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August 2017

Pollack champions 'educational verve,' humane and rational values
Martha E. Pollack plumbed the depths of Cornell history and spoke to current times in her inaugural address Aug. 25, following her installation as the university's 14th president. See full Cornell Chronicle coverage of inauguration events, including the Street Fair, Festival of Scholarship, the symposium "Universities and the Search for the Truth" and more.

Alumni giving, engagement breaks records in 2017
Cornell University raised a record $743.5 million in cash gifts for all campuses, a 21 percent increase over total cash gifts in FY16.

Pulitzer Prize-winning alum pens book about global adventures
Jeffrey Gettleman '94 has chronicled his career in journalism, his relationship with his wife, Courtenay Morris '94, and his time at Cornell in "Love, Africa."

July 2017

Cornell lifts New York state cheese market with an artisanal approach
Cheesemakers from across the Northeast have turned to CALS' Food Processing and Development Laboratory for small-batch production and dairy expertise as they develop new recipes. Murray's Cavemaster Reserve Ezra – named for Cornell's founder – launched this spring as the newest New York-made clothbound cheddar on the market.

Alumnus returns to Cornell as Tisch University Professor
Lorenzo Alvisi, M.S. '94, Ph.D. '96, and Cornell's newest Tisch University Professor, has found that all doors eventually lead back to Cornell.

Daria Schneider embraces chaos to develop Cornell fencing
After 10 years on the international fencing circuit, the five-time member of the national fencing team began to consider a return to collegiate coaching.

June 2017

Reunion 2017 connected alumni to each other and Cornell
The spirit of Reunion 2017 brought people and communities together to continue and expand the Cornell experience and set a new record for alumni attendance. The weekend was a team effort, and one that used technology and social media to engage every member of the community, near and far. See full Cornell Chronicle coverage of Reunion Weekend, including President Martha E. Pollack's Q&A with alumni and events featuring Bill Nye '77 and Steve Reich '57.

CEN NYC: Pitch Night gives entrepreneurs the mic
At a Cornell Entrepreneur Network event June 14, 10 Cornellian entrepreneurs pitched their start-up ideas at the WeWork space in Bryant Park.

First Posse graduates reflect on their journeys
Just before graduation, Posse staff from Cornell's program and leaders from the national Posse office gathered to honor the graduates and wish them well.

May 2017

President Pollack to the Class of 2017: Effect change by clarifying values
Under warm sunshine May 28, President Martha E. Pollack sent the Cornell University Class of 2017 into the world with a call to clarify their values as they set out to make change in a challenging world. See full Cornell Chronicle coverage of Commencement Weekend, including former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's Convocation speech and the Cornell Dairy ice cream named in his honor.

Sheila Wilson Allen and Linda Gadsby elected as new trustees
Allen '76, DVM '81, and Gadsby '88 are the new alumni-elected members of the board of trustees; they are among nine new trustees whose terms begin July 1.

Legendary coach pens memoir: "It's Great to be Here"
Richie Moran's long-awaited autobiography charts not just his years as a player and lacrosse coach, but a lifetime of connecting with people.

Dan Cohen '05: A Hollywood matchmaker
The producer spoke on campus in April about the inegrity of the projects he works on, such as "Stranger Things" on Netflix and the film "Arrival."

April 2017

Q&A with President Martha E. Pollack as she takes the university's helm
Martha E. Pollack, who began her term as Cornell's 14th president April 17, recently spoke to the Chronicle about how universities innovate, the critical importance of free speech and academic expression on campus, and what has surprised her most about Cornell so far. During her first week as president, she stopped by a Student Assembly meeting and met with lawmakers in D.C. to promote science funding.

A gift for the ages: The legacy of Craig Voorhees at Cornell
A bequest gift from Voorhees '49 is a tribute to Cornell for making him "the man that he became." The gift now funds a new scholarship challenge.

Two food science alumni elected to leadership positions
More than just a Cornell food science pedigree connects Bryson Bolton, M.S. '09, and Michele Perchonok, Ph.D. '83.

New book charts almost a century of track-and-field competition
Coach Artie Smith '96 is the author of a new book about Cornell's spirited participation in the TransAtlantic Series.

March 2017

As trustees, Pamela Marrone and Katrina James broaden their scope of service
Alumni chose Marrone '78 and James '96 to serve on the Cornell University Board of Trustees in May 2016. They took office in July and participated in their first board meeting in October. Now, with the 2017 election underway (voting is open through May 2), Marrone and James say their first months as trustees have deepened their understanding of how the university works and expanded the scope of their service to Cornell.

Alum spends time in Taiwan immersed in art, language
Vincent Chong '14 says his early memories of receiving small gifts as a young child fuels his interest today in cultural objects and intricate design.

Q&A with Rosa Méndez '05 on environmental justice
She was recently appointed director of the Office of Environmental Justice at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

CSV17 explores the impact of industry innovation
Presenters at the conference said truly intelligent machines are on the way, but only after technology reaches complexity similar to that of human biology.

Giving Day 2017 breaks records
Some 8,640 donors gave 12,209 gifts, surpassing participation for Cornell's two previous Giving Days, for a total of $6,321,962 ($200,000 more than 2016). Postings on social media, including pet pics, boosted engagement.

February 2017

Volunteer leaders shine at CALC
After being snowed out in Philadelphia in 2016, the Cornell Alumni Leadership Conference (CALC) roared back into action Feb. 3-4 in downtown Baltimore, with a turnout of nearly 700 alumni, students, staff members and university leaders. Also at CALC: Marshall and Rosanna Frank '61 were the recipients of the William "Bill" Vanneman '31 Outstanding Class Leader Award.

Humanities proposal springs from 'radical collaboration' effort
Cornell's "radical collaboration" initiatives, launched last fall, already are generating momentum and success stories.

Fannie Mae CEO sees his career interests come full circle
As "one of those people who runs toward fires," Tim Mayopoulos '80 says he didn't think twice when he was offered the Fannie Mae post in 2009.

Cornell's Parents Committee pays it forward
Organizers hope to build on the success of last year's career pathways event for one planned this spring before the annual Family Fellows Weekend.

January 2017

$150 million historic gift founds Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
Alumnus H. Fisk Johnson and his company, SC Johnson, have committed $150 million to endow the College of Business, which has been renamed the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business. It is the largest single gift to the Ithaca campus and the second-largest gift to name a U.S. business school. The gift also marks the latest chapter in a relationship between the Johnson family and Cornell University that extends more than 120 years. Watch video of the community celebration held to mark this landmark gift.

Cornell Cares Day 2017 reaches record numbers
Hundreds of alumni and students participated at 40 sites across the country to connect and make a difference.

Alumni welcome students exploring careers during break
Several students took advantage of "jump-start" opportunities offered by the College of Arts and Sciences' Career Connections Committee.

Parents support Performing and Media Arts
David Lawrence and Faye Greenberg are encouraging their daughter's innovative approach to theater by supporting PMA productions.

Honored by Forbes '30 Under 30' list, alumna says she's just getting started
Caitlin Strandberg '10 was honored on the Forbes list in the venture captial category; as an undergraduate, she helped start Slope Media.

December 2016

Alumni encourage, mentor and recruit, boosting students' careers
As a way of giving back to the university, many alumni working for large and small companies mentor, encourage, and recruit Cornell students, and in return find that the university provides a pool of highly and uniquely qualified candidates. Students benefit, and so do the engaged alumni.

Playing against type, Law grad Michael James Leslie has embraced the stage
It was Michael James Leslie's (Law '76) breakthrough role in the Cornell Savoyards' 1975 production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado" that set the course of his career as an actor and singer.

Alumna leads Sierra Club's environmental justice efforts
As a Sierra Club program director, Leslie Fields '82 works with grassroots and community organizations to address environmental damage, risk and discrimination facing many communities.

November 2016

Martha E. Pollack, provost at Michigan, named 14th president
Pollack, the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan, has been elected Cornell's 14th president. She will assume the presidency April 17, 2017. See full Cornell Chronicle coverage.

Ollie McNamara '50 fashions a legacy
The alumna continues to have an enduring presence at the College of Human Ecology and within the Cornell Costume and Textile Collection.

Addressing mass incarceration from a health care angle
Ross MacDonald's experiences with Cornell's Prison Education Program inspired his big-picture approach to serving populations.

Maddy Conklin hasn't allowed cystic fibrosis to limit her
The freshman midfielder excelled during her first season with the Big Red field hockey team while balancing schoolwork with daily treatments and lung therapy.

NYC parade makes its biennial splash
In New York City Nov. 12, a wave of chants, horns, sirens and signs, along with the Big Red Band, marked the 22nd Sy Katz '31 Parade down Fifth Avenue.

