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 E-NEWSLETTER                                                                                            September 2009

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Homecoming 2009 Oct. 8-11

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collegenews College News
Snapshot of the new class
This year Cornell welcomes 373 new students to campus and 771 returners, for a total enrollment of 1,144 Cornellians for 2009-2010! First-year students averaged a 3.5 GPA in high school, a 26.6 on their ACT, and a 1240 on their SATs. For the second year in a row, Iowa is not the most represented state among new students (that honor goes to Illinois).
Paul K. Scott Alumni CenterOffices move, centralizing student services
Several offices moved during the summer, creating a centralized location for basic student services in Old Sem. Thanks to a gift from Richard Small '50 and honorary alumna Norma Small, the staff in Alumni and College Advancement relocated from Old Sem to the Paul K. Scott Alumni Center at Rood House.  Read more...
Brittany Atchison in HondurasWhat'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. There will be two new profiles each month, and the first two are available now on the Cornell Web site.
Ben Miller '86 Cornellian wins contest; will read poem in Times Square
As one of the four winners of the Bright Lights Big Verse: Poems of Times Square national poetry contest, Ben Miller '86 will showcase his winning poem "Pipe Birds" in an unusual location: Times Square. Read more...
Denniston meets with Congress on global warming
On Sept. 10 Geology Professor Rhawn Denniston participated in meetings with Iowa members of Congress in Washington, D.C., as part of delegations organized by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) to discuss the American Clean Energy and Security bill recently passed by the House of Representatives. Read more...
Carol EnnsEnns receives APA award
Professor of Psychology Carol Enns was recognized as a Distinguished Leader for Women in Psychology at the August meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA). Read more...
1889 pennyA penny is worth 120 years
A geology student unearthed a small piece of history on Cornell College's National Historic District campus: an 1889 penny lost sometime in the last 120 years. Read more...
Shawn Voigt Rams welcome new coaches
Cornell athletic teams welcomed several new coaches for 2009-10, including former All-American wrester Shawn Voigt '90 as an assistant wrestling coach, Chad Murray as head men's basketball coach, and Derek Bell as the director of soccer.
Men's cross country team receives first ever top 10 regional ranking
The Cornell College men's cross country team earned its first ever regional ranking in the NCAA Division III Central Region Poll, released Sept. 23 by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Read more...
A recreational campus
This year marks the start of three new activities for Cornell students. Get Outta Town provides free shuttle services to students to places like Lake MacBride or Coralville Mall. The Purple Bikes program, which began at the end of the last school year, allows students to check out bikes for leisure or transportation. Finally, a popular 9-hole disc golf courseopened over the summer on campus.
4,000 contribute nearly $10 million
Cornell closed out the 2008-09 year strongly, raising $9.8 million in gifts, pledges, and grants, including nearly $1 million for the environmental studies program and $2.2 million for the Annual Fund. Nearly 4,000 donors contributed to funds that allowed students to study overseas, renovated dormitories, created new classes and programs, brought in lecturers, and provided student scholarships. Read more...
Author Diane AckermanOne Book, One Campus, One Community
The second year of the "One Book, One Campus, One Community" program featured  Diane Ackerman, author of The Zookeeper's Wife. Ackerman participated in a range of activities open to the community, starting with the Opening Convocation Lecture in King Chapel. Read more...

