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Famous State University of New York Alums

By on May 8, 2014 in Spotted

The State University of New York (SUNY) has produced a lot of famous and successful alums.  Here are a few from different fields. Linda Cohn This ESPN anchor is a pioneer for women journalists everywhere.  Cohn is an anchor for ESPN’s SportsCenter, and has been working at ESPN since 1992.  Cohn has been lauded as an excellent sports journalist, and for being and is a graduate of SUNY Oswego. Dr. Jane Delgado This graduate of the SUNY Stony Brook Psychology PHD program began her academic career at another SUNY institution, New Paltz and is the CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health (NAHH).  Dr. Delgado was born in Cuba and immigrated to Brooklyn in 1955.  Before becoming the CEO of the NAHH, Dr. Delgado worked for the Children’s Television Workshop and the Department of Health and Human Services. William Fichtner This character actor, and big screen and small screen regular got his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from SUNY Brockport in 1978.  Fichtner has a varied career, doing voice work, film acting, television acting, and stage acting.  Fichtner is known for his roles in The Dark Knight, Heat, Prison Break, Black Hawk Down, and the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Gregg Hymowitz SUNY Binghamton graduate Gregg Hymowitz is founder of EnTrust Capital, a successful investment management firm.  Hymowitz graduated in 1987 Phi Beta Kappa.  After working at Goldman-Sachs for a little bit, Hymowitz and others started EnTrust. Harvey Milk This famed gay rights activist, graduated in 1951 from SUNY Albany.  Milk was the first openly gay politician to be elected to public office in California.  He was an advocate for gay rights in his city, but was sadly assassinated by another city official, Dan White.  His life was documented in the 2008 film,...

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Five New York Based Harvard Grads

By on May 2, 2014 in Spotted

There are Harvard grads everywhere.  The Big Apple is no exception, so here are some prominent New Yorkers who bleed Crimson. Darren Aronofsky This Oscar nominated director resides in Brooklyn and graduated from Harvard in 1991 before going on to study film at the AFI Conservatory.  Aronofsky is the director of Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan.  Aronofsky recently released his 6th film, Noah, based on the biblical epic. Lloyd Blankfein The Goldman-Sachs chairman is member of the class of 1975.  He continued his time at Harvard by entering into the Law School and graduated in 1978.  Blankfein is known for his philanthropic for taking over Goldman-Sachs from Henry Paulson after he became US Secretary of the Treasury.  Blankfein’s children have all gone to Harvard, and he currently has a daughter studying there now. Stockard Channing Known for playing Rizzo in Grease, and First Lady Dr. Abby Bartlett on the West Wing, Channing graduated from Radcliffe, the women’s college of Harvard, before the two integrated.  Channing was born in New York City and splits her time between New York and Maine with her partner Andrew Farkas Harvard Alum of the class of 1982, Farkas is the Founder of Island Capital Group.  Farkas has remained actively involved in his alma mater, and has a board position with The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770, the oldest extracurricular in the United States.  Farkas has donated lots to Harvard and to other charitable organizations. Theodore Roosevelt One of, in not the coolest president to ever sit in office.  Roosevelt is known for his introduction of conservation, his progressivism, trust busting, and giving a speech while having a bullet in his chest.  Yep that is a true story.  One of Roosevelt’s first government positions was as Governor of New York, and resided there for most of his life.  Roosevelt graduated from Harvard in...

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Spotted on the Runway: Met Gala 2013

By on May 10, 2013 in Spotted

For the past four decades, the annual Met Gala has been a flagship event to celebrate the opening of The Met’s fashion exhibit at the Costume Institute, and, more importantly, to gather hundreds of celebrities for an unforgettable night out. This year’s theme, “Punk: Chaos to Couture,” was displayed in varying forms—from spiky shoes, to fauxhawks, to deep red lips—the Met Gala had it all. The event, hosted by Vogue, featured Rooney Mara (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”), and esteemed designer Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy as chairs of the event, along with superstar Beyonce, as an honorary chair. Actors, designers, musicians, and other celebrities from various industries strutted through the red carpet at the Gala. Some adhered to the theme, while some veered off the path. Taylor Swift, famous for her sweet sundresses, and girly, glitzy style, dared to be different and embody the theme of the night. Outfitted in a black cutout, sleeveless dress by J. Mendel with matching heels, Swift took a departure from her typical hairdos by crimping it, and pulling it back. Never one to shy away from the spotlight, Sarah Jessica Parker made waves with her bold ensemble. Her flowy, graphic dress was created by Giles Deacon, who personally travelled from England to cut the dress. But what stood out the most were her accessories—plaid, stiletto thigh high boots, Fred Leighton jewelry, and a massive mohawk headpiece designed by Phillip Tracey. “I wanted to pay attention to the theme,” said Parker, “and embrace it.” And that she did. Two other standouts from the night include sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning, who have recently become fashion icons in their own right. Dakota donned a black Rodarte gown featuring mesh cutouts in the midriff, and ornate appliqués on the backside. Elle also wore a Rodarte piece, but hers was a tie-die inspired dress, complete with bold, blue winged eye shadow. Singer-songwriter and actress Emmy Rossum brought some glamour to the red carpet with her ethereal, shimmering gown by Donna Karan Atelier. Bejeweled dangling earrings, a braided topknot, and brilliant, smoky eyes completed the look. Tickets to the event are estimated to be $25,000...

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