Student and young alumni programs team members Cait Collins, Amanda Massa, Nicole Svonavec, and Mandy Bennison.

Students

Sharing the gifts of alumni life with new Cornellians

Nicole Svonavec is a new face at Alumni Affairs and Development (AAD). Svonavec was hired in September 2019 as director of student  and young alumni programs (SYAP). She leads a team of three colleagues—Mandy Bennison MMH ’18, Cait Collins, and Amanda Massa—whose goal is to inspire current students and recent graduates to connect with Cornell’s … 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

Alumni Flaunt It

Don’t Hide It, Flaunt It (DHIFI), a non-profit organization, is collaborating with Cornell to highlight the personal stories of alumni inspired by the DHIFI theme, “The things that make me different make me, me!” Alumni Flaunt, a subset of the larger DHIFI program, is a platform for Cornellians to share their own life experiences with looking … Read more

Terri Port ’84 helps first-generation students succeed

Terri Port was the first person in her family to leave home to attend college. Her hometown of Hanover, Massachusetts had only 8,000 people, so the size of Cornell was daunting when she first arrived. But the biggest challenge Port faced was affording the cost of attending Cornell. “A Cornell tuition was a stretch,” she … 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

CUeLINKS: Online hub of the Cornell network

Even before she started at Cornell, Hana Brett ’21 knew that the Cornell network was a positive part of attending and graduating from this university. Now a biology and society major in the College of Arts and Sciences—and a member of the swim team—Brett is connecting with Cornell alumni, using the new online platform CUeLINKS, … Read more

CUeLINKS: Five steps to your best profile

You’ve set up your profile in CUeLINKS and you’re eager to share with students:  your career experience, job search advice, and ideas about making the most of life on The Hill. But are the students reaching you? The difference between making meaningful connections with students and being just another face on the platform could be … 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

A gift for the ages—the legacy of Craig Voorhees at Cornell

Growing up on a dairy farm in the small town of Glen, New York, Craig Voorhees ’49 worked close to the ground, all year, tending to the animals. “In the 1920s and 1930s, everyone works 365 days a year,” he wrote in a letter. “You work for the cows—plant crops, harvest crops, maintain the barn—and … Read more

Ollie McNamara ’50 fashions a legacy

The grainy black-and-white picture captures a radiant moment. It’s the spring of 1950 and three young women are in a dress design class in the College of Home Economics, now the College of Human Ecology. At the center of the picture, a beaming Ellen Forbes Andrews ’50 tries on the dress she made for her … Read more

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