Alumni living in southwest Florida enjoy some of the best beaches this country has to offer. Boating trips to Key West are common, and baseball fans can enjoy the fact that the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins hold spring training in that region. With hundreds of public golf courses and dozens of marinas, alumni are rarely indoors. As a group, the Southwest Florida Alumni Community volunteered at the Harry Chapin Food Bank to distribute meals to the community after Hurricane Irma and are planning to do a beach cleanup this spring or volunteer at the Manatee Reserve Park.
Question: What makes southwest Florida such a great place for UD alumni to live?
“People living in this area love to be outdoor folks. We get to enjoy the milder temperatures of Florida in this area, which is great. We have a lot of recreational activities that you can take part in because of the weather afforded to us here. We love the water and enjoy going out on boat rides. There’s a lot of alumni in the area so there are a lot of friendly faces around.” —Rick Granite ’88
“With an average year-round temperature of 75 degrees, southwest Florida is paradise! There are miles of beaches, rivers and bay for fun outdoor activities. We are a short drive away from Tampa, Naples, Captiva and Sanibel Islands, Miami and Key West. You can be a part of the city life or find an escape from it.” —Emily Spicer ’08
“With endless outdoor activities available year round, you are never without a fun activity to try. The cities in the area offer great culture, restaurants, craft breweries and bars. It’s easy to see how this area was voted one of the happiest and healthiest places to live in the U.S.” —Jennifer Graul Granite ’12
The northwest Ohio alumni community has had a busy year. Last summer, alumni volunteered with the Toledo YES Project, where 120 to 150 youth and adult volunteers come together for four days of Christian service. Alumni hosted a speaker who gave tips on using LinkedIn. And the community organized gamewatch parties for the minor league baseball Toledo Mud Hens and Flyers basketball. When not volunteering or getting together, alumni experience the rich culture of Toledo with activities on Lake Erie, visiting the Toledo Museum of Art or Toledo Zoo, or paying homage to the city’s history of glass production by visiting the Glass Pavilion. And whenever possible, they stop at Tony Packo’s for a quick bite.
Made famous from its regular reference on the television show M*A*S*H, we asked alumni:
Are Tony Packo’s hot dogs really that good, and why?
“Tony Packo’s is the best! When you go, you have to order the chicken chili mac. It’s a lightly sweet chicken chili on top of their Hungarian dumplings. I devour it every time!”—Nicole Susdorf ’09
“Tony Packo’s is extremely similar to Skyline in the way the locals view it. People living in Cincinnati/Dayton love Skyline just as Toledo locals love Tony Packo’s. If you are ever in the area I would highly recommend going. Tony Packo’s dog is much better than Skyline’s Cheese Coney, and the wall decor of a bunch of hot dog buns being signed by famous celebrities is also a fun touch.”—Chris Alleman ’15
“Tony Packo’s hot dogs are as advertised. It’s a great local quality food that has a distinct flavor. Nothing beats their chili cheese dogs!” —David Theby ’09
Alumni by the numbers
Total Alumni 1,504
Flyer Fusions 145
Most 2000s (with 320)
Education & Health Sciences 554
Arts & Sciences 462
The relatively new Orange County, California, chapter is driven by service first, which is where the largest participation of alumni always occurs. The OC community volunteers with Second Harvest, a food bank, packing thousands of meals for homeless shelters throughout the area. The community also works with the Village of Hope, which shelters homeless families. Orange County is home to tourist attractions such as Anaheim and Disneyland. Not to be outdone by the inland activities, the Southern California coastline adds to quality of life through boating and other water activities, which even includes whale watching.
We asked a few alumni in the area:
If Rudy Flyer could choose one Disney character as his sidekick, who would it be and why?
“Buzz Lightyear, because they’d be able to fly around all day and hang out on porches all night!”—Mike Lamorgese ’14
“I think Rudy Flyer would pick Tinkerbell as his sidekick. She and Rudy share a love of flying; she is capable of supporting both Peter Pan and Rudy; and we could use some pixie dust to continue our postseason appearances.”—Steve Tomassi ’74
“I would say that Rudy would probably choose both Peter Pan and Aladdin for wingmen, primarily for their gravity-defeating abilities. Rudy’s relentless enthusiasm would be coupled greatly by Peter Pan’s curiosity and interest in mischief, as well as enhanced by the adventure-searching yet grounded diamond-in-the-rough qualities of Aladdin. No matter what adventures they may face as a team, it would be a fun trio to see in action.”—Stephanie Grant ’01
Alumni by the numbers
Total Alumni 453
Flyer Fusions 47
Most 1970s with 119
Arts & Sciences 136
Education & Health Sciences 68
Alumni who live in the Raleigh/Durham community can boast about living near one of the world’s greatest technological research parks, known as Research Triangle, where multibillion-dollar companies such as Lenovo and Cisco maintain headquarters.
The area is also home to Duke University, University of North Carolina and North Carolina State. Raleigh is known as the City of Oaks, and the area has three wineries, two distilleries and 21 craft breweries. For its Christmas off Campus event, the group volunteered with Clubs in the City Urban Youth Development, where they provided lunch for at-risk youth, decorated the cafeteria and set up a new basketball rim.
