Matthew Scott Moore

Silent News
June 1983

Two RIT Students Get Awards

Matthew Moore, a social work major at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology, has received the Dr. Robert Frisina Award for 1983.

The award was established in late 1972 by Dr. Maurice I. Abrams, an Honorary Trustee of RIT and Honorary Director of the American School for the Deaf, Inc. in Chestnut Hill, Mass., to honor the work" of Robert Frisina, the first director of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

The award is given annually to an RIT or NTID student who has shown unusual interest in and dedication to the furtherance of higher education for the deaf. The award winners are enrolled at RIT/NTID, in either the day or evening division, and can be deaf or hearing.

The award recognizes the contributions of students to the development of NTID within RIT.

Matthew graduated in 1977 from the Indiana School for the Deaf and when he arrived at NTID he wasted no time in getting involved in campus activities. He is particularly interested in theatre and has worked in various capacities in several plays, directing two of them. He founded the Student Communication Center, a project designed to further better communication among faculty, staff, and students at NTID and RIT. Both deaf and hearing students work on this project.

Matthew has also been a Resident Advisor in the Ellingson, Paterson, Bell dormitory complex for three years.

Matthew is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Giegerich of Indianapolis, Ind. He is scheduled to graduate in May with a bachelors degree-from RIT’s College of Liberal Arts.

Ed Weber, a fifth year biochemical photography student at Rochester Institute of Technology, has received the Dr. Robert Frisina Award for 1983.

The award recognizes the contributions of students to the development of NTID within RIT. An AEP Fraternity member, past president of Greek Council and now Administrative Assistant to that Council, Ed, a hearing student, has provided assistance to Delta Alpha Sigma (the first deaf organization to join Greek Council). He has worked closely with the NTID Student Congress and was instrumental in bringing about the change in that body’s status to voting member of the Student Directorate (the student governing organization).

Ed encourages hearing students at RIT to be more aware of and understanding of deafness. Overall, he is an excellent role model on campus.

Silent News, June 1983

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