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Alumni Reunion

Join CALS for Reunion Weekend: June 9-12, 2016

Thursday, June 9

Self-Guided Tours of Snee Hall Atrium

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Snee Hall Atrium
Visit the Timothy N. Heasley Mineral Museum which boasts a spectacular collection of gems and minerals, check for recordings of earthquake activity on our seismograph, and view our mastodon and fossil exhibits. 

Beebe Lake Natural History Walk

2:00 – 3:30 p.m., Beebe Beach
Did you know that Beebe Lake was originally a forested swamp, and that it is a part of Cornell Plantations? Join field botanist Robert Wesley to stroll around the lake and learn more about the history, flora, and fauna of Cornell's favorite natural area. We will meet at the tent on Beebe Beach.

Friday, June 10

Self-Guided Tours of Snee Hall Atrium

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Snee Hall Atrium
Visit the Timothy N. Heasley Mineral Museum which boasts a spectacular collection of gems and minerals, check for recordings of earthquake activity on our seismograph, and view our mastodon and fossil exhibits.

“Hot with a Chance of Megadrought: Planning for the Extremes of Our Changing Climate,” lecture by Toby Ault, Dept. of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

10:00 am – with reception at 11am in the Mann Library Gallery,
Mann Library - Room 160
Earth scientist Toby Ault will highlight insights derived from rigorous analysis of current data for shaping strategies to cope with a changing climate. A concurrent exhibit in the Mann Library Gallery will showcase recent collaboration between the Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture (CICCA) and New York State farmers to encourage climate smart farming strategies in the region.  Following the talk, please join us for an exhibit reception and celebration of featured farmers and their climate smart initiatives. Presented as capstone events in Mann Library’s year of special programming on climate change, both Prof. Ault’s lecture and the new exhibit will highlight the problems posed by a more extreme and warming climate, as well as some of the promising ways that scientists and stakeholders are collaborating to address and manage the challenge.

Botanical Garden Tour

10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Nevin Welcome Center, Plantations Rd. 
Enjoy a relaxing guided tour through the Botanical Garden and discover the beauty and diversity of our numerous theme gardens. This one-hour tour will highlight the Bowers Rhododendron Collection, Robison Herb Garden, Young Flower Garden, Tropical Container Garden, and more. Afterwards, you can browse the gift shop and exhibits in the Nevin Welcome Center.

Cascadilla Gorge Hikes

10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (see also Saturday listing for additional time)
Meet at the College Avenue entrance to the trail, located at the northeast corner of the  Schwartz Performing Arts Center. Join us for this guided hike by Cornell Plantations staff to learn about the history of the Cascadilla Gorge Trail and the six year effort to rebuild this iconic trail. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. The round-trip one mile hike is moderately strenuous and involves some steep stair climbing. Friday hikers have the option to take the #10 TCAT Bus back to campus instead of returning on the trail, but there is no bus service on Saturday.

Mundy Wildflower Garden Tour

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, Mundy Wildflower Garden, Caldwell Road entrance
Enjoy a variety of native wildflowers, from anemones to zizzia and everything in between, as you explore Cornell Plantations' wildflower garden with our native plants gardener and staff botanist. Meet at the Caldwell Road entrance to the garden (across from the F.R. Newman Arboretum).

CU at Lunch

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Terrace Restaurant
Looking for a place to grab a bite to eat? Stop by the Terrace Restaurant at the Statler Hotel. Additional cost for lunch.

Liberty Hyde Bailey Lecture: Genomics and the Future of Agriculture

1:00 – 2:30 p.m., David L. Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall
In honor of professor emeritus Steve Tanksley, winner of the 2016 Japan Prize, three former lab members will celebrate his contributions to plant breeding and genetics and the spirit of genomic discovery in the School of Integrative Plant Science with a panel discussion on genomics and the future of agriculture.

Panelists: Greg Martin, Boyce Schulze Downey Professor, Boyce Thompson Institute; Jim Giovannoni, professor, Boyce Thompson Institute; and Susan McCouch, Ph.D. ’90, professor, School of Integrative Plant Science

Landscape Architecture Open House

1:00 – 4:00 p.m., 440 Kennedy Hall (Gallery)
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.

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Special Lecture:

"How Cornell Paleontology Can Help Save the World"

2:00 – 3:00 p.m., 2146 Snee Hall
Speaker Professor Warren D. Allmon, Hunter R. Rawlings III Professor of Paleontology and Director of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, NY

Sustainability Tour

2:00 – 3:00 p.m., Nevin Welcome Center, Plantations Rd.
Take a tour with environmental education specialist Donna Levy to visit and learn about three areas that demonstrate sustainable practices and concepts at Cornell Plantations: the LEED Gold-certified Nevin Welcome Center, the Bioswale Garden, and the Climate Change Demonstration Garden.

