Cornell Club of Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton

Cornell Faculty Speaker Event
Professor Beth Lyon – Cornell Law School

Wednesday, May 18th

Brio Tuscan Grille
5050 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, FL 33486

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Early Bird: $15 before May 1st
Cost: $20 after May 1st

Cornell Students Take Action for Low Income Farm Workers

In August 2015, Cornell Law School’s new Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic opened its doors under the leadership of Clinical Professor Beth Lyon. In her presentation, Professor Lyon will discuss farmworker policy issues and the cases her students are handling.

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Young Alumni Happy Hour
Royal Pig Ft. Lauderdale

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Royal Pig Fort Lauderdale
350 E Las Olas Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

The Cornell Club of Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton invites you to a Young Alumni Happy Hour at the Royal Pig Fort Lauderdale. Time to relax, unwind and socialize with your Ivy friends. Join us for good music and good times.

$20 Admission includes 1 drink ticket plus appetizers.

For event questions, please contact Maria “Paula” Villarraga at

For event registration questions, please contact Donna Carl at


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Cornell Club of Greater Miami and the Florida Keys
Cornell Club of Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton
Cordially invite you to attend our
Annual Admitted Student Reception
We need you to help us persuade this year’s class of admitted students to attend Cornell! We are pleased to invite you to our Annual Admitted Student Reception! Each year, local Cornell Clubs across the country host an event for recently admitted students and their parents. These events provide the space for potential Cornellians and their parents to learn more information about Cornell from alumni. This is usually a time where parents ask alumni the benefits of attending Cornell as opposed to another Ivy League school or a school in the Southeast. Please come out to support one of our annual signature events.  If you are a CAAAN member, this is an excellent time to meet some of the students you contacted this fall.  Light refreshments will be provided.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
2:00 – 4:00 PM
DLD Lawyers
150 Alhambra Circle – Penthouse
Coral Gables, FL 33134
For questions or concerns, please contact Donell Hicks at
Donell Hicks, Esq. ‘97
CAAAN Chair, Miami-Dade County
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Monday and Tuesday, December 28 and 29

The Cornell men’s hockey team competes in the Florida College Classic in Ft. Myers.  This year’s participating teams are Cornell, Defending NCAA Champion Providence, Boston College, and Ohio State.  Cornell plays Providence at 4 PM, Monday.  More details can be found here.  You can purchase $10 discounted advance sale tickets for Monday or Tuesday.  

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Sunday, January 10, 2016
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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12 students have already signed up and they are looking forward to connecting with you!

Home of Ruth Trezevant Cyrus ’79 in the Fort Lauderdale area
Address will be provided in event registration confirmation

As Cornell junior and senior women near the end of their academic careers, they have many questions about their future after Cornell and would like advice from other women who have been in this same position. This event will feature an open conversation between the female students and the alumnae who attend. Whether you are working now, looking for a job, retired, a home maker, or in another position, if you would like to help advise these women on their futures then we would like for you to attend! You may even hear some great advice from the other attendees. There is no charge to attend and a light lunch will be served.

Please note that attendees are asked to provide a short bio with their career history and contact information that will be distributed to the guests so that you can stay connected with each other after the event.

For event questions, please contact Ruth Trezevant Cyrus ’79 at

For event registration questions, please contact Donna Carl at

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Thursday, January 14th at 7pm


Le Bistro
4626 North Federal Highway
Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

$55 per person

Please join us along with your fellow Cornellians for our first event of the new year.  This wine tasting will be hosted by Karl Elderkin, Cornell BS Engineering ’83/MBA Wharton (Penn) ’89 and Larry Ben, Cornell BA ’76/University of Florida JD ’80.

This will be fabulous night of wine tasting and food at Le Bistro – one of South Florida’s top rated French restaurants. Attire is casual.  We will be presented with outstanding French reds and whites (Burgundy and Bordeaux).  Dinner will also be provided and consists of different options of French inspired fare.  This is an excellent value and includes an appetizer, intermezzo, entree and dessert. See below for the menu selection.

This event has limited seating available to the first 20 attendees to register. 

Please direct any questions about the event to Larry Ben at or (954) 632-0003.

