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The results are in!
Cornell Retiree Engagement
Survey & Report
In May 2019, the Division Human Resources invited retired faculty, academics, and staff to participate in its inaugural Cornell Retiree Engagement Survey.

Eight hundred fifty-one retirees responded, inspiring us with detailed accounts of encore careers, creative endeavors, travels, awards, publications, and campus/community involvement!

A report of the results and many photos and quotes from Cornell retirees is now publicly available. In addition, we have compiled four supplemental documents of survey comments (in each retiree’s own words, with identifying information removed) related to specific survey questions.

Cornell retirees helped shape and care for Cornell campuses; educated and supported generations of students; advanced research and publications; developed and implemented programs; and much more. Your contributions have furthered Cornell’s reputation for excellence and paved the way for today’s achievements.

We hope you enjoy this report, which is a true celebration of Cornell's 5,779 retired faculty, academics, and staff!

About the survey
The survey was administered by Cornell HR Analytics and guided by the HR Retiree Engagement Advisory Committee (HR REAC). The committee is comprised of retired faculty and staff, department representatives (Benefits, Wellness, Work/Life, etc.), and community experts. HR REAC advises on matters related to faculty and staff transitions to retirement, as well as the post-retirement engagement of retirees
Please send questions about the survey, report, and HR REAC to Work/Life in Human Resources at or 255-5298. 
Annual George Peter Memorial
Retiree BBQ
Over 150 Cornell retirees and guests braved the chilly weather and enjoyed the Annual Cornell Retiree BBQ honoring George Peter on November 16.

Guest of honor, Craig Wiggers, Director of Administration, Department of Physics and retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel, welcomed the group, and highlighted the important role that retirees play in our campus community. He also shared some of Cornell's military history, and thanked all the veterans and veteran caregivers who attended.

After some tasty BBQ, retirees wrote cards to soldiers recovering at Walter Reed, played bingo, made holiday centerpieces, and visited the Wortham Military Museum in Barton Hall.

The day was a wonderful way for retirees to reconnect and celebrate!

Thank you to retiree volunteers Paul Bursic, Peggy Andersen, and Hurf Sheldon. Interested in volunteering at future events? Let us know at !
Happening on Campus
Count Feeder Birds for Science
Project FeederWatch  is a winter-long (November-April) survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. Starting in November, your bird counts can help you keep track of what is happening in your own backyard and help scientists track long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance. With FeederWatch, your observations become part of something bigger.

Anyone interested in birds can participate. You can count birds as often as every week, or as infrequently as you like: the schedule is completely flexible. All you need is a bird feeder, bird bath, or plantings that attract birds.
Annual Traditional American Thanksgiving Feast
Thursday, November 28, 2019 at 12:00 to 3:00 pm
Cornell's international community, all Cornellians, and friends in the local community are welcome for the 32nd Annual Traditional American Thanksgiving Feast!

Tickets available online at

Seatings at Robert Purcell Marketplace Eatery on the third floor of RPCC are at noon (SOLD OUT) and 1:30 pm. Tickets are limited and will not be sold at the door. (You will need to log in or create an account if you have not previously done so to purchase tickets.)

The festive menu includes New England Clam Chowder and Lentil and Butternut Stew, Whipped Pesto Goat Cheese Spread, Cumin Flatbread, Beet Hummus, Roast Turkey with Gravy, Poached Salmon with Lemon Beurre Blanc, Millet Stuffed Peppers, Cranberry Sauce, Buttered Corn, Szechuan Green Beans, Purple Jasmine Rice with Mango, Olive Whipped Red Potatoes, Candied Yams, Pumpkin and Apple Pie, Assorted Cheesecakes, Petit Four and lots more!

This event is sponsored by the Office of Global Learning and Cornell Dining.
$14 Adults • $8 Children 6-12 years old • Children 5 & younger eat FREE!
COE Annual Gear Sale
Saturday, 12/07/2019 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Ramin Room, Bartels Hall
Cornell University
Join us on the first Saturday in December for the annual COE Gear Sale! The Gear Sale is your opportunity to buy or sell new and used outdoor gear. The event is open to everyone! Quick details are below. For more details, see our  Gear Sale FAQ .

