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Alumni Affairs leader Jim Mazza ’88 to retire

As a former student worker who led alumni in song from his piano during Cornell Reunions, Jim Mazza ’88 recalls that among the first alumni he met were members of the Class of 1912, many dressed in traditional candy-cane-striped jackets. “I’ve known more than one hundred years of Cornellians,” he said, “and that’s a remarkably … Continued

2018 Entrepreneur of the Year awardees named

Entrepreneurship at Cornell has announced that Niraj Shah ’95 and Steve Conine ’95 have been named 2018 Cornell Entrepreneurs of the Year. They will be honored April 19–20 during “Celebration,” Entrepreneurship at Cornell’s conference in Ithaca. Shah and Conine co-founded Wayfair in 2002 and rapidly grew the business to become the largest online retailer of home … Continued

PCCW microgrants advance women students

When Jeanette Perez-Rossello ’91 sees the energy of Cornell students, she is inspired to support them in any way she can. “I think they’re brilliant. They are such good people and they are doing so much outside the classrooms through volunteer work, for campus organizations, and for each other. They are doing great stuff,” said … Continued

Cornellians gather at DC’s African American history museum

In the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, a weathered Cornell banner hangs behind glass, representing the university as one of the first to welcome African American students. On November 18, the Cornell spirit of “… any person … any study” moved from the museum’s walls to fill its halls: … Continued

Robert F. Smith ’85 named Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year

Cornell has named a Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year every year since Robert F. Smith’s junior year as a chemical engineering student. On Nov. 3, Smith—one of the world’s top business minds—received this year’s award from President Martha E. Pollack. “Your leadership and thoughtful, socially responsible philanthropy mean a great deal to me and to … Continued

Takeaways from TCAM 2017

Coming back to Ithaca from cities across the United States and from countries as far away as Singapore, they are business leaders, accomplished professionals, and tireless community organizers. To the Big Red community, they are known as Cornell’s “secret weapons”—as Frank H. T. Rhodes, president emeritus of the university, once described them. Members of the … Continued

Homecoming 2017: Big Red spirit shows its true colors

There were almost as many reasons to come back for Homecoming 2017 as the number of Cornellians who journeyed home to Ithaca. They watched the fireworks, shared memories with good friends, and petted a pony. They cheered for Big Red athletes, heard a lecture, and stomped grapes in the CALS Zone. They raised their glasses … Continued

Alumni volunteers honored with Rhodes awards for exemplary service

On Oct. 21, six outstanding Cornell volunteers will be honored for their service to the university, receiving the 2017 Frank H. T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Services Awards. Established in 1994 by the Board of Trustees Committee on Alumni Affairs, this prestigious awards program honors alumni who have demonstrated extraordinary service through long-term volunteer activities and … Continued

Homecoming 2017 celebrates community

Ithaca-area communities gather with Cornell alumni, parents, friends, faculty, and staff for Homecoming 2017, Oct. 20-21, a weekend of learning, football, and all things Cornell. “Homecoming is a celebration open to everyone,” said Terry Hahn, director of Homecoming and special interest programs. “We’ve planned activities of all kinds – and even some ways people can … Continued

Alumni giving, engagement break records in 2017

Cornell engages thousands of alumni, parents and friends around the world, and with their support, the university achieved fundraising records in fiscal year (FY) 2017. The university raised a record $743.5 million in cash gifts for all campuses, a 21 percent increase over total cash gifts in FY16. New gifts and commitments totaled $642 million, … Continued

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