For event registration questions, please contact Donna Carl at


-Winter salad – granny smith apple, organic mixed leaves, endive, gorgonzola blue cheese, sun dried cranberries, toasted almonds, house vinaigrette
-Bee pollen crusted goat cheese, beets, honey, endive, sunflower seeds
-Porcini and mixed mushroom soup…sherry, cream, green onion
-Shrimp cocktail
-Escargot, garlic butter and pesto

-Passion fruit granite…refreshing shaved ice

-Roast rack of grass fed lamb chops…potato vegetable hash, red zin jus, dijon mustard
-Steak Diane…new york steak, mushrooms, cream, sherry, dijon and worcestershire, fingerlings and asparagus
-Mushroom risotto, parmesan and pesto
-Seared salmon, vegetable medley lemon grass, ginger and coconut milk broth

-Belgian chocolate parfait…market fresh fruits, caramel sauce
-French apple tart…vanilla bean ice cream, cinnamon sugar dust
-Crème brulee
-Fresh fruit

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Dear Fellow Alumni:

I am deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Thomas Virgin on November 10, 2015. By now I am sure many of you have heard about the fatal plane crash in Akron, Ohio. Unfortunately, one of our own, Thomas “TJ” Virgin, was amongst the victims.

TJ along with his wife Andrea Ramudo Virgin served as Co-Presidents for the Cornell Club of Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton from 2012-2015 and recently stepped down to welcome their newborn daughter, Victoria Virgin, into their lives.

There will be a memorial service on Friday, November 13th at 1:00PM at:

St. Joan of Arc Church Catholic Church
370 SW 3rd Street
Boca Raton, FL 33432

Korinne Brownlee is putting together a slide show for tomorrow’s service. If you have pictures of TJ you would like to share, please send them to or message her on Facebook (

For those who feel lead to give, there are two Go Fund Me pages:

Thomas “TJ” Virgin Memorial Acct

Tori’s Tuition

Our deepest condolences go out to the Virgin and Ramudo Families during this difficult time. They are in our thoughts and prayers. TJ leaves behind his wife Andrea and their 4 month old daughter Victoria.


Nicole Patriese Gumbs
Cornell Club of Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton – President

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Below is an email I received from a Cornell Alum with a recently published book. Enjoy!


Nicole Patriese Gumbs
Cornell Club of Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton – President

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I am an alumnus who has recently published a book, “Comeuppance: Stories from the 1960s.”  I entered Cornell in the centennial year and my book was published in this sesquicentennial year. Fiction of the Sixties are not common, but I have been on radio and television on local stations and the book has received enthusiastic interest.


The book is a collection of eleven short stories with Cornell and Ithaca as the background setting. Four of the stories have been previously published by a handful of literary reviews.  Also, both the Portland Review and the San Francisco Book Review have rated the book five out of five stars.


If it’s not too much trouble, I would be grateful if you would forward this email to your regional Cornellians.  The book is available at Amazon.


Thanks so much.

Michael Ahn  ‘69



San Francisco Book Review:

Portland Book Review:

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The Cornell Entrepreneur Network (CEN) invites you to an evening of networking and a panel discussion featuring top leaders in the Real Estate field.

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Duane Stiller ’84, Founder and President, Woolbright Development, Cornell Real Estate Council
Mukang Cho ’96, CEO & Principal, Morning Calm Management
Leland Pillsbury ’69, Chairman, Thayer Lodging Group, a Brookfield Company, Cornell University Trustee, Cornell Real Estate Council
Russell Galbut ’74, Managing Principal, Crescent Heights Investments, Cornell Real Estate Council
Katherine Sproul ’85, Co-President of Barron Collier Companies and CEO of Halstatt, LLC
Joe Lubeck ’78, Executive Chairman, ELRH Investments

Learn more about the event and the panel by visiting the CEN website.

REGISTER HERE | See Who’s Coming
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Fort Lauderdale Marriott North
6650 N Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

6:00 PM: Reception and Networking
7:00 PM: Panel Discussion
7:45 PM: Q&A with Audience
8:00 PM: Open Mic (share your 30-second elevator pitch with attendees)
8:10 PM: Continued Networking and Reception
9:00 PM: Event Concludes

Event Registration & Logistics Questions? Please contact Michelle Ciaschi, Administrative Assistant, CEN,, 607.254.6140.

CEN Questions? Please contact Magdalena Kalinka, Director, CEN, or Amanda Hatcher, Associate Director, CEN,

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Join the Cornell Hotel Society South Florida Chapter for the 2015 Winemaker’s Dinner

November 14, 2015

Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood
Curio Collection by Hilton
3555 S Ocean Drive
Hollywood, FL 33019

Join us for the South Florida Chapter Winemaker’s Dinner fundraising event, featuring SHA Food and Beverage lecturer, Cheryl Stanley ’00. Come celebrate what it means to be a Hotelie for Life!

Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction – 6:30 PM
Five-Course Dinner – 7:30 PM
Young Alumni (2010 – 2015) – $125
General Admission – $150


For questions or auction donations, contact:
Wendy Chan ’10


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