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Undergraduate Student Life

New health center design takes shape; fundraising proceeds

The design has been unveiled for a new university health center planned to open at Cornell in 2017 as a comprehensive update and expansion of the current Gannett Health Services facility. The proposed center will more than double the size of usable space for campus health services, from 25,000 to 52,000 square feet, to meet the needs of a larger student population – including more than 100,000 clinical visits per year – and increasingly complex public health requirements and initiatives in the Cornell community.

With the design development phase completed, the project will go through city and university approvals, including those of the Cornell Board of Trustees. The City of Ithaca Planning Board’s site plan review is in May. Pending approvals, construction is slated to begin in the spring of 2015.

New gifts and commitments totaling $9.81 million have been received toward a $25 million fundraising goal for the health center. 

"The philanthropic support for this project is deeply appreciated,” said Susan Murphy ’73, Ph.D. ’94, vice president for student and academic services. “University leaders past and present have been moved to make this important investment in students’ health, which is so fundamental to educational achievement and a thriving community."

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Message from Vice President Susan Murphy

Our goal is simple: help every student thrive.

We strive to create a campus community that is among the best in the nation in terms of its vibrancy, diversity, health, and creativity – one that aims to help each and every student flourish at Cornell.  By working with partners throughout Cornell, including colleges, schools, and units, our division puts students at the center, with programs and services that directly support academic success and result in personal, social, and leadership growth.

Our scope is wide; our impact is deep.

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A New Healthcare Center for a New Generation

Cornell is in the planning stages of renovating and transforming its Gannett Health Services facility. With approval from the Board of Trustees to develop a project plan, the university seeks to enlarge and reconfigure space within Gannett to address an unprecedented level of demand for its physical, mental, and public health services.

The renovation will help Gannett advance its pioneering college healthcare delivery model.

The $55 million project is a top fundraising priority for Student and Academic Services, with a $25 million goal for the facility and an additional $17 million goal for endowed positions and programs that include:

  • Executive Director ($5 million)
  • Director of Counseling and Psychological Services ($3 million)
  • Preventive Alcohol Strategies and Alcohol Intervention Program ($2.5 million)

 

Living-Learning Experiences Boost Student Success

Following a decade-long transformation of Cornell’s residence halls to integrate living and learning, the university continues to invest in strengthening student communities.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Carol Tatkon Center serves as an intellectual, support, and resource center on North Campus for first-year students. Its programs and services help students transition to Cornell, promoting their well-being and academic success while connecting them with faculty outside of classrooms. The center seeks program support and gifts to name spaces within the center.
 

Five residential West Campus houses for sophomore, transfer, and upper-level student offer students a sense of community and foster student-faculty conversations outside of classrooms, while supporting the social, personal, and leadership development. House professors and deans, together with our house fellows, provide intellectual and social leadership, create program opportunities, and work closely with student leaders. The university seeks support for endowed positions and programs.

Hunter R. Rawlings III Cornell Presidential Research Scholarships Program

When focused students enroll at Cornell with demonstrated interests and skills in research, Rawlings Presidential Research Scholarships allow them to actively engage in that enterprise as soon as possible. This competitive scholarship program is open to undergraduates across all fields of study, and affords selected students the opportunity to work with a faculty mentor. Rawlings Scholars become some of our very best students, publishing in peer-reviewed journals and gaining recognition in prestigious scholarship competitions. Gifts to endow new Rawlings Scholarships can help fund research-support accounts for student use, ensuring they will have the funds necessary to accomplish their goals.  In addition, students with need will receive financial support for tuition and to reduce their student loans.

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Cornell Annual Fund for Student and Academic Services

SAS puts students at the center. Gifts to the Annual Fund for Student and Academic Services benefit every student across every undergraduate college at Cornell. Every size gift fosters student growth and development. Recent gift uses have included:

  • Launching new leadership development programs
  • Backing new student organizations, such as Gorge Stewards and Cayuga’s Watchers
  • Defraying travel costs for service projects
  • Piloting new approaches to intergroup dialogue

Few areas of the university change as quickly from year-to-year as student life. Annual funds provide flexibility. They are deployed immediately where resources are most needed to support undergraduate student life and learning.

