Staff Achievements (old)


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)