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Pollack recognizes staff for service, contribution

President Martha E. Pollack, center, with two 45-year awardees: Linda Johanson, left, and Linda Kabelac.

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More than 380 staff were honored by Cornell President Martha E. Pollack and Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Mary Opperman at the 62nd annual Service Recognition Dinner June 21 in Barton Hall.

The event recognized the dedicated service of Cornell University’s long-term staff celebrating a fifth-year milestone anniversary of 25 years or more.

Staff graduates are an inspiration to others, president says

President Martha E. Pollack recognizes staff graduates May 23.

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At the 21st annual Staff Graduate Reception May 23, President Martha E. Pollack recognized two staff members receiving a Ph.D., 23 receiving a master’s degree, and one a Bachelor of Science degree. Seventeen of these staff members earned their degrees at Cornell through the Employee Degree Program and nine at other accredited institutions through the Tuition Assistance Program.

At EA meeting, Pollack affirms the 'core work' of staff

Cornell President Martha E. Pollack speaks with the Employee Assembly May 17.

In the last spring meeting of the Employee Assembly May 17, Cornell President Martha E. Pollack fielded questions from EA members about some of the most complex concerns affecting staff at the Ithaca and Geneva campuses. These ranged from public transportation, affordable housing and accessibility challenges to international student and staff uncertainties in the wake of changes to federal immigration policies.

Lindsey Hadlock: On the run

Lindsey Hadlock completed the Boston Marathon, April 17.

By profession, Office of Media Relations coordinator Lindsey Hadlock can be found any place on campus, connecting local, regional and student media with Cornell’s faculty, students and administrators. She says she really likes the relationship-building that comes with her job, making connections and “sharing fun and interesting Cornell research.”

Outside of work, Hadlock completed the Boston Marathon, April 17.

Tech Savvy promotes women in IT

Meryl Bursic conducts a workshop at Tech Savvy.

Tech Savvy is a one-day event designed to show sixth- through ninth-grade girls firsthand how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) pursuits can lead to exciting careers. Tech Savvy events happen all over the country and are sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW). This year’s regional program, held April 1 at Tompkins Cortland Community College, featured a number of women IT professionals from Cornell’s information technology offices.

Spend a Saturday in New York City

New York City

The first day-trip of 2017 to New York City, sponsored by the Cornell Recreation Connection (CRC), is May 13. Sign up early to ensure that these trips continue.

The CRC calendar includes trips on the second Saturdays of May, September, November, December and possibly July if there is interest.

The discounted fare for these trips is $54 per person, round trip, for Cornell employees and up to four guests.

Cancer Resource Center seeks speakers to share experiences

Bob Riter, executive director, Cancer Resource Center (CRC).

The Cancer Resource Center (CRC) is often asked to speak to various local groups about the experience of having or caring for someone who has cancer. To meet this need, the CRC is creating a speaker’s bureau – a roster of individuals available to speak with groups about being a cancer patient, survivor or caregiver.

“More than anything, groups want to hear about the human experience of having cancer. The primary requirement is the willingness to share one’s personal story,” said Bob Riter, executive director. “Cancer is a scary disease, but it’s less scary when we talk about it.”

Office professionals recognized for their caring, contributions

A Cornell employee receives one of many door prizes given away at the Jennie T. Farley Office Professionals Celebration April 26.

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Twenty-nine years have passed since ILR School professors Jennie T. Farley and Alice Cook held a National Secretaries Day symposium and brown bag lunch for an audience of about 50.

On April 26, more than 600 office professionals attended the Jennie T. Farley Office Professionals Celebration and had the opportunity to welcome Cornell’s new president, Martha E. Pollack, eight days into her tenure.

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.

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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.

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