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Class Notes, 2016 January/February

January/February 2016

Happy New Reunion Year to you all. I hope your holidays were festive and relaxing. We start off with Elin Piorkowski Barton, who writes from Vestal, NY. She shares, "I now own a marketing firm called White Knight Productions, which specializes in leveraging the power of video for promotion across both digital and traditional platforms. We're launching a new branch of the company that is focused on using interactive video for education and training purposes." On the family front: "Our older daughter, Zoe, just graduated high school and is a freshman at American U. in D.C.; our younger daughter, Sophie, is a sophomore in high school and is simultaneously missing having her sister at home and enjoying being an only child."

Todd Leong (NYC) is celebrating the opening of the Leaf Lounge (, Flushing's first craft cocktail bar on the roof of the Hyatt Place Hotel. Over on the other coast, Drew Kossoff writes from Los Angeles about his big news: "My company, Rainmaker Ad Ventures Inc., just ranked #400 on the Inc. 5000 List of America's Fastest Growing Private Companies!" Congrats to Drew!

Russell MacAdam, ME '92, writes that he is now in Coopersburg, PA. Another alum from the Keystone State, Michael Edwards (Bala Cynwyd, PA) joined Temple U. in April 2014 as associate professor, chief of general and minimally invasive surgery, and director of TUHS Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program. However, Michael's life is not all work and no play, as he and his wife are getting their first dog. He adds, "I enjoy hanging with my three daughters and spouse." Looking back, he states that the best thing he learned from Cornell was the value of preparation, which has clearly served him well. Hallie Goldman Hohner (Chicago, IL) writes, "Doug and I spent the summer traveling in Europe. We went to Italy for three weeks and took our daughter to London for a week. Hallie also celebrated her son's bar mitzvah in October with a multitude of Cornellians including classmate Daniel Appelbaum, Gail Hohner '86, Ms Ag '88, and a slate of members of the Class of '92: Joe Gatto, Jon Weis, Janelle Piccone Styles, and Drew Ries.

We close with a note from Reunion chair Jeff Weintraub, MD '95, who was in Ithaca for Trustee Council Weekend in October. He shares the following: "25 years? Did we really graduate 25 years ago? Reconnect with your classmates and Cornell at our 25th Reunion, June 9-12, 2016. Rally your friends, bring your family, or just come solo. There are more than 600 scheduled activities on campus (and plenty of unscheduled ones) to ensure an unforgettable weekend! Online registration will begin in March. Visit reunion and navigate to our class website for info, schedules, and updates. Our class rocks--and routinely sets Reunion records for attendance and giving. We hope you'll join us!"

Remember there will only be two more columns before Reunion, so to find more information, go to: Thank you for keeping us up to date. Send news to: Charles Wu,; Tom Greenberg,; Wendy Milks Coburn,

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