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RIT/NTID team wins National Association of the Deaf College Bowl for the sixth time

22 Aug

Gerry Buckley in orange RIT golf shirt cheering w/four team members and two coaches in black RIT shirts holding trophy.

A student team from Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf has won the National Association of the Deaf College Bowl academic competition for the third consecutive year, and earned its sixth victory overall.

Held at the biennial NAD conference since 1988, the College Bowl is a four-day question-and-answer academic competition with topics as varied as literature, science, mathematics, history and current events. The event, which brings together deaf contestants from top colleges and universities serving deaf and hard-of-hearing students, regularly draws more than 1,000 audience members to the finals.

Teams of four students from each school vie for the trophy and scholarships for their respective colleges. In addition to RIT/NTID, teams at this year’s competition held in Phoenix were from California State University-Northridge, Gallaudet University and the University of Minnesota.

The winning RIT/NTID team members are Lauren Berger, a psychology major from Rochester, N.Y.; Eric Epstein, a software engineering major from Tucson, Ariz.; Asher Kirschbaum, a mechanical engineering major from Washington Grove, Md.; and Emmanuel Perrodin-Njoku, a biomedical sciences major from Washington, D.C.

“The weekly practice throughout the year paid off big time,” said Epstein. “I am so proud of my teammates for their yearlong efforts in studying. I look forward to the next generation of Tigers who will undoubtedly defend the bowl.”

The team worked with co-coaches and RIT/NTID faculty members Christopher Kurz and Gary Behm to prepare for the competition.

“The entire RIT/NTID community is so proud of our College Bowl team for bringing the trophy back to campus for another two years,” said Gerry Buckley, NTID president and RIT vice president and dean. “Lauren, Eric, Asher and Emmanuel did an extraordinary job against fierce competition. They are carrying on a great tradition, and it was wonderful to have so many of our students, faculty, staff and alumni in the audience cheering on our students.”

Health care careers camp 2016

12 Aug

Three students wearing red shirts doing CPR.

At the Health Care Careers Exploration Camp held this summer at Rochester Institute of Technology, deaf and hard-of-hearing high school students from all over the country experienced hands-on activities in health care careers—one of the fastest growing employment fields today. Learn more about next year’s program that will be held on June 22-27, 2017.

SVP ’16

8 Aug

Parents cheering student showing his student ID on move-in day.

More than 200 first-year and transfer RIT/NTID students from across the country move-in for the first day of SVP, the college’s Summer Vestibule Program, which provides classroom and social experiences prior to the beginning of classes.

TGIF Summer Sessions

26 May

Three students standing at RIT tiger statue.

There’s no better way to start off your college search than at one of RIT’s Tours and Group Information Fridays (TGIF) events. Join us this summer at one of our sessions on July 15 or August 5, 2016, so you and your family can take a closer look at RIT. Get an overview of our academic programs, student activities and the application process, and enjoy a student-led campus and housing tour. Admissions counselors will be available to meet with you. Lunch will be provided. Register today!

RIT commencement 2016

24 May

African American graduate walking across the stage.

RIT held its 131st commencement on Friday, May 20, 2016 with 4,000 students graduating. Ten percent of this group of graduates were deaf or hard of hearing. France A. Córdova, director of the National Science Foundation, served as the keynote speaker. Watch video.