Our Class celebrated our 45th Reunion in great style last weekend in Ithaca! The weather gods were with us as we enjoyed 3 straight days of warm, sunny, clear, blue-sky weather. We broke records for 45th Reunion attendance and fundraising! You can see our Class Reunion photos at here. (password is notable) More will be up next week so check back. Also send photos you took to Bill Howard firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add them.
One highlight of the weekend was a breakfast talk by Cornell President Martha Pollack, who shared an update on the university’s current challenges and opportunities, discussed the impact that U.S. immigration policy has on bringing new and diverse faculty and students to Cornell, and reiterated the importance of strong links between the Cornell Tech Campus in NYC and Ithaca. Video from our Town Hall with President Pollack should be available on our Class Website next week.
Another highlight was our evening of Cornell trivia, Cornell crosswords, and “Note-ables” music performed by classmates. Can you name the best-selling ice cream at Cornell Dairy? Can you identify the “Campus creature that emerges once a year”? What about “Lake located far below campus”? While we can’t resurrect the trivia contest in this email, you can print out your own copy of the crosswords here. No cheating by checking answers ahead of time!
We were joined at Reunion by Class of ’74 scholars Wendi Gonzalez, Architecture ’21 and William Nnuro, Biology & Theatre Arts ’21. William wrote, “I talked to as many of you as I could and each conversation gave me a burst of inspiration and hope for my future. I can’t stress enough how grateful I am.”
We welcomed 18 classmates for whom this was their first reunion. Most said it won’t be their last! These first-timers came from as far away as Oregon, South Carolina and Wisconsin and as close as Massachusetts and New York, Another cohort of classmates came back for the first time since our 5th Reunion. It’s never too late…so remember that for our 50th (eek!) Reunion in 2024.
Finally, now is the time to pay your class dues for 2019-20. Due payers receive the award-winning Cornell Alumni Magazine and help support class activities. TheMagazine is a great way to stay in touch with what’s going on at Cornell and with our class. Pay dues on-line here, or mail a check made payable to our class to Box 37333, Boone, IA 50037-0333. Dues are $60, $65 for a couple, or $30/$35 with no Magazine.
Thanks for helping to make our 45th Reunion year such a success! P.S. We still have until June 30 to reach our ambitious 1000 donor goal, so please make a gift, if you haven’t already, here. Keep us Notable!