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You can make it happen: Fall 2013

Hand over your diary!

Archivists in Rare and Manuscript Collections at Cornell University Library love to get their hands on diaries, journals and scrapbooks kept by Cornell students and faculty of the past – and not just the distant past. These treasures can provide a detailed, colorful view into the campus experience, cultural and political history, and biographies of individual Cornellians.

Fund student tutoring positions

Stellar undergrads support fellow students in economics via the Cornell Economics Tutoring Center, based in the College of Arts and Sciences, which serves students across the university. Students drop by to get on-the-spot help and advice from their peers. Six tutors for five hours a week at $10 per hour for the 15-week semester: $4,500

Help more kids have a fair shake at college

The Early College Awareness Program is designed to inspire, encourage and inform sixth-graders and their parents/guardians about the college application process. Cornell students are trained to help participating students with the college application process: $5,000 a year (or $100,000 to endow and name the program)

Help more students try engineering on for size

Women in Engineering and Diversity Hosting Weekend programs are critical to making a Cornell education in engineering available to all. These programs allow prospective, hand-selected students the opportunity to "live" Cornell engineering for a weekend to meet professors, live with students and be a part of the Cornell community. Funding will make this happen for 280 participants. $20,000

Support for those with ADHD or autism spectrum disorders

Support a pilot academic support program that offers individual coaching services to students who struggle with time management, organizational skills and procrastination. Coaching engages the student in creating the structure and strategies needed for academic success and personal well-being. $35,000

Blankets for 'Buster'

Any dog or cat will appreciate waking from surgery in the Cornell University Hospital for Animals with a warming blanket, specifically for recovery from anesthesia and surgical procedures. $500

Bring an artist to Cornell

The Artist-in-Residence Program at the Institute for German Cultural Studies, created in 2002, has brought authors, filmmakers, theater directors, installation artists and composers to campus. They present their work to the Cornell community, conduct special seminars for graduate students and interact with undergraduates in formal classes and informal settings.

As of spring 2013, funds for the artist-in-residence program have been exhausted.

"[These] artists have prepared thoughtful, stimulating and well-crafted aesthetics lectures for the experimental series," says former institute director Leslie Adelson, the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of German Studies. One artist for a two-week residence: $15,000

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