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Thomas Commons construction 2012
Watch the Thomas Commons construction

Work has begun on the renovation and expansion of the Thomas Commons, and you can follow along, even when you aren't on campus. The college has a live webcam covering the north and east entrances to the building, which is where much of the work will take place.  

collegenews College News
Van Etten Lacey House

Home for the Center for the Literary Arts 
The college purchased a house with historic ties to its English and creative writing department that will serve as home to the newly-created Center for the Literary Arts. The house on Third Street SW in Mount Vernon was the home of author and respected Cornell English professor Winifred Mayne Van Etten '25, and later of legendary English professor, Stephen Lacey '65. Read more... 

Garner President's House

Garner House renovations ongoing 
Work has also begun to update and expand the 1850 President's House. Plans include an expanded public space and revised and updated private space for the presidential family. You can see project renderings and photos of the progress here

Bon Appétit serving soon 
Starting July 1, Cornell's dining service will be provided by Bon Appétit, an award-winning restaurant company whose clients include a growing number of colleges nationally renowned for their food service. More focus will be put on cooking from scratch, fresh daily variety, and healthy options. Read more... 

Will Dinneen '12

Dinneen wins Fulbright to teach English

Will Dinneen '12 won a Fulbright scholarship to teach English in Turkey. Dinneen was active in both academic and co-curricular groups while on campus, and served as president of Student Senate, a member of the Sigma Kappa Psi fraternity, the Mock Trial team and Cornell's Concert Choir.  Read more...
Philip Venticinque

Classics professor earns prestigious fellowships

Philip Venticinque, who teaches in the classical and modern languages department, will be on leave next year to serve several prestigious fellowships, including with the American Council of Learned Societies and Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies. Read more...

Gerard named VP for advancement
Pamela Gerard will start Aug. 1 as Vice President for Alumni and College Advancement. Gerard was Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Lake Forest and Loras colleges. She replaces Peter Wilch '94, who took a position with San Francisco University in California in May. Read more...

Interim appointment in Admission
Sharon Grice has been named the interim Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admission while a national search continues for a permanent replacement. Grice has worked in Admission since 1994 and holds a master's degree from the University of Northern Iowa in communication education. Jonathan Stroud leaves for a new position at Earlham College in Indiana effective July 1. Read more...

Commencement 2012Return to outdoor Commencement
Cornell's 154th Commencement took place outdoors for the first time since the late '80s. You can see entertaining student and faculty speeches, including a sing-along, plus more from both Commencement and Baccalaureate here

New name for College's newest hall
Cornell held a dedication of the newly renamed Russell Hall on May 18. The suite-style residence hall, which opened in 2007 as Clock Tower Hall, was renamed in honor of the contributions of the Russell family, including a $5.6 million gift to Cornell. Read more... 

Mock Trial finishes strong season at Nationals
Cornell's Mock Trial team went 3-5 at the national tournament in April, capping a strong season with numerous individual and team awards. More than 800 teams from across the country started the competition season in fall 2011, and Cornell's team finished among the top 48. Cornell was the only school from Iowa and the school with the smallest student enrollment in the entire 48-team field. 

Brackett House closing
Brackett House Bed and Breakfast is preparing to close on Aug. 5. As the 19th-century home has aged, maintenance needs have outgrown the revenue available from the business and are beginning to hinder the guest experience. In recent years a Sleep Inn and Suites has opened in Mount Vernon, and other lodging alternatives, several operated by alumni, afford many choices for visitors. 

athleticsnews Athletics News

Cochrane discusses Midwest Conference move   

Athletic Director John Cochrane discussed Cornell's move back to the Midwest Conference with The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette's JR Ogden on The SportsDesk. Cornell becomes an official member of the Midwest Conference on Aug. 1. You can watch it here

Cornell men's basketball team in ItalyRams on Roman holiday

Head coach Chad Murray's Rams took in some European history and culture, posted a 3-0 record, and crossed paths with ESPN icon Mike Greenberg during an eight-day trip to Italy. The team won its final game, 95-73, over Basket Pamphili. In attendance were Greenberg, co-host of ESPN's Mike & Mike in the Morning, and his son Stephen. Greenberg showed his support of the Rams with a tweet following the game. "W/Cornell College (Iowa) basketball team in Rome, after Stephen & I watched them take apart an Italian team. Yeah baby!" Read more...

17 Rams named Academic All-Conference    

Cornell placed 17 student-athletes on the 2012 Iowa Conference All-Academic Spring Teams. The Rams had honorees representing five sports, led by softball and men's track and field with five selections apiece. Women's track and field landed four all-academic performers, men's tennis two, and baseball one. Read more... 