campaignnews Campaign News
Sheryl Atkinson Stoll and William StollCampaign closing in on goal 
Extraordinary Opportunities: The Campaign for Cornell College is closing in on its $92 million goal as it enters the home stretch. Adding to the total, trustee Sheryl Atkinson Stoll '70 and her husband William donated $200,000 in support of the Pre-Law Program she helped create, and to help fund The Commons renovation project. Read more...
Meanwhile, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded $316,000 to Environmental Studies to enhance curriculum and further interdisciplinary study. In the past year environmental studies has received nearly $1 million in gifts and grants from donors such as the Cornell College Class of 1958 and the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation. Read more...
cornellinthenews Cornell in the News
Cornell ranked among nation's best
Once again Cornell was recognized as among the best liberal arts colleges in the nation by major college ranking publications. The U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, The Princeton Review, and The Fisk Guide to Colleges all gave Cornell high marks. The Princeton Review also listed the theatre department as the 16th best among liberal arts colleges, and Fisk included the art department among the 24 best in small colleges and universities.
Monica Davis LyonsLyons named to Corridor Forty Under 40
Monica Davis Lyons '02, coordinator of the Berry Center for Economics, Business and Public Policy, was named by the Corridor Business Journal of Iowa City/Cedar Rapids as a Forty Under 40 Award honoree for 2009. Read more...
Mortar Board receives national awardMortar Board receives national award
The Torch chapter at Cornell College was among the outstanding chapters to be honored for their excellence at the 2009 Mortar Board National Conference, receiving the Golden Torch Award, a Project Excellence award, and the Most Improved Chapter Award. Read more...
Sandra DyasDyas represents Iowa for 50 States Project
Photographer and visiting professor of art Sandy Dyas was selected to represent Iowa in the 50 States Project. Photographers from around the country are compiling photos from each state for the project.
Steven HemeltHemelt receives APPAM thesis award
Steven Hemelt, new Cornell College assistant professor of politics, was named the winner of the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Dissertation Award for his thesis "Essays in Education Policy: Accountability, Achievement, and Access." Read more...
Recent grad to be published in Oswald Review
A paper by Nathan Sacks '09 was accepted for publication in The Oswald Review, an undergraduate journal. The paper is slated for the fall of 2009. Read more...
alumninews Alumni News
Coe-Cornell Young Alumni Challenge returns!
Who will win the challenge this year? Coe and Cornell will compete to reach the highest percentage of young alumni participation (graduates from 2000-2009) who give back to their alma maters through the fall Phonathon campaign. Young alumni are the rising stewards to the long tradition of giving back to our school. By making your gift to the annual fund, you affirm your belief in the value of a Cornell education. Make your pledge today!
Homecoming 2009 Oct. 8-11
"Welcome Home to the Hilltop" is the theme of Homecoming 2009, with the classes ending in -4 and -9 celebrating reunions. Highlights of the weekend include Homecoming Convocation, where Stephen Grummon '69, Jerry Ringer '59, and Elizabeth Hoyer Beeman '69 will receive awards. Other highlights include a memorial and remembrance for emeritus professor of biology Ed Rogers '39, the first annual 5k run, and an open house at the newly renovated Paul K. Scott Alumni Center at Rood House.  For complete schedule of events and online registration, visit
Hall of Fame
Join C-Club members and Athletic Director John Cochrane for the Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony and C-Club breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. as four alumni are inducted: Dick Paul '58, Dale Martin '59, Tom Zinkula '79, and Lisa Schwien '85. Recipients will also be recognized during halftime of the football game. To register online for the C-Club breakfast, visit
Upcoming alumni events
Sept. 25 - Chicago Club volleyball reception at the Wheaton Invitational
Nov. 10 - Chicago Club Lunch and Learn with President Garner and Mike Conklin '69
Nov. 21 - Tennessee alumni gathering at home of parents Sten Vermund and Pilar Vargas, Nashville
comingup Coming Up
Elvis CardStudio art exhibition
The Cornell College department of art and art history will celebrate Homecoming with an exhibition featuring works by current studio art faculty in the Peter Paul Luce Gallery, McWethy Hall. Find out more...
Georgia Guitar QuartetMusic Mondays
The 12th season of Cornell College's Music Mondays concert series will kick off Oct. 12 with the Georgia Guitar Quartet (featuring music from Chopin to Radiohead), followed by the Latin group Tiempo Libre on Nov. 2. Find out more...
Upcoming theatre productions
Two main stage productions are coming up this semester. "The Diary of Anne Frank" runs Oct. 15-18, and "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" Dec. 4-6, and 11-13. Find out more...
Football at Coe, Nov. 14
The Ram football squad plays at Coe this year on Nov. 14.
Holiday Choral Concert
This year's Holiday Choral Concert is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5.
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