October 2016

$3 million gift names the Martin Y. Tang Welcome Center
Trustee Emeritus Martin Tang '70 – a longtime Cornell volunteer and ambassador – and his family have made a gift to name the Martin Y. Tang Welcome Center, renovating and repurposing Noyes Lodge, which overlooks Beebe Lake.

Rawlings calls for 'One Cornell' in university address
Cornell's future lies in integrating its upstate and downstate campuses into a cohesive whole, president says.

Michelle Brown-Grant '88: Connecting Black alumni
Alumna champions engagement as the Cornell Black Alumni Association celebrates 40 years.

Max Seibald '09 authors 'The ABCs of Boys' Lacrosse'
Seibald, who has two young nephews, was inspired to take on the project when he was unable to find any children's books about lacrosse.

Cornell dedicates memorial to alumni lost on 9/11
A memorial in Anabel Taylor Hall, honoring the 21 Cornellians who were victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, was dedicated in a ceremony Oct. 28.

Frank H.T. Rhodes, at 90, honored for academic impact
A symposium and celebration was held Oct. 29 to honor President Emeritus Frank H.T. Rhodes on his 90th birthday.

September 2016

Homecoming Weekend 2016 lifts Cornell community spirit
Cornellians and members of the Ithaca community and beyond gathered on campus for Homecoming Weekend, Sept. 23-24, for the traditional Friday night fireworks and Saturday afternoon Big Red Fan Festival and football game, as well as intellectual and commemorative events. It was "a terrific expression of the Big Red spirit," said Fred Van Sickle, vice president for alumni affairs and development.

Miss New York Camille Sims '15 fights for social justice
Sims says fate brought her to Cornell – and then propelled her to reign as Miss New York; she finished second runner-up in 2016's Miss America competition.

Alumnus joins veterinary college faculty, new Master of Public Health program
Steven Osofsky, DVM '89, a former Wildlife Conservation Society director, now holds a title endowed by Cornellian Jay Hyman '55, DVM '57 – one of Osofsky's hometown heroes.

Rhodes awards recognize outstanding service to Cornell
On Sept. 23, seven alumni were recognized for extraordinary service to Cornell through long-term volunteer activities and efforts.

Political Americana presidential campaign collection bolsters library's holdings
In the course of a marketing career that led him to meet and work with several presidents, Robert D. Schultz '77, MBA '78, amassed a collection of campaign items spanning more than three decades. Selected items will be on display beginning in October.

August 2016

US Lacrosse to open Richie Moran Hall of Fame Gallery
The national governing body of men's and women's lacrosse will open a new facility, including a gallery named in honor of the former Big Red men's lacrosse coach, Sept. 10-11 in Sparks, Maryland. The U.S. men's senior team, featuring Rob Pannell '13, will play an exhibition game as part of a tripleheader, and a 9/11 memorial, honoring 60 people connected to the sport, including Eamon McEneaney '77, will be dedicated.

ILR alumna manages Hillary Clinton's campaign diversity programs
When Hillary Clinton announced she was running for president, Cristina Lara '14 knew she wanted to be part of the campaign.

Alumni give Class of 2020 send-offs, warm welcomes
Alumni club leaders and volunteers threw send-off parties around the globe this summer, bidding first-year students joyful hometown farewells.

Alumna's company improves drug safety, efficacy through 'chiral switching'
A company created by Sheila DeWitt '81 has perfected a process that could bring new drugs to market to treat fatty liver disease and other ailments.

Rodney Gould '44, on Dresden air raid with Vonnegut below, dies
Rodney S. Gould '44, J.D. '48, who served as a B-17 Flying Fortress navigator in World War II, died July 19 of heart failure in Pittsburgh. He was 93.

July 2016

Six Cornellians set to compete in summer Olympic Games in Rio
Six Cornell student-athletes, past and present, will represent four different countries when the 2016 Olympic Summer Games kick off Aug. 5 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Plus: Golf returns to the Olympics for the first time in 112 years – and Gil Hanse, MLA '89, designed the 18-hole course for the Games with help from Cornell's "Mr. Turf," Frank Rossi, Ph.D. '91.

Startup uses machine learning, chemistry to detect cancer
Company founder Gabe Otte '11 credits a Cornell adviser, and conversations with chemist Roald Hoffmann, for steering him down a challenging path.

Brooklyn Institute builds community with liberal arts courses
The nonprofit Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, co-founded in 2011 by Ajay Chaudhary '03, offers access to liberal arts classes for local communities.

June 2016

'We are ever Cornellians': Alumni leaders share insights about Reunion Weekend 2016
Additional Reunion coverage includes features on the Passing It Forward ceremony and Cornelliana Night and more stories at the Cornell Chronicle.

Rawlings reflects on strength of American universities
In State of the University address, he focused on the contributions American research universities make to the nation and Cornell's "remarkable role."

Cornell ROTC grads honored by the Army
Two Cornell alumni have been inducted into the U.S. Army ROTC National Hall of Fame.

Beth Chartoff Spector '91: Wall Street executive mentors students
More and more alumni are volunteering by mentoring current Cornell students. See how Beth Chartoff Spector '91 is meeting with groups of Cornell women on the Ithaca campus to introduce them to career opportunities in finance.

May 2016

Bronfenbrenner Center gifts support the greater good
Recent gifts to Cornell's Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research reflect an unprecedented level of alumni support.

Katrina James, Pamela Marrone elected as new trustees
James '96 and Marrone '78 are the new alumni-elected members of the Cornell Board of Trustees; they are among nine new trustees whose terms begin July 1.

Alum: Postwar Cornell was a competitive training ground
Dick Pogue '50 says Cornell experiences fueled his life of law practice and community investment.

Memorial service will highlight activist, former CURW assistant director Dan Berrigan
Rev. Daniel Berrigan, peace activist and former CURW assistant director, along with the late President Elizabeth Garrett, will be among the Cornellians honored at a memorial service during Reunion Weekend.

April 2016

Giving Day 2016 harnesses the power of coming together
On April 19, Giving Day 2016 catalyzed support for Cornell – 10,100 individual gifts raised more than $6 million for the university. Gifts came from more than 40 countries and all 50 U.S. states, and set a record for the number of gifts made in a single day for the university.

Kathryn '05 and Mike Pisco '06 'Unearth the World'
The alumni couple's organization pairs travelers with international nonprofits to promote cross-cultural learning and transformative travel.

From law school-bound to Entertainment Weekly
Journalist Nina Terrero '07, who had planned on going to law school after Cornell, says her Cornell education well prepared her not to fear change.

Big Red at SXSW Interactive
Hundreds of alumni and faculty attended, and 35 presented, at talks and panels for the 30th anniversary of this conference.

March 2016

Cornell mourns death of President Garrett; Rawlings named interim president
Cornell University President Elizabeth Garrett died March 6 from colon cancer.
See full coverage of the campus and community's remembrances of Cornell's 13th president, read alumni reactions and visit the online memorial site.
Provost Michael Kotlikoff has served as acting president since Feb. 19, when Garrett underwent surgery. Hunter R. Rawlings III, Cornell president emeritus and professor emeritus of classics, will begin serving as interim president April 25. An international search for the university's 14th president will begin in the coming months.

Bench atop Libe Slope honors couple 'whose life paths crossed on this hill'
The three children of Steven Stein '61 and Susan Volpert-Stein '62 dedicated a bench to their parents that overlooks Libe Slope and West Campus.

Alumni key to building Shoah archive, giving Cornell access
Beginning ths semester, Cornellians can access 53,000 video interviews with survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides.

PCCW symposium features women in the arts
The March 4-6 event focused on women in film and offered insights and advice from those in arts businesses.

February 2016

Katharine 'Kit' (Snell) Sigety '44: Food TV pioneer was a natural in front of the camera
As one of the first television cooking show hosts – for WOR-TV's "Sally Smart's Kitchen" and on NBC's "Home" show – the College of Home Economics graduate pioneered food TV in the 1950s with poise and humor. She still loves to cook and recently shared her stories, memories and wisdom.

How the Dead brought music on campus back to life
Peter Conners is writing a book about the iconic Grateful Dead show at Barton Hall in 1977 and how it helped save the tradition of concerts on campus.

Big Red Bios: Cornell fencer Angelica Gangemi '16
How a fencing scene in a Lindsay Lohan movie changed this senior's life.

January 2016

NYC event celebrates goal-shattering success of campaign
It was a celebration more than a decade in the making. Led by President Elizabeth Garrett, a crowd of 500 gathered Jan. 29 at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, in New York City to mark the triumphant completion of Cornell University's multibillion-dollar capital campaign.

