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You can make it happen: Winter 2013

Bang a gong

Help support the Department of Music's Gamelan Program, in which beginning and advanced students play together in a traditional Indonesian musical ensemble with bronze metallophones, gongs, xylophones, bamboo flutes, bowed lutes and plucked zythers. $100,000 to endow the ensemble

Put on a show

Help the newly renamed Department of Performing and Media Arts update their production capabilities by helping to purchase a state-of-the-art image, sound and editing equipment package, which can support even the most advanced student projects. $100,000

Give Urdu a boost

Endow a named lectureship for teaching the Urdu language, the vehicle of an elegant courtly literature in early modern India and now the national language of Pakistan. $700,000

Form a posse

In partnership with the Posse Foundation, help the College of Arts and Sciences admit diverse groups of 10 students – "posses" – to campus from urban high schools. Studies show that when students arrive together and have the support of an intimate group, they thrive. "Posse is helping us find students," says A&S Dean Peter Lepage, "who might not have found Cornell otherwise." $1 million for one posse for four years

Promote peace

Support students of the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies to research weapons proliferation, the impact of new technologies, regional security issues and histories of war or peace. $60,000

Advance economics

Endow a fellowship to attract elite applicants to Cornell's economics doctoral program. Securing top-notch graduate students boosts both faculty recruiting and the undergraduate experience alike. $1.5 million

Have AAP, will travel

Architecture, and soon art, students participate in studios centered on specific geographic locations around the world. During fall and spring breaks they travel to such locations as New Orleans, Moscow, Hanoi, Berlin and Mumbai (image above: students participate in the Mumbai studio). Support travel for one class to their off-campus sites. $30,000

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