Calling all Cornellians in and around West Palm Beach!


Lunch with Cornellians Followed by a Group Photo with Touchdown the Bear

Noon to 1:30 p.m., Friday, February 13, 2015

Tropics Café, Palm Beach Zoo
1301 Summit Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL

You can get free admission to the zoo; just say you’re with Cornell at the front gate and enjoy a pay-as-you-go luncheon with Cornellians. Look for the Cornell banner at the café.

This gathering and photo opportunity happens in conjunction with the Sesquicentennial celebration on Saturday afternoon in West Palm Beach. Let’s paint the town Big Red like we did in other cities.

Spread the word, wear red, and see you there!

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International Spirit of Zincks’ Night at Biergarten with The Cornell Club of Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton

October 16, 2014
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
309 Via De Palmas #90
Boca Raton, FL 33432

$20.00 per person

Come out and celebrate the world wide Spirit of Zinck’s night at the Biergarten in Boca. German style appetizers and beer will be served to honor this age old Cornellian tradition.

Avi Aisenberg is the Treasurer of the Cornell Club of Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University and stayed in Ithaca for several months after graduation to teach Mechatronics and work with Bill Nye (The Science Guy) to build the Solar Noon Clock, which currently sits on top of Rhodes Theory Center. He moved to Boston to be with his girlfriend at the time, Vicky, and got a job as the lead engineer at Engauge where he designed fire extinguisher monitoring systems. He moved to South Florida early in 2012 to take over the family business which manufactures plastic pallets, where he currently works as the CTO. In Avi’s most recent venture, however, he founded a distillery in Fort Lauderdale where he plans to distill rum and whiskey from South Florida grown ingredients once he obtains the liquor license. To stay up to date on his distillery, please visit www.southfloridadistillers.com.

Victoria Aisenberg (Vicky) currently serves on the Cornell Club of Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton board as the Co-Vice President and Social Media Chair. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Cornell University, where she met her husband Avi Aisenberg. After graduation, they moved just outside of Vicky’s hometown in Boston, where she began her career in Inside Sales at Demandware, an ecommerce software company. After two years enduring the cold weather, Vicky and Avi moved to South Florida for Avi to take over the family business. Today, Vicky works as a sales executive at Demandware, selling their Software as a Service platform to retailers and branded manufacturers in the Southeast. Outside of all the traveling, she helps Avi with his distillery and cares for their 2 year-old golden retriever named Basil.

For event questions, please contact Avi and Victoria Aisenberg atavraham.aisenberg@gmail.com.

For event registration questions, please contact Donna Carl at dc37@cornell.edu.

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Cornell Club of Eastern Florida – Cornell Go Kart Racing


October 10, 2014 7:00 PM ET


K1 Speed Fort Lauderdale
2950 Stirling Road
Hollywood, FL 33020
(954) 416-0044
$49 per Adult; $44 per Junior.
The fee includes electric go kart rental with seat belts, roll bars, and automatic shutoff; head sock; and helmet.  Drivers should wear closed toe shoes and pull back long hair.  No charge for spectators.  Cash food and beverages.

Did you watch the Watkins Glen races during your Cornell tenure?  Now, you can personally experience the thrill of racing.  Friday, October 10, is Cornell Night at K1 Speed in Hollywood.  We’ll be racing electric go karts around an indoor track.  This is a family event for everyone who is at least 48 inches tall.  We’ll have a series of races for both Juniors (minimum 48 inches tall) and Adults (minimum 58 inches tall).  Each Junior will participate in two 12-lap races plus receive a t-shirt.  Each Adult will participate in two 14-lap races and one 16-lap race.  The facility has a snack bar where you can purchase food and beverages.  Spectators are welcome!

RSVP and pay by Monday, October 6, 2014.

For event questions, please contact Jay Silpe at jay@gimcousa.com or 561- 586-4600.

For event registration questions, please contact Donna Carl at dc37@cornell.edu.

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We’ll all have drinks at Theodore Zinck’s…

You may be thousands of miles from Cornell, but on Thursday, October 16, you can feel just steps away from the hill by attending this year’s Spirit of Zinck’s event in Palm Beach Gardens.

Theodore Zinck was a saloonkeeper in Ithaca and his pub, the Hotel Brunswick, was a popular gathering place for Cornellians in the 1890s.  After his death in 1903, several bars using his name continued to provide a haven for students. When the last “Zinck’s” closed in the mid-60s, celebrating the spirit of Zinck’s became a favorite Thursday night Collegetown tradition of undergraduates.  It wasn’t long afterwards that Cornellians continued the tradition in their hometowns.  This year, alumni will celebrate this uniquely Cornell event in more than 90 cities around the world.  So wherever you are, remember your days at Cornell on October 16th.  Plan to celebrate Zinck’s Night with your Cornell friends.

