To stay informed
of alumni events in your area or to volunteer for your
regional chapter contact the Office of Alumni Relations,
(716) 475-ALUM, or browse our Web connection at www.rit.edu/alumni
Charles "Dewey" Walling, BUB '78, coordinated the annual Albany
River Rats hockey event in March. For information on getting
involved, or to inquire about other activities in the Albany
area, contact Dan Farrell, FAH '81, (518) 399-2393.
Marelda Rodrigues, HRD '92, has coordinated several successful
events throughout this chapter's charter year. The last organizational
meeting was held on November 12. Robert Rowley, BUI '88, was
appointed sporting events coordinator for the chapter, and Arjun
Gupta, ECC '93, is exploring upcoming events at the FOX Theater.
For more information on the Atlanta chapter and its events,
contact Marelda, (770) 813-1059, or Kelly Wilson, PHB '90, (770)
433-8224. The chapter is in need of new leadership. If you are
interested, contact Alumni Relations, (716) 475-ALUM.
For information about getting involved in the Boston chapter
and for the schedule of future events in that area, contact
Doreen Keville, BUM '88, (508) 481-6501.
The Buffalo Bisons double-header on August 27 brought together
alumni, along with several incoming freshmen and their families.
Tom Stumpf, BUM '89, and Kathleen Cole-Anderson, PTC '94, headed
up the alumni contingent. Prior to the game, a reception was
held under the centerfield tent. Numerous area alumni also attended
a Buffalo Sabres game and reception in March. For more information
about getting involved in chapter activities, contact Tom, (716)
668-7914, or Kathy, (716) 822-3013.
In conjunction with the printing industry's annual convention,
Graph Expo '98, approximately 40 alumni and friends attended
an RIT reception at the Hyatt McCormick Place. Several events
in the Chicago area are being considered for summer and fall,
including a boat ride, Cubs game, picnic or museum outing. For
information about getting involved in the Chicago chapter and
a schedule of upcoming events, contact Vivek Khosla, MEM '94,
and Laura Khosla, PHL '91, (630) 953-2506.
Eric Senna, PRP '91, organized a group of alumni, families,
and friends for an evening of NHL hockey between the Mighty
Ducks of Anaheim and the Florida Panthers on March 21. A reception
was held prior to the game. For information about getting involved
in the chapter and future events, contact Eric, (805) 483-1177.
New York City
One hundred fifty-six alumni attended a networking reception
on November 19 at Flowers restaurant in Manhattan. Beth Sabbatini,
ADC '89, coordinated the activities (which included a variety
of delicious hors d'oeuvres and numerous door prizes), assisted
by Delia Sullivan, SWS '84, Tracy Schanzer, ADC '88, Cindy Rosenshein,
ADK '90, David Wolf, PHS '84, and Jeff Mahler, SMF '84. The
annual Yankees game is among events being planned for 1999.
For information about getting involved in the chapter and future
events, contact Beth, (212) 253-5503.
RIT President Dr. Albert Simone attended a reception in the
Living Seas VIP Lounge of EPCOT on Friday, January 15, along
with Ed Lincoln, HST '79, executive director of Alumni Relations.
Hosted by Rainer Janetzki, FAM '82, Tom Ingle, SMH '84, and
Michele DiMartino, SMM '94 with assistance from Dan Bowers,
SMF '82, Richard Finn, PRP '82, and Mary-Kay Haseley, FAM '83
the reception was attended by 72 alumni, family, and
friends. Guests were treated to a sneak preview of Walt Disney
World's Millennium Celebration and were also entertained by
IllumiNations, a dramatic spectacle of lasers, lights, fireworks,
fountains, and lively music. A kick-off event for the chapter
was held in March at the Atlanta Braves' training facility in
Lake Buena Vista. For information on other chapter activities
or to get involved, call the Office of Alumni Relations, (716)
On March 26, area alumni and their guests attended a Philadelphia
Phantoms versus Cincinnati hockey game, and a pre-game reception,
coordinated by Aviva Dickstein, SMM '91. Plans are under way
for the Dad Vail Regatta, which will be held May 7 and 8 on
the Schuykill River. Cheer for the RIT crew and stop by the
RIT tent. Contact Aviva, (215) 951-9353, for more information
about this and other events.
Jeff Benck, MEM '88, was coordinating an April networking event
to kick off this new alumni chapter.
The 1998 calendar of events concluded with two brand new ventures.
