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Cornell Changed My Life: Reflections from The Hill

  • Greenbriar : Tower City 12th Floor 230 W Huron Rd Cleveland , OH 44113 (map)


Ask Cornellians about their time on 'The Hill' and nearly all will report that Cornell changed their lives in innumerable ways.  Join Associate Vice President for Alumni Affairs Jim Mazza '88 as he reflects on his experience and that of other Cornellians whose lives were altered not only by friends and classmates but the likes of Sagan, Nabokov, LaFeber, Cook, Becker, and countless others.   Hear, too, updates on exciting developments on campus as well as the efforts of Cornell’s corps of 15,000 volunteers around the globe working to further strengthen our great university.  Be sure to bring your “life changing” story to share as well!

Jim Mazza ’88 is the Associate Vice President of Alumni Affairs at Cornell University.  In this role, he provides strategic direction and leadership to Cornell's alumni and volunteer engagement efforts, including regional and special interest programs; class, student, and young alumni programs; volunteer programs; social media strategy; marketing and metrics; and the Cornell Annual Fund. Now in his twenty-fifth year at Cornell, Jim has served in a number of leadership roles focused on both alumni engagement and philanthropy, including as Associate Vice President of Colleges and Units, during which he worked closely with the provost and deans to develop campaign plans for Cornell’s sixteen colleges, schools, and major units. 

As Campaign Director, he oversaw the public launch of Cornell’s successful $4 billion “Far Above…” Campaign in October 2007.  Previously, he was Campaign Director for Special Projects, coordinating fundraising initiatives for several university-wide priorities, including three multi-million-dollar science facilities – Weill Hall, Duffield Hall and the Laboratory of Ornithology. He also has served as Director of Scholarship Development, Assistant Director of Leadership Gifts, and Director of Club and Regional Programs. 

He has twice been nationally recognized with a “Communicator Award” (1999 and 2003) for video projects for which he served as producer.  Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Cornell, which he earned in 1988.   An avid amateur pianist and photographer, he has been involved with a number of community non-profit organizations in Upstate New York and beyond.  With Bess Mennen Dailey ‘39, he founded the Hangar Theatre’s Next Generation program and is a past president of the Kitchen Theatre Company’s Board of Directors, located in Ithaca, New York.