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Alumni Activities

Get involved in alumni events in your area! Contact the Office of Alumni Relations by phone (716-475-ALUM) or browse the Web connection at www.rit.edu/ur/al.

Albany
This summer, alumni in the Albany, N.Y., area explored Howe Caverns, known for its magnificent limestone formations. John and Laura Comstock, '94 and '92 respectively, were the generous alumni hosts for this event. Alumni in the area should be on the lookout for information on an upcoming group hockey outing. If you are interested in hosting an event in the Albany region, please contact Julie Goodsell at (716) 475-7638 or by e-mail at jrgrar@rit.edu in the Office of Alumni Relations.

Atlanta
Alumni and friends attended the most recent Atlanta Chapter event at U.S. Play.
Boston alumni gather at the Blue Cat Cafe
Buffalo-area alumni met for a night of lacrosse action.
On May 8, nearly 30 alumni and friends attended a networking night at U.S. Play. Great food and great folks provided a great time! Plans for a family event to cheer on the Atlanta Braves are underway. Join in the fun by contacting Dan Campagna Jr. '82 at (770) 924-9246 or Joe Delconte Jr. '85 at (770) 517-5833.

Boston
On April 18, more than 40 alumni gathered at the Blue Cat CafÈ for an evening of socializing. Alumni had the opportunity to network and win outstanding door prizes.

It was a Red Sox summer for the chapter, which offered alumni the opportunity to attend two Sox games. Seventy-five RIT alumni, family and guests gathered to enjoy each game and each other.

Chapter leaders Stephanie Murphy '98, Scott Rill '97 and Mary Jo Savino '90 are planning more exciting events for the fall. Be sure to check the Web site and the mail for your invitation. For more information, please contact Scott Rill at (617) 303-7943.

Buffalo
Together with the Rochester Chapter, more than 60 alumni and friends watched a heated Western New York rivalry between the Rochester Knighthawks and the Buffalo Bandits lacrosse teams. The Buffalo Chapter is busy planning upcoming events. If you would like to help, please contact Tom Stumpf '89 at (716) 668-7914.

Chicago
Alumni attended the only American showing of the VanGogh and Gauguin exhibit "The Studio of the South" at the Art Institute of Chicago. A reception followed.

Florida
Alumni in the South Florida area will be coordinating a Boca Raton networking social. Please contact Patrick Sniffen '92 at patrick@benchmarkpress.com or (561) 585-9448.

Los Angeles
On March 31, the Los Angeles Chapter sold out their tickets to the LA Kings vs. Colorado Avalanche hockey game. RIT alumni enjoyed watching the home team win 4-0 at the Staples Center. Do you have an event idea? Contact Eric Senna '91 at (805) 645-5975.

New York City
Maria Sebastian '98 is busy planning an upcoming event for alumni in the New York City area. Thanks to Maria for her efforts. The Office of Alumni Relations also would like to express appreciation to Beth Sabbatini '89 for her years of dedication to the chapter. If you would like to coordinate an event or participate in chapter leadership, please contact Julie Goodsell (716-475-7638 or jrgrar@rit.edu) in the Office of Alumni Relations.

Phoenix
Mark your calendars! The Phoenix Alumni Chapter has planned a "Day at the Diamondbacks." On Sept. 13, we are expecting more than 50 alumni and friends to cheer on the Phoenix Diamondback baseball team to victory. Do not miss the best RIT event of the year! Watch for your invitation in the mail. If you would like to get more involved with the chapter, contact Stacy Kalisz '96 at rit_phoenix@yahoo.com or (480) 545-8246.

Philadelphia
Chapter leader Aviva Dubrow '91 coordinated the annual alumni baseball outing. On July 21, alumni, family, and friends gathered to see the Phillies take on the Yankees. A good time was enjoyed by all. To get involved in this chapter, please contact Aviva at (215) 328-9737.

Raleigh-Durham
Raleigh-Durham Chapter members gathered to network.
The Raleigh-Durham Chapter hosted a popular networking event at the nearby Research Triangle Park Holiday Inn. Fifty alumni and friends shared their RIT memories and experiences. Old friendships were rekindled and new friendships were formed.

