Campus Events and Activities
RIT/NTID Dyer Arts Center presenting exhibits by deaf Nigerian and Chinese artists
August 26, 2016 - 9:00am - October 29, 2016 - 9:00am
Exhibits highlighting the diversity of deaf artists and their experiences will be on display Aug. 26-Oct. 29 in the Dyer Arts Center at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. An artists’ reception for both is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, in the gallery located in Lyndon Baines Johnson Hall on the RIT campus.
Yiqiao Wang’s artwork has a unique and distinctive style that has become her trademark through her use of vivid colors and stylized geometric abstracts. Her works, whether they represent humans, animals or objects, are interpretations on what she sees and perceives in her daily life.
“I work primarily with portraits,” said Wang. “My work process starts with a sketch in black and white. I draw inspiration from pop culture, everyday life, cultural influences of China and America, memories and natural environments. After the sketch, I experiment in finding a color scheme that reflects my vision. I then transfer my drawing into digital illustration and use geometric shapes and vivid colors to complete my interpretation of the image’s soul. My style symbolizes brightness, nature and pleasure and a new approach to use of colors. I want my work to have that emotional impact that draws you into looking at the image in depth. A professor from my MFA program once told me to find a style that neither deaf nor hearing artists had—a style was that uniquely mine. I feel that I have accomplished that with my work.”
Wang was born in Beijing and studied digital media and illustration in the United States. Her specialty is in watercolor illustrations and vector drawings.
Artist Hilary Allumaga’s abstract paintings are scenes of Nigerian life, in which he uses dark colors to represent struggles of the past, and bright colors to signify hope of the future. Use of round shapes and starbursts also symbolize the future.
“Some of my paintings reflect my emotional past and wishes for brighter days to come,” said Allumaga. “I see a future that is vibrant and full of promise. As a deaf artist, I see colors and texture as a way of communicating my feelings. They vibrate from the canvas.”
Born and raised in the small village of Alogani in the Nasarawa state in north central Nigeria, Allumaga was a mostly self-taught artist until coming to the United States to study studio art. He loves art in all forms and sharing his work with others. He lives in Silver Spring, Md., with his wife and four children.
Rochester Deaf Awareness Week Closing Ceremony
October 1, 2016 - 7:00pm
The closing ceremony for Rochester Deaf Awareness Week will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 in Panara Theatre in LBJ Hall on the RIT campus. The event is free and open to the public, and interpreters have been requested.
The event features the unveiling of a plaque honoring deaf baseball great William "Dummy" Hoy that will be installed on the home team dugout on the RIT baseball field; a performance by RIT/NTID's Sunshine 2.0 theater troupe and a presentation, "I am not a Good Storyteller: reflections on how to share your story with others," by deaf actor and director Monique Holt.
RIT/NTID alumnus to share journey from student to serial entrepreneur
October 3, 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
For Thomas Otto-Bruc, networking and working collaboratively are at the heart of his entrepreneurial success. The 2004 graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf will detail his journey in a presentation, “The Route to Imagination and Possibilities,” 7-9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, in the college’s CSD Student Development Center, as part of The Edmund Lyon Memorial Lectureship Series.
Otto-Bruc is the owner and founder of Route 66 Promotions, a company that specializes in screen printing, embroidery, promotional services and design services. He earned an associate degree in business technology from RIT/NTID in 2004, then became a real estate broker for Rent Manhattan in New York City. Later, he became the owner of a QuikDrop eBay store in Tampa, Fla. He resides in St. Louis and serves as a partner and board member of Convo Relay Service and a board member of Deaf Inc.
During the presentation and question-and-answer session, Otto-Bruc will discuss his journey from RIT/NTID student to successful business owner, sharing insights into the commitment and goals that were essential to his success. He also will provide tips and advice to audience members on how to get started on their own entrepreneurial journey. The presentation will be in American Sign Language, and interpreting services have been requested.
In 1980, the family of Edmund Lyon (1855-1920), noted manufacturer, inventor, humanitarian and philanthropist who served as a trustee of both RIT (1905-1920) and the Rochester School for the Deaf (1911-1920), established the lecture series to bring distinguished professionals and scholars to Rochester for the benefit of students, educators and the community.
For more information, visit http://www.rit.edu/lyon.
RIT/NTID Performing Arts presents "Stories from the Deaf Side"
October 6, 2016 - 7:30pm - October 9, 2016 - 4:30pm
RIT/NTID Performing Arts presents "Stories from the Deaf Side," written and directed by Aaron Kelstone, Oct. 6-9 in the 1510 Lab Theatre in LBJ Hall. Admission is free, on a first-come, first-served basis. "Stories from the Deaf Side" tells of one man's desire to break free of the confines of his life.
Fall Open House
October 10, 2016 - 8:00am - 4:30pm
All prospective students and their families are invited to spend a day on the RIT campus. Open House is an exciting and informative experience—a chance to meet with representatives from the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid as well as faculty from our academic departments. You’ll also have an opportunity to meet current students and take a guided tour of our campus. And when you visit, we will waive your $60 application fee.
Brick City Homecoming and Family Weekend - Oct. 14-16
October 14, 2016 - 7:00am - October 16, 2016 - 10:00pm
Brick City Homecoming and Family Weekend will take place Oct. 14-16, 2016 on the RIT campus. Featured events include RIT Hockey, Presidents' Alumni Ball and SG Horton Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Brandon Stanton (Humans of New York). Registration opens in late July. Visit the Brick City website or text BRICKCITY to 888777 to receive alerts as soon as registration opens. #BrickCity2016
Alumni tailgate gathering for Brick City Homecoming and Family Weekend
October 15, 2016 - 4:30pm
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.
RIT/NTID job fair will connect deaf students with employers across the country
October 19, 2016 - 12:30pm
Representatives from more than 40 local and national corporations, federal agencies and nonprofit organizations will meet with hundreds of deaf and hard-of-hearing students—who are also prospective employees—at the 16th annual job fair, 12:30–4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. The event will be held in Lyndon Baines Johnson Hall on the RIT campus.
“Employers will have the opportunity to recruit talented deaf and hard-of-hearing students in associate and bachelor’s degree programs such as business, finance, graphic design, engineering, computing and more,” said John Macko, director of NTID’s Center on Employment.
Interpreters will be available at each table, and in many cases, the company recruiters are NTID alumni. Companies include Aetna, Baxter Health Care, Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Finance and Accounting Service, Dow Chemical Co., Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Harris Corp., Internal Revenue Service, The Learning Center for the Deaf, Lockheed Martin, and the U.S. Department of Defense, among others.
NTID’s Center on Employment will also recognize companies who consistently hire deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. This year’s honorees are Solar Turbines based in San Diego, and Ohio Health Corporation based in Columbus, Ohio.
“Employers continue to want highly qualified employees who bring the necessary skills and who will fit into the company culture and contribute to the company’s success,” said Macko. “Our students are well trained and can hit the ground running at companies right here in Rochester and all over the country.”
There are a few openings available for employers who want to participate. For more information, email Mary Ellen Tait or call 585-475-6426.