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Hundreds turn out at High Falls for RIT’s 29th Big Shot photograph

12 Feb

Snow and cold temperatures didn’t keep hundreds of people from descending on downtown Rochester to light up High Falls Sunday night and help make Rochester Institute of Technology's 29th Big Shot photograph a wintertime success.

More than 600 volunteers, including nearly 100 RIT students and 150 alumni provided the primary light source for the Big Shot image while RIT photographers shot an extended exposure of one of Rochester’s natural and iconic spectacles.

Since RIT started its Big Shot project in 1987, university photographers have captured such landmarks as AT&T Stadium (formerly Cowboys Stadium) in Arlington, Texas; The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas; the U.S.S. Intrepid in New York City; and the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden. More.

Get an inside look at RIT

8 Feb

Come get a taste of what it's like to be an RIT student. Learn why more than 1,200 deaf and hard-of-hearing students and 14,000 hearing undergraduate students choose RIT. Visiting campus will give you important information when making your college decision. When you visit RIT, you'll get a tour of campus, visit personally with an admissions counselor, meet with professors in subject areas that interest you, chat with our financial aid coordinator and enjoy a meal in one of our dining facilities. Just like your education at RIT, your visit will be customized to meet your interests.

2014 Spring Open House Dates

Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

Register online or call 585-475-6700, toll free in the U.S. and Canada at 866-644-6843 or videophone at 585-743-136. If you have any questions, please email us.

Find out more about our Open House events.

If you can’t make it to one of our group open house events, we encourage you to schedule a personalized visit tailored especially to you. In addition to the above activities, you can meet with a coach, sit in on a class, meet club and organization officials and much more. Come find out why RIT means a superior education and a unique college experience for you.

RIT/NTID Athletes Inspired by Super Bowl Player

31 Jan

RIT/NTID student athletes find inspiration in the story of deaf NFL player Derrick Coleman, who will play in the Super Bowl.

RIT/NTID Alumnus Hopes Third Time is the Charm on “The Amazing Race”

28 Jan

RIT/NTID alumnus Luke Adams and his mother, Margie O’Donnell, will be featured a record third time on the popular CBS reality show “The Amazing Race” when the 24th season kicks off on Feb. 23, the network confirmed today.

Adams, who received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 2008, became the first deaf contestant on the show when he and his mother raced around the world in season 14, which aired in 2009. The show features teams that are given clues that take them around the world, often to exotic locations. The teams are confronted with physical and mental tasks to complete to receive additional clues. The last team to check in each week is usually eliminated. The first-place team shares a $1 million prize.

In season 14, Adams slid down a hill in the Alps with a 50-pound wheel of cheese, ran in his underwear in sub-freezing temperatures in Russia, got bitten by a bird in China and carried a pig on a pole in Hawaii. He and his mother made the finals that season and came in third place, winning $10,000.

They were brought back to appear on the 18th season of “The Amazing Race” featuring previous contestants who had “unfinished business.” They finished in eighth place.

CBS said the 11 teams for this all-star season were “some of the most memorable duos.” If they don’t get eliminated, teams will travel through four continents and nine countries, spanning more than 35,000 miles. The race will take them on a mission high above the city in Guangzhou, China, rappelling down the roaring rapids of the Kiansom Waterfall in Malaysia, fighting with Gladiators in Rome, and fueling up vehicles in Sri Lanka.

No teams have ever appeared on the show more than twice. Adams and O’Donnell are among three that will be in the race for a third time.

“It was a huge surprise. We did not see it coming,” Adams said. “We got the call out of the blue last July. They were like, “Hey, do you want to do the race again?”

Adams works as an advancement associate at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Philadelphia. His mother, a registered nurse, lives in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Adams worked at NTID in the summer of 2009 as a co-director of Orientation Assistants for NTID’s Summer Vestibule Program, which welcomes incoming students to RIT. While here, Adams entertained audiences by talking about his experiences on the show. O’Donnell also visited Rochester and spoke to parents here about her experience raising a deaf child and sending him off to college.

Adams was named Deaf Person of the Year in 2009 by Deaf Life magazine and appeared on its cover.

On his first appearance on the show, Adams said he hoped to set an example that deaf people can do anything. “A lot of deaf people think you can’t go on TV, or shouldn’t apply to different things,” he said. “I want to give deaf people hope. That’s what I want to do.”

RIT/NTID Alumna Amber Zion to sign National Anthem for Super Bowl XLVIII

28 Jan

Amber Zion

Amber Zion

The hundred million television fans tuning in to watch Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2 may see two women with roots in Rochester performing the National Anthem.

Opera star Renee Fleming, a graduate of Eastman School of Music, will sing the anthem as Amber Zion, an actress who graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, will sign the anthem using American Sign Language.

“I was told that her voice is beautiful and graceful, which is perfect because it will match my American Sign Language translation,” said Zion, who is deaf. “I’m really looking forward to it!”

Zion was chosen for the event after she submitted an audition video to the National Association of the Deaf last fall. NAD has worked with the Super Bowl since 2008, when a commercial entirely in sign language was televised during the pregame show.

“The Super Bowl is one of the most-watched events of the year,” said NAD CEO Howard Rosenblum. “Integrating American Sign Language into the performance of the National Anthem during the pregame not only raises awareness of ASL, it also helps to ensure that this iconic event is inclusive for all Americans.”

A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Zion graduated from RIT/NTID in 2004 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She also earned a certificate in 2003 in Script Emphasis in Performing Arts and appeared in many productions in NTID’s Robert F. Panara Theatre and in The Tempest off Broadway at the Interborough Repertory Theatre in New York City.

She and her husband, Ari Zion, a 2004 graduate of RIT/NTID with a degree in Applied Arts and Sciences, live in Los Angeles. She has appeared in several films. She was featured on a Kay Jewelers Christmas commercial for several years and had a starring role on CBS’s CSI:NY episode, Silent Night.

Zion performed the National Anthem when she was in high school, when the Pittsburgh Steelers were in a playoff game. “That was the most amazing experience,” she said. “I can only imagine the experience I will have at the Super Bowl this year. I’m honored to be a part of it, and I can’t wait to share the beauty of ASL with the world.