Giving and engagement highlights of fiscal year 2018


Giving and engagement in 2018: Cornellians play key role in success

Alumni, parents, and friends gave to Cornell in significant amounts during fiscal year 2018, setting fundraising records and engaging with the university in many other ways. By volunteering, giving financial support, and staying connected online, Cornellians made July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018, one of the most successful years ever for philanthropy and participation. The university … 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

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

Alumni giving, engagement break records in 2017

Cornell engages thousands of alumni, parents and friends around the world, and with their support, the university achieved fundraising records in fiscal year (FY) 2017. The university raised a record $743.5 million in cash gifts for all campuses, a 21 percent increase over total cash gifts in FY16. New gifts and commitments totaled $642 million, … 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

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 … Read more

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” … Read more

Cornelliana Night lights up Reunion

Alumni started to gather in Bailey Hall nearly an hour early for Cornelliana Night 2016, a highlight of Reunion. “I never miss!” said Emily Weinwurm ’56, as she waited for red-and-white-clad alumni of the Cornell University Chorus and Glee Club to take the stage. For older alumni, the rollicking, packed-house event held on the Saturday … Read more

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