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RIT Freshmen Class Welcomed at Tiger Walk and Convocation

21 Aug

Photo by: Jorge Samper

Photo by: Jorge Samper

Take a look at some of the highlights from RIT's annual Tiger Walk and New Student Convocation. Watch video.

RIT Welcomes Record Number of Freshmen

21 Aug

Photo by: A. Sue Weisler

Photo by: A. Sue Weisler

Rochester Institute of Technology this week welcomes a record freshman class of 2,940 students and about 600 transfer students, bringing its total enrollment to more than 18,500 students. More.

Princeton Review Names RIT Among Best Colleges

4 Aug

Rochester Institute of Technology is again being recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s best universities for undergraduate education. The education-services company features RIT in the just-published 2016 edition of its annual book The Best 380 Colleges.

In its profile on RIT, The Princeton Review quotes extensively from students at the university who were surveyed for the book.

According to a summary of student comments, “Rochester Institute of Technology is bursting at the seams with a myriad of fantastic academic opportunities. Students here greatly value the fact that the university maintains a strong ‘focus on innovation’ and heavily encourages ‘collaboration [between] business and technology.’…Moreover, an RIT education isn’t merely theoretical. Indeed, undergrads have many chances to participate in (all) manner of labs and workshops, applying what they study and participating in a number of hands-on experiences.”

The publication also cites “RIT’s fabulous co-op program which allows students to get real-world experience while still in school. More.

NTID’s Rosica Hall Wins 2015 Design Excellence Award

18 Jun

Photo by: Mark Benjamin

Photo by: Mark Benjamin

Sebastian and Lenore Rosica Hall at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf and HBT Architects—the firm responsible for the building’s design—were recognized by the American Institute of Architects’ Rochester chapter as a 2015 design award recipient. The AIA Design Excellence Awards—held June 12 at Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery—encourage excellence in architectural design, increase public awareness of the human-made environment and honor the architects, owners and builders of significant projects.

Rosica Hall, an $8 million, two-story, 23,000-square-foot building, officially opened in October 2013 and is devoted to innovation and research for students, faculty and staff of NTID and RIT. It was designed to be deaf-friendly, incorporating a maximum use of
 natural light, open line-of-sight paths, safety features such as strobe lights, and minimalizing vibrations from the building’s air conditioning and heating units.

At the building dedication in 2013, Mark Rosica, chair of NTID’s Counseling and Academic Advising Services and a son of Sebastian and Lenore Rosica, said, “The building was specially designed to enhance the learning and discovery of our deaf and hard-of-hearing students and is an outstanding facility that will help to level the playing field by providing a variety of research opportunities for our students.”

Added James DeCaro, NTID professor and dean emeritus: “Rosica Hall is aesthetically pleasing, with high functionality, and designed to meet the unique needs of learners who are deaf. HBT Architects have presented us an exquisite ‘research home’ at the pinnacle of understated elegance.”

Research centers and labs are active in the building, and the second floor of the building houses the Imaginarium, where faculty and students gather to develop creative and innovative ideas. A meditation garden is on the first floor, with native plants that provides a common area where people can sit and think.

The William G. McGowan Charitable Fund gave a $1.75 million grant, which included a $250,000 matching challenge, for the construction of the building.

To learn more about Rosica Hall, go to http://www.ntid.rit.edu/rosica-hall.

RIT: A Year in Review

27 May

See a video yearbook with highlights from RIT’s 2014–2015 academic year.