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Der Hexenkreis Chapter February 2014

Mortar Board Newsletter

Dear Mortar Board Alumni, I am proud to present the renewal of the Mortar Board Alumni Newsletter! This past semester has been one of tremendous success and progress for Mortar Board Der Hexenkreis Senior Honor Society. The 122nd Tapping Class has carried on a number of recent traditions and expanded to many more. Over the course of the past semester, our Tapping Class hosted the third annual Leadership Reception. We had the opportunity to invite dozens of talented campus leaders from all different aspects of campus for a formal reception to commemorate their achievements. Dean Hubbell was kind enough to give the keynote address regarding his views on the interplay between borne and learnt leadership. We were also fortunate enough to have Rosemary Avery continue the longstanding tradition in giving her “Last Lecture” to an auditorium packed with students. She told a tremendously inspiring story of surviving apartheid and learning to lead and inspire change. One of our major new initiatives that we took on includes reconnecting with many of our alumni. During this past Board of Trustees weekend, the 122s had the opportunity to sit down with councilwoman Alison Dreizen of the Class of 1974. Through the telling of her life story, she inspired us to follow our passions, wherever they may take us in the world. Despite the busy semester we also had some time for Tapping Class fun. From trips to Applefest to our Potluck Holiday dinner or the occasional Wine and Cheese night, we have really made the most of our first semester as seniors. Going into next semester we are looking forward to coming together to select the 123rd Tapping Class of our society. We hope to maintain the three pillars of Scholarship, Leadership and Service while selecting a diverse group of juniors to carry on our legacy. We are always looking to connect with past Mortar Board members so please do not hesitate to reach out to us! Happy New Year! Ad der Hexenkreis, Andrew Freiman, President

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Introducing the 122nd Tapping Class Andrew Freiman, President (HumEc- PAM) Johannesburg, South Africa Mutual Investment Club of Cornell; PAM 2300 TA; Delta Sigma Pi; Pi Kappa Phi; Convocation Committee

Aly Bandali, Vice President (CALS- AEM) Houston, TX Student Assembly Finance Commission; Delta Sigma Pi

Andrew Crego, Service Chair (ENG- Mechanical) Clarence, NY Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity;Cornell Baja SAE Racing

Aylin Gucalp, Alumni Chair (CALS- AEM) New York, NY CU Sustainable Design- CornellTech Initiatives; AEM 2100/ 2440/ 3100 TA; President’s Sustainable Campus Council; CALS Ambassador

Jamie Landsman, Social Chair (HumEc- PAM) Woodbury, NY GlobeMed at Cornell; Cornell International Affairs Society; Cornell Athletic Department Peer Tutor; Roosevelt Policy Institute

Kristen Powers, Social Chair (A&S- German Studies & Economics) Greece, NY Delta Sigma Pi; Kappa Alpha Theta; Society for Women in Business

Jess Reif, Last Lecture Chair (ILR) Chicago, IL Peer Review Board; Cornell Republicans Review Committee; SA Financial Aid

Kevin Tobin, Membership Chair (ILR) Media, PA Orientation Steering Committee; ILR School Student Advisor; ILR School Research Assistant; Class of 2014 Convocation Committee; Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity

Hannah Weaver, Communication Chair (ILR) Cornell Cru; Orientation Steering Committee; Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity; Employment and Disability Institute Research Fellow

Adam Abboud (A&S- Near Eastern Studies) Philadelphia, PA Islamic Alliance for Justice; Research Assistant in Professor Kimberly O’Brien’s Lab; MOSAIC Senior Commissioner, Minority Finance Commissioner Student Advisor

Simon Boehme (ILR) Kalamazoo, Michigan 2013 Truman Scholar; Big Red Ideas; Global Law Brigades; Cornell Law School Research Assistant; Research Assistant at the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution

Liz Camuti (CALS- International Agriculture & Rural Development) Mooresville, NC Cornell Daily Sun; Dilmun Hill Student-Run Farm; Farmer’s Market at Cornell; Prospect of Whitby Cooperative

Evelyn Fok (HumEc- HD) Hong Kong AIESEC Cornell Local Committee; United World College Society; BASE Productions; Kitsch Magazine; Human Bonding and Social Cognitive Development Labs; TakeNote Editor

Colin Foley (A&S- Economics) North Andover, MA Interfraternity Council; Chi Psi Fraternity; Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity; Cornell Mars Rover Project Team; Cornell Men’s Club Lacrosse Team

Selamawit Gebre (A&S- Government) Atlantia, GA Black Students United; REACH Program Tutor; SA Committee - SACIDI and SADAC; Class Council and Convocation; Arts and Sciences Ambassador/ Peer Advisor; Phi Sigma Pi

Jordana Gilman (HumEc- Human Biology, Health & Society) Rochester, NY Cornell Hillel; Resident Advisor at Risley Residential College; Kappa Delta Sorority

Ali Hamad (CALS- The Internet) Agoura Hills, CA Sigma Alpha Mu; Delta Sigma Pi; the POPSHOP; 3 Day Startup

Rebecca Harris (A&S - Government and History) Demarest, NJ Cornell Daily Sun; Cornell University Sesquicentennial Committee; Alpha Chi Omega

Leah Hellerstein (HumEc- Human Biology, Health & Society) Palm Beach Gardens, FL Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity; Global Medical Brigades; Global Health Student Advisory Board of Cornell Global Health Program; Soloway Lab Research Assistant

William Jackson (ENG- Computer Science & Leadership Management) Virginia Beach, VA Multicultural Greek Letter Council; Striving for Excellence in Engineering; Alphi Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.; 6-2-6: Center of Intercultural Dialogue; Scholars Working Ambitiously to Graduate

Karan Javaji (A&S- Economics & Government) Bangalore, India ALANA Intercultural Programming Board; South Asian Council; Society for Social Entrepreneurship & Collaborative Action; Student Assembly Committee for Inclusion and Diversity Initiatives; HumEnergy; Phi Delta Theta Fraternity; Varsity Polo

Angira Jhaveri (CALS- Food Science) VP FMR, CU Panhellenic Council Farmers’ Market at Cornell; Cornell IFT-Mars Product Development Team; Order of Omega

Tori Klug (ENG- Environmental) Benicia, CA AguaClara Engineering Project Team; Cornell Sustainability Hub

Melissa Lukasiewicz (A&S- Economics) Chicago, IL Student Assembly; University Assembly; Public Service Center; Professional Business Fraternity

Nayab Mahmood (HumEc- Biology and Society) Wayne, NJ Committee for the Advancement of Muslim Culture; Research Assistant at Robertson Infant Lab; Human Ecology’s Dean Mathios’ Undergraduate Advisory Council; Multifaith Ambassadors

Christine McIntosh (A&S- Biological Sciences) Clifton, NJ Cornell Women’s Varsity Fencing Team; Red Key Athlete Honor Society; Student- Athlete Advisory Committee; Biology Peer Advisor; Huffaker Lab Research Assistant

Rachel Medin (ILR) New Rochelle, NY Cornell Israel Public Affairs Committee; Cornell Hillel; MultiFaith Ambassadors; ILR Alumni Affairs and Development; Cornell Tradition; Alpha Chi Omega

Akane Otani (A&S- English) Singapore, Singapore Cornell Daily Sun; Arts & Sciences Ambassador

Samuel Ritholtz (CALS- International Agriculture & Rural Development) New York, NY Voices of African Mothers United Nations Youth Ambassador; Big Red Relief; Cornell International Affairs Conference III; Circle of Women; Alpha Delta Phi; Project Lansing; Cornell Tradition; Public Service Center

Christina Roberti (A&S- Mathematics) Franklin, MA United Way Student Campaign; Colleges Against Cancer; Pi Beta Phi

Eric Silverberg (A&S- Government) Livingston, NJ Cayuga’s Watchers; Cornell Collegetown Student Council; Government Department Research Assistant

Chelsea Rowe (CALS- Communication) Edgewater, MD Womens Varsity Lacrosse; Independent Research in the Communication Department; Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity

Ulysses Smith (AAP- CRP; A&S- Government) Jacksonville, FL Student Assembly; Cornell Annual Fund

Kirat Singh (A&S- Economics and Government) New Delhi, India Cornell Forensics Society; Cornell Daily Sun; Goverment and AEM Department Research Assistant.

Wei Yang (A&S- Economics and History) Zhu Hai, China Cornell Asian Pacific Islander Student Union; Student Agencies Inc.; Cornell Undergraduate Asia Business Society; Delta Sigma Pi

Last Lecture Speaker: Rosemary Avery

Rosemary Avery, the Chair of the Policy Analysis and Management department, has received dozens of awards for her teaching and scholarship. During her tenure at Cornell she has received the prestigious Carpenter Award for Advising, a Weiss Presidential Fellowship and the Merrill Presidential Teacher Recognition Award eleven times. Her professional career has focused on child welfare policy as it relates to the impact of public policy on the experience of children in the foster care system. Her work has been published in a number of leading health and public policy journals and she has served as the external evaluator of five federally funded adoption opportunities grants. In addition to her scholarship, Professor Avery has just recently finished her term as a Faculty Trustee on the Cornell University Board of Trustees and continues to serve on several leading university committees. Beyond that, Professor Avery is constantly impacting the lives of Cornell students through her role in leading teams of teaching assistants, research assistants and as the faculty advisor of several clubs, fraternities and athletic teams. She is one of a few Professors that takes the time to learn the names and backgrounds of each student in her 135-person lecture. She is a one of a kind Professor, Advisor and Department Head and truly represents the three pillars of our society: Scholarship, Leadership and Service. She has been tapped as a honorary member.

Photographs from College of Human Ecology

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