Phoenix Ivy Council members and guests gather for events


The Phoenix Ivy Council, comprised of alumni representatives from 32 universities, including the Ivy League, MIT, Stanford, Seven Sisters, Northwestern, University of Chicago and the New England Small College Athletic Conference, hosted three fall events for members and guests.

On Thursday, Oct. 20, the Council partnered with the MIT Club and the Southwest Shakespeare Group to present a stop-action performance of “The Merchant of Venice” at Mesa Arts Center.  Professor Kent Sorensen, Shakespeare scholar, provided commentary by stopping actors in mid-scene to break the play down for viewers.

On Thursday, Oct. 27 at the University Club, Michael O’Neil, Ph.D., pollster, political analyst and market researcher, shared insight into the 2016 election outlook. Dr. O’Neil has conducted public opinion polls widely covered in national and Arizona media for 35 years.

The Council hosted its second annual classic film event on Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Film Bar in downtown Phoenix.  ASU film professor Joe Fortunato screened, discussed and gave live commentary on film classic “To Kill a Mockingbird.”  As Council president Jonathan Hall noted, “It’s interesting how this film is still relevant to social justice issues of today over 50 years later.”

The Phoenix Ivy Council strives to foster camaraderie among its alumni and demonstrate support for Phoenix through participation in the arts, education and civic engagement.  It is perhaps the only group of its kind in the country, representing nearly 16,000 alumni from its affiliated clubs living in greater Phoenix and Arizona at large.

The organization’s primary public service initiative is Quincea — Creating Empowering and Sustainable Programs for Developmentally Disabled Adults and Transitioning Veterans.

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The next Council activity will be the 11th annual St. Mary’s Food Bank Volunteer Event on Saturday, Dec. 31.  For more information on the Phoenix Ivy Council contact president Jonathan Hall at


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