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For more information...
To find more information on all alumni activities, contact the Office of Alumni Relations, 716-475-2586, or e-mail Dan Hickey, ddhalum@rit.edu, Christina Mancini, cmmalum@rit.edu. Or visit the Alumni Network online at www.rit.edu/alumni.

Pre-Baby Boomers: Mark the date
A Golden Alumni Reunion for those who graduated before 1951 is planned for the weekend of June 16 through 18 on the RIT campus. Plan to attend and look for further information on events in your mailboxes.

Visit Italy with your college buddies
The RIT Alumni Network offers a first--a travel program for RIT alumni. The inaugural trip, a journey to Italy's Tuscany region, is scheduled for Sept. 12 through 20. Space is limited and registration is first-come, first-served.

On line with RIT
The Alumni Online Community-www.rit.edu/alumni-has two new programs available to its members:

  • Online Marketplace--More than 75 name brand retailers have signed up to provide discounts to alumni through the Online Marketplace. It's easy, safe, fun and convenient.
  • Home page creation 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.

    Hospitality Alumni Society
    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).

    Printing Alumni Association
    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 reunion
    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.

    Minority Alumni 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 and Sciences.

    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 ritmaac@yahoo.com.

    Regional Alumni Activities

    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 connection, www.rit.edu/alumni.

    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 Savino '90.

    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 Al Vincent.

    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 Southern California
    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 events.

    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, 212-253-5503.

    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 cancer research.

    Jeff Benck '88 coordinates events for the Raleigh-Durham chapter. If you have recommendations for future events, please contact Jeff, 919-847-3791.

    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.

    San Francisco
    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 Sound
    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, 206-523-6629.

    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.

    Washington, DC
    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.

    Alumni Admissions Network
    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.

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