Town-gown collaborations to be celebrated Nov. 19

Town-gown awards

Now in its sixth year, the annual Cornell Town-Gown Awards (the TOGOs) will be held Saturday, Nov. 19, 9-11 a.m., at Ithaca High School’s Kulp Auditorium.

The event includes a holiday food drive led by Cornell students and an informal gathering with donuts, cider and music from Ithaca High students from 9 to 9:25 a.m. The formal recognition program begins at 9:30 a.m. Attendees are asked to bring canned food or other nonperishable items for the food drive.


Ithaca’s Ice Festival

Ithaca’s Ice Festival continues Dec. 11 and 12 at the newly-rebuilt Ithaca Commons pedestrian mall (202 East State Street), with a speed carving event, Dec. 11, 5-9 p.m., when a dozen of America's finest ice carvers, including several national, world and Olympic champions, race against the clock to complete a sculpture in just twenty minutes using a limited selection of tools.


Women's hockey benefit raises $1,700 for United Way

From left: James Brown and Deborah Mohlenhoff present the Cornell and Community Spirit trophy to students Janée Dennis and Megan LeDuc representing the women's basketball team.

Although the women's hockey team fell to nationally ranked Boston College in Lynah Rink Oct. 24, volunteers for the Cornell United Way campaign felt like winners.

About $1,700 was raised through raffles, donations and a portion of the tickets purchased.

Seventeen student groups wearing their club or organization's colors at the game vied to receive the inaugural "Cornell and Community Spirit" trophy for having the greatest number of game attendees. Ithaca Acting Mayor Deborah Mohlenhoff presented the award to the Cornell women’s basketball team.

Resource fair connects Cornell with local community

Jennifer Jensen, communications and outreach coordinator of Cornell's Community and Regional Development Institute (CaRDI), right, talks to Amy LeViere, donor services officer at the Community Foundation of Tompkins County at the Cornell Resource Fair.

On a chilly Friday morning Oct. 30, representatives from more than a dozen of Cornell’s departments and offices assembled at The Space @ Greenstar for the second Cornell Resource Fair, where area residents who work for and with local government, K-12 and not-for-profits were invited to learn about the university’s outreach programs.


Cornell staff member lauded for community service

Amy Somchanhmavong, MILR ’02

A Cornell staff member for more than a decade, Amy Somchanhmavong, MILR ’02, was recognized as a “distinguished volunteer in Tompkins County” and received the 21st annual Anne Tompkins Jones Awards for Community Service March 19. The award was given during the Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County annual luncheon at the Country Club of Ithaca.

Gary Stewart receives Chamber of Commerce award

Gary Stewart receives the 2013 Key Member of the Year Award.

Gary Stewart, director of Cornell’s Office of Community Relations, received the 2013 Key Member of the Year Award from the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce at its annual dinner meeting Jan. 30.

The award was “in recognition of Gary’s enduring support and leadership. His advice is always absolutely on-point and utterly reliable,” according to the dinner program.

Town-gown partnerships celebrated with awards

Photo: The Town-Gown Awardees at Morrison Hall Dec. 7.

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Collaboration between the local community and the university is essential for creating a world-class collegetown such as Ithaca, said President David Skorton at the third annual Town-Gown Awards (TOGO) ceremony at Morrison Hall Dec. 7, referring to the list of media accolades the area has received.

The TOGO awards recognized partnerships between Cornell and local organizations and leaders.

In Ithaca, town-gown relations are thriving

Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick discusses town-gown relations.

From Lake Source Cooling to gorge safety, transportation concerns, the future of the Ithaca Commons and the frequency of Collegetown parties, City of Ithaca officials and Cornell administrators regularly work together on shared issues, opportunities and proactive strategies. Their goal: Have working groups in place that are regularly connecting, rather than having to simply react - and start from scratch - on any given controversy, crisis or tragedy.

Cornellians publically engaged in Ithaca

A panel presentation by Cornellians who have been involved in Ithaca’s nonprofit and government organizations will be held Jan. 16, 4:30-6:30 p.m., at the Owego/Brindley Room in Hilton Garden Inn, 130 E. Seneca St., Ithaca.

During this “Life of Engagement” panel presentation, speakers will share their lives of public engagement, the problems they face and opportunities that exist for getting involved locally.

Awards recognize Cornell-community collaborations

Enjoying the second annual Town-Gown Awards Dec. 8 at Ithaca High School are, fr

Celebrating partnerships between local organizations and the university, President David Skorton and Cornell senior leaders presented the annual Cornell Town-Gown (TOGO) Awards Dec. 8 at Ithaca High School.

Dozens of community members from across Tompkins County attended the event, which also paid tribute to local leaders who are retiring.

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