In the Spotlight

RIT/NTID students, alumni, faculty and staff are always finding new ways to inspire us. Here are a few of their stories.
September 2, 2015

The dedication of the Jan Strine Memorial Labyrinth is scheduled for Thursday, September 17, 3 – 5 p.m. (ribbon cutting at 3:30) in the RIT/NTID Frisina Quad. Please RSVP to Jeannette Vargas. Interpreting services will be provided.

Rochester Institute of Technology students seeking calm in the midst of homework, tests and other college-life stressors have a new sacred place to meditate.

The Jan Strine Memorial Labyrinth, located in Frisina Quad behind National Technical Institute for the Deaf’s Lyndon Baines Johnson Hall, will be officially dedicated at 3 p.m. on Sept. 17. Strine, an award-winning assistant professor at NTID for 30 years, was a mentor to deaf students until her death from cancer in 2013 at the age of 67. Prior to her death, Strine became a spiritual minister with the Fellowship of the Spirit and taught a wellness and spirituality course in RIT’s Instructional Wellness Program, often discussing labyrinths.

According to experts, a labyrinth is a sacred space set aside for reflection, prayer, meditation or integrating new behavior. The rhythm of focused walking, placing one foot in front of the other, is said to relax the body and refresh the spirit. The experience is unique to each person.

As Strine explained in her wellness classes, “Focused walking meditation elicits a relaxation response that has important long-term health benefits and leads to greater powers of concentration and a sense of control and efficiency in one’s life. The use of walking a labyrinth is about change, discovery, movement, transformation, learning and expansion of one’s self.”

A blue lotus flower representing rebirth and the victory of the spirit is the focal point of the installation’s seven-circuit path.

August 31, 2015
The NTID Student Life Team's Apple Festival is a popular fall event.
August 4, 2015
First-year students arrive on Aug. 4 to attend NSP, an optional one-week pre-orientation program offered to newly accepted deaf and hard-of-hearing students who have little or no prior skills in American Sign Language.
May 29, 2015
May 28 Scholarship Symposium showcased NTID faculty and staff research.
May 12, 2015
RIT/NTID Manufacturing Processes class enjoys real-world work experience with drones.
April 27, 2015
Senior Research Scientist Lisa Elliot and Professor Ronald Kelly, both of RIT/NTID, were honored with 6 other RIT PI (principal investigator) Millionaires.
April 2, 2015
Tracy Ann Weyhrauch will spend a week studying English literacy learning strategies for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
February 12, 2015
Soledad O'Brien opens RIT's Expression of King's Legacy event.
December 15, 2014
The annual Winter Wonderland Holiday Show performed by RIT/NTID students entertained the NTID community with music, dance and more.
October 9, 2014
The 2014 Isaac L Jordan, Sr. Staff Pluralism Award recipient is RIT/NTID's Alex Jones.
September 11, 2014
The RIT/NTID performance group Dangerous Signs will be featured during the Rochester Fringe Festival.