March 15, 2018

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Lillian Jackson

The NYU Alumni Association (NYUAA) represents all NYU alumni, from every NYU school and department—a community more than half-a-million strong. The diverse and active NYUAA Board of Directors is made up of alumni volunteers who steer the Association in their mission to engage and support alumni. Lillian Jackson (SPS ’90) is a founding member of the NYUAA and has been serving NYU for more than 20 years. Lillian currently serves on the Alumni Weekend committee.

She has previously been involved in NYU’s First Class Mentorship Program; the NYUAA Fundraising, Multicultural, Communications & Marketing, and Student Relations Committees, Government Relations and Community Service; the NYU Alumnae Club; and SPS Alumni Association.

Meet Lillian

What is your favorite

  • Food? My favorite food is a fresh, healthy green salad with a simple dressing on the side.
  • Book? As a result of a caring event I experienced while riding several years ago, my love for horses and horseback riding is very deep. Now that I am unable to ride, I visit them in-person, in books, and on movie screens. The Black Stallion and other horse stories are my favorites.
  • TV Show and/or Movie? The daily PBS Newshour, including their weekly Friday evening news analysis, is great.
  • Song and/or Musical Artist? I enjoy a variety of musical genres. At times, music can be therapeutic to my inner spirit.
  • Way to spend a Saturday? On Saturday afternoons, I enjoy communicating with horses in Central Park, having a leisurely workout at my gym, and meeting a friend or two for a meal and a chat.
  • Place to travel? I love taking a train ride to Toronto, Canada.
  • Place on the NYU campus? The Washington Square Park and Arch location represents lots of great memories on campus. The greatest memory is when I graduated in Washington Square Park; all of the graduates from every school and college converged down the street from different directions into the Park. It was a magnificent sight and feeling

What is your favorite memory from your time at NYU?

I enjoyed participating in the special events and seasonal socials that took place in Eisner & Lubin Auditorium (in the Loeb Student Center where the Kimmel Center now stands). During that time, students and teachers came together for entertainment and fellowship.

Why do you give back to NYU?

My life has always included lots of service, sharing, and helping others in some form of volunteer activities. It is very rewarding. Since I went to school at night, my employer paid for 99% of my NYU tuition, including the time I spent along with other NYU students at Oxford for summer science studies. My tuition remission was a great gift allowing me to be free of the large loans many students pay these days. In keeping with my way of life, I enjoy giving service, support, and regular financial gifts to alma mater.