Rochester Institute of Technology

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D. Robert Frisina, the founding director of RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, has died. A statement from the university said that Frisina died Monday in Florida, at the age of 96.

He was the first director of NTID in 1967, and at that point, less than 1% of all college-age deaf individuals were enrolled in postsecondary education. According to RIT/NTID, Frisina’s goal from the start was to improve education opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing students to open to them successful career paths on par with those of their hearing peers.


The Victor Central School District is still not quite back to normal after a computer malware attack last Saturday.

That attack on the Victor district’s computer servers involved what’s known as ransomware, a situation where the hackers encrypt data, trying to force the organization to pay up if they want access to the information stored on their computers.

Joseph Fox

“I can imagine what things sound like even though I am deaf,” Robert Panara wrote in his poem, “On His Deafness.”

I can imagine the strumming of a guitar, I can imagine the rustle of a star.

RIT officials say they are taking proactive steps to deal with a slight uptick in positive cases of COVID-19.

RIT has a four color-level alert system to track coronavirus cases on campus. It is continuously updated on its website.

On Friday, RIT officials said that they have decided to move the alert level up from green to yellow, saying that the prevalence of the virus remains low but indicators show potential for an increase in transmission. 


Two of the area’s largest universities are releasing details about their ongoing testing for COVID-19.

RIT  launched its fall semester classes on Wednesday, and reported that its current RIT COVID-19 Alert Level is green. A statement from the university says that means the prevalence of coronavirus on campus is low, but the community must remain vigilant to maintain that status.

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RIT says it has acquired the hotel adjacent to the university’s Henrietta campus.

The university says that Rochester Airport Hospitality LLC has gifted RIT the former Radisson Hotel Rochester Airport at 175 Jefferson Road.

The property includes 171 bedrooms, along with conference rooms, a large indoor pool and other amenities.


Art students and community members collaborated over the weekend on a mural honoring the centennial for the 19th Amendment. 

Located on West Main Street in the same area where Susan B. Anthony cast her then illegal ballot in 1872, the piece is a depiction of Anthony on a bicycle representing Rochester’s role in the history of transportation, suffrage, and women’s rights.

Lucy Ray, 16, designed the mural with her mother Jessica Leiberman. She said the mural is inspired by Susan B. Anthony’s admiration for the bicycle and its role in the emancipation of women.

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Rochester Institute of Technology has an extensive safety plan ready for the start of the fall semester on Aug. 19.

National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Gerard Buckley still clearly remembers July 26, 1990.

On that day, he stood alongside dozens of others in the White House Rose Garden, as then-President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law.

"It was really amazing," Buckley recalled. "It was everything I wish the country was today. The Republicans, the Democrats, the independents, the business community, leaders from the disability community all came together."

That day, Buckley was a young deaf man. Today, he is president of RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

Rochester Institute of Technology announced changes to the upcoming fall semester on Friday. RIT will be holding an “accelerated” fall semester with in-person classes starting August 19th and ending November 24th. Final exams will be conducted online.

The proposed schedule is contingent on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s pending guidance on reopening plans for all college campuses in the state. RIT is also awaiting direction of local and state health officials and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before finalizing the reopening plan.