Department News

Toscano Named Chair of Statewide Council on Disability Planning

Rose Marie Toscano

Rose Marie Toscano, a professor in the Department of Liberal Studies at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, has been named chairperson of the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Flying Words Project Lands in Italy

In addition to his teaching duties at NTID, Kenny Lerner, who is hearing, also creates ASL poetry with a deaf collaborator and RIT alum, Peter Cook under the name “Flying Words Project.” Together the two have created a rich and vital form of performance art combining ASL signing, mime, movement and spoken word, and have performed across the United States.

Jeanne Yamonaco

Jeanne Yamonaco, senior lecturer, successfully defended her master’s thesis, “War Letters,” on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2011, and now is the proud recipient of a Master of Science degree in Communication & Media Technologies from the Department of Communication in RIT’s College of Liberal Arts. Jeanne tutors students majoring in programs within the Department of Communication, so this additional master’s degree is highly relevant to her work. Congratulations, Jeanne! More information about Jeanne can be found at her bio in the Faculty & Staff page.

Alum in the News

Lauren Aggen

Lauren Aggen, a graduate from the Applied Liberal Arts program and a current student in RIT’s College of Liberal Arts, has written her first book, Austin’s Gift. The book chronicles her experiences as a transplant recipient.

Lauren was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, leaving her left ventricle too small to pump blood through her body. Her prognosis for survival was bleak without a heart transplant. When she was eight days old, a donor heart became available and she received her transplant. Of the eight children who received heart transplants that year in Chicago, four of them never went home and the other three have needed additional transplants.