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NSO 2011Second year of record enrollment

With an enrollment of 1,197, Cornell has set a record for the second year in a row. This year's first-year class is 385 students, and is the most geographically and ethnically diverse in the history of Cornell, with 25 percent domestic students of color, and students from 42 states and 10 countries. Read more...

You can see Cornell President Jonathan Brand speaking to the first-year class at the New Student Convocation here
collegenews College News

Francis PrayMemorial service for emeritus biology professor 

Francis Pray, emeritus professor of biology (1957-87) known for serving as a mentor to future doctors and educators, died on July 20. According to former students. Pray was a congenial, helpful, thoughtful, and supportive advisor, as well as a demanding and excellent teacher. A memorial service will be held at Homecoming at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, in Allee Chapel. You can view Pray's obituary, along with comments left by dozens of his students here.

Bev Moser PerlenfeinFormer Alumni Programs coordinator dies 

Beverly Moser Perlenfein, longtime Alumni Office coordinator, died on Aug. 8, 2011. She was 73. Moser worked at Cornell for 33 years, spanning the terms of four presidents and six alumni directors. In May 2004, shortly after her retirement, she married Clyde Perlenfein '57, and they resided in Mount Vernon, Iowa. A complete obituary will appear in the fall 2011 Cornell Report.


$5.6 million gift to help fund the Thomas Commons renovation  
A gift of $5.6 million from the estate of a Cornell College parent--one of the largest outright gifts in the history of the college--will go toward renovations of the Thomas Commons and endow a scholarship in his daughter's name. The gift came from the estate of James Russell, father of Dr. Jean Russell '65. Read more... 

McLennan Center in ChicagoCollege acquires space for Chicago Center
Cornell has purchased a building that will reopen next fall as the college's McLennan Center in Chicago. The center is made possible by a $1 million gift from alumni Bob McLennan '65 and Becky Martin McLennan '64 during the college's recently-completed Extraordinary Opportunities Campaign. Read more... 

Tom Jarom '66Alumnus' gift supports leadership 

Tom Jarom '66 has pledged $100,000 to fund a program designed to teach students what it takes to lead. Jarom, a member of the Berry Center for Economics, Business, and Public Policy advisory board and a life trustee of the college, was instrumental in establishing the Cornell LEADS (Leadership, Entrepreneurship And Distinctive Service) program in 2010, and has pledged $100,000 over five years to strengthen the program. Read more... 

Virtual tour of Cornell online
Ever wonder what Cornell looks like to prospective students? Now you can see what they see with the college's new virtual tour. The tour includes photos, video, and links to help prospective students find out more about Cornell and One Course At A Time. View here... 

Professor of Art Doug Hanson

Show to honor professor's legacy 

"Doug Hanson Legacy," a show which features works by 25 Cornell alumni who studied with art professor Doug Hanson during his 40 years of teaching ceramics, sculpture, and drawing at Cornell, will be exhibited at the Peter Paul Luce Gallery on the Cornell campus, Sunday, Sept. 18, through Oct. 23, 2011. Hanson will retire in May 2012. Read more... 

Rhawn DennistonGeology professor awarded $98,000 grant 

Rhawn Denniston, associate professor of geology, has been awarded a $98,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study pre-historical hurricane activity in tropical northern Australia. This research continues Denniston's work on stalagmites and involves field work in caves in the remote Kimberley region of Australia, as well as lab work at the University of New Mexico and the University of Michigan. Read more...  

athleticsnews Athletics News

USTFCCAWomen crack Central Regional Poll
Cornell's women's cross country team is ranked in the regional top 10 for the first time in program history. Head coach Dan Schofer's Rams came in at No. 10 in the NCAA Division III Central Region Poll, released Tuesday morning by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Read more... 

Assistant Director of Athletics Dick SimmonsSimmons named to NCAA Wrestling Committee

Associate Director of Athletics Dick Simmons has been selected to serve as a member of the NCAA Division III Wrestling Committee. Simmons joins the four-person committee that is comprised of administrators and coaches. Read more...

CornellintheNews Cornell in the News
President talks about liberal arts value
In a meeting with the (Cedar Rapids) Gazette editorial board, Cornell President Jonathan Brand spoke about the school's plan to increase enrollment, as well as about the importance of a liberal arts education.
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Two call-in shows about OCAAT
Cornell's distinctive One Course At A Time schedule got some publicity this summer, with both Wisconsin Public Radio and Iowa Public Radio devoting call-in shows to the subject. In July politics professor Craig Allin spoke on Wisconsin Public Radio and on Aug. 16, theatre professor Jim Van Valen and senior Taylor Koch spoke on Iowa Public Radio. You can listen to Allin here and Koch and Van Valen
alumninews Alumni News

Eddie Moore '89Eddie Moore '89 speaks on diversity and leadership

Eddie Moore Jr. '89 spoke during New Student Orientation about "21st Century Leadership and Diversity: Are We Ready?" Moore is a diversity consultant, founder of the White Privilege Conference, and director of diversity at Brooklyn Friends School, Brooklyn, N.Y. 

2006 grad photographs every Iowa town

Brian McMillin '06 was featured in the Sunday, June 19 (Cedar Rapids) Gazette after he finished his project to photograph all 974 small towns in Iowa. You can see his photos here and read the profile here. 

Cornell, Class Agents establish Young Alumni Giving Month

To create awareness of the important contributions from graduates of the last decade (2001-2011), Cornell and the Class Agent program have established October 2011 as the college's first "Young Alumni Giving Month." Whether you've given before or want to start giving now, this is your month. See what you can do for Cornell at, and be counted by making your gift before October 31. 

comingup Coming Up

Upcoming Alumni Events
Oct. 14-16, 2011 - Homecoming 


Meet President Brand: 

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
March 22, 2012: Phoenix at the Arizona Biltmore
March 24, 2012: Denver at the University Club of Denver  

More information on upcoming alumni events... 

Opening Convocation 
Thursday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m., Kimmel Theatre 

Novella Carpenter, the author of Farm City, this year's "One Book, One Campus, One Community" selection, will speak. More information... 

Music Mondays

Monday, Oct. 17: Quartet San Francisco 

Monday, Nov. 14: Palisades Ensemble
7:30 p.m., King Chapel 

More information... 

Family Weekend

Nov. 4-6
More information... 

2011 Holiday Concert

Saturday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., King Chapel 

Inauguration of President Jonathan Brand 

Saturday, April 21, 2012  

From the editor
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