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Retiree Employee Assembly
Representatives Needed
Two Cornell retirees are needed to represent the retiree community on the Employee Assembly (EA) beginning June 2021. The EA advocates for staff interests and identifies matters of concern that impact daily life on campus and works with the university administration/other key stakeholders to seek solutions. This is an excellent way to be involved in decisions that make Cornell a great community! 
The one retiree seat/vote is shared by two volunteers to reduce the overall time commitment. A term is two years and is staggered for continuity purposes. Rotating off is retiree Ginny McAuley, whom we thank for her dedication and willingness to serve in this important role, alongside fellow retiree, Susan Barry. Susan notes, "For any retiree wondering if their voice would be heard or if the Employee Assembly makes a difference, please know that the answer is yes to both. And that the Employee Assembly is enriched by the perspective of retirees as well as all of the different constituency groups represented."  

Retirees who live outside New York state are eligible to volunteer and can join any meetings remotely.
What’s involved?
  • Attend virtual, noontime bi-weekly EA meetings with committees meeting on off weeks. You will work collaboratively with your fellow volunteer to determine participation and coverage for these various meetings.
  • Join the Cornell HR Retiree Engagement Advisory Committee (HR REAC) meetings three times per year. This committee is charged with advancing Cornell as a retiree/retirement-friendly employer. 
  • Liaise with Work/Life in Human Resources to communicate with retirees, inform on specific issues/concerns, etc.
  • Connect with the retiree community through events sponsored by Work/Life, the Retiree Newsletter, and/or other opportunities.
Please contact Amy Layton, Work/Life Program Coordinator, at to learn more.  
Cornell Offerings
Coping with Grief During COVID-19
Wednesday, March 31, 12:00-1:00 p.m. via Zoom
COVID-19 has disrupted the flow of our lives in many ways. We grieve the loss of independence, freedom, social connections with others, activities, and our regular routine. The pandemic has also complicated the way we grieve the death of loved ones. This webinar will provide a chance for reflection on these changes in our lives as well as a discussion on how we can cope with the many kinds of grief we are experiencing right now. 

Laura Ward, LMFT, CT, is the Manager of Psychosocial Services at Hospicare and has been a bereavement counselor for 6 years. Previously, Laura worked as a crisis clinician and counselor at various non-profit counseling agencies and taught developmental psychology courses as an adjunct at TC3. In addition, Laura spent 10 years working in mediation and collaborative law as a child specialist, divorce mediator and coach. During this time, Laura presented both regionally and nationally on topics related to supporting LGBTQAI individuals and families through the process of separation, divorce, coping, and co-parenting.
Sponsored by Cornell Work/Life in Human Resources.
Schwartz Theater Showing: Benchmark
March 26, 7:30 pm; March 27, 2:00 pm
By Anna Evtushenko and directed by Ross Haarstad

As her memories begin to vanish, Ashley writes about her life as a single high school teacher of history, while storing reminders of her daily life on her phone in 'Benchmark'. The sudden loss of that phone leads to new connections and the possibility of a changed future. A story of virtual relationships told virtually with a cast of five. A talkback will follow each screening.

Tickets are free at
Visions of Dante: Virtual Exhibition Preview and Discussion
Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 12:00–1:00 pm

Visions of Dante, an upcoming exhibition at Cornell University’s Johnson Museum of Art (Fall 2021 dates to be announced), will mark the 700th anniversary of the Italian poet’s death. At this virtual presentation, exhibition co-curators Laurent Ferri (curator of pre-1800 collections at Cornell University Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections and adjunct associate professor of Comparative Literature) and Andrew Weislogel (the Seymour R. Askin Jr. ’47 Curator of Earlier European and American Art at the Johnson) will preview selected books and artworks from Cornell collections exploring the visual nature of Dante’s Divine Comedy and its reception. Special guest and Dante scholar Natale Vacalebre (University of Pennsylvania) will discuss Cornell’s copy of the 1472 Foligno edition, the first printed Divine Comedy, uniquely annotated with commentary and drawings in the margins.
Veggie Gardening 101
Saturday, April 3, 2021, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Join Cornell Cooperative Extension's always enthusiastic Horticulture Program Manager, Jennie Cramer for this fun and informative class! This class will help the beginning vegetable gardener learn how to choose a site for their vegetable garden, prepare the soil, start and transplant seeds, choose and use compost and mulch, care for your plants throughout the season, and know when to harvest. Get the basics so you can have a great garden!
Cost is $0-$30/person self-determined sliding scale, pay what you can afford.
Cornell Wellness Dance Party
Friday, April 16, from 6:30-8:30 pm

