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Dear colleague,
 
As you may know, Erika Marie Rohrbach, director of FIT’s Office of International Student Services, beloved wife, daughter, friend, and colleague passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 31, 2021.
 
Erika became an International Student Advisor at the college in 2001 and was promoted to director of International Student Services in 2016. Her numerous achievements include the 2017–18 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service, in which she was lauded for her deep dedication to FIT's students.
 
Erika’s professional commitment was well-regarded, and she received many accolades. As a member of NAFSA: National Association of International Educators, Erika received the Leadership Award from the Office of Visa Services in the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs, as well as the James O’Driscoll Distinguished Service Award for “outstanding service and leadership to NAFSA Region X,” both in 2009. She also became Region X chair in 2010, and diversity adviser of the Membership Engagement Committee starting in 2012. 
 
Erika—or simply “e” to those who knew her—was a true Renaissance woman, a loyal and generous friend, a voracious reader, an intrepid world traveler, a clever and mischievous wit, and a magnificent cook. She was a woman who enjoyed any adventure that life had to offer.

To honor Erika’s memory, her family, in collaboration with the FIT Foundation, has established the Erika Rohrbach Memorial Graduation Award for international students. This fund will provide a meaningful financial award each year to one or more international students upon their graduation from FIT. Your support will help to launch their careers after the successful completion of an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program.
 
In honor of her life’s work and passion for education, we invite you to consider supporting the Erika Rohrbach Memorial Graduation Award. It is a very special way to remember our beloved colleague.

Warmest regards,
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Philips McCarty
Vice President for Advancement and
Executive Director of the FIT Foundation
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Catherine O'Rourke
Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success
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