College Alumni Relations
Liz Kowaluk, Josh Hirschorn and Allison Castiglia enjoy the CIAS reception at the District Chophouse in Washington, D.C.
Families joined the fun at the First Annual Computer Science Alumni Picnic in August.
Hospitality Service Management alumni award winners are, from left: Kelly McCormick-Sullivan ’08, Chrys Baldwin ’78, Ginny Clark ’06, Tom Maier ’82, Paul Sorgule ’95, Liam Fox ’09 and Jim Murname ’90. (Photo by Ken Huth ’88)
Connect with your college! The ways you can stay engaged with RIT keep growing. In addition to regional activities for all alumni, your college now supports special programming designed especially for you and fellow graduates of your department and college.
To learn more about the events below or to contact your college alumni relations officer, visit www.rit.edu/alumni/colleges.
College of Applied Science and Technology
In August, CAST welcomed its new dean, Fred Walker, and the college’s new building was awarded Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
During Brick City Homecoming in October, the School of Hospitality and Service Management (HSM) held its 24th Alumni Awards Dinner. This year’s recipients were Chrys Baldwin ’78 – Sarah Margaret Gillam Memorial Award; Paul Sorgule ’95 – Dr. Richard Marecki Memorial Award; Tom Maier ’82 – Dr. Paul Kazmierski Memorial Award; Kelly McCormick-Sullivan ’08 – Excellence In Health Award; Jim Murnane ’90 – Entrepreneurial Award; Michelle Vaz ’07 – International Award of Excellence; Ginny Clark ’06 – Special Service Award; and Liam Fox ’09 – Student Recognition Award.
In November, more than 100 packaging science alumni, students, faculty and friends gathered for a reception at Dave & Buster’s during Pack Expo in Chicago. In New York during the Hotel Show, Philippe Massoud ’95 hosted HSM alumni, students, faculty and staff for a dinner at Ilili Restaurant, where he is owner and chef.
Coming up: The 24th Puttin’ on the RITz Dinner takes place March 28, 2009, at Oak Hill Country Club.
For news and up-to-date listings of events designed especially for alumni of the College of Applied Science and Technology, check out the online community at www.rit.edu/alumni/cast.
College of Imaging Arts and Sciences
In September, CIAS and the College of Science held a joint event in Washington, D.C., at the District Chophouse where 21 alumni mingled in what was once the vault of the Second National Bank. Also in September, the School of Print Media held an alumni reception in Tampa Bay, Fla., that coincided with the International Newspaper Group Conference. Alumni from across the country came to the conference and attended the event at Bahama Breeze on the Gulf Coast.
With Photoplus Expo in New York City again this year, alumni from all over celebrated at Connolly’s Pub and Restaurant in October and welcomed the new School of Photographic Arts and Sciences program chair, Therese Mulligan.
President Bill Destler made a special visit to Graph Expo in Chicago this year and joined CIAS at the alumni reception on Oct. 27 at McCormick Place along with other faculty and staff including Dean Joan Stone and Associate Dean Frank Cost ’87.
Coming up: New York City CIAS Alumni Reception at the Playwright Tavern, Jan. 16, 2009; College Art Association CIAS Alumni Event, Los Angeles, Feb. 26, 2009.
For more information visit www.rit.edu/alumni/cias, which includes links to photos from past events and listings of upcoming activities.
College of Liberal Arts
On Aug. 1, the College welcomed Dean Robert Ulin to RIT. The new dean will be taking the first few quarters to get settled and hopes to be visiting alumni in 2009.
Liberal Arts alumni from around the country returned to RIT for Brick City Homecoming in October. College alumni activities included the President’s Alumni Ball, COLA alumni reception with a performance by the a capella groups Eight Beat Measure and Encore, faculty interactive exhibits, the Foreign Language Fair and the Alumni Bon Voyage Brunch. Later in the month, the college hosted a memorable evening at the Eastman Theatre in Rochester as 45 alumni attended an exclusive sneak peek of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice: The New Musical. Slated for Broadway in November 2009, the Rochester-only showcase featured a red carpet, “paparazzi” and a post-performance reception with performers at the famed Max of Eastman Place restaurant.
In early November, Liberal Arts alumni in Scottsdale, Ariz., had the opportunity to meet Dean Ulin during a reception at Su Vino Winery. In attendance were six of the eight RIT deans along with alumni from the College of Science, Kate Gleason College of Engineering, College of Applied Science and Technology, Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.
Coming up: Visit the COLA online community to view upcoming activities. Events will be added as soon as information is available. Do you have an idea for an event? Contact Kerri Lehmbeck.
College of Science
In early August, alumni joined current students on campus for the 17th Undergraduate Research Symposium. Later in the month, 35 alumni, faculty and students attended the SIGGRAPH Conference in Los Angeles.
Wrapping up the month, 38 Rochester area alumni, faculty and students joined Dean Ian Gatley for a reception at Rochester’s Strasenburgh Planetarium to hear Stefi Baum, director of RIT’s Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, talk about black holes and galaxy evolution.
