Brick City News is a bi-weekly V-log that promotes events at RIT/NTID.
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Sara: Hello, I’m Sara Smania. Welcome to the 11th episode of Brick City News! I hope you enjoyed your spring break. As you can probably see, we got a lot of snow! But spring has started, which means a lot of things are happening!
First, the Deaf International Students Association (DISA) is hosting a presentation and panel discussion about Islamophobia, or hostility towards Muslims. Violent actions taken against
individuals, simply because they are Muslim. The presentation will discuss Islamophobia and deaf people, then four people will sit on a panel and share their experiences. This topic is very important these days, so this discussion should be on your calendar! Join the discussion in SDC 1300/1310 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, April 3rd.
The ASL Lecture Series continues this month with a visit from Dr. Roz Rosen, who is leading the LEAD-K campaign. LEAD-K means “Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids.” LEAD-K is focusing on making sure deaf children are ready for kindergarten by helping them master language skills required for success in school. Dr. Rosen is a nationally renowned advocate for deaf children in education, and has spent many years working in this field. She knows what she’s talking about! This presentation is supported by the RIT ASL and Deaf Studies Community Center (RADSCC), and it starts at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 6th in the Panara Theatre. Go check it out!
The United States Postal Service (USPS) will recognize one of NTID’s most beloved educators on Tuesday, April 11th, with the unveiling of a new stamp honoring Robert Panara! Dr. Panara was the first deaf professor at NTID, and he worked here for many years. He was well-known for his performances in ASL and his influence on many well-known ASL performers.
Dr. Robert Panara: “On His Deafness.” Deafness.
My ears are deaf but still I seem to hear
Sweet nature’s music and the songs of man,
For I have learned from Fancy’s artisan
how written words can thrill the inner ear
Just as they move the heart, and so for me
They also seem to ring out loud and free
Sara: The stamp will be part of the USPS’s series of stamps recognizing Distinguished Americans. The unveiling ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11th, at—of course—Panara Theatre. There will be a reception afterward at 11 a.m. in the Dyer Arts Center, where you will have the opportunity to buy the stamps for yourself! You can RSVP for this free event by going to the link here.
NTID’s Annual Student Research Fair is a great opportunity to check out what kind of projects your classmates are doing and show off your own work, too! It’ll be happening on Friday, April 28th, in Rosica Hall, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. If you want to participate, e-mail a 150-word abstract to Sue Roethel at before Wednesday, April 12th.
If you don’t know how to write an abstract or create a poster to showcase your work, don’t worry! There will be three preparation workshops that will help you with each step of the way.
First, on April 4th at 6 p.m. in SDC-2102, you’ll learn how to write an abstract, which summarizes your work. That will be what you submit on April 12 to participate.
Second, on April 12th at 6 p.m. in LBJ-1530, you’ll learn how to create a poster that showcases your work.
Third, on April 26 at 6 p.m. in SDC-2102, you’ll get the chance to practice your poster session.
Don’t forget: the big show is at 10 a.m. on April 28th in Rosica Hall!
Head to the Dyer Arts Center on Saturday, April 15, for a fashion show! Unity House will be hosting a clothing drive for a shelter here in Rochester. Around fifteen models will be showcasing designs from a student-owned clothing line. Come look at cool clothes and do something good for charity! The show starts at 6 p.m. and will run until 9 p.m., all in the Dyer Arts Center. Drop in and check it out!
Finally, the CSD SDC turns 10 years old this year! The celebration will take place at 6 p.m. on April 27th in, of course, the SDC. There will be a presentation from Chris Soukup, the CEO of CSD and a member of NTID’s Foundation Board. Come and celebrate the addition of an important part of the NTID community!
That’s all for this episode of Brick City News. Until next time, I’m Sara Smania.