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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.

May/June ’15 Issue Now Online Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 May 2015


What does it take to build the Dragon Day beast?

Can social network analysis help prevent terrorism?

How did one Cornellian manage to visit every country on Earth?

What’s it like to teach Intro to Wines?

We answer all those questions and much more—plus offer a guide to enjoying Ithaca’s burgeoning food scene—in CAM’s May/June 2015 issue.

You can read it in hard copy (subscription information is available here); on our website; in the digital edition; and via apps for Apple and Android devices.

Please enjoy... and let us know what you think!

‘Rapping Granny’ Ellen Albertini Dow ’35 Dies at 101 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 May 2015

Actress Ellen Albertini Dow ’35, MA ’38, became famous at the age of eighty-five, when a memorable turn as Adam Sandler's “rapping granny” in the 1998 movie The Wedding Singer made her a pop culture icon. Dow, who passed away on May 4 at 101, came to acting later in life, following a thirty-year career as a theater and dance teacher. She worked into her nineties, appearing in dozens of movies and TV shows.

‘Bow Ties and Goodbyes’ for Skorton Print E-mail
Friday, 01 May 2015

The Cornell community fêted outgoing president David Skorton with a celebration in Barton Hall on May 1. Dubbed “Bow Ties and Goodbyes,” it included speeches, a clocktower-shaped cake, and numerous admirers sporting Skorton’s signature neckwear.


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