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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

The University is seeking “experienced and enthusiastic performers” to enliven the inauguration festivities for President Elizabeth Garrett, set for September 17 and 18 (the Thursday and Friday before Homecoming). Performances are planned for the event’s faculty reception, gala dinner, procession/recession, and more. Interested groups can fill out an online application; proposals are due by noon on Friday, July 10.

 
Bloomberg Donates $100 Million to Tech Campus Print E-mail
Monday, 15 June 2015

 

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s philanthropic foundation will donate $100 million to support the first phase of construction at the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island. The gift, which was reported in the New York Times ahead of a formal announcement, will endow an academic building dubbed the Bloomberg Center (seen in a rendering above).

As mayor, Bloomberg oversaw the competition through which Cornell was selected to build a graduate campus on land provided by the city. “While New York had already demonstrated itself to be a leader in finance, media, entertainment, tourism, and biomedical science, the one area in which it lacked pre-eminent status was in the field of applied sciences and engineering,” President David Skorton said in an interview published on bloomberg.com. “The significance of the mayor’s vision and donation is that he has helped bring to life a campus that will produce entrepreneurs to create the jobs and businesses that will fuel the city’s future economy.”

To mark the groundbreaking of that new campus, Cornell Tech commissioned an artwork that débuts this week at a local gallery. Entitled Tropicália, the piece by Peter Gerakaris ’03 is described as an immersive, mixed media, site-specific installation. Jane Swanson, assistant director of government and community relations, calls it “a magnificent example of the kind of creativity and innovation we plan to bring to our campus on a regular basis.” The work is on display at Gallery RIVAA, 527 Main Street, Roosevelt Island.

 

 
Sam Gold ’00 Wins Directing Tony Print E-mail
Monday, 08 June 2015

Broadway director Sam Gold ’00 took home a Tony Award on Sunday night for his work on the musical Fun Home. The show was nominated for twelve Tonies and took home five, including Best Musical. In the New York Times, Ben Brantley wrote that Gold directed Fun Home “with vivid precision and haunting emotional ambiguity.”

Gold—whose previous Broadway credits include Seminar, Picnic, and The Realistic Joneses—was featured in CAM in July/August 2014.

 
Skorton Presides Over Final Commencement Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 May 2015

On Memorial Day weekend, outgoing President David Skorton gave the traditional address at the University’s 147th Commencement, his last before departing to become head of the Smithsonian Institution. Some 6,000 students received their degrees on a gorgeous Sunday at Schoellkopf Field. “I hope you leave with a renewed commitment to direct your talents toward the world’s deep needs,” he told the graduates, “and a generosity of spirit that will guide your activities and your interactions with others wherever in the world you go next.”

The previous day, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, MRP ’96—who left Congress after suffering a head wound in a 2011 assassination attempt—gave the Senior Convocation address with her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly. “Gabby and I hope and pray that your lives after Cornell will be free of tragedy,” said Kelly, who delivered most of the speech. “But know this: the road ahead will bring you some unpredictable moments. And at times it will challenge you beyond what you ever imagined. So prepare yourself for tough times the best you can. And in those tough moments, I want you to think about my wife, Gabby.”

The weekend's Commencement festivities also included a tribute to President Skorton by the Board of Trustees, who gave him a special gift in honor of his passionate devotion to music: a hand-crafted flute.

 

 

 

 
Ohio VP Tapped as Murphy’s Successor Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 May 2015

The vice president for student affairs at Ohio University has been named Cornell’s next VP for student and campus life. President-elect Elizabeth Garrett calls Ryan Lombardi “a creative thinker and educational innovator with a genuine regard and respect for students, and a track record of collaborations between student and campus life activities and faculty.” Lombardi is an undergrad alumnus of West Chester University; he holds a master’s from the University of Kansas and a doctorate from North Carolina State University, both in higher education administration.

Lombardi succeeds Susan Murphy ’73, PhD ’94, who’s stepping down on June 30 after two decades in office and more than thirty years as a Cornell administrator. She was fêted in the City of Ithaca on May 18, when Mayor Svante Myrick ’09 declared it to be “Susan Murphy Day.” A retirement celebration was held on campus in April, featuring the announcement that a floor of Gannett Health Center—currently under renovation—will be named in her honor.

 
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