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Diversity

The voices of nearly 400 Cornell students discussing their experiences with diversity on campus form the basis of a new …
The Spring 2014 cover story of Ezra Magazine focuses on diversity.
Noticing the lack of portraits of women around campus, Jordana Gilman '14 assembled an exhibition of 250 notable Cornell …
Retired Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo spoke out for LGBT rights on campus March 19.
The Intergroup Dialogue Project, a peer-facilitated course that seeks to raise awareness around social justice issues, won …
By SAMANTHA?DELOUYA Despite being held in a smaller venue, approximately 400 individuals crowded into Willard Straight …
By ANUSHKA MEHROTRA Ari Ne’eman, president and founder of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, which seeks to empower …
National Public Radio host and special correspondent Michele Norris delivered Cornell’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. …
Breaking Bread, sponsored by 6-2-6 Center for Intercultural Dialogue, returns February 11 with Cornell Hillel and the …
Since fall 2011, 626 Thurston has served as Cornell's hub for conversations about differences.
Campus leaders learned about accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities during a series of building tours …
Law professor and critical race theorist Kimberle Crenshaw '81 talked about race and the law on campus Oct. 17.
Scholars Working Ambitiously To Graduate (or SWAG), a campus organization that seeks to boost the graduation rate of …
The student-run Diversity Hosting Month is part of an initiative helping Cornell to recruit minority prospects and exceed …
The Class of 2017 – 3,282 freshmen from 48 states and 56 countries – reflects significant gains in diversity at Cornell, …
A student-led initiative begun in 2010 has resulted in the establishment of the first Muslim Cultural Center on campus. …
Finishing its first year as a university-supported organization, SWAG: Scholars Working Ambitiously to Graduate had 30 …
The Toward New Destinations diversity planning document has been revised to reflect outcomes as well as plans to promote …
President David Skorton charges two committees to follow up on recommendations to improve the university's environment for …
Network built on respect for all sexual orientations expanding to Cornell
The American Indian Program marked its 30th anniversary and reflected on its history at Cornell at a conference April …
A major hip-hop collection at Cornell University Library inspires a major celebration on- and off-campus.
Employment & Disability Institute work lauded by national group
Eight Cornellians received Constance E. Cook and Alice H. Cook Recognition Awards Feb. 28 for their contributions to …
In his Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture Feb. 11, author Wes Moore called for more leadership and education to …
Black History Month puts focus on the role of black people in the development of world civilizations and memorializes …
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Living and Learning

Three new North Campus faculty-in-residence – Sahara Byrne, Christopher Umbach and Maria Fernandez – have developed new …
Susan H. Murphy '73, PhD '94, vice president for Student and Academic Services, speaks with parents during New Student …
Robert Glick shares his experiences visiting campus with his daughter Alicia Glick '17
There was no Carol Tatkon Center in 1959. "Our only practical alternative was to just deal with it," recalls Dick Lynham …
Under faultless blue skies and a flawless temperatures, Cornell University President David Skorton welcomed the Class of …
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Health and Well-Being

