Meet the 2020 candidates for the alumni trustee election

Voting is open February 1-29 (closing February 29, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. EST) for Cornell alumni to elect two new members to the Cornell University Board of Trustees. Four candidates are endorsed by the Committee on Alumni Trustee Nominations: Beth Anderson ’80; Ariel E. Belen JD ’81; E. Eric Elmore ’86, JD ’89; and Doug … Read more

Jason Providakes PhD ’85: Cornell connections just make sense

MITRE has employed 144 Cornell alumni, launched a corporate partnership with Cornell’s Systems Engineering program, and invited Dean Lance Collins to join their board of trustees. Jason Providakes never intended to leave academia. After earning his PhD in electrical and computer engineering from Cornell Engineering in 1985, Providakes took a position at Cornell, teaching and … Read more

Two Cornell women who are changing the face of Congress

On October 29, 16 members of the President’s Council of Cornell Women (PCCW) had breakfast on Capitol Hill with Representatives Sharice Davids JD ’10 (D-KS) and Elissa Slotkin ’98 (D-MI). These two Cornell alumnae are members of the historic 2018 freshman class of congresswomen who are “changing the face” of the institution, according to Karen … Read more

Reggie Fils-Aimé ’83 shares tips for next-generation leaders

A large, enthusiastic crowd filled David L. Call Alumni Auditorium on October 21 to hear Reggie Fils-Aimé ’83, a living legend in the gaming realm, deliver a lecture on leadership for the next generation. His talk, sponsored by the Dyson Leadership Program, focused on a list of guiding principles for leaders that he developed while … Read more

Cornell CIS Recipients of the MacArthur Genius Grant

On October 3-4, 2019, Cornell CIS (Computing and Information Science) celebrated its 20th anniversary. To mark the event, CIS hosted a symposium showcasing the game-changing impact of computing on a breadth of disciplines. The CIS@20 celebration included a conversation with four past CIS recipients of the MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the “genius grant.” Dan Huttenlocher, chair of … Read more

Cornell Alumni Leadership Conference opens to all

The Cornell Alumni Leadership Conference (CALC), a meeting for alumni leaders and volunteers, is expanding in 2019 to include all alumni interested in Cornell community and engagement. The conference is scheduled for February 8-10 in Boston. “I invite all Cornell alumni to join this weekend of idea-sharing and community as we form a strategy for … Read more

Trustees and Council members hear student stories during TCAM 2018

Students were the focus of the Trustee Council Annual Meeting (TCAM) Nov. 1-3 on the Ithaca campus. More than 650 of Cornell’s most engaged volunteers—members of the Cornell University Council and the Cornell University Board of Trustees—gathered to learn about and connect with students and, through this lens of the theme “Student Stories,” stay up … Read more

Boochever and Rasmussen step into new role as trustees

Before she enrolled at Cornell, Yonn Rasmussen ’83, MS ’86, PhD ’89 visited the Ithaca campus with her parents and saw for the first time McGraw Tower, the inside of Andrew Dickson White Library, and the suspension bridge over the gorge. “I remember walking down the well-worn steps of Willard Straight Hall to the cafeteria … Read more

Lilyan Affinito leaves a legacy for women in leadership

Trustee emerita and Presidential Councillor Lilyan Affinito ’53, a staunch advocate for including women in leadership roles at Cornell and excellence in the professional realm, has died at the age of 86. A longtime resident of New York City, Affinito died June 29 near her birthplace in the Pittsburgh area. Affinito leaves a legacy for … Read more

Cornell alumni affairs welcomes Michelle Vaeth ’98

Michelle Vaeth ’98 first recognized the strength and depth of the Cornell alumni community when she was a member of the Big Red Band. She vividly remembers marching with her flute in the traditional Sy Katz ’31 Parade as red-clad Cornellians lined the streets of Manhattan and cheered. “So many alumni turned out!” said Vaeth. … Read more