The 2021 schedule will impart to you engaging leadership sessions, updates from Cornell administrators, stories from inside Cornell today, and an excuse to revel in Big Red Spirit.

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Main events included in CALC registration

  • Most sessions will be recorded and available at a later time.

Wednesday, February 24

  • Talking to Trustees: Meet Some of the Alumni and Students Who Lead Cornell

    6:00 - 7:00 pm ET
    Join us for a candid conversation with alumni- and student-elected members of the Cornell University Board of Trustees. Moderated by Corey Ryan Earle ’07, this event will highlight the four candidates running in the 2021 Alumni Trustee Election and explore their experiences on the Hill and how they’ve stayed engaged with their alma mater.

Thursday, February 25

  • Meet the Deans: A Conversation with Our New College Leaders

    3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
    Four new deans assumed leadership roles at Cornell in 2020—in the midst of a far-from-typical academic year. They began the fall semester redesigning imagined plans and shaping the student and faculty experience to be inclusive, strategic, and effective, despite operating through a pandemic! Join us to hear the visions set forth by Dean Archer, Dean Bala, Dean Dunifon, and Dean Houlton, as well as the challenges and successes they have faced thus far. Plenty of time will be left for Q&A.

    • Lynden Archer, Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering
    • Kavita Bala, Dean, Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science
    • Rachel Dunifon, Rebecca Q and James C Morgan Dean, College of Human Ecology
    • Benjamin Houlton, Ronald P. Lynch Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

    Jonelle Bradshaw De Hernandez '96, Executive Director of Foundation Relations, The University of Texas at Austin

  • Welcome Reception

    6:00 PM ET
    Mix up or pour your favorite beverage and join us as we celebrate and announce the recipients of the 2020 Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Awards. In addition, we will have entertainment and plenty of opportunity to network with fellow Cornellians.

Friday, February 26

  • CALC Kickoff: Welcome and Keynote Discussion - Lessons of COVID-19

    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET
    Welcome by Michelle Vaeth '98, Associate Vice President, Alumni Affairs

    Keynote Discussion - Lessons of COVID-19
    From steering the student body to safety early on and introducing hybrid learning, to navigating public perception with transparency and integrity, to equipping Cornell with testing facilities, safety protocols, and now vaccine delivery, Cornell has led the way through the countless unprecedented challenges presented by Covid-19. In this session, discover just how hard Cornell has worked to win in the worst of times as university leadership recounts inspiring stories highlighting the university’s impact on the Ithaca campus, throughout the Ithaca community, in NYC, and beyond.

    • Martha E. Pollack, President, Cornell University
    • Michael I. Kotlikoff, Provost, Cornell University
    • Augustine M.K. Choi, Provost for Medical Affairs, Cornell University and the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of Weill Cornell Medicine

    • Peggy Koenig '78, Chair, Abry Partners, Cornell University Trustee

  • Stories from the Inside: The Student Experience During a Pandemic

    12:00 - 1:00 PM ET
    Join Ryan Lombardi, Vice President for Student & Campus Life, along with current students to discuss how they are navigating life on campus during the pandemic.

  • Stories from the Inside: Cornell’s Commitment to Public Engagement

    1:15 - 2:15 PM ET
    Public engagement is foundational to everything we do as a university. By contributing to this deep-rooted university commitment, our students, faculty, staff and alumni — Engaged Cornell — are forging community partnerships, solving local and global challenges and creating knowledge to benefit humanity. In this session, David Einhorn ’91, will share his personal commitment to advancing community-engaged learning — a powerful set of public engagement and pedagogical practices that develop future Cornellians into global citizens who practice respect and empathy, seek collaboration and cooperation, and embrace differences and diversity in all aspects of their lives. In 2014, Einhorn initiated the transformation of Cornell’s community-engaged learning programming with a $50 million grant from his foundation recently renamed Einhorn Collaborative. Katherine McComas, Vice Provost for Engagement and Land-Grant Affairs, and other campus partners will provide insight into how engagement has manifested in the faculty/student experience, what the grant has made possible, a forecast of initiatives to come, and how we will ensure sustainability of these successes.

  • Stories from the Inside: Building Community & Belonging on Campus: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    2:30 - 3:30 PM ET
    How is community created on campus during a time of social distancing? How does the need to be distanced impact belonging? This panel discussion will feature Diversity, Equity and Inclusion leaders who work directly with students and communities on campus. Hear about the successes and struggles of on-campus engagement, advocacy, and community building.

    • Shakima Clency, the Peggy J. Koenig ’78 Associate Dean of Students for Student Empowerment and Director of First-Generation & Low-Income Student Support
    • Wayne Hilson, Executive Director, Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives
    • Jami P. Joyner, Director, Diversity Programs in Engineering
    • Marla Love, the Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley Interim Dean of Students
    • Sara Xayarath Hernández, Graduate School Associate Dean for Inclusion & Student Engagement

  • Interactive Skill Building Workshops

    The Office of Engagement Initiatives will offer two workshops that align with Alumni Affairs & Development’s volunteer core competencies. All alumni are welcome to participate and deepen their thinking and practice in working with communities for the public good.

