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Regional Alumni Activities

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

Albany
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.

Atlanta
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.

Boston
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.

Buffalo
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.

Chicago
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.

Los Angeles
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.

Orlando
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) 475-ALUM.

Philadelphia
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.

Raleigh-Durham
Jeff Benck, MEM '88, was coordinating an April networking event to kick off this new alumni chapter.

Rochester
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.

San Francisco
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.

Seattle
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.

Syracuse
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) 452-0832.

Washington, DC
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.

Alumni Admissions Network
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 equally appreciated.)

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).

Admissions receptions: 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).