"Cornell students dream bigger dreams."

--Frank H.T. Rhodes, Cornell University Commencement, May 28, 1995

Monday, April 27, 2015

5. Jevan Taylor

Several of the alums featured between now and reunion were degree marshals for their respective colleges during our commencement ceremony in May 1995, an honor awarded to the two students in each college with the highest GPA.

Kansas City, Missouri · Human Ecology


Tell us about what you're doing with your life.

I am married, have 2 great kids, and have built a career in marketing and advertising.  Soon after graduating from Cornell I got married to my high school sweetheart, Andrea, and we moved to NYC.  I started a career in advertising and she pursued business management.  We soon tired of the big city life and moved to North Carolina.  I continued to work in advertising while we had two children, Rowan and Zane.  We moved around a little, finally settling in Kansas City.  I currently work in marketing for a financial services firm while Andrea is going back to school to pursue a second career in the medical field.  I keep busy striving to be a good dad and husband while continuing to build my marketing career.  I try to fit in a little tennis, hiking, swimming, and travel when I can.

What was your favorite class at Cornell, or the one you found the most useful?

Not really a class, but I participated in the semester in NYC program, where I had an internship in the industry of my choice 3 days a week, while taking a multi-cultural class the other days.  This enabled me to see what my chosen career was really like, gain valuable job experience, and ultimately it was the key to getting that first job.  As the company where I did my internship hired me after I graduated.  It was the single most important experience in college that prepared me  for employment in the real world.

·  What is your favorite memory of your time at Cornell?
Hanging out with my close group of friends.  Upon arriving at Cornell, I quickly became close friends with 5 other transfer students.  We spent the entire time at Cornell together, doing everything.  I remember playing tennis across from my dorm room with them after class in the sunshine on a warm fall afternoon.   Catching some sun in the Quad.  Hiking in one of the nearby parks.  Even sitting on the dock of the lake and watching the sailboats.

Which Cornell classmates do you keep in touch with?

Chris Erbig.  My long-time roommate at Cornell And currently godfather to my two children.