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Save the Date!
Save the date! Join us for the Fall Celebration of Cornell Retirees on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Barton Hall. Come enjoy a free indoor BBQ lunch (retirees plus one guest), with several activity options:

  • Bingo (win prizes!)
  • Seasonal craft (pumpkin centerpiece)
  • Wortham Military Museum (photo tour or visit)
  • Send a note to a wounded veteran at Walter Reed

Event begins at 1:00 pm. Registration required .

 Registration closes on November 6, 2019, so reserve your spot now!
Open Enrollment is Here!
Retiree Open Enrollment is now underway until Friday, November 8, 2019.

NO ACTION IS NEEDED if you wish to remain enrolled in your current health plan for 2020!

1. Please watch your mailbox for the Aetna information package.

2. Review the Aetna 2020 Health Plan Information – there are minimal changes for next year, but you’ll want to read the Aetna provided information carefully.

The Aetna Retiree Service Center is available to answer your questions about your health plan coverage, open enrollment deadlines, meeting dates, and retiree premiums.

Contact the Retiree Service Center
1-800-338-4533 (TTY: 711)
8:00 am to 8:00 pm. ET, Monday – Friday
February 1 through September 30: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am-6:00 pm ET
October 1 through January 31: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am-8:00 pm ET

For the Retiree 80/20 Plan or the RPHP Plan: if you have questions about your Prescription Drug Plan through OptumRx, call OptumRx at 1-866-533-6977, available 24/7 to review plan details. 
Happening on Campus
Cornell Cinema Fall Events
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 7:30 pm
The Hunchback of Notre Dame:  Celebrate Halloween with a screening of the chilling 1923 silent film classic starring Lon Chaney as Quasimodo, with the musical score performed live by Dennis James on the Sage Chapel organ. In collaboration with CU Music.

Friday, October 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm                      
Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 4:30 pm                
Willard Straight Hall
Winner of the 1969 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Bondarchuk's War and Peace sets the changing fortunes of several aristocratic families against the backdrop of Napoleon's invasion of Russia. This recent digital restoration will be screened in four parts. Patrons can opt to see all four parts on Sunday, November 3! Cosponsored with the Dept of History, who will host a post-screening discussion & reception following the final screening on Wednesday, November 6. 

Metropolis (1927)
Friday, November 8, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Willard Straight Hall  
w/original score performed live by The Alloy Orchestra
Special Pricing: $16 general/$14 students ($3 off for All-Access Pass holders)

Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm 
Willard Straight Hall 
w/original score performed live by The Alloy Orchestra
Special Pricing: $14 general/$12 students ($3 off for All-Access Pass holders)
Virtually unknown until its recent restoration, Gallery of Monsters is one of the few directorial efforts of actor Jaque Catelain, who nonetheless packs in much creative confidence, from the sophisticated editing to the excellent cinematography and surreal costume design. 
Saturday October 26, 2019, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cornell Botanic Gardens
Nevin Welcome Center
Celebrate chocolate through history with tastings and hands-on activities. Come experience the rich story of chocolate starting from a tree; learn how it grows and how cacao seeds are processed to become lusciously smooth chocolate. Sample diverse chocolates as you travel through their place in history. Honor the Mexican Day of the Dead custom by grinding chocolate nibs on a traditional Mexican metate. Listen to thought-provoking Mexica/Aztec stories with special guest storyteller and musician, Michael Heralda.

Fee: $5/person, children 5 and under free, tickets available at the door.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology Offerings
Can Drones Help Our Bird Populations?
Monday, October 28, 2019, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd.
Ithaca, NY
Small unmanned vehicle systems (UVS), sometimes referred to as “drones” and formerly exclusive to militaries, are rapidly advancing in sophistication and availability to civilians. Ranging from hand-launched autonomous airplanes to terrestrial robots to underwater machines, they are increasingly being employed in such areas as agriculture, emergency services, meteorology, oceanography and now, small UVS are being used in the field of bird research and management, for example conducting population surveys, tracking radio-tagged birds, sensing and observing birds in inaccessible or dangerous places, mapping and monitoring bird habitats, and deterring nuisance bird species.

Join Dr. David M. Bird, an Emeritus Professor of Wildlife Biology at McGill University in Montreal, as he explores these applications of UVS for research, management, and conservation in the world of birds.

