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| College News
|President Garner leaving Cornell|
In February, President Les Garner announced that after 15 years, he would leave Cornell College to become President and CEO of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation. The college prospered during his presidency and will benefit from his continued leadership in the region. The search process will begin immediately. Read more...
|New academic dean |
Joseph Dieker will begin July 1 as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. He succeeds Chris Carlson, a Cornell professor emeritus of sociology who is serving a two-year term as dean. Read more...
|College mourns loss of poet and professor|
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 28, in King Chapel for Robert Dana, professor emeritus of English and former Iowa poet laureate. Many former students will also be involved in a memorial reading at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27, in the University of Iowa Becker Communications Studies Building. Thanks to many of you for posting to the Dana memories blog. Read more...
|Political analyst, advisor gives Delt lecture |
David Gergen, political analyst, author and advisor to presidents for 30 years, will deliver the Delta Phi Rho Lecture "The Press, The President and Public Policy," at King Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 3. Read more...
|Biology professor gets major grant |
Biology Professor Marty Condon has been awarded $270,769 from the National Science Foundation to continue her research with students uncovering extraordinary levels of tropical diversity. Her research was also featured in the journal "Science." Read more...
|Mock Trial team to nationals |
Cornell's Mock Trial team competes in the opening round of the national tournament this month. This is the second year the team has won a berth in the tournament. Read more...
|Heard on campus|
Robert Frank, a world-renowed behavioral economist, author and teacher, spoke March 16 about government regulation in a talk titled "Should Bicycle Helmets Be Required: Governing With A Light Touch." The talk was sponsored by the Berry Center for Economics, Business, and Public Policy.
| Athletics News
|Academic All-American, All-IIAC honors|
Senior center Chris Handke was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Men's Basketball First Team. Read more...
In addition, Handke and senior forward Matt Lewis, who guided the Rams to a school-best 36 wins over the past two seasons, were both named to the All-Iowa Conference Men's Basketball First Team. Read more...
|Wrestlers finish 12th nationally |
Cornell came away with two all-Americans in senior Nick Nothern and junior Kevin Donahue at the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships. The Rams finished in a tie for 12th place in the team standings with 25 points. Cornell co-hosted the tournament. Additionally, head wrestling coach Mike Duroe was named Iowa Conference Wrestling Coach of the Year. Read more...
|Track claims 1st Iowa Conference relay title |
The Cornell men's track and field team claimed its first-ever Iowa Conference relay title and sophomore Adam Rooyakkers garnered all-conference honors in three events in leading the Rams at the IIAC Indoor Championships. Read more...
|Wohrley places eighth in pentathlon at NCAA Indoor Championships |
Senior James Wohrley performed to his No. 8 seed and secured all-America honors with an eighth-place finish in the men's pentathlon at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships March 12 at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. Cornell has now crowned five all-Americans in four sports this 2009-10 academic year. Joining Wohrley are Andrew Tobben (men's cross country), Don Bladt (football), Nick Nothern (wrestling) and Kevin Donahue (wrestling). Read more...
| Campaign News
|Commons, King Chapel funding needed |
In October, the Extraordinary Opportunities: Campaign for Cornell College surpassed its goal of $92 million. There's tremendous momentum, but several projects still need to be funded, notably The Commons expansion and renovation and the King Chapel renovation. To focus on these projects, the Board of Trustees has extended the campaign six months until June 30, 2010. Now is the time to contribute and be part of this historic campaign. Read more...
|'80s alumni giving back|
Cornell Trustee Gilda Vinzulis Boyer '84 and husband, Barry Boyer '84, are giving back for a new generation of students. The Boyers have pledged $50,000 to the college. The Boyers are deeply involved in service and leadership in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where they live with their children Erik and Lauren. Read more...
|Historical Society gives grant for King Chapel |
The Iowa State Historical Society has awarded Cornell a $100,000 challenge grant for the restoration of King Chapel. The grant requires the college to raise $137,000 to contribute to the project. Read more...
|Campaign chair offers challenge |
Earlier this year, the college received an unusual challenge from John Smith '71 and his wife, honorary alumna Dyan Smith, for donors to accelerate their pledge payments or planned gifts. They will match every accelerated payment, up to $1 million each year for five years, for a total of $5 million. In 2009 our first year, we received $1 million in advanced gifts. Matched by the Smiths, that gave the college a boost of more than $2 million. Read more...
| Cornell in the News
|Relay For Life places 2nd nationally|
Cornell's 2009 Relay For Life placed second nationally in per capita fund raising and was recognized by the American Cancer Society. Read more...
| Alumni News
|Steve Miller retiring |
Steve Miller '65, associate director of development, will be honored with a retirement reception from 3-5 p.m. Friday, March 26, in Scott Alumni Center. Over 36 years, Steve has taught, coached numerous sports, and raised funds for Cornell. He was Cornell's Athletic Director until 2002 when he joined the Office of Alumni & College Advancement team.
|Alumni in the Development office|
Kristi Webster Columbus '96, formerly an associate director of development, accepted the position of director of development, and Liz Bowman Feist '05 joined Cornell as an associate director of development.
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|Upcoming Alumni Events|
May 1 - New England area alumni and friends reception, Trinitarian Congregational Church, Concord, Mass.
June 13 - Twin Cities alumni and friends picnic at Como Park, Minneapolis
| Coming Up
|Holocaust Survivor lecture |
"Not the Germans Alone: A Son's Search for the Truth of Vichy" is the title of Isaac Levendel's talk on April 12 about the experience of his family in France during the Holocaust. Find out more...
|'Akarui' by Jennifer Silverman |
Characters convene at a warehouse at the end of the world, where DJ Akarui is laying down beats and conducting a rave in which all transformations are possible. April 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Kimmel Theatre. Find out more...
|Annual Student Symposium |
Research on a wide range of topics will be showcased. April 17 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Find out more...
|'Between Barack and a Hard Place' lecture|
Tim Wise, among the most prominent anti-racist writers and activists in the United States, will speak on April 19 at 7 p.m. in King Chapel. Find out more...
Islamic Feminism lecturer Dr. Amina Wadud will speak on the intersection of faith and social justice. April 22 at 11:10 a.m. in The Commons. Find out more...