Date & Time:
Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Yard House (south end of Downtown at the Gardens Mall)
11701 Lake Victoria Avenue
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

$10 per person includes generous hors d’oeuvres.  Cash bar.

Wear your Cornell memorabilia.

RSVP and pay by Wednesday, October 15, by Clicking Here.  Contact George Koester, glkoester@aol.com, 561-339-3943 for further details.

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We’re kicking off Cornell’s On-Campus

Sesquicentennial Celebrations at

October 17 – 18, 2014

Tell us you’re coming by registering and get your free Homecoming souvenir!
Review the full schedule of events at homecoming.cornell.edu


Fireworks and Laser Light Show
Friday, 8:00 p.m.
Schoellkopf Field

Sesquicentennial Grove Dedication
Friday, 10:30 a.m.
Libe Slope

5K Fun Run
Pre-registration required
 (proceeds benefit United Way of Tompkins County)
Saturday, 8:30 a.m.
Cornell Plantations F.R. Newman Arboretum

Big Red Fan Festival
With tailgate parties, free Ferris Wheel rides, live music, and more
Saturday, noon–3:00 p.m.
Crescent Parking Lot

Family Fun Zone
With free rides and games for kids, and more
Saturday, noon–3:00 p.m.
Lynah Rink Parking Lot

Cornell vs. Lehigh Football Game
Tickets available at a special price for alumni
Saturday, 3:00 p.m. Schoellkopf Field

Homecoming NYC Bus
Reserve your round-trip ticket and register today


Register Today!

#CUHome #Cornell150

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Cornell Club of Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton Student Sendoff

Saturday, August 9, 2014
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Register Here | See Who’s Coming

Home of Cristina Gonzalez DiCalvo, MEn ’82
Plantation, FL
(Street address and directions will be provided in registration confirmation e-mail)

Alumni – $20.00 person
Cornell Students and their Parents – Free

Please join us in welcoming the newest members of our Cornell community at this year’s Student Send-Off!

Every year, local Cornell clubs across the country get together and host a Student Sendoff for incoming and current students and their parents. It’s a great way to welcome the new students, give them some sage advice from alumni who have learned the “tricks of the trade, and to all-around have a great time enjoying the end of the wonderful summer we have here in South Florida.

This event will be a “Backyard BBQ” style event, complete with a fully catered BBQ lunch. The BBQ meal, catered by a wonderful local caterer, will include mouth watering food and dessert. Additionally, we’ll be setting up some fun games, raffles for Cornell Store gift cards, and a little informal Q&A for anyone who has questions that others could benefit from hearing about. Especially as South Floridians, it is our duty to inform our fellow warm-blooded community how to dress warmly up there! Dress attire is casual and light, since there will be things set up outside. Also, please share this event announcement to any fellow Cornell alumni, as well as family and friends interested in attending as your guests.

About Our Host:
Cristina Gonzalez DiCalvo received a Master of Engineering (Geotechnical) degree at Cornell in 1982, after receiving a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from the University of Miami. After her return from Cornell, she worked with Prestressed Systems, Inc. for two years, and since then has been working with Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, a firm specializing in civil, geotechnical and environmental engineering. Cristina is a Senior Principal and stockholder of the firm, and has been running Langan’s Miami office for approximately the past 22 years. Some of Langan’s projects includethe Port of Miami Tunnel, One Brickell City Center, SunLife(Dolphins) Stadium, the American Airlines Arena, the Marlins Ballpark, the Four Seasons Hotel and Tower (the tallest building in Florida), and many more. Cristina is married to Al DiCalvo, and they have two children, Lauren and Kevin. Lauren is a Senior and Kevin is a Sophomore, both at Florida State. They are both hoping to attend Cornell for graduate school.

For event questions, please contact Andrea Virgin, MEn ’11, Club Co-President, at avirginei@gmail.com or 561- 859-2117.

For event registration questions, please contact Donna Carl at dc37@cornell.edu.

