Cornell Class of 1996 Alumni Association

Keeping Cornell ’96 alumni in touch and having fun

In the NYC Area? Come out to the Pre-Reunion Happy Hour

Posted by nmg1 on March 3, 2011

Join friends and classmates on Wednesday, March 16, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Cornell Club of New York for the wildly popular Pre-Reunion Happy Hour. Undergraduate classmates of the 1s and 6s, including graduates of the Johnson and Law schools, are cordially invited to gather in celebration of their upcoming Reunion to be held June 9-12, 2011.

Register for the Happy Hour Here.


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Class of ’96 Fifteen Year Reunion! Thurs June 9 – Sunday June 12, 2011

Posted by nmg1 on February 25, 2011

Reunion 2011 Uris Library Tower Snow

Can you believe that it’s been fifteen years already since we graduated from Cornell?  By now, we’ve all established ourselves firmly in our lives, and for many of us, our time on the hill is a very warm memory from almost half a lifetime away.  This summer we have the opportunity to head back to the university from which many of us set sail into the world to do our big things or our not so big things.

Reunion year brings alumni back from all over the world to catch up with old friends and see what Cornell has been doing with itself since we moved on.  It also gives us the chance to share our stories in the very landscape where they were formed with spouses, significant others, and children who may never have been there.

Please mark your calendar and join hundreds of your former classmates if you can in Ithaca late this springtime for our 15 year reunion!

Watch this space for updates!  We’ll post more information as it becomes available.

Update: Class of 1996 Reunion Headquarters will be on North Campus in Low Rise 9!

Also see Cornell’s Reunion 2011 website for information about local pre-reunion events, like the New York City Metro Area Pre-Reunion Happy Hour on Wednesday March 16 at the Cornell Club in Midtown NYC. Pre-registration is required due to capacity limitations (since ALL graduating classes with years ending in 1 or 6 are invited.)

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Big Red Men’s Holiday Ice Hockey vs. Colgate University

Posted by nmg1 on October 28, 2010

Time: Saturday, November 27 · 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Prudential Center
165 Mulberry St
Newark, NJ

Let’s face it- no Thanksgiving is complete without it!! Join fellow 1996 classmates, other Cornell alumni and current students in the stands as the Big Red Men’s Ice Hockey team takes on the Raiders of Colgate University at the home of the New Jersey Devils- the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Purchase your tickets here: The ECAC Hockey Writers and Broadcasters As…sociation forecasts a fourth place finish for Colgate team this year, while placing Cornell in second place. The Prudential Center, which opened in October 2007, is a $375 million dollar facility. Also host to the Seton Hall Men’s Basketball team, the New Jersey Nets, the performing arts, and other special events, Prudential Center is the cornerstone of a $2 billion dollar revitalization program in the city of Newark.

Metro/Directions: Located in downtown Newark, just 2 blocks from Newark Penn Station. The arena is accessible via New Jersey Transit, PATH and Amtrak. Bounded by Edison Place to the north, Lafayette Street to the south, Mulberry Street to the east and Broad Street and City Hall to the west.

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Cornell/Columbia Pre-Game Tailgate

Posted by nmg1 on October 25, 2010

Date: Saturday, November 13 · 10:00am – 12:00pm

Piper’s Kilt
4944 Broadway (b/t 207th St. & Isham St.)
New York, NY

Come catch up with old classmates and meet new friends! Food and drink specials will be available. Open to alumni of any class year. Hosted by the Classes of 1996, 2001, and 2006.

Click here to register.

Afterwards we will all head over to watch Cornell defeat Columbia at the Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium, 600 218th Street.

To purchase tickets before the game (make sure you’re in the visitors section): . Tickets will also be available at the stadium.

Directions to Piper’s Kilt: A Train to 207th St-Washington Hts or 1 Train to 207th St
Directions to Wein Stadium: 1 Train to 215th St-10 Av

Contact person: Sarah Binder ’01, Yoo-Jin Cho ’01

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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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Posted by nmg1 on January 22, 2010

On Saturday, February 27th, 2010 from 3:00-5:00pm

Join fellow Cornell alumni, family, and friends for an afternoon of skating and socializing. We’ll have a full sized NHL rink to ourselves! This is a perfect mid-Winter activity for both families and singles alike! If you’ve been wanting to share your love of ice skating with your children, this is a great time to start.