Attend this seminar in person in our Visitor Center auditorium, or watch live online .

3 Billion Birds Lost: the Bird Crisis and What We Can Do About It
Monday, November 4, 2019, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd.
Ithaca, NY
According to research published online in September by the journal Science, wild bird populations in the continental U.S. and Canada have declined by almost 30% since 1970. The study quantifies for the first time the total decline in bird populations in the continental U.S. and Canada, a loss of 2.9 billion breeding adult birds—with devastating losses among birds in every biome. Join Ken Rosenberg, who leads joint research initiatives by the Cornell Lab and American Bird Conservancy, to learn why these study results transcend the world of birds

Speaker: Ken Rosenberg is an applied conservation scientist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Attend this seminar in person in our Visitor Center auditorium, or watch live online.
Upcoming Chats in the Stacks
Poetry and Mind: Tractatus Poetico-Philosophicus
Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 4:30 - 5:30 pm
107 Olin Library
Poetry goes beyond the limits of language and thought, according to Laurent Dubreuil, a professor of comparative literature and Romance studies, and a member of the Cognitive Science Program. In a   Chats in the Stacks  talk, he will discuss his book  Poetry and Mind: Tractatus Poetico-Philosophicus  (Fordham University Press, 2018) which draws from literary theory, philosophy, and cognitive science to argue that poetry transcends syntactic structures, cognitive binding, and mental regulations. The broad literary scope of  Poetry and Mind  encompasses oral and written traditions from all continents—from ancient times to the contemporary era—and includes close analyses of poems in 20 different languages.

Gorges History: Landscapes and Geology of the Finger Lakes Region
Thursday, November 7, 2019, 4:00 - 5:00 pm
160  Mann Library
Deep lakes, waterfalls, shale, salt deposits, drumlins, and gorges—the unique landscapes of the Finger Lakes captivate locals and tourists alike. In a  Chats in the Stacks talk, Matthew Pritchard will discuss  Gorges History: Landscapes and Geology of the Finger Lakes Region (Paleontological Research Institution, 2018) by the late Art Bloom, a professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS), who introduced generations of Cornellians and other inquisitive minds to our beautiful landscapes and the powerful forces that formed them. Pritchard, who is also a professor at EAS, will share some of the fascinating geological stories of the area and discuss the collaborative effort he led to complete the book after Bloom’s passing in 2017.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase by check or credit card following the talk.
Calling All Bakers! Cornell Orchards Store 2nd Annual Apple Bake-Off
Saturday, November 9, 2019, 11:00 am  to  2:00 pm
Cornell Orchards 
709 Dryden Road
Ithaca, NY
Have you got what it takes to be the Cornell Orchards Store Apple Bake-off Champion?
  • Enter to be a baker and get a coupon for your baking apples
  • Bake ANY edible apple creation
  • Enter to win a Grand Prize and People’s Choice Award
  • Winners will be determined by taster’s votes

There are two ways for bakers to enter:

Deadline to enter as a baker is October 26th. Baked goods (or apple creations) are due Nov. 9th at 10:00 am.

This event is a fundraiser for the  United Way of Tompkins County   and is open to the public .
Cornell Food Pantry Opens
The Cornell Food Pantry, an initiative to help address food insecurity at Cornell, opened its doors to the Cornell community this month.

Located in 109 McGraw Place, the Cornell Food Pantry is just off University Avenue, across from Alice Cook House on West Campus. Free, confidential access to food and personal care items will be available to anyone with a valid Cornell ID.

The Cornell Food Pantry is open Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00 - 7:00 pm, Wednesdays and Fridays 10:00 am-1:00 pm, and Sundays 12:00 -3:00 pm.
Annual Flu Vaccination Clinics
Flu clinics are now open to all –students, staff, faculty, retirees, student spouses/partners, and other community and family members (age 3+). No appointment necessary.

Vaccine types – regular dose, high dose, and thimerosal-free flu shots available ( learn more about flu vaccine types ); no FluMist.

