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| College News
|Jim Brown named interim president|
The Cornell College Board of Trustees has elected James W. Brown, special assistant to President Garner, as interim president starting July 1. President Les Garner is leaving after 16 years to become CEO of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation. Read more...
|Keep up with presidential search |
The college has a website dedicated to the presidential search. You can see the latest news, read what the college is looking for in its next president and fill out a referral form if you think you know a strong candidate.
|See campus from above |
Ever wondered what a birds-eye view of Cornell might look like? Now you can see for yourself what the Hilltop looks like from above on a beautiful spring day. See photos...
|Garner gratitudes |
In April, faculty and staff held a luncheon to thank President Les and First Lady Katrina Garner for their years of service to the college. You can see the video from the event and read the sometimes funny, sometimes poignant "Garner gratitudes" here.
|Mock Trial places 6th in nation|
Cornell's young mock trial program surprised just about everyone by placing sixth in the nation in April, defeating schools including Princeton and Yale. Two Cornell students were named All-American attorneys. Read more...
|Trustees choose new chair, elect two members
The college's Board of Trustees elected John McGrane '73
as the new chair of the board. He will replace current chair John Smith '71 after the October 2011 meeting. The board also elected Francis Kao '85
and Eli Wade-Scott '10
to three-year terms. Read more...
| Heard on Campus|
|2010 Delt Lecture|
David Gergen, political analyst, author, and presidential advisor, gave the 2010 Delta Phi Rho Lecture on May 3 to a crowd of hundreds in King Chapel. He spoke about the relationship between the media and the presidency and the role the millennial generation will play in the future of the country. You can view a portion of his speech here.
|Small-Thomas Lecture |
Amina Wadud gave the 2010 Small-Thomas Lecture on April 22. One of the world's foremost Islamic feminist scholars, Wadud spoke about what it means to be both a feminist and a Muslim. Read more...
|Beta Omicron Distinguished Alumni Visitor|
Jeffery McCune '99 was a Beta Omicron Distinguished Alumni Visitor, and gave several lectures in April, including one on racial identity, gender, politics, and perception in hip-hop and another about the value and potential of hip-hop.
| Athletics News
|Dudgeon receives Landis Award |
Senior volleyball player Laura Dudgeon was recipient of the prestigious Russell W. Landis Award at Cornell's Athletics Recognition Program in May. The Landis Award recognizes the individual who best demonstrated academic excellence, campus leadership, and athletic achievement over a four-year career at Cornell. List of all award recipients...
|17 student-athletes recognized |
Cornell placed 17 student-athletes from six different sports on the Iowa Conference's All Academic Team for the 2010 spring season. Read more...
|Wohrley breaks own record, achieves all-American finish |
Cornell senior James Wohrley scored a lifetime-best 6,959 points and captured all-America honors with a sixth-palce finish in the decathlon at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Read more...
| Campaign News
|Commons, King Chapel funding needed |
Extraordinary Opportunities: The Campaign for Cornell College is approaching $98 million, a momentous achievement for the college. Several projects still need to be funded, though, notably The Commons expansion and renovation and the King Chapel restoration. Now is the time to contribute and be part of this historic campaign. Read more...
|Recent major gifts|
The college is grateful for every gift to the campaign, each of which enhances the Cornell education and benefits students. These alumni have recently given major gifts:
- Margaret Smyth Emmons '44 died in January and remembered Cornell in her will with a $240,000 estate gift to benefit the restoration of King Chapel and the Robert & Sara Smyth Endowed Scholarship.
- Tom Sears '56 and his wife, Margaret, gave Cornell College $200,000 to create an endowed scholarship for Kirkwood Community College students transferring to Cornell.
- Doug Swanson '60, a former trustee, has given the college a $200,000 undesignated gift to be used where it's most needed.
- Trustee Mildred Eubanks Carstensen '66 and her husband, Fred, have pledged $50,000 to create two faculty development awards, the Mildred Eubanks Carstensen Award and the Thad & Josie Eubanks Award.
- Sydney Smith Hicks '69 pledged $25,000 for the Career Center in The Commons, in honor of her parents, David W. and Elizabeth A. Smith.
|Class of 1960 reunion gift |
Members of the Class of 1960 are working toward a goal of $200,000 as a 50th reunion gift, with $150,000 for a scholarship in honor of the late biology professor T. Edwin Rogers '39, and for the Annual Fund. If you want to contribute to the class gift, contact Keith North '60 or Kristi Columbus '96, director of college advancement, at email@example.com.
| Alumni News
Alum's company gets national recognition
Van Metre Industrial, run by Barry Boyer '84, was recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the top small company workplaces. The profile of the company talked about the way employees are encouraged to help make things run more efficiently. Read more...
|Steve Miller returning to football|
He wasn't retired for long. Steve Miller '65 announced in May that he would return to the sidelines this fall as a special assistant to Vince Brautigam as Brautigam starts his first year as head coach of the Rams. Read more...
|Alumna encourages Cornell seniors to give|
Janene Panfil '89 and her husband, Don Stumbo, pledged $10,000 as the 2010 Senior Challenge Matching Gift Sponsors. The seniors, inspired and motivated by the gift, raised more than $22,000 for Cornell. "During my time at Cornell I benefited from the generosity of many, including family, friends, faculty, staff, and alumni," she said. "My family and I were happy to partner with the Class of 2010 to support future Cornellians."
|Commencement, Baccalaureate pictures|
More than 200 students graduated May 29. View some of the best pictures from 2010 Commencement and Baccalaureate.
|Alumni photos from Boston event|
The Alumni Office held an event in April in Concord, Mass. You can see some photos from the event here.
|Upcoming Alumni Events|
June 23 - Chicago Club, Music on the Lakefront at Jay Pritxker Pavilion, Millennium Park
Aug. 5 - Greater Cornell Young Alumni Networking Happy Hour, Linn Street Cafe, Iowa City
Aug. 11 - Greater Cornell Young Alumni Networking Happy Hour, Chicago
Aug. 12 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin Alumni & Friends Gathering, Ryan Bruan's Waterfront Grill
Aug. 18 - Twin Cities Young Alumni Networking Happy Hour, Joe's Garage, Minneapolis
Aug. 21 - Greater Cornell, Cedar Rapids Kernels
| Coming Up
|Make plans now for Homecoming 2010 |
It's not too late to make plans to attend Homecoming 2010, which will take place Oct. 15-17. The Cedar Rapids Marriott will be our headquarters. If you choose to stay there, make your reservations by calling (800) 396-2153. Mention "Cornell Homecoming" to receive a special discounted rate (available until Sept. 18.)
|Graphic novel chosen for One Book |
Persepolis 2, a nonfiction narrative in the form of a graphic novel will be the third annual "One Book, One Campus, One Community" read. Written by Marjane Satrapi, the book will be the topic of the convocation given by Dr. Mehrdad Kia, professor of anthropology and history at the University of Montana, on Sept. 16 at 11 a.m. in King Chapel.