On October 17, Ted Solarek, BUB '64, and 153 other alumni, family,
and friends participated in a fall foliage train journey on
the Arcade and Attica Steam Railroad. Then, on October 24, a
group of 43 alumni and NTID students, led by Ray Olszewski,
EL '66, enjoyed a tree planting ceremony and nature walk at
the Tinker Nature Park in Henrietta. Members of the chapter's
planning committee and the Alumni Relations staff met on January
21 to finalize the list of events for 1999. The 1999 season
of events began with a Tiger's roar on February 12 at the annual
Tiger Sports Night. Ted Solarek coordinated this event, which
brought approximately 150 alumni and guests back to cheer on
three Tiger teams: men's and women's basketball (both versus
Clarkson), and men's hockey (versus Mercyhurst). A reception
was held in the auxiliary gym prior to the games. Also, our
Rochester alumni have again volunteered to work at the WXXI
(PBS) Auction on April 26. Paul Sigas, BUB '68, coordinated
this event. Future Rochester events, and their respective coordinators,
include: RIT Senior Night, May 14, Alive at the MAG, June 11,
Ken Reed, CH '71; Rochester International LPGA tournament, June
1013 (exact date to be determined), Sue Schnorr, HRX '96;
Rochester Rhinos soccer game, July 30, Alina Palis, BCA '79,
and Terry Palis, CIC '77; Rochester Red Wings baseball game,
August 21, Shirley Murphy, HRD '95, and her husband, Jim; and
Ray Olszewski; and a murder mystery dinner theater (date to
be determined), Alina Palis. Judi Sturge, RER '61, was planning
an event around the Rochester Broadway Theater League's production
of Showboat, but the production was postponed. Alternate events
are being considered. For information on these events and other
alumni opportunities, call (716) 475-ALUM (-2586), or browse
the Web connection, www.rit.edu/alumni.
The wine tour and networking picnic at Cline Cellars Vineyard
in Sonoma County was postponed in the fall. However, plans are
under way with Erin Cline, FAH '89, to have this event in 1999.
For information on the chapter and volunteer positions, contact
the Office of Alumni Relations, (716) 475-ALUM.
Michael Woods, BUG '92, headed a group of 11 alumni and guests
in cheering for the Seattle Thunderbirds hockey team in a WHL
battle with the Spokane Chiefs. The chapter is also planning
its annual potluck picnic for this summer. In the fall, there
is a possibility of a Seahawks/Bills event to welcome the Mike
Holmgren era. More details will be available when the 1999 NFL
schedule is released. For information on future events in the
Puget Sound area, contact Michael, (206) 523-6629 (home) or
(206) 789-7700, x216 (work). If you haven't made your dues payment
of $20 ($10 to fund the chapter and $10 toward the scholarship
fund), send your check, payable to "RIT Puget Sound Alumni,"
to chapter treasurer Barb Brennan, PKD '77, 6840 23rd Ave NE,
Seattle, Wash. 98115.
The Second Annual Syracuse University Football Game and Reception,
held on November 28, was a tremendous success. Seventy-five
RIT alumni, family and friends enjoyed not only each other's
company, but also an impressive, conference-clinching victory
by the Orangemen. Michael Sciotti, CJC '88, coordinated the
event. Michael followed this with a SU/UConn basketball game
and reception for 100 people on February 28. For information
on future events in the Syracuse area, contact Michael, (315)
On October 24, Kathleen Mills, PHM '89, and a half-dozen other
alumni showed their commitment to their community by participating
in a Habitat for Humanity home rebuilding project in Alexandria,
VA. Jim Cockey, PRP '82, is coordinating the chapter's annual
Baltimore Orioles' baseball event, scheduled for Sunday, August
8, versus the Detroit Tigers. Two hundred twenty-five tickets
have been ordered for this popular annual event, which includes
a pre-game reception in the Camden Yards Warehouse.
Both the Office of Alumni Relations and Office of Admissions
appreciate the efforts of the following alumni for their assistance
with college fairs and/or admissions receptions in the fall
of 1998. (Apologies to those who have been inadvertently omitted
and those who have helped in previous years. All efforts are
College fairs: James
Lytle, PHP '83 (Mississippi); Amy Hammond, CSG '93, and Christopher
Hammond, PHM '93 (Maryland); Celeste Evans, PKT '89 (New Jersey);
Renee Bouchard, PHL '82 (Maryland); Peter Maynard, BUB '86 (Florida);
and Todd Delaney, BUT '96 (Virginia).
Kevin Peterson, ITM '96 (Cleveland); Mitch Sukoff, SMT '94 (Melville,
N.Y., and New York City); Amy Johnson, ADU '92, and Crystal
Corley, PHM '94 (New Jersey); Corey Meitchik, PHB '89, and Celeste
Evans (New York City); Aviva Dickstein, SMM '91, Mitch Bilker,
BUB '95, and Linda Bourque, EME '98 (Philadelphia); and Bernard
Gleeson, SWS '85 (Utica).