Kate Blackwood

Cornellians in Paris: A love story

It’s six-thirty a.m. in Paris in May. Angelica Allen-McMillan ’91 and Randy McMillan ’92 join hands in the shelter of an elevated track. The steel beams supporting the train echo the distant spans of the Eiffel Tower. Angelica wears a wreath of flowers in her hair. Even the cool spring rain is romantic. “We were … Read more

Build It Yourself: Cornell-educated makers teach the next generation

In the press of bodies and booths at Cornell’s University Career Fair Days in Barton Hall, one employer display stood out to Sixia Chen MEng ’18: Build It Yourself, an engineering and design education company founded by John Galinato ’66, MEng ’68. “I was attracted by the weirdo stand decoration and the silly, cute ‘brainstorm’ … Read more

Cornellians growing tourism in the Finger Lakes

Ithaca is a special place. This fact is much appreciated by Cornell alumni, who consistently cite the natural beauty of campus, town, and Finger Lakes region as a top reason for coming back. And the word is out among non-Cornellians, too. USA Today named the Finger Lakes best wine region in the US for 2018. … Read more

Reunion 2019 resonates with Cornellians of all ages

More than 8,000 alumni, family members, and friends enjoyed Cornell’s Ithaca campus during four cloudless days of Reunion 2019, June 6-9. “Reunion is a wonderful opportunity for generations of Cornellians to come together and celebrate their alma mater and each other,” said Michelle Vaeth ’98, associate vice president for alumni affairs. “This weekend, alumni of … Read more

Learning opportunities abound at Reunion 2019

Alumni travel back in time when they attend Cornell Reunions—back to the campus, dorms, and classrooms where they were students. But many attendees also stay up to date by attending Reunion events focused on current events and campus departments. All over campus, reunion attendees enjoyed a wide variety of intellectual and cultural programming: The Olin … Read more

Cornell Glee Club celebrates 150 years with 300 voices

To mark the sesquicentennial of the Cornell Glee Club, the university’s oldest student organization, a record number of past and current members—more than 300—gathered during Reunion 2019. There were speeches, receptions, and, of course, music. Alumni kicked off Saturday’s luncheon, the centerpiece of the weekend, with a spontaneous singing of “Strike up a Song for … Read more

Peter Yarrow ’59 delights and unites in Reunion concert

Folk musician Peter Yarrow ’59 played solo during his Reunion 2019 concert, but his voice was not the only one filling Call Auditorium, not by a long shot. The crowd joined Yarrow, formerly a member of the trio Peter, Paul and Mary, in several familiar tunes from the 1960s. The hour-long sing-along was based on … Read more

Charging electric vehicles fast: Jeff Wolfe ’82

Electric vehicles today are clean, quiet—and relatively inconvenient. It used to be that you plugged an electric vehicle in overnight and it would go maybe 100 miles, says Jeff Wolfe ’82, President, for the Americas, of Tritium, a company that focuses on electric vehicle chargers. The process is getting faster: a Tesla can now go … Read more

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

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