Welcome Letter

Happy New Year!

2016 presents several opportunities for classmates to attend Cornell events in various cities around the world. New Cornell President Beth Garrett is doing a World Tour in the first six months of 2016, with speaking engagements across the US (Philadelphia, Florida,California, Boston, Dallas, Oklahoma and Chicago) and globally (Mumbai, Beijing, and Hong Kong.) She will outline her priorities and goals for the university in her alumni talks.  Check out the dates of these speaking gigs and register here.

We welcome your suggestions for Class of 1974 events and initiatives.  In fact, your Class of 1974 officers and class council members are meeting later this month to do 2016 planning during Cornell’s annual volunteer leadership conference in Philadelphia.  We are also partnering with other classes of the 70’s to host a reception over the conference weekend.  The reception is Friday evening, January 22, and the location is the Pyramid Club at 1735 Market Street.  The University will send an announcement about the reception shortly, so watch your in-box for details.

Speaking of bold plans, President Garrett and Provost Michael Kotlikoff announced in December a proposal to create a new College of Business at Cornell.  This College would include the current Johnson Graduate School of Management, the undergraduate business program (called “Ag Ec” in our day, now called “Applied Economics and Management (AEM)”) which is now in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the School of Hotel Administration.  To learn more about this proposal, which would require a change in the university by-laws, you may want to read both the official university announcement here and the Cornell Daily Sun articles and comments here.

Cornell students are currently on winter break. Classes begin on January 27th.  To see what the campus looks like this winter, check out the live CornellCam here—not much snow on the ground right now in Ithaca.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2016.



Dale Lazar

President [Notable] Class of ‘74