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.

Tour of the Cornell Insect Collection

3:00 – 4:00 p.m., 2nd Floor of Comstock Hall
Tour the world-famous Cornell Insect Collection, home to the most beautiful and bizarre insects in the world. Explore the over 7 million insect specimens representing about 200,000 species and view fascinating examples of insect beauty and diversity.

http://cuic.entomology.cornell.edu/

Natural Resources Faculty and Alumni Mixer

3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Fernow G24
Join Department of Natural Resources faculty and other alumni for a mixer in Fernow Hall. Get an update on the Environmental Science and Sustainability curriculum and learn about how Cornell’s environmental commitment is being implemented on campus and throughout our teaching program.

The Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management Reception

4:00 – 5:30 p.m., Warren Hall, Lill Family Lounge (1st Floor)
The Dyson School (formerly the Department of Ag Economics or ARME or AEM) invites you to a reception and open house to catch up with old friends and make some new connections. Learn about the School’s latest news and programs, and explore the newly renovated Warren Hall. Mingle with current and retired faculty.   Guests will have the opportunity to stroll through Warren Hall and see how much has changed since they last visited.  Let your fellow classmates and faculty know you will be attending – pre-registration is requested, but not required.  For more information, please contact Tim Oonk '86 at: tjo7@cornell.edu

Tours of the Department of Communication’s New Space in Mann

4:00 – 5:30 p.m., 4th Floor, Mann Library
The Department of Communication will host tours and answer questions about its new facilities on the fourth floor of Mann Library. Come see the space, learn how it creates an enhanced academic experience for students, and fosters collaboration among faculty, students, and staff.

Saturday, June 11

Reunion Run

7:30 a.m., Barton Hall, Garden Avenue entrance
Pre-registration required for the 2- or 5-mile courses.

CALS Reunion Breakfast and College Open House

8:00 – 10:00 a.m., Trillium, Kennedy Hall
Don’t miss the annual CALS Reunion Breakfast! Enjoy fellowship with Dean Kathryn Boor, alumni, faculty, and friends of the college while visiting department information tables and learning about exciting CALS programs. Guests are welcome to enjoy a free continental breakfast and listen to a college update from Dean Boor. A’ndrea Van Schoick ‘96, CALS Alumni Association president, will also host the association’s annual meeting.  Remarks begin at 8:45 a.m.

Spring Plant Sale

9:00 a.m. – 12 noon; Cornell Plantations Plant Production Facility,
397 Forest Home Drive
Take home some of Plantations’ gardeners’ top picks for your own home landscape! This spring’s offerings will include a wide variety of perennials, and some new additions to the horticulture trade.

Botanical Garden Tour

9:00 – 10:00 a.m., Nevin Welcome Center, Plantations Rd. 
Enjoy a relaxing guided tour through the Botanical Garden and discover the beauty and diversity of our numerous theme gardens. This one-hour tour will highlight the Bowers Rhododendron Collection, Robison Herb Garden, Young Flower Garden, Tropical Container Garden, and more. Afterwards, you can browse the gift shop and exhibits in the Nevin Welcome Center.

Alumni Reception and Open House at Mann Library

9:30 am – 12:30 pm, Stephen B. Ashley and Janice G. Ashley Atrium, 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 students, “my favorite place on campus” and “the best place to discover 10 million new ideas.” Come explore our collaborative learning technologies, fresh study spaces, rich collections and summer exhibits. And, in a grand departure from library tradition, join us for Finger Lakes brunch treats served right at the Mann circulation desk! This is a family-friendly event, with guided tours of the library available upon request.

Insect Zoo

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Comstock Hall 2123
Department of Entomology - Come see the bizarre, bad and bugly.  We will display a number of live rare, beautiful and fascinating insects!

Tour the Museum of the Earth and its collections (affiliated with Cornell’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., The Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Road, Ithaca
Tour the Paleontological Research Institution's Museum of the Earth and its collections. 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 Cornell's earth and atmospheric sciences faculty and students. Collect fossils from the Devonian seas of Ithaca. This is fun for all ages. Free admission is offered to alumni and families who show their Cornell reunion badge. Donations are appreciated.

State of the University Address

10:30 a.m., Bailey Hall
Cornell University Interim President Hunter R. Rawlings III will deliver his annual Reunion State of the University Address. All registered Reunion attendees and their guests are welcome.

Tour of the new Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 236 Tower Road
Join in the celebration of the opening of the new Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory. Faculty and staff will be available to answer any questions concerning its history and its plant collections.

