Letters Winter 2013

MWC move is a winner

Congrats to Cornell and the Ram student-athletes on the move back to the Midwest Conference! As a student-athlete competing in the MWC in the early ’80s, I was always extremely impressed with the quality of the competition and the level of academic achievement that was evident in our conference. It was a fit that emphasized the right balance of sport and academics and leveraged them both in a highly positive experience. This is a great move for Cornell, its students, athletes and fans, as well as the MWC.

All the best to the Hilltop and Go Rams!

John Ward ’83
Bettendorf, Iowa

Phi-O 50th

I was fortunate to be on campus for Homecoming 2012 and to participate in the Phi Omega sorority 50th reunion celebration. The celebration was special to me for many reasons. First, I was honored to be asked to read the greetings sent by the first president of Phi Omega, Susan McKinney Schultz ’65. She was unable to attend but her story of the group’s establishment was so meaningful and was a wonderful reminder of the values that were and are important to the members of Phi Omega. I was also excited to meet Janet Gustafson Vinyard ’65, one of the founding members. What a gracious, warm, and gifted woman! Finally, when I joined the Phi-Os in the spring of 1980, I had no idea that 30 years later my daughter, Kalissa Holdcraft ’13, would make the same choice and that we would be the first mother-daughter members.

I am so proud that Phi Omega has remained true to its traditions and values, and that my daughter’s experience has been as amazing as mine. Whether you were a founding member in 1962, joined in 1980 as I did, or in 2010 as Kalissa did, the Phi Omega experience is truly timeless. I look forward to seeing what the next 50 years holds for both the Phi Omega sorority and Cornell College!

Kim Miller Jacobs ’83
Crete, Neb.

Corrections to the 2011–2012 Donor Report

Our sincere apologies to the following donors who should have been listed:

Honorary gifts

In Honor of Addison Ault, Honorary Alumnus
Glen Glista ’66 & Ellen Glista

In Honor of James Brown, Honorary Alumnus
Sandra Johnson

Memorial gifts

In Memory of William Petersen ’60
James Gass ’60

In addition, Stephanie Froehlich ’05, Alexander Gorbach ’05, and Danielle Bowen Gorbach ’07 should have been included in the Young Presidents Society list, in addition to their listing in Presidents Society.

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