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The University Magazine

College Alumni Programs

Connect with your college! The ways to stay engaged with RIT keep growing. In addition to regional activities for all alumni, your college also supports programming designed especially for you and fellow graduates of your department and college. Be sure to check out upcoming events online and contact your college's Alumni Relations representative with any ideas. We look forward to hearing from you!

Stay connected!

College of Applied Science and Technology
Catherine Bement ’89; 585-475-4975,

College of Imaging Arts and Sciences
Ron Goldberg ’99, ’00; 585-475-3112,

College of Liberal Arts
Jennifer Hinton; 585-475-4283,

College of Science
Jennifer Hinton; 585-475-4283,

B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
Tandra Miller; 585-475-6908,

Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Jasmine DiSalvo; 585-475-5045,

National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Matthew Driscoll SVP ’90, ’94; 585-475-6408 (VP),

Saunders College of Business
Donna Slavin; 585-475-2199,

CIAS is big in D.C.

In September, the 25th Big Shot took place in Washington, D.C., at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. The photo event was followed by a reception attended by more than 400 people affiliated with RIT and the museum, highlighting the fifth anniversary of the museum and celebrating 22 years of Big Shot leadership by Professors Michael Peres, Bill Dubois and Dawn Tower Dubois. (See more about the event on page 12.)

Also in September, Pat Sorce, chair of the School of Print Media, welcomed 82 alumni, faculty, staff and students to the Print '09 reception in Chicago. The reception gave everyone a chance to meet old friends and build some new relationships.

Many events are coming up including the CIAS NYC Alumni Reception on Jan. 10 and the first CIAS Chicago alumni reception on Feb. 12, 2010.

From left are James Loomis, Michael Dumont, Andrew Martz, Adam Sass, Marina Sofi, and Andrew Bona, some of the new Golisano College Ambassadors.

Meet the Golisano College Ambassadors

The B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences is proud to introduce the Golisano College Ambassadors program. This program recruits high caliber student volunteers to represent the college. This group will assist with alumni and donor relations efforts, as well as serve as an advisory group for Director of Alumni Relations Tandra Miller and Dean Jorge Daz-Herrera.

The Ambassadors have diverse backgrounds and interests; however, what they have in common is their love for RIT, an enthusiasm for technology, and concern for their community. When you meet them at events, at your place of work while they're on co-op, or right here on campus, share your experiences with them. They'll be sure to update you on the latest Golisano College news as well.

Adviser: Tandra Miller

Ambassadors: Andrew Bona '11 (software engineering), Michael Dumont '09 (computer science), Michael Hall '11 (computer science), James Loomis '12 (computer science), Andrew Martz '11 (game design and development), Lorin Petersen '11 (game design and development), Adam Sass '12 (networking, security and systems administration) Marina Sofi '10 (business administration - information systems), Alaina Somers '10 (software engineering).

From left, Gary and Jeanne Behm and Vicki Hurwitz joined in the fun at the NTID picnic.

NTID alumni make great gatherings happen

Without the hands-on help of many NTID alumni volunteers, the following events would not have been as successful as they were. Thank you!

More than 50 alumni and guests from across the nation gathered on July 31 at The Art Gallery Grille in Washington, D.C., during the 18th Biennial TDI Conference. Nick Vera SVP '99, '03 greeted alumni and friends at the registration table, including Atheel Mary SVP '78, '83, '84, Rocco Saccente SVP '96, '00, Rob Rice '94, '97, Chris Knigga SVP '89, '93, and Steve '82 and Linda SVP '77, '82 Koopman.

Alumna and senior employment adviser Kathleen Dollinger-Meyer SVP '75, and Assistant Director of the NTID Center on Employment Karen Downs presented the professional development workshop, "Getting Ahead in Your Career," to NTID alumni in August at Dave & Buster's, outside of Chicago. Sam SVP '97, '04 and Julie SVP '96, '00, '02 Russotto, Dana Murray SVP '74, '77 and Lisa Louise Roth SVP '82, '85 were among those who sharpened their career advancement skills.

More than 65 Rochester-area alumni attended a picnic in September at Brighton Town Park, including Patty Starr SVP '75, Mary Olijnyk SVP '74 '77 and Tracy Willard SVP '78, '86, raising more than $300 for the NTID Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Thanks to picnic committee volunteers: chairperson Frank SVP '86, '90, '07 and Arlene SVP '86, '89, '93 Sankey, Howard Mann '74, '84, Ted Lord SVP '70, '73, Gregory Doskos SVP '85, '89, Marylark Box SVP '75, '77, '84, Tom Rankin '73, Bev Buscemi and Ursula Hershey Seefeld SVP '81.

