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Opperman named one of most powerful women in HR

Mary Opperman

Mary George Opperman, Cornell’s vice president for human resources and safety services, has been named one of the top 15 most influential and prominent women leading human resources today. The recognition was given by editors of the national magazine Human Resource Executive and places Opperman in the company of human resource leaders at such organizations as Merck, IBM, Coca-Cola and General Electric.

Personal sustainability: the conservation of happiness

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If you ask most people about personal sustainability, they’ll likely point out their efforts to properly recycle and compost after meals, and perhaps a few other environmentally sensible habits, such as turning off lights, reducing water use and riding the bus to work. Most folks will say it’s kind of a hassle, but it’s the right thing to do.

As end of United Way campaign nears, goal remains unmet

Anne Kenney

With less than two weeks left in the Cornell United Way Campaign and in the Hunger and Food Security Drive that was launched for the last six weeks of the campaign, Campaign Chair Anne Kenney asks those who still would like to make a difference in the lives of people in the local area to pledge to the campaign. As of March 28 the university had reached $752,772, or 92 percent, of its $815,000 goal.


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 speaks at Soup and Hope, March 12.

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

Kerry Howell addresses the signees.

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!


Still time to "Get the Ball Rolling"


Join the Cornell Recreation Connection at Helen Newman Bowling Center, April 1 at noon to “Get the Ball Rolling.” Cost: $5 per person, includes pizza and bowling.

Pick up your entry form at Helen Newman Bowling Center or by email from Cheryl McGraw, Send registration forms and fees to Helen Newman. Make checks payable to Cornell University. Pre-registration reserves your bowling lane. Enter now, before spaces fill up. Walk-in bowlers are welcome, lane space permitting.

Volunteer now for Charter Day Weekend

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More than 500 volunteer positions must be filled to help support Charter Day Weekend, Cornell’s Ithaca-based Sesquicentennial celebration. Volunteer positions are needed Wednesday, April 22, to Monday, April 27.

Meals on Wheels benefits deliverers and recipients

Barry De Libero loads up meals to deliver.

As a lunch and dinner door checker, scanning Cornell ID cards at North Star Dining for nearly a decade, Ai-Ling Chen cannot go home to check on and make dinner for her parents, who have lived with her since November.

She counts on FoodNet Meals on Wheels to do that.

Team RWB Ithaca announces new social director

Jessica Waldman

Jessica Waldman, engagement director for Cornell Hillel, also has been named social director for Ithaca’s chapter of Team Red, White & Blue (Team RWB), a national veteran’s nonprofit organization. Waldman grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, before spending seven years in Charlotte, N.C. Most recently, she earned her master’s degree in criminal justice at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte before coming to Cornell in July 2014.


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