Fodor’s travel website called Mount Vernon, Iowa, one of the five Midwestern towns to visit now. The town offers a nationally-recognized restaurant, great shops, outdoor recreation opportunities, and, of course, Cornell College.
Hundreds of alumni returned to campus to celebrate the college’s Homecoming in an all-new format.
International authors Federico Falco and Alisa Ganieva will read their work at the Center for the Literary Arts at the Van Etten-Lacey House on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. The reading is part of the college’s ongoing Global Voices series.
Cornell is one of five Iowa colleges and universities that have joined with Tanager Place, a community mental health facility, to create the Tanager Place Research Center. The center will help develop a fellowship program for faculty and students to help perform research, as well as share the findings.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Sullivan ’93 spoke about the importance of investigative journalism when he came back to campus for Homecoming.
Philip Venticinque, who teaches in the classical and modern languages and classical studies departments, will be on leave next year to serve several prestigious fellowships, including with the American Council of Learned Societies and Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies.
Sharon Grice has been named the interim Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admission while a national search continues for a permanent replacement. Grice has worked in Admission since 1994 and holds a master’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa in communication education and a B.A. from Central College with a major in communications. She replaces Jonathan Stroud, who will leave for a new position at Earlham College in Indiana effective July 1.
Pamela Gerard will start Aug. 1 as Vice President for Alumni and College Advancement. Gerard, a Cedar Rapids resident, is currently Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Loras College in Dubuque.
Cornell College held its Baccalaureate service and 154th Commencement on June 1 and 2. The events featured graduating seniors and faculty sharing memories, stories and words of wisdom.
Marty Condon, professor of biology, will do research in Peru along with Darius Ballard ’07, as part of a National Science Foundation grant. The program places K-12 science teachers with college professors doing research to strengthen science education
Shawn Patrick Doyle, a writing consultant at Cornell, was named one of the 50 best creative writing teachers on Twitter. He works mainly with first-year students and writes a blog called “Good writer, bad writer.”
Will Dinneen ’12 won a Fulbright scholarship to teach English in Turkey. Dinneen was active in both academic and co-curricular groups while on campus, and served as president of Student Senate, a member of the Sigma Kappa Psi fraternity, the Mock Trial team and Cornell’s Concert Choir.
Political strategist Karl Rove and former press secretary Dee Dee Myers spoke for nearly 90 minutes at the 2012 Delt Lecture in King Chapel in May. The pair, moderated by politics Professor Craig Allin, talked at length about the present and future of U.S. politics.
Cornell held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Thomas Commons on May 19 as part of the spring Board of Trustees meeting. Work is set to begin in June on the $14 million renovation and expansion project.