John Boochever '81 and Yonn Rasmussen '83, MS '86, PhD '89 as Cornell students

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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

Alumni choose two new trustees in 2018 election

During an election in April, Cornell alumni selected two new members of the Cornell University Board of Trustees. The new alumni-elected trustees are John Boochever ’81 of Washington, DC, and Yonn Rasmussen ’83, MS ’86, PhD ’89 of Pittsford, New York. “More than 16,000 alumni made their voices heard by choosing from a slate of … Read more

Alumni trustee election 2018: Meet the candidates

Voting is open April 2–30 for the 2018 election. Cornell alumni will choose two new trustees from among their ranks. The Committee on Alumni Trustee Nominations endorses four candidates this year: John Boochever ’81, Mark Hansen ’79, Yonn Rasmussen ’83, MS ’86, PhD ’89, and Lisa Yang ’74. We asked the candidates to share their … Read more

PCCW microgrants advance women students

When Jeanette Perez-Rossello ’91 sees the energy of Cornell students, she is inspired to support them in any way she can. “I think they’re brilliant. They are such good people and they are doing so much outside the classrooms through volunteer work, for campus organizations, and for each other. They are doing great stuff,” said … Read more

Cornellians gather at DC’s African American history museum

In the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, a weathered Cornell banner hangs behind glass, representing the university as one of the first to welcome African American students. On November 18, the Cornell spirit of “… any person … any study” moved from the museum’s walls to fill its halls: … 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

Alumni volunteers honored with Rhodes awards for exemplary service

On Oct. 21, six outstanding Cornell volunteers will be honored for their service to the university, receiving the 2017 Frank H. T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Services Awards. Established in 1994 by the Board of Trustees Committee on Alumni Affairs, this prestigious awards program honors alumni who have demonstrated extraordinary service through long-term volunteer activities and … Read more

An in-depth Q&A with our new alumni-elected trustees

What are your feelings as you start your terms as alumni-elected trustees? Allen: I feel a huge sense of responsibility to try to represent the alumni in this capacity, and it is an honor. I’m going into this role with a completely open mind and an open heart. I love Cornell, and I’m excited that … Read more

2017: Alumni elect two new trustees

Sheila Wilson Allen ’76, DVM ’81 of Athens, Georgia, and Linda Gadsby ’88 of South Orange, New Jersey, have just been elected by alumni to join the Cornell University Board of Trustees. They will begin their four-year terms on July 1. Each year, Cornell alumni vote for two alumni to serve on the board, which … Read more

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