November 2015

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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 korinnemodica@gmail.com or message her on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/korinne.modica).

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

Thomas “TJ” Virgin Memorial Acct
https://www.gofundme.com/5w9vaen8

Tori’s Tuition
https://www.gofundme.com/tori_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.

Sincerely,

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!

Best,

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

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Nicole,

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

 

Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Comeuppance-Stories-1960s-Michael-Ahn/dp/0692365931

San Francisco Book Review:
http://www.sanfranciscobookreview.com/2015/07/comeuppance-stories-from-the-1960s/

Portland Book Review:
http://portlandbookreview.com/2015/06/comeuppance-stories-from-the-1960s-by-michael-c-ahn/

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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.

REGISTER HERE | See Who’s Coming

Moderator:
Duane Stiller ’84, Founder and President, Woolbright Development, Cornell Real Estate Council
Panelists:
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

$30/person
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, michelle.ciaschi@cornell.edu, 607.254.6140.

CEN Questions? Please contact Magdalena Kalinka, Director, CEN,magdalena.kalinka@cornell.edu or Amanda Hatcher, Associate Director, CEN, amanda.hatcher@cornell.edu

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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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

For questions or auction donations, contact:
Wendy Chan ’10  chssfc@gmail.com

 

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Cornell Golf Outing and Tournament

Join us for a Southeast Florida three Cornell Club golf outing at the Bonaventure Country Club  in Weston.  Represent your club!!  Scoring will be on a Callaway self-handicapping system that makes everyone equal.  Dust off your clubs and be prepared for a great time on a beautiful course.  After golf, non-golfers can join us for a buffet lunch and the prize ceremony.  Prizes will be from the Cornell Golf Course.  If you know a ringer, invite them.  All friends of Cornell can play.  RSVPs close on Thursday, November 5th, so we can guarantee the starting times.

If you wish to stay the weekend, rooms are currently available at theBonaventure Resort and Spa for $129, $162 total including breakfast.

Date & Time: Sunday, November 15, 2015, 8:30 AM shotgun start.  Lunch at about 12:30.

Location:

Bonaventure Country Club

200 Bonaventure Blvd

Weston, FL 33326

(954) 389-2100

www.golfbonaventure.com/

Cost: $70 per player; $15 for lunch only. The fee includes greens fee, cart, complimentary range balls, prizes, and Sunday Brunch Buffet lunch.

Contact:   RSVP and pay by Thursday, November 5, by Clicking Here .  ContactChas Hunt, clh38@cornell.edu, 561-739-3171; or Locksley Rhoden, 305-965-0365,lrhoden@theapfirm.com, for further details.

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CEN Summit 15

To tune in, just click here:

http://alumni.cornell.edu/ livestream/summit15
Tune in a few minutes before the broadcast at 10:00AM ET.
You will be prompted to enter your First Name, Last Name and Email and then you will be able to view the livestream.

Time*: 10:00AM to 5:30PM ET
*Please base your start time on your specific time zone

For more info about the speakers, visit:
http://summit.eship.cornell. edu/

 

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