Campus News and Class Events

Cornell’s Interim President Hunter Rawlings gave an impassioned speech—the annual State of the University address–to 500 alumni last week in Ithaca. Hunter spoke about the value of a liberal arts education for all Cornell undergraduates, and he emphasized that Cornell is uniquely positioned to provide this to students. He talked about how Cornell needs to continue to strengthen ties between “upstate” and “downstate,” meaning Ithaca’s Cornell and NYC’ Weill and Cornell Tech. For more on the speech, click here.

If your plans have you in the NYC area on Thanksgiving weekend, consider attending the Classes of the ’70s reception on Saturday, November 26 at 5:30pm at Local West Café, across the street from Madison Square Garden where the Cornell Men’s ice hockey team will play University of New Hampshire at 8pm. To register and for additional details, click here.

Looking forward to 2017, we have two class events already scheduled. One is a reception & informal dinner in Baltimore on Friday, February 3, at 6pm. Location TBD. A number of classmates will be in Baltimore that weekend for Cornell meetings so we will piggyback on that opportunity to get together. More details will be shared as the date gets closer.

In June 2017 we are holding a mini-Reunion in Ithaca that will be part of Cornell’s big annual Reunion weekend on June 8-11. We will also be celebrating our 65th birthdays at this mini-Reunion. Look for preliminary information on the mini-Reunion next month on the class website and in our next email.

Earlier this fall, more than a dozen classmates enjoyed a Class of 1974 tailgate party at Cornell Homecoming. This year, Homecoming featured an Arts Crawl (including faculty-led visits to the Cornell Costume Collection in Martha Van Rensselaer Hall, the refurbished plaster casts/sculptures in Klarman/Goldwyn Smith Hall, the Foundry (part of Art, Architecture & Planning) and the Johnson Art Museum) and a live-streamed lecture by Cornell Asst. Professor Kevin Kniffin on “10 Bottom-Line Lessons from the Big Leagues” about what businesses can learn from studying the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and NCAA. Here’s a photo of the Class of ’74 tailgate party:


Hope to see you at a Cornell event soon.

Dale Lazar
President [Notable] Class of ‘74