In October, College of Science alumni from around the country returned to RIT for Brick City Homecoming. Activities included the President’s Alumni Ball, college interactive exhibits and explorations, the COS alumni gathering at the Brick City BBQ and the Alumni Bon Voyage Brunch.
Soon after homecoming, RIT’s Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science hosted the 10th Annual Upstate N.Y. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Symposium, which was attended by more than 100 alumni, NMR spectroscopists and students from throughout the region and surrounding states.
In early November, science alumni in Scottsdale, Ariz., had the opportunity to meet Dean Gatley during a reception at Su Vino Winery. In attendance were six of the eight RIT deans along with alumni from the College of Liberal Arts, Kate Gleason College of Engineering, College of Applied Science and Technology, Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.
Coming up: Visit the Web site to view upcoming activities. Events will be added as soon as information is available. Do you have an idea for an event? Contact Kerri Lehmbeck.
B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
Alumni, faculty, families and friends were brought together at the First Annual Computer Science Alumni Picnic in August. Also in August, all Golisano College incoming students were welcomed as future alumni with festivities including a Graduate Student Welcome Breakfast.
In October, GCCIS took home the inaugural College Alumni Cup by attracting the greatest percentage of alumni to Brick City Homecoming.
Other events in October included the Fourth Annual Golisano College Hockey Night and the Seventh Annual Dean’s Lecture Series featuring Annie I. Antón, who spoke about “Designing Software Systems that Comply with Privacy Laws.”
Coming up: Check the events calendar at www.rit.edu/alumni/gccis for alumni activity in your area. If you have event ideas, please contact Tandra Miller. We hope to see you at one of our future events:
Dec. 3 – Networking event in New York City
Feb. 11, 2009 – Annual Computer Science Alumni Happy Hour
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering hosted corporate lunches with Dean Harvey Palmer and other KGCOE representatives, kicked off its Third Annual Dean’s Alumni Speaker Series, and held several events during Brick City Homecoming, including the Hospitality Room hosted by retired and emeriti faculty. The John D. Hromi Center for Quality and Applied Statistics (CQAS) celebrated its 25th Anniversary in October, while inducting the first member into the CQAS Academy.
Coming up: This academic year marks the 10th anniversary of the naming of the Kate Gleason College of Engineering at RIT. Help us celebrate this milestone by attending any of the several upcoming events, including the Dean’s Alumni Speaker Series, corporate lunches with the dean, and the Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival on May 2, 2009. Please watch the events calendar at www.rit.edu/alumni/kgcoe for more information or contact Jasmine Seavey.
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
NTID and College of Imaging Arts and Sciences alumni cheered for their favorite teams while watching the New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox at the RITz in August. More than $200 was raised to benefit the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences Scholarship Fund (Boston/CIAS won).
During the same week, more than 2,600 first-year students arrived on campus for student orientation, including 345 new NTID students. And, on the heels of the highly successfully 40th Anniversary Reunion, the committee members met in September for two feedback sessions to review completed evaluations and online survey results, all of which were very positive.
The ASLIE Alumni Reception, co-hosted by Linda Siple ’82, ASL and Interpreter Education Instructional/Support Faculty, took place at MacGregor’s Grill & Tap Room (known to many graduates by its former name, Red Creek) in September. Alumni enjoyed time socializing with former classmates, faculty and staff.
The NTID Alumni Community Picnic drew more than 50 alumni, family and friends at the Dolomite Lodge in Penfield, N.Y., in early October.
Farther from home, three alumni receptions took place: one during the ALDAcon Conference in Chicago in late October, the second at Rob and Marlene Edenzon’s (parents of Kyle Edenzon SVP ’05, ’08) home in Northridge, Calif., in mid-October, and the third, the Deans’ Reception in Phoenix, Ariz., on Nov. 5. At the third event, RIT/NTID alumni met with Alan T. Hurwitz, president and dean, NTID and RIT vice president, one of six RIT deans who attended the reception.
Coming up: NTID Hockey Night (January 2009); NTID/COLA Alumni Reception immediately followed by the NTID Performing Arts production of Shakespeare’s Othello (February 2009). For dates, details and more, visit www.rit.edu/alumni/ntid.
E. Philip Saunders College of Business
In July, at the Nathaniel Rochester Society Dinner, Saunders College alumnus Kevin Gavigan ’79 and his wife, Nancy, were awarded the prestigious Whitaker Medallion for outstanding volunteer service and leadership to RIT.
In August, we hosted a successful networking event at Pomodoro’s in Rochester. Also in August, Dean Ashok Rao traveled to Boston to meet with several Saunders alumni.
In October, we welcomed back more than 2,000 RIT alumni to campus during Brick City Homecoming and helped alumni, students and friends build their innovative skills at RIT’s Fifth Entrepreneurs Conference.
In November, Saunders alumni cheered on the RIT Tiger’s as they took on Army in a rousing home game.
Coming up: Over the next few months, our successful Dean’s Receptions will continue in Albany, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., as well as back home in Rochester, N.Y.
For more information about Saunders College of Business alumni activities, including dates, locations, and registration details for the Dean’s Receptions, check out the events calendar at