Robert F. Smith '85 gives $50M to Engineering, Cornell Tech
The gift will support chemical and biomolecular engineering and African-American and female students in Engineering.

WWII-era spy Stephanie Czech Rader '37 dies at age 100
Stephanie Czech Rader '37, a chemistry graduate who became a U.S. spy in Europe at the end of World War II, died Jan. 21 at the age of 100.

Alumnus cooks with food rather than polymers
Executive chef Tony Brown '86 uses the scientific method in everything from recipe creation to parenting.

December 2015

Professor to direct former students in Brooklyn theater event
When Alex Gruhin '11 and Ariel Reid '09, MMH '10, needed to hire a director for their new entertainment venture, the choice was an obvious one -- their favorite theater professor, Bruce Levitt.

An idea with legs: Company turns bugs into food
C-fu Foods, a company started by a Cornell food scientist, took third place in the 2015 Global Business Challenge in November.

Making history: Cornellians in the NWHL
Several Cornellians now play for the National Women's Hockey League, the first professional women's league in the United States.

November 2015

Legendary Cornellian Austin 'Kip' Kiplinger dies at age 97
Austin H. "Kip" Kiplinger '39, chairman emeritus of the Cornell University Board of Trustees and a giant in the fields of publishing, journalism, philanthropy and university leadership, died Nov. 20 in Rockville, Maryland. A memorial service of music and spoken tributes will be held Friday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington, D.C.

Science series on YouTube aims to enlighten and entertain
A group of Cornell alumni knows that communicating the joys of science can be exciting, and they have launched a YouTube series with that conviction.

Alumnus rescued files that form Cornell's Nuremberg collection
In the summer of 1998, Henry Korn '68 got a phone call from a young lawyer and fellow Cornellian that changed his life.

The Wilson Project hands off Big Red footballs with heart
A thoughtful gift to a family friend from tight end Nick Bland '17 has made an impact that has now touched hundreds.

October 2015

Maps with an agenda: Alum donates 'persuasive cartography' collection to library
The 1827 "Map of Matrimony" and 300 other maps in the recently digitized PJ Mode Collection of Persuasive Cartography at Cornell University Library's Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections offer a fascinating and thought-provoking journey through subjectivity, ambiguity and allegory on a spectrum that ranges from suggestion to outright deceit.

Alumna's research leads to planetary water discoveries
Jennifer Hanley '06 was one of eight authors of a recent paper on the discovery that liquid water appears to exist on Mars.

Alumni lead biotech startup to successful acquisition
GeneWEAVE's cofounders, Jason Springs, MBA '09, and Diego Rey, Ph.D. '12, met in 2007 at Cornell.

Online Big Red Social Stadium platform now open for business
Combines social media data tagged with #CornellBigRed with exclusive official content in real time.

September 2015

At inauguration, President Elizabeth Garrett cites Cornell, 'Ithaka' spirit as lifetime journeys
Cornell University is a state of mind, and both a beginning and a destination, much like the "Ithaka" of C.P. Cavafy's poem about Ulysses' journey home, said President Garrett at her inauguration as Cornell's 13th president.

Colorful family legacy began with Sage Chapel apse mosaics
How Robin Tait '51 is continuing a family legacy of learning started by his grandmother, who designed the Sage Chapel apse mosaic mural in 1900.

Seeds of change: Dye garden promotes sustainable fashion
Assistant professor Denise Green '07 is leading a grassroots campaign to create a natural dye garden between the Human Ecology Building and MVR Hall.

New general manager named at The Cornell Club-New York
Craig Lasnier will take the helm at the Manhattan club when Tom Inglis '70, manager since 1991, retires this November.

August 2015

Summer was no time to relax for Cornell's pro lacrosse players
Six former Big Red players – Connor Buczek '15, Mitch Belisle '07, Matt Donovan '15, Jason Noble '13, Rob Pannell '13 and Max Seibald '09 – saw significant playing time this past season with Major League Lacrosse, the top professional lacrosse league in the country.

Randi Weingarten on activism, labor and inequality
When Weingarten '80 landed at Cornell in 1976, the Ithaca campus was buzzing with the righteous bustle of student activism.

Seven alumni named recipients of Cornell's top volunteer service award
Now in its 21st year, the Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Awards honor longtime volunteer alumni leaders.

Hollywood intern learns the business from alumni
Working on a new Nicolas Cage film's postproduction has been just one of the benefits of Andrea Fiorentini's internship through the alumni-run Cornell in Hollywood program.

July 2015

Engineering project teams exemplify alumni support
A quarter of all undergraduate engineering students participate on a growing number of project teams, and alumni say the real-life design, teamwork and hands-on experience they gained is instrumental in their professional work.

Five assistant coaches take head spots with Big Red teams
Five new varsity head coaches whose career seeds were planted in Ithaca will be in full bloom when student-athletes return to campus this fall.

June 2015

New film, book explain G.I. Bill's effect on Cornell's Class of 1950 and on higher education
During Reunion Weekend 2015, members of Cornell's Class of 1950, dubbed the "Class of the Century," watched a new documentary film and received copies of a related book about the lasting impact of the G.I. Bill on their class and on the course of U.S. higher education.

Alum brothers are cut from the same entrepreneurial cloth
Since co-founding the digital agency Maison MRKT in early 2014, the fiber science and apparel graduates have been helping fashion labels attract new customers on the Web.

May 2015

Student Centennial Committee co-chairs remember Cornell at 100
Carolyn Press Landis, J. Murfree Butler and Martin Baker (all Class of 1965) were co-chairs of Cornell's Student Centennial Committee that helped plan the university's 100th birthday celebrations in 1964-65. Today, a half century later during Cornell's sesquicentennial year, they look back on that experience as their 50th reunion approaches.

Triad Foundation invests in Park Leadership Fellows at Johnson
When Alexander Ivanov, MBA '00, graduated from Cornell's Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, he left an online legacy.

Mr. Met: Alumnus sets the stage for great art
Millions look upon his work each year, yet he hopes his creations go largely unnoticed: Daniel Kershaw '78 is the senior exhibition designer for the Met.

Amputee program director gets patients moving toward recovery
On the day of the Boston Marathon in April of this year, Dr. David Crandell '84 was making his usual rounds while attempting, between patients, to catch snippets of the race on the hospital's TV screens.

April 2015

Charter Day: 'The perfect capstone to an historic year'
Thousands gathered in Barton Hall April 27 following three days of events and activities to mark Cornell University's 150th birthday and its impact on higher education, New York state and around the world. See the Cornell Chronicle's full Charter Day Weekend coverage and watch the sesquicentennial video, "Glorious to View."

Veteran remembers Battle of the Bulge, looks forward to Reunion
Class of 1945 alum Bernard Mayrsohn's thoughts are turning to his days at Cornell as his 70th Reunion in June approaches.

Fox and Poe are new alumni-elected trustees
Cornell alumni have elected Stephanie Fox '89 and Jonathan Poe '82 as new alumni-elected members of the Cornell University Board of Trustees.

Students, alumni showcase efforts at South by Southwest
Cornell showcased a wide range of student and alumni innovation during this year's South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas.

Kroch Library rotunda now a circle of honor
Thanks to a donation from Michael Sillerman '68, the Kroch Library rotunda will get a complete makeover.

March 2015

From Ezra magazine: Special sesquicentennial issue celebrates Cornell's 150th, predicts future
For our spring issue celebrating the university's 150th birthday, we asked professors, administrative leaders and students: What will your area of expertise be like in the year 2065, when Cornell celebrates its bicentennial?

Epic trek to Ezra Cornell's birthplace
At first it was more of a joke than a plan: Visit Ezra Cornell's birthplace on the date of his birth. But two recent graduates may have started a new tradition.

Alumna's varied career benefits students weighing options
Carol Rattray has worked in finance, philanthropy and as an entrepreneur; she now shares her experience through Arts and Sciences' career services.

February 2015

Up close and personal: Five questions for the four alumni-elected trustee candidates
The four alumni candidates running for the two available spots on the Cornell University Board of Trustees – Jonathan Poe '82, Rob Rosenberg '88, Stephanie Fox '89 and Theresa Flores '93, above – open up about favorite Cornell classes and what they'd take with them to a desert island.

Author's 'magical, inspiring' creative writing experience
Jandy Nelson '87 has received an American Library Association award for her second novel, "I'll Give You the Sun."

Gift establishes professorship in fiber science and apparel design
Bequest from former professor and fabric care educator Jean McLean supports Human Ecology's sustainability mission.

