George Epstein ’15—with his bicycle—takes the Baily Hall stage on Cornelliana Night.

Coming Back

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

Homecoming 2016 lifts Cornell community spirit

In the center of the Big Red Fan Festival, at the height of the Homecoming excitement, BreakFree Hip Hop cleared a circle in front of the DJ tent on the Crescent parking lot. About a dozen members of the Cornell student dance crew performed while a growing crowd of students, alumni, and community members pressed … Read more

Connecting Black Alumni

Since graduating 28 years ago, Michelle Brown-Grant ’88 has rarely missed a reunion of the Cornell Black Alumni Association (CBAA) – and she knows exactly why these events are important to her. “There is nothing like being around people who have helped shape your path and purpose,” she says. “CBAA reunions and other gatherings allow … Read more

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