Gerard Buckley, a 1978 graduate from RIT, will become President of NTID and Vice President and Dean for NTID effective January 1, 2011. He is the first alumnus from NTID or RIT to lead the college. Gerry received his bachelor's degree in Social Work from RIT, a master's degree in Social Work from the University of Missouri and a doctorate in Special Education from the University of Kansas. He's worked in the education field for more than 30 years, including more than 20 years at NTID. Currently, Dr. Buckley is the Assistant Vice President for College Advancement for NTID. On the web: http://www.ntid.rit.edu/media/full_text.php?article_id=1284.
The RIT American Sign Language and Deaf Studies Community Center is expected to open in the Student Union in the Winter Quarter, with an eventual home in The Wallace Center. It is intended to celebrate the multidimensional aspect of deafness in a visible location and enable American Sign Language and Deaf Studies to become more accessible to the entire RIT community.
The Task Force on Health Careers for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community met for the first time at NTID in October, with focus groups to identify barriers for deaf and hard-of-hearing students wanting to enter health care fields. On the web: http://www.ntid.rit.edu/media/full_text.php?article_id=1285.
NTID Performing Arts presented "Inherit the Wind" November 4-7. It included a cast of 43 deaf, hearing and hard-of-hearing actors and 52 students working lights, building sets, painting, making costumes and getting publicity. More than 1,000 people attended.
Erwin Smith has been named Assistant Vice President for Finance and Operation. He has worked in leadership and management positions for Eastman Kodak and the Rochester City School District for more than 22 years.
Hundreds of students, faculty and staff submitted 89 proposals for NTID Innovation Projects to enhance teaching, scholarship and innovation.
The works of Omobowale Ayorinda were featured in an exhibit at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He is one of seven alumni who began their careers in Boston in the 1970s.