January 2015

'Jennie's Will': History, courtship, controversy and the Cornell Chimes
The musical production "Jennie's Will," originally commissioned in 1997 for the Town of Dryden's bicentennial, is being staged again by The Cornell Savoyards in honor of the university's sesquicentennial.

Plastic Tides founders chart microbeads' threat to N.Y. waters
Christian Shaw and Gordon Middleton, both Class of '14, returned to New York in November to collect samples via paddleboard and to raise awareness.

Math alum combines tech, creativity with Fly app
Tim Novikoff, once the voice of "Jeffy" from MTV's "Daria," now teaches at Cornell Tech and is developing video editing apps.

December 2014

Director Will Gluck '93 remakes 'Annie' for a new generation
The College of Arts and Sciences graduate wrote and directed the new movie, which opened Dec. 19 and stars Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, and Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie.

Alumna's 'Ithaca Diaries' recounts transformative times
A few years ago, Anita Harris '70 reread her journals, which had been stored for decades, and began writing "Ithaca Diaries: Coming of Age in the 1960s."

Fierce and compassionate teacher leaves a legacy at Cornell: Scholarship honors Mitzi Russekoff '54
David Russekoff '89 established a scholarship for underprivileged students from Brooklyn in honor of his mother, Mitzi Russekoff '54.

November 2014

Serving her country 'in a very active way': Dawn Seymour '39 took to the skies during World War II
Even as a child, Seymour '39 -- who served as a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II, flying B-17s on training missions -- liked being high in the air. She has not forgotten the thrill of flying a plane, nor does she want the 1,100 WASPs or their service to the United States to be forgotten.

Joe De Sena is living the Spartan Race philosophy
Joe De Sena's '90 Spartan Race empire aims to redefine tough. But this past weekend, De Sena was just another parent watching his kids compete in a wrestling tournament at Barton Hall.

Cornellian takes skills to Madagascar's chocolate industry
Fanjaniaina Fawbush, Ph.D. '09, uses the knowledge and skills gained at Cornell in her career as a chocolatier.

Women's ice hockey a winner on and off the ice
Community service and civic engagement have been hallmarks of the Big Red women's hockey program, which has had a long-standing relationship with the United Way of Tompkins County.

October 2014

Sesquicentennial cheer rings out on campus: '1-5-0!'
Homecoming Weekend's Oct. 17 fireworks-dance-party-history-lesson-laser-paced-celebratory-throng, held in Schoellkopf Stadium, kicked off the 150th-year observances for Cornell in Ithaca. Also, see what alumni, parents, friends and students said when they were asked about Cornell's sesquicentennial.

Alumna's work targets poorly served diseases, patients
Although Katrine Bosley '90 doesn't get a lot of time to talk to patients as CEO of Editas Medicine, she relishes the opportunity.

Sports associations connect alumni, families, friends
In the world of Big Red athletics, one of the most popular ways for alumni who want to stay involved and give back is through formal sports associations.

Recent gift, crowdfunding site support Touchdown statue
A gift by Don Horowitz '77 and the launch of a crowdfunding effort brings the planned statue, a tribute to Cornell's unofficial mascot, closer to reality.

Cornell Alumni Magazine names new editor and publisher
A Q&A with magazine publishing veteran and Cornell communication lecturer Jenny Barnett, who takes over the CAM post in December.

September 2014

Elizabeth Garrett, USC provost, named Cornell's 13th president
Garrett, who is also senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Southern California, will assume the presidency July 1, 2015. She will be the first woman to lead the university.

Dazzling festivities in NYC celebrate Cornell's 150th
Cornellians kicked off the first of the university's regional sesquicentennial celebrations in a big way in the Big Apple Sept. 12-13.

Agriculture and life sciences graduate crowdsources water
Franck Onambélé '14 chose a faraway internship location very close to his heart: his childhood home of Oyak, Cameroon.

Brian Lukoff '04 is taking the guesswork out of teaching
Alumnus's interactive technology helps professors immediately access student learning.

Cornell aims to make Internet history with virtual choir
Can you sing, more or less? If so, consider adding your voice -- and your rendition of the alma mater -- to the Cornell Global Choir, a growing virtual chorus.

August 2014

ILR alumnus named Major League Baseball's next commissioner
Rob Manfred '80 credits his Cornell education with preparing him for Major League Baseball's management pinnacle. "I have been an effective negotiator because I was well trained in how to get ready to bargain," he says.

Award recognizes scientist's contributions to public health
Natalie Teich '65, president of the London Cornell Club, became a Member of the Order of the British Empire this year, honored for her volunteer work.

Megan Shull writes positive stories for young people
Ithaca author Megan Shull brings a personal philosophy to her writing for young people, including "The Swap," a new young adult novel.

Leaving a lighter footprint: Greener alumni trips
Cornell has long been a champion of sustainability, and programming for Cornell alumni is following suit.

Alumnus' play debuts off-Broadway
Sam Bernstein '58, a professor of English at Northeastern University, has made his off-Broadway debut as a playwright with "Olympics Über Alles."

July 2014

Alumna endows fiber science and apparel design professorship
Throughout her life, Alice Woo, M.S. '75, has followed her father's guiding principle: "What you gain from society, you must give back for the benefit of society."

Black alumni group's literary grant helps first-time authors
Dionne M. Benjamin '00 is launching a series of children's books with the help of a literary grant created by the Cornell Black Alumni Association.

Cornellians honored for service in award program's 20th year
This year marks two decades of the Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Awards program; seven more Cornellians have been honored.

Sally Wen Mao: A honey badger of a poet
The fearless honey badger is the totem animal of Sally Wen Mao, MFA '13, and an inspiration for her first book of poems, "Mad Honey Symposium."

June 2014

The adventures (and many talents) of Professor Emeritus Julian Smith
This 95-year-old emeritus professor, who helped steer chemical engineering at Cornell into the modern era, is writing a memoir of his charmed Canadian childhood and is still penning witty songs and performing on stage with the Savage Club of Ithaca during Cornell reunions.

Harkavy gift honors parents, helps students in need
An alumna and her sister have named a classroom suite to honor the memory of their parents and to support student financial aid.

New head lacrosse coach's job a 'dream come true'
The newly appointed head coach of men's lacrosse, who grew up in a Cornell family, says his style of coaching is well matched to the team.

May 2014

Fantastic find: Japanese alum's 1886 notebook returns to Ithaca
Dan McKee, the Japan curator for Cornell University Library, went running in Tokyo on a brisk February morning. He had no idea he was about to uncover a little piece of Cornell, 6,000 miles from home.

Hurler Brent Jones hopes for early draft pick
The pitcher may become the highest Major League Baseball Draft pick from Cornell.

Africana alumna starts charter school in Arkansas
Kids like John Ball -- an eighth-grader at a public charter school in Blytheville, Arkansas -- help Maisie Wright '06 know she has the right job.

April 2014

Are you in? A sneak peek at Cornell's Sesquicentennial celebrations
Throughout the 2014-15 academic year, Cornell University will be partying like it's 1865 with Sesquicentennial festivities and attractions online, on campus and around the world. See a preview of the planned events and download a save-the-date invitation.

True confessions of West Coast 'volunteer-olics'
More than 100 alumni spent a March weekend at the West Coast Leadership Conference in Los Angeles. Also: Coverage of CSV14.

Consummate Cornellian Curtis Reis dies at age 79
Curtis Reis '56, emeritus trustee and longtime Cornell University Council member, died Feb. 25 at age 79.

Alumnus guided Cornell students through career choices
Doug Calby '81 was remembered by Cornell leaders and family members at an April gathering; a new fellows program will honor his efforts.

March 2014

Young alumni boost Annual Fund at second annual Duff Ball-NYC
For the second year in a row, more than 300 young alumni dressed to the nines gathered at the super chic Bowery Hotel in New York City March 1 for the Duff Ball-NYC gala.

10 years later, George Boiardi's death still mourned, but a legacy carries on
George Boiardi's death 10 years ago has had a profound effect on the Big Red lacrosse program, the Cornell campus, the Ithaca community and beyond.

Alumni couple inspires seniors to pay it forward
With only a few months until graduation, this year's Senior Class Campaign is getting an added boost from John Foote '74 and Kristen Rupert '74.

Alumni help WVBR return to Collegetown
WVBR-FM and Cornellradio.com student staff and station alumni celebrated the opening of the new studios March 15.

February 2014

Cornell parents today: involved, engaged and very generous
Parents of Cornell students have more opportunities to interact with the university, be involved and to contribute than ever before. As a result, they make up one of the fastest growing groups of volunteers and financial supporters, and are a vital component of the Cornell community.

