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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 '15

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

Go-go-go contest

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!

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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 delivers Meals on Wheels

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 with Big Red Bear

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.

Preparing for Baby Series

Baby photo

The Preparing for Baby workshop series will help you sort through all of the information available for new parents and guide you in making the best decisions for your family. Register for one or more of the programs at https://cornell.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3UHv8yUzqhf1XeJ. All classes are held 4-5:30 p.m., at 140 East Hill Office Building, unless otherwise indicated.

New HR Service Center opens in East Hill

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To provide a “one-stop shop” of services for Cornell faculty, staff and retirees to ease into various life transitions – starting a new job, welcoming a new baby, changing benefit status or caring for an elderly relative, for instance – the Division of Human Resources and Safety Services opened a new HR Service Center in the East Hill Office Building. Below are some frequently asked questions.

Lessons learned

Ella Diaz at Soup and Hope

At the Feb. 26 Soup and Hope in Sage Chapel, Ella Diaz, assistant professor of English and Latino Studies at Cornell, spoke of the lessons her struggles have taught her: 1) Live on life’s terms. “I am not the ruler of the universe and learning to breathe and accept life on life’s terms actually can be a relief … I am not in charge, it’s not all about me.” 2) Thine will, not mine. “I don’t think one has to be a religious person to trust in the idea of a power greater than one’s self … More than humility, this is about feeling connected to the world and its people.” 3) Be of service.

Celebrate 150 great years at Charter Day Weekend, April 24-27

Registration for Charter Day Weekend in Ithaca opened Feb. 24. Celebrations, commemorations and a festival of ideas and imagination will be held for four days, April 24-27. Events will be open to the public and require advance registration at http://150.cornell.edu/events/charterday/registration/. Live streaming will be available for certain events.

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