From 4:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, join fellow RIT/NTID alumni, NTID faculty/staff and other friends for a pre-hockey game tailgate gathering at the Stock Exchange, which is walking distance from the Blue Cross Arena. This event is always a big draw – don’t miss it this year! Complimentary finger foods and beverages will be provided for you to enjoy. Get pumped up with some Tiger spirit before our RIT Tigers take to the ice.
*This event is primarily for those alumni and friends affiliated with NTID. Short program and speakers will be using American Sign Language.
Visit the event webpage to register.
Alumnus and baseball standout Sean “Skip” Flanagan has been named athletic development coordinator for Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. In this role, Flanagan will work in tandem with the RIT Center for Intercollegiate Athletics, RIT varsity and club coaches and NTID faculty and staff to support the participation of deaf and hard-of-hearing student-athletes on varsity and club teams.
Flanagan, of Framingham, Massachusetts, earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in exercise science from RIT’s College of Liberal Arts and currently is working on a master’s degree in educational leadership-intercollegiate athletic leadership at the University of Washington in Seattle. He previously was RIT/NTID’s student-athlete liaison, a student ambassador for NTID, and played professional baseball.
As athletic development coordinator, Flanagan will meet periodically with coaches of all RIT varsity teams, attend practices and meet with teams to provide educational seminars to improve team dynamics, as well as meet regularly with individual athletes to develop relationships, provide mentoring, support and problem-solving strategies. He will serve as representative of NTID at RIT athletic department staff meetings and functions.
“We are pleased to have Skip return to his alma mater in a role that takes full advantage of his experience both in the classroom and on the field,” said Dr. Gerard Buckley, NTID president and RIT vice president and dean. “He will serve as a role model to young deaf and hard-of-hearing student-athletes who attend RIT/NTID as well as those considering their college options.”
RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf has announced the Michael E. Lawson Endowed Scholarship, which will be implemented for the 2016-17 academic year. Lawson was a former RIT men’s soccer standout and assistant coach who was inducted into the RIT Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.
The Lawson scholarship will support deaf and hard-of-hearing students in the College of Liberal Arts and in NTID’s Master of Science in Secondary Education program. At minimum, two awards will be made annually, one to a student in each the College of Liberal Arts and the MSSE program. The Lawson family generously gifted the funds to establish the scholarship.
“I am extremely proud to be part of establishing this scholarship for deserving young deaf and hard-of-hearing men and women,” said Lawson, who is a teacher of deaf and hard-of-hearing students at Neptune Middle School in Neptune, NJ. “I hope that the scholarship will provide an opportunity for them to have the same kinds of positive experiences that I had as a student at RIT/NTID.”
Named the RIT Senior Male Athlete of the Year in 2006, Lawson enjoyed an excellent career with the Tigers, starting all 71 games 2002-05, posting 40 points from his midfield position on 13 goals and 14 assists. Eleven of his 13 career goals were game-winners, fourth all-time at the university.
Lawson was a four-time All-Empire 8 selection, earning Player of the Year honors in 2004 and 2005. He was also league Rookie of the Year in 2002. Lawson helped guide the Tigers to the 2004 Empire 8 Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. He was also a 2004 National Soccer Coaches Association of America Adidas First Team All-Region selection.
“The importance of scholarship support for deserving deaf and hard-of-hearing students at RIT/NTID cannot be overstated,” said Gerard Buckley, NTID president and RIT vice president and dean. “We are so grateful to the Lawson family for their generous gift in honor of their son, Michael, who continues to serve as a role model to our deaf and hard-of-hearing student-athletes.”
A three-year team captain, Lawson was a two-time NSCAA Scholar All-American in 2004 and 2005. As an undergraduate, Lawson, an NTID student, maintained a 3.64 grade point average as a social work major. In his graduate studies, he had a 3.90 GPA in deaf education.
Lawson served as an assistant coach for the RIT men’s soccer program under head coach Bill Garno 2006-08.
Please contact Bryan Hensel, NTID Development at Bryan.Hensel@rit.edu for information on how you can make a gift to the fund.
The NCAA East Regional Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championships will take place this weekend, March 26 and 27, at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York. RIT will face top seed Quinnipiac at 4 p.m. eastern Saturday.
A limited number of discounted alumni tickets are available. These tickets are located in an official RIT section (124) and feature access to our alumni pre-game reception at the Times Union Center 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. These discounted, single-game tickets for the game and reception on Saturday, are only $50 (regular single game tickets alone are currently $45 plus service fee). To register for the alumni pre-game reception, click HERE.
RIT Weekend Pass Availability
There are a limited number of weekend pass tickets located in RIT section(s) available through the Gene Polisseni Center box office. These weekend pass tickets will be $80 for adults and $40 for RIT students and are available Tuesday, March 22nd and Wednesday March 23rd from 10am to 6pm as well as Thursday, March 24th from 10am to 4pm, pending all tickets being sold. You may purchase weekend pass tickets at the box office either in person or over the telephone at 585.475.4121. No single game tickets will be sold at the RIT box office, they are available through the venue only (Times Union Center). Tickets bought through the venue WILL NOT be in the RIT section(s).
Cheer on the Tigers In Rochester!
The official RIT Alumni Viewing Parties for Rochester, NY, will take place at the Gene Polisseni Center and Jeremiah’s Tavern on Monroe Ave. For details, click HERE.
Gather with alumni around the world!
An updated list of Alumni Viewing Parties can be found HERE. If you are getting together with alumni in your area to watch the game(s), let us know where! We’ll post the information on the RIT Alumni website and our Facebook & Twitter feeds so more alumni can join you. Email us today and tell us where you’re watching the game(s).
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In the Rochester-area, ESPNU is digital cable channel 370. For those outside of Rochester, please check with your local cable or satellite provider for channel information.
Visit the RIT Athletics website to keep up to date.
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