Connect with your college! The ways you can stay engaged with RIT keep growing. In addition to regional activities for all alumni, your college supports special programming designed especially for you and fellow graduates of your department and college.
To learn more about the activities below or to contact your college alumni relations officer, visit www.rit.edu/alumni/groups/.
College of Applied Science and Technology
Highlights: Spring marked many “firsts” for CAST. Dean H. Fred Walker hosted his first alumni and friends receptions on campus and in Chicago at Pack Expo 2008. Walker also presided over his first commencement ceremony, celebrating the success of more than 800 graduates. The Class of 2009 increased CAST’s alumni population to nearly 32,000 – the largest of RIT’s eight colleges! CAST held its first alumnae reunion for Women in Technology (WIT) (www.rit.edu/cast/wit). At Imagine RIT, a CAST student exhibit – Wet Scrubber Capstone Project – won a prize of $1,000 from the Alumni Association Board of Directors in recognition of the team’s creativity, innovation, and research (www.rit.edu/alumni/volunteers/board/prize).
Coming up: Oct. 5, Pack Expo West Alumni & Friends Reception in Las Vegas; Oct. 8, HSM Alumni Awards Dinner in Rochester. For details, registration, news, and photos go to ww.rit.edu/alumni/cast.
College of Imaging Arts and Sciences
Highlights: On May 7, alumni gathered at the Boston home of Professor Frank Romano to enjoy a home-cooked meal and a viewing of his private collection of historic print industry memorabilia. In June, the School for American Crafts glass alumni gathered in Corning, N.Y., for a reception held for the first time in conjunction with the annual Glass Art Society conference. As the summer heated up, so did the baseball pennant race: A sold-out bus full of CIAS alumni and their families headed up to Toronto for the second summer in a row to see the Boston Red Sox take on the Toronto Blue Jays. Also in July, Professor Jim Perkins ’92 hosted an alumni gathering at the Richbrau Brewery in Richmond, Va., during the Association of Medical Illustrators conference.
Coming Up: CIAS is going to be busy as summer winds down and the leaves start to fall! Sept. 14, Print ’09 Alumni Reception, Chicago at McCormick Place; Oct. 23, PhotoPlus Reception, New York City, at Connolly’s Pub and Restaurant; Jan. 15, 2010, CIAS Alumni Reception, New York City, at The Playwright Tavern. Mark your calendar for Sept. 26 for the 25th Big Shot! In celebration of the 25th Big Shot and the fifth anniversary of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the Big Shot is coming to Washington, D.C. (See story, page 8). For more information and to register, visit www.rit.edu/alumni/bigshot09.
College of Liberal Arts
Highlights: In May, Dean Robert Ulin finished his first year at RIT by presiding over the College of Liberal Arts commencement ceremony, officially welcoming graduates into the alumni family. (Class of 2009: Log in to the free CLA online community at www.rit.edu/alumni/cola. Tell us where you are and what you’re doing!) Are you LinkedIn? The College of Liberal Arts has an alumni group on the free professional networking site LinkedIn. Joining will allow you to post and look for jobs, make professional contacts and find old friends and classmates. Visit www.linkedin.com and search for our group: Rochester Institute of Technology – College of Liberal Arts Alumni.
Coming up: College of Liberal Arts Alumni Relations is going green! If you are interested in receiving invitations to future alumni events, make sure we have your e-mail address. To add or modify your contact information, log in to the free online community at www.rit.edu/alumni/onlinecommunity.php.
College of Science
Highlights: The commencement ceremony in May was a bittersweet celebration as Dean Ian Gatley welcomed College of Science graduates into the RIT alumni family for the last time. Gatley steps down as dean of the College of Science to assume the directorship of the new Center for Student Innovation and Undergraduate Research Support. Sophia Maggelakis, head of the School of Mathematical Sciences, will serve as interim dean until a successor is named. Are you LinkedIn? The College of Science has an alumni group on the professional networking site LinkedIn. Joining will allow you to post and look for jobs, make professional contacts and find old friends and classmates. Visit www.linkedin.com and search for our group: Rochester Institute of Technology – College of Science Alumni.
Coming up: College of Science Alumni Relations is going green! If you are interested in receiving invitations to future alumni events, make sure we have your email address. To add or modify your contact information, log in to the free online community for alumni at www.rit.edu/alumni/onlinecommunity.php.
