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Associate Director Peggy Glitch gets organized in the new home of the alumni relations office. The office moved into the recently completed Crossroads building on the west side of campus in December.
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/ur/al.

On November 9, alumni from the Albany area gathered at the Hyde Collection Art Museum for a private tour of the museum which includes more than 2,000 works of art and features such artists as Picasso, Renoir and van Gogh. Following the tour was a reception for alumni to network and socialize. Please contact Julie Goodsell (jrgrar@rit.edu or 716-475-7638) in the Office of Alumni Relations if interested in coordinating an alumni event in this area.

Thank you to Daniel Campagna, Jr., "82, for agreeing to lead the Atlanta Chapter! Dan has many exciting ideas about upcoming events. Please contact Dan at (770) 924-9246 if you would like to join him in the planning.

More than 70 alumni and their guests gathered at Boston"s hot spot 711 Boylston in September for a time of socializing and networking. The "crew" gathered together again a few weeks later to cheer on the RIT crew team competing in the Head of the Charles.

In January, the Boston Alumni Chapter sponsored an evening of ice skating on the historic Frog Pond in downtown Boston. Alumni who participated donated warm hats, gloves and socks for those in need during the winter season. After ice-skating, alumni headed over to "Cheers" to enjoy a time of socializing.

The Boston Bruins were the recipients of RIT alumni cheers at the Bruins/Ottawa game on March 8.

This active chapter has many more events planned for 2001 including a trip to Fenway Park to see the Red Sox take on the Yankees! A special thank you is extended to chapter leaders Mary Jo Savino "90, Scott Rill "97 and Stephanie Murphy "98 for their diligent work to make this chapter so successful! For more information, please contact Scott Rill "97 at (617) 303-7943.

Tom Stumpf "89 organized an event on March 23 that included both the Rochester and Buffalo Chapters. Western New York alumni met at the Pearl Street Grill to socialize and later enjoyed a fast-paced lacrosse game featuring the Rochester Knighthawks and the Buffalo Bandits. If you would like to get involved, contact Stumpf at (716) 668-7914.

If you are interested in hosting an alumni event in the Chicago area, please contact Julie Goodsell (jrgrar@rit.edu/ or (716) 475-7638) in the Office of Alumni Relations.

The Office of Alumni Relations is interested in coordinating an event in this area for alumni. If you have ideas for an activity or would like to help in the planning, please contact Julie Goodsell at jrgrar@rit.edu or (716) 475-7638 in the Office of Alumni Relations.

Florida- Central
We currently are looking for chapter leadership in the Orlando area. Please consider this opportunity to reconnect with other RIT alums in your area. For more information on how to get involved, contact Ashley Eckman at awerar@rit.edu or (716) 475-7416.

Florida- South
A number of alums in the South Florida area are excited about starting an alumni chapter! Patrick Sniffen, "92, will be coordinating their efforts through e-mail communication. If you would like to join them in planning a Boca Raton networking social, please contact him at patrick@benchmarkpress.com or (561) 585-9448.

Los Angeles
Eric Senna, "91, has been a long-time volunteer for the Los Angeles chapter. Currently, plans for a LA Kings hockey game are being finalized. To help with the coordination of future events, contact Eric at (805) 645-5975.

New York City
On Sept. 17, more than 100 alumni in the New York City area attended a Yankees game. For 2001, the New York City Alumni Chapter is planning events including a trip to the Museum of Modern Art. Keep an eye out for information on this opportunity and others in your mailbox and on the Web site. For more information on the chapter, please contact Beth Sabbatini "89 at (212) 253-5503.

Members of the Phoenix alumni chapter got together in the fall for a tasting at a small winery in the region
Thanks to Stacy Kalisz "96, alums in the Phoenix area have had the opportunity to attend many regional activities. Most recently, on Feb. 27, alumni gathered to share both their RIT and professional experiences at Chuy"s Mesquite Broiler in Tempe, AZ. Other future activities include a community service opportunity and, back by popular demand, a financial seminar. Shally Steckerl "94 was instrumental in helping design a Phoenix Chapter banner to display at events; watch for it at the next gathering. For information on how to get involved with this energetic group, contact Stacy at rit_phoenix@yahoo.com or (480) 545-8246.

The Office of Alumni Relations is interested in coordinating an event in this area for alumni. If you have ideas for an activity or would like to help in the planning, please contact Julie Goodsell at jrgrar@rit.edu or (716) 475-7638 in the Office of Alumni Relations.

