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Commons re-envisioned

Building on the success of the Extraordinary Opportunities campaign and the growth of the student body, the college is re-envisioning The Commons renovation and expansion project. The plan for the newly-named Thomas Commons (named in honor of longtime building and grounds superintendent Cecil Thomas and his wife June) includes sweeping changes to the building's upper-level entryway and a vibrant new fašade that will blend into Cornell's National Historic Register campus. Find out more about the planned renovations...
collegenews College News

Inauguration date set
Mark your calendars for April 21, 2012. All Cornellians are invited to attend and celebrate a historical milestone in the life of the college as we inaugurate Cornell's 15th president, Jonathan Brand, that afternoon. Inauguration weekend will also feature a post-inaugural reception, the annual Student Symposium featuring students' research projects, athletic events, senior art shows, and theatre, orchestra, and choir performances. More information will be announced in the fall.

Garner President's HousePresident's House becomes Garner namesake
The 161-year-old building that's housed the college presidents and their families since the 1860s has a new name: the Garner President's House. The name is in honor of President Emeritus Les and First Lady Katrina Garner, who served the college from 1994 through 2010. Read more...

Three new trustees elected
The Cornell College Board of Trustees has added three new members for three-year terms: Jeffery Jensen '81, Robert Wilson '75, and young trustee Kyle Davy '11. Read more about them...

Students learning business abroad
A Cornell class sponsored by the Berry Center spent three weeks in South America in May to study growth, the factors that make countries rich or poor, and how business is conducted outside the U.S. Economics and business Professor Todd Knoop and his students spent three weeks in Uruguay studying the effect of institutions on the economy, examining the business opportunities in the country and meeting with professionals to find out how the theoretical is actually applied. Read more...

Summer research
Numerous students are pursuing research on and off-campus this summer. A few off-campus highlights include:

  • Ellen Shank will be at the Carnegie Institute working at the Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program through NASA.
  • Lizzie Greaves will be the Rogers Fellow through Cornell Fellows program at the University of South Carolina Marine Lab, coordinated by John Mark Dean '58, former head of the South Carolina marine lab.
  • Sean McKenna was selected for the Space Astronomy Summer Program at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, the scientific operations center for the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • Suzannah Wood will intern with Joyce Guzik '82 at the Los Alamos National Laboratory through the Cornell Fellows Program.

Professors doing student-assisted research this summer include Craig Tepper (biology), Brian Nowak-Thompson (biology and chemistry), Charley Liberko (chemistry), Marty Condon (biology), Emily Walsh (geology), Andy McCollum (biology), Kara Beauchamp (physics), Craig Teague (chemistry) Melinda Green (psychology), Derin Sherman (physics), David Yamanishi (politics), and Rhawn Denniston (geology).

Former Cornell professor David WeddleProfessor Weddle returns to speak
Former longtime religion professor David Weddle was back on campus in May to give the Roe Howard Freedom Lecture. Weddle, who now teaches at Colorado College, spoke about themes from his book, Miracles: Wonder and Meaning in World Religions. Weddle also met with colleagues and students in Moosehead Lounge before his talk. Photo credit: Nicole Potter '14. Read more...

athleticsnews Athletics News

Cornell returning to Midwest Conference
Cornell is rejoining the athletic conference it helped to found in 1921. Starting in the 2012-13 academic year, Cornell will again compete in the Midwest Athletic Conference. The Midwest Conference is currently comprised of 10 private, liberal arts, colleges and universities in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin: Beloit College, Carroll University, Grinnell College, Illinois College, Knox College, Lake Forest College, Lawrence University, Monmouth College, Ripon College, and St. Norbert College. Read more...

Carly Goolsby '11Goolsby Cornell's first softball All-American
Senior Carly Goolsby became Cornell's first All-American in softball after she was named to the 2011 Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III All-American Second Team. Goolsby closed her collegiate career with 104 hits, good for eighth on the school's all-time list. She also ranked third in career batting average (.377) and fourth in on-base percentage (.417). Read more...

Garrett Russikoff '13, All-Iowa Conference, tennisAll-Conference honors for tennis
Cornell sophomore Garrett Russikoff has been named to the 2011 All-Iowa Conference Men's Tennis Team. Russikoff was voted on the league's 12-player unit for singles. He is Cornell's first men's tennis all-conference selection since 2006 (Tom Jennings '08). Read more...

Joe Hambleton '12, Capital One Academic All-DistrictHambleton named Academic All-District
Cornell College junior wrestler Joe Hambleton has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District Men's At-Large Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Hambleton is pursuing a major in physics and carries a 3.85 cumulative grade point average. He is a two-time NWCA Scholar All-American and Academic All-Iowa Conference performer. Read more...

alumninews Alumni News
Alum is Obama campaign CTO
Chicago alum Harper Reed '01 is serving as chief technology officer of the Obama 2012 campaign. According to a June 2, 2011, Chicago Tribune article, Reed will focus on helping field operators improve voter contact. Read more...
Cornell College Baccalaureate 20112011 Baccalaureate and Commencement 
Cornell added more than 250 to its ranks of alumni on May 28. If you couldn't be there, you can check out photos and video from both events here.
Invest in Cornell before June 30
Invest in each of the 1,200 Cornellians who call the Hilltop their home. With tuition covering around 80 percent of the Cornell experience, you can join more than 3,200 other alumni, parents, and friends who help bridge the gap by supporting the Annual Fund each year. Make your Annual Fund gift before June 30!

Royal Purples available
There are copies of back editions of the Royal Purple, the college's yearbook, available for anyone who would like one. The books are free, but shipping is $5. To order a copy, e-mail The years available are: 1903-07, 1909-11, 1914-19, 1921-26, 1928-29, 1933-36, 1939-40, 1944-45, 1947-48, 1953-54, 1957-58, 1960-65, 1968-73, 1975-81, 1983-85, 1989-91, 1994, 2002-04, 2006-07, and 2009-10.

comingup Coming Up

Upcoming Alumni Events
July 13, 2011 - Chicago, Grant Park Music Festival, Millennium Park for "Broadway Rocks"


Meet President Brand: 

Aug. 16, 2011 - Greater Cornell at Cedar Ridge Winery

Sept. 9, 2011 - Chicago at Sunset Ridge Country Club
Sept. 21, 2011 - Washington D.C. at City Club of Washington at Columbia Square
Nov. 11, 2011 - Twin Cities at University Club of St. Paul


C'YA Young Alumni Networking Events:

Aug. 4, 2011 - Twin Cities
Aug. 11, 2011 - Denver

Aug. 18, 2011 - Chicago
Aug. 25, 2011 - Iowa City

More information on upcoming alumni events...

24th Annual Athletic Department Golf Outing

Friday, July 29, 2011

Saddleback Ridge Golf Course, Solon, IA

More information...

Homecoming 2011

Oct. 14-16

The classes of '41, '46, '51, '56, '61, '66, '71, '76, '81, '86, '91, '96, '01, and '06 will all celebrate special reunions at Homecoming 2011. 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. 2011).

Farm City coverOne Book, One Campus, One Community selection

This year's One Book, One Campus, One Community selection is Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter. The program will feature discussions, lectures, and films related to the topic of food and sustainability. Find out more...

From the editor
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