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collegenews College News
Record enrollment
Classes started this fall with 1,191 students, a historic high for the college. The Class of 2014 comes from 41 states and eight foreign countries. Diversity is better than ever, as well, with 23 percent of the class domestic students of color. International students make up five percent of the student population. Even with the growth, the college's student-to-faculty ratio remains unchanged. Read more...
New Student Convocation 2010Convocation moves outdoors
For the first time, the annual New Student Convocation was held outside. The event welcomed the 384 new students into the Cornell family and gave them a chance to meet faculty and staff and hear from Interim President Jim Brown and Dean Joe Dieker. You, too, can hear the bagpipe and see video of the convocation. See video...
News Center new and improved
The college's News Center got a new look for the new school year. The design should make it easier for you to find stories you're interested in. Photos and video feature prominently. Visit
Cornell CollegeSky-high view of campus 
See the Hilltop as you've never seen it before with an aerial video tour narrated by Art Professor Tony Plaut '78. He talks about what makes the campus so special and so beautiful. Take the aerial video tour...
King Chapel renovationsKing Chapel work continues
Workers spent the summer on top of King Chapel removing roof tiles, replacing rotted support sections, and fixing other roof problems. The project is funded by a $100,000 challenge grant from the State Historical Society and $137,000 in matching contributions from donors. This structural work is part of a larger $2.5 million effort to renovate the chapel, including other structural repairs and installation of an elevator. View photos on Facebook and a video.
Small Multi-Sport Center fire
The Small Multi-Sport Center has reopened after an electrical fire Aug. 14. The fire, which stared in the Meyer Strength Training Room, was contained, but there was extensive smoke damage to parts of the lower level of the building, and soot throughout the building. The college is raising money to help cover the $25,000 insurance deductible from the fire. If you'd like to donate, give to the Golden Rams online or e-mail the Development Office.
Presidential search
The process to choose Cornell's 15th president is progressing as planned. The search commnittee has narrowed the field to eight semi-finalists from a variety of positions, including several sitting presidents. The next step is to hold off-campus interviews and identify three or four finalists. The committee plans to recommend a candidate for election by the Board of Trusteees by Dec. 1. You can keep up with the search online at
AthleticsNews Athletics News
200th victory for Coach Meeker
Cornell's volleyball coach Jeff Meeker notched his 200th career coaching victory when Cornell beat Coe on Sept. 7. The Rams (9-2 overall, 2-0 IIAC) are atop the Iowa Conference standings. 
Men's cross country nationally ranked 
With two strong outings this fall, the men's cross country team climbed to No. 6 in a recent NCAA Division III Central Region Poll. The new regional ranking is a high point for head coach Dan Schofer's program. Read more...
campaignnews Campaign News
Cornell closes historic campaign 
The Extraordinary Opportunities Campaign drew to a close June 30 with a strong finish. The total amount raised by the campaign, and its meaning for Cornell's future, will be announced during a special celebration at the Saturday, Oct. 16, Homecoming dinner. 
Joanne Findley '50Mark Hanawalt '74 & Barbara Norton Hanawalt '74Alumni give to King Chapel
Three alumni have pledged a total of $50,000 toward the renovation of Cornell's historic King Chapel, the centerpiece of campus. Joanne Findley '50 of Macomb, Ill., has pledged $25,000, as have Mark Hanawalt '74 and his wife, Barbara Norton Hanawalt '74, of Waverly, Iowa. Their gifts will help the college's $2.5 million restoration of the campus icon.
Marty and John McGrane '73President's House renovations planned 
Trustees are funding a major renovation and expansion of the 160-year-old home that serves as the President's House. John McGrane '73, chair-elect of the board, is championing the project with his wife, Martha (Marty) Benson McGrane '73. They have recruited architect Stephen Muse of Muse Architects in Bethesda, Md. Among the firm's 120 awards are two from the National Trust of Historic Preservation and five Montgomery County Historic Preservation awards. The President's House serves not only as a residence, but also a public space. During President Les Garner's tenure, an average of 1,000 people per year visited the home. Read more...
