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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

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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

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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.

Enjoying a Challenge

27 Sep

A student in a white shirt with beard and glasses sits by a computer with the screen off and other equipment.

Benjamin Polstra from Noblesville, Indiana, completed a summer co-op at GEICO in Chevy Chase, Maryland, that turned into a fulltime job. Polstra, who will graduate in sping 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in information technology, worked as a GEICO summer intern.

Polstra was responsible for a significant information technology (IT) business project—bigger than any project he had ever worked on before, and to complete it, he had to learn different tools and concepts along the way. He used his information technology skills on individual assignments and team projects, attended meetings and gave presentations. He was able to reach out to and receive mentoring from  team members and members of the IT management team. By the end of the summer, Polstra felt he had become a better developer with the increased confidence that came from handling a project of that size. He also learned how an insurance company runs and how they practice customer service.

He says that taking courses that taught the fundamental and advanced level of object-oriented programming, such as Java or C#, was valuable. The courses he took that teach client and server programming were necessary as well. The software design, principles and patterns, organizational behavior and apps development practices courses all were greatly helpful in his summer responsibilities, and taking on a leadership role gave him valuable experience in how to work with a team. He also learned that no matter where you work, asking a lot of questions is a must-have skill.

Polstra believes his degree will open doors to many opportunities. The coursework associated with it has prepared the fundamental bedrock, which he can use to demonstrate his knowledge of the IT field, and to work confidently with new concepts and ideas. He says that GEICO is the manifestation of how he’s been preparing himself; it has been changing, abandoning old traditions and embracing new ideas. The company has expanded its IT department rapidly to enable their growth spurt. That’s how he sees himself—growing rapidly to become not only a better IT person, but a more accomplished software developer.

Polstra offers the following advice for other students. “Don’t just work hard; play with what you like to do. If you are majoring in photography, play around with a camera.If computer science is your major, play around with a computer. Share with your friends and find mentors who can help you grow. You shouldn’t be discouraged by a challenge. Just try hard, and when you are successful, you will end up enjoying your success a lot more. Don’t think about grades so much because you will already excel at what you do, if you enjoy whatever you are doing.”