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  • Congratulations to RIT/NTID Interpreters Sarah Schneckenburger and Jenna Stein, who provided interpreting services today for NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo during his briefing! View a recording here.


  • Kin Sejpal, assistant vice president of Marketing and Branding, was selected to host and moderate a podcast series called Higher Ed Live. The first episode can be found at

  • Dave Edborg, patrol major for RIT Public Safety, set a second world and national record at the 2018 World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters (WABDL) Nationals/Qualifier Deadlift Competition on April 13 in Phoenix. Representing RIT, his attempt of 203Kg (447.2lbs) exceeded his previous world/national record of 446.2lbs by one pound in the 59-63 age, 198-pound law/fire, double-ply lifting suit category. He finished first overall and also achieved his 15th New York state record.

  • Nabil Nasr, associate provost and director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability and founder of the Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery, presented the International Resource Panel’s report titled, “Redefining Value--The Manufacturing Revolution,” at the World Resources Forum in Antwerp, Belgium, on Feb. 25. Nasr, the report’s lead author, discussed the value retention process in the context of the circular economy. He is one of only three U.S. members on the United Nations Environment Programme panel.

  • Nabil Nasr, CEO of the Reducing EMbodied-Energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute and associate provost and director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, was re-elected to the board of directors of the Remanufacturing Industries Council (RIC). Headquartered in the Greater Rochester, N.Y., area, the RIC is the unified voice for a global remanufacturing audience, leveraging its members and their networks to provide expertise on overcoming local and international challenges that impact the remanufacturing industry.

  • Kurt Ingerick, Executive Director, Student Auxiliary Services, and Advisor to Pi Kappa Phi was named this year’s Outstanding Chapter Adviser by RIT Fraternity and Sorority Life.  Kurt was nominated by members of Pi Kappa Phi as well as by other members of the RIT community who have felt his positive impact.  Pi Kappa Phi credits Kurt’s guidance for enabling them to be recognized as this year’s most outstanding chapter in Greek life here at RIT.

  • Fran Chinnock and Lauren Purvis are among the recipients of The Excellence in Student Learning Outcomes Award, for The Visual Arts – All Grades Master of Science in Teaching program, School of Art, College of Art and Design.

  • Pradip Ananda, Academic Advisor, University Exploration, and Lindsay Vallone, Academic Advisor, College of Engineering Technology, were recipients of The Provost's Award for Excellence in Academic Advising.


  • Nabil Nasr, associate provost, director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability and CEO of REMADE Institute, served as a panelist on “Circular Business Models” during the annual Climate Week Conference in New York City on Sept. 25. The conference, titled “A Roadmap to the Future of Global Sustainable Growth” was co-hosted by the founders of Danish Cleantech Hub, Confederation of Danish Industry and State of Green.

  • Tabitha Jacques, NTID Dyer Arts Center director, has been selected as a 2018 Forty Under 40 honoree by the Rochester Business JournalRead the full story on the University News website.

  • RIT Dining Services Named Food Service Operation of the Month by FoodService Director Magazine

    RIT Dining Services was recently featured in an article by FoodService Director Magazine, a national monthly publication for food service operators that delivers solutions and strategies to more than 45,000 highly targeted readers.

    They've been recognized because of their outstanding growth of over twenty percent in the past five years and their enthusiasm to work with other universities and healthcare providers to achieve the ultimate goal of providing the best food service experiences to customers.

    This article highlights a sample of what Dining Services has done through images, stats, and the visiting chef program and how they are unique compared to other food service operators. 

    Please take a moment to congratulate a Dining Services team member this week! The staff and students that make up this team give both seen and unseen effort that contributes to RIT Dining Services being considered a top tier Dining Services department.


  • Heath Boice-Pardee, associate vice president of student affairs, delivered a keynote address, “Igniting Your Passion to Serve,” to staff and administration at Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas, on Aug. 17. The event kicked off the university’s new commitment to enhancing service excellence on campus.

  • Joan Naturale, NTID librarian and secretary/treasurer of Deaf History International (DHI) from 2012 to 2018, presented a poster session on “Community Cultural Wealth and Deaf Community Archives: Telling Our Stories” at the 10th triennial DHI Conference in Sydney, Australia.

  • David Edborg, patrol major for RIT Public Safety, represented RIT at the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters Northeast Deadlift Nationals on June 23 in Portland, Maine. He finished first in both the Masters and Law Enforcement 198 pound, 58-62 age class and qualified for the WABDL World’s Deadlift Competition in November in Las Vegas.

