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Reunion 2012

CALS at Reunion Weekend:
June 7-10, 2012


Thursday, June 7

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Open House

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Snee Hall Atrium
Visit the Timothy N. Heasley Mineral Museum and inspect our mastodon and fossil exhibits while keeping an eye on the earth’s last rumblings at the Snee earthquake seismograph. Enjoy a stroll with the self-guided tour through the Engineering Quad Rocks.

Friday, June 8

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Open House

10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Snee Hall Atrium
Visit the Timothy N. Heasley Mineral Museum and inspect our mastodon and fossil exhibits while keeping an eye on the earth’s last rumblings at the Snee earthquake seismograph. Enjoy a stroll with the self-guided tour through the Engineering Quad Rocks.

CALS Admissions Information Session
10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Plant Science 233
This information session includes an overview of the college, its academics and opportunities, and the application process. Students who wish to learn more about the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and its majors are encouraged to attend. The session, which includes a question and answer section, lasts approximately one hour.

Shall We Meet Again At 100? Suggestions for a Long Life; 50th Reunion Symposium Presented by the Class of ‘62
10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Call Alumni Auditorium
Join New York Times feature writer Jane Brody ’62 and Cornell Professors Brian Wansink and Karl Pillemer for a lively and informative discussion. Another special event not to miss!

Magical Mushrooms, Mischievous Molds: Putting the Fun Back in Fungi
11:30 a.m., Milstein Hall Auditorium
Class of 1972’s Academic Achievement Award Lecture by Professor George W. Hudler
Event is sponsored by the Class of 1972

Taste of Ithaca: All-Alumni Lunch
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Barton Hall
Take in the sights and sounds of Barton Hall at Reunion - enjoy music, alumni of all ages, and food by Cornell Catering. Lunch tickets available on site.
Liberty Hyde Bailey Lecture, “Social Media Matters”
1:00-2:30 p.m., Call Alumni Auditorium, Kennedy Hall
Social media is in our everyday lives. It presents opportunities for increased connectivity, as well as deception. Did the text message you just receive from your friend contain a “butler lie?” Is Facebook an ego booster or buster? The panel will explore how we are all affected by ever-changing social media outlets, how social media is impacting health, and the similarities between Twitter and Victorian diary entries. And find out how social media research will be incorporated in the new CornellNYC Tech initiative.
Moderator: Geri Gay, Kenneth J. Bissett Professor and Chair of Communication and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Director of the Interaction Design Lab
Panelists: Assistant Professors, Jeremy Birnholtz, Sahara Byrne, and Lee Humphreys

Shiny Mobile Devices, or, There’s an App for That!
1:00 p.m., Stone Computer Classroom, 1st Floor Mann Library
Come hear the latest updates on new trends and applications for the use of iPads, Kindles, and other mobile devices in getting information. We’ll be demonstrating some of our favorite apps and giving advice on how to pick the best ones for accessing the wide range of electronic resources that are available to Cornell alumni.

Landscape Architecture Open House
1:30-4:30 p.m., 440 Kennedy Hall
The undergraduate landscape architecture degree is the only one of its kind in the Ivy League. Visit the studio and mezzanine, enjoy drinks and snacks, and chat with faculty, staff, and fellow alumni.

Communication Department Open House
2:30 -3:30 p.m., Kennedy Hall, 3rd Floor
This reception is for alumni and friends of the Department of Communication. It is a chance to connect with Communication alumni who are returning to campus, as well as to mingle with current faculty and students from the department. Stop by to learn about the exciting things happening in the Department of Communication at Cornell.

Olin Lecture
3:00 – 4:15 p.m., Bailey Hall
The Olin Lecture was established at Cornell in 1986 through a generous gift from the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Foundation. Each year, the Olin Lecture brings to campus an internationally prominent speaker to address a topic relevant to higher education and the current world situation. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Special Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Seminar
3:30 – 4:30 p.m., 2146 Snell Hall
A special seminar will be presented by Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Oceanography Professor Chuck Greene.

Saturday, June 9

Reunion Run
7:30 a.m., Barton Hall, Garden Avenue entrance
Pre-registration required for the two- or five-mile courses.

CALS Reunion Breakfast and College Open House
8:00 - 10:00 a.m., Trillium, Kennedy Hall
Enjoy fellowship with Dean Kathryn Boor, alumni, faculty, and friends of the college as the Dean gives her annual Reunion welcome. John Lutz ’64, Med ’65, CALS Alumni Association president, will host the association’s annual meeting. In addition to the buffet breakfast, CALS departments will host information tables for you to visit and browse.
$15 per person, please submit reservation or contact Kristine Lange at or (607) 255-8711.

Plantations Spring Plant Sale
9:00 a.m., Plant Production Facility, 397 Forest Home Dr. (across from Flat Rock)
Bring back some of our gardeners’ top picks for your own home landscape!

Alumni Reception and Open House at Mann Library
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Mann Library
CALS, CHE and other Cornell alumni are cordially invited to explore the fusion of modern and classic that makes Mann Library, in the words of our Cornell students, “the best place to stumble on 10 million new ideas.” Come explore our collaborative learning technologies, fresh study spaces, rich collections, and summer exhibits showcasing deliciously edible wild foods and fantastic illustrations of East Indies sea life. Guided tours will be available on request … and, in a grand departure from library tradition just for the reunion occasion, wild berry mimosas and other treats from the edible wild will be served at the Mann circulation desk!

