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


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.

Zinck’s Night-Thursday, Oct. 15

All Cornell alumni, parents, and friends are invited to celebrate the long standing tradition of Zinck’s Night! Join in the fun at an event near you!  Almost 50 events are planned around the globe:  two in DC alone.


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.

Class of 1974 Christopher Reeves Scholar: Christine Bullen ’08

Christine hails from Colorado Springs, Colorado where she made her performing debut at age five playing a rat that gets blown up by a cannon in The Nutcracker. Seventeen years later, Christine received a BA in Theatre Arts from Cornell.

Since graduation, Christine has split her time between California and New York. On the west coast, she’s trained in improv comedy with The Groundlings and performed in San Francisco with sketch group Killing My Lobster, named the Bay Area’s best comedy group. In the Big Apple, she’s worked on indie films, shorts and webseries.

Christine returned to Cornell for the Class of 1974 40th Reunion. She gave a great, and very funny, recap of her time at Cornell during the Friday Trivia Night at the Class Headquarters.



Class of 1974 Scholar: Garrett Guillen ’16

Fall 2012

Dear Class of 1974,

I would like to begin by expressing the utmost sense of gratitude for your incredible generosity and the personal hospitality shown to me. An incoming freshman could not have asked for anything more and I will always remember the kindness of the members of your class.

My name is Garrett Guillen and I am honored to be the recipient of the Class of 1974 scholarship award. I am studying in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. I am from Upland, California and I went to Damien High School in La Verne, California. I have two siblings: Kyle (15) and Claire (12). My parents are Manuel and Carole Guillen. I am very close to my family and consider them to be the most influential people in my life. They have always been there for me to motivate me and I attribute my success in large part to them.

As for my own personal endeavor, I am unsure of my specific career plans. My primary interest at this point is a possible career in law but I look to keep an open mind; as I delve into my studies my interests are sure to change. One goal I am sure of is to contribute as much as possible to the Cornell community because it has presented itself as such a bountiful opportunity to me; I only see fit that I give back what it is sure to provide for me. I would like to thank you again for your generosity and to express my excitement at being a member of the Cornell tradition.

Go Big Red!

Garrett Guillen ’16


Class of 1974 Scholar: Sabina Sattler ’12

May 2012: A Graduation Farewell from Sabina Sattler

Dear Class of 1974,

As finals’ week comes to an end I am anxiously awaiting the fun of Senior Week festivities, especially because I helped plan some of the activities as Chair of Day Trips. But then when I think of the final days of Convocation and Commencement, my happiness turns bittersweet. 

One honor that I was given for Commencement is that I will be one of the Class Council Banner bearers. I will have the privilege to walk at the front of the undergraduate procession. I cannot believe that my four years are over at Cornell. I have made so many memories from the classroom in Ithaca to overseas. 

I am proud to say that I am a part of the Teach for America 2012 Corps in Detroit, MI. I will be teaching secondary social studies, although I do not know exactly what grade yet. While teaching my own class, I will also be taking courses at Oakland University as a requirement for my teaching certification. This summer I will be in Chicago teaching one summer school class as a part of an intensive training and TFA preparation for leading my own classroom! 

I would like to again thank the Class of ’74 for making my time here at Cornell possible. 



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Class of 1974 Breaks Records in Giving and in Participation

The Notable Class of 1974 broke records! Attendance: 272 classmates, and 400 registered classmates and guests!

Tower club donors: 108 classmates gave at the $5000 level or higher! The previous record belonged to the Class of 1973 and was 89. We’ve set a great standard for future classes.  Thanks to all classmates for their generosity.