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This summer Teachers College once again celebrated Global TC Day, a tradition which began in 2013 as part of the College's 125th Anniversary. This biennial celebration provides an exceptional opportunity for our community to connect and reminds us of the enduring legacy and global impact of TC. Alumni, students, family and friends gathered at museums and on rooftops; for happy hour and for dinner; to sample ice cream and to enjoy live music-at over 30 events across the globe.

Did you have a chance to attend a Global TC Day event in-person or virtually? We invite you to fill out our survey to let us know about your experience. Remember, throughout the year, the Office of Alumni Relations offers many opportunities for alumni to connect at events on campus and around the world. Visit our events page to see a list of our upcoming offerings and be sure to update your contact information so we can keep you informed via email.

Thank you to all our alumni volunteers who helped organize our Global TC Day events—we couldn’t have done it without you! Your dedication and enthusiasm made planning these celebrations a joy and we loved working with you.

And, now, join us as we take a trip around the world…

Happy hour proved to be a popular choice for Global TC Day gatherings this year. What better way to unwind from a busy work day than to catch up with TC friends? In Portland, Kristin Quackenbush (M.A. '11) kept with tradition and hosted an intimate group at The Kennedy School. Emily Neff (M.A. '16) and Denise Jones (M.A. '17), similarly, kept things casual and enjoyed happy hour in Pittsburgh. Recent graduate Alison Colquhoun (M.A. '17) wasted no time connecting with her new alumni community: she organized a happy hour at Rappahonnock Oyster Bar in Charleston. The Florida regional group gathered for happy hour in Miami with the help of Xyomara Beltran (M.A. '07).

In Chicago and San Diego, Global TC Day attendees expanded their horizons, literally. For happy hour in Chicago, Melissa Sweazy (M.Ed. '10) and Director of Alumni Outreach and Communications Alejandra Merheb hosted a rooftop gathering overlooking Millennium Park. Sandi Schwartz (M.A. '70) and fellow alumni shared drinks overlooking the Pacific Ocean in San Diego.

Our International Alumni Network Reps brought alumni together across the globe, as well. Erica Lowe (M.A. '07) hosted happy hour in Hong Kong; Tang Heng (Ed.D. '15) and Wendy Goh (Ph.D. '08) hosted a happy hour in Singapore; and Nadia Jamal (M.Ed. '09) hosted happy hour in Toronto, Canada with the help of Terra Sweet (M.A. '16). Diane Dobry (Ed.D. '11) of "Getting Hungary" celebrated Global TC Day at Akvárium Klub in Budapest. In Bogota, Tulsi Griffiths (M.A. '13) reported that alumni and current students had such a good time, they are already planning their next event! This is a sentiment that many of our other Global TC Day attendees shared.

Many of our alumni and students broke bread this Global TC Day. Alejandra Merheb traveled to Louisville for a productive and delicious networking lunch with area alumni. Chong Yang Kim (Ed.D. '84) once again generously sponsored dinner in Seoul, South Korea. Alumni in Seattle enjoyed a family-style dinner while Distinguished Alumni Honoree and Alumni Council member Leticia Lyle (M.A. '11) hosted not one but two events in Brazil: the first at her home in São Paulo and the second in Rio de Janeiro.

In the Philippines, Alumni Council Member Noel Leyco (M.A. '80) hosted dinner at the Manila Polo Club with the help of his fellow International Alumni Network Reps Gillian Virata (M.A. '83) and Denise Villasenor (M.A. '16) and volunteer organizers Tina Bate (M.A. '95) and Mia Tulao-Fernando (M.A. '05). Rodolfo Estrada (M.A. '07) and Sylvia Roldan (M.A. '06) gathered with alumni in Los Angeles to try something a little different: a mole tasting at one of city's most popular Mexican restaurants, Guelaguetza.

Ice cream counts as a meal, right? Alumni in Atlanta would certainly agree. With the help of Lisa Fenn (M.A. '96), they gathered with family and friends to beat the heat and enjoy cool treats at the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival.