A new Cornell University Council on Hazing Prevention will take a comprehensive, campuswide approach to prevent and …
Janet Corson-Rikert, associate vice president for health services, has been recognized nationally for her "exceptional …
Cornell Dining chefs worked with national celebrity Chef Jet Tila this week, learning principles and subtle techniques in …
This week teams of Cornell Dining managers, chefs and staff members will eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at campus …
Outlet: New York Times, The When you have a child off at college, you worry about his general health, state of mind, …
By MARGARET YODER After Cornell saw a surge of sexual assault cases last year, President David Skorton and Susan Murphy …
By NOAH RANKIN With Gannett Health Services currently unable to “accomodate current campus health needs,” the University …
This January 8, 2014 Huffington Post article reviews Cornell's proactive policy changes and actions to address sexual …
High-risk drinking and other risky party behavior could be reduced by the friendly intervention tactics of a startup …
Through internships, jobs and courses, students in the Didactic Program in Dietetics gain practical, hands-on experience …
The new Council on Sexual Violence Prevention, which includes students, faculty and staff, is the latest in a recent …
Student-elected trustee Ross Gitlin comments on the recent launch of Cayuga's Watchers and its potential impact on our …
The Jed Foundation, a national organization seeking to reduce suicide rates among college students, has honored Cornell's …
Student health – for all students, not only those in crisis – is central to Cornell's mission: enabling students to reach …
The mission of health centers is being redefined to include not just treating medical problems but also managing serious …
It was with a spirit of service to a community I love that I returned to The Hill this summer as assistant director for …
Cornell is in the planning stages of upgrading and expanding the Gannett Health Services facility – to 96,000 square feet, …
With the number of patients rising and space for services shrinking, Gannett Health Services is likely among the top …
Kahn-Millman Public Health Fellows are 'near-peers' who offer counseling and education to Cornell students. The fellows' …
A new educational performance based on students’ life experiences around relationships, sex and alcohol, “Speak About It,” …
By JINJOO LEE For students on the autism spectrum, college may pose challenges to which other students may be oblivious — …
Many institutions, including Cornell, have adopted a philosophy of freedom with responsibility -- giving students the …
Cornell Minds Matter promotes the overall mental and emotional health of all Cornell students, works to reduce the stigma …
"We estimate about half of our population has been vaccinated — the most yet compared to any other year,” a Gannett …
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Engagement

Student and faculty service-learning projects were honored on campus April 17.
Forget the Florida foolishness. So long, sand and sun. Cornell students traveled the concrete world of Manhattan’s Upper …
More than 600 Cornell alumni and students came together in early January at 32 sites across the United States to connect …
A record number of Cornell students volunteered to do community service through Into the Streets, a program celebrating …
The brothers of Beta Theta Pi helped to clear and build trails on wooded land for the Ithaca YMCA's Camp Adventure.
The student group, which sends students on service-learning trips to Nicaragua and encourages them to become global …
Audrey Baker '09, a Biology and Society graduate, leads a program to locally grow and source foods for Ithaca-area schools.
Cornell's culture of public engagement expands the definition of 'land grant'.
Fifty-five Cornell graduates have joined the incoming Teach for America corps of 5,900 individuals this year, making …
The Cornell Urban Scholars Program program matched 14 undergraduates with nonprofit and government agencies in New York …
The Dump & Run sale held last weekend raised close to $55,000 to benefit local charities. A remaining amount of excess …
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Student Stories and Achievements

Teresa Danso-Danquah ’15, an ILR School student who has worked on advocating for people with disabilities at Cornell …
Five doctoral candidates and one postdoctoral associate at Cornell were recently inducted into the Cornell chapter of the …
Business Insider Magazine profiles 19 exceptional Cornell students who are shaping the future.
Three Cornell undergraduates have won 2014 Barry Goldwater Scholarships, which support sophomores and juniors intending to …
Brianne Jenner ’14, who won gold at Sochi on the Canadian women’s hockey team, will return to Cornell next year.
College of Ag and Life Sciences, 4-time NCAA Champion wrestler.
Four Big Red players will represent Team Canada at the Sochi games.
This Sunday Bryan Walters '10, the former record-breaking wide receiver at Cornell, lands on football’s biggest stage – …
Two graduating seniors with records of excellence in undergraduate research, athletics and community service, Samantha …
Simon Boehme ’14 is the first Cornellian to win a George J. Mitchell Scholarship to study in Ireland.
President Emeritus Hunter Rawlings applauded the work of current and former undergraduate research scholars at the first …
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Athletics

