150 words: Jeff Stein ’13

Most Cornell students can’t wait to leave Ithaca to make their mark—but not Jeff Stein ’13, who’s been making headlines as the founder and editor of the Ithaca Voice. A history major, native Manhattanite, and former Cornell Daily Sun editor, Jeff started the not-for-profit online newspaper as an “experiment” in civic journalism. Asking “How can we serve this … Read more

150 words: Fred Van Sickle

Fred Van Sickle, chief development officer at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, will become the next vice president for Cornell’s Division of Alumni Affairs and Development (AAD), starting Jan. 18. The announcement was posted on the Cornell Chronicle on Dec. 3, and, on the same day, Van Sickle attended a special … Read more

150 words: Kevin Johnson MBA ’09

Kevin Johnson MBA ’09 served much of his 2004-05 tour of duty in Iraq as a U.S. Army captain in the shadow of “seemingly endless” oil fires started by insurgents. “At the same time,” he wrote in the White House blog, “our own military’s dependence on fossil fuels was placing thousands of my fellow soldiers … Read more

150 words: Janet Bishop ’85

With a history-making expansion underway at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Janet Bishop ’85, the Weisel Family Curator of Painting and Sculpture, is deep into planning the reinstallation of the museum’s collection and mapping out future exhibitions. “The Snøhetta expansion will triple the size of our galleries and make the museum more visitor-centric,” … Read more

150 words: Kiran Vajapey MEng ’14

Hackathons, product pitches, and close communication with professors: these “amazing” experiences while earning a master’s of engineering degree in computer science taught Kiran Vajapey MEng ’14, a member of Cornell Tech’s first graduating class, the skills he needed to start his own business. Kiran is one of four founders of Oystir, an online, skills-based talent … Read more

150 words: Laura Good ’56

Laura Good ’56 describes herself as a “junior” philanthropist—her history of giving paints a grander portrait. Missing only three years, she has contributed to her alma mater annually since 1958; she has endowed the Katherine Duddy Smith ’21 memorial fund to honor a family friend who pointed her to Cornell; and she has named the … Read more

150 words on Zig Wu MS ’11

While earning his master’s degree in facilities management in the College of Human Ecology, Zig Wu MS ’11 thought of starting a career in facilities planning for hotels and spas. Professor Frank Becker, however, turned him toward health care, “to use my skills to benefit people,” says Zig. He now integrates hospitality elements into health … Read more

150 words: Mark Bleiweis ’85

  Mark Bleiweis ’85, chief of pediatric cardiovascular surgery and director of the University of Florida Health Congenital Heart Center, is well-loved by his patients and their families. His Facebook wall is filled with messages from grateful families thanking him for lifesaving treatment at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. Mark performs about 300 surgeries a … Read more

150 words: Esther Bondareff ’37

  Twenty fifteen is a year of parties for Esther Bondareff ’37. The legendary Cornell volunteer attended Cornell’s 150th at the Sesquicentennial celebration in West Palm Beach, February 14. “We had quite a mob,” she said. “We had a great time.” It’s also the year Esther turns 100, on June 11. She has three parties … Read more

150 words: Steve Hindy ’71, MAT ’75

When Steve Hindy ’71, MAT ’75 returned to the US with his family in the early ’80s after ending his stint as a reporter in the turbulent Middle East, he kept a couple of things: shrapnel from a mortar round that hit their hotel the eve of their flight, and a thirst for beer lovingly … Read more