Email newsletter May 25, 2012

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Only a few remaining tickets left for the Annual Meeting with special guest Rep. Chris Gibson. Sign up before it’s too late. First come, first served. Sorry, but no day-of or at-door registrations.

June 12 – Annual Meeting of the Cornell Club of the Greater Capital District with Refreshments & Special Guest, U.S. Rep. and Cornell Alum Chris Gibson. Sponsored by the Phillips Lytle LLP law firm.

Date:    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Time:  5:30 – 6:00 p.m. (Check-in, beverages and hors d’oeuvres)
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. (CCGCD Elections and Special Presentation)
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. (Beverages and Dessert Station)

Where:  Omni Plaza, 30 South Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12207 (Offices of Phillips Lytle, LLP Law Firm).  Depending on number of confirmed registrations, the adjoining Taste Restaurant, at 45 Beaver Street, Albany, NY, shall serve as the venue in whole or in part. Details to registrants will follow.

What:    Annual meeting (selection of 2012-13 CCGCD officers). Reception, cocktails, and dessert station, with presentation by Cornell alum (MPA, MA & Ph.D), U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson. Please note that while Rep. Gibson is of course a politician on the national stage, consistent with the Club’s mission, this is a non-partisan, private event exclusively by and for the Cornell community.

Who:    Special Guest and Cornell alum Christopher P. “Chris” Gibson, MPA ’95, M.A. ’96, Ph.D. ’98, is an American politician and former officer in the U.S. Army. He is the U.S. Representative for New York’s 20th congressional district.  Gibson is a lifelong resident of Kinderhook, New York. He was the Point Guard and Co-Captain of Ichabod Crane’s High School Basketball Team and went on to graduate magna cum laude with a BA in History from Siena College while earning a ROTC Commission there. Gibson served tours in the First Gulf War, Kosovo, and Iraq. He later taught American Politics at West Point and was a national security affairs fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He has received four Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart, among other military awards.  In 2008, he published his first book, Securing the State, which offered his overview on national security decision-making. He retired from the Army at the rank of colonel in 2010 to run for Congress, when he defeated incumbent Scott Murphy. Rep. Gibson will share with us how his Cornell experience has helped him as a legislator.

Dress: Business casual

Cost:   No charge.  Reception and refreshments generously provided by the Phillips Lytle, LLP law firm.

Registration: Space is limited. Reservation through Eventbrite required. No at-door registrations. Cornell alums are limited to one non-alum guest. This is a private event by and for Cornellians. No media, no recording.

Additional Info: Gary Pollard ’82 (BS) & ’86 (MAT): or 518.821.9767.


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Save the Dates – Upcoming Local Cornell Events.

  • June 12: Annual meeting with special guest U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson
  • July 29: Cornell at Saratoga
  • TBD summer: New Student send off.

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