ITHACA, N.Y. -- The Cornell men's swimming and diving team handed out its season-ending team awards at the annual team …
ITHACA, N.Y. – After one of the greatest seasons in program history, the Cornell women's swimming and diving team handed …
ITHACA, N.Y. - The No. 11 Big Red is seeking a share of its second straight Ivy League title when it takes on No. 19 …
ITHACA, N.Y. – The Cornell softball team will close its 2014 regular season next week with a pair of rescheduled …
ITHACA, N.Y. - The No. 11 Big Red is seeking a share of its second straight Ivy League title when it takes on No. 19 …
ITHACA, N.Y. – The Cornell men's soccer team earned its first spring season victory over Stevens, 1-0 last Sunday, April …
ITHACA, N.Y. – The baseball team rallied from four runs down to tie its Wednesday game against Binghamton before …
ITHACA, N.Y. – The No. 8 Cornell heavyweight rowing team won the Goes Cup for the first time since the 2010 season with a …
ITHACA, N.Y. -- The Cornell softball team's rescheduled doubleheader against Harvard, set for Tuesday, April 22 at 1:30 …
PRINCETON, N.J. – Cornell goalie Christian Knight has been named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the fourth time …
PRINCETON, N.J. -- At this weekend's Larry Ellis Invitational held Friday and Saturday at Princeton, the Big Red men …
ITHACA, N.Y. -- The Cornell softball team has eight games on tap, including six Ivy League contests, as it attempts to …
ITHACA, N.Y. – The baseball team will play its final home non-league game of the season when it plays host to Binghamton …
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Ivy League released its list of student-athletes selected as the winter 2013-14 All-Ivy Academic …
ITHACA, N.Y. – Junior Lauren Frazier and freshman Alexandra D'Ascenzo had singles victories, but the women's tennis team …
CLEMSON, S.C. – The No. 16 Big Red wrapped up the Clemson Invitational with several strong performances, including a …
ITHACA, N.Y. – Junior Sam Fleck clinched the men's tennis team's 4-3 victory with his three-set victory at No. 1 singles …
ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell softball's seniors rose to the task as the Big Red split an Easter Sunday doubleheader with a 6-3 …
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Cornell women's track team had a fantastic meet at Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational Friday and …
ITHACA, N.Y. – Junior Brent Jones struck out six while tossing a complete game in the opener, then senior Chris Cruz was …
ITHACA, N.Y. – The Cornell softball team dropped an Ivy League doubleheader to Columbia, falling to the Lions 4-3 and …
NEW YORK – After having a six-year winning streak halted a season ago, the No. 1 Big Red lightweight rowing team …
ITHACA, N.Y.  – The Big Red offense exploded in the third quarter, while the defense held Brown scoreless for nearly …
ITHACA, N.Y. – Sophomore Michael Byrne had another stellar start, but the baseball team's bats were silenced again …
ITHACA, N.Y. – The No. 8 Cornell heavyweight rowing team won the Goes Cup for the first time since the 2010 season with a …
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The golf team capped off a strong performance at the Navy Spring Invitational on Saturday, finishing …
ITHACA, N.Y. – The Cornell women's lacrosse team has clinched a berth in the Ivy League Tournament for the third straight …
CLEMSON, S.C. – The No. 16 Cornell women's rowing team won the Class of '89 Points Plate, defeating Penn and placing …
ITHACA, N.Y. – The baseball team will play its first Lou Gehrig Division home games of the spring this weekend when …
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The golf team is off to a strong start for a second straight week, sitting in fifth place after Friday's …
ITHACA, N.Y. – Freshman Marika Cusick won her team-leading 12th singles match of the season under sunny skies at Reis …
ITHACA, N.Y. – Junior Sam Fleck and freshman Bernardo Casares Rosa won their respective singles matches, but the men's …
ITHACA, N.Y. – Senior Jenny Edwards hit a walk-off home run two batters after Meg Parker tied game two with a long ball …
ITHACA, N.Y. – JD Whetsel, Jordan Winawer and Collin McGee had two hits apiece, but the baseball team stranded 10 runners …
ITHACA, N.Y. - The Cornell University Department of Athletics and Physical Education, in conjunction with Red Key, …
ITHACA, N.Y. – The No. 8 Big Red will play host to No. 9 Navy and No. 17 Syracuse on the Cayuga Lake Inlet this Saturday, …
ITHACA, N.Y. – The Cornell women's lacrosse team will take on Yale in a critical Ivy League match-up Saturday on …
ITHACA, N.Y. – No. 1 Cornell will travel to New York City to take on No. 2 Columbia and No. 7 MIT in a battle for the …
ITHACA, N.Y. – The No. 16 Cornell women's rowing team has a fantastic weekend of rowing coming up as it travels to …
ITHACA, N.Y. – The baseball team has added a non-league game against Binghamton, set for 4 p.m. Thursday at Hoy Field. …
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Greek Life

