Campus Events and Activities
RIT/NTID’s Dyer Arts Center hosts showcase to bring deaf and art communities together
June 17, 2016 - 6:00pm - August 20, 2016 - 12:00pm
The Dyer Arts Center at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf will host an exhibit by members of Arena Art Group entitled “Explorations: A Visual Conversation.” The show opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. June 17 and runs through Aug. 20 in RIT’s Lyndon Baines Johnson Hall. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The summer-long exhibit features paintings, mixed media, photographs, installations and sculpture and addresses the theme of communication across cultures and includes events that are structured specifically to include deaf and hard-of-hearing members of the Rochester community.
“Members of the Arena Art Group were asked to produce works that specifically addressed our theme,” said Sharon Jeter, co-chair of the exhibit committee. “Many have commented that the directive required them to dig deeper and think harder about their own cultural norms and how they related to others in their community, specifically with deaf and hard of hearing people. I am very proud of the work that we are bringing to this exhibit and hope that it will spur thoughtful discussion among those that we share it with.”
Each work is accompanied by a written personal statement by the artist about the piece and its importance.
For Rochester artist Lee Hoag, an American Sign Language interpreter for Monroe BOCES, the exhibit has special significance. His father, the late Ralph L. Hoag, was instrumental in helping RIT become the host site for NTID more than 50 years ago, and was the author of “The Origin and Establishment of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.”
“I have a deep connection to RIT/NTID through my father, and my pieces in this exhibit are dedicated to his memory,” Hoag said.
Arena Art Group is in the process of finalizing specifics concerning the events that will accompany the show. They are looking to include artist guided tours, panel discussions and informational talks. American Sign Language interpreters will be requested.
“The RIT/NTID Dyer Arts Center and Arena Art Group have collaborated on numerous occasions,” said Tabitha Jacques, Dyer Arts Center director. “This is the first time that we’ve focused on bringing together two large communities in Rochester—the art community and the deaf community. We’re excited to see what creative ideas and discussions happen as a result.”
For more information and directions to the gallery, go to http://www.rit.edu/ntid/dyerarts.
TGIF summer information session
August 5, 2016 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Join us this summer at a TGIF Information Session, so you and your family can take a closer look at RIT. Get an overview of our academic programs, student activities and the application process, and enjoy a student-led campus and housing tour. Admissions counselors will be available to meet with you. Lunch will be provided. Visit the website for more information and to register.
Opening events for academic year 2016-2017
August 17, 2016 - 1:30pm - August 19, 2016 - 12:00pm
Join the RIT community for opening events for the 2016-2017 academic year.
The Convocation for New Students and Families begins 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 17 in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center. This event provides new students with a traditional induction into RIT’s intellectual community. The Convocation for New Students and Families features an academic procession, recognition of faculty, welcoming remarks by Dr. Sandra Johnson, senior vice president for Student Affairs, and Andrea Shaver, president of Student Government. Dr. Leslie Kate Wright, associate professor, Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences, College of Science, and a recipient of the 2015-2016 Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching, will serve as keynote speaker. In his remarks, Dr. Destler will provide the overall acceptance of the new class and our commitment to their livelihood and academic growth.
Participants in the Tiger Walk, which precedes the Convocation, will greet new students beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Tiger Walk has become a tradition where alumni, faculty, and staff enthusiastically greet the incoming class as they enter the Field House.
President Destler’s Address to the Community will be 9 a.m. Friday, August 19 in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center. The chairs of Academic Senate and Staff Council, the president of Student Government, and the interim vice president and associate provost for Diversity and Inclusion will each welcome us to the new academic year and briefly share their plans for the upcoming year. Dr. Destler will then deliver his address. A coffee hour will precede the President's Address, beginning at 8 a.m. on the second floor of the Gordon Field House.
All members of the RIT community are invited and encouraged to attend of these events. Mark your calendars now for the Tiger Walk at 1:30 p.m. and the Convocation for New Students and Families at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17, and the President’s Address to the Community at 9 a.m. on Friday, August 19.
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