Class Legacy New Students; Book Ideas; Homecoming Tailgate

Fall semester classes at Cornell are well underway with three legacies of The Notable Class of 1974 starting as new students.  To welcome these students and others, classmates Mary Berens, John Foote and Kristen Rupert hosted their annual welcome picnic on move-in day.














L to R: Andy Chang ’74, Kaitlin Chang ’23 A&S, Mary Berens ’74, Renee Alexander ’74, Alison Dreizen ’74, Rosie Dreizen ’22 ILR, John Foote ’74, Kristen Rupert ’74.  Missing: Lisa Liff ’23 ENG and her mom Merlise Wan.  Lisa’s dad is Chuck Liff ’74, deceased. 

Please help us choose a book for our new Class of 1974 Book Project!  Although Cornell has ended its annual freshman reading project, we are going to do our own, based on the expressed interest of a number of our classmates.  Once we’ve identified a book, we will provide it to all class dues payers and then offer a follow-up discussion webinar moderated by a Cornell faculty member.  Wherever you are in the world, you can participate!

Do you have ideas for a book that might meet the following loose criteria?

  • set in our time at Cornell, or
  • set in Ithaca, or
  • written by a Cornell author (professor, alum, staff, parent) or
  • a book that you think our classmates would find interesting, stimulating, rewarding, fun.

Send your suggestions to Kristen Rupert at (Click here to see a partial list of former Cornell new student reading project books.)

Our class is partnering with other Classes of the 1970’s to present a Homecoming weekend tailgate barbecue in Ithaca Noon to 3pm on Saturday, October 5.  Football is at 3pm versus Georgetown.  Homecoming weekend is full of events for all ages including lectures, fireworks, a road race, arts tour and concert—see details at here.  Questions about the 70’s tailgate can be directed to classmate Roberta Bandel Walcer at  Register for the tailgate here.

If you’ve not yet paid your class dues for 2019-20, now is the time!  Pay by October 8 to ensure you don’t miss an issue of Cornell Alumni Magazine.  You can pay on-line here.  Not sure if you’ve paid?  Contact Jodi Sielschott Stechschulte at

Finally, this is my final email as President of the Class of 1974.  Serving as class president has been an honor and a joy, and I am delighted to pass the leadership torch to our new Class President Shelley Cosgrove DeFord.  Thanks to all of you for your support, ideas, volunteer participation and more.  You make our class Notable!