Gifts of note
Charlie Bray '58 has pledged $3 million for The Commons, Ash Park, and the establishment of a minority student leadership program endowment. Jon Reynolds '58 has established a planned gift of $1 million for the college's endowment. And honorary alumni Peter and Betsy Luce have pledged $500,000 for the lobby of The Commons.
cornellinthenews Cornell in the News
Cornell ranked among nation's finest
Cornell was recognized as a "Best Buy School" by the Fiske Guide to Colleges, as one of the 373 best colleges and the 15th best theatre program in the nation by the Princeton Review, and as No. 81 on the list of the best national liberal arts colleges along with recognition for value and a focus on teaching in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings.
alumninews Alumni News
Homecoming 2010 Oct. 15-17
Imagine yourself on the Hilltop again: Celebrating friendships. Swapping stories. Cheering from the Ash Park sidelines. This year the '0s and '5s are reunioning, but everyone's invited to celebrate Cornell and learn about exciting plans for Cornell's future at a multimedia presentation Saturday evening Oct. 16. Register today!

Homecoming Convocation moved: Because of renovations to King Chapel, Homecoming Convocation and the organ recital will be held at the Mount Vernon United Methodist Church two blocks east of campus. The church is fully accessible and a shuttle will be available. The recital is at 10 a.m., followed by the convocation at 10:30. View the Homecoming schedule...
2002 Cornell College Alumni DirectoryAlumni Directory to be produced
The Alumni Office has once again contracted with Publishing Concepts (PCI) to produce an Alumni Directory. PCI will begin contacting alumni for directory updates in early 2011. Cornell's last alumni directory was distributed in 2002. Stay tuned for more information to come.
David Lienemann '05Alum featured for work with Biden
David Lienemann '05 was featured in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette for his work as official photographer for Vice President Joe Biden. Read more...
Daryl Boness '72Boness confirmed as Marine Mammal chair
Daryl Boness '72 was confirmed as chair of the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission. Boness, a retired scientist who spent most of his career at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., was profiled in the most recent edition of the Cornell Report. Read more...
Herrera featured on
Alumni Board member Andrea Herrera '85, owner of Amazing Edibles, was featured on's Money section. Read the article...
Memorial Service set for Danforth
There will be a memorial service for Helen Danforth '42 during Homecoming at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, in Alee Chapel. Danforth taught and supervised student teachers from 1979 to 1987. Read the complete obituary...
Upcoming Alumni Events
Sept. 23 - Cornell Volleyball Reception at Wheaton Invitational
Oct. 15-17 - Homecoming 2010
Nov. 10 - Washington, D.C., Alumni & Friends Reception at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
Dec. 4 - Greater Cornell Alumni & Friends Event at Theatre Cedar Rapids ("White Christmas")
Dec. 18 - Cornell Wrestling at North Central College
comingup Coming Up
"Fluidity of Gender" sculpture exhibit through Oct. 3
"Fluidity of Gender," an exhibition of sculptures by feminist artist Linda Stein will be exhibited at the Peter Paul Luce Gallery through Oct. 3. Find out more...
Music Mondays
Monday, Oct. 11: Ensemble 415, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 15: Stephen Marchionda, guitar, 7:30 p.m.
Find out more...
Family Weekend Nov. 5-7
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Upcoming theatre performances
"Electra" by Sophocles, Oct. 29, 30 & Nov. 5-7
"Twelfth Night" by William Shakespeare, Dec. 3-5 & 10-12
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2010 Holiday Concert: "Magnificat"
Saturday, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m., King Chapel
A Cornell tradition returns, featuring the combined Cornell Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and Orchestra under the direction of Drs. Lisa and Martin Hearne. The program will feature Rutter's 1990 Magnificat.
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