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Bikes on demand go any place, on campus or off

The Big Red Bikes program

On-demand bike sharing – commonplace in major metropolitan areas – became a reality at Cornell April 14 at a ribbon-cutting ceremony outside Kennedy Hall, with about 50 onlookers eying the Zagster bikes gleaming bright white in the afternoon sun.

The Big Red Bikes program features a fleet of 32 bicycles, with five pick-up/drop off bike-rack stations on campus: at Balch Hall, Kennedy Hall, Stocking Hall and Grumman Squash Courts, and between Olin Library and Stimson Hall.

Hope is in connections we make, say final Soup & Hope speakers

Kimerly Cornish, youth and family program coordinator for graduate student families at Hasbrouck Community Center, traced her family’s many ties to Harriet Tubman.


At a talk she gave in Sage Chapel March 23, Frances Yufen Lee Mehta, senior lecturer of Chinese Mandarin in the Department of Asian Studies, recounted her parents’ fleeing from the 1940’s civil war in mainland China, to Taiwan, her own journey from Taiwan to the U.S., and her experiences as a faculty fellow and faculty-in-residence at Cornell.

Cornell staff conquer Storm Stella

During the snowstorm, Stella, approximately one dozen staff each from Building Care and Maintenance departments and 50 staff from Grounds battled the effects of the storm and kept essential operations functioning.

Editor’s note: The article below captures just a sampling of the work staff performed to keep essential functions operating across Cornell’s Ithaca campus during last week’s snowstorm.


For many staff, Cornell’s closing of the Ithaca campus at noon, March 14, through 4:30 p.m., March 15, meant they could be home with their children during the worst of the late-season snowstorm as area school districts closed and county travel bans went into effect.

Staff voice interest and concern at immigration forum

Brendan O’Brien, director of the International Students and Scholars Office, speaks at the staff forum on immigration Feb. 28.


Less than 1 percent of Cornell’s nonacademic staff are citizens of another country. Yet, many of these staff members work directly with the university’s nearly 5,000 international students and 1,000 international researchers and professors.

From homelessness to hope: Ithaca leader comes full circle

Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, director of the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) and a member of the Tompkins County legislature, shared her life’s struggles at Soup & Hope Feb. 16.


The third speaker in the 2017 Soup and Hope series now leads the organization that helped her when she found herself briefly homeless in Ithaca 26 years ago.

Winter Employee Celebration capped by basketball win

Zachary, left, and Mike Quartuch, at the 2017 Winter Employee Celebration.


More than 2,300 Cornell employees, retirees and family members enjoyed chicken parmesan and pasta dinner at the Winter Employee Celebration, Jan. 28, in Bartels Hall.

The discounted tickets for the celebration also included the men’s basketball game at Newman Arena, at which Big Red evened its Ivy record to 2-2 with a 75-62 victory over Dartmouth. A limited number of men’s ice hockey tickets were available for men’s hockey; Big Red fell to Dartmouth, 4-2.

Say 'yes' to all of life, Shortall urges at Soup & Hope

Soup & Hope in Sage Chapel on January 19.


Janet Shortall founded Soup & Hope in the conviction that staff members had rich personal stories to share that could inspire those who heard them. Her remarks Jan. 19 in Sage Chapel at the first of the 10th anniversary series of Soup & Hope talks – and the remarks of two other long-time Soup & Hope organizers – bore out that conviction.

Staff celebrate 10 years of Bartels awards, scholarships

2016 recipients of the Bartels Award for Custodial Service Excellence, front row, and scholarship recipients, past awardees, the Bartels family and Facilities Management staff gather at the Dec. 20 recognition event.


What is a decade?

In Bartels’ years, it is recognizing 58 Building Care staff with the Bartels Award for Custodial Service Excellence, and providing scholarships for 15 Building Care staff and 44 children of department staff.

Jason Kahabka receives dedicated service award

Jason Kahabka addresses colleagues after receiving the George Peter Award for Dedicated Service.


Jason Kahabka ’98, M.S. ’03, admits that he should have known something was up: a rather short agenda was distributed in advance of the Nov. 29 staff meeting being held in the Big Red Barn, itself an unusual location for a meeting.

Instead, Kahabka, associate dean for administration at the Graduate School, was presented with the George Peter Award for Dedicated Service.

Too many good photos

New entrant - Grace


It was easy to pick three compelling photos from each category, this year’s judges would say – but not so easy to narrow down to a first, second and honorable mention photo – and even more difficult to choose one best photo of them all.

It’s your turn now.


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