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Thursday, February 16, 2023

  • Explore with Cornell: Optional Tours
    Already registered? You can still add reserve your tour spot by following this guide for adding tours.

    San Diego Botanic Garden Private Tour

    10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. PST

    Cornell Botanic Gardens welcomes you to an exclusive experience at our sister organization San Diego Botanic Gardens (SBDC). Start your visit with a presentation on sustainability efforts in public gardens by Christopher Dunn, Executive Director of Cornell Botanic Gardens, and Ari Novi, SDBC President and CEO. Tour this 37-acre urban oasis offers 4 miles of trails that lead to and through ocean views and 29 uniquely themed gardens, including the West Coast’s largest children’s garden and the nation’s largest public bamboo collection. Enjoy an outdoor box lunch and time to wander.
    Capacity: 35 people
    Price: $70 per person
    Transportation: Bus transportation will be provided to and from the Westin San Diego Gaslamp

    Balboa Park Walking Tour

    2 p.m. - 4 p.m. PST

    Your tour includes a stroll through the Balboa Park, exploring the architecture, history and gardens of the country’s largest urban cultural park. Locations visited include the California Tower, the Old Globe Theater, the Timken Museum, Zoro Gardens, Bea Evenson Fountain, the NAT, the Spanish Village Art Center, and the San Diego Zoo (exteriors only, no admission included). We’ll also visit a park coffee cart and guests will be able to choose one beverage from a selection of hot/cold coffee, teas and smoothies.
    Capacity: 20
    Price: $25 per person, price includes one beverage of choice from coffee cart, tour guide, and guide gratuity.
    Transportation: Guests are on their own for transportation. Uber/Lyft rides will take approximately 10 minutes from the Westin San Diego Gaslamp.

    SEAL Tour…the Land and Sea Adventure

    2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. PST

    It’s a boat! It’s a bus! It’s San Diego’s only amphibious Sea and Land Adventure! Your 90-minute, fully-narrated SEAL Tour departs daily from Seaport Village. Wind your way through the picturesque San Diego streets before splashing down for a cruise through the waters of the San Diego Bay. Experience the history and ecological wonders of San Diego in the comfort and security of the unique Hydra Terra vehicle. You’ll learn firsthand of the area’s rich military history and cruise through the waters that are the playground of the California Sea Lion. Here’s a fun video of the SEAL Tour.
    Price: $40 per adult, $24 per child (ages 4-12), $8 for kids 0-3
    Transportation:Transportation: Guests are on their own for transportation. It’s approximately 6 minutes by Uber/Lyft or a 20 minute walk from the Westin San Diego Gaslamp.

    San Diego Zoo – Discounted Tickets

    On your own time

    Enjoy discounted tickets to the San Diego Zoo. The zoo is well known for its lush, naturalistic habitats and unique animal encounters and is home to more than 3,700 rare and endangered animals representing approximately 660 species and subspecies. Before heading out, enjoy a video message from Matt Marinkovich DVM '14, clinical veterinarian at the San Diego Zoo. Dr. Marinkovich combines his Cornell training with the mission of the Zoo and its Wildlife Alliance: to integrate wildlife health and care, science, and education to develop sustainable conservation solutions.
    No capacity
    Price: $40 per person (normally $67). Price includes entrance to San Diego Zoo, meals are on your own.
    Transportation: Guests are on their own for transportation. Uber/Lyft rides will take approximately 10 minutes from the Westin San Diego Gaslamp.

Friday, February 17, 2023

  • Cornell Association of Class Officers (CACO) Board Meeting

    9:00 - 10:15 a.m. PST

    For CACO board members only.

    President's Council of Cornell Women (PCCW) Breakfast and Networking

    9:00 - 10:30 a.m. PST

    Open to PCCW members and those with an interest in membership

    Cornell University Council (CUC) Administrative Board Meeting

    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PST

    For administrative board members only.

    Cornellians Alumni Advisory Board Meeting

    12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. PST

    For Cornellians board members only.

    Welcome and Alumni Affairs Town Hall

    1:30 - 2:15 p.m. PST

    Welcome to CALC! We'll kickoff a few days of learning, discussions, presentations, and networking and a whole lot of FUN! In this interactive session, Cornellians will share how they are activating their Cornell networks and doing the greatest good within their communities and beyond.
    Kamillah Knight '13, MPA '15, MBA '22 , Senior Global Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Danaher Corporation
    Robert Rosenberg, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Showtime Networks
    Michelle Vaeth '98, Associate Vice President of Alumni Affairs, Cornell University
    Julie Vultaggio '02, Senior Associate Dean for Social Impact and Lifelong Learning, Harvard University

    Updates from The Hill: Session I

    2:30 - 3:30 p.m. PST

    Cornell Library in the Digital Age: a catalyst for student success, knowledge creation, and democracy

    University Librarian Elaine L. Westbrooks will share her vision for what makes Cornell’s Library crucial for student success, new forms of scholarship, as well as the premier steward of facts for a pluralistic society.
    • Speaker: Elaine L. Westbrooks, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian

    Updates from The Hill: Session II

    3:45 – 4:45 p.m. PST

    Cornell faculty are leaders; they’ll share their research and how Cornell is a source of solutions globally and in your everyday life.
    Shaoyi Jiang, Robert Langer ’70 Family and Friends Professor, Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering
    Joel Malina, Vice President for University Relations, Cornell University
    Marjolein van der Meulen, James M. and Marsha McCormick Director of Biomedical Engineering; Swanson Professor of Biomedical Engineering

    Welcome Reception

    4:45 – 6:30 p.m. PST

    Enjoy the San Diego weather with an outside reception. Light hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be available.

