To stay informed
about alumni events in your area--or to get involved--contact
the Office of Alumni Relations by phone, 716-475-2586, or browse
the Web connection, www.rit.edu/alumni.
Plans are underway for renewing the annual River Rats/Amerks
hockey game event. (As of press time, the 1999-2000 schedule
was not available.) The Albany chapter is in need of a new alumni
leader to help plan future events. For more information, contact
Mark Emblidge by phone, 716-475-2586, or by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
A group of enthusiastic alumni attended the Braves' game on
Oct. 2 versus the Florida Marlins. The Atlanta chapter is in
need of a new alumni leader to help plan future events. For
more information, contact Mark Emblidge by phone, 716-475-2586,
or by e-mail, email@example.com.
The Boston chapter is in need of a new alumni leader to help
plan future events. For more information, contact Mark Emblidge
by phone, 716-475-2586, or by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
alumni and guests, led by Tom Stumpf '89, attended the Buffalo
Sabres' last home game of the regular season on April 18. (We
are quite certain that the support of the RIT group is what
sparked the Sabres' victory and carried them to the Stanley
Cup finals.) The chapter also had its annual Bisons' game event
in early September. Plans for future events are underway. For
more information about getting involved with chapter activities,
contact Tom by phone, 716-668-7914.
On July 16, several area alumni and guests enjoyed an evening
of fun, food, and games at Dave and Buster's. Vivek Khosla '94
and Laura Khosla '91 hosted the event, which included plenty
of food and a huge selection of arcade and casino-style games.
To get involved in future events in the Chicago area, contact
Vivek and Laura, 630-953-2506.
Almost 45 alumni and guests attended the Anaheim Mighty Ducks
hockey game in March. Eric Senna '91 coordinated this event,
which started with a pre-game reception at J. T. Schmid's microbrewery.
Contact Eric, 805-483-1177, for more information about future
New York City
Alumni in the tri-state area are all geared up for Big Shot
1999, which will take on historic proportions this year aboard
the Intrepid Sea, Space, Air Museum. Hundreds of members of
the RIT community, including countless alumni, are planning
to participate in this monumental event, scheduled for Oct.
28. After the shoot is concluded, an RIT reception will be held
on board. On Sept. 12, more than 175 alumni and guests attended
the Yankees/Red Sox game in the Bronx. Beth Sabbatini '89 coordinated
the event. For information about future events in the area,
contact Beth, 212-253-5503.
Tom Ingle '84 is the coordinator of the Central Florida chapter.
For information on future chapter activities or how you can
become involved, contact Mark Emblidge by phone, 716-475-2586,
or by e-mail, email@example.com.
On July 25, a throng of RIT alumni and their guests came out
to an afternoon at the ballpark to cheer on the Phillies as
they battled the Atlanta Braves. The game was preceded by an
RIT reception in the stadium's VIP Room. Aviva Dickstein '91
spearheaded the event. For information about future events,
contact Aviva, 215-951-9353.
Our Phoenix chapter held its inaugural event on June 3 at Motorola
University. Coordinated by Stacy Kalisz '96, this networking
reception attracted 44 alumni and guests. Stacy led the group
in an icebreaker, then introduced two speakers from RIT, Edward
Lincoln '79, executive director of Alumni Relations, and Dr.
Lynn Fuller '70, chair of the microelectronic engineering department.
To keep the momentum from this first event going, Stacy also
coordinated an impromptu dinner outing to Old Chicago Pasta
and Pizza on June 30. About 20 people attended and they discussed
hosting bi-monthly dinners. In addition, numerous alumni and
their guests attended an Arizona Rattlers arena football game
versus Portland on Aug. 1. For information about other events
in the area, contact Stacy, 480-545-8246.
On April 29, the Raleigh-Durham chapter held its inaugural event,
a successful networking reception, at the Holiday Inn. Led by
Jeff Benck '88--with assistance from Michael Pail '98 and Suzanne
Traynor '98 --the group of 66 alumni and guests enjoyed the
opportunity to meet and mingle. Edward Lincoln '79, executive
director of Alumni Relations, spoke to the group. Due to inclement
weather, the event was moved from the outdoor courtyard into
the hotel lobby. Crowded? Perhaps, but very conducive to networking.
