Rosica Hall was made possible through a $1.75 million grant by the Chicago-based William G. McGowan Charitable Fund. Additional outside private funds were raised to complete Rosica Hall.
About Sebastian and Lenore Rosica
The Rosicas, from Buffalo, N.Y., were life-long advocates for deaf and hard-of-hearing people. Lenore Rosica was the sister of William G. McGowan, CEO of MCI Communications Corporation, and worked as a speech pathologist. Her husband, Sebastian, worked as an audiologist for 40 years at St. Mary's School for the Deaf, and was a trustee of the McGowan Charitable Fund.
Sebastian and Lenore Rosica Hall is a first-of-its-kind facility that engages deaf and hard-of-hearing students and their hearing peers, along with faculty and corporate partners, in the innovation process.
Strategic Research Centers
Within Rosica Hall are five strategic research centers, each operating using outside funding sources. They are:
Through the creation of Sebastian and Lenore Rosica Hall and the projects it houses, NTID and the many talented students enrolled here reinforce America’s greatest competitive advantages — creativity, innovation and invention.
Sebastian and Lenore Rosica Hall unlocks the potential of ambitious young men and women – deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing alike – allowing them to reach their full academic potential and achieve new levels of career success.