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Dear Members,
What a year! Let us begin by saying thank you to all of you who attended events, volunteered in various outlets, our fantastic Board, and especially to our incredibly generous hosts who have opened up their homes, restaurants, and hearts to our club.
On the note of hosts, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank Jim and Faith Cohen for hosting our Admitted Students Reception, which was very well attended and remarked upon. Many of the students who attended, accepted Cornell to be their future Alma Mater and without the Cohen’s and their generosity, we may not have seen such a high acceptance number. In addition to the Cohen’s, we would also like to take a moment to thank our CAAAN Chair, Larry Reese, whose importance in our Club and the University as a whole cannot be overstated.
For photos of the reception and incoming Cornell students, please feel free to visit our Facebook page and website.
As we near the summer, we look back at the wonderful year we’ve had. From record attendance at our Student Send-Off, the fun Zinck’s Night at the Biergarten, to the always classic wine tasting at Cafe Maxx, we were blessed with a great closing of the year with a perfectly planned event at the Boca Museum. At this event, Cornell’s Johnson Museum of Art collaborated with the Cornell Club of Eastern Florida and Trustee Dalia Stiller to create a fantastic experience enjoyed by all.
Sadly, our annual and always fun Big Red Fiesta had to be postponed until next year due to the closing of our long-loved venue the Spaniard. Although this was unfortunate, we’re looking forward to the next exciting year, where not only will we be providing a fantastic new and entertaining alternative to this yearly event, but more importantly, we’ll be celebrating an extremely exciting anniversary…
As many of you may have already seen and read about, Cornell officially celebrates its Sesquicentennial (150th year) on April 27, 2015! This is an incredibly exciting year for Cornell not only in Ithaca, but also worldwide. On that note, we are thrilled to announce that on Saturday, February 14th, 2015, Cornell has chosen West Palm Beach as one of their regional locations for their celebration. Collaborating with the University and our other local clubs, we’ll be putting together a spectacular event for all to gather and celebrate. At this event we’ll reminisce on the last 150 years of Cornell and also get excited for the many goals it has for the next 150 years and beyond as one of the world’s leading universities. So please mark your calendars for this momentous occasion.
Due to this anniversary, this year will be both busy and exciting and will require incredible planning and coordination from our board and volunteers. This summer’s in-person board meeting will be held Thursday, July 24th, at 6:30pm in Fort Lauderdale. There are a few board positions available, so if interested, please refer below for more information. Also, if any of you are interested in participating in the formation of this year’s celebrations, please do reach out to us. Especially this year, our board could use some extra hands.
In closing, this next year is certainly going to be one for the record books. On behalf of the Board, we would like to thank you all for this wonderful past year, and we sincerely look forward to celebrating with you all at the many exciting events to come. As we embark on our summer, we wish everyone safe travels with your families, congratulations to all the graduates within our community, and an overall fun and enjoyable summer break for all.
C U all in the Fall!
Thomas and Andrea Virgin, c/o ’11
Cornell Club of Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton
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The Cornell AguaClara Program

Friday, June 13, 2014
06:30 PM – 08:30 PM

Gallery 2014
2014-2016 Harrison Street
Hollywood, FL 33019

Register Here

Come learn about AguaClara! AguaClara is a program borne in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering nearly a decade ago. To date 9 water treatment plants have been installed in rural Honduras and 3 water filtration plants in rural India. These technologies provide safe, clean water to nearly 50,000 people living in the world’s poorest communities.

Almost 1 billion people in the world lack access to clean water. Cornell, in partnership with AguaClara LLC, the social enterprise established to deploy these treatment technologies, aim to bring low-cost, high-tech, sustainable solutions to communities in need.

Program director, Dr. Monroe Weber-Shirk, Senior Lecturer at Cornell, will visit us in south Florida along with other Cornell graduates who are involved in the program, and members of the AguaClara Advisory Board. Long time AguaClara supporters, Ken Brown ’74 and his wife, Elizabeth Sanjuan will host a reception at their art gallery.

A short program will take place including a video presentation.
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
No Cost

Read more about AguaClara in the Cornell Chronicle at the links below:

For event questions, please contact Sarah Weidel ’09 at sme25@cornell.edu.

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Seasons Greetings!

Before we all embark on our journeys for the holidays and New Year, on behalf of the Board, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for the wonderful year we’ve had. Blessed with an amazing (and quickly growing) alumni base here in South Florida, we couldn’t thank you all more for your time, talents, and presence throughout this year. 
As a prime example of our wonderful group, we want to take a moment to express our sincere gratitude to Larry and Rose Ben for hosting another incredible Winter Wine and Dine event on Dec. 5th at Cafe Maxx. Additionally, we would like to send a special thanks to alum, Karl Elderkin, for presenting the amazing selection of wines. Between the Ben’s and Karl, we sampled some of the greatest wines in their collections, which they themselves graciously donated to the event from their own supplies. What a treat that evening was, between the company, which included University Trustee, Dalia Stiller and Advisory Board Member of the Baker Real Estate Program, Duane Stiller, to the delicious 4-course meal, hand selected by the Ben’s, and last but not least, the wine selection, beautifully presented by Karl. It was a magical evening and we thank all who attended and enjoyed in this meal together. (To see a few photos of the evening, please visit our Facebook page or Club website.)
As we look ahead to our 2014 year, we are eager to provide our constituents with more enriching events, networking opportunities, family fun, and above all, a presence of our wonderful Alma Mater here in the South Florida area. Once again, thank you all for continuing to support the local Cornell community, and we wish you all a very wonderful holiday season and a blessed and prosperous New Year! C U all in 2014!


Thomas and Andrea Virgin


Cornell Club of Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton

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