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!

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.

45th Reunion Year Ending, Photos, Gifts & Ithaca Summer Fun

We’re still basking in the glow from our wonderful 45th Reunion celebration in Ithaca earlier this month.  With great weather and a strong turnout of classmates and friends/family, it’s no wonder the weekend was a success!  Whether you were there in person or in spirit, we hope your memories of our class and our time on the Hill are good ones.

Photos from Reunion weekend are being posted weekly by classmate and photo guru Bill Howard.  Check out our class photo site and send any photos—from Reunion, from your days at Cornell—to Bill at so we can add those pics to our class photo archive.

More than 700 classmates made a gift to Cornell on behalf of our 45th Reunion.  If you have not yet made a gift, you have only four days left—Cornell’s fiscal year ends June 30.  Please consider a donation of $45.00, or $19.74, or any amount, to any Cornell cause—scholarships, chimes, robotics, athletics, chorus, etc.  It’s easy–just click here to see the many options and choose one that matches your interests.  Do it now!  Thanks.

Ithaca is a great place to spend time in the summer.  The most recent Cornell Alumni Magazine features an information-rich piece on “161 Reasons to Come Back to Ithaca This Summer.”  Check out all the fun things to do—on campus, near campus, downtown and in the area— here.












As always, thanks for your support of Cornell and the Class of 1974.  Happy Summer!

Reunion Recap, Cornell Crosswords, Dues







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 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!

Graduation, Bill Nye Science Guy, Not Too Late for Reunion

Cornell just celebrated its 151st Commencement on a beautiful, warm, blue-sky Sunday in Schoellkopf Stadium.  More than 22,000 parents, family members, friends, administrators, alumni and faculty joined nearly 6000 soon-to-be graduates to hear President Martha Pollack, listen to the Cornell Glee Club and Chorus, and watch undergraduate and graduate students receiving degrees.  President Pollack noted that Cornell’s first graduating class in 1869 had only 8 members, the campus had only two buildings, and the graduation ceremony was held downtown.  Read Martha Pollack’s comments here. 

Bill Nye ’77, the “Science Guy,” gave a witty, insightful and funny Convocation address.  He urged students to celebrate the joy of discovery and exhorted them to change the world, saying “You’re graduates of Cornell University, for crying out loud.”  He shared stories of his time at Cornell and talked about current issues facing the globe, including climate change.  Learn more about Bill’s remarks here. 

Cornell Daily Sun 5/31/1974 graduation edition

Remember our Class of 1974 graduation on Monday, June 3, 1974?  According to the May 31, 1974 Cornell Daily Sun, 2,475 undergraduate and 639 graduate students were to receive degrees.  A total crowd of about 10,000 was expected.  The ceremony was held in Barton Hall (it was hot!) and President Dale Corson spoke about morality.  Found this cover of that Cornell Daily Sun in the archives of our class website.

Forty-five years later, we are celebrating our Reunion on campus in just over one week! It’s not too late to register—just click here.  Or if your plans are up in the air, just show up on Thursday, Friday, Saturday or even Sunday, June 6-9.  We welcome all attendees!  And if you are unable to attend, please consider participating in our Reunion year by making a gift to Cornell in any amount, for any area at Cornell. to make a contribution.  Thank you!

Hope to see you on campus!

Slope Day, Reunion Early Bird, Musical [Note-ables] and more

Spring semester classes finished up this week under clear blue skies and warm temperatures (finally!)  Slope Day, the annual end-of-year outdoor celebration featuring live music, food and plenty of facetime on Libe Slope, takes place Thursday.  Past entertainers include Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Ben Folds, Drake, Nelly, Taio Cruz, Kendrick Lamar, Ludacris and Walk the Moon.  This year features musical acts EZI, Steve Aoki and Cousin Stizz.  (Unfamiliar names to many of us….but not to the students!)

Reunion is just over a month away and the EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT for registration ends this FRIDAY, MAY 10.  Check out the class Reunion schedule and register here.Don’t wait!  Not sure what to pack?  This fun Reunion video should help! Watch here.


Our Class of 1974 Scholarship recipient, Wendi Gonzalez ’21, is attending our Reunion. She’s completing her Cornell in Rome program and looks forward to meeting 1974 classmates in Ithaca before starting her summer job at an architecture firm in Boston. Learn more about Wendi here.

Classmates Bill Quain and Joe Kowalik are in charge of Reunion fun and are organizing a music event.  We’ll post highlights on the class website after Reunion.  Here’s a note from Bill:

“Hey Notable classmates: Bring your instruments, your voices, and anything else that will make music, and join the Class of ‘74’s newest addition to the Cornell tradition! Join the Class of ’74 “Note-Ables:” a rag-tag, yet dedicated, group of music makers. We will play a small set of songs (hey, we’re just getting started!) that cover some of the great hits from when we were students, fun “sing-a-long” numbers (think Sweet Caroline, Margaritaville, Love Train, Midnight Train to Georgia, Piano Man) and of course some Cornell classics.

