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Alumni activities around the country

Bookmark this Internet address today – www.rit.edu/ur/al. This link will provide you with access to the alumni home page. You will want to check this weekly to stay updated with events being offered in your area. For your convenience, registration to all events is available online through our secure Web site.

To participate in events or to help plan future events in your area call the Office of Alumni Relations toll free at 1-866-RIT-ALUM or go to www.rit.edu/alumni and click on activities.

Alumni remembered Sept. 11, 2001

Thanks to all of our alumni who joined across the country to show their support for our troops and honor our fallen heroes. Alumni volunteered with the following organizations across the country:

Albany – Habitat for Humanity, Atlanta – Community Food Bank, Product Rescue Center. Central Florida – Ronald McDonald House. New York City – Walk for Prostate Cancer Awareness. Raleigh Durham – Meals on Wheels, Make-A-Wish Foundation. Rochester – Foodlink. San Diego – Hands on San Diego. San Francisco – Starr King Park. Syracuse – Salvation Army. Washington, D.C. – Ribbon distribution at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Baltimore Orioles game.


Upcoming events:
Tuesday, Dec. 9: Holiday gathering. Join fellow alumni and friends from 7-9 p.m. at Dailey’s Restaurant in downtown Atlanta. Alumni will gather for hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets are $10 per person.

Saturday, March 6: CNN studio tour and lunch. See the inside story of this global news operation. Enjoy lunch at 11 a.m. at one of the restaurants in the CNN building followed by a tour at 1 p.m. Bring the kids and enjoy a great family event. Package price for lunch and tour is $15; family of four, $45. CNN tour adult price is $9; children’s price (ages 6-12) is $7.


Many exciting events for alumni are being planned including the traditional sporting outings. New event opportunities for the year include special alumni-priced tickets to the Vienna Boy’s Choir, the local performance by the National Theatre for the Deaf, and the Boston Pops! To stay posted on the status of events and to order your tickets early, go to the alumni Web site.

Alumni Leaders: Stephanie Murphy ’96 and Pat Ward ’97.


Buffalo alumni joined Rochester alumni for a relaxing day at Niagara-on-the-Lake. Alumni met for a lunch at Pillar and Post and then attended a play or enjoyed time for shopping! Thank you to Tom Stumpf ’89 for his help in coordinating this great getaway.

Upcoming events:
Sunday, Dec. 7: Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets. Join alumni and friends for 2 p.m. pre-game reception with lunch in the Touch Down Club. Game time is 4:15 p.m. Tickets are limited so call today. Package price: $55.

Saturday, April 24: Museum Day. Enjoy a memorable day taking in three of Buffalo’s well-known museums and lunch. Call for details.

Central Florida

Alumni gathered for a boat cruise chartered by the Tampa Bay Aquarium on Aug. 19. A relaxing evening was had by all. Thank you to Bob ’66 and Mary-Dianne ’65 Roperti for hosting this event.

Upcoming event:
Saturday, March 13: Networking Lunch at Emeril’s Restaurant in Orlando. Enjoy lunch at Emeril’s restaurant in the Chef’s Wine Room with it’s oak barrel ceiling, surrounded by vintage wine in a working wine cellar. Alumni and friends will enjoy a three-course lunch for a special rate of $40 per person. Seats are limited so call today.

Los Angeles

Upcoming event:
Tuesday, Jan. 13: New Year’s Networking Night. Kick off the New Year with
fellow alumni and friends at the original Cheesecake Factory in Beverly Hills. Alumni will enjoy dinner, dessert and fun from 6-8 p.m. Price is $20 per person.

New York City

Register online for these exciting events!

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004: A Night With John Williams. Come listen to Williams lead the New York Philharmonic in his famous film scores from the movies ET, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and more. One night performance only. Tickets are limited and available for the special alumni rate of $70 each.

Thursday, May 13, 2004: Dinner Cruise Around New York City. Enjoy a night on the water, dinner, and dancing! Alumni Hosts: Jennifer Rhodes ’96, Maria Sebastian ’98. Reserve your place for only $50 a person (includes admission, dinner and entertainment).


Philadelphia alumni toured the studios of QVC, the $4.3 billion electronic retailer.

