Coming Back

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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. … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

An ever-burning flame

Walking into the Spirit of ’31: Passing It Forward ceremony, June 9, at the Carrier Grand Ballroom of Statler Hotel, was like stumbling into a party that had been steadily, lovingly raging for ages. Members of the Classes of ’41, ’46, and ’51—some of whom had parked their walkers and wheelchairs in a corner of … Continued

Then. Now. Always.

Viewed from the Hill at Reunion, the past appears vivid and near. For leaders who organize their class or group events and rally their peers back to campus, Reunion also brings into focus the dynamism of Cornell today and the vitality of Cornell tomorrow. The “would” Alice Katz Berglas ’66 considers Reunion as a “subjunctive” … Continued

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