Light refreshments are included with the cost. (The rink has items for purchase, as well).

Cabin John ice Rink is located right off of I270 in Bethesda and is convenient to Maryland, DC, and Virginia.

When: Saturday, February 27th, 2010 from 3:00-5:00pm
Cost: $5 per person payable via check or cash at the door (skate rentals additional)

To attend: RSVP (required) by 2/20/10 to Nicole DelToro ’91 at ndeltoro<at> or click here: registration link.
Parking: Free
Where: Cabin John Ice Rink
10610 Westlake Drive
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 785-8620


Co-Sponsored by the Cornell Club of Washington and the
Classes of ’91, ’92, ’93, 95, ’96, and ‘99

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Hoops – Cornell Big Red vs Columbia Lions

Posted by nmg1 on January 22, 2010

On Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 7:00pm–

Bright Lights, Big Opportunity For Men’s Hoops At Columbia

Cornell vs Columbia Basketball 23-Jan-2010 - CU Coach Steve Donahue

ITHACA, N.Y. — Cornell’s trip to New York City in December was a big hit, with the Big Red capturing the MSG Holiday Festival with a last-second overtime victory over Davidson and a signature win over St. John’s. The stakes are even higher when Cornell continues the 14-game Ivy League tournament when it battles Columbia on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 7:00 p.m. at Levien Gymnasium. Barry Leonard will provide the call on 93.5 WVBR-FM, while live audio of the game can be heard on the internet as part of the RedCast subscription service.

After opening the 2009-10 Ivy League season with an impressive 74-53 victory over the Lions in Ithaca, Cornell will attempt to improve to 2-0 in Ancient Eight play for the third straight year and improve its win streak against Columbia to nine games. The Big Red is 26-3 in conference action over the last three years, but to improve on that mark it will need to be able to win on the road in league play. So far this season, the road has been a home away from home for the Big Red. Cornell is 10-2 away from Newman Arena in 2009-10. Over the last two seasons, coach Steve Donahue’s teams have gone 11-3 in Ivy play on the road.

A darkhorse candidate in the Ivy League, Columbia has plenty of talent, when healthy, to compete for the conference crown. Without the services of senior guard Patrick Foley and with limited use of La Salle transfer Brian Grimes, the team’s second and third-leading scorers, sophomore sensation Noruwa Agho (17.4 ppg.) has been forced to carry the offensive load. The Big Red defense did a good job containing Agho in the first meeting, limiting him to seven points on 3-of-11 shooting with three turnovers.

Game #19: Cornell at Columbia
Tip off: Saturday, Jan. 23, at 7:00 p.m.
Site: Levien Gymnasium (2,700), New York, N.Y.
2009-10 Records: Cornell (15-3, 1-0 Ivy), Columbia (6-9, 0-1 Ivy)
Series Record: Columbia leads 118-95
Last Meeting: Cornell won 74-53, Jan. 16, 2010 in Ithaca, N.Y.
Radio: 93.5 WVBR-FM (Barry Leonard)
Columbia Web Site:
TV: None
Live Stats: Available at
Live Video: Available at

Game #19: Cornell at Columbia
Tip off: Saturday, Jan. 23, at 7:00 p.m.
Site: Levien Gymnasium (2,700), New York, N.Y.
2009-10 Records: Cornell (15-3, 1-0 Ivy), Columbia (6-9, 0-1 Ivy)
Series Record: Columbia leads 118-95
Last Meeting: Cornell won 74-53, Jan. 16, 2010 in Ithaca, N.Y.
Radio: 93.5 WVBR-FM (Barry Leonard)
Columbia Web Site:
TV: None
Live Stats: Available at
Live Video: Available at

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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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Boston University and Cornell ready for a rematch in New York City

Posted by nmg1 on October 31, 2009

Saturday, November 28, 2009
8:00 p.m.

Following the sold-out success of the 2007 contest, Boston University Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics Mike Lynch and Cornell University’s Meakem*Smith Director of Athletics and Physical Education Andy Noel announced today that Red Hot Hockey will burn again at Madison Square Garden on November 28, 2009, as Boston University and Cornell resume an 85 year-old rivalry in a non-conference NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey match-up.

