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Cornell students who study off campus often take pictures to document their time away. For this year's Off-Campus Study photo contest, students submitted pictures from Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world, from Mongolia, and from more commonplace destinations like Paris, Tokyo, and Rome. The two winners captured scenes in Mongolia and in Ghana. You can see the winners, runners-up, and honorable mentions here and all the photos that were submitted here.  

collegenews College News

King Chapel gets a lift 
Historic King Chapel will have an elevator in time for Homecoming. Workers have taken soil samples for the foundation design, and it should be installed and operational by fall 2012. The project has been supported by Charles Warden '41 and Evelyn Steinway Spletter '43. The elevator will be named after Warden's wife, Ruth "Gussie" Ohlsen Warden '41. More...

Theatre Professor Mark HunterTheatre professor's life remembered  

Following the sudden death of theatre Professor Mark Hunter in early November, current and former students put on a memorial service in Kimmel Theatre. They spoke about his impact on their life and work, and performed excerpts from shows Hunter produced and directed at Cornell. You can read the memories students, friends, and colleagues have left online, as well as add your own, here. View the memorial service video here.

Inauguration celebration 
Surrounded by a student academic symposium, student art shows, music and theatre performances, a student festival on the ped mall, and a home softball game, President Jonathan Brand will be inaugurated on Saturday, April 21, at 3 p.m. in King Chapel. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and friends are all welcome. Read more...

Mock Trial off to a strong start 
Cornell's two Mock Trial squads finished fourth and sixth recently in a field of 46 teams that included programs such as the University of Chicago, University of Southern California, and the University of Iowa. Read more...

Barron BremnerHonoring Barron Bremner   

Cornell honored Barron Bremner this fall for his legacy as a longtime coach, athletic director, and teacher (along with many other positions!). The event featured speeches by those who knew Bremner best during his time at Cornell, including former students and colleagues. Before the event, the Alumni Office sought memories from those who couldn't be present. You can read memories of Bremner and see video from the event here. And Cornell and Coe announced the foundation of the Bremner Cup, which will pit the schools against each other to win a trophy named in Bremner's honor.

Cornell College license plateCornell for cars 
For the first time, Iowa Cornellians can show off their purple pride with a collegiate license plate. The purple plates with white lettering are available through the Iowa Department of Transportation. Now you can show off how much you LUVCRNL. Read more...

Heard on campus 
Anita Perry, wife of Gov. Rick Perry, and Sen. Rick Santorum were both on campus in December. They were part of the college's Presidential Candidate Visit series, where those seeking the presidency of the United States can interact with students. Cornell College does not endorse any candidate seeking elected office or any political party. The college does support critical thinking and analysis of political candidates and how to become civically engaged in the American democratic process. 

athleticsnews Athletics News

Nicholas LoughlinRam wrestlers ranked No. 5 

Cornell was ranked No. 5 in the Dec. 2 National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III Team Poll with a pair of highly-ranked individuals at their respective weights. Senior Nicholas Loughlin was No. 2 in the 157-pound weight class, and senior Joe Hambleton was No. 4 at 165. The IIAC fields three of Division III's top five teams in No. 1 Wartburg, No. 3 Coe, and No. 5 Cornell. Read more... 

Volleyball falls in 5 in national debut

Cornell's historic volleyball season, including their first-ever trip to the NCAA Championships, ended Nov. 11 with a five-set loss to 16th-ranked Elmhurst in the first round. Cornell finished a banner year at 28-6, posting the second-most wins in school history with a squad featuring five key freshmen contributors. Read more...

Kathleen O'Connor

Meanwhile, sophomore Kathleen O'Connor became the first volleyball all-American in school history. The 6-foot outside hitter was selected to the 2011 American Volleyball Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-American Team. She was also named Most Valuable Player in the Iowa Conference and named first team all-region. Read more... 


Other athletic news and coming events... 

CornellintheNews Cornell in the News

New ranking success for Cornell 
Cornell was ranked 32 among national colleges in a new ranking system designed around student preferences about what makes a college the best fit for them. The list, published by educational data company, was released in late October. Read more...

Jama StilwellStilwell wins Einstein Award
Jama Stilwell, associate professor of music, has won the Alfred Einstein Award of the American Musicological Society, which recognizes an article of exceptional merit. Stilwell's article, titled "A New View of the Eighteenth-Century 'Abduction' Opera: Edification & Escape at the Parisian Théâtres de la Foire," appeared in the journal Music and Letters in 2010.

alumninews Alumni News

Loren Hiratzka '66Distinguished serenade

Loren Hiratzka '66 apologized to the Kingston Trio, Peter Paul and Mary, and Bob Dylan when he pulled out his guitar to serenade the crowd when he accepted the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, but he didn't need to. His acceptance speech, and songs, were an example of what makes the Homecoming Convocation so special. The award winners, 50th reunion class, and alumni from all eras gather in King Chapel to celebrate their memories of Cornell. View videos... 

Helen Danforth '42Danforth left nearly $400,000 to Cornell

Helen Danforth '42, a longtime elementary teacher who also taught education at Cornell, left the college nearly $400,000, half of which will go toward the $2.5 million restoration of King Chapel. Danforth, who died in July 2010, was honored for her work with students with a memorial service at Homecoming in 2010, and for her longstanding dedication to the college at the Presidents Society dinner on Oct. 13, 2011. Read more... 

Upcoming alumni events
Jan. 28: Alumni Basketball Game at Cornell
Feb. 3: Meet President Brand, Southern Florida, at home of John '71 and Dyan Smith
March 22: Meet President Brand, Phoenix, at the Arizona Biltmore
March 24: Meet President Brand, Denver, at University Club of Denver
May 4: Meet President Brand, St. Louis, at The Bluffs on Broadway
May 24: Meet President Brand, Des Moines, at the Wakonda Club 

More information on upcoming alumni events... 

comingup Coming Up

Art exhibit  

"Resolutions" by Linda Swanson
Jan. 14-Feb. 12, Peter Paul Luce Gallery
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Music Mondays

Boris Andrianov, cello, and Alex Kobrin, piano
Monday, Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m., King Chapel 

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Theatre production 

"In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)" by Sarah Ruhl
Feb. 17, 18, 24, and 25 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 26 at 2 p.m., Kimmel Theatre
More information... 

"Capitol Steps"  

Feb. 18, 8 p.m., King Chapel
More information... 

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