Cornell University Library's CAPE-d crusaders
Leave it to a group of people who truly understand the importance of Cornell University Library to come to its aid in a time of need.

Organic joy: Jessica Rolph helped food company's idea blossom
Alumna says that when you love an idea as much as she does, it doesn't seem so crazy to be blending new smoothie recipes in your kitchen at 2 a.m.

Greek Leadership Academy now carries academic credit
Now in its third year, the Greek Leadership Academy at Cornell is being recognized for its value and importance by students and faculty alike.

January 2014

Commemorative grove atop Libe Slope will honor Cornell's sesquicentennial
As Cornell approaches its sesquicentennial in 2015, a commemorative grove of trees, benches and a walkway is in the final design stages. Set to begin construction this summer, the grove will overlook West Campus and Cayuga Lake and will be aligned with the A.D. White and Ezra Cornell statues on the Arts Quad.

Shigeo "Shig" Kondo receives Vanneman class leader award
A Cornellian once deported as an "enemy alien" was honored at the Cornell Alumni Leadership Conference for a lifetime of service and friendship.

Alumni in NYC tell students about media careers
A group of 13 Cornell undergrads got a taste of the real world from alumni at Random House, MTV Networks/Viacom and Universal Music Group Jan. 7.

Big Red women to reach for Olympic ice hockey gold
In Sochi, four Big Red players will help Team Canada in its quest for a fourth consecutive gold medal.

December 2013

Jamie Greubel '06 and Chris Langton '12 aim for Olympic bobsled teams
Jamie Greubel '06 and Chris Langton '12 were recently named to the U.S. bobsledding national team roster heading into the World Cup season, which will determine the athletes chosen to make the trip to Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

Alum helping to build 'biggest, baddest thing on earth'
The design for CCAT, the world's largest submillimeter (far infrared) wavelength telescope, "just blows me away," says Fred Young '64, M.Eng. '66, MBA '66.

Register now for Cornell's spring MOOCs
Beginning this spring, the university will offer its first four massive open online courses, allowing anyone to take Cornell classes from the comfort of their home computer. The tuition is free.

November 2013

Mews residents muse about TV's 'Sleepy Hollow' for evening class
Curled up on couches, munching popcorn and sipping hot cider, students come together Monday nights to watch the latest episode of TV's "Sleepy Hollow" and tweet about their thoughts on the show -- for credit.

Savitt '85 dreams the impossible, tries to make it come true
Kathy Savitt '85, chief marketing officer for Yahoo, was all set to attend Harvard when a weekend visit to Cornell changed her plans.

Fraternity brothers establish memorial fund
Lambda Chi Alpha alumni have raised $125,000 to establish a memorial fund in Matthew Patrick Omans' name. The fund was dedicated on campus Oct. 19.

October 2013

Head coach Patrick Farmer rebuilds the women's soccer program
At the top of head coach Patrick Farmer's list when he came to Cornell a year ago was changing the competitive culture at Big Red women's soccer. Farmer emphasized more competition and training and immediately transformed the team's mentality -- from hoping to win to expecting to win.

MegsRadio uses algorithms to highlight local music scenes
Justin Zupnick '12 is one of the designers of the personalized, regionalized Internet radio system that launched in Ithaca this summer.

Website brings Warburg atlas to unexpected audiences
Online tools can foster new experiences -- like virtually accompanying a brilliant thinker on fragmentary meanderings through art and culture.

September 2013

Cornell Annual Fund callers: 'Best student job on campus' keeps getting better
This year, Cornell Annual Fund student phoners will call more than 50,000 alumni, parents and friends.There will be laughter, reminiscing, the exchange of Cornell information and ideas, and more than 6,000 gifts from generous people who answer the call.

Big Red field hockey team partners with pint-sized fans
More than a dozen members of the field hockey team visited preschoolers this month, who then took a field trip to Marsha Dodson Field to watch a game.

Greek system enhancements to continue alumni involvement
Other ongoing measures are expanded anti-hazing efforts and chapter assessments as part of the effort to end pledging.

August 2013

Alumna wades through Borneo for orangutans
Jessica Stitt '10 has been helping conserve orangutans by capturing them -- in photographs and on paper.

Track star sets records at World Championships
Bruno Hortelano-Roig '14 set two Spanish national records and broke his own Cornell record in Moscow.

Mapping South America's many routes for travelers
Planning travel within the continent -- whether by train, plane, bus or automobile -- will be easier through Dana Bottazzo's site, Route Atlas.

July 2013

Cornell experience draws alumni to 'perfect fit' with land conservation group
There are at least nine Cornell graduates in prominent positions at The Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit that is a national leader in conserving land with more than 30 offices around the country.

Alumna brings Cornell devotion to financial journalism
Early morning investors are greeted each day at 6 a.m. by Scarlet Fu '94, the chief markets correspondent for Bloomberg Television and one of the anchors of "Bloomberg Surveillance."

Service award winners: The few, the proud, the exemplary
There are six new recipients of the Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award, which honors exceptional, long-term volunteer service.

June 2013

Members of first class of Tata Scholars graduate
This year's commencement ceremony saw members of the inaugural class of Tata Scholars graduate with undergraduate degrees. The scholarship was established in 2008 with a gift from the Tata Education and Development Trust to ensure that the best students from India have access to Cornell.

With family doubly proud, father and son commence into Class of 2013 history
In a historical rarity for Cornell, a father and son received their degrees and walked together at graduation.

Tales from the trail: Inside presidential campaigns
Alex Payne '09, a staff consultant for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign in 2012, learned how quickly events can go off script.

May 2013

'Well-equipped' Class of 2013 grads can proceed with confidence
Graduates can be assured that the skills they've developed as Cornell students will serve them as they take their next steps, President David Skorton said in his Commencement address May 26.

Alumna seeks to turn Big Red's congressional seat blue
Martha (Oschrin) Robertson '75, chair of the Tompkins County Legislature, is running for U.S. Congress next year in Cornell's home district.

Government is excellent prep for rabbinic career, says alumnus
James Michaels '68 switched his major from philosophy to government at Cornell and has found that it has helped him better understand his congregations.

After 25 years, 'Story of Stuff' creator finishes master's degree
Annie Leonard is an environmental activist and creator of a 2007 viral hit video that sparked an online project.

April 2013

'Cornell Now!' campaign tops $4 billion
Cornell has surpassed a fundraising-campaign milestone – $4 billion – making it only the fourth institution in all of higher education to do so. Since 2006, the campaign, which supports the Ithaca campus and Weill Cornell Medical College, has raised $4.03 billion toward its goal of $4.75 billion by 2015.

Jacobses give $133M to name Cornell Tech institute
Major gift from the Class of 1954 alumni couple will create the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute.

CALS alumnus crowned 'America's Science Idol'
Tom DiLiberto '06 became the Kelly Clarkson of the science communication world at the annual AAAS meeting in February.

Coaching career beckons Big Red women's basketball star
Clare Fitzpatrick '13, a leading scorer, needed to figure out how to translate her on-court success to a career on the sidelines.

March 2013

Perry's Ice Cream and Cornell sweeten upstate New York's dairy future
The connection between Cornell and the Akron, N.Y.-based ice cream company Perry's goes back generations, to when Marlo Perry '35 took knowledge acquired in his dairy science classes back to the family dairy to help his father, Morton, expand their ice cream business; most recently, Perry's was the immediate choice when the university needed an ice cream supplier as the Cornell Dairy Plant began a long reonvation project that is now nearly complete.

From Shakespeare to sustainability, Cornell's public mission takes center stage
Cornell's public engagement mission was showcased March 12 to about 225 Bay-Area alumni, parents and friends. Also in March, Cornellians hosted an event at the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas.

This old Straight: Class of '50 helps fund makeover
An anonymous donor and the Class of 1950 are aiding student performance groups by supporting upgrades to the theater in Willard Straight Hall.

Human trafficking foe to receive ILR School's Alpern Award
Jean Baderschneider, Ph.D. '78, then an ExxonMobil executive, found a new career while waiting to board a flight from Angola to London.

February 2013

Alum's filming captures splendid visual record of underwater life
Aquatic filmmaker David O. Brown '83 has been exploring the depths of the Finger Lakes and local streams for "Baseline," a project cataloging the health and biodiversity of the region's waterways.

Bear of a project to pay tribute to 'unofficial mascot' Touchdown
Two alumni are spearheading a project to erect a bronze statue to commemorate the bear cubs who served as Cornell's unofficial, original mascot.

