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tools and storage space--A personal home page is a great way to
keep family up to date on what's new, and promote an event for
your local community organization.
More than 2,600 alumni have already registered to use the online
community since April 1999. Visit the Web site to update your
personal, professional and academic information and also find
information about your classmates.
Graph Expo 1999
Chicago, that toddlin' town (whatever that means!), was a windy
backdrop for the 1999 Graph Expo reception on Oct. 19, 1999.
Over 50 alumni and guests attended the reception at McCormick
Place, part of the annual trade convention. While networking
with each other, alumni and their guests also heard from Hal
Gaffin, chair of RIT's Printing Management and Sciences Program,
as well as from Joan Stone, dean of the College of Imaging Arts
and Sciences. Watch for information on next year's Graph Expo
reception. The annual convention will be held this fall at McCormick
Place, Sept. 24 through 27.
James Frederiksen '95 is the newly elected president of RIT's
Hospitality Alumni Association. He is the assistant director
of food and nutrition services at Rochester's Strong Memorial
Hospital and also a member of the International Foodservice
Executives Association's Certification Board and a Certified
Foodservice Executive (CFE).
Last fall, the Flower City Chapter of the Printing Alumni Association
held its first meeting in 10 years. The Nov. 11 event was highlighted
by a presentation titled "Graph Expo 1999 Highlights" by Frank
Romano, RIT's Roger K. Fawcett Distinguished Professor of Graphic
Arts. The chapter plans to hold two meetings per year to encourage
networking among the 400 printing alumni in the Rochester area.
Zeta Tau Alpha
Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) members celebrated their 10-year anniversary
last fall during the weekend of Nov. 5 through 7. Highlights
of the weekend included a Friday night reception at the Radisson
Inn, a meeting and annual hayride with the collegiates, and
a Sunday brunch. Special thanks to Karen McLaughlin '91 and
Vicki Decker '93 for their efforts in coordinating the reunion.
Advisory Committee (MAAC)
The Minority Alumni Advisory Committee (MAAC) held its annual
scholarship reception on January 13 in the Student Alumni Union.
The reception honored the students selected from more than 75
applicants in 1999. Receiving scholarships for their outstanding
scholastic achievements and community involvement were JoAnne
Brown, Business; Aaron Donlan, Engineering; Joshua Gingrich,
Information Technology; Lakesha Haynes; Brian Moon, Professional
and Technical Communications; Brenda Moye, Electrical Engineering
Technology; Renae Powell, Business; and Samuel Zimmerman, Arts
The Annual MAAC
Career Fair was held in the Student Alumni Union on March 25.
Fifty employers attended, giving 700 visitors--students and
alumni--the opportunity to meet with working members of their
various fields. For more information on these and other MAAC
events, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
To stay informed about
alumni events in your area--or to get involved--contact the Office
of Alumni Relations by phone, 716-475-2586, or browse the Web
The Albany chapter is searching for a new alumni leader to help
plan future events.
On Oct. 2, more than 50 alumni and guests attended a baseball
game between the Braves and Florida Marlins. Before the game,
the group got together at Turner Beach to meet one another and
discuss the upcoming playoffs.
Atlanta alumni were taken out to a ball game
between the Atlanta Braves and the Florida Marlins last fall.
Peanuts and Crackerjack, anyone?
Plans are under way for an alumni event at a Boston Red Sox
baseball game this summer, thanks to the efforts of Mary Jo
Tom Stumpf '89 organized a networking social at the Flying Tigers
Restaurant in October. (What an appropriate location for an
RIT event!) Chomping on egg rolls were 35 alumni and guests.
The 1949 class of Photographic Technology
gathered for their 50th reunion last October. Pictured at
the event are, front left to right, Leslie Stroebel, Robert
Holt, Florence Smith Wells, Dorothy Jeffer Pearson and Irvin
Dolin. Rear left to right are Dave Engdahl, Norman Biggert,
Russ Boynton, Art Read, Robert Gleason, Robert Holroyd and
Vivek Khosla '94, and Laura Khosla '91, would be glad to hear
from other alumni in the Chicago area who have ideas for future
alumni events. Please contact Vivek and Laura, 630-953-2506,
with any ideas.
Los Angeles and
RIT president Albert Simone hosted two receptions for alumni,
parents and friends in Southern California. The Jan. 14 reception
in Long Beach had 28 participants; another 23 people attended
the Jan. 15 reception in La Jolla. Several other members of
the faculty and staff joined Dr. Simone. Please contact Eric
Senna '91, 805-483-1117, for information about future alumni
New York City
The Big Shot '99, on Oct. 28, was a tremendous success, attracting
approximately 550 RIT alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents
and friends. The event received national publicity on CNN and
the Today Show. NYC alumni and President Simone hosted an alumni
reception afterward on board the Intrepid. For information about
future events in the area, please contact Beth Sabbatini '89,
President Simone and William Whiteside Jr., former chairman
of the Board of Trustees, greeted 40 local alumni, parents and
friends at a reception on Nov. 1. On March 18, Philadelphia
alumni were treated to some Rochester sports when the Amerks
played the Phantoms. Aviva Dickstein '91 coordinated the event,
which included a pre-game reception. For information about future
events, please contact Aviva, 215-951-9353.
