Class News

from our May/June 2019 Class Notes column:
In just one short year, we will gather in Ithaca for our 50th Reunion.   I am astounded that we graduated 49 years ago!  Most days I do not feel that old, but some days I do.  Please mark you calendar (paper or on your phone) and make plans to meet your friends and classmates at Cornell, Jun 4-7, 2020.  Sally Ann Levine, JD '73, and Cathy Hogan, our amazing 50th Reunion chairs, are in the midst of planning a spectacular and fun-filled Reunion weekend for all of us.  They have set up a special and specific e-mail address, Cornell70Reunion50@gmail.com, for us to use for all thing 50th Reunion!  Send ideas and suggestions, and of course questions and comments, to Cathy and Sally Anne.  And volunteers before, during, and after our 50th are needed and welcomed.  To complete my bi-monthly reminder, check out our various websites '70 sites: class website, cornell70.org; Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Cornell70; and Twitter page, www.twitter.com/CornellClass70.  Have you moved recently?  Do you have a new e-mail address? Please update your contact information by visiting cornellconnect.cornell.edu so you will not miss out on our future 50th Reunion communications.

My parents, Carl Ferris '47 and Connie Foley '47, met in downtown Ithaca, when she was hitching a ride up the very steep section of Buffalo St. and he was driving his car back to campus.  He stopped, she accepted the ride, they met, and the rest, as the saying goes, is history.  They had their first date with a week, maybe even just a day or two later!  The legend is that the date was at Joe's Restaurant (on West Buffalo and Meadow streets).  Since my birth in August 1948, I, "Little Connie," have been blessed and lucky to be half of "the Connies" - a term that was coined by one of ministers at my father's funeral after his death in November 2009.

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from our March/April 2019 Class Notes column:
Spring is blooming as 2019 moves into March and April, which feature many holidays and special days.  Highlights in March are Daylight Saving Time (spring ahead) and St.Patrick's Day, followed by the first day of spring and Purim.  Passover and Easter will be celebrated in April, as well as Earth Day.

Connie Fern Miller, who resides in Watkins Glen, NY, with her husband, Ted Carleton, carries on her solo law practice, being village justice for Watkins Glen and village attorney for Burdett.  She shares that both her daughters, Kate and Lane, are married to great sons-in-law!  Connie and Ted enjoy many outdoor activities and trips, all while they are building a cabin on land they own in Hector, NY.  They enjoy skiing at Greek Peak, cross-country skiing, swimming in their pond, camping, kayaking, and canoeing.  Connie can't think of anything else she wishes she could be doing - but on second thought, she says, "Oh yes!  Grandchildren would be nice."  A Shakespeare course she took on the Hill had a wonderful and long-lasting impact on her.

In Octorber 2017, John and Sandra Shands Elligers welcomed grandson Ezra, son of Andrew and Julia Joh Elligers '01.  Jeff Altamari and Joe Falconi would appreciate and welcome hearing from any and all Sigma Chi Class of '70 brothers as they are organizing a get-together for our 50th Reunion in June 2020.  Please contact Jeff at jeffaltamari@gmail.com.  Jeff lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, with his wife, Janet.

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from our January/February 2019 Class Notes column:
Our next Cornell Class of '70 "Party Weekend" will be taking place in Ithaca in 17 months!  I am pleased to announce that our Reunion chairs, Sally Anne Levine, JD '73, and Cathy Hogan, BS '00, have been busy making plans for our Big Red 50th Reunion, June 4-7, 2020.  If you are interested in helping with Reunion, have suggestions for programming, or have ideas, questions, or comments, please email Sally and Cathy at Cornell70Reunion50@gmail.com.

Did you move recently? Do you have a new e-mail address? Don't miss out on future Reunion communications.  Please update your contact information by visiting cornellconnect.cornell.edu.  Now is a great time to connect with your '70 friends and classmates about the 50th Reunion for the Legendary CLass of 1970.  Log on to our various '70 sites; our class website, cornell70.org; our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Cornell70; and our Twitter page, www.twitter.com/CornellClass70.

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from our November/December 2018 Class Notes column:
Happy end-of-2018 holidays to all of you, my friends and '70 classmates.  The years seem to go by so quickly for me.  I wonder if this sensation results in part from having celebrated a birthday milestone this past summer.  Yes, I turned 70 on Friday, August 13.  So did another classmate and member of our class leadership team, Ellen Kotsones Kreopolildes.  Fun to share a birthday.  Anyone else from '70 born on Friday, August 13, 1948?   I find it amazing, wonderful and worthy of celebration that most of us became 70 years old in 2018.  As my 92-year old mom, Connie Foley Ferris '47, likes to say, "It's better than the alternative!  Any input about being 70 from you all is most welcome.

In a short year and a half, we will celebrate our 50th Reunion at Cornell!  Contact your friends and classmates, and make plans to meet in Ithaca from Thursday, June 4, until Sunday morning, June 7, 2020.  It will be a busy, fun, and activity-packed weekend!  Check out our various '70 sites: our class website, cornell70.org; our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Cornell70; and our Twitter page, www.twitter.com/CornellClass70.  Any of our classmates who want to help with our 50th Reunion (before and during), go to our website, click on "Get Involved," and then scroll down to "Officers".  Then you will be able to e-mail our 50th Reunion Chairs, Sally Anne Levine, JD '73, and Cathy Forster Hogan, to volunteer your time and expertise.

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from our September/October 2018 Class Notes column:
It's true!  Our 50th Reunion at Cornell will be celebrated in only 21 months!  Contact your Cornell friends and classmates and plan your trip back to Ithaca, JUne 4-7, 2020.  It will be an exciting and memorable weekend!  Check out our various '70 sites: class website, cornell70.org; Facebook page, facebook.com/Cornell70; and Twitter page, www.twitter.com/CornellClass70.  To all classmates who want to help with our 50th Reunion (both before and during), e-mail Reunion chairs Sally Anne Levine, JD '73 and Cathy Forster Hogan.

An addendum to news from Diane Christopulos, who appeared in the July/August column: The president of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is not the president of the USA!  (I asked.)  Diana has now been on the president's advisory circle for several months, in addition to being the president-elect of the Blue Ridge Land Conservancu (BRLC).  As Diana is very busy with other ventures, she will not become the BRLC president until 2019.  Because of the beautiful mountains, perfect four seasons, many colleges and universities, and excellant healthcare, she and Mark McClain moved to Salem, VA, to retire in 2003.  They are 20 minutes from one of the most photographed parts of the Appalachian Trail, McAffe Knob.  Diana completed her section hikes of the entire AT in 2008.  She recently completed two terms as president of the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club, the all-volunteer organization that maintains over 120 miles of the AT in their region.  Diana has spent much of her time helping with opposition to the Mountain Valley Pipeline at all levels of government.  Yes, she is busy!

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from our July/August 2018 Class Notes column:
Our 50th Reunion is less than two years away.  It will be a weekend filled with fun, friends, and festivities.  Plan your journey back to Ithaca and Cornell - June 4-7, 2020 - now!  Be sure to regularly check out our various '70 sites: class website, cornell70.org; Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Cornell70; and Twitter page, www.twitter.com/CornellClass70.

Diana Christopulos (Salem, MA) has been named to the president's advisory circle for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (the NGO that manages the Appalachian Trail): http://www.appalachiantrail.org/home/about-us/board-and-leadership.  She is also president-elect of the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy, which holds 55 easements in central and western Virginia.

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