I have just returned from Ithaca and the 2022 Reunion. After a 2-year hiatus due to COVID, reunion was almost normal (as was graduation two weeks earlier). The weather was fantastic and the schedule was jam-packed, featuring the dedication of the recently renovated Martha Van Rensselaer Hall and a very entertaining talk by Bill Nye ’77 (the Science Guy) who was celebrating his 45th reunion. His talk can be found here.
And speaking of reunions, our 50th (don’t look now) is less than two years away—mark June 6-9, 2024 on your calendar. Also, we are going to feature in our Class HQ a playlist of all the favorites during our time on the Hill. Please send me (firstname.lastname@example.org) the song(s) you want included. (For starters, I am suggesting Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf.) The play list will be available on Spotify.
Another very cool (actually hot) development on campus at reunion was the groundbreaking for the Cornell Borehole Observatory (CUBO). This 2-mile deep hole in the ground will be a proof of concept to harness the heat of the earth to heat the Cornell campus. (The university has a goal of carbon neutrality by 2035, and earth source heating is a key part of the plan.) It will take about 2 months to drill the hole (24/7) and then a number of months to collect and analyze data. Over the 5 decades I have been a Cornellian, rarely have I sensed so much excitement across the university—Drill Baby Drill!
One final note: Cornell’s fiscal year ends on June 30. Please consider making a gift of any amount, to any area or program at Cornell, by clicking here.
Hope your summer is off to a good start.