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Literary icon Toni Morrison MA ’55 dies at 88

Nobel Prize-winning author and alumna Toni Morrison MA ’55 died Monday, Aug. 5, in New York City. She was 88. She wrote 11 novels that explored and illuminated the black American experience, including “Beloved,” which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988, and “Song of Solomon,” which received a National Book Critics Circle Award in 1977. … Read more

Alumna’s musical puts human stories of Hurricane Katrina on stage

Elizabeth Bauman ’73 remembers the intense, shocking news coverage of Hurricane Katrina, the devastating storm that hit parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida in August 2005. The hurricane and subsequent flooding—including in the city of New Orleans, where dozens of surge protection levees were breached—caused more than 1,800 deaths; an unfolding crisis of stranded residents … Read more

Alumni-faculty collaboration showcases creativity of whale songs

Like many music-obsessed teenagers in the 1990s, Annie Lewandowski liked to make mix tapes for her friends. However, most teenagers probably didn’t intersperse pop anthems with whale songs. “I was talking to a childhood friend recently and she said, ‘Oh Annie, you’ve always been into whale songs. Do you remember those mix tapes you used to make?’” … Read more

Alumnus Smith ’85 puts words into action, with a wow

Cornell alumnus Robert F. Smith ’85 made a strong personal statement about taking care of community by punctuating the moving message of a graduation address with a powerful act. In his speech at the 135th commencement at Morehouse College, May 19, 2019, Smith detailed some of his personal rules guiding his life and work, commenting … Read more

Entrepreneur of the Year shows power of persistence

If a budding entrepreneur ever needed a lesson in the power of persistence, the story of Dr. Leonard Schleifer ’73 would be a good one to hear. Schleifer, the 2019 Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year who majored in biological sciences as a Cornell undergrad, shared the successes and failures he experienced while growing his biotechnology … Read more

Law School alumnus helps battle Notre Dame blaze

Law School alumnus Frank Langrais JD ’17, was one of the approximately 400 firefighters who battled the April 15 fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, which caused extensive damage to the historic structure. “When I try to remember the whole thing, I still feel like all of it was just a bad dream,” Langrais … 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

LEAD NY develops leaders in state’s ag community

As herd manager of a 2,500-cow dairy operation 20 miles northeast of Albany, Paul Molesky ’09 knows a lot about caring for animals, agricultural economics and managing a farm. But as he supervised dozens of workers within that operation, Molesky realized he needed help developing one other crucial skill: leadership. “You can manage your cows, … Read more

Five alumni to serve in the 116th Congress

Five Cornell alumni won congressional races in the November 6 midterm election, including Sharice Davids, JD ’10, Democrat, who won in Kansas’ 3rd District. Davids is the first openly gay Kansan elected to Congress, and she, along with Debra Haaland, (D-New Mexico), also elected November 6, are the first two Native American women elected to … Read more

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