  • Steven Galbraith, curator, Cary Graphic Arts Collection, presented “Virtual, Mechanical, Invisible, and Radical: Rochester Convergences Across Town and Across Disciplines” at the Annual Preconference of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section, American Library Association. The presentation took place June 21 in New Orleans.

  • Tina Chapman DaCosta, director of Diversity Theater, Division of Diversity and Inclusion, was featured in Lake Affect Magazine, vol. 53, June 2018. The article, titled “The Modern Day Renaissance Woman: Tina Chapman DaCosta,” was written by Debra A. Jacobson, marketing and outreach specialist, the Center for Advancing STEM Teaching, Learning and Evaluation (CASTLE). Elizabeth Lamark, visual resource producer, Marketing and Communications, provided the photography.

  • Amelia Hugill-Fontanel, associate curator of the Cary Collection, had “Cipe: The Prototype” published in Type Magazine, No. 2, Spring 2018. Cipe Pineles (1908-1991) was one of the most prominent designers of the 20th century and one of the first female art directors to work at a major magazine. The Cipe Pineles Papers in the Graphic Design Archive were processed this year as part of the three-year, $280,000 grant the Cary received from the Henry Luce Foundation in 2016.

  • Jenny Sullivan, director of Education Abroad and International Fellowships, has been selected to participate in a Diversity Abroad Task Force, which focuses on increasing access to study abroad for students with disabilities. An initiative of Diversity Abroad, the Diversity Abroad Task Forces bring together global education and diversity professionals to provide critical guidance and support to Diversity Network initiatives and contribute to the development of new and valuable resources for the field of global education.

  • Rebekah Walker, RIT’s digital humanities and social sciences librarian, received a scholarship to attend the Digital Humanities Summer Institute in Vancouver in June. The Digital Humanities Summer Institute provides an environment for discussing and learning about new computing technologies and how they are influencing teaching, research, dissemination, creation and preservation in different disciplines, via a community-based approach.

  • Congratulations to Sara May, marketing and communications manager for RIT Libraries, who was awarded a PR Xchange Award by the Library Leadership & Management Association, which recognizes the best public relations materials produced by libraries in the past year. She was recognized for her work on “The Where in Wallace Contest,” a social media campaign in the fall 2017 semester to encourage patrons to explore the collections and spaces throughout Wallace, particularly the RIT Art Collection (held by RIT Archives) and the Graphic Design Archive (held by the Cary Collection).

  • Susan Mee, Cheryl Herdklotz, and Anne Marie Canale recently presented at the 18th Distance Library Services Conference (DLSC) in San Antonio, Texas. The DLSC focuses on the challenges and rewards of delivering library services and resources to distance students and faculty. Their presentation titled “Delivering a Collaborative Faculty Orientation to Off-Campus and International Campus Locations” covers their experience with a pilot International Faculty Orientation delivered remotely in early fall 2017 to RIT’s campuses in Dubai, Croatia, and Kosovo. Sue Mee is global librarian, RIT Libraries;  Cheryl Herdklotz and Anne Marie Canale are faculty development research consultants in the Innovative Learning Institute.

  • RIT Libraries was awarded the region's 2018 Academic Library of the Year by the Rochester Regional Library Council (RRLC) based on the quantity and enthusiasm of nominations from students and faculty. Patrons submitted comments to the RRLC commending RIT Libraries’ supportive staff, collaborative learning spaces, and special collections.

  • Sara May, Marketing & Communications Manager at RIT Libraries, will receive a PR Xchange Award from the American Library Association at their annual conference in June 2018. The social media campaign “Where in Wallace,” which promoted RIT’s Art Collection and Graphic Design Archive, was selected from 400 entries submitted by libraries nationwide. 

  • Two members of the RIT advising community were recently recognized for their outstanding work by NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising.  Congratulations to Gary Cole, academic advisor in the College of Health Sciences and Technology, who was awarded a Certificate of Merit for the Outstanding Advising Award - Primary Advising Role, and Paul Muenzer, academic advisor in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, who received a Certificate of Merit for the Outstanding New Advisor Award - Primary Advising Role. 

  • Congratulations to Stephanie Paredes, assistant director, Multicultural Programs, Division for Diversity and Inclusion, who served as the emcee and madrina in the 16th annual Soy Unica, Soy Latina girl rally April 28 at MCC, an event sponsored by Latinas Unidas!