On March 11, alumni watched the Philadelphia Phantoms take on the Norfolk Admirals. There was a pre-gathering at Bullies at which alumni were able to connect. For more information on the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter, please contact Aviva Dubrow "91 at (215) 328-9737.

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


Meet the latest members of the RIT Sports Hall of Fame (from left): Lynda Gorsky Kessler "84, tennis; Phil Ferranti "80, baseball; Christine Jung Ponzi "92, soccer; Jennifer Polo Sheehan "93, volleyball and softball; Kristine Gray "94, softball and volleyball; and Greg Coughlan "95, cross country and track.

Thank you to the Rochester Chapter volunteers who helped at the Hospitality Tent for the Stonehurst Capital Regatta on Oct. 15. Nearly 1,200 alumni and guests were in attendance. In addition, on Dec. 2, volunteers were critical in the effort to light the Liberty Pole in downtown Rochester for the Big Shot 2000. RIT appreciates your donation of time and energy.

On Jan. 19, more than 125 alumni and friends rang in the New Year by attending Tiger Sports Night. This annual event, hosted by Ken Reed " 71 and Ted Solarek "64, celebrated RIT student athletes. All in one evening, alumni had the opportunity to watch RIT hockey, basketball and swimming.

Other events scheduled for 2001 include: "Alive at the MAG" (June 8), Rhinos Soccer (July), Rochester Red Wings Baseball (Aug. 18), Brick City Festival (Oct. 12-14), and a young alumni wine tasting event at Casa Larga Vineyards (Nov. 15).

If you are interested in participating in the Rochester Chapter Leadership meetings, please contact Ashley Eckman at awerar@rit.edu or (716) 475-7416.

San Diego
The Office of Alumni Relations is interested in planning an event in the San Diego area this spring. If you are interested in helping coordinate this effort, please contact Ashley Eckman at awerar@rit.edu or (716) 475-7416.

San Francisco
Plans are underway for a San Francisco event! Thank you to Michele Conklin "94 and Tonja Moss "91 for spearheading this effort to reconnect alums in the Bay area.

Michael Woods "92 led a dedicated group of alumni and guests in cheering for the Seattle Seahawks versus the Buffalo Bills on a chilly, wet Dec.23. For more information on chapter activities, watch the Alumni Relations Web site or contact Mike at (206) 523-6629.

On Nov. 18, nearly 100 alumni and guests attended a pre-game reception at the Sheraton University Hotel before walking together to the Carrier Dome to watch college football. On Feb. 10, faithful fans enjoyed an Italian luncheon together and later supported their local Orangemen basketball team. For information about future events, contact Michael Sciotti "88 at (315) 452-0832.

Texas - Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio
The Texas alumni chapters contributed greatly to the success of Big Shot 2001 at the Alamo on March 10. A very special thank you is extended to Scott Saldinger "91 who coordinated the location site and many of the activities throughout the weekend. This wonderful weekend would not have been possible without his help.

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., area alumni headed back to the classroom for a cooking workshop.

In January, a group of Washington, D.C., area alumni spent an evening at L"Academie De Cuisine learning to prepare French cuisine and select accenting wines. Due to the overwhelming response to this event, look for it to be held again in the near future! For more information on this chapter, please contact Vicki Decker "93 at (703) 971-4217.

A dinner cruise along the Potomac River on the Odyssey Cruise ship is being planned for July 12, 2001. Details to come.

Alumni Admissions Network
Thank you to all our alumni who participated this past fall in admission receptions to encourage high school students to attend RIT. We appreciate the time you took from your busy schedules to share your RIT memories and experiences with prospective students and their parents.

If you would like to become involved in the Alumni Admissions Network, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (716) 475-ALUM.

Minority Alumni Advisory Committee (MAAC)
On Jan. 11, MAAC held their annual scholarship reception. Congratulations to the following scholarship recipients: Thuy Vu, business management; Victor Silva, management information systems; Adiel Gouldson, microelectronic engineering; Michee" Holland, computer science; Myungji Chun, computer engineering technology; Brenda Moye, electrical engineering technology; Kevin Lee, computer science; Jin Song, applied mathematics; Reina Smith, information technology; and Janelle Jacque, psychology.

The MAAC Career Fair was held on March 24. Many companies participated providing students and alumni the opportunity to learn about a number of exciting career possibilities.

Thank you to the continous efforts of Devon Christopher "93, Monique Wiley-Wright "93, and James Manning "70 to the MAAC organization. Your contribution to the group is greatly appreciated.

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