Graduated from Columbia University Graduate School of Business 1984; Entrepreneur; taught at Colgate from 2004-2006; Currently split time between New York City, East Hampton, NY and Yelapa, MX
Every moment with Professor Aveni is among my favorites. Here a few from the highlight reel:
1) Archaeoastronomy, Summer, 1977. I first became his student in this class. What an inspiring and rewarding experience around our shared interest in the field and particularly the Maya; Copan, one of the most important sites to the Mayan civilization; and, the astronomical significance of Temple 22 Copan and its connection to Venus.
2) January 2005: Accompanying Professor Aveni, Lorraine, Carol Anne and Chris Vesey, and a group of students during on one of his famous January “field trips” to Guatemala and Honduras.
We traveled to the Mayan archaeological site, Copan and throughout Honduras to experience these ancient ruins first-hand.
The first of Tony and Antonio from the Copan archaeological site - of course there is a story connected to Antonio involving "cake."
In the second photo Professor Aveni is generously directing an old student measuring site lines within the Copan site.
This was such a grand trip - we covered a lot of miles from Guatamala and through Honduras, and learned a lot about what these places meant to the Maya. The entire group was so tight knit and engaged. It was remarkable. We ate every meal together, swam in a cenote, picked up street musicians to entertain us – of particular note was Tony conducting a local musician known as Sachmo as he belted out melodies on his sax in a Copan café après dinner. What a time.
3) Traveling on an alumni trip to the Yucatan with Professor Aveni, Lorraine and my daughter, Isabella 13 at the time, to see Chichen Itza; and finally
And, of course anytime we’re together and one of the storied memorialized by number is retold.
Back in 1977, and I remember this very clearly: Professor Aveni's passion for the subject matter and vision of what was possible inspired me to stretch beyond what I understood to be the limits of my intellectual capacity.
I felt that he had more sense of what I was capable than I did. He was one of the first professors to tap into and refine my ability to think creatively and analytically. He believed and inspired me to take big risks attempting to define the unknown. I have come to use these skills and mindset throughout my life.
Tony and Lorraine -
You are such a fantastic couple. Our family wishes you the best in your post Colgate pursuits. May you stay healthy and inspired and hopefully, you will both visit us in Mexico next year and many years thereafter
Bruce, Catharine, Isabella '17, Emma, Alberto ...
I am so grateful for my own experience as one of Tony's students. We have stayed in touch and become good friends over the years. Moreover, I am extraordinarily grateful that my daughter Isabella ‘17 was able to experience the same gift as his student in Astronomy and Culture. Professor Aveni inspiring and teaching another family across generations …