Why we give to Cornell…

Class of 1974 Class Scholarship winner sends this beautiful letter of gratitude. Read it here and learn more about Garret Guillen and our Class Scholarship.

Academic Year 2015 — 2016
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Oelschlager and the entire Class of 1974,
As I approach my final semester at Cornell University I realize that there is no way I could have adequately expressed appreciation when I first received your gift that allowed me to enter this amazing campus over 3 years ago. I still remember having the discussion with my parents, after the initial elation of being admitted, about whether or not attending this renowned institution was financially feasible. After receiving aid coupled with scholarship funds from your donations I’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy every minute of my time at Cornell. Reflecting on all the experiences, the people, the classes, the campus, and all other aspects of the Cornell community I realize that it is time so valuable I couldn’t have known its worth as an incoming freshman and time that I hope to provide for another incoming freshman someday. As my brother goes through his freshman year at Cornell I try and explain to him the unique significance that his time at school will offer him because I am so excited that someone so close to me now has the same opportunity that I have enjoyed so greatly. Yet I experience difficulty trying to express my immense appreciation of my Cornell experience to him as I realize that his experience will also be unique and that he must find it on his own. I experience the same difficulty while trying to express my immeasurable gratitude to you and your colleagues who have made this experience possible for me. I now realize in my closing year that you have all sought to provide a student with such an incredible education because you all have received a similarly valuable gift in all of your own unique experiences at Cornell; and I now also carry that desire to share our Cornell community with others in need. I would like to thank you all again for allowing me to become a part of this amazing campus for the past 3 years; and I want to express my desire to continue to share this Cornell experience long past graduation.
With gratitude,
Garrett Guillen
Gmg83@cornell.edu

 

New College of Business

President Garrett and Provost Michael Kotlikoff announced in December a proposal to create a new College of Business at Cornell.  This College would include the current Johnson Graduate School of Management, the undergraduate business program (called “Ag Ec” in our day, now called “Applied Economics and Management (AEM)”) which is now in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the School of Hotel Administration.  To learn more about this proposal, which would require a change in the university by-laws, you may want to read both the official university announcement here and the Cornell Daily Sun articles and comments here.

Class Gift to President Garrett

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A dozen members of our [Notable] Class of 1974 met recently with new Cornell President Elizabeth Garrett to give her a welcome gift.  You may recall the “perfect Cornell dinner party” drawing featuring famous Cornell alumni that appeared in the March 2015 issue of Cornell Alumni Magazine.  To read the article click here.

West Coast Cornellians

The Cover Story of the Summer 2015 edition of Ezra Magazine highlights Cornellians on the West Coast. Three members of the Class of 1974 are featured:  John Williams ’74, who founded Frog’s Leap Winery; Mort Bishop ’74, President of Pendleton Woolen Mills, and entrepreneurs Bill McAleer ’73, MBA ’75 and his wife, Colleen McAleer ’74.

Highlights of the Sesquicentennial

Charter Weekend in Ithaca culminated a year of celebration for Cornell’s 150th Birthday.

For a full recap, see Cornell’s website.

See this video tribute that sums up the learning and living experience that is Cornell.

150 year timeline, compiled by Cornell.

The once-in-a-Sesquicentennial group, the Cronell Global Choir, is the first collegiat organization in the world to perform its school’s Alma Mater virtually, during Charter Weekend.  See it here.

A Sesquicentennial?

Randee Mia Berman ’74 honors Cornell in her Huff Post Blog.  This blog focuses on Cornell’s 150th Anniversary. 

Chapter House Fire

A recent fire has destroyed two buildings, although, thankfully, no deaths nor serious injuries have been reported. The fire broke out in the early morning hours at the site of the well known Chapter House on Stewart Avenue.  Read about the fire in the Cornell Chronicle.  Two Class of 1974 alumni are quoted in an article about Alumni reactions, in the Cornell Daily Sun.  Finally, give support for efforts to rebuild the Chapter House in an online forum.

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Mia’s World Radio Show

Notable classmate Randee Mia Berman focuses on Cornell 150 during April, on her own radio show, each Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. at www.cityworldradio.com.   Her programs are archived on the site. City World Radio is a leading provider of high-definition internet radio programming. 

Cornell Alumni Magazine

The Spring 2015 issue of the Cornell Alumni Magazine is a special sesquicentennial issue and features a wonderful article about a no-time-constraints dinner party honoring 24 of the most notable Cornellians.  Christopher Reeve ’74 sits two chairs over from Ezra, across from Kurt Vonnegut, next to astronaut Mae Jemison and Nobel winner Pearl Buck.  Also included is a photo honoring 156 of Cornell’s most respected current faculty.  Our classmates Nina Bassuk ’74, Horticulture; Barry Strauss ’74, History; and Mariana Wolfner ’74, molecular biology and genetics, are members of this august group.

Cornell Alumni Magazine has a new editor, Jenny Barnett, who is producing a fond, funny, readable, objective view of Cornell for Magazine readers.  Kudos to our [Notable] classmate Bill Howard ’74 who is Chair of the Cornell Alumni Magazine Committee.  This is the oversight body for the independent alumni publication, one of the oldest in the country.

To receive this great magazine over the next year, you need to pay your class dues.  Dues also support our class.

Each issue of the Cornell Alumni Magazine also contains news of classmates, compiled by our class correspondents.  Click here to submit news for the magazine.