Alumni and friends enjoyed touring QVC Studio Park on Tuesday, Sept. 16. A highlight
of the private tour included viewing the broadcasting area of the $4.3 billion electronic retailer. Following the tour, a reception was held for alumni and friends. Alumni Host: Melissa Scrimo ’90.

Tickets to the Elsa Schiaparelli exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for Oct. 25 were offered at a special alumni rate.

A networking night for alumni was held at the Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, on Thursday, Nov. 13. Alumni Host: Paul Brown ’84

Alumni sporting fans in the area should get ready for special alumni deals on tickets. Stay tuned to the alumni Web site for the latest information on dates, games and prices.


Upcoming event:
Saturday, Jan. 10: South Mountain Hike. Join fellow alumni and friends for a scenic hike at South Mountain starting at 10 a.m. The hike is a 2.2 mile loop with a 280-foot elevation gain. A picnic lunch will allow alumni to continue networking after the hike. Hike is free of cost. Call today for your reservations.


This region’s alumni gathered for a night of networking and socializing on Oct. 2 at the restaurant Asiago.


Upcoming events:
Saturday, Jan. 24: Duke Women’s Basketball vs. Tennessee and lunch. The Raleigh-Durham chapter has made special arrangements for a group of alumni and friends to attend the sold-out women’s basketball game between Duke and Tennessee, a rematch of their hard-fought 2003 Women’s Final Four Game. Alumni and friends will gather at 3 p.m. at Bennett Pointe Grill for lunch. A bus to the Duke campus will depart the restaurant around 4:30 p.m., giving you time to tour the Hall of Fame prior to the 6 p.m. game. Don’t miss out on this event! Package price for lunch and game is $30. Special thanks to event host David Page ’66.


A great Rochester Alumni Chapter meeting was held on Thursday, Sept. 18. Alumni toured the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies at RIT and enjoyed lunch. Rochester alumni volunteers gathered again on Thursday, Nov. 13, to work on the 2004 schedule of activities. To voice your opinion, vote online through the Web site. Chapter leader: Bill Prentice ’99.

Rochester and Buffalo alumni and friends gathered for a day trip to Niagara-on-the Lake on Sept. 13. The area’s many attractions were enjoyed including theater, shops, wineries, and more. Alumni Hosts: Alina Palis ’77 and Tom Stumpf ’89.

A Dec. 5 weekend trip to New York City for local alumni is in the works. They will attend a show at Radio City Music Hall along with experiencing the many other fun holiday offerings of the city. (See page 26.)

Tickets to the RPO Holiday Pops concert are available on the Web site. Get your tickets today!

South Florida

Upcoming events:
Thursday, Dec. 11: Networking Night. Join fellow alumni and friends for a networking night from 7-9 pm with hors d’oeuvres at Wilt Chamberlain’s restaurant in BocaRaton. Price is $10 per person.

Saturday, March 20: Florida Panthers vs. Buffalo Sabers and pre-game reception. Join fellow alumni as the Panthers take on the Sabers. Great lower-level seats have been secured. A reception with appetizers begins at 6 p.m. followed by a 7:30 p.m. game. Package price is $30 per person.


Syracuse alumni enjoy Erie Canal boat cruise.

Syracuse alumni enjoyed a brunch cruise on the Erie Canal in August. Alumni plan to do this event again next summer in Skaneateles.

Alumni also attended the SU vs. West Virginia game on Nov. 22. There are plans to attend an SU basketball game in February. Continue to check the Web site for further details on this event. Thank you to chapter leader Cindy Weller ’99 for her coordination of these events.


Washington D.C., Alumni Chapter Leader Vicki Decker '93 distributing ribbons at the Orioles game on Sept. 17 in honor of those who serve and protect our country.

Alumni activities took place over the week of Nov. 3 in Texas. Starting in Houston, alumni gathered on Tuesday for a mystery night at Dave & Busters, and the following night a networking evening at Chuy’s was held for alumni in San Antonio. Austin alums enjoyed Thursday evening together, and on Saturday Dallas-Forth Worth alumni toured Texas Stadium (home of the Dallas Cowboys). Alumni Hosts: Vivek Khosla ’94 and Scott Saldinger ’91.

Washington, D.C.

Plans are underway for a special tour of Mount Vernon. Watch for details on the Web site.