Regional Alumni Activities

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Alumni enjoyed an evening at Turner Field as the hometown Braves hosted the Baltimore Orioles on June 15.

Austin/San Antonio

Alumni toured Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling while enjoying a beer and bourbon tasting along with complimentary pizza on July 25.

On July 26, they took in a baseball game at Dell Diamond as the Round Rock Express battled the Albuquerque Isotopes.

Bay Area

Alumni gathered April 21 at the Intel Museum in Santa Clara, Calif., for a tour of the company followed by lunch at Rosie McCann’s in Santana Row.

On April 22, alumni jumped on board the Golden Gate Brewery tour bus to see some of San Francisco’s finest breweries.


Alumni gathered at Fenway Park as the Boston Red Sox took on the Detroit Tigers on May 30.

Alumni met on June 1 for happy hour at The Lansdowne Pub.


Alumni enjoyed happy hour on June 22 at Rí Rá Irish Pub.


More than 90 people joined Dallas chapter leaders Jennifer Neary ’99 and Scott Saldinger ’91 on June 2 for the third annual sailing on Lake Lewisville. They were on the largest sailing catamaran in the state and enjoyed a Hawaiian-themed afternoon.


The Detroit chapter hosted bocce ball and lunch on June 16 at Palazzo di Bocce in Orion, Mich.

Los Angeles

On May 20, alumni enjoyed an afternoon learning the art of paddle boarding in the Pacific Ocean.

New York City

Alumni gathered for the Alumni Showcase, hosted by Efe Kababulut ’09 at his Lazzoni USA furniture showroom on June 14. A program featured Gary Mack ’93 along with various alumni artists who displayed their work throughout the showroom. DJ Heavyness (Marvin Jean-Jacques ’07) kept the vibe upbeat all night. Special thanks to Deniz Kaya ’10 for helping to organize the event.

On June 30, alumni gathered again to root for the New York Yankees.


Alumni gathered at the Dessert Lady Café on May 11 for sweet treats.


The chapter enjoyed the Duck Tour, which took attendees on a historic tour of the city and into the Delaware River on May 12. The day was completed with Philly cheese steaks on South Street.


Alumni enjoyed pairings of wine and chocolate during the Scottsdale Culinary Festival on April 20. The next night, alumni gathered at Chase Field to watch the baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Portland, Ore.

On March 24, the newly formed Portland Alumni Chapter met for happy hour at Spirit of ’77 bar and grill and then watched the Trail Blazers beat the Golden State Warriors at Rose Garden Arena. Special thanks to John Dorian ’00 for helping to organize the event.


Alumni met on June 14 at Hibernian Irish Pub & Restaurant for appetizers and drinks.


On March 31, a sold-out group of alumni and their children enjoyed a Culinary Kids Cooking Class at Wegmans.

More than 40 alumni and guests enjoyed a performance of Jersey Boys at the Auditorium Theatre on April 6.

The RIT wrestling team invited alumni to its annual team banquet on April 21 at Valicia’s Ristorante in Rochester. Wrestling alumni also celebrated Coach Earl Fuller’s 90th birthday at this year’s Tiger Open Golf Tournament on June 4.

Alumni and students from across the community on April 30 enjoyed a lecture and dinner with renowned geneticist and alumnus Dr. Rick Kittles ’89.

Alumni and their families enjoyed a special night at Seabreeze Amusement Park for the 27th Big Shot on May 3. Special thanks to alumni volunteers Tony Kocienski ’78 and Rita Haschmann ’79.

More than 1,000 alumni and guests joined us at the Alumni Oasis as part of Imagine RIT on May 5. Activities included photos with Ritchie as well as giveaways, raffles and videos from the Innovation Hall of Fame. Special thanks to all of our volunteers, including: Nader Abouzeina ’12; Jerry Alonzo ’90; Andrew Bona ’11; Karen Barrows ’04; Laura Jackett ’06; Diane Jackling ’86; Soyeon Kim ’11; Michelle Magee ’02, ’05; Brent Palmer ’98; and Bary Siegel ’66, ’68, ’75, ’90.

An enthusiastic group of alumni and students got together at the conclusion of Imagine RIT for the multicultural student-alumni mixer in the Ritz Sports Zone.

Alumni enjoyed a tour of campus on May 9. Special thanks to current student Alyssa Smith for leading the tour.

A sold-out group of more than 200 alumni and their families enjoyed the fourth annual Mother’s Day brunch on May 13. Special thanks to all of our volunteers, including Draga Haboian ’84, Latasha Graves ’11 and Ernesta Walker ’75.

Thanks to all the alumni who stopped by the alumni hospitality table at the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge at RIT on May 31 and the LPGA Golf Tournament at Locust Hill June 7-10.

Alumni and guests attended a special Laps and Lunch event at Watkins Glen International on June 2. Alumni were able to drive their cars on the track and enjoyed a trackside luncheon.

The Office of Alumni Relations formed a team for the Tour de Cure on June 10, which launched from the RIT campus. Thanks to all alumni who participated.

Alumni and guests took in an evening of baseball and fireworks in Frontier Field’s Hardball Cafe on June 30. Thanks to Bary Siegel ’66, ’68, ’75, ’90 and Donna Bell ’83.

Alumni and students enjoyed a dinner at The Melting Pot of Rochester in April. Thanks to hosts Devon Christopher ’93 and Pamela Christopher ’93.

Alumni in the Rochester and Syracuse chapters enjoyed a day of white water rafting on the Salmon River on July 22. Special thanks to alumni host Frank Lucas ’75.

Twenty RIT alumni from the Rochester area participated in the second annual RIT alumni golf league at Genesee Valley Park from April to August.

Upcoming Activities: Sept. 8, alumni community service Day; Sept. 22, fall cruise and wine tasting aboard the Canandaigua Lady; Oct. 4, Oktoberfest beer sampling at Lovin’ Cup; Nov. 16, canned food drive and bowling at L&M Lanes. For more information and to register, go to

San Diego

Alumni enjoyed lunch at the Harbor House and a San Diego SEAL Tour. The tour took alumni and guests around San Diego on land and water.

Tatarstan, Russia

Alumni in Kazan gathered in April to help with an RIT graduate admissions event. Special thanks to Peggy Tirrell ’95 for organizing the gathering.

Washington, D.C.

Alumni enjoyed a special dinner and dialogue program with RIT’s Chief Diversity Officer Kevin McDonald on April 13 at Fogo de Chao.

Corporate Chapters

On March 23, alumni from Microsoft and Boeing came together at the Purple Café & Wine Bar in Bellevue, Wash., for food and networking.

Alumni at Lenel Systems International in Rochester got together for lunch on May 7. Special thanks to Michael Regelski ’89 for organizing the event.

Alumni at Cisco in Raleigh and Durham, N.C., got together for lunch on June 14. Special thanks to Elizabeth Kiewiet ’10 for organizing the event.