Special benefits enrollment period ahead for certain insurances

A special mailing to home addresses will soon be delivered to all faculty and staff who receive Cornell benefits, describing a special enrollment period, April 21-May 2 (for coverage effective July 1, 2014), for enrolling in or increasing Cornell group universal life, long-term care and legal insurances. Reminders on auto and home, pet and personal accident insurances are also covered.

During the special enrollment period, you can:

Count your blessings to get through difficult times, Torrey says

Alicia Torrey ’83 speaks at Soup and Hope.

At the final Soup and Hope talk of 2014, Alicia Torrey ’83 recalled how a small Cornell sticker, a couple of uncooked lobsters and an acoustic guitar helped her through brain surgery in 2011.

Reserve your seat now for the Jennie T. Farley Office Professionals Celebration

Jennie T. Farley banner

The 26th annual Jennie T. Farley Office Professionals Celebration will be held April 23 at Barton Hall, featuring keynote speaker Mary Opperman, vice president for human resources and safety services.
 Lunch will available at 11:30 a.m.; the program will be held noon-1 p.m. 

Free courses available: From graphics to business logo

More than 2,500 free online courses on the Web, visual arts, design, education and business are now available to Cornell students, faculty and staff through Academic Technology Services’ new partnership with’s courses include Web design and graphics; mobile app and game development; 3-D and animation creation; audio recording and mixing audio; social media marketing; k-12 education; retouching portraits; using Flickr or Bridge; computer-assisted drawing in 2- or 3-D; Photoshop or Indesign; and video editing with After Effects, iMovie or Motion Graphics.

Maple weekend

Tapping a tree for maple syrup.

The statewide “Maple Weekend” will be celebrated March 22-23 at the modern maple syrup-making operation at Cornell’s Arnot Forest, Van Etten, N.Y., featuring a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. both days ($6 per person 5 years and older; $3 per child under 5 years), public tours, syrup tasting and displays and demonstrations, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Open to the public.

New this year: Portable band saw demonstrations with the planks and slab wood available for sale.

The day will include mostly outdoor activities. Participants should dress accordingly.

United Way seeks to close $16K gap before March 31

United Way

In an effort to assist the United Way of Tompkins County, Cornell aims to obtain about $16,000 in donations to reach its $815,000 campaign goal by March 31.

“We have done really well, reaching 98 percent of our goal,” says Campaign Chair KyuJung Whang, vice president for facilities. “Since the county relies so heavily on the Cornell United Way campaign, we are making a final request for Cornell community members – who have not already given to this year’s campaign – to do so now, before March 31.”

Janet Corson-Rikert wins award for exceptional service

Dr. Janet Corson-Rikert, associate vice president for campus health and director of Gannett Health Services, has received the American College Health Association’s Ollie B. Moten Award for Outstanding Service to One’s Institution for her “exceptional service and commitment to the field of college health.”

The award honors association members who have made a significant impact on the institution of higher education in which they work.

Bring a Child to Work Day registration begins March 24

Helping the children in the kitchen.

Registration opens March 24 at 9 a.m. for Bring a Child to Work Day, which will be held April 24. Registration will run through April 4 at 5 p.m., but many sessions will fill up shortly after registration begins.

Held annually, Bring a Child to Work Day provides an opportunity for children to visit the Cornell Ithaca campus, explore interests and careers through participation in activities, consider and discuss work-life balance issues and see what parents, relatives and friends do in their careers at Cornell.

Pruning at the Plantations

Pruning a tree

Pruning your trees and shrubs can beautify your landscape and improve the growth and health of your plants. Learn the basics of pruning plus some advanced techniques in a hands-on workshop with Plantations’ Certified Master Arborist Lee Dean, Mar. 8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m, Nevin Welcome Center. An indoor session to discuss tools, techniques, and safety will be followed by field experience with a wide variety of woody plants. Bring a bag lunch, your own pair of comfortable hand pruners and/or a small folding saw, and wear sturdy footwear. All other tools and equipment are provided.

Cornell Hilltop Jamboree Carnival

Hilltop Jamboree Poster

The National Society of Minorities in Hospitality holds its 8th annual Hilltop Jamboree Carnival at Barton Hall, Mar. 8, noon to 5 p.m. Admission: $5 per person.

The jamboree is held by the Cornell chapter of The National Society of Minorities in Hospitality to benefit youth in the local community. The funds raised during the jamboree are donated to United Way of Tompkins County.


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