New CU Students, Moon Landing, Stump at the Straight, Class Dues

Happy August!  Cornell summer school classes are finishing up this week and new students arrive on campus in just two weeks.  We actually have a handful of classmates whose kids are coming to Cornell this fall as new students!

Cornell celebrated the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Moon Landing last month with campus lectures, panels, a concert, and an ongoing Apollo 11 exhibit at Kroch Library.  Two Cornell scientists were among the researchers who received moon dust samples from NASA after the Apollo astronauts returned to Earth.  These samples were on display at Olin Library in September 1969 and 8000 visitors viewed the moon dust.  And a Cornellian figured out the TV camera that allowed hundreds of millions of people to watch live images of the Apollo 11 astronauts’ walk on the moon. Learn more here.

Speaking of Cornell history, the current issue of the Cornell Alumni Magazine has a terrific article on Cornell Collectors’ Items from the University Archives.  Kroch Library houses thousands of artifacts ranging from a copy of the Gettysburg Address in Lincoln’s own hand; the typewriter of Cornell 1921 graduate and author ofCharlotte’s Web E.B. White; handwritten sketches by Mozart and Beethoven; a signed first edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night; a hanging chad voting machine from the 2000 election; LGBT activism buttons; and a piece of the beloved Willard Straight Hall stump from the early 1970’s. All can be seen in-person by the general public.  Click here to view these priceless treasures.

And speaking of Cornell Alumni Magazine, it’s time to pay your Class of 1974 class dues for 2019-20 if you’ve not already done so.  Annual dues are a very reasonable $60 AND include a subscription to the  Magazine and other benefits.  This is a good way to stay in touch with the class and with Cornell.  Dues also help pay for the class website, events, Reunions and more. Pay on-line at here.  Not sure if you’ve paid? Email Membership VP Jodi Sielschott Stechschulte at

Finally, as a new Cornell year has just begun (on July 1), we are starting to plan how to reach more ’74 classmates and get people engaged as participants, in-person or virtually, in class affairs as we move toward our 50th Reunion.  Ideas, suggestions and volunteers welcome!  Please reach out to one of us!

Thanks and enjoy the rest of the summer.