"Walkin' the Country" benefit

For the third year, Q Country morning host Chris Allinger is strapping on his backpack to walk for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s BackPack Program™. His “Walkin’ the Country” event is set for Sept. 8-12 and will take the DJ to every town in Tompkins County, raising funds for the program that helps children at risk of hunger on weekends and holidays during the school year. Allinger will begin his walk from the front of the Friedman Wrestling Center on the Cornell campus Sept. 8 at 9 a.m.

Plantations lecture series

Plantations in bloom

The Cornell Plantations Annual Fall Lecture Series opens Sept. 3 at 5:30 p.m. in Call Alumni Auditorium, Kennedy Hall, and will be followed by a garden party in the Botanical Garden of Cornell Plantations. The series, free and open to the public, will be held every other Wednesday until Nov. 12 in Statler Hall Auditorium, beginning at 7:30 p.m., unless indicated otherwise below.

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Organizational development leader Burkgren honored by national association

Kathryn Burkgren, right, receiving the 2014 Brent Ruben Award

Kathryn Burkgren, director of organizational development for faculty and staff at Cornell, recently was recognized for her leadership of the Network for Change and Continuous Innovation (NCCI), a national organization of higher education institutions. During her 2011-13 tenure as NCCI president, Burkgren helped the association rebound after the economic downturn of 2009, initiating efforts to increase the value of NCCI membership by offering online programs and rebranding the association.

Planning for religious observances

Sage chapel

Faculty and staff are reminded to take religious observances into account when planning events, meetings, programs, meals and travel.

“From the university’s founding, and exemplified in our beautiful Sage Chapel, religious diversity has always been part of Cornell’s commitment to diversity and inclusion,” said the Rev. Dr. Kenneth Clarke, Sr., director of Cornell United Religious Work.

Child care grant applications now accepted

Child care grant poster

Cornell’s Child Care Grant Program helps faculty and staff pay for child care expenses by granting awards of up to $5,000 a year, tax-free. The application period for the 2015 Child Care Grant Program begins Sept. 1 and runs through Sept. 30.

The grant covers eligible child care, including infant and toddler day care, preschool/preK programs, school holidays, school-age summer day camps/programs and school-age before/after school care.

Wellness teacher publishes ‘Joy of Yoga’

Emma Silverman

Every week, some 150 Cornell students, faculty and staff do downward facing dog, cobra, lizard and other poses under the guidance of Cornell Wellness teacher Emma Silverman. Now, anyone in the world can do likewise, with the publication of Silverman’s first book, “The Joy of Yoga: 50 Sequences for Your Home and Studio Practice” (Skyhorse Publishing).

The 198-page hardcover – already translated into Dutch, German, Italian, Chinese and Spanish – offers yoga sequences ranging from five minutes to an hour long for

Law School recognizes staff and former dean

Photo Gallery
The Law School celebrated the end to another successful school year at its annual Staff Service Recognition picnic, June 4, when staff and faculty came together to honor employees who have reached milestones in their careers at Cornell University.

Census tracks ‘at-risk,’ orphaned campus media

Old tape player

Important scholarly material across campus may be lost due to physical media degradation, metadata loss, player or format obsolescence and rights issues.

So the Cornell AudioVisual Preservation team has launched a Web-based census to gather data on ‘at-risk’ campus audio-visual materials languishing in departments cupboards, shoe boxes under desks or as digital files living on isolated desktops.

Supplier Recognition Program and Supplier Show inspire, motivate vendors

Supplier awardees.

Cornell University would not be the institution it is without its suppliers, said Human Ecology Assistant Dean Craig Higgins at the third annual supplier recognition event hosted by Cornell Procurement Services June 11. Cornell is a demanding customer, but it’s also one of the first universities to recognize suppliers for product and service quality, pricing, order fulfillment, customer satisfaction and social responsibility. In his address, Higgins praised Cornell’s supplier recognition process, saying that it helps distinguish how the recognized suppliers differ from others.

Zoner on campus sexual violence prevention, education

Cornell Chief of Police Kathy Zoner and Sen. Claire McCaskill

After participating June 23 in a Washington, D.C., roundtable discussion, “Campus Sexual Assault: The Administrative Process and the Criminal Justice System,” Cornell Chief of Police Kathy Zoner said that Cornell University is already addressing the concerns of many other colleges and universities in its coordination of effort with local law enforcement agencies and training for its responders.


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