The arts have always played a role in the TC community, and so it's not surprising that many alumni chose to spend Global TC Day enjoying cultural experiences. Yingshi Yang (Ed.D. '09) hosted a tour of the National Art Museum of China in Beijing. He introduced attendees to the NAMOC and two exhibitions of Chinese art from the 20th to the 21st century. Johanna Brody (M.A. '12) and Julia Gelormino (M.A. '12) met alumni in the Bay Area for a private tour of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Afterwards, attendees enjoyed a family-style dinner with special guest Derald Wing Sue, Professor of Psychology and Education. President Susan Fuhrman (Ph.D. '77) hosted TC alumni and friends in the Berkshires at Jacob's Pillow Dance for a luncheon and special performance by the Paul Taylor Dance Company. TC Professor of Higher and Adult Education Stephen Brookfield and his band, The 99ers, even welcomed alumni to their live concert in Minneapolis.

Back in New York, Global TC Day attendees took advantage of the city's many cultural offerings. Alumni took a special access, curator-led tour of Brooklyn Museum's Georgia O'Keeffe: Living Modern Exhibit, the first exhibition to combine elements of O'Keeffe's wardrobe with key paintings and photographs. O'Keeffe, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, is also a TC alumna. With the help of Sarah Bolson Barnett (M.A. '10), the 21st Century Leaders hosted an evening at the New York Botanical Garden. Attendees enjoyed a lively reception and a special nighttime tour of CHIHULY's mesmerizing, illuminated works of art.

TC graduates' love of learning and desire to connect with fellow innovators was on full display during Global TC Day. June Chen (Ed.D. '99) and Antonio Lee (M.A. '04) organized "Planting the Seeds: Developing Future Leaders Through Impactful K-12 Education," the first Teachers College Global Symposium in Taiwan. This educational forum provided a platform to learn from leading visionaries and institutions engaged in impactful education, disseminate the work they are currently embarking on and facilitate dialogue for future collaborations.

Tali Yariv-Mashal (Ph.D. '04) and Aviv Cohen (Ph.D. '13) hosted the first-ever Global TC Day in Jerusalem, Israel. Alumni gathered at the Beracha Foundation to share thought-provoking presentations about education for democracy in Israel, and to discuss ways to engage the TC community in their part of the world.

Thanks to International Alumni Network Reps Chaiwat Kaewphanngam (M.Ed. '11) and Porntip Kanjananiyot (M.Ed. '81), alumni in Thailand had the opportunity to meet with Minister of Education Teerakiat Jareonsettasin and discuss opportunities for education in the country.

The Japan Alumni Association gathered in Fussa for a unique opportunity to enter the Yokota Air Base. The day's agenda also included a plenary talk by Tottori University Professor Kip Cates, a series of short research presentations, a panel discussion featuring various generations of TC graduates and a group dinner.

The Office of Alumni Relations is continually seeking ways to expand our event offerings and, thus, we were happy to host two virtual events this Global TC Day. As part of the Reimagining Education: Teaching and Learning in Racially Diverse Schools Institute, Professor Christopher Emdin delivered a talk, "Towards Recovery & Discovery in Urban Education: Reboot, Retool, Reclaim." The talk was presented in person at the Cowin Center and virtually on Livestream. After the session, in person attendees were also treated to an ice cream social.

For our first-ever Facebook Live Global TC Day event, President Susan Fuhrman (Ph.D. '77) took part in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) moderated by Sr. Director of Alumni Relations Rosella Garcia. President Fuhrman answered questions about how TC leads education research, what role she sees TC playing in order to preserve and advance public education, what it means to her to be a TC alumna and more. With live viewers from across the world, this was a truly global event. You can watch the full video here.

In Washington, D.C., attendees celebrated both the College and Professor Emerita Joan Gussow (Ed.D. '75) who was honored with the Helen Denning Ullrich Award for Lifetime Excellence in Nutrition Education at the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior 50th Annual Conference. They also had the opportunity to hear from Isobel Contento, the Mary Swartz Rose Professor of Nutrition and Education, and Pamela Koch (Ed.D. '00), Executive Director of the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy.

International Alumni Network Rep Elizabeth Foskolos (M.A. '15) and Associate Director of Stewardship and Donor Relations Urania Mylonas hosted a networking event in Athens, Greece that included views of a beautiful sunset over the canal at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.

We hope you enjoyed revisiting Global TC Day 2017 with us. We look forward to connecting with you again this year!

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