Lamin Johnson ’21: sparking connections through art

Lamin Johnson’s superpower is bringing people together. The Class of 2021 grad and spoken word artist is known for writing thoughtful and poignant poetry that bridges generations. Lamin has performed two pieces for Cornell, including a poem composed in honor of the launch of Cornell’s university-wide To Do the Greatest Good campaign. Alumni from across … Read more

Some things are better together: extracurriculars @ Cornell

When students returned to campus this fall, they were looking forward to their classes—and to the full range of events and activities that make Cornell Cornell. From beekeeping to roller skating to rowing on the lake, students were excited to come back together for their favorite extracurriculars. For many groups, fall 2021 is the first … Read more

Class of 2020: learning to let it flow

When 2020 graduates gather online for the Class of 2020 Celebration on Sunday, June 13, they will be Zooming in from locations across the globe—from Brooklyn to Seattle and from Tel Aviv to Tanzania. When these seniors left campus in March 2020, few of them realized they would not be returning to campus for more … Read more

Cornellians have green thumbs!

In honor of Earth Day, we asked Cornellians to tell us about their experiences over this past year growing gardens. Since the start of the pandemic, a record number of people have taken advantage of their time at home to get their hands dirty and plant pandemic gardens. According to Agweek, Burpee Seed Company sold … Read more

Cornellian’s website streamlines the vaccine appointment process

Olivia Adams ’14, MEng ’15 saw a problem: people in Massachusetts were having a difficult time signing up for COVID-19 vaccine appointments. So, she built a solution. Adams created the website macovidvaccines.com to make it easier for MA residents to find and book appointments. The website compiles appointment availability from vaccination sites across the state, … Read more

Cornell Forbes 30 Under 30: lean in

This year, Forbes named ten Cornellians to their 30 Under 30 lists. These alumni superstars are having an impact across time zones and diverse industries—from financing new ventures in Africa, to developing smart fabrics that can adapt to the wearer’s needs, to greening the production of nitrogen fertilizer. Since 2019, we have invited the listmakers … Read more

Finding your North Star: aligning your purpose and your paycheck

“Finding what we love doing, what we’re good at, and what the world is calling us to do is akin to finding one’s North Star,” says Mike Bishop, director of student leadership for the Office of Engagement Initiatives (OEI) at Cornell University. For the past five years, OEI has contributed to the culture of public … Read more

Cornellian addresses underrepresentation in computer science

Jehron Petty ’20 doesn’t shy away from a problem. After realizing during his time at Cornell that there was underrepresentation of Black and Latinx students in engineering and computer science, he set out not only to change that at his alma mater, but at universities around the country. “It motivated me to look at the … Read more

Big Red podcasters: finding their voice

In August 2020, Amanda Massa, associate director of young alumni programs for Cornell Alumni Affairs and Development, released the 50th episode of Fresh from the Hill: Inside Stories of Noteworthy Cornellians. This podcast, winner of the 2020 Communicator Award of Excellence, offers an inside look into the lives of recent graduates. Massa tracks down noteworthy … Read more