Wednesday, March 10, 2010

NTID announces plans to honor Dr. Rosenfield in the CSD-SDC

Greetings All:

Dr. Jim DeCaro, interim president of NTID, released an email this morning explaining that preparations to honor Dr. Ellie Rosenfield within the Communication Services for the Deaf Student Development Center (CSD-SDC) are in the works. Given Ellie's involvement in seeing the CSD-SDC come to life, Orange & Brown Coalition supports this endeavor and look forward to learning more about the plans.

Excerpt from email - reproduced with permission:

From: James J DeCaro
Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2010 08:22:09 -0500
CC: {admin at RIT}

Subject: Updates

Student, Faculty and Staff Colleagues and Friends,

.... Excerpt from the email

On Monday, Robb Adams represented my office and NTID at the memorial service for Ellie Rosenfield in Cleveland. Robb reported to me that the services were beautiful and a most fitting tribute to Ellie. The family expressed its sincere appreciation to Robb for attending as our representative. In addition, several members of our community attended the service.

As I mentioned to you previously, a memorial service and celebration are being planned in collaboration with Ellie’s family for Rochester…most likely in mid-April or there about. I have asked Robb to take the lead in working with the family and appropriate constituencies to make plans.

As many of you may be aware, one of Ellie’s greatest joys was the planning and building of the CSD-SDC. Ellie played a pivotal role in the design of the center. The Student Development Center was her pride and joy…it was in many ways “her baby.” As I was thinking about a way to recognize Ellie’s contributions to our community, beyond the scholarship fund established by the RIT Board of Trustees, I was approached by a few individuals who suggested we find a way to recognize Ellie in the SDC.

I thought this to be a superb way to further honor Ellie in a place that was near and dear to her heart. Therefore, on Monday, I asked Robb Adams and Al Smith to work with appropriate constituencies to find a way to publically recognize Ellie in the SDC. I am expecting that we will have a concept design/rendering to share with the Ellie’s family, and our entire community, at the memorial service and celebration this spring.


James J. DeCaro, PhD
Professor and Dean Emeritus
Interim President
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Rochester Institute of Technology

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