  • Digital initiatives librarian Frances Andreu was awarded an Early Career Fellowship from the Society for Scholarly Publishing. Recipients of the highly competitive fellowships are chosen based on their high level of engagement in their fields and diverse range of skills in scholarly publishing and librarianship.  More info on fellowship:

  • Ella von Holtum, assistant archivist at RIT Libraries, spoke on the Curating Midcentury Media panel at the 8th William A. Kern Conference in Visual Communication on April 28, 2018.

  • Steven Galbraith, curator of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection at RIT Libraries, co-presented a program about the King James Bible at the Smithsonian Institution on March 17, 2018. The program explored the history, creation, printing, and enduring impact of the King James Bible.

  • Jennifer Roeszies, information delivery services technician at RIT Libraries, presented about using social media to promote the RIT Archive Collections at the Museum Association of New York Annual Conference on April 9, 2018.

  • Susan Mee, global librarian, RIT Libraries, and Cheryl Herdklotz and Anne Marie Canale, faculty development research consultants, Innovative Learning Institute, presented on “Delivering a Collaborative Faculty Orientation to Off-Campus and International Campus Locations” at the 18th Distance Library Services Conference in San Antonio April 11–13.

  • RIT diving coach Cliff Devries was named winner of the 2018 Richard E. Steadman Award by the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America. He becomes the first diving coach to win this prestigious award. Read More.

  • Congratulations to Deanna LaManna, director of Rochester Institute of Technology's Margaret’s House, who was honored by the Rochester Association for the Education of Young Children with the "Exemplary Early Childhood Educator Award". Thank you Deanna for your commitment to our littlest tigers and their families!

  • Kudos to Tomicka Wagstaff, Assistant Vice President for Academic Access and Auccess, Division of Diversity and Inclusion, who was featured as a panelist at the YWCA’s Stand Against Racism Conference on April 12. Wagstaff and the other three panelists discussed the theme “Braving our History, Building our Future – Women of Color Working Beyond the Glass Ceiling.” Congratulations and thank you for representing Rochester Institute of Technology in our community!

  • Congratulations to Dr. Barry Culhane, executive assistant to the president, who received the "Eli Rudin Second-Half Hero Honoree" award from the Al Sigl Community of Agencies. The award recognizes those who continue to provide community service in their “later years.” Thank you for your continued and dedicated service to RIT and the Rochester community, Barry!

  • Sharitta Gross-Smith, assistant director of programmatic initiatives and student development for RIT’s Multicultural Center for Academic Success, was a finalist for the ATHENA Young Professional Award, given annually by the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and its Women’s Council affiliate recognizing emerging female leaders age 30 to 45 who demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession and serve as a personal and professional role model for young women. 

  • Deborah Stendardi, vice president of Government and Community Relations, was a finalist for the ATHENA Award, given annually by the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and its Women’s Council affiliate to a woman who has demonstrated significant achievements in business, community service and the professional advancement of women.

  • Kathy Carcaci, our longest serving staff member, retired after 52.5 years at RIT. She's worked for 6 presidents with countless coworkers and students and on two campuses. She's had a front row seat for a huge portion of our growth. Kathy was featured on 13 WHAM ABC's Bright Spot. Thank you for all you've done for RIT Kathy, and we wish you all the best as you move into a very well-earned retirement!

  • Zachary Ennis, an Admissions recruiter for NTID, signed the national anthem at Citi Field for the National Hockey League’s Bridgestone Winter Classic game between the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers on January 1, which was broadcast nationally.


  • Congrats to RIT basketball head coach Bob McVean, honored by the RIT Athletics Department for winning his 500th game at the university last weekend! 

  • Kudos to Sharon Kompalla-Porter who be co-facilitating a webinar about food insecurity on college campuses and highlighting the important work of the RIT FoodShare! Sharon is a proud member of the RIT Center for Residence Life team and a Staff Council representative of Block 4. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience with others!

  • Jonathan Ntheketha, senior assistant director for First Year Initiatives and Summer Bridge; Tina Chapman DaCosta, diversity theater program developer; and Tianna Mañon '15 (journalism and political science) were featured as panelists at the Little Theatre's Black Cinema Series showing of Get Out on Oct. 27.

