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Handel's Messiah in photos    
The college choir, along with alumni soloists and help from the Mount Vernon Community Choir, performed Handel's "Messiah" during the holiday concert on Dec. 1. You can see photos here. 
collegenews College News

Don Chamberlain Don Chamberlain attains emeritus status   

Don Chamberlain, a music professor from 1994 until his retirement this year, was given his emeritus citation at the Cornell College Jazz Ensemble concert. Read more... 

Emily DeCola

Students learn puppetry from an expert 

Theatre students got a truly extraordinary opportunity during block 4 when Emily DeCola, a  puppeteer who has received grants and awards from the Jim Henson Foundation, taught a course and a workshop on puppetry. Read more...
Spear Memorial Sundial

Sundial gets new old look       

The Spear Memorial Sundial, which has been on campus since the early 1900s and started its life as a fountain, is a functional sundial once again. Read more... 

Cole LIbrary booktree Serious silliness at the library       

The staff at Cole Library recently embraced what President Jonathan Brand calls the campus' serious silliness, by creating a Christmas tree out of reference books. Read more... 

See changes happening in Thomas Commons        

Big changes are happening in the Thomas Commons, with the Rathskellar closed for renovations as of today. Most of the work to the building that serves as the hub of student life will be finished before the start of the 2013-14 school year. You can see images of the renovation and expansion here. 

Mock Trial places 2nd at Yale        

One of Cornell's Mock Trial squads took second place at a recent Yale University tournament, in a strong field consisting of Harvard, Yale, University of Pennsylvania, Wellesley, Princeton, and the University of Georgia. They finished second only to Harvard in the "varsity" division. Read more... 

Harper Reed '01

Heard on Campus        

Harper Reed '01, Derek Brooks '03, and Ian Dees '06 were on campus this month to talk about their work on the Obama for America campaign-and advise the college's web redesign teams. Reed was the campaign's Chief Technology Officer and received major press coverage following the election. You can see a list of some of those articles here.  

athleticsnews Athletics News

Hamm brothers Rams honor military, Hamm family  

The wrestling match on Dec. 12 was a special night, in particular for the Hamm family of Iowa City. The fans acknowledged military personnel in attendance in a pre-meet ceremony that included a surprise appearance by U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Andy Hamm, brother of Cornell sophomore 174-pounder Brent Hamm. Andy wasn't expected home for several more days. Read more... 

Women's basketball starts out undefeated  

The women's basketball team has started the season with a stellar 9-0 record, rolling over foes inside and outside the Midwest Conference. Read more... 

For more athletics news from Cornell, visit 

CornellintheNews Cornell in the News

Santhi Hejeebu Professor on History Channel
Santhi Hejeebu, associate professor of business and economics, was featured in a History Channel program titled "Mankind: The Story of All of Us." Hejeebu appeared in episodes six and eight, addressing specific moments in economic history.
Read more... 

John Gruber-Miller Gruber-Miller honored for teaching
John Gruber-Miller, professor of classical studies, won the 2012 Excellence in the Teaching of Classics at the College Level award from the American Philological Association. He was the year's only winner.
Read more... 

alumninews Alumni News

CCCC holiday party and auction

The Cornell College Club of Chicago raised $4,443 for the Ann Carlson Chicago Club Endowed Scholarship Fund at their annual holiday party and auction on Saturday, Dec. 1. The fund was established in 1992 to support a Chicago-area student and was renamed in 2011 to honor active Chicago Club member Ann Holcomb Carlson '55. 

Give the gift of Cornell

This holiday season, give one of the most important gifts of all: the gift of a Cornell education. Opportunities for students to connect their liberal arts experience to the world around them depends on your consistent support. Your gift this year to the Annual Fund or Parents Fund is important. Cornell students are counting on you. Give online. 

comingup Coming Up

Upcoming alumni events
Jan. 26, 2013: Alumni Men's Basketball Game at Small Multi-Sport Center
Feb. 1, 2013: Arizona Alumni Event at home of Dean Riesen '79 & Bambi Hull Riesen '82, Scottsdale, Ariz.
March 2: Los Angeles Alumni Luncheon, location TBD
March 3: San Francisco Alumni Luncheon at Poplar Creek Grill, San Mateo, Calif.
April 13, 2013:  Washington, D.C., Alumni Event at home of John McGrane '73 & Marty Benson McGrane '73, McClean, Va.

More information on upcoming alumni events...

Homecoming 2013
Save the date for Homecoming 2013, Oct. 4-6. All classes ending in 3 or 8 will celebrate reunions, from 1943 to 2008. Stay tuned for more information...

Winter break
Winter break begins for students on Thursday, Dec. 20, and continues through Sunday, Jan. 13. College offices will be closed from 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, until 8 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2. 

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