How do I sell my gear?: If you'd like to sell your own gear on consignment, you can drop off items at COE, B01 Bartels Hall, Cornell University, Monday – Friday, 12/2 – 12/6, between the hours of 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Please follow our   instructions for filling out the Gear Sale PDF form  for the gear you want to sell. If you are unable to fill out the PDF form, you can fill it out with a COE staff member when you drop off your gear. 

Contact information: 607-255-1807,  
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, including retirees.

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.
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Let's Talk Turkey!
Your Guide to Preparing a Safe Holiday Meal

As families gather for the holidays, it is especially important not to forget food safety principles when preparing holiday meals. By following four basic food safety practices, everyone can reduce the risk of food borne illness.

  • Keep hands and all food preparation surfaces clean
  • Don't cross-contaminate food borne bacteria from one food to another.
  • Cook to proper temperatures.
  • Refrigerate perishable foods quickly after eating.

These tips are part of the "Fight BAC!" food safety education program to help reduce the incidence of food borne illness.
AARP Smart Driver 2-Day Class
Monday, November 25, 2019, 12:30 - 4:00 pm
CCE-Tompkins Education Center
615 Willow Avenue
Ithaca, NY
Way2Go, in partnership with AARP, hosts the nationally recognized 2-day AARP Smart Driver Workshop, designed to meet the needs of older drivers, but suitable for drivers of all ages. Open to the general public.

This class is offered over 2 DAYS: Monday & Tuesday, November 25 & 26, from 12:30 to 4:00 pm BOTH DAYS. Participants must attend BOTH sessions and must bring their driver’s license and AARP card (if a member) to class.       

Advance registration is required: enter your name and contact information to hold your place and bring cash or a check made out to AARP to the first class. 

Cost is $20/AARP members, $25/non-members.

Questions? Contact Maria Christian, , 607- 272-2292 ext. 130.
Press Bay Holiday Market
Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 4:30 - 7:30 pm
Press Bay Alley
116-118 West Green Street
Ithaca, NY
Come on down to Press Bay Alley and the newly renovated Press Bay Court to beat the crowds at the grocery stores and stock up on all of the supplies you'll need for a delicious, seasonal, and locally-sourced holiday feast.
This market will feature local farmers and food producers selling everything you need for a celebration including: vegetables, pastries, sweets, apples, herbs, mushrooms, pork, maple syrup, chicken, sausages, apple cider, hard cider, pickles, and more! 

All the wonderful stores in the Alley will also remain open during the market too!

Please contact Matt at CCE-Tompkins 607- 272-2292 with any questions.
Evergreen Wreath Making
  • Friday, December 6, 2019, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM - Register
  • Saturday, December 7, 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Register
  • Saturday, December 7, 2019, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM - Register

Make a beautiful evergreen wreath to decorate your home for the holidays! A variety of fresh-cut greens, a wreath ring, wires, and ribbons are supplied. Bring any special decorating materials you would like to use to personalize your wreath such as dried chili peppers, ornaments, or winter berries. Wear casual clothes and bring pruning shears and gloves. Space is limited to 15 per class! Online registration and pre-payment are required.

NOTE: This class will be held at 4H Acres, 418 Lower Creek Road, Ithaca. 
Fee - $25-35 sliding scale/person includes materials. Pre-registration & pre-payment required.
Community Events
Gift Making and More at the Metal Smithery
950 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY
Come explore the possibilities at the Metal Smithery! Try your hand at making beautiful metal pieces, and give them as holiday gifts!

Gift Making on Black Friday
Skip the stores and make your own gifts for friends and family that they will love, will want to wear, and you will enjoy making! Come make rings, cuff bracelets, keychains, earrings, necklaces, and more out of aluminum, brass, and copper during this 2 hour workshop open for ages 10 and up! Register HERE
Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles
Step back in time and enjoy the holidays the old-fashioned way with Dickens Christmas, as Skaneateles Area Businesses give a gift to the public for their continued support throughout the year. Plan now and join the Village of Skaneateles, located in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, this holiday season.

