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Prepare now for inclement weather (it’s already here)

Campus in winter

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.

Snow removal procedures and winter weather preparedness

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Central New York inclement weather often arrives at the most inconvenient of times. The Cornell Grounds Department would like to remind the Cornell community that proper dress, footwear and vehicle tires are the key tools to navigating winter weather.

Women's hockey trumps Yale at benefit for United Way

More than 1,000 supporters from the university and local area turned out for Cornell women’s hockey team’s annual fundraiser game Nov. 15 to benefit the United Way of Tompkins County. Morgan Stanley of Ithaca donated $1 to the UWTC for every person in attendance, and another $700 was brought in through a raffle of items, event tickets and services donated by Cornell offices. Big Red beat Yale, 6-2.

Six officers join Cornell's police force

Six new Cornell University Police (CUP) officers were sworn in and two officers promoted – Sgt. Daniel Murphy to lieutenant and Officer Kevin Noterfonzo to sergeant – at the officer commissioning and swearing-in ceremony Nov. 13 in the Statler Ballroom.

Although the promotion and appointments had already been in effect, the event formally recognized the officers’ achievements and new responsibilities.

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The Vietnam War, revisited

Twenty-five alumni, faculty and staff will return to campus Nov. 10-11 for a 50th reunion organized by Isaac Kramnick, the Richard J. Schwartz Professor of Government, as part of the College of Arts and Sciences’ celebration of the university’s sesquicentennial. Highlights include:

Pawprint photo contest winners to be announced Nov. 21

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The Pawprint photo judges, all from University Communications, are choosing this year’s photo contest winners, runners-up and honorable mentions. Photograph winners will be contacted next week, and all winners will be announced in the Nov. 21 issue of Pawprint.

Benefits updates

Open enrollment for endowed employees
The endowed benefits open enrollment period began Nov. 1 and ends Nov. 21, 2014 (deadline for enrollment through Workday, is Nov. 21, at 5 p.m. EST). Changes or enrollments submitted become effective Jan. 1, 2015.

If you do nothing, your health care and dental plans will remain the same for 2015 as they are now.

Women’s hockey game to benefit United Way

Womens hockey and United Way.

A mayoral proclamation, family-fun zone, raffles and give-aways will provide added draw to the Cornell women’s hockey team’s face-off against Yale in Lynah Rink, Nov. 15.

Human Ecology recognizes Tom Rushmer and staff service

Dean Alan Mathios and 30-year service awardees Juleene Conner, Pat Avery, Kim Fe

College of Human Ecology faculty and staff gathered on October 14 to celebrate staff service milestones and to recognize individuals who made exceptional contributions to the college during the past year. Forty-one employees, representing the College of Human Ecology, Cornell Cooperative Extension-New York City and Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA), celebrated milestone anniversaries this year, representing 540 years of service in total.

CU Later Diner serves up Halloween fun

Each Halloween the staff members of the Facilities Customer Service department, located at 105 Humphreys Service Building, transform themselves and their office according to a different theme. Past Halloweens have included an 80’s prom (complete with punch and power ballads), The Wizard of Oz and last year’s pop culture mash-up, Alice (Cooper) in Wonderland.

“It’s a challenge each year to come up with something new,” says Peggy Emerson, an operations coordinator with Facilities Management.  “It’s a lot of work, but it’s also probably the most fun we have all year.”

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