Event for influential alumni at TAU
On Monday October 26 2016 the TAU Alumni Organization hosted a special event for its most prominent and influential alumni – owners, chairpersons and CEOs of leading Israeli corporations and organizations, public figures and media personages. The event was held at the magnificent building of the Porter School of Environmental Studies.
Sigalit Ben Hayoun, Executive Director of TAU Alumni Organization, organized an evening of science and music, revolving around a riveting discourse among some of TAU's star researchers:
- Dr. Carmit Levy of the Faculty of Medicine, specializing in melanoma research.
- Prof. Yair Bar-Haim of the School of Psychology and School of Neuroscience, who studies post-trauma.
- Dr. Oded Rechavi, a genetics researcher from the Faculty of Life Sciences.
TAU President Prof. Joseph Klafter announced the establishment of a joint forum for alumni leading Israel's economy and society, and Chinese graduates of a special TAU program and other Chinese businessmen. The President noted that as an international university with associations in China's academia and government, TAU will work to promote the abilities of top graduates from both countries.
Sigal Adar, Head of the TAU Alumni Organization, launched the "Connected+" Project – TAU students and graduates for the community. For the first time, starting in the 2016-2017 academic year, the university will offer courses combining academic studies with service to the community. These courses will become mandatory for all undergraduates. Adar called upon the alumni to adopt the courses, which will eventually encompass 200,000 annual hours of voluntary work, assisting about 50,000 children and teens. Accountant Zeev Feldman, graduate of the School of Management, was first to answer the call, committing himself to a generous donation of $100,000.
Accountant Danny Margalit, who won a flight ticket in the evening's lottery, asked to say a few words. He warned the audience that the accounting profession is currently undergoing dramatic changes.
The event closed with a performance by singer Nurit Galron. Michal Ansky, graduate of the Faculty of Humanities, was the evening's MC.
Also present were prominent TAU alumni such as: Teva CEO Erez Vigodman, Ericsson General Manager Alon Berman, CEO of the Association of Banks Moshe Pearl, Supreme Court Justice Dr. Yoram Danziger, Commissioner of the Prisons Service Ofra Klinger, State Attorney Comptroller David Rosen, Senior Director and Head of Yahoo's Tel Aviv Development Center Ido Yablonka, chairman of the Israel Cancer Research Foundation Tamir Gilat, Golan Telecom President Oren Most, actress Limor Goldstein, Accountant Shlomo Ziv, Infinity CEO Accountant Benny Ayal and others.