  • Staff members from University Web Services and University Creative Services in the Division of Marketing and Communications received two 2017 W3 Awards from The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts for their work on the Venture Creations business incubator website (gold winner) and the Golisano Institute for Sustainability website (silver winner). The W3 Awards honor outstanding websites, web marketing, web video, mobile sites/apps and social content.

  • Kudos to Saunders College staff member Linda Chamot who was the featured "Staff Spotlight" in the most recent Rochester Institute of Technology Athenaeum.

  • Dan Schneiderman, FOSS@MAGIC​ Research Associate & Community Liaison, was selected as Digital Rochester​'s "Emerging Tech Leader" at their annual GREAT awards ceremony on September 19.

  • Bryan Lloyd, Assistant Director of NTID's Counseling & Academic Advising Services, was awarded the “Steffens Award” by the RIT Q Center for his dedication to the RIT Queer community. 

  • Denise “Dee” Herrera, associate interpreter on the SCB/GCCIS/CAST/SA interpreting team, was named 2017 Professional Hermana of the Year by the Lambda Pi Chi sorority.

  • Christopher Egert, chief technology officer for RIT's MAGIC Spell Studios, won the 2017 Campus Technology's Impact Award in the Education Futurist category. Submissions are reviewed by a committee of higher-education technology leaders, and winners are selected by Campus Technology editors.

  • Jennifer Hinton, assistant director of RIT's MAGIC Center, received the Ronald Lunardini Distinguished Alumni Award for 2017 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Department of Student Affairs in Higher Education.

  • David Edborg, patrol major for RIT Public Safety, represented RIT at the World Cup Invitational Powerlift Competition in Turku, Finland, on Aug. 27, where he broke a personal record of lifting 480 pounds, which is also his seventh New York state record. He finished fourth of 13 in the master division of 56- to 60-year-olds in the law/fire division. Eighteen countries were represented.

  • Amelia Fontanel, associate curator of the Cary Collection, presented "Typographic Realia: Cataloging and Connecting Wood and Metal Resources," at TypeCon 2017, held Aug. 23-27 in Boston.

  • Eric Pope, director of fraternity and sorority life, was selected on Aug. 8 to receive Alpha Sigma Alpha's Outstanding Fraternity & Sorority Advisor Award for his service to the fraternal community at RIT. The award recognizes an individual who serves as a role model for students and has made an outstanding contribution to fraternal life.

  • RIT Public Safety honored Sgt. Liesegang, Investigator Koehler and Officer Wortman with the "Life Saving Award" for their efforts to extricate a driver from a vehicle that had gone off the road on campus. Thank you for keeping our campus and community safe!

  • David Edborg, patrol major for Public Safety, deadlifted 479.8 pounds at the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters' U.S. National Championship in Portland, Maine, on June 3. He broke his previous New York state record for lifters in the 57-63 age, 198-pound class for law enforcement and firefighters.

  • Maria Richart, associate director for International Outreach, Career Services Coordinator, and the Global Experience team won the "Innovative New Program: Intern Abroad" award at the 20th Annual GoAbroad Innovation Award ceremony in Los Angeles on June 1. The award is for the accelerated internship abroad experience, which allowed RIT students to do a co-op in Ireland during the January term.

  • Stephanie Thompson, senior data scientist, and Richard Dirmyer, assistant vice president of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Strategy at NTID, were invited panelists and paper presenters for SAS Global Forum 2017 April 2-5 in Orlando, Fla. Thompson presented "Using Big Data to Visualize People Movement Using SAS Basics," and Dirmyer presented "The Truth Is Out There: Leveraging Census Data Using PROC SURVEYLOGISTIC." Both participated on the "Hot Topics for Analytics in Higher Education" panel.

  • Students and staff from RIT’s Center for Campus Life’s New Student Orientation program were named “Best Overall Undergraduate Program” by the National Orientation Director Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention at a meeting in Danvers, Mass., on Feb. 25.

  • Raman Bhalla, director, University Web Services, and his team won four Interactive Media Outstanding Achievement Awards in February for their work on the websites for the RIT & RRH Alliance, the RIT United Way Campaign and the Venture Creations business incubator.

  • Sharitta Gross-Smith, an Assistant Director in the Multicultural Center for Academic Success, was featured in a Democrat & Chronicle article, RIT manager is still a Woman to Watch - 10 years later.