For information on future events or to get involved, contact
For the second consecutive year, the RIT Alumni Network volunteered
its time to public television by working at the WXXI Auction.
A group of 24 alumni, faculty and staff helped sort bids, staff
the phones, process bid data and work in the warehouse. Ted
Solarek '64 served as an auctioneer and Robert Berl '88 also
had plenty of "on air" time reporting high bids. On May 14,
Ken Reed '71 and Shirley Reed volunteered with the Alumni Relations
staff at RIT's annual Senior Night. Eagle Vale Country Club
was again the host of the 17th Annual Tiger Open Golf Tournament,
which was held on June 7. Numerous alumni were among the 144
participants in this year's Open, which is run by the RIT Athletic
Association and the Office of Alumni Relations. Sharyn Duffy
'87, Mike Russo '81, and Lynn Siverd '88, were among the alumni
who helped out at this year's "Alive at the MAG" event on June
11. Nearly 100 alumni stopped by the RIT tent. Alina Palis '79
and Terry Palis '77 headed a group of 250 alumni and guests
in cheering on the Rochester Rhinos soccer team on July 30.
Not to be outdone, the Rochester Red Wings also had their share
of RIT supporters on Aug. 21, led by Shirley Murphy '95 and
her husband, Jim. Ray Olszewski '66, once again organized a
dedicated group of alumni and students in a community service
project at the Tinker Nature Park in Henrietta.
events (and their respective coordinators) include the Stonehurst
Regatta on Oct. 10, Terry Brady '59; an evening of dinner theater
in November, Alina Palis and Jennifer Kopicki '98; and--for
those planning well in advance--a bus trip to Toronto to see
The Lion King on Sept. 17, 2000, Judi Sturge '61. For
information on these events and other alumni opportunities,
call Mark Emblidge, 716-475-2586, or browse the Web connection
Erin Cline '89 will host a wine tour and reception at Cline
Cellars, a family-run vineyard in Sonoma, in October. For information
about this and future events in the Bay area, contact Mark Emblidge
by phone, 716-475-2586, or by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
A group of 11 RIT alumni and guests attended a Seattle Thunderbirds
hockey game versus Spokane on Feb. 28. Now our alumni in the
Pacific Northwest are ready to welcome the Buffalo Bills to
Seattle when they play the Seahawks on Oct. 24. For information
on this and future events with the Puget Sound chapter, contact
Michael Woods '92, 206-523-6629.
The Syracuse University/UConn basketball game on Feb. 28 was
a classic rematch of an upset by the Orangemen earlier in the
season. Although Syracuse came out on the short end this time
versus the eventual national champions, the 100 alumni and guests
who were lucky enough to get tickets enjoyed the camaraderie,
not to mention the delicious food at the pre-game reception.
(Next year we will order 200 tickets!) Approximately 100 people
are expected for the next chapter event, an SU/Boston College
football game and reception on Oct. 30. For information about
this and future events in the area, contact Michael Sciotti
In her first event as chapter leader, Vicki Decker '93 organized
an excellent networking reception on June 19 at Clyde's Restaurant
in Chevy Chase. A dynamic group of 24 alumni and guests participated
in this event, which featured a classic atmosphere and a delicious
variety of food. Jim Cockey '82 helped to organize the chapter's
largest annual event, an Orioles' game on Aug. 8. More than
60 alumni and guests attended this year's game, which included
a pre-game reception in the Camden Yards Warehouse. For information
about other alumni events in the Baltimore/Washington area,
contact Vicki, 703-971-4217.
One of the best ways for alumni to stay involved in the growth
of the Institute is through participation in the Alumni Admissions
Network. These dedicated alumni have volunteered their service
by assisting the Office of Admissions with its efforts to attract
qualified students to attend RIT. By representing RIT at area
college nights or participating in admissions receptions, alumni
can play an important role in helping prospective students learn
more about RIT. For more information about the Alumni Admissions
Network, contact Mark Emblidge by phone, 716-475-2586, or by
or Jill Szczesek, 716-475-6631.