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Calling All Caregivers!
Are you caregiving for a spouse/partner or loved one? We cordially invite and encourage retirees who are caregiving to join us for our monthly meetings.

Cornell has a variety of caregivers – individuals who provide care for spouse or partners, parents, grandchildren, adult children and friends, for loved ones long distance, for Veterans, for parents that are transitioning into assisted living, for loved ones in hospice care and individuals who provide temporary assistance after medical issues or surgeries and occasional respite care. 
To assist employees/retirees with work/life challenges along the way, Cornell offers regular caregivers meetings for support, education and encouragement. Caregivers come together monthly to share the challenges, joys and resources of caregiving as well as listen to speakers presenting on topics of interest specifically to caregivers.

We are moving the location of the monthly meetings for greater accessibility and ease of parking to the East Hill Office Building (EHOB), room 241. In addition, some of our caregiving workshops and webinars this year will be made available through Zoom so you can join us through the privacy of your own home. Meetings are held from 12:00 to 1:00 pm.
Fall 2019 Caregiver's Support & Education Network Schedule

  • September 19: Welcome to Retirees, Resources and Fall Programming Highlights
  • October 17: Foodnet Meals on Wheels with Jessica Gosa,
  • November 21: Tompkins County Office for the Aging Services with Rodney Maine and Dawn Sprague,
  • December 19: Preparation for the Holidays and Winter Weather Emergencies

Click here for more information, or contact Diane Bradac at or 607-255-1917.
Happening on Campus
Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine
Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 4:30 pm
107 Olin Library
What can leaders from the Roman Empire teach us? And in what ways is the Roman Empire still alive and well today? In a Chats in the Stacks talk, Barry Strauss will discuss his new book Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine (Simon & Schuster, 2019). The Bryce and Edith M. Bowmar Professor in Humanistic Studies in the Departments of History and Classics, Strauss also profiles influential women—including Augustus’s wife Livia and Constantine’s mother Helena—while tracking dramatic shifts in geographical boundary, religion, ethnicity, and culture of the Roman Empire during its 350-year lifespan.

This book talk is sponsored by Olin Library. Copies of Ten Caesars will be available for sale. Light refreshments served.
Migration Celebration 2019
Saturday, September 14, 2019, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca
Join us for our annual free interactive family festival to learn about birds, migration, conservation, and what you can do for birds. Talk with scientists, see cutting-edge technology, view stunning videos, and explore hands-on activities. Enjoy special workshops, guided bird walks, live birds of prey with the Cornell Raptor program, and ice cream from Cayuga Creamery.

Volunteers also needed!
Volunteers guide our behind-the-scenes building tours, lead youth and family
programs, table community events, and help things run smoothly for Migration Celebration.
Learn about volunteer opportunities and the available training sessions at our
Volunteer Information Session on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 from 6:00 -7:00 pm   at the Lab of Ornithology. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.

Please RSVP for the Info Session . If you have any questions, email Chelsea Benson .
New! Cornell Cinema All-Access Pass
The Cornell Cinema All-Access Pass is good for free admission to all regularly-priced screenings. It is valid for one academic year and can be used for 1 admission per screening. The cost is $30.00 for a General Admission pass.

Cards are available at the box office before screenings and online at . Both locations will incur the same small processing fee.

Passes do not guarantee admission to special screenings; tickets are handed out on a first come, first served basis. There will be certain special events for which the pass cannot be used, however ticket discounts may be offered to pass holders (check the fine print for each film!).
WVBR'S Bound For Glory Starts Its 53rd Year
Phil Shapiro, host of WVBR's Bound for Glory since its inception in 1967, recently announced the Fall schedule, the start of the 53rd year of this Central New York musical tradition. 

The show runs Sunday nights from 8:00 to 11:00 pm, with live sets at 8:30, 9:30, and 10:30 pm. All three sets are different. Come to as many sets as you wish. Admission in the live audience at Anabel Taylor is free and is open to everyone in the area. Kids are always welcome.  Refreshments are available. 


For further information, call Phil Shapiro at 607-844-4535, or email .  Find out about upcoming Bound for Glory shows
and about how you can help at or .
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Cover Crops for the Home Garden
Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
CCE-Tompkins Education Center
615 Willow Avenue
Ithaca, NY
 Reduce your carbon footprint and enhance your soil all at once! Planting cover crops in your garden is a cost-effective form of nutrition and organic matter and keeps your soil, water, and nutrients from running off. Come learn which cover crops do well in our area and which ones work best for your garden situation. We'll cap off the evening with a hand-on cover crop planting demonstration in the Cornell Cooperative Extension garden.

Cost is $10-$20/person self-determined sliding scale; pay what you can afford.

