Goodwin lists the qualities of great presidents
Author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin told a standing-room-only crowd at the 2014 Delta Phi Rho Lecture on Sept. 18 in King Chapel about the eight traits that made Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Franklin D. Roosevelt so successful as presidents. She covered the way each faced personal adversity, the way each surrounded themselves with people who were willing to disagree with them and argue, the fact each learned lessons from their failures and mistakes, their emotional intelligence, their sense of timing, and more.
Artificial islands cleaning up Ink Pond
Trustee Steven DeAngeles ’84 and his wife, Sallie Marotta DeAngeles ’86, donated two artificial islands that have been installed in Ink Pond. The islands, created by Scottish company Biomatrix Water, are designed to help clean the water in the pond, make the pond more attractive, and offer educational opportunities. They also serve as habitat for birds and a food source for fish.
The islands are made of a floating structure that contains native plants that filter and clean the water. DeAngeles, a physician with teaching positions at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago, has been granted three U.S. patents in the alternative energy field. He founded Innovative Technology Advisors, which represents Biomatrix Water.
The islands are being used to clean canals in the Philippines, as well as in the restoration of the Chicago River. More information is available on the company’s website.
Bringing the Hilltop to your hometown
Cornell Clubs in Cedar Rapids, Chicago, Denver, Des Moines, and the Twin Cities hosted more than 400 alumni, students, and families at summer and fall events, including Spirit Day at Ash Park, club planning meetings, area picnics, and “Welcome to the City” events, hosted jointly by the Young Alumni Advisory Committee and Cornell Clubs. For more information on events and volunteer opportunities in your area, visit my.cornellcollege.edu/cr2014.