B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
Highlights: Alumni and faculty enjoyed the inaugural Software Engineering Alumni Happy Hour and the second annual Computer Science Happy Hour, two warm traditions to anticipate during the cold winter months in years to come. In San Francisco, a record-breaking number of alumni attended the annual Game Developer’s Conference Alumni Dinner. More than 100 alumni and friends enjoyed a great meal at Buca Di Beppo and heard the latest RIT news from President Bill Destler. In April, the Golisano College was proud to host “the father of the internet” Vint Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist at Google, for the spring installment of the Dean’s Lecture Series, drawing more than 200 students, faculty, staff and alumni. In May, we wrapped up a successful series with a presentation by Sangtae Kim, executive director at the Morgridge Institute for Research. RIT has strong partners in industry thanks to our alumni, as seen at the first RIT-CiscoVirtual Meeting where alumni from several Cisco divisions across the country met via telepresence technology. In Rochester, 53 alumni and 13 co-op students from Thomson Reuters joined together for lunch hosted by the college and the Computer Science Department.
Coming up: Golisano College Family Day at Seabreeze Amusement Park, Rochester (Aug. 26). Brick City Homecoming: Dean Jorge Díaz-Herrera is leading the charge to keep the cup! Last year, the Golisano College won the inaugural President’s Alumni Ball College Alumni Cup Challenge. The college with the most alumni (per capita) in attendance at the 2009 President’s Alumni Ball wins this year’s challenge. Get your tickets for the ball now: www.rit.edu/brickcity.
Visit www.rit.edu/alumni/gccis to see more upcoming events as they are posted, and follow us on twitter at millerRIT@twitter.com.
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Highlights: Spring was a busy time in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering. Gary R. Gay ’73 was named the 2009 KGCOE Distinguished Alumnus and Erin George ’06 was honored at the 2009 Women’s Career Achievement Dinner. KGCOE was out in force at the second annual Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival, where RIT hosted more than 25,000 alumni, friends and family for a fun-filled day of exhibits and live entertainment. We welcomed the newest class of graduates into the Alumni Association over Memorial Day weekend and wish them all the best of luck in their endeavors. (Class of 2009: Be sure to log in to the free KGCOE online community at www.rit.edu/alumni/kgcoe. Tell us where you are and what you’re doing!) In June, KGCOE hosted a luncheon for our retired and emeritus faculty as well as a networking event for our Rochester area alumni co-hosted by the Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services.
Coming up: The Dean’s Alumni Speakers Series begins again in September. Also coming Oct. 9-11 is Brick City Homecoming. Mark your calendars now and remember to register for the President’s Alumni Ball.
For more information, updates or to register for any of the events, visit www.rit.edu/alumni/kgcoe.
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Highlights: In recent months, NTID hosted alumni receptions in Rochester and in several cities across the country. In April, Ken and Gretchen Logue, proud parents of Nick Logue, SVP ’08, graciously hosted a reception for more than 20 alumni, parents and friends at their home in St. Louis, Mo. In May, several alumni employed at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf and major banks and insurance companies in and around the “Steel City” got together during the Pittsburgh Association of the Deaf meeting in Pittsburgh. New York and New Jersey alumni enjoyed Cajun-style appetizers and beverages at Oddfellows Rest Louisiana Bar and Restaurant in Hoboken, N.J., in June, and later that month more than 35 alumni gathered in Washington, D.C. In July, alumni from across the nation gathered in Las Vegas, Nev., at the renowned Bally’s during the Deaf Seniors of America 2009 Conference.
Coming up: Watch for details on the annual NTID Alumni Picnic and Golf Tournament. And remember to mark your calendars for the annual Brick City Homecoming Oct. 9-11. For details, visit www.rit.edu/brickcity.
E. Philip Saunders College of Business
Highlights: The Saunders College celebrated exciting spring and summer seasons at RIT. We announced Philip C. Gelsomino II ’86 as our 2009 Distinguished Alumnus, and he enthusiastically helped the college welcome our newest graduates into the alumni family during commencement in May. (Class of 2009: Be sure to log in to the free SCB online community at www.rit.edu/alumni/scb to tell us where you are and what you’re doing!) As summer began, we hosted the 11th annual Saunders Alumni Golf Tournament where more than 80 alumni golfed with friends, faculty and staff of the college. Soon after, we held the inaugural, and very successful, Women’s Alumnae Network’s Power Your Potential leadership conference featuring Maggie Brooks, Monroe County (N.Y.) Executive, as keynote speaker.
Coming up: Look for invitations to receptions with Dean Ashok Rao as he travels to our alumni chapters in Boston, Syracuse, Buffalo, Albany, New York City and beyond. Also, mark your calendars to return to Rochester for Brick City Homecoming Oct. 9-11. For details, visit www.rit.edu/brickcity.