    Connecting the Dots of Your Life Experience through Critical Reflection
    3:45 - 5:00 pm
    This session will help participants learn why critical reflection is important in community-engaged learning, how to do it well, and how to help build cultures of reflection with stakeholders.

    Building Community Partnerships
    5:15 - 6:15 pm
    This session will support participants in learning what healthy, mutually-beneficial partnerships look like as well as how to find appropriate partners and build lasting, trusting relationships

  • Community Hour

    6:15 PM ET
    Enjoy time on your own with your Cornell communities!

Saturday, February 27

  • Town Hall with Michelle Vaeth '98, Associate Vice President, Alumni Affairs

    11:00 - 11:45 AM ET
    This session will provide a fun and interactive update on Alumni Affairs and the Cornell Alumni Engagement Strategic Plan.

  • Stories from the Inside: Alumni Publications Update

    12:00 - 1:00 PM ET
    Last Fall, we announced the creation of a new alumni publication that will launch in July 2021. In this session, we will present an update on progress so far, including early findings from our audience research.

  • Cornell Passions. Cornell Journeys.

    1:15 - 2:15 PM ET
    All Cornellians have a reason for giving their time, talent, and treasure to Cornell. Hear from some of our most dedicated alumni as they share their own volunteer and philanthropy journeys.

    • Gary Davis ’76, DKR Capital
    • Tom Groos ’78, Partner, City Light Capital
    • Katrina James ’96, Managing Director, Dallas County Promise, the Commit Partnership
    • Peggy Koenig ’78, Chair, Abry Partners
    • Anne Smalling ’87, President, HMI International

    • Fred Van Sickle, Vice President, Alumni Affairs and Development

  • Cooking with Chef Eric Szymczak, Executive Chef, Statler Hotel

    3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
    Missing your time at the Statler Hotel? Hosting a mini-tailgate for March Madness?
    Executive Chef Eric Szymczak from the Statler Hotel will present a guided cooking demonstration and provide helpful tips for preparing street food and pairing it with your favorite beverage. So get ready for March Madness and join us for lessons on how to prepare for your next tailgate. There will be plenty of time for Q&A.

    Recipes and ingredient lists.

  • 5:30 - 6:30 PM ET
    View lifelong learning digital content from throughout the university to round out your CALC experience. Journey through these programs to find what's perfect for you.

Programs with additional registration required

  • Before CALC officially kicks-off, take part in relevant and compelling online programs starting Monday, February 22. Seize the opportunity to shape your most effective CALC week.

    These events require separate registrations.

College, unit and community-specific programs

  • Monday, February 22

    Cornell Canine Night @ CALC

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    Hosted by Dave Price '87
    The College of Veterinary Medicine hosted a fun evening featuring dogs of Cornellians! Videos and photos of your dogs were included in the categories below. The winners of each category had their videos and photos shown during Cornell Canine Night. Plus, we learned how to make a healthy dog biscuit with Marybeth Mitcham, Associate Resource Educator for Nutrition and Healthy Living for Cornell Cooperative Extension, and her dogs.

    Photo Categories:
    • Best smile
    • Too cute for words
    • Best buddy

    Video Categories
    • Most comical
    • Best coworker
    • Unsung hero, AKA Underdog
    • MCP: Most Cornellian Pup

    Special Category:
    • Service dog - We honored all of these very special working dogs.

  • Tuesday, February 23

    Exploring Ways to Prevent Future Pandemics
    Emerging Disease, Wildlife Trade and Consumption: The Need for Robust Global Governance

    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET Watch now

    Join us for a critical virtual dialogue with leading experts in public health and conservation on ways to foster global collaboration to mitigate zoonotic disease risks and prevent pandemics. Hosted by the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, World Wildlife Fund, and Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability.

    Moderator:Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times

    Special Guest Speaker:Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, UN Messenger of Peace

    Distinguished Panelists:
    • Dr. David Nabarro, World Health Organization Special Envoy on COVID-19
    • Doreen Robinson CALS '92, Chief for Wildlife, United Nations Environment Programme
    • Prof. Richard Kock, IUCN SSC Wildlife Health Specialist Group
    • Dr. Theresa Mundita S. Lim, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity
    • John Scanlon, Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime

    Return to the Classroom: Democracy in America - From Cornell to Capitol Hill: Bipartisan Consensus in a New Administration

    7:30 - 8:45 PM ET Watch now
    Tune in to hear expert Cornell panelists including Congressman Steve Israel, Director of the Institute of Politics and Global Affairs for Cornell University, for a post-election follow-up. This is the 3rd in a series of Democracy in America programs. Learn about the most pressing policy issues facing the new administration.

