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Competition Winners Announced

29 May

Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf has announced the winners of the annual Digital Arts, Film and Animation Competition for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students. The contest, in its ninth year, resulted in dozens of entries in interactive media, graphic media, photo imaging, Web page design, film and 3D animation.

The winners of each category, receiving a $250 prize, are:

  • Film: Paola Almonte of Chelsea, Mass., a student at Boston Arts Academy, for The Good Boys.
  • Graphic Media: Heather Afriyie of Lorton, Va., a student at Woodson High School, for Fire on my Face!
  • Photo Imaging: Tiffany M. Robertson of Sadieville, Ky., a student at Elkhorn Crossing School, for A Cowgirl’s Wedding.
  • 3D Animation: David Katter of Indianapolis, Ind., a student at Indiana School for the Deaf, for “Mutual Destruction.”

The runners-up were:

  • Film: Jackson Callahan of Olathe, Kan., a student at Olathe South High School, for Football.
  • Graphic Media: Heather Afriyie of Lorton, Va., a student at Woodson High School, for My Dear Tree.
  • Photo Imaging: Calyssa Yepez of Riverside, Calif., a student at California School for the Deaf-Riverside, for “Leaf with Eye.”

The winning entries may be seen here.

Winners of the SpiRIT Writing Contest were Alexandra Creech of Bloomington, Ind., a 10th grader at Indiana Connections Academy; Jacob Custer of Lincoln, Neb., a 10th grader at Lincoln Southeast High School; Cooper Graves of Morrow, Ohio, an 11th grader at Moeller High School, for “Eco-Architecture: Next Big Thing?”; and Gracie Kelleher of Quincy, Fla., an 11th grader at Robert F. Munroe Day School, for “The Maya Angelou Effect: A Legend that Lives Past the Grave.”

Writing contest winners receive their choice of $500 or a spot at NTID’s Explore Your Future summer camp.

2015 Imagine RIT Festival Packs Some Steam

5 May

Photo by: A. Sue Weisler

Photo by: A. Sue Weisler

A ‘flying cars’ challenge launched a perfect spring day with about 35,000 people experiencing more than 400 exhibits in science, technology, engineering, the arts and math. More.

2015 Imagine RIT Festival Packs Some Steam

5 May

Photo by: A. Sue Weisler

Photo by: A. Sue Weisler

A ‘flying cars’ challenge launched a perfect spring day with about 35,000 people experiencing more than 400 exhibits in science, technology, engineering, the arts and math. More.

RIT/NTID Outstanding Undergraduate Scholars

20 Apr

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.

RIT/NTID Flash Mob Performs Song From Upcoming Musical Production

18 Apr

RIT/NTID's Performing Arts prepare for their upcoming performances of HAIRSPRAY, the Musical April 24-May 3 in the Panara Theatre at RIT with a flash mob rendition of "You Can't Stop the Beat!" Watch the video.