Cornell Class of 1972
I hope you have had a great year since last June. As you know we had a very successful reunion and hopefully there will be many more opportunities for us to get together during the next few years. 189 classmates and a total of 271 adults attended some or all of the weekend’s events. There were 31 first time attendees. Our class raised $2,081,527 dollars from 597 donors with 70 Tower club donors.
By now you have received e-mails to remind you to renew your class dues. If you have not done so already I urge you to renew by either taking advantage of the electronic renewal or by mailing in your dues. This will also provide continuation of your Alumni Magazine subscription and will allow our class to continue to supplement activities and reunions. It allows us to offer you the annual New Student Reading Project book. The 2013 book is Julie Otsuka’s When the Emperor Was Divine. I also hope that you will consider contributing to our class scholarship and academic innovation funds when you renew your class dues. Scholarships have helped so many students to attain their academic goals and I think this is one of the best ways we can give back to Cornell and its students. Each reunion year we give an award to one of the most innovative teachers at Cornell and a highlight of our recent reunions has been a lecture to our class by that year's recipient professor. We hope to continue this as one of our legacies to Cornell.
Reunion years are important but they are not the only years classmates can participate. There will be exciting events planned by Cornell leading up its 150th anniversary in 2015 as well as many local events that are scheduled each month by Cornell and the local clubs. I hope that we will be able to join these activities as a class and also plan events for our classmates throughout the country. Volunteers are needed to help coordinate events in cities throughout the world. We hope to collaborate with our sister classes of 1971 and 1973 on many of these events.
Maintaining communication with classmates or finding classmates after many years becomes more and more rewarding. I encourage you to follow this web site and the class Facebook page. If anyone has suggestions or would like to volunteer to design or maintain these pages your help would be appreciated!!!!!!!
Many of you regularly get together with small groups of Cornell friends. Consider expanding this to others you would like to see. Recently I tagged along to the first gymnastics reunion ever at Cornell.(Obviously the gymnast was my husband, not me ). It was a terrific weekend with a group that had not gotten together in 35+ years and was delighted to see each other. The weather was cold and the students were on break but we had a great time. A tour of the athletic facilities was an eye opener for me. I don’t think I had ever been in Teagle or Schoellkopf Hall. I don’t remember the last time I was in Lynah Rink but it did bring back a lot of memories. The women’s team took second in the ECAC meet that weekend. (There has not been a men’s team since 1993.)
I hope to send out an update of class activities twice a year and would love to include the stories, recollections and information you can provide. This is a great time in our lives to continue our association with Cornell and with each other. There have been more and more opportunities provided by Cornell during the last few years (check the monthly calendars of your local Cornell Clubs and newsletters) and they will increase in anticipation of the Sesquicentennial in 2015. Please join me in planning and attending events in the near future.
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All the best for a great year