The Phoenix chapter continued a very busy inaugural year, thanks
to the efforts of Stacy Kalisz '96. Among the chapter's most
recent events: 27 alumni attended an Arizona Rattlers arena
football game on Aug. 1; Merrill Lynch presented a workshop
on financial management in the new millennium on Sept. 29; and
68 alumni and guests joined a large group of Bills Backers for
the Dec. 19 NFL game between the Cardinals and Bills. Finally,
on Feb. 22, President Simone hosted a reception for RIT alumni,
parents and friends in the Phoenix area. For information about
other events in the area, please contact Stacy, 480-545-8246.
Phoenix alumnae Jennifer Jefferson '99, left,
and Caren Firsty '87 prepare for the Race for the Cure, an
event held in many major cities to raise money for breast
Jeff Benck '88 coordinates events for the Raleigh-Durham chapter.
If you have recommendations for future events, please contact
The Rochester chapter-which comprises approximately 30,000 RIT
alumni-had a busy year in 1999 and is in the midst of a fully
scheduled 2000. Ray Olszewski '66 spearheaded a group of 30
alumni and guests who helped winterize the Tinker Nature Park
in Henrietta on Sept. 25. Nearly 1,200 alumni and guests visited
the RIT hospitality tent at the annual Stonehurst Regatta on
Oct. 10. Terry Brady '59 helped organize this monumental event.
Jen Kopicki '98, arranged for members of the Rochester chapter
planning committee to enjoy a hilarious evening of entertainment
at Joey and Maria's Comedy Wedding in November. And they kicked
off the new millennium with an evening of RIT hockey at the
annual Tiger Sports Night. Alumni and their families enjoyed
a pre-game reception, then cheered for the Tigers as they battled
their archrivals from Elmira.
The events included
a spring wine and cheese tour on Seneca Lake and the annual
Alive at the MAG celebration. A Rochester Rhinos soccer game
on July 14, Rochester Red Wings baseball game on Aug. 19 and
the Stonehurst Regatta on Oct. 15 are upcoming events. Dates
for other events in Rochester are being finalized.
Last summer's RIT Alumni Awards Banquet
cited the following alumni for their achievements and service:
from left to right, Donald Naylor '61, Philip Rosenzweig '77,
Steven Carlson '88, '90 MS, Philip Jacob '81, David Foy '89,
Donald Lembeck '63 and Michael Ramsager '89. Award winners
not pictured are Daniel Carp '73 MBA, and Mark Conboy '83.
A wonderful time was had by all who attended the Oct. 23 event
at Cline Cellars in Sonoma. Erin Cline '89 hosted 49 alumni
and guests for a harvest tour, lunch and wine tasting. In January
President Simone hosted a reception for 50 RIT alumni, parents
and friends in Northern California.
Seattle and Puget
Western New York football came to town when the Buffalo Bills
played the Seahawks on Oct. 24, and RIT alumni were there. Michael
Woods '92 and Lisa Woods '93 coordinated this event, which attracted
33 alumni and guests, and included a pre-game gathering. In
January President Simone hosted a reception attended by 33 RIT
alumni, parents and friends in the Puget Sound area. Beth Merriman
'80 helped with site selection. For information on future events
with the Puget Sound chapter, please contact Michael Woods,
RIT alumni share a tour of Cline Cellars winery
in Sonoma, Calif.
The Carrier Dome has played host to the most recent events for
our alumni in the Syracuse area. More than 50 RIT alumni and
guests attended the Oct. 30 football game between Syracuse University
and Boston College. Then, on Feb. 27, about 125 members of the
RIT community cheered on the Orangemen basketball team versus
Georgetown. Both events included a pre-game tailgating reception
at the Sheraton. For information about future events in the
area, please contact Michael Sciotti '88, 315-452-0832.
On Nov. 2, a reception for RIT alumni, parents and friends was
held at USA Today. President Simone and Thomas Curley '77, president
and publisher of the national publication, hosted the event,
which drew 119 people. Vicki Decker '93 helped organize the
reception. Then, on April 9, Vicki also organized an alumni
outing to watch the Washington Capitals versus the Buffalo Sabres.
For information about other alumni events in the Baltimore/Washington
area, please contact Vicki, 703-971-4217.
One of the best ways for alumni to stay involved in the growth
of the Institute is through participation in the Alumni Admissions
Network. These dedicated alumni have volunteered their service
by assisting the Office of Admissions with its efforts to attract
qualified students to attend RIT. By representing RIT at area
college nights or participating in Admissions receptions, alumni
can play an important role in helping prospective students learn
more about RIT. For more information, contact the Office of
Alumni Relations, 716-475-2586.