Hambleton named Academic All-District    

Wrestler Joe Hambleton '12 was named to the 2011-12 Capital One Academic All-District Men's At-Large Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Read more... 

DeSilva nets tennis honor    

First-year student Ashan DeSilva was named to the 2012 All-Iowa Conference Men's Tennis Team. DeSilva, a native of Walnut, Calif., is Cornell's 14th All-IIAC selection in men's tennis, and second since 2007. Read more... 

Other athletic news and coming events... 

CornellintheNews Cornell in the News

Gazette features Jonathan Brand and Cornell

The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette published an article on June 3 about President Jonathan Brand's first year and the future of the college. Brand talked about ways Cornell is trying to innovate within the liberal arts experience in part by strengthening what we've historically done well. Read the coverage here. 

Verdugo named outstanding graduate

Diego Verdugo '12 was featured in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette as one of the region's outstanding graduates. The article covered his academic and co-curricular excellence at Cornell, as well as his plans for the future. Read the article... 

Cornell mentioned by WSJ, Inside Higher Ed

Heidi Levine, dean of students, and Lois Mulbrook, college controller, were interviewed by the Wall Street Journal and Levine was interviewed by Inside Higher Ed about the implications of the Affordable Care Act. Cornell has dropped its student insurance plan, which fell below the minimum coverage mandated by the healthcare law, and won't offer a new plan because of the expense--student costs would have risen from $264 to $2,500. 

Shawn Patrick DoyleStaff member one of 50 best writing teachers on Twitter

Shawn Patrick Doyle, a writing consultant at Cornell, was named one of the 50 best creative writing teachers on Twitter. He works mainly with first-year students and writes a blog called "Good writer, bad writer." Read more...  

alumninews Alumni News

Alumnus wins Pulitzer Prize

John Sullivan '93, a reporter formerly at the Philadelphia Inquirer who now teaches at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, was on a team that won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service reporting.  Read more... 

Facebook cover photos available    

Want to show off your purple pride to your Facebook friends? It's as easy as going here, downloading a photo, and setting it as your Facebook cover photo.  

McGee speaks on campus

Isaiah McGee '01 gave a lecture titled "The Politics of Kids" as part of the Beta Omicron Distinguished Alumni Visitors program. He also spoke with students about careers in politics and held a workshop about the impact of the liberal arts and OCAAT on fulfilling careers. Read more...  

Professor, alumnus get research grant

Biology Professor Marty Condon, will do research in Peru with Darius Ballard '07 as part of a National Science Foundation grant. The program places K-12 science teachers with college professors doing research to strengthen science education. Read more...  

Rwandan nun with Cornell VB jerseryAlumna brings Cornell to Rwanda

Suzi Enoch '11 is serving in the Peace Corps in Rwanda. She played volleyball at Cornell, and with the help of coach Jeff Meeker, acquired Cornell jerseys to outfit a convent volleyball team in Kigali. Read more... 

 HeardonCampus Heard on Campus

Dolores Huerta, president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation and co-founder of United Farm Workers (UFW), gave this year's Small-Thomas Lecture on April 26. Huerta She has worked as a community organizer and social activist for more than 50 years.
In this clip, she talks about what students can do right now to make the world a better place and the legacy they can leave behind.      



Robert Samuelson, award-winning journalist, gave a talk sponsored by the Berry Center for Economics, Business and Public Policy about Europe and the world economic crisis. 


Delt Lecture - Rove & MyersPolitical strategist Karl Rove and former press secretary Dee Dee Myers spoke for nearly 90 minutes at the 2012 Delt Lecture in King Chapel in May. The pair, moderated by politics Professor Craig Allin, talked at length about the present and future of U.S. politics. View photo gallery and video excerpts from the evening here. 

comingup Coming Up

Upcoming alumni events
July 8, 2012 - Greater Cornell Alumni Gathering at Riverside Theatre
July 22, 2012 - Cornell College Club of Chicago Family Day at Arlington Park Racetrack
Sept. 18, 2012 - NYC Reception at New York Stock Exchange
Oct. 5-7, 2012 - Cornell Homecoming 2012
Dec.1, 2012 - CCCC Annual Holiday Party at RiverBend Condos, Chicago  

More information on upcoming alumni events... 

The Other Wes MooreOne Book, One Campus, One Community selection   
This year's book selection is The Other Wes Moore by Westley Moore. With The Other Wes Moore, we will think about how life experiences influence the ways we approach the world. Find out more... 

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