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RIT officially opens new MAGIC Spell Studios building

30 Oct

Night shot of two-story brick building with front sign that reads

Rochester Institute of Technology opened the newest building on campus—the 52,000-square-foot MAGIC Spell Studios. The building brings together RIT’s academic strengths in game design and development, film and animation, and digital media. The new facility—the only one of its kind in the Northeast—boasts the latest in technology and design, rivaling media production studios in New York City and Hollywood. More.

RIT/NTID Career Fair brought record number of employers to campus to recruit deaf, hard-of-hearing students

18 Oct

Students waiting in line to talk with employers at RIT/NTID Career Fair.

Representatives from more than 50 local and national corporations, federal agencies and nonprofit organizations looking to diversify their workforce met with hundreds of deaf and hard-of-hearing students—who are also prospective employees—at the 18th annual Career Fair, on Oct. 17, 2018, at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

A record 53 companies, including Lockheed Martin, Caterpillar, Merck, NavSea, Texas Instruments, the CIA and Prudential Financial, participated in this year’s career fair. Quicken Loans, PNC and Datto, the cybersecurity and data backup company whose founder, RIT alumnus Austin McChord, recently donated $50 million to RIT, attended for the first time.

More than 300 deaf and hard-of-hearing students participted in the event, and approximately 30 RIT/NTID alumni came to Rochester this year to represent their companies at the career fair, serving as recruiters and role models for deaf and hard-of-hearing student job seekers.

“We are always so pleased and proud to see so many of our graduates come back to recruit for their companies,” said John Macko, director of NTID’s Center on Employment. “It’s gratifying to see them come ‘full circle’ and help the next group of students find their place in the world of work.”

RIT/NTID’s Center on Employment was the career fair sponsor.

RIT’s Big Shot illuminates Old Fort Niagara

1 Oct

Old Fort Niagara, a French castle, is shown illuminated with light in evening with colonial soldiers and a cannon in foreground.

The opportunity to “paint light” on a historic fortress drew more than 800 hundred people to Old Fort Niagara to help make the annual Rochester Institute of Technology’s nighttime Big Shot photograph a picturesque success.

The volunteers, including 72 RIT students who traveled to the Canadian border from RIT’s campus, and more than 100 alumni, provided the primary light source for the Big Shot image while RIT photographers shot an extended exposure with Old Fort Niagara nearly completely darkened. More.

RIT announces 2018-2019 theatrical season

18 Sep

NTID's stage production of

Four performances presenting an array of cultural, political and social issues are part of a new collaborative season by Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf Performing Arts program and RIT’s College of Liberal Arts Theater Arts program. The productions will give students the opportunity to work in a deaf and hearing cast and crew that promotes diversity, inclusion and respect for different cultures and perspectives. All four productions are planned to be fully accessible for deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing audiences. More.

RIT’s newest students urged to dream and change the world

22 Aug

RIT faculty and staff cheer on and high-five new students to RIT during the annual Tiger Walk before convocation.

Get involved, know your fellow students and professors, and take advantage of as many opportunities as you can.

That was a main theme expressed during the Convocation for New Students at Rochester Institute of Technology today, as the university welcomed its most academically qualified first-year students, who had an average 1300 SAT score.

The new students also are expected to set a total RIT enrollment record at more than 19,000 for the first time. The new students come from 46 states and Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and 43 countries. Total international students come from 51 countries, with the most students coming from India, China, Saudi Arabia, Dominican Republic and Iran. More.