Let the Music Play! DJ ha-MEEN will be playing your favorite tunes from the past and the present - all the feel-good jams you love to listen to. Get up and move your body, while getting in those steps. Melt the stress away as you feel the beat. Sidestep while making dinner, dance in the mirror, grab the family, grab the pets, and get down with your bad self.
Healthy Cooking for 1 or 2- A Cooking Demo and Discussion
Monday, April 19th, 2021,12:00 -1:00 pm

Cooking for 1 or 2 people can be challenging when most recipes make enough to serve 4 or 6. In this interactive cooking demo, Erin Harner, Cornell Wellness Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, invites you to cook along with her in your kitchen as she cooks in hers. Make 3 simple recipes together and discuss a variety of strategies for healthy cooking for 1 or 2 people.

Once you register, you'll be sent an ingredient list for the meals you’ll be cooking with Erin a week before the class. This will be a fun, interactive, and educational experience!
Local and Virtual Offerings
The Many Lives of Stewart Park: Past & Present
Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 7:00 pm
Cayuga Nation fishing village of Neodakheat. Swampy farmland. Competitive rowing oasis. Trolley and amusement park. Home of Wharton, Inc. silent movie studio. And today, one of the area's most popular recreational and cultural hubs! One thing's for sure: Stewart Park is a special place.
Friends of Stewart Park invites you to explore the rich history of Ithaca's favorite lakeside destination with those who know it best in this free online event, the second in our Stewart Park Centennial Series.
Featuring: FSP Executive Director Rick Manning; Executive Director of Wharton Studio Museum and FSP Board President Diana Riesman, Susan Holland of Historic Ithaca, and Bryan McCracken, the City’s Historic Preservation Planner.
Museum of the Earth Pay-What-You-Wish Weekend
April 3 & 4, 2021, 10:00 am–5:00 pm

Join the new community initiative, "Pay-What-You-Wish Weekend" at Museum of the Earth. When registering for a ticket, visitors will be able to choose from a donation range as their admission price. These weekends are intended to provide accessibility to our community and share our understanding of the systems of the Earth and its life. Visitors can experience our new exhibit, Changing Climate: Our Future, Our Choice, along with our other permanent exhibitions. 

Have local grandchildren you are able to safely interact with? Participate in the new Dino EggStravaganza: Bingo Hunt. This is a socially distant and educational opportunity for families to enjoy the Museum and learn about eggs, just in time for spring! The event is a limited capacity, day-long Museum-wide scavenger hunt where visitors can find fossils of egg-laying animals currently on exhibit. Dino EggStravaganza: Bingo Hunt is fun for all ages, with a simpler scavenger hunt available for those five and under.
Space is limited, and admission is permitted only with the purchase of a ticket to the Museum. Tickets can be purchased online ahead of time.
Intergenerational Book Group

Mary Ann Erickson, Associate Professor in Ithaca College’s Gerontology Institute, will be facilitating an intergenerational book group based on Lewis Richmond’s bookAging as a Spiritual Practice: A Contemplative Guide to Growing Older and Wiser.

Richmond, who has a background both in Buddhism and business, writes in an accessible style and includes a variety of recommended practices for navigating aging. Undergraduate students from Prof. Erickson’s Journey of Aging class will also be reading and participating.

Meetings are scheduled for Monday mornings, April 5 - May 3 on Zoom, 9:00-9:50 am. Prof. Erickson will lead one of the contemplative practices during each session; participants will also get the opportunity to discuss the book in small groups of students and elders.
Book Discussion: It’s OK That You’re Not Ok by Megan Devine
Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 5:30-7:00 pm

Chantelle Daniel will facilitate an interactive discussion of the book, It’s Ok that You’re Not Ok. In this powerful book, Megan Devine normalizes and validates the pain of grief while challenging a culture that often fails to understand. Her writing serves as a compassionate guide through deep grief, helping us to heal and support ourselves and each other. Chantelle will share how this book has resonated for her during her own grief journey while inviting participants to do the same.  

