Kate Blackwood

Michelle Courtney Berry MPS ’92: Mindful self-care at work

People are stressed, especially at work, says Michelle Courtney Berry MPS ’92. “Because we’re distracted, because we’re in demand digitally all the time, and because we don’t have a moment’s break, we get tired,” she told her audience at SXSW 2019 in March. “It’s revolutionary to talk about self-care.” Berry, who discovered at Cornell her … Read more

Alumni choose Cuffie and Simon Gross in 2019 election

Cornell alumni voted during the month of February to elect two new alumni representatives to the Cornell University Board of Trustees. Four candidates appeared on the ballot. The new alumni-elected trustees are Cynthia Cuffie ’74 of Far Hills, New Jersey and Lorette Simon Gross ’89, MBA ’90 of Beverly Hills, California. “We are proud to … Read more

Ink from diesel exhaust and other innovations: Oliver Campbell

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, the saying goes. In this spirit, Cornell engineering alumnus Oliver Campbell ’82, MEng ’84 is finding innovative ways of using the world’s refuse and pollutants to create circular systems. These systems will reuse waste products and other materials in new ways. As director of procurement and packaging engineering … Read more

GiveGab: Cornell-grown platform supports Giving Day

On Cornell Giving Day—March 14, 2019—Cornellians all over the world connect with the university, compete in fun challenges, and give millions of dollars in support. Behind these thousands of transactions is one online platform: GiveGab, a company founded by Cornellians and headquartered in downtown Ithaca. “We have a sense of pride around Cornell Giving Day … Read more

Cornellians contribute and connect at SXSW 2019

SXSW is a conference designed to explore what’s next in culture, music, and technology—so of course Cornellians are going to be there. Austin, Texas will light up on March 8–17 for this annual festival of ideas and innovation. Cornell is, once again, a presence. A reception on March 9 from 6–8 p.m. celebrates a strong … Read more

Sy Katz ’31 Parade showcases Cornell in New York City

Manhattan’s Rockefeller Plaza was crowded but festive on Nov. 17, the Saturday evening before Thanksgiving. Holiday lights glowed, crowds milled between stores and skaters glided around the rink. A distant drumbeat struck up and grew louder. Hundreds of Cornell alumni, parents, and friends with banners, blinking red lapel pins, and kazoos turned toward the plaza … Read more

Alumni gather on Martha’s Vineyard for summer events

In early August, Cornell alumni got together for a series of events on Martha’s Vineyard sponsored by Diversity Alumni Programs and Cornell Mosaic, joining a rich summer tradition of intellectual and cultural offerings on the island. A reception hosted by Dr. Deborah Arrindell ’79 at her home on August 6 started the week. More than … Read more

Boochever and Rasmussen step into new role as trustees

Before she enrolled at Cornell, Yonn Rasmussen ’83, MS ’86, PhD ’89 visited the Ithaca campus with her parents and saw for the first time McGraw Tower, the inside of Andrew Dickson White Library, and the suspension bridge over the gorge. “I remember walking down the well-worn steps of Willard Straight Hall to the cafeteria … Read more

Lilyan Affinito leaves a legacy for women in leadership

Trustee emerita and Presidential Councillor Lilyan Affinito ’53, a staunch advocate for including women in leadership roles at Cornell and excellence in the professional realm, has died at the age of 86. A longtime resident of New York City, Affinito died June 29 near her birthplace in the Pittsburgh area. Affinito leaves a legacy for … Read more

Cornell alumni affairs welcomes Michelle Vaeth ’98

Michelle Vaeth ’98 first recognized the strength and depth of the Cornell alumni community when she was a member of the Big Red Band. She vividly remembers marching with her flute in the traditional Sy Katz ’31 Parade as red-clad Cornellians lined the streets of Manhattan and cheered. “So many alumni turned out!” said Vaeth. … Read more

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