A-mazing team building at Geneva

Team group shot.Gene

Led by Lorraine Barry and Jessica Townley, the Geneva Administrative Service Center (ASC) recently held a team-building event at Long Acres Farm, in Macedon, NY, in one of the largest corn mazes in the state. 

The participating ASC staff divided into three teams, and were given the task of finding 12 clues in the flag-shaped maze, and then finding their way out again. The winning team (Team 2) found the clues in a little less than an hour.

Cornell recognized for workplace practices

Cornell University received the 2014 When Work Works Award based on employee feedback and its programs to support faculty and staff health, wellbeing and engagement.

This award, part of the national When Work Works project administered by the Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management, recognizes employers of all sizes and types across the country. This year, Cornell is the only institution of higher education to receive the award.

Vet school employees climb to new heights

Adding name to the list at the top.

Scott Butler, research support specialist in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, has climbed two-thirds of the way up the Matterhorn. When he reaches the summit, he’ll continue climbing up to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. 

Scott isn’t on a world tour; he’s climbing the stairs in the Vet Research Tower at the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM). The stair climb is the latest in a number of wellness initiatives sponsored by the CVM Staff Council. It’s not a race and there are no tangible rewards – just the satisfaction that progress is being made towards a healthier lifestyle.

Speakers sought for Soup & Hope 2015

Wanted, soup and hope speaker.

The Soup & Hope Planning Committee is looking for staff, faculty and students with a personal story of hope to share. The committee invites members of the Cornell community to nominate other staff, faculty and students to serve as speakers. Over the past seven years, nearly 40 speakers have touched, inspired, motivated and stirred the hearts of those gathered in Sage Chapel each winter.

Flu vaccines now available on campus

You and the Flu.

The first flu vaccine clinics of the 2014-15 season are underway. Vaccines are available at walk-in clinics at locations around campus (see schedule below). This schedule changes often; check for updates prior to attending.

Flu vaccines are free to Cornell students, staff, faculty and retirees. Student spouses and domestic partners on the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) are also eligible for free vaccine. Bring your Cornell ID. The cost of the flu vaccine for student spouses and student domestic partners not on SHIP is $35.

A week to recognize veterinary technicians

Kalli Anderson-Dyer, LVT, (left) and Laura Barlow, LVT, (right) spend time with

On a typical day, Laura Barlow, a licensed veterinary technician (LVT) in medical oncology at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals, will check on emergency patients admitted overnight to her service and help facilitate their morning needs.

Day of Caring, food drive launch United Way campaign

Karen Brown, director of marketing and communications, Campus Life

About 100 United Way members, organizers and volunteers gathered at Stewart Park Sept. 30 for the 12th annual Stephen E. Garner Day of Caring and to kick off the county’s United Way campaign.

More than 375 boxes – more than 14,000 pounds – of nonperishable food, personal care items, and pet and school supplies were lined two-deep on the pavilion picnic tables, donated to the United Way of Tompkins County (UWTC) for distribution to local food pantries and community organizations.

Elizabeth Garrett, USC provost, named Cornell’s 13th president

From left, Jan Rock Zubrow, chairman of the Presidential Search Committee; Eliza

The following article first appeared in the Cornell Chronicle, Sept. 30.

The Cornell University Board of Trustees today approved the appointment of Elizabeth Garrett, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Southern California, as Cornell’s next president. Garrett will assume the presidency July 1, 2015.

Award recognizes campus diversity, inclusion efforts

Cornell has won the 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity, the largest and oldest diversity publication in higher education, for demonstrating outstanding “efforts and success in the area of diversity and inclusion” throughout campus.

The award recognizes colleges and universities that show measurable achievements in broadening diversity and inclusion on campus in three categories: initiatives, programs and outreach; student recruitment, retention and degree completion; and hiring practices for faculty and staff.

Save the Date! Oct. 28

President David Skorton will deliver his annual address to staff Oct. 28 at noon in Bailey Hall. All Cornell staff members are invited to attend. The address is coordinated by the Employee Assembly. More information to follow.


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