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Princeton Review Names RIT Among Best Colleges

7 Aug

Rochester Institute of Technology is again being recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s best universities for undergraduate education. The education-services company features RIT in the just-published 2015 edition of its annual book The Best 379 Colleges. More.

RIT’s Photo School Ranked Among Top in Nation

25 Jul

Resource Magazine, a leading photo trade magazine, ranks the RIT School of Photographic Arts and Sciences No. 2 in its ranking of "15 Great College and University Photography Programs in the United States." The ranking by Resource marks the latest recognition for SPAS in recent weeks. Fiske Guide to Colleges said RIT’s “photography and imaging are the among the tops in the nation” in its newly published 2015 edition. More.

 

RIT Recognized by ‘Fiske Guide to Colleges 2015′

18 Jul

The Fiske Guide to Colleges recognized RIT for its computing, art and design and engineering programs as well as the cooperative work experience program. The Fiske Guide is a selective look at about 300 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and Great Britain. More.

Ryan Hait-Campbell named National Association of the Deaf Youth Ambassador

16 Jul

Ryan Hait-Campbell, who with three other students at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf helped start a business intended to help communication between deaf and hearing people, was named Deaf Youth Ambassador by the National Association of the Deaf during their recent convention in Atlanta.

“I am very honored that I won and I will do my best to push for a deaf accelerator program for start-up businesses,” he said.

Two Deaf Youth Ambassadors – a male and a female – were chosen, and will work with NAD to address a social issue within the deaf community. They will also represent NAD at presentations, workshops, the Youth Leadership Camp and other events in the community.

Elena Maer, of St. Louis, Mo., was selected female Deaf Youth Ambassador. Two other contestants were RIT/NTID students: Allison Friedman, an applied liberal arts major from Wheeling, Ill., and Keith Delk, a new media design major from Beach Park, Ill. Established by Congress nearly 50 years ago, NTID provides unparalleled support services for more than 1,250 deaf and hard-of-hearing students annually, with tutors, notetakers and more than 120 interpreters who support students in and out of the classroom.

Hait-Campbell said he wants to use the experience he’s gained in starting a business to help other fledgling companies started by deaf entrepreneurs.

“I entered the contest because there are very few deaf-run businesses out there and there are some amazing contests all over,” he said. “However, the problem I’ve noticed is that after those contests are over, the teams don’t really have any idea what to do next.”

Hait-Campbell, a new media design major from Seattle, Wash., helped form MotionSavvy, which uses new technology that may convert hand shapes into text. He won third place in the Next Big Idea competition at NTID in 2013, along with his MotionSavvy teammates Alex Opalka, a computer engineering major from Glastonbury, Conn.; Wade Kellard, a mechanical engineering technology major from Cincinnati, Ohio; and Jordan Stemper, an industrial design major from Waukesha, Wisc.

Last summer, the team was accepted into RIT’s Summer Start-Up course for new businesses at RIT’s Saunders College of Business. And they’ve spent the past few months in San Francisco in Leap Motion’s LEAP AXLR8R.  Leap technology is used in their concept that may translate sign language into text by reading hand shapes. The team is considering returning to Rochester as their technology grows.

Hait-Campbell said he originally attended the NAD convention to promote MotionSavvy. “But everyone there already knew about us and I didn’t see a point in presenting about it, so I aimed to make us more active in the deaf community by becoming one of the leaders and pitch about the process of how I’m just a graphic designer, but now I’m also running a business. But I could never have done it on my own. It’s because of Saunders Start-up and the accelerator program that I am here. I am forever thankful to RIT for giving me this opportunity to change the world.” 

Inside RIT’s New Hockey Arena

9 Jul

Photo by: A. Sue Weisler

Photo by: A. Sue Weisler

The Polisseni Center, RIT's new hockey arena, is a work in progress. Construction began last August and will be completed by early September. It will be the new home of the RIT men's and women's Division I hockey teams, who are vacating 46-year-old Ritter Arena for their new digs. More.