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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) and Bingo (win prizes!).

Event begins at 1:00 pm. Registration required .
Happening on Campus
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 Orchards Fall Events
709 Dryden Rd. (Rt. 366) 
Ithaca, NY
Fall Harvest kick off – September 20, 2019, 2:00 - 5:00 pm : Come celebrate Harvest with us and sample products from the Cornell Dairy, Arnot Forest, Wide Awake Bakery, HoneyRock Farm along with other delicious treats. You can check out our store and pick up some fresh picked apples. Enter our raffle drawings, plus receive a free Cornell Orchards tote when you spend $25 in store.

Cider Sunday – October 6, 2019, 12:00 - 4:00 pm:  As part of the Finger Lakes Cider Week , Cornell Orchards Store will host apple enthusiasts of all ages for an afternoon of walks through Cornell's research orchards, talks from educators, researchers and cider makers, and a chance to taste fresh fresh-pressed juice, including traditional European hard cider varieties. There will be a ticketed, age 21+, meet-the-cider maker market ($5) with food pairings from Cornell Catering. 
Identity Theft Prevention
Monday, October 14, 2019
12:00 – 1:00 pm
140 East Hill Office Building
Where is all of your personal information? You may not have control over all of your data, but you can minimize the ill effects of its loss or misuse. Join Meryl Burisc from the Privacy Office to learn the most common types of identity theft, what steps to take if you experience it, and practical tips to minimize your risk!

Registration Required. Zoom option available.
The Solitary Bees: Biology, Evolution, Conservation
A Chats in the Stacks book talk by Bryan Danforth
Thursday, September 26, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
160 Mann Library
While we often associate bees with hives, the vast majority of bee species actually live solitary lives, explains Bryan Danforth, professor and chair of the Department of Entomology. In a Chats in the Stacks talk, Danforth will discuss The Solitary Bees: Biology, Evolution, Conservation (Princeton University Press, 2019), a book he wrote with Robert L. Minckley and John L. Neff.
While giving an overview of the astounding diversity of the solitary bee species, the book weaves together scientific discoveries with descriptions of complex and fascinating bee behaviors. The Solitary Bees also highlights the plight of these crop pollinators threatened by habitat loss, pesticides, pathogens, parasites, invasive species, and climate change.

This book talk is supported by the Mary A. Morrison Public Education Fund for Mann Library. Light refreshments will be served.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology Activities
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd.
Ithaca, NY
Beginner Bird Walks
Need help with those tricky fall warblers? Work on this challenging topic with others who are also interested. If you're a beginning bird watcher, you'll learn a lot by taking advantage of free bird walks guided by members of the Cayuga Bird Club. These walks take place each Saturday and Sunday morning and begin at 8:30 a.m. The walks typically last about 90 minutes. Meet outside the observatory. Please dress for the weather, and bring binoculars. We also have a few pairs of binoculars to lend.

Exploration Station Stops
All aboard for our interactive activities in the Visitor Center. Stop in between 10:00 a.m. and noon each Saturday and also on the second Friday of each month, in conjunction with Family Story Time at Sapsucker Woods (see above). 
  • Saturday, September 21–Amazing Feathers
  • Saturday, September 28–Bird Diversity

For more information, visit the Lab of O's visitor page.
Cornell Concert Series Presents Daniil Trifonov & Sergei Babayan
Monday, September 30, 8:00 pm
Bailey Hall
The Cornell Concert Series is proud to present pianists Daniil Trifonov and Sergei Babayan on September 30 at 8:00 pm. Babayan is an international piano sensation who has been hailed as “a genius. Period” ( Le Devoir, Montreal). His former student, the GRAMMY Award-winning pianist Daniil Trifonov, has made a spectacular ascent in the classical music world since winning the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011.

Named  Gramophone’s Artist of the Year, Trifonov’s recording of Franz Liszt études led to his first GRAMMY Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo in 2017. He spent the 2018-19 season as Artist-in-Residence for the Berlin Philharmonic, and is currently filling the same role with the New York Philharmonic. As  The Times of London notes, Trifonov is “without question the most astounding pianist of our age.” The tour-de-force of Babayan and Trifonov together will create a concert for the ages.

Tickets available online at, or by calling 607-255-5144.
Latitude: Persuasive Cartography
Tour and Opening Reception
Thursday, October 3, 2019, 3:30 - 6:00 pm
Kroch Library, Hirshland Exhibition Gallery, Level 2B
Please join us for an hour-long gallery tour with collector P. J. Mode and exhibit curator Lance Heidig, followed by an opening reception with light refreshments.
Latitude: Persuasive Cartography   features highlights from the   PJ Mode Collection of Persuasive Cartography —maps intended primarily to influence opinions and beliefs, rather than to communicate geographical information. These “persuasive” maps are focused on shaping decisions and desired outcomes. They employ a variety of tools and strategies—unusual projections and coloring, selective inclusion, imaginative illustration, allegory, satire, and even intentional deception—to advance a particular cause or point of view. Spanning from the 18th century to the present, many of the maps on display illuminate historical perspectives on topics that still resonate today, such as immigration policy and political gerrymandering. Others seek to foster social change, promote products and places, or send warnings about imagined futures. From the past to the present,  Latitude  helps us understand how ideas and opinions are shaped by data visualization techniques.
The exhibit runs   October 3, 2019 to February 21, 2020. The Stephen E. ’58 MBA, ’59 and Evalyn Edwards ’60 Milman Exhibition Fund provided generous support for this exhibit and its related events.
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Spring Bulbs: Three Months of Bloom
Wednesday, October 2, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
CCE-Tompkins Education Center
615 Willow Avenue
Ithaca, NY
Fall is the time to plan for a colorful spring. In this class, you will learn how to plan for 3+ months of spring bulb bloom. The class will cover different bulb varieties, planting and growing tips (including planting in specialized conditions or with deer in mind), and a design exercise to help you plan a spectacular bulb display. There will be a demo of how to pot up bulbs for forcing.

