Tatkon Center boasts Agave blooms


Margherita Fabrizio, director of the Carol Tatkon Center, is known for her large garden and many “tender” plants in large pots that are moved in and out of her house each year. But because the flower stem of her approximately 15-year-old Agave Americana (commonly known as Century Plant), grew higher than her ceilings allowed, Fabrizio brought her plant to the center. The flower stem is now about 90 inches high and the plant is starting to bloom.

Apply now for youth summer camps

Youth camp

Cornell offers a number of summer camp programs for children and high school students. Below is a sampling:

International Summer Debate Camp

This camp, geared for students ages 13-18, attracts students from all over the world who are interested in learning and advancing their argumentative, debating and public speaking skills, combined with an experience of the Ithaca campus. Now in its sixth year, the debate camp is led by the Cornell Speech and Debate Program, providing students with debate and public speaking instruction.

Empathy, Assistance and Referral Service celebrates 45 years

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Editor’s note: EARS services are available for undergraduate and graduate students; we are highlighting this article so that staff are aware of these services for students. Staff and faculty members and their partners are encouraged to contact the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (http://fsap.cornell.edu/) to address issues that may be affecting their own personal lives and/or job satisfaction or performance. Also see https://hr.cornell.edu/wellbeing-perks/self-care.

Cornell Store Valentine’s gifts available


Looking for a Valentine’s Day gift for someone?  Head to The Cornell Store.

Pre-order a beautiful, fresh rose bouquet for only $25.00 by Feb. 13 and pick up at The Cornell Store, Main Campus store on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Pre-orders must be placed by Feb. 13.  Click this link to pre-order a beautiful rose bouquet from The Cornell Store. Bouquets available in red, pink, yellow or white.

Cornell Dining wins silver medal at cooking competition

TFrom left: Leticia Andrade, Jacob Kuehn, Ivy Fillion, and Stephen Landon

Last month a four-person team from Cornell Dining placed second in a chopped-style cooking competition presented by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Conference and Skidmore College. Teams representing 11 colleges and universities across the Northeast were required to prepare a three-course meal, including appetizer, entrée and dessert.

Campus blood drives

American Red Cross

According to the American Red Cross, there is an emergency need for blood donors. On-campus donation sites have been set up for February. This month all donors will receive a free $5 Amazon e-card and a free t-shirt when they donate. Sign up online at one of the following times, or call 1-800 RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins are always welcome. Bring your Cornell ID card or other photo ID with you. 

Reminder: Online auction today, Feb. 10

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Bid. Win. Support. The second Big Red One-Day Online Auction for the United Way is today, Feb. 10, until midnight. View and bid on items now at the auction site.

Filmmaker Dawn Porter to speak at MLK commemoration

Criminal justice reformer, attorney and filmmaker Dawn Porter

Criminal justice reformer, attorney and filmmaker Dawn Porter is the featured speaker for Cornell’s 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration, Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. at the State Theatre. Free and open to the public, the event is sponsored by Cornell United Religious Work (CURW) in collaboration with campus and community partners.

Cornell Police implements body-camera program

Officer Beverly Van Cleef, left, Lt. Anthony Bellamy and Officer Brett Cary wear the new body cameras.


Cornell University Police have a new tool to aid in their investigations and enhance public confidence and support.

As of Jan. 16, all uniformed police officers have been equipped with body-worn cameras, which they are required to wear full time while on duty and to activate for every service call. Cornell Police policy includes provisions to ensure that the privacy of victims is protected.

Military veteran and instructor recounts his journey to hope

Cornell community members listen to Thomas Herrera at Soup and Hope.


During the course of his military career, Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Herrera, assistant Marine officer instructor at Cornell, graduated in the top 10 percent of his class in every academic and military training school he attended, was given highly dangerous and technical responsibilities, and was named Commander of Naval Air Forces United States Pacific Fleet Marine of the Year because of his managerial acumen and caring for those reporting to him.


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