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Regional Alumni Activities

To stay posted on alumni events and to register for them, go to www.rit.edu/alumniactivities or call the Office of Alumni Relations toll free at 1-866-RIT-ALUM.

On the road around the globe . . .
RIT alumni and friends had such a great time visiting the Big Apple last December that the trip is being offered again this year. The pre- holiday weekend excursion is Dec. 3-5.

Other upcoming RIT alumni travel options include Russia, May 27-June 8, 2005; Italy (Tuscany, Cortona), June 29-July 7, 2005; and Austria, Sept. 9-17, 2005.

For more information about these or other trips, visit the alumni activities Web site at www.rit.edu/alumni, or contact Barbara Carney, assistant director of alumni relations, by phone (585-475-2959) or e-mail (bac3922@rit.edu).

RIT ROCS – Reaching Out for Community Service
Last year the regional alumni chapters began volunteering during the month of September to show support for their communities. This year, the chapters are working to coordinate volunteer activities for one day in September - Saturday, Sept. 18. This day of service will be part of RIT’s 175th anniversary celebration. All across the country and internationally, alumni will be reaching out on this day! In Rochester, students, faculty, staff, and alumni will be working together in the community. Stay posted on a community service event near you via the Web site.

Albany
The 2nd Annual Day at the Races was held on Aug. 21 at the Saratoga Springs Race Course. Alumni and their guests enjoyed lunch in the Pavilion Tent and Clubhouse Admission.

Boston
Alumni and guests enjoyed the Boston Pop’s performance “Red, White & Blue Pops” on June 15. Thank you to host Pat Ward ’99.

Buffalo
The Frank Lloyd Wright bus trip with the Rochester Alumni Chapter on April 24 was a day of enjoyment for all. The group toured homes by Wright and lunched at Pearl Street Grill.

On June 22, alumni gathered at the Flying Tigers Restaurant to network and learn about career development. Thank you to the alumni chapter leader Tom Stumpf ’89.

Rochester and Buffalo area alumni joined forces to tour six Frank Lloyd Wright homes in the area.

Chicago
Upcoming event
6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7: Wine Tasting. Alumni and their guests are invited to an evening at Webster’s Wine Bar (1480 W. Webster Ave., Chicago). Come sample various wines while an instructor provides information on each. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided. The cost is $15 per person. Register today through the Web site.

Cleveland-Akron
Alumni and their guests enjoyed the performance “Bugs Bunny on Broadway” with The Cleveland Orchestra on Aug. 1 at the Blossom Music Center. Al Teufen ’73 was the host for this special evening which included a barbecue buffet prior to the show.

Syracuse-area alumni cruised Skaneateles Lake in May.

Connecticut
Alumni enjoyed the opportunity to socialize and network with each other on May 26 at The Playwright Pub & Restaurant in New Haven. Eileen Sheridan ’86 was the host for this event, which is a new area for the regional alumni program.

Upcoming event
If you are interested in more alumni events in this region, contact the Alumni Relations Office to volunteer as an alumni host. It’s easy and fun!

Denver
Alumni in the region gathered at The Brown Palace Hotel on July 15 for an evening of socializing and networking. Thank you to host Annie Occhiogrosso ’04 for coordinating this event.

Upcoming event
There currently isn’t an official alumni chapter in Colorado. Contact the Alumni Relations Office if you are interested in helping to start a chapter by hosting an alumni activity in Denver or another Colorado location.

New Jersey
New Jersey alumni had the opportunity to gather on Tuesday, May 25 at the Napa Valley Grille in Paramus. Amy Johnson-Hall ’92 was the host for this event.

New Jersey Chapter members gathered for an evening of networking at the Napa Valley Grille in Paramus.

Upcoming event
If you are interested in more alumni activities for this area, contact the Alumni Relations Office. Starting an alumni chapter is rewarding!

New York City
More than 75 alumni and guests enjoyed the chapter’s dinner cruise on May 13. RIT Vice President of Student Affairs Mary-Beth Cooper joined the group along with parents of current students from the area. Jennifer Rhodes ’96 and Maria Sebastian ’98 were wonderful hosts for this event.

Mike Larson ’93 and Wayne Stern ’93 hosted the alumni outing, which included a 100 alumni and guests, to see the Yankees play the Blue Jays on Aug. 8.

