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Twenty Year Reunion Summer 2016!

Posted by nmg1 on February 6, 2016

Happy Superbowl 50 Weekend!  Best friends and fellow alumni will be gathering together this weekend – some to watch the game, others to watch the commercials, and the rest to socialize — and some of the conversation will be about summer plans.  One thing I’m planning for this summer is our twentieth reunion!  June 9-12, 2016 at Cornell University.  For details, see this link: and since reunion is more fun with friends, we are going to use the time between commercials and touchdowns to figure out where we’ll be staying and when everybody will be driving up and back.

To stay in touch with our class, it is also a great time to renew your class dues. Dues are $60 and include a subscription to the Cornell Alumni Magazine. Couples dues are $70 and include one magazine subscription. Dues only, not including the magazine, are $35. There is also an opportunity to contribute to our Class of 1996 Scholarship Fund. You may read information about our scholarship recipient here.

Click here to go to the Cornell Class Dues website to participate online. 

On a fun note, Cornell has added some neat email postcards with photographs from around campus to the alumni website.  Here’s one example – click on the picture to see all of them:




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Jan/Feb Issue of Cornell Magazine

Posted by Liam on January 15, 2015

Check out the Class Notes in the Jan/Feb edition of Cornell Magazine.

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Fall Issue of EZRA Magazine

Posted by Liam on October 11, 2014

Here is the summer issue of EZRA magazine.

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Cornell Tech Campus in New York City

Posted by nmg1 on October 27, 2011

Some news hot off the Cornell Chronicle –

Cornell to submit NYC Tech Campus proposal
Dan Huttenlocher, David Skorton, Peretz Lavie and Adam Schwartz

Lindsay France/University Photography
Dean of Computing and Information Science Dan Huttenlocher, center, and President David Skorton discuss the NYC Tech Campus via Skype with Technion President Peretz Lavie, background left, and Technion Dean of Electrical Engineering Adam Schwartz in Manhattan, Oct. 26. View video on CornellCast

On Oct. 28, Cornell will officially submit its proposal to build a world-class technology campus in New York City. In partnership with The Technion — Israel Institute of Technology, the campus promises to spur economic development, job creation and high-tech entrepreneurship in the heart of the city.

In the months since Cornell’s bid for the campus went public, the plan has seen a groundswell of support from alumni and countless others, in the form of websites, blogs and online petitions.

“I am enormously grateful to our board of trustees and to the thousands of alumni and friends, both in New York and elsewhere, who have so strongly supported our proposal,” said President David Skorton. “I am also grateful to our faculty, staff and students, who have been equally supportive. This is just one more reason why Cornell is the logical choice for this honor. Educational leadership and outreach in support of the people of New York are essential to Cornell.”

Late last year, Mayor Michael Bloomberg officially announced his intention to invite institutions around the world to apply for the right to build the campus, in exchange for a land grant and about $100 million in infrastructure improvements.

In March, Cornell submitted an “expression of interest” to build the campus. Bloomberg released his formal request for proposals July 19, to which Cornell has now responded after months of preparation, planning and outreach to its many supporters.

In recent weeks, Cornell and Technion announced plans for their partnership to create the applied science and engineering campus together. The campus, most likely to be built on Roosevelt Island, would combine the full spectrum of both institutions’ academic strengths, as well as Cornell’s entrepreneurial culture and deep existing connection to the city.

Bloomberg is expected to announce a winner by the end of 2011

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In memoriam… Keisha Marie DePass, MD

Posted by nmg1 on February 1, 2010

Keisha Marie DePass, M.D. July 23, 1975 – January 19, 2010

On January 19, 2010, I lost one of my dearest friends, Keisha Marie DePass, M.D. unexpectedly. We met at Cornell University in 1992 and shared some of the best years of our life together. She was a true friend you could always count on with a vibrant spirit that was infectious. We shared many laughs and sometimes even tears.

Keisha’s story can be described as the American Dream realized. She was the daughter of very hard-working Jamaican parents and spent her early childhood years in Jamaica. She then moved to Brooklyn, New York where she made lifelong friendships. She attended Brooklyn Technical High School where she was a cheerleader and yearbook editor.

She continued her brilliant academic career at Cornell University. She was a pre-med, Biology and Society major, a peer advisor and member of the Cornell Caribbean Students Association and Black Bio-Medical & Technical Association. Although focused on her medical school goal, Keisha’s thirst for knowledge allowed her to explore various classes from Human Sexuality to Jazz and Religion amongst her many science courses. She could be found playing Spades in Lowrise 6 or hanging out with friends at Late Night in RPU.

After Cornell University her story only gets better. She attended some of the best programs in the country and excelled.
Medical School:
Cornell University Medical College, New York, NY, 2000
Surgical Internship:
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, 2001
Orthopaedic Residency:
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, 2005
Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship:
Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE, 2006

Upon completion of her education, Keisha worked for and then became partners with Andrew Abramowitz, M.D. of Maryland Pediatric Orthopaedic Center. Here she was loved by her patients and respected by her colleagues.

I am sure, that for Keisha the best part of this story is meeting and marrying Amar Thomas. I don’t know if she ever imagined herself with a military man, but I believed she loved every moment of their relationship.

