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Thomas Commons worth celebrating

One of the major additions to the Thomas Commons was the Smith Dining Room, which looks out on the Ped Mall.

One of the major additions to the Thomas Commons was the Smith Dining Room, which looks out on the Ped Mall.

The last brick has been laid, the last pane of glass installed, the last floorboard epoxied into place—now it’s time to celebrate. That’s the plan for May 2, when the college holds a grand opening and dedication ceremony for the Thomas Commons.

The list of new or upgraded amenities, to say nothing of the visual and aesthetic changes to the building, is staggering. A completely redesigned dining hall to complement the locally-sourced, freshly prepared food by Bon Appétit. A front façade that is more visible and distinctive. An entry and Grand Foyer that invites visitors and students to sit and relax for a moment. A fireplace with fires on the interior and exterior of the building. Glass everywhere. New classrooms, including one that serves double duty as a practice space for the college’s nationally recognized Mock Trial program.

It is, in short, a big—as in 9,000 square feet added to the building—reason to celebrate.

“Cornell College has been a fantastic place for me to enjoy the best Iowa has to offer without compromising a world-class liberal arts education. Cornell provides a unique environment for students to learn, by combining the small town Iowa community of Mount Vernon with the vast diversity of the student body. Cornell gives students the very best of both Iowa and the rest of the world. I love being a Cornell student because it gives me the opportunities of a much larger school, yet still remains intimate and personal without compromising on liberal-arts ideas. And it’s close to home.” —Logan Schultz ’14 Dubuque, Iowa

Telling the story of Cornell

Cornell College alumni are among the college’s most passionate and effective advocates. Their experiences provide powerful stories to communicate the value of a Cornell education.

Civil rights activists assemble on the stairs of the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, Montgomery, Ala., where the Montgomery Bus Boycott was organized in 1955-1956. John Watson ’68 is at center. Roger Davis ’65

The March for Freedom

It was March 1965 and news of brutal attacks on civil rights marchers from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., hit the Cornell campus. A small group of students quickly coalesced to drive down and join the reinforcements.