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Through a $1.75 million grant from the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, RIT/NTID will construct a state-of-the-art facility specifically designed to foster innovation, research and entrepreneurship among our deaf and hard-of-hearing students and their hearing peers. The building will be known as Sebastian and Lenore Rosica Hall.

As part of the grant, the McGowan Fund has issued a $250,000 matching grant challenge to all RIT/NTID alumni, parents, past parents, faculty and staff. Your gift 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.

Window of SupportersAll gifts of $1,000 or more, which can be made through monthly electronic funds transfer (EFT) automatically from your checking or savings account, or through payroll deduction (RIT employees only), will be recognized on a special Window of Supporters created by another fellow colleague, RIT/NTID alumna and stained-glass artist Jackie Schertz of NTID’s ASLIE Department. Contact Bryan Hensel, senior director of Development & Special Funding, at for details. 

Through the projects taking place within Sebastian and Lenore Rosica Hall, deaf and hard-of-hearing students and their hearing peers will develop the leadership, teamwork and communication skills needed to propel their future career success in new business ventures, original research and development of new technologies and services.

Thank you for creating new and exciting opportunities for the many ambitious young men and women studying at NTID by giving generously to Sebastian and Lenore Rosica Hall.