Mila Fournier is a garden designer and educator with two decades of design experience that started with guerilla gardening in Brooklyn and has moved her through designing some of the most sophisticated gardens in NYC. Once in Ithaca, Mila has worked as an educator, designer, and horticultural consultant, including managing Ithaca Children's Garden and helping large developers create beautiful landscapes and habitats to offset new construction.

Fee is a $10-$20/person self-determined sliding scale.

To register and learn more, please visit the event page .
Inspiration for a Winter Garden
Wednesday, October 9, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
CCE-Tompkins Education Center
615 Willow Avenue
Ithaca, NY
While not flowery, winter landscapes have a stark beauty of their own and provide critical habitat for insects, birds, and wildlife. In this class, we will explore the ways in which the winter landscape can be a source of beauty through structure, texture, color, and provision of ecosystem services. There will be a hands-on activity and every student will leave with something to add to their own winter garden.

Fee is a self-determined sliding scale ($10-$25).

To register and learn more, please visit the event page.
Growing American Ginseng
Saturday, October 12, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
4-H Acres
418 Lower Creek Road
Ithaca, NY
Join Ginseng expert Bob Beyfuss for a classroom presentation followed by woods walk. This program is designed to teach participant how to get started growing American ginseng on forested land in central NY. This class will begin by teaching participants how to assess a forested site for suitability for growing wild simulated ginseng. Information on harvest and marketing will also be discussed.

The cost for the class is $25/person and you must pre-register as space is limited. Participants will receive a copy of "The Practical Guide to Growing Ginseng" by Bob Beyfuss.

Cost is $25/person. For more information and to register, please visit the event page .
Cancer Resource Center
An Evening of Remembrance
Thursday, September 19, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Cancer Resource Center
612 W. State Street
Ithaca, NY
Join us as we remember our loved ones lost to cancer.

A program of remembrance, live music, and sharing of memories.
We will end the evening by lighting candles in memory of our loved ones.
If you would like to share a memory, RSVP to
Rain or Shine.
Cancer Support Group at Cornell
 Work/Life and the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes began a monthly support group for members of the Cornell community who have or have had cancer. Meetings are on the second Wednesday of every month, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm in Weill Hall, Room 321.
Faculty, staff, students and retirees who have been diagnosed with cancer are welcome. It’s an opportunity to meet one another, create a community of support, and learn about the resources available on campus and in Ithaca.
The group is facilitated by Monica Vakiner, the Cancer Resource Center’s Director of Client Services ( ). Bob Riter, Patient Advocate for the Physical Sciences Oncology Center, is helping with logistics ( ). 
Note that this group is not for cancer caregivers. The Cancer Resource Center offers a  caregiver group on the second Tuesday of each month from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at its office (612 West State St.). Work/Life also offers a  Caregiver Support and Education Network that meets monthly on campus.
Additional cancer support groups are available at the Cancer Resource Center and are listed   here .  
Community Events
Free Fall Risk Screening and CARFIT
Saturday, September 28, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cayuga Med Center Outpatient Therapy
10 Brentwood Drive, Suite A
Ithaca, NY
One in four Americans, aged 65 plus, fall every year. Falls can lead to loss of independence, but many falls can be prevented!

Remember you have the power to prevent falls. Educate yourself and take action now! Attend our free Stay Steady Event and bring a friend or relative:

  • Come speak with experts about improving your balance and reducing fall risk including: physical therapists, occupational therapists, registered nurses, pharmacist, Tompkins County Senior Advisors, home safety specialists, and more!
  • Take part in a Stay Steady screening with brief balance and mobility tests; and
  • Talk to and receive information about how to lower your risk for falling and improving your quality of life!

Also plan to visit CarFit - CarFit is a free, interactive and educational program designed to improve older driver safety. Trained volunteers provide information to ensure the safest “fit” for older drivers.

Appointments are necessary for a 20-minute CarFit check. To schedule an appointment or for more information about the Stay Steady Fall Risk Screening, contact Eleanor Liebson ( or Anne Reilley ( or call 607-274-4159. 
The Cassini-Huygens Mission – Saturn, Rings and Moons: Exhibit, Celebration, and Reception .
Friday, September 27, 4:00 pm
Kendal at Ithaca Auditorium and Living Room
Team members from the remarkable Cassini-Huygens Mission, who just happen to be Kendal at Ithaca residents, will be commemorating the 20 year journey to Saturn, and sharing the resulting knowledge and spectacular photographs of the planet, its rings, and moons. We are extremely fortunate to have Professor Joseph Burns willing to share his experiences on the project with us.

