select the Mars 2020 rover landing site, and win national cyber-defense competitions. And we have faculty who invent wearable technologies that protect soldiers, who work on the nation’s top advanced manufacturing initiatives, and are named U.S. Professor of the Year.
This is just a start. Check out the RIT Points of Pride website.
Join us in taking a look back with pride on another outstanding year at RIT!
At the NTID Job Fair, Purple Communications, The Gleason Works and the University of California–San Diego (not pictured) received the NTID Center on Employment’s Outstanding Employer Partner Awards, which recognize employers who have a sustained record of hiring deaf and hard-of-hearing co-op students and graduates. More
Susana Flores’ coursework in her Museum Studies major at RIT provided her with the skills she needed to enjoy a successful co-op at the American School for the Deaf in Hartford, Connecticut. More
Rochester Institute of Technology has teamed up with Zipcar to bring self-service, on-demand car sharing to the area.
Two cars, a Ford Focus and Ford Escape, are based on the RIT campus and available for 24-hour use by Zipcar members. Membership for RIT students, faculty and staff costs $15 a year (which includes a $35 credit for the first month), and vehicle use starts at $7.50 an hour or $69 a day.
Gas, insurance and maintenance are free. A valid driver’s license and credit card are required.
“Zipcar is great for students, and for our sustainability goals,” said RIT Student Government President Nick Giordano. “Providing these types of services to students means an opportunity for students to get off campus and not have to solely rely on friends to drive them places.”
Giordano said students will now have more chances to experience the food, entertainment and culture of the region, and open up the city’s professional networks by allowing students to get off campus to job interviews and networking events.
“And sustainability-wise, fewer cars being brought to campus all-year long is always a good thing,” he said.
For more information or to sign up, visit: www.zipcar.com/rit.