Women's ice hockey team joins Do It For Daron effort
The scoreboard displayed its usual "Big Red" and the familiar "Let's go Red!" chant was heard, but on Feb. 1 and 2, Lynah Rink had a distinctly purple feel.

January 2013

An exclusive Q&A with Cornell's new head football coach
Alumnus David Archer '05 is the new Roger J. Weiss '61 Head Coach of Football. Archer, a former football captain as a player, was the architect of the Big Red's recent recruiting success.

Leadership conference to bring Greek alumni, leaders together
Alumni: Register for and attend the A.D. White Greek Leadership Annual Summit Feb. 15-17 with student leaders from Cornell's 64 fraternities and sororities.

Can natural language be taught to IBM's Watson computer?
In 2001, Marisa Boston, Ph.D. '12, was a recent college graduate teaching English to Mexican immigrants, but she really wanted to go deeper -- to know the science behind language.

December 2012

Students devise new design, brand for Engaged Cornell center and its work
A team of design and environmental analysis seniors has transformed the home for Cornell's new Engaged Learning + Research center in Caldwell Hall into a kinetic, modern, inviting space and developed communications and branding strategies to help the center raise its visibility on campus.

One alum's dream of 'giving back' to community
"I want my students to go to college and serve their communities. That's my dream," says high school teacher Yusuf Abdullah Muhammad, MPS '03.

Rachel Nichols '14 eyes Big Red, Philippine national teams
The junior midfielder on the women's soccer team was surprised when a national team came calling after scouting her throughout the season.

November 2012

Men's soccer season breaks attendance records, rekindles fans' devotion
Big Red men's soccer saw its first outright league championship since 1977 Nov. 10 with a 1-0 victory over the Columbia Lions. Despite losing the Nov. 15 NCAA Tournament game, the season was one that set attendance records and shattered expectations. Also, Daniel Haber '14, Ivy League Player of the Year, is a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy, college soccer's highest individual honor.

Passion for justice and concern for patients shape alum's life
The successful career of Frank Douglas, Ph.D. '73, M.D. '77, has been fueled by a belief in fairness and that the patient should always be the center of research and care.

President Skorton OKs new anti-hazing recommendations
The changes will come in three phases and are in response to Skorton's 2011 challenge to the campus community to "end pledging as we know it."

October 2012

Cornell celebrates its public engagement mission at Barton Hall event
In an event that honored Cornell's tradition of public engagement and its founding as a land-grant university, a dinner banquet at Barton Hall, "Cornell Now: Celebrating Our Land-Grant Mission," was held Oct. 26 as part of Trustee-Council Annual Meeting weekend. At a pre-dinner reception, faculty and students showcased examples of Cornell's public engagement projects, research and partnerships across its colleges.

Alumna founds Light in the Attic for Mississippi's kids
Kathryn Ling '11, a Teach for America corps member, applied for grants and increased her classroom library to 250 books, but it still didn't feel like enough.

How football lineman Josh Grider found grace on the ice
Following a tough 2011 football season, Grider '14 got hooked on ice hockey - and found that his time on the ice has also improved his football skills.

September 2012

Tall ship sailing is an ongoing research project for Captain Lauren Morgens '02
The alumna, who piloted dinghies at age 8 and taught Laser sailing at Cornell, commands the Kalmar Nyckel, a historic tall ship with an educational mission sailing from ports along the East Coast.

Synchronized siblings: Cornell team fields three sets of sisters
Field hockey head coach Donna Hornibrook hasn't purposely been looking for sibling pairs to fill her roster, but they have been finding her.

August 2012

ILR alumna goes from labor lawyer to freelancers' union founder
As executive director of the 180,000-member Freelancers Union she founded in 1995, Sara Horowitz, ILR '84, helps define the work life of 42 million Americans.

Alumni asked to help build Greek community, end hazing
Alumni are being asked to encourage student leaders in the Greek system to participate in a new leadership course that will offer them the tools to educate their organizations' new members in a healthy way.

Cornellians at the London games
Although they didn't medal, three Cornell alumni competed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London -- and a Cornell coach brought his video camera.

July 2012

Adam Schomer '97 connects with spirituality in his filmmaking
The documentary "The Highest Pass" follows Schomer's journey into the Himalayas by motorcycle. He traces the beginnings of his spiritual quest to his years at Cornell as an all-Ivy soccer player and operations research engineering student.

End hazing: Join the conversation via a new blog
The committee charged with developing an alternative to Greek pledging seeks feedback on its recommendations.

Cornell's Adult University trip explores 'mother of all conflicts'
A CAU trip this spring looked at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in part through the eyes of alumni on the scene.

June 2012

Cornell readies a weekend celebration for M.H. "Mike" Abrams as he turns 100
To celebrate the English professor emeritus' lifetime of achievements, the Department of English has arranged a weekend of activities July 21-22 and invites the public for talks, readings and a lecture by Abrams based on the title essay of his new book.

Big Red baseball celebrates a championship season
After winning the Ivy League Championship Series in dramatic fashion, the team earned a berth in the NCAA Regionals.

May 2012

At Cornell's 144th Commencement, graduates urged to 'engage the world'
Commencements are optimistic statements about the future, said Cornell President David Skorton, addressing about 5,000 new graduates at Cornell's 144th Commencement Ceremony May 27. The graduates, he added, "give us all good reason to believe that the future will be better than today."

Hotelie prompts nonprofits worldwide to think more like entrepreneurs
Elizabeth Ngonzi, MMH '98, says she started developing her "activist side" at age 10, when she attended a U.N. conference with her mother.

Biomolecular archaeologist uncorks world's oldest known grape wine
Patrick McGovern '66 is known as the "Indiana Jones of ancient ales, wines and extreme beverages."

Another win -- this time in community service -- for the women's ice hockey team
Women's ice hockey team wins Red Key's Cornell Cup competition for thriving in the classroom and excelling at community service.

April 2012

David Feldshuh explores the value of teaching as performance
The professor of acting and directing and the 2011-12 Menschel Distinguished Teaching fellow is developing a workshop for faculty that draws on techniques from the theater world to boost teaching innovation and audience connection.

Large gifts boost Engineering, elevate Program in Real Estate
Lisa and Richard Baker '88 triple real estate program's endowment; John A. Swanson '61, M.Eng. '63, invests in experiential learning.

Alumna finds clues to climate change in ancient wood
At Cornell's Tree-Ring Laboratory, Carol Griggs uses the remains of ancient trees to solve puzzles in archaeology and to shed light on climate change.

Big Red winter sports teams celebrate successes
From the hockey and track teams to wrestling, polo, gymnastics and fencing, Big Red athletics saw success in postseason play.

March 2012

After a dramatic program turnaround, women's hockey seniors exit the ice
The departing group of seniors took the program from national afterthought to national powerhouse, with three consecutive Frozen Four appearances.

Alumna nurtures connections through composting in Brooklyn.
Louise Bruce '09 turned a vacant lot in her neighborhood into a thriving community composting garden and formed the group Compost for Brooklyn.

Cornell's Scott Tucker headed to D.C.'s Choral Arts Society
The choral music director has led the Cornell Glee Club and University Chorus for the past 17 years and will replace Norman Scribner in D.C.

February 2012

Alumna's path to curating 'brilliant' art exhibit began at Cornell
Sparked by the courses she took at Cornell's Africana Studies and Research Center and the experiences she had as an undergraduate, Dalila Scruggs '02 has curated a show at the Williams College Museum of Art as the final project of a Mellon Curatorial Fellowship.

'Dear Cornell': A thank-you note from Suzi Hileman '73
Arizona shooting victim writes a moving and powerful letter to Cornellians, giving thanks for the outpouring of support she has received in the past year.

Tribute: Consummate Cornellian Barlow Ware '47
Current Lynah Rink announcer Arthur Mintz '71 pens a tribute to Barlow Ware '47, the longtime "voice of Big Red hockey," who died in December.

January 2012

Nearly 1,000 Cornellians converge in D.C. for annual leadership conference
From far above Cayuga's waters to Capitol Hill, this year's Cornell Alumni Leadership Conference shined a Big Red spotlight on leadership writ large. A record-breaking 967 alumni, campus administrators and students attended the conference in Washington, D.C., Jan. 27-29.

Alumnus leads effort to keep New York City students in school
Itai Dinour '01 leads City Year New York, which attracts Cornellians to work with at-risk public school students and stem the tide of dropouts.

Cathy Choi '93: From stage lights to light bulbs
Now a lighting company president, this alumna says she has never forgotten the "gestus" that then-artistic director David Feldshuh often spoke about.

