Summer Report from Cornell

The Cornell campus in Ithaca is busy with more than a thousand high school students enrolled in Cornell Summer College and several hundred adults (mostly alumni) participating in Cornell Adult University (CAU) five-day courses. Next week is the last week of this year’s on-campus CAU courses and it’s not too late to sign up. Check it out here.

The summer got off to a very promising start at Reunion in mid-June, when interim President Hunter Rawlings gave a frank and humorous State of the University speech in which he shared how he ended up back at Cornell for his third (!?!) stint as President, his insights from his most recent job as head of the Association of American Universities, and his priorities for Cornell for the next 6-12 months. You can read about the speech here.
Corenll Fireworks

The July 4 celebration in Ithaca featured fireworks set off from Stewart Park, giving people on the Cornell campus a great view from the Hill.


Although Cornell is no longer doing the New Student Reading project, the list of books that students have read over the past fifteen years includes Frankenstein, Antigone, Things Fall Apart, Lincoln at Gettysburg, Slaughterhouse Five, Grapes of Wrath and other books that might be good for your summer reading. Find a complete list here.

Our Notable Class is organizing a tailgate picnic/party for Saturday afternoon, September 24 at 1pm near the football stadium during Cornell’s Homecoming weekend in Ithaca. Further details are forthcoming. Please direct questions to our Ithaca event organizer classmate Roberta Bandel Walcer at

Enjoy the rest of the summer!


Dale Lazar
President [Notable] Class of ‘74