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Reminder: Call for nominations for employee awards

Nominations are sought for two employee awards given by the Employee Assembly – the Opperman Award for Staff Advocacy and the George Peter Award for Dedicated Service.

Black Lives Matter community events to commemorate King

Martin Luther King Jr.

“Black Lives Matter” is the theme of a community luncheon and dialogue in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Ithaca, and the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement are coming to Cornell Feb. 3 for the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture. All events are free and open to the public.

Give the gift of preparedness

’Tis the season for giving, and what better way to show you care, than giving the gift of preparedness to your friends and family? Most likely an emergency supply kit is not at the top of your shopping list, but it could be the most important gift you give this year.  Do you have a new home or car? Has a teenage child recently passed a driver’s test? Does an elderly parent live alone? Have you welcomed a new member to the family? Safeguard these milestones and the ones you love by spending a few minutes shopping for or making a kit.

Reviewing inclement weather staffing plans

The following message is from Kyu-Jung Whang and Joanne DeStefano:

As the days grow shorter and the weather turns colder, it’s time for faculty and staff to review their units’ inclement weather staffing plans.

Cornell University offices generally remain in operation, classes continue and regular services are provided despite adverse weather conditions. Even in times of inclement weather, university employees are asked to continue meeting the academic, research and student support needs of our community.

Women's hockey benefit raises $1,700 for United Way

From left: James Brown and Deborah Mohlenhoff present the Cornell and Community Spirit trophy to students Janée Dennis and Megan LeDuc representing the women's basketball team.

Although the women's hockey team fell to nationally ranked Boston College in Lynah Rink Oct. 24, volunteers for the Cornell United Way campaign felt like winners.

About $1,700 was raised through raffles, donations and a portion of the tickets purchased.

Seventeen student groups wearing their club or organization's colors at the game vied to receive the inaugural "Cornell and Community Spirit" trophy for having the greatest number of game attendees. Ithaca Acting Mayor Deborah Mohlenhoff presented the award to the Cornell women’s basketball team.

Resource fair connects Cornell with local community

Jennifer Jensen, communications and outreach coordinator of Cornell's Community and Regional Development Institute (CaRDI), right, talks to Amy LeViere, donor services officer at the Community Foundation of Tompkins County at the Cornell Resource Fair.

On a chilly Friday morning Oct. 30, representatives from more than a dozen of Cornell’s departments and offices assembled at The Space @ Greenstar for the second Cornell Resource Fair, where area residents who work for and with local government, K-12 and not-for-profits were invited to learn about the university’s outreach programs.

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ILR staff and faculty recognized for achievements

All service anniversary recipients.

Staff and faculty from the ILR School attended the school's annual Employee Recognition Ceremony May 14, which recognized 20 staff members celebrating a 5th-year anniversary (5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 35, and 45 years) of Cornell service, two faculty members receiving ILR Resident Faculty Awards and three staff members receiving Employee Recognition Awards.

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Division’s new name reflects its broad reach

Facilities Services has a new name: the Division of Infrastructure, Properties and Planning (IPP).

The new name better aligns with IPP’s work, said KyuJung Whang, vice president for IPP: “As the roles and responsibilities of the division have evolved over the years, the name Facilities Services has come to capture only a fraction of what we do.”

Kelechi Umoga '15 finds hope through a radical love

Kelechi Umoga '15

Five years ago, Kelechi Umoga ’15 would have had to turn down an invitation to speak at Soup and Hope, because he would not have had answers to the question, “Where do you go for hope and encouragement when faced with a tragic loss?”

“Hope is fairly easy to talk about when things are going great,” Umoga said at the March 12 Soup and Hope event in Sage Chapel. “However, when you are faced with tragedy, hardship or suffering … hope can be elusive and farfetched,” he said.

Go Go Go 150 celebrates fitness and Sesquicentennial

Go-go-go contest

About 250 participants, representing some 1,100 participants on more than 162 teams, joined Cornell’s Wellness Program in Ives Hall March 13 to kick off the “Go Go Go 150” challenge. The contest spans over six weeks and encourages teams to engage in at least 150 minutes of physical activity per person per week. Those who attended received rubber bracelets for themselves and their team mates. The bracelets remind members to go, go, go!

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