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

Alumni startup: making student votes count

Juliana Bain ’20, Noe Abernathy ’20, and Devki Trivedi ’20 met during their first year at Cornell. Bain and Trivedi lived in the same dorm (floor 5 of High Rise 5), and Bain and Abernathy shared a house together for most of the next three years. Today, the trio are part of the core team … Read more

Timeout part 2: Cornell graduate student and alumni reflections

As a follow-up to our undergraduate story, Timeout, we reached out to several Cornell graduate and professional students and recent alumni to hear how they’re coping with life in the wake of the pandemic. Here are their candid responses to our questions. From taste testing pasta in a home kitchen, to online clinical training at … Read more

The Cornell connection

Cornellians advise, help, and care for one another. Together, we comprise a powerful global network of more than 250,000 alumni. Here, we highlight the efforts of a handful of alumni who—in the midst of the pandemic—have reached out to provide career support to our newest Cornellians. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, from … Read more

Just say cheese!

Lively Run Goat Dairy, based out of Interlaken, New York, and co-owned by Dyson alumnus Dave Messmer ’17, is purchasing milk from upstate New York dairies that would otherwise be dumping their milk due to supply/demand issues caused by the pandemic, and turning the milk into cheese to donate to local food banks. The dairy launched a Go … Read more

Timeout: students and young alumni reflect on life on pause

How are Cornell seniors and new graduates coping with life on pause? We reached out to four current seniors and four recent graduates to find out. Here are their candid responses to our questions. Spoiler alert: in spite of the challenges, they remain hopeful. From the pantry, to painting, to gardening, game nights, and online … Read more

Building community across difference

The Intergroup Dialogue Project (IDP) works to engage the entire Cornell community by facilitating dialogue among small groups of community members. Founded in 2012 as a pilot project involving a few dozen undergraduates, IDP has experienced explosive growth at Cornell. The academic initiative now touches every undergraduate on campus as a part of Cornell’s first-year … Read more

Cornell Forbes 30 Under 30: be fearless!

Cornellians from across the country and around the world tuned in on January 30, 2020, to hear from the newest cohort of Cornell Forbes 30 Under 30 honorees. The 2020 Cornell Forbes digital event attracted audiences of all ages, including current Cornell students and alumni spanning seven decades. Hosted by previous Forbes listmakers Kristen McClellan … Read more

Beyond survival: how to thrive in expensive cities

On December 10 and 11, Cornell alumni in San Francisco and Los Angeles gathered to hear financial tips from Bruce Stuart ’86, first vice president, executive financial services director, and financial advisor at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, and Jason Tripp ’03, senior gift planning officer in Cornell’s division of Alumni Affairs and Development. They shared … Read more

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