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Rest in Peace, Bill Vanneman '31
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Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Cornell University has lost one of its most ardent and steadfast supporters. And all of us at Cornell Alumni Magazine have lost one of our best friends.

Bill Vanneman '31, who recently celebrated his 102nd birthday at a party in Boston, died in the early morning hours of April 26. His death came just a few months before what would have been his 80th Reunion — which, of course, he was helping to organize and planned to attend. His legacy will live on in the lives of all the Cornellians he touched, and in the Bill Vanneman Outstanding Class Leader Award, presented by CACO each year. Bill himself was the first recipient of the award, in 2005.

Bill served for many years as class president and class correspondent, and he almost never missed a reunion. Late in his life, he was a member of the Continuous Reunion Club and came every year, raising the spirits of all who saw him on campus. Always humble, Bill would graciously deflect praise for his many achievements and simply express gratitude for all that Cornell had given to him.

Tributes have been pouring in, including articles in the Daily Sun and The Essentials, Cornell's official blog. Also, a memorial page has been established where Bill's many friends can share their memories.

 
Pay Up for Profs Print E-mail
Monday, 18 April 2011

According to an article in the Daily Sun, average pay for Cornell professors increased 2.8 percent from the 2009-10 academic year to the 2010-11 academic year. Mary Opperman, vice president for human resources, noted that competitive pay was important for both recruitment and retention, and Prof. Ronald Ehrenberg, chair of the financial policies committee, said the University felt that increasing salaries was vital to ensure the retention of current faculty members.

In its annual report on faculty salaries, the Chronicle of Higher Education listed the average salary for a full professor in the endowed colleges as $157,800 and in the NY State contract colleges as $139,200. For associate professors, the pay was $109,300 and $100,600, respectively.

 
Harrison to Succeed Meinig as Board Chair Print E-mail
Friday, 11 March 2011

Robert Harrison '76, the CEO of the Clinton Global Initiative, will succeed Peter Meinig '61, BME '62, as the chairman of the Cornell Board of Trustees on January 1, 2012.

At a press conference on campus, Harrison said it was a "tremendous honor" to be named chairman and expressed optimism for the University's future. He has served as a student trustee, an alumni-elected trustee, and a board-appointed trustee, and is currently chairman of the board's executive committee. A government major at Cornell, Harrison also holds an MA from Oxford University and a JD from Yale Law School. He is a former partner at Goldman Sachs, worked on the presidential campaigns of Wesley Clark and John Kerry, and is honorary chairman of the board of directors of the Henry Street Settlement, a social services agency in New York City.

 
Oscar Winners Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 February 2011

Congratulations to the Cornellians whose work was honored with 2011 Academy Awards:

David Seidler '59 won the Oscar for Writing (Original Screenplay) for his script for The King's Speech, which was nominated in twelve categories and named Best Picture.

Producer Ryan Silbert '02 and colleagues received the Oscar for God of Love in the Short Film (Live Action) category.

And Chris Allen '94 was honored with a Scientific and Technical Award.

Well done!

 
Gabrielle Giffords & Susan Hileman Print E-mail
Monday, 10 January 2011

U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, MRP '97, who was shot in Tucson, Arizona, on January 8, was profiled in the January/February 2005 issue of Cornell Alumni Magazine, when she was an Arizona state senator. In the article, Giffords recalled her days on campus, saying, "I remember storming up Libe Slope in my cowboy boots and fringed leather jacket to beg for a stipend. I loved the international environment at Cornell, but it gave me strength to remind myself that I was from the West."

She went on to express her devotion to her home state, saying that "Arizona is a great state and people here deserve the best of opportunities." To read the entire article, click here.

Another Cornellian, Susan Hileman '73, was wounded in the attack. Hileman had accompanied nine-year-old Christina Green, a neighbor, to the meeting with Giffords. Green was shot and killed. Hileman has been released from the hospital and is continuing her recovery at home, while Giffords has been moved to Houston for further recovery and rehabilitation.

Cornell has established a website for sending wishes for recovery to Giffords and Hileman.

 
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