In Brief

Purple spirit on 2 wheels

Students have a new way to show off their school spirit, and it’s as easy as riding a bike. There are briefs-purple-bikeabout 20 purple bikes scattered around campus as part of the—you knew this was coming, didn’t you?—Purple Bike Program. Created and supported by Student Senate and run by Campus Safety, the program makes the bikes available to anyone who wants to ride them. Students can ride into Mount Vernon or just around campus, leaving the bikes on a rack for someone else to pick up. There’s also a Purple Bike repair shop for maintaining the college’s fleet, and student workers provide free labor on bikes brought in for service.

Alumni network expands

The Career Engagement Center is reaching out to alumni to help students with their searches for jobs and internships, as well as giving them a chance to network with each other.

Alumni are being encouraged to post jobs using JOIN, the college’s new Job and Internship Network, as well as to become a member of the Cornell College CAN!, Career Action Network, group on the business-oriented social networking site LinkedIn.
Cornell alumni can also make an impact by serving as networkers, trainers, and hosts for CEC-sponsored programs. For more information on how to help, call RJ Holmes-Leopold ’99 at (319) 895-4574 or email

Web extra — visit the college’s LinkedIn group and the Career Engagement website


Derby Duo

briefs-rolle-girlsKate Verhagen Lytle ’05 (left) and Krystal McKinney Manka ’04 (right) share more than just an alma mater. They also share an appetite for destruction—or at least bone-crushing hits—as members of the Cedar Rapids Roller Girls team the Bombshell Cartel. Lytle joined the team about a year ago, while Manka has been a member since April 2008. The team’s color? Purple, of course. If you’re on a roller derby team, we’d love to hear about it. Upload a picture of yourself in uniform to the college’s Facebook page.


Rock(apella)in’ the Chapel
World-famous a capella group Rockapella (maybe you remember them as the house band from the

Photo by Hillary Swift '14
Photo by Hillary Swift ’14

PBS show “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?”) played to a standing-room-only crowd in King Chapel in January. Prior to the show the members coached the student a capella group that had won a campuswide contest to open for the singers. The concert was part of an annual series of performances and lectures funded by a gift from Richard Williams ’63 and his wife, Marlene.