Pollack inauguration as 14th president set for Aug. 24-25

To learn more about the upcoming inauguration of Martha E. Pollack as Cornell’s 14th president, see the inauguration website and the Cornell Chronicle article previewing this occasion.

Public events, at no cost to attendees:

Pawprint to begin fall semester biweekly schedule Aug. 25

Pawprint will begin its 2017-18 biweekly schedule Aug. 25.

The full fall publication schedule, with deadlines for article submissions indicated in parentheses, is as follows:

Aug. 25 (deadline, Aug. 18)
Sept. 8 (Sept. 1)
Sept. 22 (Sept.15)
Oct. 6 (Sept. 29)
Oct. 20 (Oct. 13)
Nov. 3 (Oct. 27)
Nov. 17 (Nov. 10)
Dec. 1 (Nov. 22)
Dec. 15 (Dec. 8)

Staff Development Day, July 12, draws 500

Cassie Joseph, director of diversity engagement, left, speaks with Ulysses Smith, Employee Assembly chair, at the annual Staff Development Day, July 12.

More than 500 staff attended the annual Staff Development Day, July 12, in the Clark atrium, gathering information from 35 resource vendors from Cornell and the region. Many also participated in one or more of the 36 workshops offered and in the resume critiquing/mock interviews conducted by Career Services and HR consultants.

Explore college options at Cornell's Summertime College Fair

Summer College

Cornell University's Summer College for High School Students invites area high school students, their families, teachers and guidance counselors to the Summertime College Fair. This free event will be held July 24, 4-6 p.m., in the Statler Ballroom in Statler Hall.

Admissions officers from more than 40 colleges and universities – from small liberal arts colleges on the East and West coasts to state universities – will answer questions about such topics as their college programs (academic and extracurricular), application process and financial aid.

Cornell hosts area higher-ed institutions to discuss housing

Participants at July 11 Cornell conference featuring CICU president Mary Beth Labate, second in from left, front row.

Housing remains a challenge in upstate New York college towns, large and small. Cornell University’s Offices of State and Community Relations hosted a regional conference on housing with 14 private colleges and universities and Commission of Independent Colleges and Universities’ (CICU) President Mary Beth Labate, July 11.

Missy Bidwell fights hunger, one garden at a time

Missy, at far left, back row, and Emily, far right, second row, at the Nichols Old Home Day Parade.

On a spring day in 2016, Owego third-grader Emily Bidwell came home from school with a mission: to get her plant-savvy family to dedicate their vegetable garden to mitigating childhood hunger in Tioga County. Emily looked to her mom, Missy Bidwell, to get the project off the ground. Missy, a 17-year Cornell staff member, manages the production greenhouse for Cornell Botanic Gardens.

Volunteers needed to help new students as they arrive Aug. 18

2016 Move-In Weekend: Volunteers help new students and their families find their way around campus.

Volunteers are needed for Cornell opening day, Aug. 18, when almost 4,000 new undergraduate students and their families will arrive on campus. Volunteers are needed to help direct new students and their families in and around Barton Hall for New Student Check-In, where students will pick up their Cornell ID card and learn about services and opportunities available at the university.

Faculty and staff assistance also is needed to help distribute ID cards and share directions and campus information with visitors.

All volunteers will receive a volunteer T-shirt and lunch.

Modified academic calendar to include longer summer break

Cornell faculty, staff and students prefer modifying the current academic calendar to lengthen the summer break and reduce the number of days in January before classes begin, but not moving Commencement to an earlier date.

Backpack Program is collecting school supplies

new backpacks and supplies

Now in its 11th year, the Cornell Elves Backpack Program is accepting new backpacks and supplies for the local area’s neediest children through Aug. 24.

By providing children in need with new backpacks and supplies, the program helps them enjoy their first day of school. Contributors can choose to donate to a particular school from the list of those participating or bring backpacks filled with school supplies to the East Hill Office Building, Suite 102.

Summer Scoop takes edge off a sweltering summer

A family enjoys ice cream at the Summer Scoop event on June 23.


The line was out the door for a sweet treat on a hot summer afternoon as the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) celebrated Summer Scoop on June 23. More than 1,000 visitors came to Stocking Hall to enjoy free Cornell Dairy ice cream at the annual event, now in its 16th year.


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