    Optional activities

    6:30 p.m. PST

    Group meetings and dinner on your own.

Saturday, February 18, 2023

  • Breakfast: Spotlight on Student Experience and Presentation of the Robert S. Harrison '76 Recent Volunteer Alumni Award

    8:00 – 9:30 a.m. PST

    Hear from Student & Campus Life leaders, including the Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley Dean of Students, Marla Love, about today’s campus experience and how Cornell adapts to evolving student needs. We’ll present the Robert S. Harrison ’76 Recent Alumni Volunteer Award, recognizing recent alumni who have provided exemplary service to Cornell and the world.
    Katherine Bim-Merle '24, Pre-Med Student, Cornell University
    Marla Love, Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley Dean of Students
    Vanessa Shim '23, Student ILR, Cornell University
    Brenna Tosh '24, Student China & Asia-Pacific Studies and Government, Cornell University

    Concurrent Leadership Expertise: Session I

    9:45 – 10:45 a.m. PST

    Inclusive Leadership
    What would your life be like if you could free yourself and live to your fullest potential? Sometimes we live life as if our potential has limits. This can be due to the mental baggage that we accumulate and carry through life that help shape and inform our paradigms. This session will empower you with self-awareness and tools that can radically shift your paradigm, so that you pursue everything from a place of power. Learn to focus on what really matters and let go of the limiting beliefs that are holding you back.
    • Speaker: Dionis Rodriguez '98, Author of Shift Your Paradigm: Empower Your Life & Unlock Your True Hidden Potential

    Innovation and Creativity as a Means to Manage Intergenerational Communication
    As volunteer leaders, your boards and constituents run the class-year gamut. As workplace and homeplace leaders, you're interacting with all ages. How can we be innovative and creative in communicating across generations, in our volunteer roles, in the workplace, and in everyday life? Join this session with CALS communications professor, Sahara Byrne, to learn new, effective communication strategies. Sahara will share her unique insights, gathered from her research and her first-hand interactions with current Cornell students, on working with and communicating with young people today.
    • Speaker: Sahara Byrne, Senior Associate Dean of Academic Programs; Professor, Department of Communications, College of Agriculture and Life

    Concurrent Leadership Expertise: Session II

    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST

    Different Strokes for Different Folks: Leading Challenging Conversations
    From time to time, tough conversations are a necessary part of any volunteer community. Knowing how to be both direct and diplomatic is an important skill. Ken Blanchard ’61, PhD ’67, will lead us through a discussion on how to positively address a range of issues and behaviors.
    • Speaker: Ken Blanchard ’61, PhD ’67, Best-Selling co-author of The One Minute Manager

    Storytelling: Changing Your Narrative - Creating Stories to Open Minds
    We all know that storytelling teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. It also builds trust between the storyteller and their audience and while the main purpose is to entertain and to teach, an effective narrative should also change (or at least open) minds. As every essay should be persuasive, a good story should sway. By reviewing the five basic narrative elements, focusing on the importance of conflict -and the necessity of a strong villain- CALS Professor Christopher Byrne will take you on the hero’s journey to discover new narrative techniques. Learn how to apply these techniques to not only telling your own story, but of your organization, events, volunteer opportunities, and Cornell, to increase engagement and accomplish your goals.
    • Speaker: Christopher Byrne, Senior Lecturer, Department of Communication, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


    12:30 – 2:00 p.m. PST

    Join us for lunch and a featured guest speaker!

    Cornell Black Alumni Association (CBAA) Annual Meeting

    2:00 – 3:00 p.m. PST

    Open to CBAA members.

    Concurrent Cornell Alumni Engagement Strategic Plan in Action Sessions

    2:30 – 3:30 p.m. PST

    Giving Day Secrets Revealed
    Join Alumni Affairs and Development marketing and participation experts, Ashley Budd and Jon Gregory, for a Cornell Giving Day workshop. You’ll learn how to leverage your networks to raise funds for the programs at Cornell that you love. They’ll share the secrets behind Giving Day mechanics, challenges, and how to be a record-breaking champion for Cornell.

    How It All Works: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at University Governance
    Join us for a fun and informative crash course on higher education administration and economics. Why does tuition keep going up? What’s in Cornell’s annual budget and how does the endowment work? What role can alumni play? What’s a provost do anyway? We promise it’s more exciting than it sounds!

    Keynote Speaker: Ozan Varol '03

    3:45 – 4:45 p.m. PST

    Ozan is a rocket scientist turned award-winning professor, #1 bestselling author, and internationally acclaimed speaker. He is one of the world’s foremost experts in creativity, innovation, and critical thinking. He helps industry-leading organizations reimagine the status quo with moonshot thinking. Learn more

    Closing Celebration and Alma Mater

    4:45 – 5:00 p.m. PST

Sunday, February 19, 2023

  • Many alumni communities will choose to host events or meetings at this time. Feel free to explore San Diego on your own or check with the concierge for additional ideas. Sunday will offer one-on-one time to meet with select staff during office hours. We will update that information and share it as we can.

Registration fees

  • Early Bird Rate (offer ends 11:59 p.m., February 3rd): $399 per person
    Regular Rate: $449 per person

    Recent Alumni Early Bird Rate (offer ends 11:59 p.m., February 3rd): $349 per person
    Recent Alumni Regular Rate: $399 per person
    Received an undergraduate or graduate degree from Cornell University between 2013-2022.

    Friday Only Rate: $175
    Saturday Only Rate: $225

    A la carte guest registration is available upon request.

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