Roles and Responsibilities for Alumni Volunteers


Volunteering allows me to do something to show my appreciation to my alma mater. With many alumni living in the metro-Washington area, my goal is to see the NTID Metro DC Chapter flourish. I would love our local chapter to encourage other NTIDAA chapters nationally.

Fred Hartman, SVP '78, '82 and '84, Chapter Leader for Metro DC

I learned so much from my time as a student at NTID!  Now, as an alumna, I feel it's important to continue to be involved.

Volunteering has helped me be a part of something bigger than myself. It has helped me gain a better understanding of my abilities, and guided me to be a role model to the Deaf community and within the NTID Alumni Association.

Arlene Sankey, SVP ’86, ’89 and ’93, NTID Alumni Association Board member

As an alumna of RIT/NTID, not only do I enjoy but I feel it is my obligation to give back to the institute that prepared me for the successes and challenges in the real world. RIT/NTID has taught me so much and helped me grow as a successful professional. I love attending the men’s hockey games and continuously volunteer for various events on campus because I get to meet future alumni and encourage them to support the orange and brown! GO TIGERS!

Donna Tuffner, SVP ’88, ’94 and ‘13

As an RIT/NTID alumni volunteer, your contributions and support go a long way to ensuring the success of our volunteer program. To this end, alumni volunteers should be committed to the following:

  • Know RIT’s mission, goals, policies, programs, services, strengths and needs
  • Know NTIDAA's mission, goals, policies, programs, services, strengths and needs
  • Participate in university and NTIDAA programs and activities
  • Ensure that the composition of the alumni volunteers are representative of the diversity of RIT, its alumni and its current students
  • Serve in leadership positions or undertake special assignments when asked
  • Avoid asking special favors of the Alumni Relations staff
  • Serve RIT, and the NTIDAA as a whole, not just the interest of any specific constituency
  • Avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest that might embarrass RIT, or the NTIDAA and disclose any possible conflicts to your Alumni Relations liaison in a timely manner
  • Maintain independence and objectivity and do what your sense of fairness, ethics, and personal integrity dictate
  • Never accept (or offer) favors or gifts from (or to) anyone who does business with RIT
  • Always maintain the highest of ethical and professional standards while representing the NTIDAA
  • Treat confidential matters and materials with the highest degree of integrity
  • Understand that by virtue of the definition of volunteer that no payment will be expected or received by the volunteer
  • Have fun and a sense of humor!
  • No alumni volunteer of the NTIDAA shall derive any personal profit or gain, directly or indirectly, by reason of his or her participation with RIT
  • Any alumni volunteer shall refrain from obtaining any list of RIT constituency (alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff, donors) for personal or private solicitation purposes at any time during the term of their affiliation