Stories of the Cornell Spirit

The Cornell Spirit is one of our greatest institutional assets. For me, it is defined by our genuine commitment to our students and the joy we collectively share in serving them. The best way to illustrate this spirit is through stories from Cornellians themselves. It is an enormous pleasure to share these stories with you because, at the end of the day, they affirm precisely why we exist—to change lives.

The generous, overarching warmth and spirit of campus: Dyan Smith, honorary alumna

Faculty generosity toward students: Freya R. Brier ’80

Staff generosity toward students: Jeff Zupancic ’91

Alumni helping alumni: Brandon Crawford ’12

Extending financial aid for those with the greatest need: Gilda Vinzulis Boyer ’84

Adapted from a January 2018 presidential white paper

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