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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.

REGISTER HERE | See Who’s Coming

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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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.


Bonaventure Country Club

200 Bonaventure Blvd

Weston, FL 33326

(954) 389-2100

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,, 561-739-3171; or Locksley Rhoden, 305-965-0365,, for further details.

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CEN Summit 15

To tune in, just click here: 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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Streamed LIVE: Monday, October 26th
“The Business of Blogging”

Join us for this livestream event on Monday, October 26th, where we will be broadcasting live from the Cornell Club in New York at 7:00 PM (ET).

These experts will cover topics including getting started in blogging, how to generate income, gain traction, increase followers, the importance of building social relationships and much more! You won’t want to miss this event!

Katie Brown ’85, President, Katie Brown Workshop
Lolly Daskal, President & Founder, Lead From Within
Laura Messersmith ’02, Founder, Goldfinch & Scout
Liz Borod Wright ’99, Social Media Editor at NBC New York, Blogging Instructor at NYU SPS

Date: Monday, October 26, 2015
Time*: 7:00PM (ET)
*Please base your start time on your specific time-zone.

To tune in, just click here a few minutes before the broadcast at 7:00 PM (ET). You will be prompted to enter your First Name, Last Name and Email and then you will be able to view the livestream.

Add this event to your calendar

*This event will be recorded. The raw footage will be available for viewing here. (Please allow several days for the content to be posted.)

Questions? Please contact Ashley Budd,

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Celebrate with the Cornell Club of Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton!

Cost: $20 per person

26 Degree Brewing Company
2600 Atlantic Blvd
Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Time: 6-8 PM


Come celebrate International Zinck’s Night on October 15, 2015 with the Cornell Club of Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton at the new 26 Degree Brewery in Pompano Beach.

Enjoy a great night with fellow alumni featuring:
Delicious craft beer provided by the brewery
Appetizers from Flanagins Bar and Grill
Tours of the 2600 sq. ft. brewery & 5000 sq. ft. tasting room
Live Music, and more!

Hosted by Avi and Victoria Aisenburg.

Learn about the long standing tradition of Zincks’ Night here:

If you have event questions, please contact Avi and Victoria Aisenberg at

For event registration questions, please contact Donna Carl at

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The preeminent business networking and business
education organization in South Florida.


2015 Entrepreneur of the Year Award Ceremony


Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder


FAU Stadium – Acura Club
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, Florida 33431

Join us as we congratulate Daniel Cane who is part of a small group of business visionaries recognized by our Club as the entrepreneurial pioneers who have been instrumental in South Florida’s extraordinary growth over the past four decades and continued growth in the future.”

There will be no cost for Wharton Club of South Florida members and one guest.
Non-members: $35


Daniel Cane, Modernizing Medicine
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
Daniel is CEO and co-founder of South Florida-based Modernizing Medicine, Inc., a healthcare IT company that is revolutionizing the way in which medical information is created, consumed and utilized to increase efficiency, lower costs and improve outcomes.Founded in February 2010, Modernizing Medicine has grown to approximately 300 employees and has raised over $49M in funding.Known for its progressive growth as a medical technology company, Modernizing Medicine is frequently recognized for its achievements. The South Florida Business Journal honored Modernizing Medicine as the #1 Fastest Growing Company in the Fast 50 for the second consecutive year and selected the company as the #1 Best Place to Work in 2015. In 2014 Red Herring named Modernizing Medicine to its Top 100 North America list, and the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce honored the company as the Business of the Year. In the same year the U.S. Chamber of Commerce named Modernizing Medicine the Small Business of the Year Regional Finalist, and honored Daniel and Chief Medical Officer and co-founder Dr. Michael Sherling with the Leadership in Health Care Award. Forbes named the company as one of America’s Most Promising Companies in 2013 and 2015. Additionally, the South Florida Business Journal selected Modernizing Medicine as the Business of the Year in 2012 and 2015.
Keynote Speaker:
Theresa Lawrence, Modernizing Medicine
Vice President of Marketing
With more than 20 years of marketing leadership experience and employment with top global Fortune 500 and Forbes Most Innovative companies, Theresa has spent the last eight years leading high-performance marketing teams for cloud technology companies, previously at Ultimate Software, a top human capital management Software-as-a-Service company, before joining Modernizing Medicine in June 2013. Believing that technology is ultimately about people and improving lives through innovation, Theresa found her home for meaningful work at Modernizing Medicine, a company focused on improving healthcare outcomes. Theresa holds a bachelor’s degree from UA Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences, Ohio’s polytechnic university.
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