In brief: Summer 2019

Ascension dance concert
Cornell’s Theatre department became the Department of Theatre and Dance in 2016, and added a dance minor in fall 2018. The growing program presented a major dance concert, “Ascension,” this spring in Kimmel Theatre. Photo by Paulina Diaz-Alton ՚21.
Students in adirondack chairs
Adirondack chairs have been placed in three green spaces at the center of the Hilltop to enhance the look and the conversation on campus. photo by Megan Ciszek.
baby turtles
Ana Garst ’19, of San Rafael, California, photographed baby sea turtles during her advanced biology class in Costa Rica, where one night they worked with conservationists on their evening hatchery checkup. “We were fortunate to find a nest with baby olive ridley sea turtles,” she wrote, “and we released them back into the ocean.”


Cornell capstones
Many of Cornell’s programs and majors require a senior capstone project. Here is a sampling of capstone titles from members of the Class of 2019.

  • mortarboard with monarch“Egg Laying Habits of Monarch Butterflies” — Stephanie Voller ’19, environmental studies
  • “Public Compassion for the Homeless in the United States” — Alexandra Lewyn ’19, psychology
  • “Effects of Diagenesis on Boron Isotopic Ratios in a Well-Preserved Pliocene Coral” — Kira Fish ’19, geology
  • “Stoic attacks on Epicurus: The role of women and (lack of) education in Critiques of Epicurus” — John Kinne ’19, classical studies
  • “How Cultural Mimicry Exacerbates Underdevelopment in Africa” — Suleiman Shehu ’19, international relations
  • “Exquisite Hallucinations: Psyche’s Account of Persephone’s Dream Box: A Poetic Sequence” — Elise Salsman ’19, English
  • “Bananas, Incest, and Ghosts: Colonialism and Neocolonialism in One Hundred Years of Solitude” (or, “Bananos, incesto, y fantasmas: colonialismo y neocolonialismo en Cien años de soledad” — Amber Jerson ’19, Spanish


Making dreams come true
Brendan Langmack ’20, a chemistry major and lacrosse team captain from Olathe, Kansas, says his favorite class is organic chemistry. He conducted research on a Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative and is preparing for a career in pharmaceutical research and development.

Brendan Langmack '20“Your contributions make the dreams of students come true,” says Brendan Langmack ’20. “You are the bedrock of the supportive community here on top of a hill in Mount Vernon, Iowa—a place like none other, that enjoys the fruits of generous alumni who lead by their donations, actions, and unwavering sense of Cornell pride. Thank you.”

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