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Get involved in alumni events in your region! Contact the Office of Alumni Relations by phone toll free at 1-866-RIT-ALUM or check out our Web site at www.rit.edu/alumni for more information.

The Albany Alumni Chapter kicked off the fall with a networking event at the Big Apple Brewing Company. Alumni took advantage of the opportunity to socialize and exchange business cards with fellow graduates. Alumni hosts John and Laura Comstock, '94 & '92, would love to have you join the fun. Contact the Office of Alumni Relations toll free at 1-866-RIT-ALUM to get involved.

On Sept. 29, nearly 40 alumni and friends attended an exciting Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets baseball game. This family outing was complete with a game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the ninth. Thanks to Joe Del Conte Jr. '85 and Dan Dampagna Jr. '82 for coordinating chapter activities.

Boston Alumni Chapter co-leader Stephanie Murphy '98 distributes
RIT door prizes at a wine tasting.

Quack! Quack! Alumni, family and friends filled an authentic, renovated World War II amphibious landing vehicle to participate in the famous duck tour of Boston. The 90-minute historical tour was enjoyed by all. The chapter hosted an

evening of winetasting at Les Zygomates Wine Bar & Bistro. More than 30 gathered to partake in the demonstration and sample a variety of wines. An outing to a Boston Bruins hockey game took place March 16. Stephanie Murphy '98, Scott Rill '97, and Patrick Ward '01 are busy planning spring and summer activities. If you would like to get more involved in the chapter, contact Scott Rill at 617-303-7943.

On Jan. 5, nearly 40 alumni and guests had a pre-game warm-up party at the Pearl Street Grill and then walked next door to the HSBC Arena for an action-packed lacrosse game between Rochester and Buffalo. Thank you to Tom Stumpf ’89 for coordinating this event. If you have ideas for future alumni activities, contact him at 716-668-7914.

Print ’01 took place in Chicago last fall. Many students, alumni, and faculty members from the School of Printing attended this major printing industry event. A breakfast for alumni hosted by the School of Printing gave alumni the opportunity to meet with Dr. Joan Stone, dean, College of Imaging Arts and Sciences; Frank Cost, associate dean; Frank Romano, chair; and other faculty and students from the school.

Thanks to Jamie Aymerich ’93 & ’98, South Florida alumni had the opportunity on Feb. 25 to network at Wilt Chamberlain’s in Boca Raton. The casual evening offered fun, food, and fellowship. Alumni have already registered for the next event in Miami on April 14: It’s a pre-game reception at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. followed by the much anticipated Miami Heat vs. New York Knicks NBA game. For more information on this event or to get involved, contact Jamie at 561-483-8090.

Los Angeles

L.A. chapter members toured the historic
Queen Mary.

The 2001 SigGraph Convention in sunny Los Angeles drew many alumni from the schools within the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences who gathered at the convention for a reception.

In addition, on Sept. 8, RIT alumni and guests received the “Royal” treatment on the legendary Queen Mary. Everyone enjoyed the behind-the-scenes guided tour of the ship and experienced Ghosts and Legends, their state-of-the-art, special-effects attraction. L.A. alumni met on March 16 to gather on the City View Terrace of the Staples Center and later watch the L.A. Kings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game. Thank you to Eric Senna ’91 for his leadership of the L.A. alumni chapter.

New York City
For the first time alumni had the opportunity to purchase discount tickets to the U.S. Tennis Open through the Alumni Relations Office. All 75 tickets available sold out in record time. We were happy to provide this special offer to alumni. An enjoyable networking event for alumni in the region took place on Feb. 28 at City Hall Restaurant with more than 50 alumni attending. Thank you to hosts Amy Sundstrom ’95 and Jennifer Zausmer ’93. If you would like to help coordinate an event, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations toll free at 1-866-RIT-ALUM.

International alumni gathered in New York City for a reception hosted by special guests Cookie Campbell and Barbara Letvin. If you are an alum living overseas and would like to be more involved, please contact Bill Pritchard with RIT at 585-475-7838.

More than 40 College of Business alumni in N.Y.C. gathered for a reception and had the opportunity to meet Dean Tom Hopkins.

A reception for alumni, students, faculty and staff at PhotoPlus Expo 2001 was held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. More than 200 participated in the evening of socializing and networking.

Philadelphia-area alumni toured Longwood Gardens.

