Digest: In brief

Still a Best Value
For the sixth year in a row, business publisher Kiplinger has named Cornell College one of the 100 best values in liberal arts colleges. Cornell was also named one of 24 private colleges and universities that are a “Best Buy” in the 2016 edition of the “Fiske Guide to Colleges.”

Halee Schomberg ’16 (left) and April Richards ’16 were among 14 Cornell students who traveled to San Pedro, Belize, for Alternative Winter Break. The students performed service at an elementary school visited in the past by Cornell education students. Photo by Kyra Koehler ’16
Halee Schomberg ’16 (left) and April Richards ’16 were among 14 Cornell students who traveled to San Pedro, Belize, for Alternative Winter Break. The students performed service at an elementary school visited in the past by Cornell education students.
Photo by Kyra Koehler ’16

Creede connection
This past summer, two Cornell alumni and a student will head to Creede, Colorado, to work with the Creede Repertory Theatre. Sara Cooper ’16 is returning to the troupe as a staff member following her graduation from Cornell. Hailing from Prairie Village, Kansas, she spent the summer of 2015 as the Slater Fellow in Theatrical Development, established and supported by Bob Slater ’60. During her time as a Cornell Fellow, Cooper was part of the company’s fundraising and promotions team.

Donna Warfield ’17, of Ogden, Utah, will be the Slater Fellow in Stage Management and the seventh Cornell Fellow at the theatre. During her 14 weeks at Creede this summer, she will be involved in stage managing four productions.

Another former intern supported by Slater, Charlie Thurston ’08, returns to the company this summer as a playwright. His play, “The History Room,” will premiere at Creede in August. Thurston will also appear as an actor in the Jodie Foster-directed 2016 film “Money Monster.” The film also stars George Clooney.

Front and center during caucuses

Presidential candidate appearances brought national and international press to campus and gave students such as Bryan Walsh ’16 public speaking experience.
Presidential candidate appearances brought national and international press to campus and gave students such as Bryan Walsh ’16 public speaking experience.

Cornell College students were once again at the center of the U.S. democratic process during the run-up to Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses. In the months preceding the caucuses, the campus hosted presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Martin O’Malley, Mark Everson, write-in candidate ​Cathy Johnson Pendleton ’87, and Bernie Sanders, as well as former President Bill Clinton.  

In late January the Cornell College Republicans and Cornell College Democrats presented sessions in which students learned the mechanics of how the caucuses operated. On Feb. 1 the college hosted precinct caucuses for both the Democratic and Republican parties, and members of the College Democrats and College Republicans were recruited by the parties to help run the caucuses.  

Watch a TV​ story on caucusing that features Cornell’s mock caucuses and an interview with politics professor Hans Hassell.

ZIP CODE TANKAS / 52314
by Barbara Lau

Mount Vernon lets us
live small.
One stoplight.
One
school. No parking

meters. Doors rarely
locked, squirrels
fed like pets,
and
kids free to roam.

We also live large.
Mammoth
sycamores,
pines,
and skies. Long, steep

sledding hill. Chalk Walk
that draws
t
housands. State
park
and fine college

in our backyard. Here,
less means
more. It’s safe
to
trick-or-treat. We

know our neighbors’ names.
Our kids
walk to school.
Corn
fields frame the town.

Mount Vernon resident and former Cornell Creative-Writer-in-Residence Barbara Lau wrote this poem, based on the five-lined syllabic Japanese verse called a tankaexcept changing her syllable count to 5/2/3/1/4 to mimic Mount Vernon’s ZIP code. Lau was married to the late music professor Don Chamberlain.

Twenty-nine students and six alumni spent a block break in New Orleans, where they toured with the Pandemonium steel drum band, Calypso Singers, and Calypso Horns for Mardi Gras. The musicians played their way down St. Charles Avenue on a float during four parades seen by more than a million people. CREDIT: William Widmer ’04
Twenty-nine students and six alumni spent a block break in New Orleans, where they toured with the Pandemonium steel drum band, Calypso Singers, and Calypso Horns for Mardi Gras. The musicians played their way down St. Charles Avenue on a float during four parades seen by more than a million people.
CREDIT: William Widmer ’04

Gift endows Dana Fellowship
An anonymous 1960s Cornell College alumnus has given the college $500,000 to endow the Robert P. Dana Emerging Writer Fellowship. The position gives emerging writers the opportunity to teach and mentor students while continuing their own work.

The Dana Fellowship was established in 2012 to honor Robert P. Dana, the Iowa poet laureate and longtime Cornell College English professor. The Fellow works half-time for the college, teaching two courses. The Fellow also serves as an advisor for Cornell’s student literary journal Open Field and assists in the planning and direction of Cornell’s visiting writers programs. “Writing is vital to all of our students, and the Dana Fellow plays a major role in shaping the literary culture of our campus,” said Cornell President Jonathan Brand.