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 E-NEWSLETTER                                                                                             December 2009

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collegenews College News
Jackie Lockridge Wallace '71Wallace retiring, new registrar named
Jackie Lockridge Wallace '71 will officially retire as college registrar on Jan. 4 after nearly 30 years of service to the college. The new reigstrar will be Jonna Higgins-Freese, formerly the foundation relations coordinator.
Matt ShimanovskyWhat's your story? 
This year, extraordinary students are being showcased in a new series of profiles about their passions, experiences, and lives since coming to Cornell. Learn about the exceptional things students like activist Annie Schneider '11, KRNL General Manager Matt Shimanovsky '10, and entrepreneur Ryan Walden '10 are doing at Cornell. Read more...
Cornell Mock TrialMock Trial takes Mac Trials
Cornell's Team 1465 went undefeated and took the crown at the Macalester Trials, a four-round mock trial tournament. Team 1465's 8-0 performance was made even more impressive by the fact that not a single person on the team won an individual award. According to Coach Abbe Stensland, that demonstrates just how well-rounded their victory was. Read more...
Two students receive study abroad scholarships
Two Cornell students received scholarships from the Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship program in order to study abroad. Third-year student Zoe Sigman received a $5,000 scholarship - funded by the United States Department of State - to participate in Central College Abroad's Hangzhou, China program. Fourth-year Alida Ogren-Gunderson received $3,000, enabling her to study at the International Language Institute in Cairo, Egypt. Read more...
Entrepreneurial Cornellians
Are you an entrepreneur or do you know a Cornellian who is an entrepreneur? We're looking for stories for a future Cornell Report feature. Contact editor Dee Ann Rexroat '82 if you have leads!
Heard on Campus
Former Israeli Ambassador Asher Naim delivered the lecture "Ethiopian Jews then and now - from Operation Solomon 1991 to Israel 2009" on the 1991 operation that airlifted 14,200 Ethiopian Jews to Israel in a single day. It was one of the most remarkable rescue efforts in modern history, largely due to the efforts of Ambassador Naim. Read more...
Brood.A.SaarAmerican artist Alison Saar discussed her artwork in the distinguished artists lecture made possible by the Henry Luce Foundation. Her lecture "Whither, Hither and Yon" included discussion of her sculptures, mostly carved of wood and covered with copper, make use of found materials from the street. Read more...
Cornell is now a registered cause with iGive, a free service which enables you to earn money for charitable organizations, like Cornell, whenever you make an online purchase or search the web. Here's how it works.
AthleticsNews Athletics News
Football Coach Vince BrautigamCoaching changes
Vince Brautigam, who most recently led a turnaround effort at the University of Dubuque, has been named Cornell's head football coach. Brautigam, 45, replaces Matt Dillon '81, who resigned Nov. 16. Read more...
Brock WorleyIn other coaching news, Brock Worley has been named the new head men's and women's golf coach. Worley, a native of Cedar Rapids, was a two-year standout on Cornell's men's golf team from 2003-05. He is the Rams' only male golfer to earn all-Iowa Conference honors, taking 7th in 2004. Read more...
Andrew TobbenTobben an All-American
Junior Andrew Tobben placed 28th in the 276-man field at the NCAA Division III Men's Cross Country Championships and became the fifth Ram in school history to garner all-Amerca honors in cross country. Read more...
Laura DudgeonDudgeon named IIAC volleyball MVP
Senor middle hitter Laura Dudgeon was named the Iowa Conference's Volleyball Most Valuable Player, and joined senior outside hitter Kristin Paczosa as First Team All-IIAC selections. Dudgeon was also named honorable mention all-region. Read more...
campaignnews Campaign News
Bob and Becky McLennanMcLennan gift to establish center in Chicago
Bob McLennan '65 and Becky Martin McLennan '64 have donated $1 million in order to establish the McLennan Center in Chicago. The center will not only allow for an expansion of Cornell's academic catalogue, but will make current off-campus classes more affordable to a wider array of students. Read more...
Class of '59 reunion gift 
As part of their 50th reunion gift, the Class of 1959 has donated over $220,000 in cash and pledges to the college for King Chapel renovations and the Annual Fund. Read more...
cornellinthenews Cornell in the News
Rhawn Denniston - outdoor classDenniston featured in article on climate change
Rhawn Denniston, associate professor of geology and paleoclimatologist, was featured in a Cedar Rapids Gazette story about his work studying climate change through stalagmites. "Based on the data," the article says, "the outlook is not good unless humans make big changes. Soon." Read more...
alumninews Alumni News
John Smith '71Smith named most influential in corridor
John Smith '71 was named the 2009 most influential person in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa city Corridor by the Corridor Business Journal (CBJ) as someone who "almost single-handledly is changing the current perception and bringing back strong corporate community leadership." Read more...
Ron Corbett '83Cedar Rapids elects Ron Corbett mayor
Ron Corbett '83 was elected mayor of Cedar Rapids with 62 percent of the vote. The former speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives has never lost an election for public office. Read more...
Weston photoEric Weston's images of campus life
Eric Weston '78, a former Cornellian and Royal Purple  photographer, has posted an extensive collection of images of Cornell student and academic life from 1974-78. Weston documented campus life throughout his four years on campus, mostly in black-and-white, and edited the '76 and '78 Royal Purple  yearbooks. Read more...
Upcoming Alumni Events
Feb. 5 - Southern Florida alumni gathering at the home of John Smith '71 and Dyan Smith, Naples, Fla.
Feb. 21 - Austin/San Antonio alumni luncheon at Blue Star Cafeteria, Austin
March 13 - Phoenix alumni gathering at Turf Paradise Racetrack
March 14 - San Diego alumni gathering at the home of Mary Ann Lyman-Hagar '68
comingup Coming Up
"Celebration of Diversity"
Celebration of Diversity, an exhibition of paintings by artist Steven Erickson, will be exhibited at the Peter Paul Luce Gallery, Jan. 10-Feb. 7. An artist's reception and gallery talk will be held Sunday, Jan. 10, from 2-4 p.m. Find out more...
Visiting writer poet Patrick Rosal
On Jan. 20 poet Patrick Rosal will read from and discuss his two full-length poetry collections, "Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive" and "My American Kundiman."
IIAC wrestling duals
On Jan. 23, the Rams will host a day-long wrestling meet in the Small Multi-Sport Center. Find out more...
Lyric Theatre performance: two one-act operas
Held in King Chapel, Lyric Theatre will perform Little Red's Most Unusual Day by John Davies and Anton Chekhov's The Lady with the Pet Dog  by Barbara Lau and Michael Cash on Jan. 28-30.
Music Mondays
Cornell hosts Quink Vocal Ensemble on Feb. 8 and the Moscow String Quartet March 8, concluding this season of Music Mondays. Find out more...
Theatre production: "Arabian Nights"
"Arabian Nights" by Mary Zimmerman is a theatrical adaptation of the classic story "One Thousand and One Nights." Feb. 12-13, 19-20, and 21 in Kimmel Theatre. Find out more...
Spoken word artist Garbriela Garcia Medina
As an international spoken word artist and award-winning poet, Gabriela Garcia Medina's poetry has taken her to places such as South Africa, Cuba, Brazil, Switzerland, and all over the United States. Her poetry ranges from topics as serious as the social injustices we all face, to talking about her lingerie. 7 p.m., March 12, in The Commons.
Economist Robert Frank
Economist Robert Frank will deliver a public lecture, sponsored by the Berry Center, at 7 p.m. on March 16 in the Ringer Recital Studio in Armstrong Hall.
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