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The University Magazine

College Alumni Programs

Connect with your college! The ways to stay engaged with RIT keep growing. In addition to regional activities for all alumni, your college also supports special programming designed for you and fellow graduates of your department and college.

Check out upcoming events posted to your college's alumni Web page, and check in with your college's Alumni Relations contact. We love to hear from you!

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GCCIS alumni

Dolphins were sighted when GCCIS alumni gathered for a whale watch in Los Angeles.

Golisano alumni

Golisano College alumni gathered with faculty and staff during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco in March.

NTID alumni

NTID alumni attending a reception in Boston included Mary Christopher SVP 71, 74 and Scott Watson SVP 89.

Saunders alumni

From left are Nil Mukherjee 98, Richard Dararaksmey 98, Professor Dan Tessoni, Lilena Harris 08 and Stephen Rosenberg 83 at a Saunders College gathering in New York City.

College of Applied Science and Technology

Catherine Bement '89


College of Imaging Arts and Sciences

Ron Goldberg '99, '00


College of Liberal Arts

Jennifer Hinton


College of Science

Jennifer Hinton


B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

Tandra Miller


Kate Gleason College of Engineering

Jasmine DiSalvo


National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Matthew Driscoll SVP '90, '94

585-286-4579 (VP)

E. Philip Saunders College of Business

Melissa Miranda


CAST alumni address current students

In March and April, the College of Applied Science and Technology welcomed three alumni who spoke to students as part of the year-long Alumni Speaker Series: Jeff Pink '95 (computer engineering), director of manufacturing, PAETEC; Mark Richer '78 (AV communications), president, Advanced TV Systems Committee; and Larry Blair '75 (engineering technology), owner, Blair Ventures. To see who is slated to speak this year, check out

Also in April, CAST presented its 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award to Michael Murphy '84 (hotel and resort management). Mike is senior vice president of global sales for Choice Hotels International based in Washington, D.C. For more about this and other special recognition programs, visit

AV Communications alumni from the '80s came to campus in July for an informal mini-reunion spearheaded by Sharon Klocek-Ibbotson '89. If you want to gather your classmates in Rochester or wherever you are, contact Catherine Bement '89, assistant director of Alumni Relations and Development for CAST, and she'll help you make it happen.

Other great ways to gather: Thursday, Oct. 14 - HSM Alumni Awards Dinner, Rochester; Saturday, Oct. 16, Engineering Technology Alumni Breakfast; Monday, Nov. 1 - Pack Expo Alumni & Friends Reception, Chicago. For details, registration, news, and photos go to

CIAS in Boston, over the border, and beyond

Retired professor Frank Romano again opened his home to a specially invited group of printing alumni to see his collection of print-related memorabilia (next year he will graciously host alumni from all of CIAS). The following evening, CIAS held its first open reception in Boston where Interim Dean Frank Cost '87 welcomed more than 40 alumni and gave an update on the college including news of the dean's search.

CIAS and the School of Print Media (SPM) again traveled to the Print On-Demand Show in Philadelphia and brought together graduates from across the decades at the alumni reception. Professor and Program Chair Barbara Birkett gave an update on all the news pertaining to SPM.

In July, CIAS took another trip over the border to Toronto for a Red Sox vs. Blue Jays game. This was the third sold-out year in a row.

There are many more events coming up, including the Graph Expo alumni reception on Oct. 4 and the Photo Plus reception in New York City on Oct. 29. To register, visit

Liberal Arts faculty draw alumni together

It has been a busy spring and summer for the College of Liberal Arts with a number of events taking place in Rochester including the Department of Communication Alumni Day, an event that brought together current students and alumni for an opportunity to network. The day featured panel presentations by alumni and time for seniors to showcase their portfolios, and concluded with a retirement reception for Professor Diane Hope and a barbecue in Pittsford, N.Y.

More than 30 alumni and faculty gathered at MacGregor's in Rochester to toast Department of Criminal Justice Chair and 2010 Four Presidents Distinguished Public Service Award recipient John Klofas for his community service focusing on crime reduction, urbanization and youth services.

A full slate of activity is underway for 2010-2011, including a performance of Inherit the Wind by NTID Performing Arts followed by a reception and behind-the-scenes tour for CLA and NTID alumni in November. For more information or to register for this event and others, visit

Partnerships enhanced, leadership confirmed in COS

In April, 25 of the 100-plus RIT alumni working at Rochester General Hospital enjoyed lunch together at the hospital and an overview of the RIT-RGHS Alliance from Managing Director Cindee Gray '07 and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dick Gangemi.

