In his State of the University Address to the joint meeting of the Board of Trustees and University Council on October 21, President David Skorton announced that the capital campaign — originally scheduled to end this year with a goal of $4 billion — is being extended to the Cornell sesquicentennial year of 2015 with a new goal of $4.75 billion. The campaign has been rebranded as "Cornell Now" with a list of eight leading priorities.
In a later session, Skorton confirmed the much-rumored plans for a new humanities building on the Arts Quad. As both the Cornell Chronicle and the Daily Sun reported, it will be attached to Goldwin Smith Hall, facing East Avenue. The building will have a large auditorium and a 7,700-square-foot glass-roofed atrium.
UPDATE: On October 28, Cornell submitted its bid for the New York City tech campus proposed by Mayor Bloomberg. President Skorton offered a strong argument for Cornell’s proposal (and offered some thoughts on college costs) in an interview on NY1. Bloomberg, at a press conference, said that the city might select more than one winner. The New York Times reported that there were seven bids; the winner(s) will be announced in January.