Kate Blackwood

Exemplary alumni honored by 2019 Frank H. T. Rhodes awards

For 25 years, the Cornell alumni community has honored exceptional service to the university by bestowing the Frank H. T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award upon dedicated, generous, and passionate Cornellians. To mark the silver anniversary, the 2019 recipients—four individuals and two couples—will be honored at a dinner during the Trustee Council Alumni Weekend (TCAM) … Read more

Homecoming 2019: A beautiful time to be in Ithaca

Friends Alexandra Gutierrez ’20 and Elizabeth Farkouh ’21 had a full day on October 5, the Saturday of Cornell Homecoming 2019. First, they picked up their free Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 t-shirts—with a unique design for each class—outside Lynah Rink. Then, they got some free sunglasses and bags from the Big Red … Read more

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

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