  • FREE for all students, staff, faculty, & retirees
  • Other community members: the cost will depend on your insurance 

Clinic dates and locations can be found  here .
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Nut Trees for the Home Landscape
Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
CCE-Tompkins Education Center
615 Willow Avenue
Ithaca, NY
Nut trees can provide highly nutritious food for centuries. Local nuts can be used for anything from holiday snacks to staples like flour, oil, and butters. This class, taught by experienced nut grower Akiva Silver, will provide information on growing nut trees in a changing climate, the best types of nuts for growing in NY, harvesting and processing nuts, and samples of several types of local nuts.

Fee: $10-$20/person self-determined sliding scale. Pre-register online .

Questions? Contact Jennie Cramer, Horticulture Program Manager, at or call 607- 272-2292.
Winterizing Your Garden
Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
CCE-Tompkins Education Center
615 Willow Avenue
Ithaca, NY
The key to GREAT Spring gardening is good Fall preparation! Learn how to "put your garden to bed" for the winter: prepare your property and protect your soil from winter cold and spring rains, ensure optimal nutrition and soil health for great gardening the rest of the year.

Fee : $10-$20/person self-determined sliding scale, no one will be turned away. 

Register and learn more at the event website.
Community Events
Downtown Ithaca Haunted History Walking Tours
October 25, 26, 30, 2019, 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Tompkins Center for History & Culture
Atrium Lobby, 1st Floor
110 North Tioga Street
Ithaca, NY
Today Ithaca is known for its gorges, education, food, vibrant cultural scene, and its diverse population... but this was not always the case. Downtown Ithaca holds colorful narratives of past people and events. What spirits and memories linger? The tales might be chilling as death, murder, jealousy, insanity, and accidents are recalled. Be attentive and watchful.
 This Ithaca Heritage Tour is offered by The History Center in Tompkins County and will be led by Tompkins County Heritage Ambassador Sherri La-Torre.
Tickets cost $10. Free for children ages 7 and under with an adult caregiver. Buy online here or at the tour's start.
Museum in the Dark
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 6:00 - 8:00 pm
1259 Trumansburg Road
Ithaca, NY
The Museum is opening its doors in the evening to look at space in a spooky way with Cornell’s Astronomy Graduate Network. Astronomy students will have stations throughout the Museum dedicated to space exploration.

Come dressed in costume and get candy treats as you learn more about space.

And don't forget to explore the Museum’s "Bees! Diversity, Evolution and Conservation" exhibit while you are there!
Talking About Death Won’t Kill You...
Saturday, November 9, 2:00-4:00 pm
The Space@Greenstar
700 W. Buffalo Street
Ithaca, NY
Talking about death can help you make informed decisions about end-of-life plans for yourself and others.
Many people die in ways inconsistent with their values and wishes. Planning ahead provides an opportunity to think about and communicate what you do and don’t want at the end of life. 
Join us to develop the practical know-how needed to plan well for the end of life. The format is open, so drop by for a few minutes or stay for two hours.
Staff from local organizations can help you explore: 
  • advance directives: health care proxies & living wills
  • accessing palliative care
  • hospice care
  • wills & trusts
  • organ donation
  • funeral planning
  • green burial
Brought to you by On Dying Well, Cayuga Medical Center, Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network, Funeral Consumers Alliance of the Finger Lakes, Greensprings Natural Cemetery Preserve, Hospicare & Palliative Care Services, Human Services Coalition, Ithaca College Gerontology Institute, Visiting Nurse Service of Ithaca
Employment & Volunteer Opportunities
Study Participants Needed for Diabetes Research
The Type 2 Diabetes Study is a research project being conducted by the Poole Lab in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University. They are studying the relationship between dietary intake, genetics, and gut microbes in type 2 diabetes.

They are actively looking for study participants!

You may qualify for the study if you are 45 years old or over and have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Please see the flyer below for more details.

Please contact them at or 607-288-2711 if you are interested in learning more and potentially participating in this study.

To learn more about their lab please visit their website.
Shoppers Needed
Love to shop? The Cancer Resource Center is looking for a volunteer to do weekly grocery shopping for their support groups. They provide a Wegmans store charge and reusable bags. The shopping must be done on Mondays or Tuesdays before 5:00 pm.

Contact Sharon Kaplan, Director of Volunteer Services, at or 607-277-0960.
Volunteer With Cornell Athletics
Love Cornell Athletic events? Are you interested in getting behind the scenes and volunteering at upcoming athletic events? Please contact for more information!
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