December 2011

'Game-changing' NYC Tech Campus awarded to Cornell, Technion
The news was met with cheers from supporters on two continents. After months of negotiations, Cornell and Technion were announced the winner of a bid to build a groundbreaking campus in New York City. See full coverage at the Cornell Chronicle.

Big Red teams, staff embrace Adopt-A-Family program
Fourteen Cornell teams, plus other groups and staff in athletics, sponsored an all-time high of 20 families this year through the Salvation Army program.

November 2011

A conversation with Svante Myrick '09, Ithaca's mayor-elect
We caught up with Svante Myrick '09, who on Nov. 8 was elected the city of Ithaca's next mayor. When Myrick takes office Jan. 1 at age 24, he will be Ithaca's youngest mayor ever and its first African-American mayor.

Blumenthal internships in social services enter second decade
Karen '72 and David Blumenthal '71 created the program that provides paid internships for Cornell students at 11 social service agencies.

Cornell soccer star overcame a rare childhood tumor
At age 12, Daniel Haber went to the hospital after a sinus infection left him with a bump on his forehead. Three hours later, he was in surgery.

October 2011

Cornell to officially submit proposal for NYC Tech Campus
On Oct. 28, Cornell will officially submit its proposal to create a world-class applied science and engineering campus in New York City. In partnership with The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, the campus promises to spur economic development, job creation and high-tech entrepreneurship in the heart of the city.

Women's soccer players have taken alum's gift to heart
Through a generous gift from Bob Nafis '49, the team has been equipped with heart rate monitors to improve training and fitness.

New faculty hires helping to build new fields at Cornell
Alumni Pedro Erber, Ph.D. '09, and Adam Seth Levine '03 found that their interests drew them back to Cornell to research and teach.

Ezra Extra -- Oct. 22, 2011

Cornell 'poised to flourish and lead,' says Skorton as campaign goal is expanded
Four years before its sesquicentennial, "high on a hill with our feet on the ground," Cornell is ready to expand its reach, enhance its academic prowess and extend its leadership. See all stories from Chronicle's coverage of Trustee-Council Weekend and the State of the University Address, including the fundraising campaign "Cornell Now," faculty panel discussions and more.

New humanities building to be gateway to Arts Quad
Also announced Oct. 21, groundbreaking for the new building is targeted for summer 2013 with a projected opening in 2015.

September 2011

Alumnae at NYC development firm are shaping the city's future
Cornell women are at the forefront of change in New York City -- and at Forest City Ratner Companies in particular, a group of alumnae are driving the development of some of the newest buildings and properties that are the face of the city's future.

Celebrating a new planned facility for the Big Red Bands
By spring 2013, the Cornell Big Red Bands -- the marching and pep bands -- hope to have a home of their own: a new 6,400-square-foot facility behind the Schoellkopf Crescent.

Iscol family program: 10 years of inspiring students to serve
The program for leadership development in public service seeks to inspire and educate students to become leaders in civic engagement.

Schoellkopf's new scoreboard offers replays, stunning visuals
The modern scoreboard/videoboard, which made its debut Homecoming Weekend, has a view of the game that makes the flagpole jealous.

August 2011

Bill Nye harnesses the sun with new solar noon clock atop Rhodes Hall
Bill Nye '77 dedicated the new Solar Noon Clock at Rhodes Hall Aug. 27 in front of a crowd of hundreds. The clock incorporates a solar noon feature that visually indicates the sun's zenith each day. Also, see a CornellCast video capturing Nye's visit and the celebratory public countdown to solar noon on Hoy Field.

Needham endowment helps boost Mann's limnology collections
Professor James G. Needham taught the first limnology course in the United States -- and possibly in the world -- at Cornell in spring 1908. Cornell University Library has received a major bequest from Needham's grandson to support Mann Library's collections.

Student athletes spend summer volunteering with youth
Cornell women's basketball seniors Allie Munson and Maka Anyanwu spent the summer nearly 6,000 miles apart, but their experiences were similar. They both spent several weeks teaching young students.

July 2011

Growing the 'technology ecosystem' of the future in New York City
Provost Kent Fuchs and deans Lance Collins and Daniel Huttenlocher discuss how Cornell is preparing to answer the call, issued by New York City's mayor, to create a world-class applied science and engineering campus in the city. The university will build on its globally renowned technology programs, deep connections to NYC's growing tech sector and broad network of successful alumni entrepreneurs.

Newest Rawlings scholar captivated by 'Red Room' and language of interior design
Emily Mitchell, DEA '13, saw her first "Red Room" during a class project last year while she was studying the interior design of a house in London.

Morgan Uceny '07, 1,500-meter star, on track to compete at world championships
After a string of recent races, the 1,500-meter star has earned her spot on the U.S. team that will compete in South Korea Aug. 27-Sept. 4.

June 2011

Created at Cornell: BearClaw offers a lightweight, safer option for football drills
Big Red defensive ends coach Pete DeStefano has helped develop the BearClaw, a lightweight training device for football players that reinforces proper positioning and replaces old-fashioned football sleds for linemen drills.

Faculty renewal supports 'the lifeblood of the university'
Gifts to support the Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellowships are well under way. Here's a look at two recent gifts and the people behind them.

Gift for visual resources program enhances library's future image
Capping a relationship with Cornell that spans seven decades, Edward "Ned" Trethaway '49 has created an endowed fund for visual materials.

May 2011

President Skorton welcomes 6,000 new graduates to the Cornell family
Rapidly clearing skies matched the bright mood of graduation weekend. See Cornell Chronicle's coverage of Convocation and Commencement plus videos and slideshows of the festivities.

Ted Thoren remembered by generations of former players
Cornell lost not only one of its legendary coaches May 10, but also one of its greatest ambassadors.

Heilmann Scholarship reunion brings together Denmark's economic leaders
The 15th reunion of the scholarship and an award ceremony for its newest recipients were held May 24.

Alumna's passion will allow ILR institute to 'dream big'
Lisa Yang '74 is supporting the Employment and Disability Institute to ensure that people with disabilities transition to the world of work.

April 2011

Weill Cornell first-year medical students honor donors' ultimate gift
In the anatomy lab, not only do textbook descriptions of human physiology become real, but for the first time in their training, medical students view medicine through the prism of a patient -- their donor. On April 19, the entire Weill Cornell Medical College Class of 2014 gathered to honor the gift donors made in giving their bodies to further medical education.

Elizabeth Dalrymple '11 shines beyond the pitcher's mound
The senior softball captain and two-time Ivy League Pitcher of the Year has also traveled to Haiti and Tanzania on medical missions.

Pharmacologist pioneers tiny compounds with big potential
Hazel Szeto, M.D., Ph.D. '77, pharmacology professor at Weill Cornell Medical College, was studying pain receptors when serendipity struck.

March 2011

Wrestler's national title one of many winter sports standouts for Big Red
Kyle Dake '13 won his second consecutive national title in commanding fashion March 19 to help the Big Red wrestling team to a second-place finish for the second straight year in the team race at the 2011 NCAA tournament, marking what might be the biggest highlight among many for Cornell's winter sports teams during the month of March.

Two trustee leaders talk finances, faculty and 'polishing the jewel'
In this excerpt and video, newly elected board chair Robert S. Harrison '76 and current chair Peter C. Meinig '61 talk about Cornell's future.

Mobile, social, cloud computing dominate Cornell Silicon Valley's annual gathering
More than 400 alumni attended Cornell Silicon Valley's 11th annual gathering March 15, a day after President Skorton addressed alumni in Los Angeles.

Hartstein, Scelfo to be honored as ILR's Groat and Alpern award winners
Barry A. Hartstein '73 and John J. Scelfo '79, MBA '80, will be honored tonight (March 31) in New York City.

February 2011

Ben DeLuca steps into his own as men's lacrosse coach
One of the toughest jobs in sports is to replace a legendary coach. But what if you were the newest coach for a program led by hall of fame-caliber coaches stretching back 45 years?

Big Red strengthens ties with Big Apple's 92nd Street Y
Five Cornell faculty members will be giving lectures at the NYC arts and culture magnet in the next two months.

Alumna helps make lawyers better teachers in court
The career of social psychologist Julie Blackman '74 has spanned the gamut from battered women to Leona Helmsley, from the inventor of the artificial hip to Martha Stewart.

January 2011

20th annual Asian alumni banquet brings hundreds to Chinatown
This year's event honored Roderick Chu, MBA '71, raised money for a Pan-Asian garden at Cornell Plantations and warmed a frigid evening in New York City with alumni spirit.

Click by click, online fans root for national wrestling title
Coach Rob Koll's Big Red men's team has picked up momentum through its use of social media.