Who should join the Note–Ables?  Anyone with an instrument and a desire to have fun at Reunion.  What kind of instrument?  We’d like ukulele players (which I have recently become, kind of) but let’s not stop there!  Brass, strings, percussion, keyboards etc. are all welcome.  We have a piano on site in Becker Hall (headquarters location). Got a harmonica?  Tambourine?  (Sorry, no Didgeridoos).  It’s all for FUN, so don’t be shy.  (And, depending on how things go, please be available for a World Tour, not to exceed six months.)

Notable ukulele and banjolele master Bill Quain will provide sheet music ahead of time for a dozen easy-to-play numbers.  Practice on your own, and on Friday night of Reunion (June 7) we will strut our stuff at our class headquarters.  If you are interested, please contact, or 305 606 8976.” 

Finally, please consider making a gift to Cornell in honor of our 45th Reunion.  We already have more than 600 donors and hope to reach 1000 by June 30.  To make a gift now, click here.

New Class Trustee, Campus Core Values, Reunion, Photos

Spring is in full force in Ithaca, with temperatures zooming from 40 to 70 degrees several days last week.  The quads are greening up and buds on the flowering trees are starting to pop.  Spring in Ithaca may be fleeting but it’s certainly breathtaking. 


Our classmate Cynthia Cuffie has been elected by Cornell alumni as a Cornell Trustee! Cynthia joins 1974 classmate and active board member Don Opatrny. Several other classmates have also served on the board: John Alexander, Mort Bishop, Blanche Savin Goldenberg, Evan Stewart and Mariana Wolfner.  Thanks to all our 1974 Trustees and congrats to Cynthia! 

Cornell President Martha Pollack recently released a draft core values statement for the university, the purpose of which is “to foster a more inclusive, equitable and welcoming atmosphere at Cornell.”  Please send your comments by April 30 to Joel Malina, VP University Relations, at

Our class Reunion plans are coming together.   President Pollack will join us for coffee Friday morning, June 7 at 9am at our class headquarters in air-conditioned Carl Becker House on West Campus.  It’s a good opportunity to hear from our president, in a small setting, and ask questions.  You should have received detailed Reunion Registration and class event info by mail in late March.  Can’t find the mailing?  Just click here.  The early bird discount expires May 10, so don’t wait! 

Speaking of Reunion, classmate Bill Howard is once again putting together a class photo slideshow, set to ’70s music, for Saturday night’s dinner.  Whether you are coming to Reunion or not, please share your photos!  You can email photos—from today, from yesteryear, from your undergraduate days—to  We’ll also be taking photos of every Reunion attendee at Reunion; these will be posted and used in the Saturday show. Help us put on the best show ever!  

Fundraising is a major part of Cornell Reunions.  Our goal is to receive gifts from 1,000 classmates.  To date, 589 classmates have made a gift.  If you are not yet among our donors, please get your name on the donor list by making a gift in ANY amount to ANY area of Cornell. Click here to do so.

Reunion excitement is building!  You’ll be hearing more from us over the coming weeks—we are only six weeks away from Reunion!  Hope to see you there. 


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Our 45th Reunion is just 2 months away!

It’s time to start making your travel plans and register for our 45th Reunion in Ithaca, June 6-9. Any questions, email Reunion Chair Shelley Cosgrove DeFord ’74 at Hope to see you on the Hill!

For more information and to register click here.

Almost Spring, Giving Day, Summer Classes

Happy almost-spring!  Winter is winding down in Ithaca and students are looking forward to spring break in just two weeks.  There’s still a bit of snow left on the Cornell campus—check out the live camera feed here


Our 45th Reunion is just three months away.  We hope you will join the hundreds of classmates planning to be in Ithaca June 6-9.  You can participate now in our 45thReunion activities by reaching out to classmates, dorm-mates, teammates, fraternity brothers or sorority sisters, undergrad work friends—anyone you knew at Cornell with whom you’d like to reconnect.  If you’ve lost touch and can’t find someone, we can help–just let us know whom you’d like to reach.

TODAY is Cornell Giving Day which is another way you can be involved in our 45thReunion.  You can make a donation of ANY amount, to ANY area of Cornell, and it will count toward our Reunion fundraising goal.  It’s easy and fun (in fact, we made our gift this morning.) Please help our class reach our goal of 1000 donors by making your gift today!  If you’d like to give to our Class of 1974 scholarship, click here or just go to the general Giving Day website and type, under “Other,” “Class of 1974 Scholarship, Fund #012825.”  Our class scholarship money is put to good use.  Read about our current class scholar here.

Looking ahead, why not think about taking a one-week Cornell Adult University course on campus this summer?  Classes run July 7-August 3 and offerings range from history to birdwatching to biking to gourmet cooking to social justice to climate change to golf to beer-making to Latin dance to literature to kayaking to wines to humor to literature. Bring friends, kids, grandkids.  Ithaca is at its best in mid-summer. for details.

Hope to see you in June!