Cornell Report Summer 2017

  • Wanderings of The Rock

    Jun 27, 2017

    In 1889 a 5,000-pound boulder, hauled six miles on a horse-drawn wagon from The Pal by members of the senior class, came to rest in front of South Hall. The seniors carved their class year into the granite and left with satisfaction at the permanence of their self-tribute. They had created one of Cornell’s oldest […]

  • Renovations done right

    Jun 26, 2017

    As anyone who pays utility bills knows, the cost of heating and cooling is continually going up. Figuring out how to use less energy has become an important strategy for homeowners and institutions alike. In fact, energy savings is one of the two chief goals for Cornell College’s Facilities Services. Whatever we do, we come […]

  • Eric Dewey ’84

    Jun 26, 2017

    United Way executive Eric Dewey ’84 died March 31 in Nashville, Tennessee, at age 54. He was chief executive officer of United Way of Metropolitan Nashville. A native of Pontiac, Michigan, he majored in political science at Cornell. Prior to accepting the CEO position in Nashville in 2008, Dewey served in leadership roles for United […]

  • Kenneth Toepfer ’51

    Jun 26, 2017

    Educator Kenneth Toepfer ’51 died March 19 in State College, Pennsylvania, at age 88. He was provost emeritus of Teacher’s College at Columbia University in New York City. A native of Charles City, Iowa, and the first in his family to attend college, he was Phi Beta Kappa at Cornell. After earning his bachelor’s degree […]

  • Robert Rowland ’47

    Jun 26, 2017

    Biophysicist Robert Rowland ’47 died March 19 in Chicago, Illinois, at age 94. He spent most of his career as a scientist, researcher, and administrator at Argonne National Laboratory. He retired in 1983 as director for biomedical and environmental research. After graduating from Cornell, he earned a master of science degree in physics from the […]

  • P. Roger Gillette ’37

    Jun 26, 2017

    Physicist and engineer P. Roger Gillette ’37 died on March 2 at age 99 in Salem, Oregon. He grew up in Mount Vernon, the son of Cornell College instructor C. Edgar Gillette and Celia Rodgers Gillette 1917. After receiving his doctorate in physics from the University of Illinois, he conducted classified military research at the […]

  • A life immersed in music

    Jun 26, 2017

    Rita Fandrich ’66 began her Cornell education years before she actually arrived in Mount Vernon. At age 12 she had the rare opportunity to study with Helen Venn, who after 29 years as professor of piano at Cornell, retired and moved home to the small Ohio community of North Bloomfield where Fandrich lived.  She recalls […]

  • For Davy, block plan started it all

    Jun 26, 2017

    When Kyle Davy ’11 talks about his Cornell experience, it all comes down to the block plan.   “I attribute many of my successes to the opportunities One Course At A Time gave me,” he says. Davy is the chief revenue officer for the Iowa Energy professional basketball team in Des Moines, Iowa. He took […]

  • From refugee camp to biotech with a stop on the Hilltop

    Jun 26, 2017

    The story of Alice Nguyen ’80 begins in Vietnam, winds its way through a refugee camp and the Cornell campus, to her current position as associate director for quality control at a California-based biotechnology company. She was born in what was then North Vietnam and moved to the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon when she […]

  • 3 longtime faculty retire

    Jun 26, 2017

    Craig Allin, Lyle Lichty, and Rob Sutherland became emeritus professors at the end of the 2016-17 academic year. In their combined 94 years of service, Allin and Sutherland have taught well over half of all politics courses ever offered at Cornell, leaving a deep stamp on the department. Lichty’s service adds an additional 28 years […]

  • Up next: Reimagining the core curriculum

    Jun 26, 2017

    Cornell College’s curriculum continues to evolve to stay abreast of changes in society and in the job market. Its efforts recently got a boost with a $50,000 planning grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to innovate and reform the general education curriculum. The planning is closely integrated with the college’s strategic plan to reimagine […]

  • Cornell was ready for the Great War

    Jun 26, 2017

    This year marks the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I. Cornell prepared for the Great War with the formation of a Student Army Training Corps on Oct. 1, 1918. In charge was U.S. Army Captain W.L. Tooze, who arrived from his previous post at Corvallis, Oregon. He found there were […]

  • Cornell Confusion

    Jun 26, 2017

    William W. Cornell (Cornell College’s namesake) and Ezra Cornell (Cornell University’s namesake) were distant cousins. You might say that William had bragging rights over his cousin because Cornell College was founded in Mount Vernon, Iowa, 12 years before Cornell University was founded in Ithaca, New York. Cornell alumni are not surprised when people assume they […]

  • Russell Science Center becoming a reality

    Jun 26, 2017

    Wearing lab coats and goggles, supporters “broke” ground at the festive groundbreaking ceremony in May for the Russell Science Center, the first new, freestanding, academic building on the Hilltop in more than 40 years. The actual site behind them was already fully excavated with cranes poised to begin construction. Over the next few weeks crews […]

  • You Said: Summer 2017

    Jun 26, 2017

    Harold’s History of Cole Bin 1, Cole Bin 2, and George’s The quest to untangle the history of these three places started with a picture of what was identified as the interior of the Cole Bin in the fall 2015 Cornell Report. I knew it wasn’t of the Cole Bin, but it had to be […]