Upcoming event
6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9: US Tennis Open. Through the Alumni Relations Office, alumni have the opportunity to purchase these in-demand tickets. Just another benefit of being an RIT alum! Order your tickets today on the Web site.

Philadelphia
Alumni and guests enjoyed touring Fort Mifflin on Saturday, May 15. Following the tour lunch was provided and everyone had the opportunity to socialize.

Philadelphia Chapter members and families toured Fort Mifflin on a fine day in May.

This year’s baseball game excursion was on July 10. Alumni and guests saw the Braves and Phillies duke it out in Philadelphia’s new stadium. Thank you to Aviva Dubrow ’91 for coordinating this event.

Phoenix
The chapter held a successful meeting in June to plan upcoming alumni chapter activities. Stay posted to the Web site for more details. Thank you to Kathleen Goll for coordinating this region’s activity!

Rochester
The Frank Lloyd Wright bus trip on April 24 was a huge success. This was a joint event with the Buffalo Alumni Chapter, and it sold out. Alumni and guests enjoyed six Wright homes and lunch at the Pearl Street Grill.

Thank you to Tish Ciaccio, RIT director of development for student activities and university projects, for taking the chapter on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Gordon Field House and Activities Center on May 20.
 
On June 19, alumni and guests enjoyed taking Rochester’s new fast ferry on a day trip to Toronto. A week later, on June 26, alumni and guests enjoyed another day trip to Toronto. This time, the group traveled by bus, enjoyed lunch overlooking Niagara Falls, and saw The Producers.

In June, alumni were among the first people to ride the Spirit of Ontario, Rochester’s new fast ferry to Toronto.

This year’s Red Wings outing was Aug. 14. Alumni and guests enjoyed discount tickets to the game, dinner and an appearance by the famous Chicken.

Thank you to hosts Donna Bell ’83, Shirley Murphy ’95, Alina Palis ’79 and Terry Palis ’77. Also, thank you to Bill Prentice ’99 for his continued dedication.

Upcoming events
6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12: RIT Big Shot. This fall the Big Shot photo will take place on campus. Alumni will have the opportunity to participate in this fun RIT activity, and an alumni reception will be held prior in the Fireside Lounge. (See page 20 or visit the Web site.)

Saturday, Oct. 2: Fall Foliage Wine Tour. Spend the day sampling wines and learning about the winemaking process. Your host is Julie Chirdon ’03. As the date draws closer event information will be posted on the Web site.

Rochester Alumni Chapter volunteers had a chance to tour the new Gordon Field House and Activities Center in May.

Dec. 3-5: Holiday Weekend in New York City. Spend the weekend in NYC shopping, enjoying a performance, and more. Go to the Web site to learn more and register for this weekend escape.

San Diego 
San Diego’s new baseball stadium was the site of the chapter’s latest event. Alumni and guests enjoyed seeing the Padres take on the Rockies on July 10. A pre-game buffet gave alums the opportunity to socialize. Events in this region are made possible by the alumni chapter team of Micki Hafner ’92, Phil Ohme ’99, Rick Prenoveau ’78, Louis Semon ’72, and Pam Wick ’94.

A cruise around Manhattan was enjoyed by New York City area alumni in May.

Seattle 
Thank you to all those alumni who participated in the July event at the Museum of Flight.

Upcoming event
Sunday, Nov. 28: Seattle Seahawks Game. Stay posted to the Web site for ticket information. Thank you to chapter leader Mike Woods ’92 for his continued support.

Syracuse
Alumni and guests enjoyed cruising along Skaneateles Lake on Saturday, May 22.

Upcoming event 
Saturday, Nov. 6: Syracuse Orangeman Football Game. Tickets are reserved for this game, and will soon be available on the Web site.

Texas

Upcoming events 
Sunday, Nov. 14, 2004: Brunch at the Mansion on Turtle Creek. Dallas-Fort Worth alumni and their guests are invited to enjoy this award-winning facility. Tickets are only $25 per person and will soon be available on the Web site.

Alumni events are also currently being planned in San Antonio, Austin and Houston during November. Stay posted to the Web site to learn more about them and register.

In July, San Diego alumni attended a Padres game in the new PETCO Stadium.

Washington, D.C.

Upcoming event 
Thursday, Sept 30, 2004: Government Printing Office Tour. Alumni are invited to tour this facility and enjoy a reception with host Bruce James ’64. More information on this special alumni opportunity will soon be available on the Web site.