  • RIT’s Phyllis Wade to perform at Smithsonian as part of Black History Month. Read More

  • RIT University Web Services and Division of Diversity and Inclusion win Summit Award for


  • Megan Fritts, an Academic Advisor in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, won the inaugural Provost’s Excellence in Academic Advising award.
  • Tracy Miller, Sr. Coordinator of Financial Services in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, won the College’s 2016 Staff Excellence Award.
  • Monumental Discovery — Gravitational Waves detected 100 years after Einstein's prediction. RIT's Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation (CCRG) researchers among group whose work confirms Einstein's theory. Read More
  • Congratulations to RIT Production Services Producer/Director Joe Bellavia for being the Grand Prize Winner at Snowtown Film Festival for his graduate film “Long John”. This follows Best WNY Short at Buffalo Film Festival and Best Student Film at Filmshift Film Festival in Boston! For more information, check out the film's website.



  • On June 4, RIT was the recipient of the President’s Award which was presented by the President of United Way to RIT as “an organization that demonstrates outstanding senior leadership endorsement and building an effective campaign plan which includes; a comprehensive communications campaign, engaging all affinity groups, creating fun and excitement throughout the entire campaign.” View full story on the University News website.
  • The 2015 Golden Brick Awards announced. Congratulations to the recipients Lavern McQuiller-Williams ’92 (Department Chair – Criminal Justice); Diedre Livingston ’09 (Career Services Coordinator – Co-op & Career Services); and Richard Dirmyer ’08 (Director of Institutional Research & Assessment at NTID).
  • Julia Lisuzzo, MBA ’08, Director of Administration, The Wallace Center named first leader of RIT’s Alumni Faculty and Staff Chapter. Read more.
  • Sara Bayerl and Dan Hickey from Academic Support Center presented “Engaging Students in 24/7 Online Academic Support - Beyond Social Media” at the NASPA 2015 Conference.
  • The Better Me Employee Wellness program received the American Heart Association Gold Level Award and Wellness Innovation Award.
  • On June 9, the Better Me Employee Wellness program received the Wealth of Health Award for promoting workplace wellness. The awards, sponsored by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and the Rochester Business Journal, recognized five local organizations for helping workers stay healthy, lose weight, quit smoking and reduce stress.
  • Sarah Griffith, Center for Campus Life, received the 2015 Outstanding Overall Program for Commuter Students Award from ACPA-College Student Educators International for RIT’s “Pit Stop Program.”
  • Kathleen Schreier Rudgers and Amanda Scheerbaum (GCCIS Advising – Interactive Games and Media) presented “Balancing Act – Avoiding Advisor Burnout” at the Rochester Area Colleges Advising 2015 Conference.
  • Sarah Mittiga (GCCIS Advising – Software Engineering) won the 2015 GCCIS Staff Excellence Award.
  • Congratulations to Kathy Johncox, whose book What a Kiss Can Do was accepted into the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County's 2015 Self-Publishing Book Festival to be held in November. Only 35 authors were selected from more than 120 submissions.
  • Mary Ellen Tait and Dawn Lucas from the NTID Center on Employment (NCE) are exhibited at the NAHCR National Assoc of Health Care Recruiters conference in New Orleans to learn more about positions available in healthcare and share information about NTID and RIT.
  • Sarah Cannon, Miriam Lerner, and Sarah Schneckenburger from the Department of Access Services at NTID held a week long Philosophy translation "boot camp" from June 8-12 to inaugurate the first ever ASL Philosophy Resource website.
  • Erin Clegg, from NTID’s Student Life Team (SLT) designed programs to challenge students to question their own assumptions and raise self awareness. Students will discover fresh perspectives that redefine personal responsibility and lead to action.
  • Amy Stornello from the Counseling department at NTID exhibited at the NorthEast Cochlear Implant Convention in Sturbridge, MA. Amy also delivered a presentation titled “The Oral-ASL Question: My Journey to CI Balance.”
  • RIT‬ Production Services won 2015 W³ Awards for the following websites: RIT Inn & Conference Center (Gold), Better Me (Silver), and RIT Commencement (Silver). Read more.
  • The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts selected RIT Production Services to receive 2015 Communicator Awards for following websites: RIT Inn & Conference Center Website (Gold), Wallace Center Impact 2013-14 Website (Silver), Better Me Website (Silver), University Arenas Website (Silver), NYSP2I Sustainable Supply Chain Information Hub Website (Silver), RIT Research Website (Silver)