A Festival of Ideas and Imagination


APRIL 24–27, 2015



Big Red Birthday Bash

FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2015
Barton Hall

7:30–9:30 p.m.




Ithaca Campus
Events begin at 9:00 a.m.

Charter Day Ceremony: Celebrating 150 Years

MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2015

Barton Hall
Formal Procession and Ceremony: 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Register for the Big Red Birthday Bash, Festival events, and Charter Day Ceremony.

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Dalia Pabón Stiller ’84, Board President, Boca Museum of Art,
Cornell University Trustee


Duane Stiller ’84, President and CEO of Woolbright Development, Inc.

invite you to an afternoon at the BOCA Museum of Art

to celebrate the new exhibition on loan from the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University

Surrealism and Magic

With brief remarks by
Dr. Stephanie Wiles
The Richard J. Schwartz Director,
Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University

and an exclusive exhibition tour with

Dr. Andy Weislogel
The Seymour R. Askin, Jr. ’47 Curator of Earlier European and American Art
Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University

Sunday, March 8, 2015
12:30 – 3:00 PM

Register Here | See Who’s Coming

BOCA Museum of Art
501 Plaza Real
Boca Raton, FL 33432

Presented by Cornell University and the Johnson Museum of Art, Surrealism and Magic was curated by Dr. Andrew Weislogel, the Seymour R. Askin, Jr. ’47 Curator of Earlier European and American Art, and Laurent Ferri, Curator of the Pre-1800 Collections, Rare Books & Manuscripts, Carl A. Kroch Library, Cornell University. Surrealism and Magic premiered at Cornell’s Johnson Museum of Art in 2014 prior to traveling to the Boca Museum of Art.

Cost: $20 per person

12:30 pm: Lunch reception, BOCA Museum of Art Sculpture Garden
1:30 pm: Tour of Surrealism and Magic exhibition led by Andrew Weislogel
2:30 pm: Dessert reception and networking

Add to your afternoon:
Attend an additional lecture about the exhibition by Dr. Weislogel and co-curator, Laurent Ferri, beginning at 3:00 pm in the Wolgin Auditorium. Separate registration is required and space is limited. To learn more, visit Boca Talk March 8, 2015 – RSVP.

About the event:
Spend the afternoon with Johnson Museum of Art Director Stephanie Wiles and Curator, Andy Weislogel and enjoy a special curator-led tour of Surrealism and Magic, a new exhibition on loan from Cornell University’s Johnson Museum of Art.

An exploration of the surrealists’ interest in magic, arcane learning, and indigenous spirituality, the exhibition includes paintings and works on paper by Kurt Seligmann, André Breton, Matta, Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Yves Tanquy, Man Ray, Max Ernst, Masson, Dorothea Tanning, Leonora Carrington, Wilfredo Lam, and Magritte.

Inspired by the magic-themed library of Mr. Seligmann (1900-1962), the exhibition includes rare books from the fifteenth to twentieth centuries, correspondence, ephemera, music, and film.

About Dr. Wiles:
Stephanie Wiles is the Richard J. Schwartz Director of the Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University. She earned her doctorate in art history from the Graduate School and University Center at the City University of New York, and her BA in Modern Languages from Hobart & William Smith Colleges. Before assuming her current appointment, she was the director of the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College. Dr. Wiles began her career in museum work in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City. During her 16-year tenure at the Morgan, she organized and wrote exhibition catalogues for a wide variety of in-house and traveling exhibitions. From 1998 to 2004, Dr. Wiles oversaw the collections of the Davison Art Center at Wesleyan University in Connecticut and taught in the art history department. A specialist in British and American art, she has published on a wide range of topics. Under Dr. Wiles’ leadership, the Johnson Museum is sparking an energizing growth in interdisciplinary, collaborative learning at Cornell.

About Dr. Weislogel:
Andrew C. Weislogel is the Seymour R. Askin, Jr. ’47 Curator of Earlier European and American Art at Cornell University’s Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. Dr. Weislogel has organized numerous exhibitions at the Johnson, both single venue and traveling, including Studied Elegance: Italian Master Drawings from the Askin Collection (2007); The New and Unknown World: Exploration and Trade in the Dutch Golden Age (2011); and Mirror of the City: The Printed View in Italy and Beyond, 1450–1940 (2012). Dr. Weislogel spearheaded and oversaw the NEA-supported reinstallation of the Johnson’s permanent collection of European and American Art, completed in the fall of 2014. He teaches extensively from the Johnson’s collection, and in the spring of 2015, he is co-teaching Art/Science Intersections, an interdisciplinary seminar on technical studies in art history.

For event questions, please contact Mindy Hillenbrand at mjh224@cornell.edu.
For registration questions, please contact Donna Carl at dc37@cornell.edu.

The BOCA Museum of Art is located at the north end of Mizner Park in downtown Boca Raton. After you register, parking information and directions will be included in your confirmation email.

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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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