This virtual event is presented by Phillips Free Library in Homer. You can purchase your book at Buffalo Street Books and receive a 10% discount. Just call or stop by and tell them you are a member of the Hospicare Book Club. Financial assistance is available to purchase the book; if needed, please contact Laura Ward. Registration is required by April 9th. For more information contact the Bereavement staff via phone at 607-272-0212 or email.
Stepping Further - 5k Step Challenge
A fundraiser for the Cancer Resource Center organized by the Women in Healthcare Leadership

This event is a virtual step challenge to be completed on your own time. The only requirements are that you complete 6,250 steps (3.2 miles) over the course of 7 days and that you have fun! We suggest getting a few friends and trying to knock it out in 1-2 days, but however you choose to complete the challenge is up to you.

This event was designed and created to rally the community together around an amazing organization, the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes (CRC). Like many other nonprofits that provide vital services, CRC has felt the blow of COVID-19 and is still striving to continue to deliver the care, resources, and support needed by so many in our community. Their mission is to make sure that NO ONE has to face cancer alone, and just as they uplift others, we want to show our dedication to them. 

For more information visit the event web page, or email
COVID-19 Resources
No-Cost Transportation to Vaccine Site in Binghamton
In response to needs for transportation to COVID-19 vaccine appointments, a coalition of Tompkins County transportation providers and planners, in collaboration with Tompkins County emergency management and health officials have worked with OurBus to provide regular, no-cost direct bus service to the state-run SUNY Binghamton Vaccination Site in Johnson City.

Buses depart every day, twice a day from 130 East Seneca Street in Downtown Ithaca, by the Starbucks and Hilton Garden Inn hotel. Buses leave Ithaca Monday through Saturday, at 7:30 am and 3:00 pm, with return trips from the SUNY Binghamton vaccination site at 12:45 pm and 5:45 pm. On Sundays, departures from Ithaca will be at 9:00 am and 4:15 pm, with returns at 2:15 pm and 6:30 pm.  The trip takes about one hour each way. Through OurBus’ Door-To-Door service, customers have the option to book a shared cab ride to the bus stop in Ithaca, and back home. The cabs are guaranteed to connect to the bus. Pickups are available from any address within Tompkins County.

No-cost tickets can be purchased by contacting ‘GetThere’, a mobility management program of the Rural Health Network of South Central New York, at 855-373-4040. GetThere staff will verify that the caller has a vaccination registration number, and handle booking the seat on OurBus, including determining whether the optional, additional “door-to-door” service (within Tompkins County) is being requested by the rider. GetThere will make the reservation including payment, and the rider will be provided what they need to board the bus. 

Customers may also make their own paid travel arrangements at or on the OurBus App. You can reach OurBus on live chat on their website, email at, or by calling the helpline at 1-844-800-6828.

All OurBus trips are on modern charter-style buses that have free WiFi, restrooms, reclining seats, charging ports, free water bottles, and technology that lets you track the bus via the OurBus App.
Other Transportation Options to Vaccine Sites
Do you, or someone you know, need a ride to a COVID-19 vaccine site in or out of Tompkins County? If you have a COVID-19 vaccine appointment and need a ride, call 2-1-1 for a referral to available no-cost transportation options. Subject to availability. Learn more about this and other transportation-related COVID-19 resources at the Way2Go web page.
Explore the Way2Go website for transportation-related information and updates, a searchable transportation directory, tips for traveling safely amid COVID-19, and so much more at You can also Find Way2Go on Facebook.
Help Wanted
Ithaca Farmer's Market Hiring
The Ithaca Farmers Market is looking for motivated, proactive, and responsible individuals who are excited to keep our community safe, while also maintaining a welcoming environment and professional attitude. The ability to lift 25 pounds, follow instructions, multi-task, and be flexible is important. Daily duties may include: tracking customer capacity, setting up and breaking down the market, enforcing rules and regulations, maintaining sanitary facilities, aggregating, and delivering online market orders and/or other duties as assigned. Apply here.

Questions can be directed to Kelly Sauve, Market Manager.
Job Openings at Discover Cayuga Lake
Discover Cayuga Lake, a non-profit organization based in Ithaca, has job openings for outgoing individuals to join their crew, May through October. Responsibilities include assisting the captain in operating our commercial tour boat (the MV Teal) on Cayuga Lake and providing narration and informal instructional services during public and educational cruises for residents and visitors. Training is provided.

This position requires participation in a random drug testing program, and an ability to work in a variety of weather conditions. The schedule is flexible, 14-24 hours per week with an hourly rate starting at $14.00/hour.

To apply, please send your resume and references to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until March 29th, 2021. The application can be found on their web page.
Miscellaneous Articles & Webinars
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