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Cornell moving toward 8-term year
Cornell faculty voted on March 8 to approve an eight-term calendar beginning in the fall of 2012. In support of this decision, faculty are working to revise the bachelor of arts requirements and determining how to structure a summer session beginning in 2013. The move would have several advantages, including allowing higher enrollment by offering more classes each term, reducing the length of the academic year and allowing faculty and students more time for summer research, making the college more efficient, and giving students better chances to find summer jobs and internships.  Read more...
collegenews College News

Jonathan Brand addresses Cornellians
Incoming President Jonathan Brand was on campus Feb. 18 to meet with students, faculty, staff, and community members. He spoke briefly in King Chapel about his commitment to Cornell and his vision for the future. During his visit, he also sat down for an interview for the Cornell Report and the Cornellian, where he talked about the future of liberal arts education, the role of alumni in the life of the college, and more. New clips are posted weekly. Read more... 



Students honored for service
Seven Cornell students were honored for volunteering more than 2,200 hours in 2009-2010. The students, Annie Armatage, James Hoeffgen, Theresa Hunter, Michael Johnson, Alyssa McMullin, Matthew Moore, and Elle Pope served a combined total of 2,240.5 hours building homes, volunteering with disabled youth, helping the Mount Vernon/Lisbon Community Development Group, and more. Read more...

Rockapella at King ChapelRockapella rocks the chapel
World-renowned a capella group Rockapella was on stage in King Chapel in January, and coached its opening act, the winners of a Cornell student a capella contest. Rockapella came to campus as part of an annual series of performances and lectures funded by a gift from Richard Williams '63 and his wife, Marlene. Past performers include Second City and the Capitol Steps. Photo courtesy of Hilary Swift for The Cornellian.

Professors get grant for study abroad
Carol Zerbe Enns (psychology), Erin Davis (sociology), and a Colorado College professor developed and taught a short-term international travel and study experience in Japan after receiving a grant to study the effectiveness of short-term study abroad programs. Read more...

Snow on the Hilltop
Remember how beautiful the Hilltop can be under a blanket of fresh snow? In early February, Mount Vernon-and much of the country-got hit with a major winter storm that led to cancelled classes and drifts up to two feet high. Here's what campus looked like 24 hours later.



athleticsnews Athletics News

Rams athletics site
Cornell has launched a new athletics web site at The site includes a revolving box of top news stories, advanced scoreboards, highlight videos, Facebook integration, fan polls, and photo galleries.

Steve DeVriesDeVries inducted in NWCA Hall of Fame
Longtime coach and kinesiology Professor Steve DeVries was inducted in the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III Hall of Fame. DeVries, the winningest wrestling coach in Cornell history, was honored for his long-time contributions to the sport. DeVries carried on Cornell's rich tradition on the wrestling mat as head coach from 1982-2000. Under his guidance, the Rams won 10 Midwest Conference team championships, including five straight from 1984-88. DeVries is the third Cornellian in the NWCA Division III Hall of Fame, joining former coach Barron Bremner and four-time all-American Shawn Voigt '90, now head assistant wrestling coach. Read more...

Wrestlers pin top-20 finish
For the fourth consecutive year, Cornell's wrestling team notched a top-20 team finish and crowned multiple all-Americans at the NCAA Division III Championships. Senior Kevin Donahue gained a spot on the all-America podium for the third year in a row. The sixth-seeded Donahue placed fourth at 141 pounds. Junior Timothy Hood battled through the consolation bracket to take an eighth-place finish at 125. The Rams wound up 17th in the team standings with 21.5 points. Cornell was only three points out of 13th place in the 60-team field. Read more...

Donavin track MVP
Senior Kirkwood Donavin became the first Ram to claim three event titles in a single meet by winning the men's mile and anchoring two championship relays at the Iowa Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships. For his efforts Donavin was named Most Valuable Men's Track Performer, also a first in the Cornell program. Read more...

cornellinthenews Cornell in the News

Wrestling history in Iowa recognized
An ESPN column about the storied history of wrestling in Iowa briefly mentioned the Cornell wrestlers who in 1947 won the NCAA and AAU championships-making Cornell the only private school ever to do so. That team will be honored in April at the Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame. Starting this year, the hall of fame is inducting one Iowa high school or college championship team. The team that won the 1947 NCAA championship was chosen by the selection committee as the inaugural team inducted. Read more...

alumninews Alumni News
Bill Aossey '63 Peace Corps and Cornell
The Peace Corps celebrates its 50th anniversary this month, and while many Cornell College graduates have served, one stands out: Bill Aossey '63. Aossey was recognized as the first Muslim to serve in the Peace Corps. He was posted to Senegal, a predominantly Muslim nation, coaching what would become the country's Olympic wrestling team and working with rural agricultural development. He later pioneered the halal food industry in North America. Read more...
Rob Ash '73 Alum elected president of AFCA
Cornell College Hall of Famer Rob Ash '73, current head coach at Montana State University, has been elected president of the American Football Coaches Association for 2011. Ash lettered three years in football (1970-72) and tennis (1971-73) at Cornell. He remained on the Hilltop and held roles as assistant football coach, head men's tennis coach, sports information director, and intramurals director until 1980. Ash's four-year stint as a football assistant produced Midwest Conference championships in 1976 and 1978. Read more...

Isaiah McGee '01McGee appointed Iowa human rights director

Isaiah McGee '01 was named director of the Iowa Department of Human Rights by Govenor Terry Branstad. McGee, 31, who served as a city councilman in Waukee, where he lives, has also served on Iowa Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, the Generation Iowa Commission, and the Iowa Indigent Defense Commission. Read his recent Cornell Report Q&A here.
New alumni directory
The Alumni Office has contracted with Publishing Concepts (PCI) to produce a new alumni directory and PCI will begin contacting alumni for updates by mail and e-mail this month. Print and CD directories will be available for purchase when you call to update your information and directories will be mailed in early March 2012. If you have any questions, please contact the Alumni Office at (877) 683-7666 or

Upcoming Alumni Events
March 26 - St. Louis Reception, Schlafly Bottleworks
April 5 - C'YA Networking-Iowa Private College Young Alumni Networking Reception, Millennium Hotel, Minneapolis
April 10 - Charlotte, NC Alumni Luncheon, Omni Hotel in Charlotte
May 11 - Cornell College Club of Chicago Lunch and Learn, The ACM Chicago Programs Office

comingup Coming Up

Alternative Spring Break

March 24-April 3

Each year Cornell students spend spring break giving back. This year's A.S.B. trip has three groups headed to either the Florida Trails in Gainesville, to Atlanta to work with urban youth programs, or working with the Lakota people on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Find out more...

Theatre Production
"Waiting for Godot" by Samuel Beckett, directed by Jim Van Valen

April 15-17, 22-23, Kimmel Theatre.

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Relay for Life

April 15-16, Small Multi-Sport Center

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Annual Student Sympoium
Saturday, April 16, The Commons

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Baccalaureate & Commencement

Saturday, May 28

From the editor
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