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Each year, Elmira College alumni select an alumnus or alumna who is exceptionally successful in business, leadership, community, educational, and philanthropic endeavors to become an honoree of the Bette A. Mammone '78 Memorial Academy. This year, the Academy will honor Robert “Chip” Coffey ’76, and the EC Community (alumni, students, faculty, and staff) are invited to hear Coffey share stories about his unique experiences.
“I was gobsmacked when I first learned that I was chosen,” shared Coffey. “I am so honored and I am grateful to come back to EC to accept this award.”
The event will be from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., March 18, in Stephans Lounge in Meier Hall on the College campus. Registration is required for alumni, who have the option to bring a guest. Students and employees must show their Elmira College ID at the door.
Coffey has an impressive career as a widely acknowledged and prominent psychic/medium. He has appeared on many television shows including Kindred Spirit; Psychic Kids; Paranormal State; Haunted Salem: Live; Paranormal Pajama Party; Expedition Unknown; and Jack Osbourne’s Night of Terror. Coffey authored the book “Growing Up Psychic: My Story of Not Just Surviving but Thriving–and How Others Like Me Can Too.” He has offered numerous lectures and readings conducted throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central America, and Australia.
Coffey said the theme of his discussion will be about embracing life as a journey and facing into the bumps and surprises as they come, which they will, as they are part of the spice that makes life interesting.
“If someone had told me what my life would be like when I graduated from Elmira College, I wouldn’t have believed them. But at 70 I feel good, and of the dreams I dared to dream of myself at that time, I have exceeded all of my expectations,” explained Coffey. “That’s such a blessing and a wonderful thing to be able to say.”
The Academy was established in 2018 by the Class of 1978 in the spirit of giving and as part of their traditional 40th Reunion gift. Following the untimely passing of a beloved classmate, Bette A. Mammone '78, in June 2017, the Class decided to make Mammone's dream of creating a forum where alumni could share their knowledge and experience with students as they prepare to meet the challenges and complexities of the world.