An annual tradition, the celebration begins the day after Thanksgiving and runs every Saturday and Sunday through December 23, from noon to 4 pm, plus December 24 from noon - 2:30 pm. Charles Dickens and his cast of over 50 characters will interact with residents and visitors in the streets, stores, and restaurants. Don't miss lively acts at the Library, live music, unique shopping, wonderful food and horse and wagon rides around the Village. Go out and enjoy the fun!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Danby Gathery 
Join the Danby Gathery for their 2nd year of Ugly Sweater goodness. Hit the local thrift shop and bring a garment to transform into your 2019 Ugly Sweater party masterpiece!

You bring the sweater (or skirt, apron, hat...get creative!) and we provide the supplies to deck it out to Deck the Halls! If you have special pieces you want to add, feel free to bring them along.

There will be snacks and holiday tunes to get you in the zone. Bring your friends and BYOB if you desire. A great time is sure to be had by all!
Ithaca’s Winter Lights Festival
Downtown Ithaca’s Winter Lights Festival is preparing to make its community debut in a couple of weeks. The installation on the Ithaca Commons will be open daily for viewing and interaction from December 5th through December 15th.

The 11-day festival will feature a series of pop-up events throughout the installation timeline.

Events and activities include but are not limited to:
  • Family-Fun Silent Disco- Dec. 6th, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Meet Sparky, the Giant Rideable Unicorn Art Bicycle! December 7th
  • A pop-up GLOW Bar- Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14 5:00 pm-9:00 pm
  • The 10th Annual Chowder Cook-Off- Dec. 7th 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
  • Santa Clause’s visit to Downtown- Dec. 8th 11:00 am-3:00 pm
  • Let’s Glow Closing Ceremony Dance Party- Dec. 14th, 5:00 - 8:00 pm

For more information visit the event website .
Employment & Volunteer Opportunities
Participate in a Study on Healthy Brain Aging
Are you interested in participating in a fMRI study about healthy aging?
We are recruiting adults between the ages of 18–35 or 60+. Participation involves 1 or 2 sessions (up to you), including 1-2 hours of computer and paper-and-pencil tasks and 3 hours for the MRI portion.

You will receive $125 compensation on completion of the study.

For more information, please contact the Affect and Cognition Laboratory at Cornell University at or call (347) 612-7175 or (607) 279-4128.

This study is conducted by researchers from the Human Development Department at Cornell University. This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Cornell University.
Lifelong is Seeking Enthusiastic Instructors for Their Lifelong Learning Program
Lifelong is a non-profit community center for people age 50 and above. We strive to enhance the lives of older adults in Tompkins County by providing opportunities for learning and activities to exercise one’s body, intellect and creativity.
The Lifelong Learning program offers volunteer-taught courses and presentations that focus on sharing knowledge and linking communities. Some of the areas we offer classes in are Arts/Films, Finance, Gardening & Outdoors, Humanities, Languages, Political Issues, Science & Technology, and Wellness and Health.
Lifelong’s volunteer instructors are members of our community who have an area of interest or expertise that they want to share! They come from a variety of backgrounds, from retired teachers to local business owners, artists, hobbyists and scientists. We are always looking for new and interesting classes to add to our catalog, so if you have a passion or curiosity to share, we’d love to hear about it.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer instructor please contact Mary Schiavone, Program Director, at 607-273-1511 or .
For a look at our current catalog and course offerings, and to find out more about Lifelong, please visit .
Volunteers Needed with Basic Knitting or Crocheting Skills
The 4-H Thread Café meets on alternating Tuesdays (except for holidays) from 6:30-7:30 pm ( @Cornell University Human Ecology Building, Room T01, 37 Forest Home Drive, Ithaca). Volunteers are needed to help teach basic skills. Volunteers will need to obtain their own knitting needles, all other yarn and supplies will be provided. 

Please contact Katarina at to volunteer or with any questions.
Make a REAL difference in a child’s life! Join a team committed to change!
The Mentor-Student Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H seeks volunteer mentors to work one on one with middle school students who benefit from having a positive role model in their lives. This opportunity involves attending a 12-hour training, receiving ongoing support, and meeting with your student from 3:25-4:35 PM two times per week. This is a win/win experience for both student and mentor as you learn and grow with each other. Please contact Susie Kossack, Coordinator, at 607-275-6250 or .
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.
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