As we, her family and friends prepare to lay Keisha to rest, we are also determined to keep her memory alive. In her honor we have established the Keisha Marie Depass, M.D. Scholarship fund through Cornell University. From the moment Keisha was accepted to Cornell early decision she succeeded academically and thoroughly enjoyed her Cornell experience. This is no small feat, We are planning on funding an endowed scholarship, with a minimum contribution of $75,000. I am asking that if you knew Keisha, are a Cornell alumni, or simply would like to help us promote the next Dr. DePass success story at Cornell University, please contribute to our scholarship fund. All contributions are welcome as we strive to reach our $75,000 goal. Keisha was and should always remain, a true inspiration. Thank you for your support!
Ways to contribute:
Send a check to the Keisha Marie DePass, M.D. Fund
-Gifts can be sent to Chantal Champagne, Director of Donor Relations, Cornell University, 130 East Seneca Place, Suite 400, Ithaca, NY 14850.
-Please be sure to note the fund name ‘Keisha Marie DePass, M.D. Fund,’ on the memo line of the check
Give online to the Keisha Marie DePass, M.D. Fund
– Gifts can be made online using a credit card at the following web address:
-Please be sure to note the fund name ‘Keisha Marie DePass, M.D. Fund,’ in the special instructions box on the on-line giving page

–as shared by Tracy Irby (nee Marin) ’96

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Red Hot Hockey Ticket Update

Posted by nmg1 on November 21, 2009

If you want to sit center ice, behind the Cornell bench, we have some tickets left in sections 335/6 for $28, as well as a limited number left in section 131 for $38.

Please email our Class Co-President, Andrea VanSchoick, at if you wish to purchase tickets.

– Cornell Class of 1996 Alumni Council

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Cornell Class of 1996 Alumni Newsletter

Posted by nmg1 on October 4, 2009

Greetings fellow Alumni! Your class council has been hard at work preparing the attached newsletter featuring upcoming events like Zinck’s Night 2009 and Cornell Big Red Hockey versus B.U. in New York City, plus photos and gossip from our other recent Alumni events. Please have a read! And please send us your comments and thoughts!

Click here to read the newsletter: Cornell_University_Class_of_1996_Quarterly_E_Sept09

– Cornell Class of 1996 Alumni Council

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Steve Squyres talks about the Mars Rover project

Posted by nmg1 on November 15, 2008

Greetings, Cornell University Class of 1996 Classmates!

Your Class Council has been hard at work, putting the finishing touches on what will be the first of many regional class-hosted events. We are kicking off our regional events initiative in Washington, DC, in grand style, with 23 other Cornell classes! Those of you in this area of the country should have already received an email about the event, with an invitation to register online (if you will be traveling to the area during this time, let us know and we will forward the online registration link to you). For those of you outside the area, here are the details:

On Thursday, November 20th hear
Cornell University Professor Steve Squyres
talk about
MARS Rover,
then come back to Earth.

Join your classmates for drinks, food, and conversation

Cornell University Classes
of 1984 thru 2008
After MARS: Come Back to
Earth Party
8:15pm – 11:15 pm
Immediately following the
Steve Squyres Lecture
**Even if you aren’t going to the MARS event, you
can still join us here on Earth

Ronald Reagan International Building (across the foyer from the lecture)Washington DC

Reception includes cash bar

Special thanks to Cornell University Classes
of 1984 thru 2008 for hosting the evening.
Points of Contact:
Carolyn De Wilde Casswell ’90 (
A’ndrea Van Schoick ’96 (

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Right-Wing Cornellians

Posted by nmg1 on November 13, 2006

Have you noticed the spate of conservative Cornellians who have risen to prominence under the Bush administration? Here are a few for your consideration.

Anne Coulter '84

Anne Coulter (B.A. 1984)—Conservative author and columnist. Famously said “I think a baseball bat is the most effective way these days” [to talk to liberals].

Paul Wolfowitz (B.A. 1965 Mathematics and Chemistry)—Deputy Secretary of Defense under George W. Bush, 2001–05), President of the World Bank, 2005-present.Founding member, along with Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, and Jeb Bush among others, of the Project for a New American Century, and a chief architect of the 2003 US invasion of Iraq.

Stephen Hadley '69

Stephen Hadley (B.A. 1969)—replaced Condoleeza Rice as National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush, 2005–present. Accepted responsibility for the “Yellow Cake” scandal: President Bush’ assertion during a State of the Union address, that Iraq had tried to obtain uranium in Africa.

Samuel W. Bodman (B.S. 1961 Chemical Engineering)—Deputy Secretary of Commerce, 2001-03; Secretary of Energy, 2005-present. Promoting Dick Cheney’s agenda to deregulate the energy industry, create new nuclear power plants and coal-burning plants, and to press for drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Pete Coors '69

Pete Coors (B.S. 1969 Industrial Engineering)—Executive of Coors Brewing Company, Senatorial candidate, 2004. Supports a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

Cornell Left?

Jimmy Smits, MFA '82

In the interest of being fair and balanced, here are a handful of Cornell Democrats:

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (B.A. 1954 Government)—U.S. Supreme Court associate justice, a Clinton appointee.

Janet Reno (B.A. 1960 Chemistry; Professor)—Attorney General under Bill Clinton, 1993-2001

Bill Maher (B.A. 1978 English) – Comedian and Politically Incorrect satirist

Jimmy Smits (M.F.A. 1982)—Actor. OK, well, he played a Democratic president on TV.

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