During Brick City Homecoming and Family Weekend, the NTID Alumni Association Board of Directors met to formulate plans and goals. (For more about the NTID Alumni Association Board, visit

That same weekend, more than 40 alumni, faculty and staff, including the third-place winner of the CBS reality show Amazing Race, Luke Adams SVP '03, '08, participated in the RIT/NTID Alumni Golf Tournament at Wild Wood Country Club in Rush, N.Y. Chairperson Mark Pfuntner SVP '84, '89, '97 and volunteers Dino Laury SVP '82, '87, '91, Troy Olivier SVP '85, '88, '01, Korrie Sherry, and Lesanne Pfuntner made the tournament a success.

In late October, more than 20 master of science in secondary education alumni attended a reception at the Uno Chicago Grill hosted by Gerry Bateman, director of the MSSE Program. And in November, American Sign Language Interpreting Education alumni joined Linda Siple '82, '79, professor of ASLIE & Interpreting Education, at "Building M," a.k.a. MacGregor's Grill & Tap Room.

Puttin' on the RITz - times 25

The Hospitality and Service Management (HSM) Department will hold its annual RITz dinner March 27, 2010, at the Rochester Radisson Hotel. But this dinner will be a little different: It's the 25th anniversary of the annual black-tie event showcasing student talents in culinary and hospitality areas.

From the start in 1986, the annual RITz dinner has been planned and run by students. From its early days in HSM's Henry's Restaurant (30 students and 100 guests), the annual spring-quarter celebration has grown to 300-plus guests at venues such as Oak Hill Country Club and Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

The Hospitality and Service Management Department extends an early invitation to all HSM alumni, especially those who participated in previous RITz dinners. Even if you cannot attend, please contact the department to share your RITz stories and experiences. Contact Rick Lagiewski, faculty adviser, at

Saunders College is on the move!

Earlier this year, Harold Gutierrez '99, manager of finance for Red Bull North America Inc., was the featured guest speaker at the 2009 Dionisios Favatas '01 Endowed Alumni Lecture and Seminar Series. And in late spring, Saunders Honors Program students traveled to Boston and met with Jim Salzano '87, executive VP and CFO, Clarks Companies, and Sari Rapkin '76, partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers.

In June, Saunders College hosted the inaugural Executive Leaders Network luncheon, attended by 60 alumni business leaders from throughout Upstate New York. William A. Niskanen, chairman emeritus and distinguished senior economist at the Cato Institute, was the guest speaker. Also in June, the college celebrated its alumni volunteers at its annual Friends Reception, recognizing them for their support as board members, student mentors, guest speakers, and so much more.

In September, the college launched a new 17-month online executive MBA program featuring an international trip that allows students to experience the inner workings of an international corporation as well as explore the effects of culture and foreign policies on management functions.

This fall, Dean Ashok Rao hosted alumni networking receptions in Boston, Syracuse, Albany and Buffalo.

Coming up, the second Executive Leaders Network luncheon will feature Sandy Weill, former chairman & CEO, Citigroup Inc., and more dean's receptions for alumni are planned for New York City and Rochester. Following a successful inaugural event this past June, the second Power Your Potential women's conference will be held in late spring of 2010.

Jennifer Hinton

Two colleges welcome one director of alumni relations

The College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science welcome Jennifer Hinton, the new director of Alumni Relations for both colleges. Jenn comes to us from the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, where she has been senior academic adviser in the School of Informatics for the past two years. Prior to that, she served on the New Student Orientation Program team, as community enrichment coordinator, and adviser to Up 'til Dawn, a student-run organization that raises funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. In addition to her administrative roles, she also has teaching experience as an adjunct instructor for First Year Experience (FYE) and in the College of Applied Science and Technology.

Kathleen Anderson '94 presents the cup to Wiley McKinzie, vice dean of GCCIS.

Golisano College kept the cup!

More than 2,500 alumni and their guests showed up for another fabulous Brick City Homecoming and Family Weekend in October. And for the second year in a row, Golisano College alumni drew the most alumni per capita to the President's Alumni Ball on Friday night, taking the prize in the second College Alumni Cup Challenge.

View the cup in the atrium of the Golisano College of Computing ans Information Sciences - and make plans to help your college win the cup next year!