Keeping RIT Going - Shana Chaffer

Shana Chaffer has worked in the NTID Admissions Office for almost 10 years as a Staff Assistant/Senior Staff Assistant.  During the COVID shutdown period, Shana came to campus each week to pick up mail from multiple campus locations. Meanwhile she continued to help run the office remotely and to support admissions counselors, process admits, and send out admission packets. 

She feels lucky to work with such an amazing team. Everyone enjoys working together. Working virtually is a challenge, but they all managed to stay connected to each other during the shutdown, collaborate, and get work done. 

Mentoring is something that Shana really enjoys doing at RIT. She mentors her student workers and has also been a mentor for WOCHA. 

Outside of RIT, Shana is an avid sports fan, music lover, and gardener. A lot of her free time is spent in the garden with her husband Ken. They enjoy being outside, tending to flower gardens and are already hunting for new and unique seeds to start for the garden next year! Shana starts almost 1,000 plants from seed every February. It helps to get through the dreary days of winter and gives her something to look forward to.

Shana and her husband also enjoy hanging out with their two Olde English Bulldogs Abby and Java. They also have four cats, and they all get along!

Homecoming weekend is Shana’s favorite RIT event. She enjoys the annual glass pumpkin sale and has one in her office for every year she has been at RIT!

Shana loves to work the RIT November Open House events. Some of her favorite RIT memories are attending the hockey game and seeing the other families’ enjoyment. She also loves seeing the excitement of the prospective students.

A little known fact about Shana Chaffer is that she used to be a professional baker many years ago. Also, that her dream job was to be an NFL Referee.

She is proud to have earned her MS degree in Human Resource Development while working full time. It was a personal goal she was not sure she would ever achieve but her husband, an FMS electrician here at RIT, was very supportive. Congratulations Shana Chaffer!!