Passion for 'Star Wars' was a job credential for alumna
Margaret Weitekamp '01 is the curator of popular culture for the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.

It's all in the Big Red family for Long Island winery
Bedell Cellars employs several generations of Cornell graduates and its wines will be featured at a Feb. 8 dinner at The Cornell Club-New York City.

'Lift the chorus: Cast your vote'
Four candidates are running for two available seats as alumni-elected trustees. Voting runs from Feb. 1 until April 1.

December 2010

Rob Nelson '71 recalls Big Red, big dreams and Big League Chew
Thirty years after creating the popular shredded bubble gum in a pouch with former New York Yankee and fellow pitcher Jim Bouton, Nelson has brought the production of Big League Chew back to New York.

Weill Cornell campaign thrives despite recession, says Appel
Funds raised for the medical college's campaign account for a third of Cornell's total campaign to date, says Bob Appel '53, chair of the medical college's "Discoveries" campaign.

Alums create EqualApp, an online admissions counseling program
Marc Zawel '04 and Stephen Friedfeld '95 have a mission: To give all students the support they need to successfully apply to college.

November 2010

Eight student athletes to watch this Big Red winter sports season
The Big Red had unprecedented successes last winter, and while some teams have lost players due to graduations, others have returned with the talent necessary to keep the trend moving forward.

Prisons class and drama ignited alumna's passion for alternatives to incarceration
Anya Degenshein '07 returned to campus last month to talk to students about her career path, which led her to The Fortune Society in New York City and Manhattan courtrooms.

Terran Exchange founders are enablers of the app economy
Ben Roberts '10 and Alexander Veach '09 created the website and business, which was a monthly winner at the site discoveringstartups.com.

College of Arts and Sciences to recruit faculty for three new endowed humanities professorships
Donor gifts and a Mellon foundation grant totalling $12 million will establish three endowed senior professorships in the humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Extra Edition -- Nov. 19, 2010

Campaign hits $3 billion milestone
The university has reached the $3 billion mark in its universitywide fundraising campaign. Campaign co-chairs Jan Rock Zubrow '77 and Stephen Ashley '62, MBA '64, announced the milestone Nov. 18 at "Cornell on the Charles," an event attended by hundreds of Boston-area alumni. The record-breaking amount has been raised by only a handful of other universities.

October 2010

Historic gift creates Atkinson Center to be world-class leader in sustainability
David R. Atkinson '60 and wife Patricia Atkinson have committed $80 million to provide a permanent center on campus that will advance sustainability research, cultivate innovative collaborations within and beyond Cornell and position the university to be a global leader for a sustainable future.

For alumnus, New York theater is a Gold mine of directing opportunities
Theater major Sam Gold '00 is garnering acclaim and awards for his directing of several recent off-Broadway plays.

Women's hockey team hopes international experience translates to national championship
Canadian U22 summer selection camp team gave eight Big Red players an early start to the season and a goal of an ECAC Hockey title.

September 2010

Remembering actor and alumnus Harold Gould
Gould, who died Sept. 11 at the age of 86, "was, in the highest sense, a true artist of the theater, and I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with him," said David Feldshuh, Schwartz Center artistic director, who directed Gould in the 1997 production of "Death of a Salesman."

Alumni create fantasy sports app for smartphones
Pre Play Sports, a start-up company launched by three Cornellians, has created a football application that aims to tap into the $2 billion fantasy sports market.

Big Red efforts result in cheek swab drives for national bone marrow registry
The illness of a coach's niece spurred a drive for bone marrow screening this past summer; a second drive will be held Oct. 1.

Alumni Affairs charts a course for social media engagement
Andrew Gossen, senior director of social media strategy, talks candidly about how new media has turned the traditional alumni relations and communication model on its head.

August 2010

Research program at Weill Cornell gives college juniors experience and passion
For more than 40 years, the Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program at Weill Cornell Medical College has given premedical college students solid research experience and a crash course on the severe disparities in health care among racial and ethnic minorities.

Two Cornellians return to campus -- as alumni-elected trustees
Gene D. Resnick '70, M.D. '74, and Sheryl Hilliard Tucker '78 began their four-year terms on the board of trustees in July.

From Big Red soccer to a summer with the New York Red Bulls
Matt Bouraee '10 trained with the Major League Soccer team this summer alongside two of the most decorated players in the game.

July 2010

Spirit of Cornell shines through in Central Park alumni event
The first-ever CU in Central Park picnic and softball game brought 125 alumni and family members -- and the Big Red Bear -- to a Manhattan ball field July 25.

Big Red success draws record number to sports school
There are no lazy summer days for CU Athletics. More than 4,200 children from around the world are learning from Big Red coaches and athletes.

Webcasts connect alumni to Cornell leaders in monthly series
Alumni Q&A series will provide an avenue for alumni to have "fun, easy conversations" with university faculty members, senior leadership and staff members.

June 2010

Stroke of shovels launches boathouse renovation on Cayuga Inlet
Nearly 150 alumni and friends of the rowing program gathered at the Collyer Boathouse June 12 to mark the beginning of a major expansion project.

'Rapping granny' recalls Cornell professor who made her a star
Ellen Albertini Dow '35 attributes her long career to a man many no longer remember: Professor Alexander M. Drummond.

Cornell Tradition fellows recognized
Nine graduating seniors were honored for excellence in both academic achievement and significant work experience.

May 2010

Music and medicine program scores with student virtuosos at Carnegie Hall
The Music and Medicine Initiative at Weill Cornell Medical College is not even a year old, but it is about to strike a major chord: WCMC students will play at Carnegie Hall June 3 during the college's graduation ceremonies.

Senior class campaign sets new high-water mark for gifts
The Class of 2010's senior class campaign raised $80,847 from students alone, making an impact on the university like few others before it.

Spurned in 1970, Cornell changed the lacrosse landscape
In April, members of the 1970 men's team returned to East Hill to be honored; they also reminisced about their perfect season, 40 years later.

April 2010

PCCW celebrates 20 years of helping and engaging Cornell women
The President's Council of Cornell Women advocates on behalf of women -- faculty and students alike -- by advising Cornell presidents on how to improve women's standing in multiple ways on campus. Here's a look at the alumnae group and its two decades of history.

AA&D expands in vital region
More Cornellians live in the Northeast corridor than anywhere else in the world, and AA&D is expanding its New York City focus to better reach them.

'400 Club' honors dozens of student-athletes with top GPAs
A breakfast earlier this spring honored 101 student-athletes from the past two semesters who posted perfect 4.0 grade-point averages.

March 2010

Big Red successes make 2010 a winter to remember
Men's basketball made it to the NCAA Sweet 16, women's hockey took their first trip to a national championship game and men's wrestling finished second in the country -- while individual athletes also excelled.

New alumni speakers series taps faculty already 'On the Road'
Cornell on the Road is a new speakers series that takes advantage of faculty members' travels.

Cornell event at Westminster show highlights Vet research
Peggy Reed and Tom Kern were among the Cornellians making presentations at the annual dog show in New York.

Student phoners pass $1 million mark for Annual Fund
For the first time in its 13-year history, Cornell's student-staffed fundraising phonathon raised $1 million (and counting) in a single fiscal year.

February 2010

Unlikely bus meeting results in biography that will capture living history
Following a chance meeting on a bus in Kenya, a Cornell professor is now completing a biography of a Thai scientist who pioneered the first generic HIV/AIDS "cocktail" pill.

CEAA endowment will support student teams, achievement awards
A recently created legacy endowment fund will sponsor grants to student teams and support awards recognizing outstanding achievement.

Four Big Red athletes are among final candidates for loyalty award
Colin Greening is a finalist for a national student-athlete achievement award; three other Big Red athletes are candidates in another award division.

Online trustee elections expected to increase efficiency and participation
Alumni have until April 1 to vote for their top two candidates in this year's alumni trustee election. This will be the first time all voting is online.

January 2010

Introducing Ezra Update
Welcome to the inaugural issue of Ezra Update, which replaces the monthly Cornell e-News with a fresh design and a new vision for engaging with our alumni and friends.

Three Cornellians poised to compete in Winter Olympics in Vancouver
When the Winter Olympics opens in Vancouver in mid-February, three athletes with Cornell ties, Jamie Moriarty '03, Douglas Murray '03 and Rebecca Johnston '12, will be among those vying for coveted gold medals.

Professors to teach new course on exploring land, sea and space
Astronomer Steven Squyres and historian Mary Beth Norton are planning a course that combines their backgrounds and their passions.

Kling bequest aids library and bolsters state's milk quality
The charitable bequest that Herbert Kling '36, M.S. '40, established for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences continues to benefit Cornell.

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