For more information on the chapter, contact Jeff Benck '88 at (919) 847-3791.

Rochester
The Rochester Chapter had an exciting summer of activities. On June 1, more than 200 RIT alumni visited the hospitality tent at "Alive at the MAG." This annual event, held on the front lawn of the Memorial Art Gallery, featured young alumni enjoying both a beautiful Rochester summer evening and live, local bands.

Again this year, RIT alumni are faithful sporting fans. Alina Palis '79 coordinated a cheering section for the Rochester Rhinos vs. Long Island Rough Riders soccer game and Shirley Murphy '95 organized a Red Wings baseball outing. Other events scheduled for 2001 include: Brick City Festival and Regatta (Oct. 12-14) and a young alumni wine tasting event at Casa Larga Vineyards (Nov. 15).

Welcome to Bill Prentice '99, who recently became the new Rochester Chapter leader! The Rochester Chapter has a volunteer planning committee that meets three times a year to coordinate alumni activities. We would love your ideas and enthusiasm. If you would like to join us at the next meeting on Sept. 20, please call Bill at (716) 224-8339.

San Diego
Thank you to the following alumni for helping to coordinate a Sept. 15 wine-tasting in the San Diego area: Louis Semon '72, Scott Humberstone '91, Pamela Wick '94, Michelle Hafner '92 and Rick Prenoveau '78. If you would like to join this growing chapter, please contact Ashley Eckman in the Office of Alumni Relations at awerar@rit.edu or (716) 475-7416.

San Francisco
Michele Conklin '94 has been busy planning a Sept. 9 sailing cruise on the bay. If you have suggestions for future events, please contact Michele at (510) 724-3295.

Seattle
An over-flowing room of RIT alumni and friends greeted President Albert J. Simone at the Westin Hotel Seattle. The Seattle Chapter helped the president celebrate his recognition from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) for his outstanding contributions to students. Thank you to Beth Merriman '80 and Michael Woods '92 for helping to coordinate this important event. For more information on chapter activities, contact Michael at (206) 523-6629.

Syracuse
It's time for the annual pre-game reception at the Sheraton University Hotel and college-football game at the Carrier Dome. On Sept. 22, join other RIT alumni and friends for an opportunity to wear your orange! For more information on chapter events, contact Michael Sciotti '88 at (315) 452-0832.

Texas  Austin, Dallas & San Antonio
In March, Texas alumni had a wonderful time being a part of the first Big Shot held outside of New York state. Be on the lookout for information on more RIT events in these areas.

Washington, D.C.
Chapter leader Vicky Decker '93 served as team captain for the alumni who participated in the Race for the Cure on June 2. Kudos to Vicky, who organized the event including the post-race gathering at the Old Ebbitt Grill, and to Tom Curley '77, for generously lending his support to the event by encouraging race participation.

In conjunction with a Board of Trustees meeting in Wasington, D.C., alumni from the area gathered for a Potomac dinner cruise in July.
The RIT Board of Trustees and the Alumni Network Board of Directors held their annual July meetings in Washington, D.C. Alumni in the area were invited to a dinner cruise on the Potomac River, which allowed them the opportunity to meet both the Board of Trustees and the Alumni Network Board of Directors.

To get involved in the Washington, D.C., Alumni Chapter, please contact Vicky Decker '93 at (703) 971-4217.

Alumni Admissions Network
Thank you to all our alumni who participated in spring admission receptions in Boston, New York City, and the Washington, D.C., area. RIT relies on your support to help recruit the best students for the university.

If you would like to become involved in the Alumni Admissions Network, please contact Julie Goodsell (716-475-7638 or jrgrar@rit.edu) in the Office of Alumni Relations.

Minority Alumni Advisory Committee (MAAC)
Devon Chistopher '93, Monique Wiley-Wright '93, and James Manning '70 continue to head the Minority Alumni Advisory Committee. Our deepest appreciation for their continued leadership. Last spring, MAAC sponsored another successful career fair, proceeds from which will go to their student scholarship fund. For more information on this organization, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (716) 475-ALUM.

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