The Longwood Gardens guided walking tour was a wonderful event for alumni and families during the holiday season. All enjoyed the renowned gardens and famous holiday displays. Led by Aviva Dubrow ’91, alumni, family, and friends gathered for a Phantoms hockey game on Feb. 2.

As always, the Phoenix Alumni Chapter has been busy hosting a variety of events. In September, alumni were eager to watch the Arizona Diamondbacks play baseball and continued to follow them through their winning streak to becoming the World Series Champions! To kick-off the new year, nearly 30 alumni and guests attended a career workshop titled “Survival Tactics for Those in Job Transition”. All found the resume writing and interviewing tips both timely and helpful. Would you like to get more involved in the planning of events? Contact Stacy Kalisz ’96 at 480-545-8246.

Thank you to Fred Asfoury ’93, ’95 for hosting the Aug. 24 Durham Bulls vs. Norfolk Tides baseball game. More than 30 alumni and guests enjoyed this activity. Have ideas for future events? Contact Jeff Benck ’88 at 919-816-0995.

More than 1,000 alumni and guests showed their "spiRIT" at the Stonehurst Capital Invitational Regatta in October.

The Rochester Alumni Chapter has been busy! On Nov. 15, more than 55 gathered to attend an evening at Casa Larga Vineyards in Fairport. Alumni had the opportunity to tour the vineyard’s facilities, taste a variety of wines, and socialize with alumni and guests. A number of Alumni Network Board of Directors members attended the special evening. In addition, on Feb. 2 nearly 150 alumni and guests attended the annual Tiger Sports Night held on RIT’s campus. All in one evening, this unique activity allowed alumni the opportunity to cheer for five student athletic events!

Visit the Alumni Relations Web site at: www.rit.edu/alumni to see the schedule of remaining Rochester Chapter 2002 events. You won’t want to miss the Seneca Lake wine tour, the gathering at the Memorial Art Gallery, the picnic at Stony Brook State Park, the Mamma Mia theatre excursion in Toronto, or Brick City Festival and Reunion 2002 festivities!

To get involved with the Rochester Chapter, plan on attending the next Volunteer Planning Meeting on May 16. For more information, contact Bill Prentice ’99 at 585-224-8339.

Alumni and friends attended a
winery tour organized by the
San Diego chapter.

San Diego
Thank you to Richard Prenoveau ’78, Louis Semon ’72, Micki Hafner ’92, and Pamela Wick ’94 for coordinating the Nov. 18 Orfila Vineyards & Winery tour, tasting, and buffet. With such rave reviews, the winetasting event was immediately followed by a successful champagne brunch on Feb. 24 at the award-winning Karl Strauss Brewery Gardens. This ambitious group would be happy to hear your suggestions for upcoming events. To get involved, contact the Alumni Relations office toll-free at 1-866-RIT-ALUM.

San Francisco-area alumni enjoyed a beautiful day of sailing.

San Francisco
What a beautiful, cloud-free day on the water! On Sept. 9 nearly 50 alumni and guests sailed on the luxurious Sea Raven catamaran. This three-hour chartered cruise provided spectacular views of both the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge. Thank you to Michele Conklin ’94 for hosting this alumni event. Contact her about future ideas at 510-724-3295.

Thank you to Michael Woods ’92 for his loyalty in coordinating Seattle alumni events. Have an idea for an event? Contact Michael at 206-523-6629.

Come enjoy Big East athletics SU style! Whether you’re a basketball and/or a football fan, the Carrier Dome has a game for you. RIT alumni, family and friends gathered last September for Orangemen football and again in February for Orangemen basketball. For an opportunity to wear your orange, join the fun at a pre-game hotel reception followed by an athletic event at the Carrier Dome. For more information, call Michael Sciotti ’88 at 315-471-3151.

Washington, D.C.
Mark your calendars! A number of exciting activities are being planned for alumni in the region. On March 30, the chapter will host an evening of hockey and fun. A winetasting dinner is being planned for later in the year along with a special educational opportunity. Be sure to keep an eye out in the mail for information, and check the Web site regularly for updates (www.rit.edu/alumni).

Alumni Admissions Network
We would like to express our appreciation to all those alumni who participated in the fall admissions receptions throughout the country. Your support helps RIT recruit the best students for the university.

If you would like to be a part of the Alumni Admissions Network, please contact Julie Goodsell in the Office of Alumni Relations at 585-475-7638 or jrgrar@rit.edu.

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