We asked a few alumni in the area:
What do you like best about living in Raleigh/Durham?
“Three primary things. First and foremost, the people who live in North Carolina are absolutely the nicest people you could meet. Secondly, it’s a great place to raise kids. And lastly, Raleigh is located two hours from the beach and two hours from the mountains. Great place to get outside and stay active.” —Bob Glaser ’83
“I had the chance to live in other cities prior to moving to Raleigh, but none of them compare when it comes to beauty, hospitality, opportunity and growth. It’s like you get all the best qualities of the East, Midwest and South regions combined. Plus, Raleigh still manages to maintain its small-town feel even though it’s rapidly growing. I think that is one thing that Raleigh natives really cherish.” —Ben Inkrott ’13
“Its location. It’s almost exactly in the middle between the mountains in the west and the beach to the east. It’s warmer than Ohio in winter. Also, you get to see three great college basketball teams, a Class AAA baseball team and an NHL
hockey team.” —Brian Rapp ’76
“My two favorite parts about living in the Raleigh/Durham area are the college rivalry among NC State, Duke and Carolina, and the ability to get to the beach in two hours. I grew up with constant chatter about the ‘Tobacco Road’ showdown between Duke and Carolina, and it makes for a great game watch! Also, going to school in Ohio taught me not to take this quick
two-hour drive to the beach for granted.” —Danielle Glaser ’12
Alumni By the Numbers
Total Alumni 578
Flyer Fusions 112
Most 1990s with 143
Arts & Sciences 263
Education & Health Sciences 86
Los Angeles holds the top international spot for its claim to entertainment, fashion, cuisine and cultural hotspots. While being home to some of the world’s most famous actors and actresses, the City of Angels is also home to over 800 Flyer Faithful. With summer weather year-round these alumni get to enjoy tourist attractions like the Walk of Fame, the Hollywood sign, Rodeo Drive, Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Getty Center just by going out their back doors.
Question: What was your biggest celebrity sighting?
I saw Mark Wahlberg at the West Hollywood Target. Much shorter in person; they all are! It seems on a weekly basis you do a double take and think, “Aren’t you that one person from that one thing?” It’s usually common to see a reality star or someone from a commercial. —Jimmy Scharpf ’11
I ran into Giuliana Rancic from E! News one morning when I was training for a snow bike race in the Santa Monica Mountains. She and her husband asked me what I was doing up in the mountain on my snow bike. And I’ve passed Forest Whitaker on the sidewalk across the street from my office. My husband and I have a mutual friend with Tig Notaro, so we sometimes do activities with her too! —Stephanie Grant ’01
I have only seen a few people, but the most “star struck” I got was when I saw a woman who used to write for the TV show Leverage. That was one of my favorite shows, so I was gushing
a bit when I found out. I’m a writer, so I suppose
it figures I would get that excited to meet a
fellow writer. —Erin Dooley ’00
Los Angeles Alumni By the Numbers
Total Alumni 829
Flyer Fusions 62
Most 1970s with 169
Arts & Sciences 386
Education & Health Sciences 103
“Houston, we have a problem.” Well, not for the over 600 alumni who migrated south after graduation to this fourth-largest and second-fastest growing U.S. city. Not only does Houston attract visitors to the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, but it is also where Texas Medical Center — the world’s largest hospital — is located, along with 23 Fortune 500 companies.
For Christmas off Campus 2015, the Houston Alumni Community gathered to help pack 6,500 “backpacks,” providing children with six meals for the weekend. And, the loyal community enjoys having a strong following for basketball game watches throughout the season.
What out-of-this-world experience do you remember having while at UD?
“My senior year the men’s basketball team made it to the [NCAA Tournament] and the whole campus was agog. I don’t remember which game it was, but I stepped out on the porch for a moment. It was eerily quiet. I saw no one walking home, no one sitting out, nothing. And at that moment something happened in the game and I could hear the roars coming from every direction. College sports is about a shared experience, an ownership of our community. And at that moment I was definitely one with my community.” —Mary DeBauche ’90
“The student community at UD is extraordinary. I attribute that to the fact that it’s a Marianist school and students go there for
the faith as much as the classes offered. I was proud to be part of that community.”
—Jason Gavula ’94
“My senior year we had second row tickets in the student section for the Xavier game — that was the most alive that I have ever seen the Arena. We beat Xavier when they were ranked. That same year the team won the first NCAA Tournament game for UD since 1990. I remember watching with all of my friends and being so happy to be a Flyer. Watching the Flyers at UD Arena is really special because the entire community comes together united in support of our team.” —Brad Evans ’09
By the Numbers
Total Alumni 633
Flyer fusions 84
Most 1970s with 158
Arts & Sciences 199
Education & Health Sciences 90
The city of Philadelphia is the birthplace of the nation, where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were written, debated and signed at Independence Hall. All the major U.S. professional sports are represented, including their own Flyers. “You can’t just say ‘I went to UD,’ or people might be confused with the other UD in the area, University of Delaware,” said alumni community leader Kris McCarthy McNicholas ’86.
