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We asked, you answered, and we listened. Starting this month, the college's E-News will appear monthly in your inbox. It is shorter and more timely than the previous quarterly E-News.  

Get ready for an all-new Homecoming 
Homecoming is two weeks away (Oct. 5-7) and will feature a re-energized format. With the new schedule, you may never need to leave Mount Vernon. Highlights include a festive kick-off reception/buffet dinner in the Small Multi-Sport Center, academic department "office hours," reunion parties throughout campus and Mount Vernon, and the chance to record your favorite Cornell memories. More information... 
College Hall Bell after the fire Lightning strike damages College Hall  
Lightning destroyed the cupola atop College Hall, severely damaged the bell, and started a small fire on the roof and in the attic. No one was in the building at the time of the strike, and no one was hurt. The cupola and bell will be replaced. You can see historic and modern photos of the building here.  
collegenews College News
Ruth and Bill Deskin

Gift honors Professor Deskin
Faculty are the heart of the student experience at Cornell, and Ralph E. "Chris" Christoffersen '59, of Boulder, Colo., and his wife, Barbara, acknowledged this with a $1.5 million gift honoring the professor who mentored him. The Christoffersens pledged the gift to create an endowed professorship in chemistry that honors William Deskin, professor emeritus of chemistry, and his wife, Ruth. Read more...

Writing fellowship honors Dana 
A new position at Cornell honors the contributions of a longtime English professor to the literary life of the college and the world at large. Mark Mayer is the college's first Robert P. Dana Emerging Writer Fellow. Mayer will teach part-time while working on his collection of short stories. The position is part of the college's Center for the Literary Arts, which opened this fall in the newly-acquired Van Etten-Lacey House in Mount Vernon. Dana served in the English department for 40 years and was Iowa's poet laureate. Read more... 

Jim Brown

Jim Brown interim VP of admission

Jim Brown, the college's recent interim president, may hold the record for the most titles at the college. The most recent: Interim Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admission. He'll oversee the admission office while the college conducts a national search for a permanent vice president. Read more...

Cornell College community garden Growing more than vegetables
At the far edge of campus, away from academic buildings, there's still learning taking place. Senior Ellen Wrede spent the summer there as the college and community gardener. The garden, which is a project of the college's Students in Free Enterprise club, will provide some produce for the college's new food service provider, and offers a chance for students and community members to learn about growing food in an organic setting. Read more... 

Arts season kicks off with Hanson retrospective 
A retrospective that looks at Doug Hanson's 41 years at Cornell and beyond is the start to a very busy arts season on the Hilltop. The pottery is on exhibit at the Peter Paul Luce Gallery  through Oct. 21, with an Oct. 6 reception during Homecoming. Other highlights of the year include a production of "Avenue Q" and the world premiere of a piece that will include the college's Chamber Singers and a solo clarinet part played by Dean Joe Dieker during the Music Mondays performance by Tapestry. Read more... 

Travel with a Cornell professor 
Art history professor Christina Penn-Goetsch will be the guide for a Smithsonian trip to Southern Italy and Sicily in September 2013. Cornell alumni are welcome to attend. More information is available here

Transform the future of a Cornell student 
During October all gifts made by young alumni (2002-2012) will support the Cornell Scholars Program, a project of the Annual Fund. All new gifts and gift increases will be matched 1-to-1 up to $10,000 by an anonymous donor. Participation will help young alumni reach their goal of funding 10 Young Alumni Student Scholarships. Be a part of the community with the power to transform Cornell's future and the future of a student. Learn more... 

athleticsnews Athletics News

Dick Simmons Simmons DIII wrestling chair    

Dick Simmons, associate athletics director, will serve as chair of the Division III Wrestling Committee. He will lead the four-person committee, which oversees rule changes and supervises the Division III tournament, among other duties. Simmons is starting his 22nd year at Cornell. Read more...  

Women runners recognized    

For the fourth year in a row, Cornell was recognized as a 2012 Women's NCAA Division III All-Academic Track and Field Team. The Rams were among 137 Division III institutions to earn the distinction as a result of a cumulative GPA of 3.10 or higher. Cornell's team GPA for the 2011-12 academic year was 3.12. Read more... 

Rams off to strong MWC start    

The Rams football team beat their first Midwest Conference foe, Lawrence University, on Sept. 1, a strong start for the college's return to the conference after 15 years in the Iowa Conference. The complete schedule is online here. 

You can keep up with all the fall sports at 

CornellintheNews Cornell in the News

Cornell still among 40 "Colleges That Change Lives"

The book, originally written in 1996, was revised and includes four new colleges. Cornell has been included in the book since the original edition. Read more...

alumninews Alumni News

Alumnus' company gets major grant

Welvie LLC, a surgical benefits company where Cornell trustee Ted Meads '67 is senior vice president for sales and partial owner, won a $6.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Read more...  

Three alumni named trustees

The college board of trustees elected three new members this summer, John Urheim '62, and Loren Hiratzka '66 and Lynn Luce Kitt '91.   

Lucio Tolentio '09 More alumni earn Fulbrights

Two alumni, Chris Stadler '12 and Lucio Tolentio '09, earned Fulbright grants this summer. Stadler will teach English in Germany and Tolentino will study how statistical modeling might help predict and prevent the spread of HIV in South Africa. 

comingup Coming Up

Upcoming alumni events
Sept. 24: Volleyball Tournament at Wheaton College athletic facilities, Wheaton, IL
Oct. 5-7: Cornell Homecoming 2012
Oct. 20: Cornell College Club of Chicago tailgate at Lake Forest vs. Cornell football game, Lake Forest, IL
Nov. 3: McLennan Center in Chicago Open House and Dedication, Chicago
Dec.1, 2012 - CCCC Annual Holiday Party at RiverBend Condos, Chicago
More information on upcoming alumni events... 

Exhibit: "Doug Hanson Retrospective: Selected Works, 1971-2012"
Peter Paul Luce Gallery through Oct. 21; Homecoming reception Oct. 6
Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays.
Find out more... 

Theatre Production: "Romeo & Juliet"
Directed by Ron Clark
7:30 p.m., Oct. 12-13, 19-20; 2 p.m., Oct. 21, Kimmel Theatre
Find out more... 

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