Cornell to mark progress with beam signing, topping out ceremony

The time has come to put the final steel beam into place on the new Cornell College Russell Science Center.

It’s tradition to hold a topping out ceremony to celebrate the milestone in the construction process.

Alumni, staff, students, faculty, and the community are welcome to sign their name to the beam before it gets hoisted by a crane to the top of the building. People can find the beam at the construction site to sign from 8 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, until 12:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, of Homecoming Weekend. The official ceremony will begin following Homecoming Convocation.

*Update: People can sign the beam from 8 a.m-5 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Saturday.

What: Topping Out Ceremony

When: Saturday, Sept. 23, 12:30 p.m.

WhereRussell Science Center construction site (behind south hall)

Who: Public is invited

The Russell Science Center is the first new academic building constructed on the Cornell College campus in 40 years. It’s located near the current West Hall, and just south of South Hall. The $35 million project, to be funded completely through philanthropy, is moving forward at an accelerated pace due to a leadership gift of $20 million by alumna Jean Russell ’65.

For more information please contact Public Relations Director Jill Hawk at

About Cornell:

Cornell College, a selective liberal arts college in Mount Vernon, Iowa, is recognized as one of the “Colleges That Change Lives.” The academic immersion of its One Course At A Time curriculum allows students to focus on a single academic subject per 18-day block. With a student body from 45 states and 20 foreign countries, and renowned faculty, speakers, and entertainers, Cornell offers the world from its hilltop campus.

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