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Reminder: Volunteers needed for Slope Day, 2017

Slope Day 2016.

Slope Day, slated for May 11, still needs volunteers to provide support and care for their fellow Cornellians.

Volunteers can select from among a variety of duties and opportunities:

Touchdown a hit at Grandparents Day at Cornell Cinema

Kailer, Brayden and Gianna patiently wait for the theater doors to open.

More than 100 Cornellians braved a cold and rainy Saturday in Ithaca to attend Cornell’s inaugural Grandparents Day event at Cornell Cinema on March 25, sponsored by Work/Life in Human Resources.

The Secret Life of Pets—an animated comedy about the lives pets lead when humans are not around—took viewers on an adventure through Manhattan and included animal antics in a high-rise apartment building while their owners are at work, getting lost on the streets, and being taken underground through the water system.

John Gutenberger, 'father of community relations,' to retire

From left, Joel Malina, vice president for university relations; John Gutenberger, special adviser to Office of Community Relations; Craig Yunker ’73, chairman of the University Relations Committee of the Board of Trustees; and Ezra Cornell ’71, chairman of the Community Communications Committee of the Board of Trustees.

John “Gutie” Gutenberger, former mayor of the city of Ithaca and special adviser to Cornell’s Office of Community Relations, was recognized “for 27 years of meritorious town-gown service” by the Cornell Board of Trustees’ University Relations Committee at its March 23 meeting in Ithaca. Gutenberger will retire from the university April 14.

An Ithaca native, former owner of a Collegetown grocery store (Egan’s IGA), father of four and grandfather of 13, Gutenberger was a member of Ithaca’s Common Council in the 1970s and early ’80s, and served three terms as mayor from 1984-90.

Surveys show faculty, staff mostly positive about work at Cornell

According to two universitywide surveys conducted in fall 2016, most faculty and staff members are “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with their work and the collegial environment at Cornell, while lower levels of satisfaction are related to finances and overall direction of the university.

The Academic Work Life Survey and the Employee Survey were last done in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

Surveys show faculty, staff mostly positive about work at Cornell

According to two universitywide surveys conducted in fall 2016, most faculty and staff members are “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with their work and the collegial environment at Cornell, while lower levels of satisfaction are related to finances and overall direction of the university.

The Academic Work Life Survey and the Employee Survey were last done in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

Baker Pet Talks: Tips from Cornell experts

Baker Institute for Animal Health

Do you know what to do if your pet suddenly collapses?

Learn the basics of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) April 5, 6-7:30 p.m., at the Baker Institute for Animal Health, so you can help your dog or cat until you can get them to a veterinarian. This is an event for animal lovers of all ages. Admission is free.

Breaking Bread initiative awarded Perkins Prize

Interim President Hunter Rawlings presented the $5,000 prize to Renee Alexander ’74, associate dean of students, who typically leads discussion groups at the Breaking Bread events.

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Breaking Bread – an initiative of Intercultural Programs in the Center for Intercultural Dialogue that brings together participants from different communities, identities, groups and organizations for dinner and facilitated discussions – received the James A. Perkins Prize for Interracial and Intercultural Peace and Harmony March 21 in Willard Straight Hall.

Invitation to University Librarian presentations

The Arts Quad in spring, with Olin Library and McGraw Tower.

The search for the next University Librarian has generated much interest and yielded an excellent pool of candidates representing diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines. The search committee concluded preliminary interviews last month and has invited three finalists to campus for meetings with the community and senior administration.

Interested faculty, students and staff are encouraged to attend the candidates’ presentations scheduled as follows:

Monday, March 27, 4-5:30 p.m.

Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium, G70 Klarman Hall

Flexible Spending Account 2016 claim deadline reminder

FSA spending

Employees enrolled in the medical or dependent care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for the 2016 plan year have until April 30 to submit eligible claims to PayFlex for reimbursement. The deadlines for incurring expenses for eligible 2016 medical or dependent care have passed.

Log in to the Cornell PayFlex website to:

Cornell Store to be closed April 5

Cornell Store

The Cornell Store will be closed Wednesday, April 5, for an annual inventory. Both banks, Tompkins Trust Company and CFCU Community Credit Union, will be open regular hours that day, but bank patrons must enter the store via the Ho Plaza entrance.

Make note of the following additional closures:

•  The Cornell Store at the Statler Hotel will close at noon April 4; reopening April 5.

•  Center Sage at Sage Hall will close at noon March 31; reopening April 3.

•  The Cornell Store at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City will be closed April 5.

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