Having schools in the area that are part of the A-10 conference brings fellow UD Flyers to the region often, with gamewatches being the most well-attended events this chapter holds. There are more than 25 universities in the geographic region, but clearly this chapter has its favorite.
How do you show your UD love in the city of brotherly love?
“I love UD, and I show my love by watching the UD games and wearing my Dayton Flyer attire to work on game days. I also attend events for prospective students and tell them my experiences and give them advice on what to expect.” —Aidan Curran ’13
“Not many people in the Philly area are familiar with UD, so I show my love for the Flyers by spreading the word. I do this in little ways like having a UD license plate border on my car, bringing a UD water bottle to work, and having UD stickers on my computer. Sometimes, these little things make great conversation starters. Even if they don’t, I find myself referencing my experiences at UD quite often in conversation.” —Christine Cirillo ’14
By the Numbers
Total Alumni: 1,692
Flyer fusions: 259
Most: 1980s with 528
Arts & Sciences 726
Education & Health Sciences 244
These Flyer alumni have moved out of the UD bubble and into the sprawling Dallas/Fort Worth area. “Our community is friendly, active and incredibly welcoming,” said community leader Julia Prior ’10.
It’s not all cowboys and barbeque — North Texas is a bustling metropolis with Fortune 500 companies and a diverse population from all over the world, she said. But location still matters. Much like the loyalty of residents to Stonemill Road or Woodland Avenue, these Texans are loyal to their municipality. “You won’t find someone with a Plano address telling people they live in Carrollton, even if the two are right next door,” Prior said.
DayMag asked: What’s your favorite Texas-sized Flyer moment?
“I would say a collection of moments — basically every UD basketball game-watching party. There are not a lot of UD alumni in Texas, much less in Dallas/Fort Worth. We turn out in force to support our team, however, whether it be a blow-out victory, a squeaker or a shocking defeat. My most recent memory is the Feb. 27 game against Rhode Island. The restaurant thought it could get away with one server at 11 a.m. on a Saturday. It thought wrong. Go UD.” —Shaun Hassett ’09
“As of two weeks ago, I have a new favorite Texas-sized memory: My son has decided to join the Flyer family and is officially a Dayton Flyer, Class of 2020.” —Erin Reilly ’97
“My favorite ‘Texas-sized’ Flyer moment was when I attended the Dallas Mavericks game with the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter. It was an incredible event, and I was so shocked to see as many Flyer alums as I did. It was fun to meet new people from this area and attend an exciting game. Being
so far from UD has been hard, but attending events like these and making connections with fellow Flyers has made it better.” —Katie Giacomini ’15
For about 300 Flyers, the yellow brick road — from UD to the rest of their lives — led to the Emerald City. From hot jobs to hot java, they’ll tell you there’s no place like a Seattle home.
DayMag asked: How did you wind up in Seattle, and how soon after graduation did that happen?
“I relocated to Seattle from Chicago three years ago for my position with Amazon.com, where I led a worldwide team of data scientists and business intelligence engineers that implemented data science solutions. I have since left Amazon to form a startup, Lumidatum, that provides a cloud data science platform to make data prediction easy.”
—Patrick Rice ’04
“Inspired by the intense beauty of the Olympics, Mount Rainier, the Cascades and Mount Baker circling a very green city, I moved to Seattle in July 2010. I walk to work and ride my bike to the
beach. In Ohio, I drove 20,000 miles annually; in Seattle, I average 500. The Pacific Northwest was also much more inclusive of LGBT residents than the Midwest at the time. Seattle has provided an excellent quality of life that matches my interests and values.”
—Bill O’Connell ’86
“Toward the end of my senior year, I joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and was placed in Seattle. I left for JVC orientation thinking my great Pacific Northwest adventure would last one year, and then I’d return to Ohio. I’m still in Seattle more than 33 years later!”
—Celia Thomas ’82
Alumni By the Numbers
Total Alumni 342
Arts & Sciences 147
*15 alumni hold both types of degrees
Less than 75 miles east of Dayton, alumni in Columbus, Ohio, often feel just a few steps away from UD’s back porch. With nearly 10,000 Flyers roaming the capital’s streets, intentional reunions are easy — and random sightings aren’t uncommon.
We often hear of random run-ins between Flyers out and about. What’s the most recent encounter you’ve had with a fellow Flyer, and where were you?
“We have five lawyers in our suite of offices [at Cline Mann Law], and four are UD law grads. The fifth is an Ohio State law grad — but his son went to UD for undergraduate school. UD is taking over the universe! At least my universe.”
—William Mann ’79
“I run into Rob Ryan ’93 about every other week at a random restaurant in Grandview, Ohio. It’s never planned; just random bumping into.”
—Jeff Mattingly ’92
“I meet Flyer folks in airports, the grocery store, waiting for a train, sitting in a watering hole — pretty much somewhere, anywhere in the world.”
—John H. Heller ’78
Columbus Alumni By the Numbers
Total Alumni: 9,116
Arts & Sciences: 1,992