times for good sports
Rob Grow 88
(marketing), RITs baseball coach since 1990, has joined
the Office of Alumni Relations as director of reunions and affinity
groups. Hes working on a project that is especially dear
to his heart: helping organize gatherings for RITs former
athletes, as well as Greeks and other groups.
annual baseball reunion is among RITs most well-established
sports reunions. Among those who gathered last fall are, from
left, Rick Vattimo 89, Rob Grow 88, Ralph Van
Peursem 58, and Lou Dickinson 89.
The Alumni Relations
Office started designating class year reunions in 2001,
says Grow. That provides extra incentive for members of
particular classes to come back for Brick City/Reunion Weekend
in October. Now were adding even more reasons to get alumni
lacrosse and mens soccer have organized reunions on their
own in the past. Baseball has been doing this for 12 years, says
We have guys
who have made all 12 and others that are coming for the first
time, he says. Its great for alumni who played
together to see each other again, but its also wonderful
to see those who have never met become instant friends because
they have that common bond.
Bill Garno 88
(printing management), director of RITs Printing Applications
Laboratory, has been the mens soccer coach for seven seasons.
Like Grow, he knows that reunions help continue a special bond
with friends and with RIT. Last year, about 50 former players
returned. As a coach and former player (83 to 86),
Garno appreciates what that connection can mean.
The soccer program
is able to do a lot of things because of support from alums,
Athletic reunions provide
alumni the opportunity to meet current student athletes and discover
whats different and what remains the same. And everyone
gets to throw on an RIT jersey and take the field for one more
never know who will come to reunion. At last Octobers
womens lacrosse reunion, Magic Johnson was a surprise
guest. With the basketball legend are, from left, senior Amber
Mescher, senior Sara Maneri, Coach Carly Peters and junior
are just so much fun, says Grow. But they also provide
the chance to come back to campus on a regular basis during one
of the most dynamic periods of RITs history. Our alumni
have come back to see a new student life center, new academic
buildings, Java Wallys, Crossroads, the new RITZ-ESPN Zone,
and all the other changes on campus. In 2004 the new Gordon Field
House is going up and will allow for even more possibilities for
activities and entertainment during Reunion Weekend.
RIT is not just
for four or five years of your life, he adds. This
is a lifelong relationship.
The following athletic
reunions are being planned. If you would like to help organize
one or have questions, please contact Rob Grow at 585-475-2601,
firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit
the Web site at www.rit.edu/reunion.
Oct. 3-4: mens
Oct. 9-12: Reunion/
Brick City Festival Weekend, mens and womens crew,
mens and womens lacrosse, softball, mens and
womens basketball, womens soccer, womens volleyball
and mens hockey.
Date to be announced: