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November 14, 2014

Alumni Day Recap: Once a Violet, Forever Violet

This year, the classes of 2004, 2009, and 2013 ushered in Alumni Day weekend with a celebration of their one-, five-, and ten-year anniversaries held at Avenue Nightclub in New York City’s Meatpacking District. The following day, on November 8, 1,400 alumni and friends returned to the Washington Square campus for NYU Alumni Day 2014.



Meet Lisa Yoo Hahn (LAW ’89), NYU Alumni Trustee

As leaders of an institution responsible for educating the next generation of world leaders and for creating new knowledge, trustees are the keepers of the mission of NYU: Educating qualified individuals from all walks of life to become the leaders of the local, national, and, now, international community. Recently named an alumni trustee, NYU alumna Lisa Yoo Hahn (LAW ’89) is a new member of the University’s Board.


The Archivist’s Angle

NYU School of Retailing

By Deborah Shapiro (GSAS ’16)

Before Mad Men, and before even the advertising executives that inspired the show, NYU was home to the Training School for Teachers of Retail Selling. The school was the brainchild of an advisory council of top merchants in New York, including John Francis Duggan of Gimbel Brothers, Samuel Wallace Reyburn of Lord and Taylor, and Percy Selden Straus of R.H. Macy and Company, Inc.



Unfortunately, the Founders Unplugged fireside chat with Marc Benioff planned for the evening of Monday, November 17 has been cancelled. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions, please feel free to email

Newsweek is also offering a subscription discount to the NYU community, with a three-month print and digital subscription for only $14.99. Click here for details and to subscribe.


Unlock potential and unleash ambition by supporting a student as part of the Momentum Campaign, an ambitious effort to raise $1 billion exclusively dedicated to generating scholarships.

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Rose Levy Beranbaum
(STEINHARDT ’74, ’75)

When Rose Levy Beranbaum speaks of her craft, it is not at first clear whether you’ve stepped into a kitchen or a science laboratory. It is this exacting nature that has made Beranbaum’s name ubiquitous in the culinary world, and earned her the right to call her books “Bibles.” Her latest, The Baking Bible (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), which is nearly 580 pages, has already received rave reviews.



Meritorious Service Award

The New York University Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Meritorious Service Award. The Meritorious Service Award is presented annually to a respected and distinguished graduate of any school, college, or division of NYU who has demonstrated extraordinary service and continuing devotion to his or her Alma Mater, and who embodies the University motto: to Persevere and to Excel.

Click here for the award description and to download the nomination form.


Recent NYU Alumni Events

Events for NYU alumni take place almost every day at locations in the New York City metro area, across the US, and around the world. This past month, alumni gathered in cities from Denver to London to Tel Aviv, and many places in between.

Check out photos from recent events on our Flickr page.

Heard Online

Join in the Conversation

Join @NYUAlumni and your fellow NYU alumni on Twitter for the latest news, contests, giveaways, events, ideas, media, and more from the NYU alumni community. Here’s what we’ve been talking about:

Located in "the ultimate food neighborhood," #NYU makes @foodandwine’s list of Universities for Food Lovers:

Nice to see Washington Square Park’s @nydosas, an #NYU favorite, recognized by @mashable!

Alumnus Spike Lee (TSOA ’82, HON ’98) directed Little League World Series star Mo’ne Davis in this Chevy commercial:

Thanks to NYU alumnus Dr. Jonas Salk (MED ’39) for pioneering the polio vaccine! Today’s #GoogleDoodle #ForeverViolet

There’s no place like home! Chalk art in Washington Square Park on #NYU Alumni Day #ForeverViolet

NYU Trivia

It’s Movember! Besides John Sexton, name one of the only other two NYU presidents to have had a mustache.

(Hint: They are NYU’s two longest serving presidents, with one serving from 1891–1910 and the other from 1911–1933).

Send your answer to for a chance to win a limited edition NYU vintage-themed t-shirt!

Congratulations to Lee Meyer (TSOA ’99, STERN ’10), winner of last month’s raffle. The correct answer: John Sexton’s birthday is September 29.

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Sugar and Plumm

Have a serious chocolate craving or want something new for your palate? Visit Sugar and Plumm, a unique boutique bistro, artisan macaron-maker, and chocolatier. Show your NYU Alumni Card and receive 10% off at either the West Village or Amsterdam Avenue locations.


NYU Wasserman Alumni Listserv

Sign up for the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development’s Alumni Listserv to learn career management and professional development strategies, receive free job postings, get information on exclusive alumni-only events, and stay connected to NYU. To join, log in to your NYU CareerNet account and click Profile > Personal > Privacy. Opt-in to receive weekly events and jobs via email. Select the topic area "Alumni Events and Resources."


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