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Custodial staff key to diversity and inclusion climate on campus

Fifth annual Employee Workshop for Building Care Custodial Staff, held Jan. 12 in the Statler Auditorium.

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Who is most likely to notice if someone is struggling with opening a door or having difficulties finding a bathroom – or likely to overhear a racially based or sexually charged joke or anecdote? Who is key to setting an underlying climate of diversity and inclusion on campus?

New year benefits checklist

January is a great time to review and update your benefits for the year ahead. Here are some tips from your friends in Human Resources to make sure your benefits on track for 2017. (Note that this is an incomplete list, and not all items apply to all Cornell employees). If you have any questions, contact your HR representative or benefits@cornell.edu.

United Way campaign enters final stretch; auction is Feb. 10

United Way auction poster

Gifts to the 2017 Cornell United Way campaign continue to move the university closer to its $750,000 goal for the 2016-17 academic year. Pledges and gifts as of Jan. 18 have brought the university to $638,630.16, or more than 85 percent of its goal.

Two upcoming events are expected to increase that total:

Cornell Dining welcomes new director

Dustin Cutler, his wife Marissa and their daughter Olivia are looking forward to living in the local area.

Dustin Cutler, Aramark Corporation resident district manager for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has been appointed the new director of Cornell Dining, announced Pat Wynn, executive director of Campus Life Enterprise Services, last week. A central New York native, Cutler will begin his position at Cornell Jan. 30.

Outdoor Education helps all Cornellians scale new heights

Rob Cook, biking and special programs coordinator for Cornell Outdoor Education (COE), guided Angela Winfield, Cornell’s director of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity, to the top of the wall at the new Lindseth Climbing Center

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“Move your left arm up as high as you can and to the left … a little farther left … there, you got that hold? OK, pull up and at the same time with your right leg reach to the right … no, go a little higher … OK, you’ve got it now.”

University courses open to all through part-time study

Students on campus

Part-time study at Cornell University – formerly known as extramural study – is an opportunity for anyone high school age or older to take advantage of Cornell’s academic resources.

High school students, visiting college students, area residents, retirees, corporate learners and Cornell employees or alumni are invited to continue their education, further their careers or simply have fun learning something new at Cornell. 

Registration for spring classes is Jan. 25-Feb. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., in B20 Day Hall.

Reminder: Soup & Hope opens 10th season Jan. 19

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The tenth anniversary series of Soup & Hope will open Jan. 19 at noon in Sage Chapel with Soup & Hope’s founder, Janet Shortall, associate dean of students and director of Empathy, Assistance and Referral Service (EARS) and University Crisis Management.

Cornell United Way campaign makes steady progress

United Way logo

Gifts to the 2017 Cornell United Way campaign over the past month have brought the university from more than half to more than 84 percent of its $750,000 goal for the 2016-17 academic year.

The second Big Red One-Day Online Auction, scheduled for Feb. 10, is expected to increase that total, with dozens of Cornell-related and Ithaca-related items and experiences, including behind-the-scenes tours, special meals and gift baskets, up for bid.  

Gordon Barger leads Benefit Services and Administration

Gordon Barger was appointed Cornell's senior director of Benefit Services and Administration

Gordon Barger, associate chief human resources officer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA), was appointed Cornell’s senior director of Benefit Services and Administration in mid-December.

Barger succeeded Paul Bursic, who retired from Cornell after leading Benefit Services for about 20 years.

Apply now for spring 2017 semester learning partnerships

The Community Learning and Service Partnership (CLASP) provides Cornell employees free educational support

Are you a Cornell employee at the Statler or in Cornell dining or facilities who is interested in improving your skills in computers, English or career readiness?  Do you need assistance in preparing for the High School Equivalency exam, the United States Citizenship exam, the NEHA food handler/manager exam or do you need support in taking a college course?  

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