Members of the Cornell University Glee Club sing “Happy Birthday” to the Cornell Chimes.

Coming Back

At Homecoming 2018, Chimes and Glee Club celebrate 150 years

The Hill is alive with the sound of Cornell’s musical organizations every Homecoming weekend—it’s tradition. But during Homecoming 2018, the familiar sounds of the Cornell Chimes and the Cornell University Glee Club had special meaning because both celebrate 150 years of making music this year. Playing through the past together The chimes first rang out … Read more

Homecoming 2018: community and fun enhanced by history

 On September 21-22, more than 12,000 alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students, and community members enjoyed Homecoming traditions, including the Big Red Fan Festival and the football game against Yale. The weekend offered more than 150 events—from brunches and exhibits to tours and tailgates offered by colleges, units and campus organizations. “Homecoming was exhilarating,” said Lisa … Read more

A 10,000-mile ride to Reunion 2018

For Reunion 2018, Cornell alumni came back to campus in various ways. Some arrived by bus from New York City, and some came by plane from overseas. Some caught shared rides from other states, and some attended virtually, thanks to live stream. One young alumnus came back by bicycle—and he came a very long way. … Read more

Reunion 2018 innovates on the tradition of coming back

Reunion drew more than 7,500 alumni, family members, and friends back to the Ithaca campus June 7-10. And with more than 5,400 alumni in attendance, 2018 was the most highly attended Reunion in Cornell’s history. “Cornellians are coming home in record-breaking numbers,” Paul Cashman ’73, president of the Cornell Association of Class Officers, said at … Read more

Takeaways from TCAM 2017

Coming back to Ithaca from cities across the United States and from countries as far away as Singapore, they are business leaders, accomplished professionals, and tireless community organizers. To the Big Red community, they are known as Cornell’s “secret weapons”—as Frank H. T. Rhodes, president emeritus of the university, once described them. Members of the … Read more

Homecoming 2017: Big Red spirit shows its true colors

There were almost as many reasons to come back for Homecoming 2017 as the number of Cornellians who journeyed home to Ithaca. They watched the fireworks, shared memories with good friends, and petted a pony. They cheered for Big Red athletes, heard a lecture, and stomped grapes in the CALS Zone. They raised their glasses … Read more

Homecoming 2017 celebrates community

Ithaca-area communities gather with Cornell alumni, parents, friends, faculty, and staff for Homecoming 2017, Oct. 20-21, a weekend of learning, football, and all things Cornell. “Homecoming is a celebration open to everyone,” said Terry Hahn, director of Homecoming and special interest programs. “We’ve planned activities of all kinds – and even some ways people can … Read more

Reunion 2017 connects alumni to each other and Cornell

On Saturday night of Reunion 2017, a packed Bailey Hall rose to its feet to honor Esther Bondareff ’37, who joined Cornelliana Night of her 80th Reunion via live stream from her home in Florida. Her smiling face showed larger than life on the auditorium screen as thousands of Cornellians cheered. “Chills. Tears,” Shane Dunn … Read more

Reunion 2017 features camaraderie, diversity, and star power

It takes a village to bring home a village. At Reunion 2017, June 8–11, an expected 7,500 Cornell alumni, friends, and family will get a Big Red welcome from 500-strong alumni volunteers, more than 100 student workers, and hundreds of organizers on and off campus who have helped plan more than 400 events and activities. … Read more

TCAM 2016: They came, they saw, they connected

Close to 700 members of the Cornell University Board of Trustees and the Cornell University Council converged on the Hill for the Trustee-Council Annual Meeting (TCAM), October 27 to 29. The turnout was the highest ever. The group of alumni leaders from various fields serves as Cornell’s brain trust, helping to chart the university’s course … Read more

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