Cornell University

September 24 2006

Dean Katz announces ILR's Groat and Alpern Awardees for 2007

Jay W. Waks '68 is the winner of the 2007 Groat Award and Paul Cole is the winner of the 2007 Alpern Award. The Groat and Alpern Awards will be presented in New York City at the Grand Hyatt on Thursday, March 29, 2007. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this special evening as we celebrate Jay's and Paul's contributions to the ILR School and the University, and their success in their chosen fields.

The Judge William B. Groat Alumni Award was established to honor a distinguished graduate who has demonstrated outstanding service and support to the School, and it recognizes those whose career accomplishments have been primarily within the field of industrial and labor relations. The Jerome Alpern Award was established to honor a distinguished alumnus who has demonstrated outstanding service and support to the School, and it recognizes those whose career accomplishments have been primarily outside the field of industrial and labor relations. In 2004, the Advisory Council and Alumni Association voted to amend the requirements to include friends of ILR who are not alumni of either ILR or Cornell but who have given outstanding service to the ILR School.  

Jay WaksJudge William B. Groat Alumni Award

Jay W. Waks '68, J.D. '71, has been an attorney with Kaye Scholer LLP in New York City for more than 34 years. His success as a lawyer is well-known; he is a Fellow of both the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the American Bar Association Foundation. Jay has published numerous articles and been a featured speaker at bar meetings and other professional gatherings. Jay is a member of the ILR Advisory Council and the first ILR alumnus to serve as Chair of the Cornell University Council. In 2004, Jay and his wife, Harriet, established The Waks Family Fund for International Education and Research at the ILR School. This fund is intended to "enhance ILR's visibility in the international arena and expand its collective understanding of the globalization of work as a critical path towards worldwide economic and human development." Their daughter Allison is currently an undergraduate in ILR. Read full biography (pdf).

Paul ColeJerome Alpern Award

Paul Cole, Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus of the New York State AFL-CIO, served as a Cornell Trustee for 16 years. During those 16 years, Paul represented the interest of the ILR School as a member of the Land Grant Committee. He has assisted the School with obtaining funding from the New York State Legislature and constantly promotes the School as the premier institution of its kind. Paul is a member of the ILR Advisory Council and is a past chair of this council. As one of his nominator's notes, "Paul truly believes in the mission of the ILR School and has done everything in his role as an officer of the New York State Labor Federation to promote the ILR School and its activities." Read full biography (pdf).

The Award Reception

The Groat and Alpern Awards will be presented in New York City at the Grand Hyatt on Thursday, March 29, 2007. ILR sends special thanks to our event sponsors. This grand celebration of our awardees and the School would not be possible without help from our alumni and friends--all of you. View a list of last years sponsors (pdf).

For information on how to sponsor a table for the 2007 event, call Kasi Dean at 607-254-7250 or e-mail kad57@cornell.edu