THE SPACE FORCE: From Rhetoric to Reality

Thursday June 25th, 7:30-9:30pm MST

Dr. Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty, Assistant Professor, School of the Future of Innovation in Society with a courtesy appointment at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University

Join us for a thoughtful discussion with Dr. Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty, spouse of esteemed Cornell Club of AZ member Jean-Moise Jeanty JGSM ‘18.

In June of 2018, the Trump administration directed the Department of Defense and Pentagon to begin the process necessary to establish a Space Force as the sixth branch of the Armed Forces, separate and equal to the other branches. Since then, the media and pundit mill has interpreted this call in a variety of ways. Finally, on December 20, 2019, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) established the Space Force with support from Congress.

What does this actually mean for the future of space endeavors in America and the world?
We will discuss the perceived threats that led to the establishment of the Space Force and describe its several component parts, introduce some of the debates about the legality of military uses of space, and challenge you to make up your own mind if peace, security, and development in space will be advanced through this new institution.

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Cornell Multi-Club Mixer: Hosted by Cornell Club of DC

Sunday June 14th, Noon-1pm MST

Pour a glass of your favorite beverage and make new friends and connections with Cornellians from across the world. This online mixer will feature members of the Cornell Clubs of Arizona, Connecticut, DC, Florida, London, Pittsburgh, and Toronto. Roster subject to change. Share your favorite spots in Collegetown, reminisce on the festivities of Spring/Slope Day, and learn how Cornell has changed over the decades.

We will use Zoom video chat and split into small breakout rooms, so everyone has a chance to talk and share with a few people. Then we’ll rotate around, so you’ll have a chance to meet many Cornellians. The video chat will begin a few hours early, so come beforehand for technical assistance if needed.

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Zoom Happy Hour & Family Trivia Night

Thursday May 14th 7:30-9:30pm MST
This event is free, but please register to receive connection information.

What a great way to reconnect, entertain your family, and meet your new best friend. All Cornellians (especially those new to Arizona) should definitely use this opportunity to strike up some new connections. If there is sufficient interest, we’ll repeat this event monthly!

Meet on Zoom for Happy Hour & Trivia Night. After an opportunity to introduce yourself and your family, sit down with your favorite BYOB cocktail (or soft drink) for team trivia. Trivia master Todd Rethemeier (‘93 Engr, ‘94 MEng, ‘95 JGSM) will quiz us through topics ranging from pop culture, folklore, current events, and of course Cornelliana.

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AMST 2001: The First American University (online edition)

During this period of disruption, a sense of community is even more important. Each spring semester, hundreds of students at Cornell University gather on Monday nights to learn about Cornell history by taking AMST 2001: The First American University. With the suspension of classes for three weeks, all members of the Cornell community were invited to join in the fun with a virtual Cornell History Happy Hour each Monday night (March 16, 23, and 30).

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Phoenix Ivy Council Events in Spring 2020

Upcoming Phoenix Ivy Council events in the Phoenix metropolitan area:

  • A Special Presentation by Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego
    Wednesday March 11, 2020 5:30 – 8:00
    Hosted by the University of Pennsylvania and Wharton Alumni Club of Arizona. Tickets are $20 and include refreshments. There are a limited number of spots available, so RSVP soon.
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  • Special Presentation by two world experts on What is Happening in Venezuela?
    Friday, April 10, 2020
    Hosted by the Harvard Alumni Club of Phoenix. This is a free event with a limited number of spots available.
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  • Private Reception and Showing of the Critically Acclaimed Documentary Film WBCN and The American Revolution
    Saturday, April 25, 2020
    Bill Lichtenstein, the Peabody Award winning producer of this documentary film, will lead a private discussion of the film for our alumni. Tickets are $30 and include refreshments
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Phoenix Mountain Preserve Trail Hike

Saturday, February 15, 2020
8:30-10:30 AM

Let’s explore some local trails together! Meet us at the Phoenix Mountain Preserve 40th St. trailhead (9200 N. 40th St., near Tatum and Shea Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85028) for a 90 – 120 minute hike of approximately 3 miles, as led by Cornellian Dick Fincher. This is an easy-to-moderate hike that should be appropriate for most ability levels.

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Help Interview Prospective Freshmen for the Class of 2024

Cornell Regular Decision applications are now all in hand and Admissions is asking us to interview local student applicants. We have a number of interview days starting very soon, with many interested young men and women attending.

If you are interested in helping interview prospective students applying to Cornell, then the Cornell Admissions Alumni Ambassadors Network would like your help! Please email us for details on how to get involved.

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Phoenix Ivy Council Events Coming Up

Check out Phoenix Ivy Council’s website for their full list of events!

  • A Special Alumni Evening with T Rex
    January 11, 2020 6:00 – 8:00
  • Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy & Louisa: A play by Southwest Shakespeare Co. at Taliesin West.
    January 25, 2020
  • Special Performance by the Internationally Renowned Dover Quartet and Escher Quartet
    February 22, 2020
  • Presidential Scholar Book Discussion
    February 27, 2020

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January 2020: Cornell Hockey Team Playing in Las Vegas

Calling All Big Red Alumni,

Put on your RED! The #2 ranked Cornell men’s hockey team is coming to Las Vegas to play in the Fortress Invitational, Friday, January 3rd and Saturday, January 4th. Cornell will go up against Ohio State on Friday and will play either Army or Providence on Saturday. The Vegas Golden Knights are hosting the event at T-Mobile Arena.

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