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Coming Back

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

Reunion clubbing with the Tower Club

Alumni philanthropists took a break from the rigors of Reunion Saturday at the Tower Club Hospitality Suite in the Park Atrium at the Beck Center in Statler Hall. “The Hospitality Suite is our chance to give a special thank you to alumni in returning classes and locally who are members of the Tower Club or … 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

Reunion 2019: a time to treasure Cornell

Just a few weeks after classes end and students disperse for the summer, alumni and their families will return to campus for Reunion 2019. This year’s event is on track to set a new record for attendance, with more than 7,000 alumni and their guests already registered. From June 6-9, alumni from the classes of … Read more

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

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