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RIT/NTID alumnus to perform National Anthem, ‘America, the Beautiful’ at Super Bowl Feb. 5

3 Feb

Kriston Pumphrey with short dark hair and beard, wearing black shirt and leather coat in front of photo of a tree.

For the second time in four years, Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf has a connection to football’s biggest game, the Super Bowl.

This Sunday, Feb. 5, RIT/NTID alumnus Kriston Lee Pumphrey will sign the National Anthem and “America, the Beautiful” prior to the much-anticipated kickoff. Pumphrey, a 2010 graduate of RIT’s College of Applied Science and Technology, will perform alongside country music star Luke Bryan and Renee Elise Goldsberry, Jasmine Cephas Jones and Phillipa Soo—three of the original cast members of the Broadway show Hamilton—during the pre-game ceremony at NRG Stadium in Houston. The contest between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons for Super Bowl LI will be televised on FOX. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. EST.

This will be Pumphrey’s first time performing at the game.

“It’s a huge honor and I’m elated,” he said. “I’m thankful for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I am amazed by the stream of support from friends, family and the community at large. I can’t express enough how excited I am to have been selected by the National Association of the Deaf to not only represent our community as vibrant and diverse, but to make RIT/NTID proud.”

Pumphrey works for DPAN-TV, an online video network delivering information and entertainment in American Sign Language, founded by fellow RIT/NTID alumnus and performer Sean Forbes.

In 2014, RIT/NTID alumna Amber Zion performed American Sign Language versions of the National Anthem and “America, the Beautiful” alongside opera star and Rochester native Renee Fleming.

Meet RIT/NTID student Dom Ricchio

1 Feb

Learn more about RIT/NTID student-athlete Dom Ricchio, an applied mechanical technology major from Racine, Wisconsin, who is succeeding in the pool and in the classroom!

Introducing RIT/NTID’s New Athlete Development Program

6 Dec

Headshot photo of male wearing gingham check orange shirt.

A new program is underway, making the competitive world of collegiate sports even more accessible to all students.The RIT/NTID Athlete Development Program  provides support and training to improve quality of deaf and hard-of-hearing athletes’ experience as key members of their respective athletic programs. Skip Flangan, RIT/NTID’s athlete development coordinator, is working closely with RIT varsity coaches, NTID faculty and staff and, of course, the athletes themselves to help ensure greatness on and off the field, court or track. More.

RIT students win national design competition and come away with internships

1 Dec

Four male and two female students pose with four awards.

Six members of Rochester Institute of Technology’s Theme Park Enthusiasts group made a clean sweep in Orlando, Fla., by winning every award in a national competition to design amusement park rides.

The Ryerson Invitational Thrill Design Competition, hosted by Universal Creative, invited teams from four colleges to create theme park rides or make modifications to existing rides. The teams had three challenges to finish. One task had them retrofitting a ferris wheel to keep children in open gondolas, one had them design a rollercoaster that can’t go faster than 40 mph, and one task had them redesign the teacups ride to make it more appealing to teenagers.

Teams were judged for their innovativeness, presentation skills and effectiveness.

There were awards for each challenge and an overall award; the RIT team won all four. They also walked away with offers of internships by Universal Creative, the research and development group responsible for designing rides and attractions for Universal Parks & Resorts theme parks. More.

NCAA features RIT/NTID alumna Natalie Snyder

10 Nov

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has created a video spot for its “Pathway to Opportunity” series that features RIT/NTID alumna Natalie Snyder. A biomedical sciences major who graduated this past May, Snyder broke several RIT diving records while a member of the swimming and diving team. She currently is pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.