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.

2015 New Student Reading Project: Slaughterhouse Five

Cornell alumnus Kurt Vonnegut ’44 is the author of the 2015 New Student Reading Project.  Class dues-payers can request a complimentary copy of the book, written in 1969.

Each year, all incoming students at Cornell spend part of Orientation Week in discussion groups and lectures focusing on a common reading.  For 2015, the reading selection continues the focus on Cornell’s 150th Anniversary by featuring a Cornell alumnus author, Kurt Vonnegut ’44.  All new students will be reading his anti-war novel, Slaughterhouse Five, written in 1969.  In many ways, these incoming students will be revisiting the same issues many of us were discussing as freshmen.  Read more about the book selection at the Cornell Chronicle..

In early summer, class dues payers will be given the option to receive a complimentary copy of the book. Look for a class email, or simply reserve your complimentary book here.  You’ll receive the book later in the summer.

Online resources, discussion questions, and webinars will connect you with the intellectual content that the new students are experiencing on campus. Look for these in-depth web resources to be developed by Cornell by the start of the fall semester.

Learn about past Reading Projects here.

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Reunion 2015 and 2014

Reunion Weekend is underway in Ithaca. You can see livestream events!  Or, re-visit our own 40th Reunion memories from 2014:  Cornell’s website captures all kinds of activities from 2014, while our class Reunion webpage has highlights for our class from last year!  Check out videos at our phanfare site. The “Then and Now” video was especially popular.

The 2015 Reunion is  targeted for the Classes of the 5’s and 0’s–i.e. the Class of 1975.  The 2015 Reunion will also have special Sesquicentennial events along with the last Reunion State of the University address by President David Skorton.

Class of 1974 Membership

All classmates are members of the Class of 1974, and welcome at all class activities and events. Additionally, class dues help us with these events and communication.  Learn about class membership.

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. 

High Line & High Balls: TOUR SOLD OUT Reception has plenty of Room

The [Notable] Class of 1974 is planning a [Notable] Tour of High Line in NYC, followed by a [Notable] reception at the Historic Frying Pan on Pier 66!   We have arranged a private tour of the High Line, with the Director of Design.  This 20-block-long innovative and award winning linear urban park has been created on an elevated rail line through the industrial zone of the West Side of Manhattan. It is unique.

Our tour will conclude at 34th Street and Pier 66, where we watch the sunset over the Hudson River along with a reception at the Historic Frying Pan on Pier 66. This ship is on the National Register of Historic Places, and has been closed for renovations over the last few months.  We will be one of the first groups to enjoy the updates.

Learn more about the event, and RSVP here.  We need to arrange docents, so please try to RSVP for the tour by April 24. If you miss this deadline, let us know if you are interested in the tour, and we will see if we can fit you in.  With or without an RSVP, please join us at the reception.

 

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.