Class of 79 Dec. 2014 Newsletter
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Homecoming Recap: This past October 17–18 marked a special Homecoming "150 years in the making," as Cornell kicked off its on-campus Sesquicentennial celebration. Highlights among the many weekend events were: Big Red football, hockey and soccer; a capella and glee club concerts; the Homecoming 5K; a Forensics Society debate (“Are Cornell’s Best Days Behind it?”); and a lecture by esteemed professors Glenn Altschuler and Isaac Kramnick, on the past and present challenges facing Cornell’s presidents.
After Friday evening’s fireworks and laser light show at Schoellkopf Field, nearly 50 members of the Class of '79, along with friends and family and alumni from adjacent classes, gathered at the Statler for beverages and conversation. This reception has become a class tradition, so plan on attending during future campus Homecomings!
Follow the links below to capture the weekend’s excitement and catch a first glimpse of President-elect Elizabeth Garrett as she joins in the celebrations.
Celebrate Cornell’s Big Birthday: If you attended the inaugural Cornell Sesquicentennial Bash at New York City’s Jazz at Lincoln Center back in September, you know that Cornell knows how to throw a birthday party! A great venue, super catering, talented student performers and an entertaining presentation featuring surprise guests all contributed to a fabulous celebration. The festivities continued in Ithaca during Homecoming, and in DC in November. Visit Cornell's 150 Web Site to learn more about the Sesquicentennial and how your can participate in upcoming celebrations in Hong Kong (December 15), Boston (January 17, during Cornell’s Alumni Leadership Conference), West Palm Beach (February 14), San Francisco (March 6), Los Angeles (March 8), Ithaca (April 24 – 27, during Charter Day Weekend) and London (May 14). For information concerning any planned Class of ‘79 events associated with the above celebrations, contact Jeff Weiss email@example.com, Deb Waterman Johns firstname.lastname@example.org, or Cindy Green email@example.com.
Kudos for Record-Setting Generosity: Congratulations are in order as our class reached new heights with the level of giving recorded for our 35th reunion! We surpassed every other reunion class by securing a total of 804 donors (including 86 new donors), all while raising over $33.4 million for our alma mater, with a university record-setting 134 Tower Club members (Check out the terrific article highlighting our accomplishments in the most recent issue of Ezra Magazine).
Still Time to Give: Help our class make even more gift-giving history by contributing to this year’s campaign, now in full swing. While Cornell’s giving cycle runs from July 1 through June 30, if you are looking to make your gift during the current calendar year, remember to donate by December 31. Use any of the three giving options below, and thanks in advance for joining those who’ve already contributed to upholding the Class of ‘79’s reputation for record-setting generosity!
VIA PHONE: 1-800-279-3099
BY MAIL: Send a check to: Cornell University, P.O. Box 25842, Lehigh Valley, PA 18003-9692
Become a Cornell Volunteer: The recently launched Cornell Volunteerwebsite has made it easier than ever for both new and experienced alumni volunteers to identify and sign on for activities of interest. Whether you can commit an hour or a year of your time, check out this site to locate opportunities that match your availability and skill set. A friendly User Guide is available for assistance. Feel free to reach out to Jeff Berg (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions. Hope to CUVolunteer!
(NOTE: You’ll need a NetID and password to create your profile. If you forgot your NetID, you can look it up here. If you forgot your password, click here. If you have not yet reactivated your NetID, call the NetID hotline at 607-254-2288.)
Honor the Memory of Blonde Grayson Hall, Past Class President: Sadly, Blonde Grayson Hall, Class of ’79 president from 1989 to 1994, passed away on June 2, 2014, just a few days prior to our 35th Reunion. To fulfill Blonde’s wish to provide assistance to female African American undergraduate students who are Africana Studies majors at Cornell, Neal Hall ’78, Blonde’s husband, has announced the establishment of the Blonde Grayson Hall '79 Memorial Fund. This temporary account has been set up to begin receiving gifts in Blonde's memory while the endowment is being established, with the goal of raising a minimum of $100,000 within five years. Gifts can be made online at https://www.giving.cornell.edu/give/ or mailed to Cornell University, P.O. Box 25842, Lehigh Valley, PA 18003-9692. Please be sure to include Fund Number 0011412 on the memo line of gift checks or if donating online, by designating the gift as "Other" and including the Fund Number in the Special Instructions.
Questions: For more info or any questions concerning the above contact: Danna Levy (DannaRLevy@gmail.com) or Larry Stone (email@example.com). Send additional questions or comments regarding the Class to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get it to the right person.
Do you remember when Emerson Lake and Palmer sang Welcome Back My Friends...? That highlights what classmates gathering at Cornell Reunions is all about, so we used it as our theme throughout the reunion year.
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