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Wednesday, 05 November 2014


This week, the College of Arts and Sciences debuts an exhibit on its collection of plaster casts of classical statuary. Once prized, then discredited—but now treasured once again—the casts gave early students a hands-on look at pieces located in faraway museums. But they later fell out of favor on the grounds that they were pale copies of the originals, and some were discarded or destroyed. About twenty of Cornell’s 500 remaining casts will be on display in “Firing the Canon,” running in November and December at the Weinhold Chilled Water Plant, 101 Forest Home Drive, next to Beebe Lake.

'House of Cards' Actress Elizabeth Norment 75 Dies Print E-mail
Friday, 31 October 2014


Actress Elizabeth Norment ’75 has passed away. Familiar to fans of the current Netflix hit series “House of Cards”—she was the devoted secretary to the ruthless politico played by Kevin Spacey—Norment had a stage and TV career that included several appearances on “Law & Order,” where she played a judge. In addition to her BA in English from Cornell, she held an MFA from Yale. According to a notice in the Washington Post, Norment’s death was due to cancer.

ILR's Katz Named Interim Provost Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 October 2014


With Provost Kent Fuchs leaving the University in mid-November to assume the presidency of the University of Florida, ILR Dean Harry Katz has been appointed to succeed him on an interim basis. Says President David Skorton: “His talents and experience leading the ILR School will bring continuity to the University as we search for our next chief academic officer.” The provost is the University’s number-two position, overseeing all academic programs and units (other than those reporting to the provost for medical affairs) as well as strategic planning and budgeting, tenure and promotion, and academic and research initiatives. Like Fuchs, provosts are often tapped as presidents of other institutions; Cornell’s own president-elect, Elizabeth Garrett, is currently provost of USC.

Grove Marks University's 150th Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 October 2014

During Homecoming, Cornell dedicated its Sesquicentennial Grove in a ceremony that included President Emeritus Frank Rhodes and other dignitaries. Located behind the Ezra statue at the western edge of the Arts Quad, the 1,700-square-foot spot features plantings, a timeline of University history, and quotes from notable Cornellians carved onto benches. “The Sesquicentennial will conclude in 2015,” says Nancy Schlegel Meinig ’62, co-chair of the committee that oversaw the project, “but this grove will be an ongoing reminder to students, faculty, alumni and staff of Cornell’s rich history.” The grove was spearheaded by government professor Isaac Kramnick, who says he realized that “there is no building, no marker, not even a plaque to be found anywhere on campus to indicate that the University ever had celebrated its 100th birthday in 1965.”


Magazine Industry Veteran Tapped to Lead CAM Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 October 2014


The Cornell Alumni Association announced today that Jenny Barnett will become the eleventh Editor and Publisher to lead Cornell Alumni Magazine in its 115-year history. Barnett, a graduate of University of Oxford, brings more than twenty years of outstanding publishing experience to the new positon. She has served as the Executive Editor of Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire in the U.S. and was a founding editor of UK Marie Claire.

Barnett moved to Ithaca in 2009 with her husband and three children. Since fall 2010, she has been a lecturer in Cornell’s Department of Communication in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, where she developed a new course on Writing and Editing for the Media and spearheaded the establishment of a Professional Development Concentration. Barnett also serves as a judge for both the Clarion Awards and the American Society of Magazine Editors’ National Magazine Awards.

Bill Howard ’74, chair of the Cornell Alumni Magazine Advisory Board and Search Committee said: “Jenny has the experience and vision to lead the Alumni Magazine into a bright and successful future and develop the brand across multiple platforms.”

Barnett, who in her earlier magazine roles managed editorial and staff, also played a leading role in planning health and human rights campaigns, developing brand extensions and events, and generating publicity and marketing opportunities. During her time at Bazaar and Marie Claire, both titles saw significant increases in circulation and won a variety of industry awards and accolades, including the Amnesty International Award for Journalism.

Glenda Bailey, Editor in Chief of Harper’s Bazaar, said, “I have never been prouder that an alumnus of Bazaar is now the editor of Cornell Alumni Magazine. Working with Jenny was its own education; she is an exceptional editor and I learned something new every day.”

“While I am thoroughly enjoying teaching,” said Barnett, “I miss the hands-on creative process, and I am thrilled to be taking on the position of Editor and Publisher at such a significant moment in Cornell’s history. I look forward to building on CAM’s success, engaging alumni, and celebrating this remarkable university and community.”

Cornell Alumni Magazine’s previous Editor and Publisher, Jim Roberts ’71, retired in the summer after 14 years leading the publication. Barnett will assume her new role in December 2014. In the interim, the magazine is being led by Senior Editor Beth Saulnier and Associate Publisher Adele Robinette.

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