The twenty year (1997-2017) Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn sent innumerable high resolution views of Saturn, its rings and its moons back to earth. The beauty of the images was such that an exhibit was organized by the Imaging Team leader, Joe Burns and his wife, Judith. It traveled to the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Natural History in New York City, and the Johnson Museum at Cornell.

The photos also inspired Elizabeth Bilson, retired Administrative Director for Cornell’s Department of Radiophysics and Space Research to mention them to composer Roberto Sierra as a basis for a new work. Refreshments will be served.
First Friday Art Night at the Museum
Friday, October 4, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
1259 Trumansburg Road
Ithaca, NY
Visit the Museum of the Earth's Gift Shop on First Friday Art Night , October 4, 2019, to see portraits of scientists, naturalists, and scientific illustrators in the new exhibit by Annie Zygarowicz. The Museum will be open for extended evening hours.
In this special exhibit for the Museum, Annie Zygarowicz combines her love for scientific illustration, science and character design by painting unique portraits of scientists and artists who, with their passion and curiosity, have educated and inspired us with new, exciting discoveries for centuries.
A life-long painter, illustrator, sculptor, and graphic designer, Annie graduated from the School of Visual Arts with BFA in illustration, and since has freelanced as an editorial illustrator for national magazines and journals. Annie’s “Zygdesignz Studio” works with clients producing branding and promotional material, tourism brochures and maps, as well as educational products for children. As an illustrator, she has rediscovered her love for children’s books and began writing/ illustrating her own stories as well as illustrating books for other authors.
Her portfolio includes digital and traditionally rendered art and illustrations of character design, sculptural pieces, art for editorial, artwork for licensing and more recently, paintings of plants, flowers and birds. In 2017, she became a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators.
Light refreshments will be served. Special evening $5 admission rates apply to Museum exhibits. Admission to the show in the Museum's Gift Shop is free, the artwork will be on display through the end of November.
Employment & Volunteer Opportunities
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!
Seasonal Admission Readers Needed
The Engineering Admissions Office is seeking to fill seasonal reader positions for the upcoming admissions cycle.

Seasonal readers will be trained by the Engineering admissions staff to evaluate first-year applications, including the review of high school transcripts, personal essays, recommendation letters, standardized test scores, and other application components. The admissions review is comprehensive and completed within a holistic framework, taking into consideration each applicant's personal, academic, and extracurricular credentials within the context of a highly selective admissions environment.

Seasonal readers are expected to commit 10 to 15 hours for training in December. Seasonal readers are not expected to work during Cornell’s winter break (December 25 to January 1). Seasonal readers are also expected to commit a minimum of 19 hours per week during the regular decision period, which will begin on January 2, 2020 and conclude in mid-March 2020. 

All applications are read online. Candidates must have a computer with access to a reliable, high-speed internet connection, and must have access to a private, secure location in which to work.

We cannot consider candidates who either currently work closely with high school students or are college admission professionals, including high school guidance counselors and independent consultants, or are employees at another undergraduate institution. We also cannot consider candidates who are the parents/guardians of a high school junior or senior. (Additional situational guidelines may also apply).

  • Bachelor's Degree is required.
  • To ensure that admissions decision deadlines are met, seasonal readers must be able to read quickly, carefully, and objectively while providing thorough and detailed notes.
  • Well-developed computer skills and the ability to adapt to new technology are crucial.
  • Candidates must own a computer and have access to a high speed internet connection.
  • Must be able to spend long periods of time reading from a computer screen.
  • Effective time management skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to exercise sound judgment.
  • Willingness and ability to apply institutional priorities in accordance with training.
  • Willingness to accept feedback and quickly adapt to suggested modifications.
  • Ability to maintain the strictest levels of discretion and confidentiality.

Interested applicants should contact Scott Campbell at
Contract Position: Technical Content Editor
We are seeking someone who can work on a part-time contract basis to help us develop and review materials for online courses in engineering statistics and analytics. This person will collaborate with Cornell faculty and eCornell instructional designers to prepare and review course pages, presentation materials, problem sets, and onscreen text to ensure accuracy and comprehensibility.

  • Review and reformat PowerPoint slides for clarity
  • Use an equation editor to document formulas featured in course videos
  • Help to draft supplementary instructional content to provide context and clarity
  • Develop additional documents as takeaway tools for the students’ ongoing use

  • Masters-level degree or coursework in statistical or data sciences, applied mathematics, or similar
  • Strong background in calculus and linear algebra, and in using mathematical notation and formulas
  • Familiarity with engineering problems and concepts
  • Experience using PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, and equation editors
  • Demonstrated ability to explain mathematical and engineering concepts in clear, understandable language
  • Excellent English writing skills

Engagement Requirements
This is a contract position. We are seeking someone based near Cornell’s Ithaca, NY campus who can contribute 10-15 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months.
All interested parties should send their resume and a brief cover letter to
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