Reserved discounted tickets in the Class of 1996 section are now available to alums by completing the form linked below and returning it by email to the ’96 Class Council.  cuclassof96hockeytixorderform3

Full price unreserved tickets are also available through ticketmaster and stub-hub.

“This is an exciting opportunity to return to the Big Apple for what only can be described as a big game against one of our biggest rivals,” said Lynch. “Thousands of alumni from both schools sold out the first edition of Red Hot Hockey, and many more have been asking if we could bring another game to New York City. We are excited that BU-Cornell will return to Madison Square Garden, and we encourage fans to purchase their tickets and make their travel accommodations for Manhattan as soon as possible.”

The inaugural Red Hot Hockey event, in front of 18,200 passionate students, alumni, parents and fans, was a resounding success. Held on November 24, 2007, it marked the first time a collegiate hockey game had sold out the “World’s Most Famous Arena,” and featured the attendance of prominent alumni from both schools, including members of the 1980 gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic hockey team Mike Eruzione, Jack O’Callahan and David Silk from Boston University, as well as former NHL great and Cornell alum, Joe Nieuwendyk.

“I am thrilled to continue the great rivalry with Boston University,” Noel said. “They are currently ranked #1 in the nation and are one of the finest teams in collegiate ice hockey. This game provides terrific competition for our athletes and represents a major event for our alumni and friends in the metro-New York area.”

Both schools are perennial college hockey powerhouses. Boston University, which has sat atop the national polls for much of the 2008-09 season and is currently ranked #1 in the nation, has won the national championship four times (1971, 1972, 1978 and 1995), while Cornell, currently ranked #12 in the nation, has claimed the title twice (1967, 1970). Combined, the two schools have seen 80 former players forge careers in the National Hockey League, including the likes of current Rangers captain Chris Drury, Keith Tkachuk and Tony Amonte (Boston University), as well as Doug Murray, Ken Dryden and Joe Nieuwendyk (Cornell).

“We are excited that two of college hockey’s most storied programs will return to The Garden,” said Joel Fisher, executive vice president, Madison Square Garden Sports. “The 2007 match-up was sold out proving that college hockey has a place in New York City. We are proud to welcome back Boston University and Cornell University to Madison Square Garden, and look forward to hosting this storied match-up once again.”

The BU–Cornell rivalry began on Jan. 10, 1925, with a 7-2 victory by the Terriers, and includes two match-ups in the NCAA title game (1967, 1972). However, the schools met only sporadically since BU left the ECAC to join Hockey East in 1984-85 before the initial Red Hot Hockey event in 2007. Madison Square Garden, home to the NHL’s Rangers and NBA’s Knicks, will once again serve as the venue to showcase the next chapter in this storied rivalry.

“Obviously, it was a tremendous event last time, getting these two storied programs together at Madison Square Garden,” said Cornell head coach Mike Schafer. “It was great to see the support from the fans that made this game a tough ticket to get last time around, and it’ll be exciting to get back down there and play in front of another great crowd.”

“Getting BU and Cornell fans to fill up Madison Square Garden last time was something special,” said BU head coach Jack Parker, whose 808 career wins rank second among active NCAA Division I college hockey coaches. “It was special for the fans and I know it was special for the players. It’s a great venue and a great showcase for college hockey, and we’re looking forward to creating that kind of excitement and energy once again.”

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International Spirint of Zinck’s Night 2009!

Posted by nmg1 on October 11, 2009

Hey, Cornell Class of ‘96!!!!

Enjoy a free drink on the Class of ‘96 this Thursday, October 15th, at the International Spirit of Zinck’s Night!

New this year, in the following locations, current Class of ‘96 dues-payers can enjoy one free happy hour beer:

Los Angeles, CA
New York City
Arlington, VA
Rockville, MD

For details on these and other Zinck’s locations, visit

To get your free drink ticket, simply pay/renew your Cornell Class of ‘96 dues by October 13th, by visiting this site: Cornell Class Dues Rewards Program, and pick up your ticket at the Class registration table at the event.  Alternatively, you may join at the event by filling out a dues card (check or credit card accepted) at the class registration table.

We hope to see you there!!

1996 Class Council

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