Sebastian and Lenore Rosica Hall
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A one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art facility, designed to foster innovation, entrepreneurship and original research among deaf and hard-of-hearing students and their hearing peers.
Construction of Sebastian and Lenore Rosica Hall is nearly complete, with occupants moving in this summer. A formal grand opening celebration is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11 as part of NTID's 45th Anniversary Reunion and RIT's Brick City Homecoming.
Rosica Hall was made possible through a $1.75 million grant by i the Chicago-based William G. McGowan Charitable Fund. Additional outside private funds were raised to complete Rosica Hall.
About Sebastian and Lenore Rosica
The Rosicas, from Buffalo, N.Y., were life-long advocates for deaf and hard-of-hearing people. Lenore Rosica was the sister of William G. McGowan, CEO of MCI Communications Corporation, and worked as a speech pathologist. Her husband, Sebastian, worked as an audiologist for 40 years at St. Mary's School for the Deaf, and was a trustee of the McGowan Charitable Fund.
Sebastian and Lenore Rosica Hall is a first-of-its-kind facility that will specifically engage deaf and hard-of-hearing students and their hearing peers, along with faculty and corporate partners, in the innovation process.
Strategic Research Centers
Within Rosica Hall are five strategic research centers, each operating using outside funding sources. They are:
- Technological Education Center for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students (DeafTEC)
- Research on Employment and Adapting to Change (REACH)
- Research Center for Teaching and Learning (RCTfL)
- Collaboratory on Economic, Demographic and Policy Studies
- Deaf Studies Laboratory
Additional spaces within Rosica Hall include:
- The Weintraub Family Conference Room
- The Rosica DeCaro Meditation Garden
- The Hearst Foundations Imaginarium
- The Delta Sigma Phi Experiemental Teaching and Learning Laboratory
- The Rosica Conference Room
- The Pulver-Ratcliffe Bridge
- The Webb Family Portico
- The Crane Family Atrium
- The Andrew Jacobson, '90BS, '96MS Lobby
Sebastian and Lenore Rosica Hall is designed with maximum flexibility to house a variety of innovative projects, including those related to:
- development and adaptation of access and instructional technologies; and
- innovative cross-disciplinary projects involving science- , engineering- , imaging- , and business-related fields.
Through the creation of Sebastian and Lenore Rosica Hall and the projects it will house, NTID and the many talented students enrolled here will reinforce America’s greatest competitive advantages — creativity, innovation and invention.
Sebastian and Lenore Rosica Hall will unlock the potential of ambitious young men and women – deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing alike – allowing them to reach their full academic potential and achieve new levels of career success.
Matching Funds Challenge
As part of the grant, the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund has issued a matching funds challenge of $250,000 for Sebastian and Lenore Rosica Hall. Gifts in any amount will help meet this challenge and strengthen opportunities for deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing students alike to become the inventors, business owners and researchers of tomorrow.
Gifts of $1,000 or more will be recognized on a one-of-a-kind "Window of Supporters" created by RIT/NTID alumna and stained-glass artist Jackie Schertz, a member of NTID's American Sign Language and Interpreting Education Department, and can be made through monthly electronic funds transfer (EFT) automatically from your checking or savings account.