State of the University Address
10:30 a.m., Bailey Hall
Cornell University President David J. Skorton will deliver his annual Reunion State of the University Address. All registered Reunion attendees and their guests are welcome.

Taste of Ithaca: All-Alumni Lunch
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Barton Hall
Take in the sights and sounds of Barton Hall at Reunion - enjoy music, alumni of all ages, and food by Cornell Catering. Lunch tickets available on site.

Plant Biology Alumni Gathering
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., G37 Plant Sciences, MacDaniels Room
Join us for some light refreshments while visiting with fellow Plant Science and Plant Biology alumni and current and former faculty.

Do-It-Yourself Cheesemaking with the Cornell Cheese Club
11:30 – 1:00 p.m., 360 MVR
Join founders of the Cheese Club at Cornell at a hands-on session to learn the ins-and-outs of making cheese at home (no experience required). We’ll set you straight with a crash-course on rennet, cultures, milk, and stretching curd by hand. Then we’ll all get to stretch cheese curds into milky, delicious, fresh mozzarella. Tasting of curd and mozzarella masterpieces will be encouraged!

Wine Tasting
1:30-3:30 pm, Trillium, Kennedy Hall
Savor the flavor of New York wines and meet winery owners at this very popular annual Reunion event. Free admission to all alumni and guests, 21 years of age and older.

Guided Tour of The Museum of the Earth and its Collections (affiliated with Cornell’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)
2:00 - 5:00 p.m., The Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Road, Ithaca
Join a guided tour of The Museum of the Earth and its collections led by Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Hunter R. Rawlings Professor of Paleontology and Director of the Paleontological Research Institution, Dr. Warren Alllmon. A right whale skeleton suspended in the atrium welcomes you to a beautiful museum within which you can follow the major transformations of life through the ages as displayed through fossils and videos. Observe the seismograph display and view research by EAS faculty and students. Collect fossils from the Devonian seas of Ithaca. Fun for all ages. Free admission is offered to alumni and families.

A Global Concern: Wildlife Conservation, Economic Sustainability, and Public Health in Africa
2:30 – 3:30 p.m, G10 BioTech
Join Cornell professors in this discussion on conservation and sustainability in Africa. Hear first-hand experiences and learn about the intersection of poverty, hunger and biodiversity conservation, and, in particular, the intersection of development and conservation needs.
Moderator: Michael P. Hoffmann, Director, Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station and Associate Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Allan Hosie Treman ’21 Memorial Concert
2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Jackson Grove in the F.R. Newman Arboretum (Flat Rock entrance)
Relax in the shade and enjoy this performance by the Hangovers, the popular a cappella subset of the Cornell Glee Club.
Bus will depart from Barton Hall at 2 p.m. and return after the concert.

Natural Resources Wine & Cheese Reception
3:00-4:30 p.m., Breezeway between Fernow and Emerson
Join us for wine tasting and light refreshments while you enjoy visiting with fellow Natural Resources alumni and former and current professors. There will be opportunities to share recollections of your days in Fernow and at field sites. Department chair Marianne Krasny will provide a brief update on the department and its programs. There will also be displays of our collection of historical photos, posters of recent faculty and graduate student projects, and information on programs at the Arnot Teaching and Research Forest. We look forward to sharing all of the new and exciting things happening in DNR!

Cornelliana Night
9:30 p.m., Bailey Hall
Join the Alumnae Chorus and the Alumni Glee Club in songs of Cornell. Reunion attendance and giving will be recognized. A real-time, live stream of Cornelliana Night at Bailey Hall will be available for viewing on a large screen at our overflow location in David L. Call Auditorium at Kennedy Hall.

Ongoing Weekend Events

Check the Reunion website or program for times

Cornell Plantations Tours
Explore Cornell’s botanical gardens, arboretum, and natural areas. Shuttle vans will provide transportation on Friday and Saturday between Barton Hall and Plantations Nevin Welcome Center. Check our website for the Reunion tour schedule.

Mann Library Ongoing Exhibits:
Thursday & Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Exhibit: Top Shelf Gallery, 2nd floor
Of Tropical Fish and Mermaids: Louis Renard’s “Poissons, Ecrevisses et Crabes” First published in 1718, when little was known about East Indian ocean life, Louis Renard’s book presented to his readers a fantastic array of sea creatures thought to be found in the region, some drawn from actual specimens, others representing completely imagined forms. Highlighting a treasure from the Jay Walker Library of Human Imagination, the select illustrations in this display provide colorful insight into human perceptions and representations of nature. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Collecting Imagination” on display at the Rare and Manuscript Collection Division of Cornell University Library.
Exhibit: Mann Lobby, 1st floor
Beyond the Garden Walls: Wild Foods from Page to Plate
From locusts and nettles to truffles and fiddleheads, throughout human history wild foods have sustained the hungry and delighted the connoisseur. Featuring historical illustrations, beautiful photography, and texts—both old and new—from Mann’s collections, this exhibit celebrates the lore and the natural history of the edible wild.

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