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Majani at Soup and Hope: From homeland to home

Linda Majani speaks at Soup and Hope, March 18, at Sage Chapel

According to her daughter’s eighth-grade classmates, Linda Majani’s story of immigrating to the United States, is “not really exciting.” But in Sage Chapel at the final 2015 Soup and Hope March 18, Majani shared her emotional journey – the obstacles and doubts she overcame to make the move, her adjustments to Cornell and the Ithaca area, her feelings of loss and her acceptance of life on its own terms.

Susan Murphy hailed for transforming the student experience

 Vice President for Student and Academic Services Susan Murphy reacts to the festivities held in her honor April 7 in the Ramin Room of Bartels Hall.

In a career that transformed the student experience at Cornell, Susan H. Murphy ’73, Ph.D. ’94, vice president for student and academic services, may be remembered most for her focus on student health and well-being.

Entrepreneurship Celebration

Registration is open for the two-day Entrepreneurship at Cornell Celebration, April 16-17, an annual conference in Ithaca that brings together more than 700 students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members.  

New York City day trips

The Cornell Recreation Connection (CRC) is offering trips to New York City on the following Saturdays: April 11, May 9, June 13, August 8, Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12, 2015.

The discounted fare for these trips is $50 per person for Cornell employees and up to four guests.

Contact Swarthout Coaches at to make a reservation. Full payment is due at the time of reservation.

Men’s lacrosse to host benefit for Dream Factory of CNY

Dream factory and lacrosse logo.

The Cornell men’s lacrosse team will host its annual fundraising “Clinic for a Cause” for the Dream Factory of Central New York April 19, 11:21-2:30 p.m. at Schoellkopf Field. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. at the field entrance to Schoellkopf Field.

Team members will be on hand to teach skills, give instruction in strategies and sportsmanship and run games with youth lacrosse players grades 3-8. Afterwards, participants will be treated to a tour of the Big Red locker room, as well as an autograph session and pizza party with the Big Red.

April 17 reception celebrates Graham Hall photo exhibition

Larissa Hensley and Graham Hall, in front of his exhibit at the Carol Tatkon Center.

The Carol Tatkon Center has benefited this semester from Graham Hall, a Cornell Information Technologies professional with more than 25 years of service, who reveals another side of himself – that of a talented photographer. 

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

forest image

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.”


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