CU at Lunch

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Terrace Restaurant
Looking for a place to grab a bite to eat? Stop by the Terrace Restaurant at the Statler Hotel. Additional cost for lunch.

School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) Alumni Gathering for the Plant Sciences

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., G22 Plant Science
Please join SIPS for light refreshments and an opportunity to reminisce with friends, faculty, and alumni. Historical Cornell photos will be on display, as well as a tour of the new Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory.

Biological and Environmental Engineering Alumni Gathering

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Lobby, Riley Robb
Enjoy a light lunch while visiting with fellow alumni and current and former faculty. Lab tours will be available.

Tour of the Cornell Insect Collection

12:00 p.m., 2nd Floor of Comstock Hall
Tour the world-famous Cornell Insect Collection, home to the most beautiful and bizarre insects in the world. Explore the over 7 million insect specimens representing about 200,000 species and view fascinating examples of insect beauty and diversity.
http://cuic.entomology.cornell.edu/

Cascadilla Gorge Hike

12:30 – 2:00 p.m. (see also Friday listing for additional times)
Meet at the College Avenue entrance to the trail, located at the northeast corner of the  Schwartz Performing Arts Center. Join us for this guided hike by Cornell Plantations staff to learn about the history of the Cascadilla Gorge Trail and the six year effort to rebuild this iconic trail. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. The round-trip one mile hike is moderately strenuous and involves some steep stair climbing. Friday hikers have the option to take the #10 TCAT Bus back to campus instead of returning on the trail, but there is no bus service on Saturday.

Botanical Garden Mini-Tours

12:30 – 3:00 p.m., Nevin Welcome Center, Plantations Rd.
Don't have a lot of time to spend? Take a mini-tour! Docents will lead short (20-minute) tours starting every half-hour (last tour at 2:30), highlighting some significant plants and “must see” areas within the extensive botanical garden collections.

Wine Tasting

1:00 – 3:00 pm, Trillium, Kennedy Hall
Savor the flavor of New York State 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.

“The Hangovers” – Allan Hosie Treman '21 Memorial Concert

3:00 – 4:00 pm, Nevin Welcome Center, Plantations Rd.
Relax and enjoy this performance by The Hangovers, the popular a capella subset of the Cornell Glee Club. The concert will be held under the tent at the Nevin Welcome Center, in the botanical garden on Plantations Road.  Parking is limited at this popular event. Please consider sharing a ride or walking if possible.

Cornell College of Business:  Update and Next Steps

4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Kennedy Hall, Call Auditorium
Speakers:
Soumitra Dutta, Dean, Cornell College of Business
Chris Barrett, Deputy Dean and Dean of Academics, Cornell College of Business
Rohit Verma, Dean of External Affairs, Cornell College of Business

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 program or website for times

Cornell Plantations

Cornell Plantations is the botanical garden, arboretum, and natural areas of Cornell University. During Reunion our rhododendrons, irises, and magnolias should be blooming, and you may still find many spring wildflowers in the Mundy Wildflower Garden and natural areas. At the botanical garden you can take a mini-tour, pick up a visitor map and explore on your own, browse the exhibits and gift shop in the Nevin Welcome Center, or just relax and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the gardens and grounds.  
www.cornellplantations.org.
Free parking is available at the Nevin Welcome Center, or you can ride our shuttle van from Barton Hall (Garden Avenue side) or the Peterson parking lot across from the Dairy Bar/Stocking Hall on Tower Road. Plantations shuttle service is provided from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday only.                                                                                                        

Mann Library Ongoing Exhibits:

“Climate Smart Farming: New York State Farmers in Their Own Words”

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thurs. & Fri.; 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sat.
Mann Gallery, 2nd floor
The Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture (CICCA) has been working actively with Cornell researchers, extension specialists, and New York State farmers to co-develop and encourage strategies and tools to increase resiliency, reduce risk, and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector. This exhibit showcases this unique collaboration, highlighting stories of farmers’ experiences with extreme weather and climate change and the important adaptations they are making through new cropping systems and varieties, improved water and waste management, and the installation of renewable energy systems.

“Vintage Vision: Vogel, Vogue and the Art of Gazette du Bon Ton” (exhibit)

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thurs. & Fri.; 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sat.
Mann Lobby, 1st  floor
Between 1914 and 1925 illustrations in two fashion journals, the French Gazette du Bon Ton and the American magazine Vogue, presented some of the finest examples of deco and pochoir art ever published for the fashion industry. This exhibit presents a full-color look at some of this beautiful artistry, exploring also the relationship between French fashion publisher Lucien Vogel and the American company Condé Nast, both of whom exerted major influence on early 20th century fashion on both sides of the Atlantic.