To register and learn more, please visit the event page .
Dividing Perennials
Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
CCE-Tompkins Education Center
615 Willow Avenue
Ithaca, NY
 One of the simplest ways to gain more plants in your garden is to divide your existing plants. Trade with friends and other gardeners and watch your garden diversity multiply. In this workshop, you will learn how to dig and divide perennial plants, which plants should be divided in fall and the benefits of this routine maintenance. Work with Master Gardeners to gain hands-on experience and learn proper techniques on dividing perennials. Go home with a small division to keep for your garden. Please bring a pair of garden gloves. 
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.

Cost is $10-$20/person self-determined sliding scale, pay what you can afford.

To register and learn more, please visit the event page .
Cancer Resource Center
Cancer Resource Center 25th Anniversary Party
Thursday, September 12, 2019
5:30 to 7:30 pm
Hotel Ithaca
222 S. Cayuga St, Ithaca
Cancer Resource Center's (CRC) 25th Anniversary Celebration Events kick off on Thursday September 12th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Hotel Ithaca. This is a free community event with refreshments, music, speakers, and displays highlighting CRC’s history from 1994 to the present.

Free admission. For more information, email or call Fran at 607-277-0960.
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
Downtown Ithaca Food Tour
Friday, September 6, 2019 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Enjoy local cuisine on a guided walking tour of Ithaca's unique restaurants.

During a three-hour culinary adventure, satisfy your appetite for inventive and delicious food while getting a taste for our town's history, culture, and architecture!

Visit six local businesses and enjoy six satisfying tastings - enough for a complete lunch! Come explore hidden history in and around the Ithaca Commons.

Vegan, vegetarian and gluten free tastings are available.

Visit for tour dates, tickets and more details.
Employment & Volunteer Opportunities
Tompkins Learning Partners is Looking for a Few Good Folks
 Tompkins Learning Partners helps adults who live or work in Tompkins County meet their personal literacy goals, free of charge, by improving their ability to read, write, speak English, and use math and computers.

The services we provide through our Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language programs are largely delivered by our dedicated corps of trained literacy volunteers. TLP serves over 150 beginning-to-intermediate adult literacy students each year with quality one-to-one or small group instruction. Students work with their volunteer learning partners on personal literacy and life goals such as: obtaining employment, improving reading and writing, passing the TASC test (the new GED), passing the citizenship test, and learning to use a computer. 

Each year, nearly 100 tutors work together with their students on the literacy skills needed to achieve their personal learning goals. In fact, in each of the past few years, volunteer tutors have donated over 6,500 hours to their learning partnerships. 

The first step in training for new volunteer tutors consists of a two-hour orientation where you will become familiar with TLP’s programs: English as a Second Language (ESL) and Adult Basic Education (ABE) and the responsibilities of tutoring. 

Interested individuals are encouraged to contact our office for a schedule of upcoming trainings.

Adult learners come to Tompkins Learning Partners from all walks of life. Some are originally from this area, while others are from other parts of the U.S. or from other countries across the globe. Regardless of origin, background, or learning goals, all of our students have two things in common: a desire to learn and motivation to better themselves.

We could not do this important work without our volunteers! And we are looking for dedicated and committed individuals to help us with our mission of providing literacy services to adults so that they may achieve their goals. For further information or to sign up for upcoming trainings, please call 607-277-6442 or e-mail .
Short-term, Temporary Opportunity at Cornell
The Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI) is searching for a short-term, temporary Administrative Assistant.

Duties include:
  • Provide support for the Executive Director of OADI (manage calendar, schedule complex meetings; use judgment/knowledge of activities to determine priorities and sensitivities of information)
  • Provide administrative support for position searches in OADI
  • Provide support for the Student Veteran Advisor (SVA) and programming (create email lists; send marketing and information materials by email as directed; create and update programmatic databases; primary contact for any issues during events; communicate with students as directed by the SVA)  
  • Serve as back up for the OADI front desk, answering phones and directing visitors
  • Assist with Tuesday lunches and other office events in OADI by providing phone coverage, making sure students swipe in at the front desk, etc.

REQUIREMENTS : Knowledge of Cornell systems: Outlook calendar, email, Workday, e-Shop, Cornell Box; Microsoft Suite. Concur and Canvas experience a plus.

This is a 30/hr per week assignment, anticipated to run for 2-3 months. Schedule is anticipated to be Monday – Friday approximately 8:00 am – 2:30 pm.

Interested applicants should contact Cathi Sullivan at
Drivers Needed for Way2Go
 Would you like to help people in our community?  There are not enough volunteer drivers in Tompkins County to meet people’s needs.  Volunteer drivers serve a critical role in helping people live healthy, engaged lives. You could…

  • Drive parents and caregivers to school events, like concerts and teacher meetings
  • Allow relatives to visit loved ones in jail
  • Bring people to social events
  • Help people get to healthcare appointments
  • And much more!

Volunteer drivers use their own car (or, in some cases, a provided vehicle), to pick up and transport local residents who need a ride. Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County is partnering with several local organizations to recruit new drivers in 2019.  Drive only when you want to, for the organization of your choice, with no minimum time commitment.  Training is provided. 
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