Faculty from the Center for Imaging Science teamed up with Development and Alumni Relations to co-host an alumni gathering in northern Virginia, where 49 alumni and guests made the fourth annual event the best-attended yet.

Twenty alumni and faculty from the Department of Chemistry sampled Buffalo wings and beer at the new Anchor Bar in Rochester. In conjunction with the 38th Annual American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Conference, Professors Nancy Valentage and John Oliphant traveled to Atlanta for dinner at Legal Seafoods with 30 alumni and preceptors of the Physician Assistant Program.

Following a national search, Sophia Maggelakis was named dean of the College of Science in early spring. Maggelakis had served as interim dean since May 2009. Dean Maggelakis looks forward to meeting many COS alumni at one of several "meet the dean" receptions scheduled across the country. Visit for dates and locations near you. (See story on page 3.)

GCCIS goes west

RIT alumni in the San Francisco Chapter joined Golisano College faculty and staff at Buca di Beppo during the Game Developers Conference in March.

Also in March, RIT alumni in the Los Angeles chapter, including several Golisano grads, had a whale of a time on the first-ever alumni whale watch - or dolphin watch, as it turned out no whales turned up!

The Golisano College was pleased to welcome two guests on April 30. John Resig '05, inventor of JQuery enjoyed dinner with a small group of students before being inducted into the first class of RIT's Innovation Hall of Fame. Walter Bender, executive director of Sugar Labs, was joined by almost 150 student and alumni attendees as the final speaker in the 2009-10 Dean's Lecture Series.

For more information on the GCCIS family-fun Seabreeze Amusement Park adventure and other upcoming activities, visit

KGCOE events and honors include alumni picnic, retired faculty luncheon

The Kate Gleason College of Engineering hosted several events. The Department of Computer Engineering held their annual Graduating Senior and Alumni Picnic and KGCOE retired and emeritus faculty attended a luncheon and heard the latest college updates.

Several KGCOE alumnae were honored this spring: Holly M. Hillberg '92 was named the 2010 Distinguished Alumna from KGCOE; Jennifer M. Indovina '06, '07 was the KGCOE representative at the annual Women's Career Achievement Day, and the college's namesake, Kate Gleason, was inducted into the RIT Innovation Hall of Fame.

Visit our website ( for more information on KGCOE events during Brick City Homecoming this October and beyond!

NTID alumni celebrate accomplishments, mourn loss

NTID alumni receptions were held in Long Island, Los Angeles and Boston. Thanks to Michael Pilson SVP '83, '88, '91, Lisa Chiango SVP '85, '89, Mary Christopher SVP '71, '74 and Marlene and Robert Edenzon, parents of Kyle '09, for their assistance hosting these events.

On campus, NTID and the College of Liberal Arts hosted a dessert reception preceding the Sleeping Beauty performance for alumni of both colleges. The event was so well received that we'll do it again: visit for details and to register for the November performance of Inherit the Wind by NTID Performing Arts followed by a reception and behind-the-scenes tour for CLA and NTID alumni.

In April, Sharon Applegate SVP '76, '79 was recognized at the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebration; Rita Straubhaar SVP '86, '91 returned to campus to share her wisdom with current students for Women's Career Achievement Day; and James J. DeCaro, NTID interim president, was inducted into the RIT Innovation Hall of Fame.

Also in April, a beloved member of the NTID family, Ellie Rosenfield, passed away. The 11th Annual NTID Alumni Golf Tournament in June was dedicated to her legacy.

SCB seeks alumni coaches for leadership program

This past spring, more than 30 professionals, many of them RIT alumni, served as coaches to freshmen students in the new E. Philip Saunders College of Business Coaching & Leadership Program. The program is an important supplement to the "Business 1-2-3" classroom sequence, which provides students with hands-on experience in creating their own businesses.

Before meeting with students, the coaches participated in a half-day educational workshop that focused on enhancing their skills in the coaching and mentoring of others. During Coaching Day, students and coaches worked together through a series of activities designed to inspire their thinking and conversation.

The next Coaching Day is scheduled for October.

"Alumni have valuable insight that students can benefit from, and so I invite and encourage our alumni to get involved as coaches," says Dean Ash Rao. For more information, contact Donna Slavin at