By RACHEL WEBER The Alpha Delta Phi fraternity hosted their annual Victory Club philanthropy event Saturday, raising money …
The Greek Tri-Council writes a letter to the Cornell community to condemn sexual assault of any kind and spells outs some …
The Cornell Panhellenic Association will bring the issues of mental and physical health to the forefront this week during …
Keep up with the latest Greek good news and great achievements through Facebook, updated several times weekly.
Now in its third year, the Greek Leadership Academy at Cornell is being recognized for its value and importance by the …
On February 22, the Greek community lauded three students whose leadership demonstrated a strong commitment to community …
By ERIC OBERMAN The first four-week new member period for fraternities and sororities — which was shortened from six weeks …
By RACHEL WEBER With recruitment beginning in Fall 2014, Phi Mu will be the next sorority to colonize on campus, the …
Learn about the processes by which students join the Cornell Greek Community. Fraternity and sorority advising staff …
Lambda Chi Alpha alumni have raised $125,000 to establish a memorial fund in memory of a brother, Matthew Patrick Omans '10.
Addressing President Skorton's challenge to end pledging, continuing measures to improve Greek culture on campus include …
In 2011, President Skorton issued a challenge to Cornell's Greek community to 'end pledging as we know it.' With the goal …
Alumni, students and administrators discussed issues facing the Greek life system at Cornell at a campus conference Feb. …
Cornell's efforts to revamp the Greek system's new member orientation is on the right track, university leaders …
An address with Q&A for attendees of the A.D. White Greek Leadership Annual Summit held February 15-17, 2013.
"Greek life is at a crossroads. We are called upon to be leaders and -- together with Greek student members -- help define …
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Featured Videos

A sneak peak of the "Rooted" exhibit, a living community art installation coming mid-April 2014.
NBC News correspondent Kate Snow '91 interviews Kimberlé Crenshaw '81, professor of law at UCLA and Columbia, March 1, …
Brianne Jenner '14, a student in the College of Arts and Sciences, skated with Canada's national women's hockey team at …
Vice President Susan H. Murphy, Dean of Students Kent Hubbell and Associate Dean of Students Travis Apgar address …
Leaders of Cornell's three greek alumni councils discussed practiced models of alumni involvement in both individual …
By CASEY CARR If you’re reading this while eating in a dining hall or at an à la carte location on campus, do you know who …
At Cornell, Meinig Family Cornell National Scholar Kit Dobyns majored in Africana studies with minors in inequality …
Susan H. Murphy '73, PhD '94, vice president for Student and Academic Services, speaks with parents during New Student …
A student-created video that describes important information on enjoying the natural gorge areas safely.
Mark Bittman, celebrated New York Times food columnist, visited Cornell for a week of events and appeared with Brian …
Check out this true competitor, an excellent athlete and student.
An address with Q&A for attendees of the A.D. White Greek Leadership Annual Summit held February 15-17, 2013.
Gender-inclusive housing refers to the ability to live on campus with whomever you choose, regardless of biological sex, …
Founded on campus in 1994, the LGBT Resource Center serves as the central hub of LGBT life at Cornell for students, …
Cornell has joined with colleges and universities from around the country to address the problem of high-risk drinking. …
David Archer '05, a former Big Red captain as a player and architect of the Big Red's recent recruiting success, was named …
Features Cornell athletes Abe Mellinger (Int'l. Agr. & Rural Devel./Men's Sprint Football), Kristen Towne (Animal …
Features Cornell athlete Ebolutalese Airwele - nickname "OT" (Undeclared-Arts & Sciences/Women's Track & Field).
Features Cornell athletes Chris Cruz (ILR student/Men's Baseball), Abe Mellinger (Int'l. Agr. & Rural Devel./Men's Sprint …

Contact

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Administration

Debra Hurley
Director of External Relations, SAS
Alumni Affairs & Development
dlh242@cornell.edu
607-255-1696

Susan Murphy '73, PhD '94
Vice President, Student and Academic Services
311 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
shm1@cornell.edu
607-255-7595