October 15, 2023

Group of volunteers at a wine tasting

An impressive slate of alumni will be honored for their dedication, service, and creativity to the University community this year at our annual NYU Alumni and Families Weekend. The Alumni Volunteer Awards are given to officially-recognized clubs, groups, and individuals that further the mission of the NYUAA to engage alumni through innovative events and community-building programs that make a difference and bring the entire NYU community together. Meritorious Service Awards, also given annually, are presented to respected and distinguished graduates of any school, college, or division of NYU who have demonstrated extraordinary service and continuing devotion to their alma mater. 

This year’s NYUAA Alumni Volunteer Recognition and Service Awards will take place on Saturday, October 28, from 5:30–6:30 PM. Alumni are invited to join us to celebrate the many alumni volunteers that support the NYU community. Learn more about the 2023 honorees below:

Event of the Year | NYU Korean Alumni Association: Reunion Day

The Korea Alumni Association’s (KAA) annual, alumni-led NYU Reunion Day drew in over 200 alumni for a fun-filled night of mingling, drinks, and music. 

This year’s event, “Violets Be Together, All Together” was held on May 30, 2023 at Forest Cheongdam in the posh neighborhood of Apgujeong in Seoul’s Gangnam District. They welcomed honorary guest President Linda G. Mills, as well as other notable guests such as Head of NYU-KAIST Research Karin Pavese, Director of Alumni Engagement Asia, Xin Wei, and other prominent members of KAIST to celebrate the recently formed NYU-KAIST partnership.

After a pre-reception for the senior leadership of NYU KAA, the night kicked off with welcome remarks from KAA Chairman Sang Joon Suh followed by a fireside chat with President Mills moderated by former NYU Trustee Jonathan Kim (SPS '09). Throughout the evening, alumni participated in NYU networking bingo as well as raffles throughout the night that consisted of various prizes donated by members of the KAA.

Innovation of the Year | NYU Latinx Alumni Network: Breathe, Restore, Explore Series

In 2023, the NYU Latinx Alumni Network launched Breathe Explore Restore, a series of six programs centered in culturally relevant knowledge sharing, restorative grounding practices, and accessible wellness tools to care for Latinx alumni and their circles.

Each event has been facilitated by NYU Latinx Alumni Network volunteer Amanda Sabater (TSOA '11) and featured a Latinx subject matter expert guest speaker. This event series has been an incredible success consistently engaging a group of 10–20 attendees and focusing on wellness, the welcoming and inclusive environment, the sense of community fostered through each program, and upholding GIDBEA.

Volunteers of the Year | Leighton Gordon (CAS '06) and Tammy Dang (CAS '00), NYU Alumni Club in the Bay Area

Co-Presidents of the NYU Alumni Club in the Bay Area Leighton and Tammy have gone above and beyond, hosting 30 events engaging over 300 local alumni in 2023.

The NYU Alumni Club in the Bay Area hosted the greatest number of events by any NYU alumni club in academic year '23 and it was a significant increase from the club’s 10 events the prior year. Additionally, they have recruited and welcomed seven new alumni club volunteers for the local leadership committee.

To maximize the accessibility of club activities, Leighton and Tammy have intentionally hosted events at various price points, and in all regions of the Bay Area. They have collaborated with their committee and local alumni to coordinate diverse calendar events (including events in partnership with the NYU Stern Bay Area chapter), and Leighton in particular has innovated by introducing two new event series: a monthly happy hour (First Fridays) and group runs at popular sites throughout the region.

New Volunteer of the Year | Barb Hickey (TSOA '15), NYU Alumni in Portland

Barb Hickey became an official NYU regional ambassador in late 2022 and has single-handedly organized and hosted six events for her small but mighty local alumni community.

These events have made an impact not just because they are creative and diverse, but because they connect NYU alumni with their local community and one another. Barb has done a tremendous job spotlighting local organizations focused on helping marginalized communities. She is unwavering in her dedication to building inclusive alumni programs and an absolute joy to work with. She is the first Regional Ambassador to win New Volunteer of the Year in the history of the NYUAA’s Alumni Volunteer Awards.

Meritorious Service Award | Kelly Kennedy Mack (STERN '02)

Kelly Kennedy Mack is president of Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group, a  recognized industry leader in the planning, design, marketing, and sale of luxury residential development. She has played a significant part in the company's expansion and has worked with some of the most distinguished leaders in luxury real estate, including renowned developers, architects, and designers. In addition to the NYU Board of Trustees, Mack is a committee member for the Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at NYU Langone Health.