    Basil Smikle ILR ‘93, Professor, Rutgers University-Newark, Political Strategist

    • Congressman Steve Israel (D), Director of Cornell’s non-partisan Institute of Politics and Global Affairs
    Representative Beth Van Duyne A&S ‘95, 24th District, Texas (R)
    • Michael Macy, Sociology/Information Science, the Goldwin Smith Professor of Arts and Sciences of Sociology and Director of the Social Dynamics Laboratory at Cornell University

    Co-hosted by the Northeast Corridor Office of Alumni Affairs and Development and the Institute of Politics and Global Affairs.

  • Wednesday, February 24

    Racism in America | Protest Movements and Civil Disobedience

    7:00 - 8:30 PM ET Register now
    This session will focus on how protest movements and civil disobedience have sought to both end and uphold racial discrimination. Moderated by Kat Stafford, national investigative reporter for the Associated Press, five faculty experts will address the history and present of the civil disobedience and protest movements that have brought us to this fraught moment in the U.S. The discussion will explore how different communities, groups, and movements have defined protest and engaged in it, seeking to sway public opinion. Our experts will help us understand the ways protest has worked to effect real, sustainable change. This event is a part of the Rascism in America series produced by the College of Arts and Sciences.

    Cornell Association of Class Officers Annual Meeting

    8:30 - 9:15 PM ET (Please note the time of this event has been updated.) Register now
    Cornell Association of Class Officers (CACO) President A’ndrea Van Schoick ’96 and members of the Executive Committee will share an update on the work of the CACO Board and the various committees over the past year, as well as present the slate of officers for the 2021-2023 term. This meeting will include voting.

  • Thursday, February 25

    Cornell Law School Alumni Association presents:
    Government Lawyering and the Rule of Law

    12:00 - 1:00 PM ET Register now
    When your client is the United States of America, or some other governmental entity, what do you do when those entrusted with the power of the people decide to take actions that may be inconsistent with the law or other applicable requirements? Are there times when Government lawyers need to take action to protect the Rule of Law from acts, whether of commission or omission, by those in power? Government lawyers sometimes are confronted with these questions and must decide what is the right thing to do - often with respect to politically sensitive matters. The circumstances and issues can vary greatly, reflecting the many different types of positions held by Government lawyers as well as the diverse applicable laws, rules, and guidelines they are responsible for enforcing. Join Cornell Law School alumni as they examine and discuss their experiences, and how their Cornell Law School training influenced the way they and others have upheld the Rule of Law.

    Welcome by Jens Ohlin, Interim Dean and Professor of Law, Cornell Law School

    • Akua Akyea, Assistant Dean for Public Service, Cornell Law School
    • Marion Bachrach, JD ’77, Of Counsel, Thompson & Knight LLP and Adjunct Professor of Law, Cornell Law School
    • Michael K. Atkinson, JD ’91, Former Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
    • Annette Hayes, JD ’91, Former United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington

    Introducing Cornell’s Military Network

    4:15 - 5:15 pm Register now
    Cornell University is proud to announce its first military veteran alumni organization, the Cornell Military Network (CMN). CMN will host a session to provide an opportunity for military-affiliated Cornell alumni across generations to connect, network and learn about the organization’s goals.

    Is Anyone Reading my Resume? Insider Tips from Recruiters on Getting Noticed

    7:30 - 8:30 PM ET Register now
    You work hard on your application, click the send button, then wonder, "Did anyone actually read my resume?" If this describes your job search and you want to learn how to optimize your application, join us for this webinar to get the inside tips from recruiters. We'll talk about applicant tracking systems (ATS), resume formats that work, and other ways to stand out in the crowd. This workshop will help you:

    • Understand the screening process
    • Optimize your resume for electronic systems
    • Know what you can do to appeal to the human element of recruiting

    Presented by Leanne Rodd, Director of Talent and Certified Career Coach (BCC) and Sue O'Connell, Account Executive for FlexProfessionals Boston. FlexProfessionals delivers the power of an untapped, highly-qualified talent pool to growing businesses while providing meaningful opportunities for professionals seeking part-time and flexible work options.

    Hosted by the Cornell Club of Boston.

    Building Intergenerational Wealth: Sustaining Black Legacy

    7:30 - 8:15 PM ET Register now

    In celebration of Black History Month, Mosaic is honored to host a panel discussion on “Building Intergenerational Wealth: Sustaining Black Legacy." The program will speak to the racial wealth disparity, discriminatory lending practices such as redlining, and how to create an equitable ecosystem. Our esteemed moderator and panelists are the following: Valisha Graves ’85, Tammy Jones ’81 and Kirk Sykes ’87

    Hosted by Mosaic.