Grandparents Day at Cornell Cinema

Bring your grandchildren to a free movie, “The Secret Life of Pets,” March 25, starting at 10 a.m., at the Cornell Cinema, lower level (first floor) of Willard Straight Hall. In honor of Grandparents Day, admission is free for Cornell retirees and current employees and their grandchildren (limit two adults and four children). Arrive early to get a seat.

Also included: free popcorn and beverages, a special appearance by Touchdown the Bear and door prizes – including a week of Cornell Athletics Cubs camp (value $300).

Cornell to plunge into Special Olympic benefit event March 25

Annual Ithaca Polar Plunge

Cornell will be solidly represented March 25 when a number of its students, faculty and staff join local community members in the fourth annual Ithaca Polar Plunge at 1 p.m. Registration, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., precedes their jump into the still-frigid Cayuga Lake at Taughannock Falls State Park Beach. The polar plunge supports local Special Olympics athletes.

4-H offers veterinary science program


A youth program, “Animals and Medicine,” to help students grades 9-12 explore veterinary medicine, will be held Friday evenings, 6-8 p.m., April 7-May 5, at the College of Veterinary Medicine. 

This five-week mini-course, taught by Cornell veterinary students, caters to those interested in biology, medicine and animals. Lessons will incorporate guest presentations by veterinary professors.  Each week will focus on a different animal species or group of animals, including cats, dogs, horses and dairy animals.

Website helps faculty, staff Navigate travel planning

Navigate web site

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the Cornell Chronicle Oct. 5, 2016. We were requested to re-run it here to help ensure all members of the Cornell community are aware of this travel-assistance tool.

A new website called Navigate, launched Oct. 2, is designed to help Cornell faculty members and staff handle the operational complexities of off-campus teaching, research and engagement, domestically and internationally.

Inauguration of Martha E. Pollack planned for Aug. 25

Martha E. Pollack

Editor’s note: The following article, inviting all members of the Cornell and local communities to the inauguration of Cornell’s 14th president Martha E. Pollack, appeared in the Cornell Chronicle March 2.

As Cornell prepares for the April 17 arrival of its 14th president, Martha E. Pollack, the Inauguration Steering Committee has begun planning her inauguration, which will be held Friday, Aug. 25.

A cappella concert to benefit Emergency CARE Fund March 11

A cappella concert to benefit Emergency CARE Fund poster

Sixteen Cornell a cappella groups will join together for a benefit concert, March 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Kennedy Hall’s Call Auditorium. Proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to the Emergency CARE Fund, which assists Cornell employees experiencing a financial hardship due to an unforeseen or unavoidable event.

Emergency CARE Fund applicants who are approved for funding can receive between $200 and $1,500, depending on the circumstances.

'One Funny Ithaca Story' benefits cancer center March 19

Funny Ithaca Poster

The third annual “One Funny Ithaca Story” will be held Sunday, March 19, 2-3:30 p.m. at The Space at GreenStar, 700 W. Buffalo St., Ithaca.

The show will benefit the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes (CRC), an Ithaca-based nonprofit that serves area patients, caregivers and families, assisted in part by several campus partnerships. Tickets are $25 and are available online.

Immigration, DACA panel discussion set for March 17

More than 750,000 young immigrants who arrived in the United States as children and are protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy now face possible policy changes from a new presidential administration.

In an effort to clarify possible new practices, four Cornell administrators and faculty members will address the facts and uncertainty in a panel discussion, “Immigration Chaos: DACA Students and Higher Education Grapple With Upheaval,” Friday, March 17, at noon in Kennedy Hall’s David L. Call Alumni Auditorium.

The event is free and open to all.

Family and foster parenting are focus of Soup and Hope Mar. 2

Tim Shenk


A baby girl, who was three-and-a-half months old and weighed six pounds, needed a foster family.

Tim Shenk and his wife, Alicia Swords, didn’t know anything more than that after a call from the Department of Social Services in October 2015. They took baby Jevin in and quickly learned to care for her and to love her. It took longer to discover they were becoming family with Jevin and her biological parents.

Tropical Day brightens winter workdays

The entrance to  Infrastructure, Properties and Planning on Tropical Day.


When Joe Remillard, manager for customer service and communications, suggested that the staff in Infrastructure, Properties and Planning hold a Tropical Day to draw attention away from recent dreary winter days, he did not expect the impromptu event would be an instant success.

But the committee that coordinates the IPP department’s newsletter for staff, “The Steward,”  took on the challenge of organizing the event, announcing it a couple of weeks ago.


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