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Reunion Activities and Events

This is your comprehensive source for university-wide Reunion activities. Note: Athletics events, child care, and the youth program have additional, separate registration steps.

Adding events to your itinerary does not register you for these events. Please be sure to formally register with your class or association

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All-Alumni Lunch Extravaganza!
Location: Barton Hall
Time: Friday, 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m., Saturday, 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.,
Description: This event is redesigned and jam-packed with exciting activities. There will be upbeat entertainment, including our popular staple Johnny Russo with some of his East Hill classical jazz crew on Friday, and the Don Slatoff Jazz Circus on Saturday. Local wineries and breweries will have tastings of wine and beer (both also available for purchase by the glass), while Cornell Catering will feature delicious food, with buffets set up for both children and adults. Please note that attendees must preregister for a kosher meal. Preregistrants will be on a list at the registration desk and handed a wristband upon arrival. For kids: a special children’s menu, face painters, stilt walkers, and balloon animals. Adults: $17.00 with advance registration; $21.00 at the door. Children (ages 6 to 12): $10.00.

Cornell NYC Tech Talk
Location: Alice Statler Auditorium
Time: Saturday, 3 p.m.- 4 p.m.,
Description: Provost Kent Fuchs and Founding Dean and Vice Provost Dan Huttenlocher will present exciting updates on Cornell NYC Tech’s progress. All Reunion guests are encouraged to attend and hear the latest news about this landmark endeavor.

Cornelliana Night - (Additional livestream viewing in David L. Call Alumni Auditorium, Kennedy Hall, until 10:30 p.m.)
Location: Bailey Hall
Time: Saturday, 9:30 p.m.
Description: Join the Alumnae Chorus and Alumni Glee Club in songs celebrating Cornell. Reunion attendance and giving will be recognized. Cornelliana Night at Bailey Hall will also be streamed live on a large screen at our satellite location in David L. Call Alumni Auditorium at Kennedy Hall.

Olin Lecture
Location: Bailey Hall
Time: Friday, 3 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.,
Description: The Olin Lecture was established at Cornell in 1987 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 2013 Olin speaker is Professor Fredrik Logevall, the John S. Knight Professor of International Studies and Professor of History at Cornell, where he serves as director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. On July 1, 2013, he will become Cornell’s vice provost for international relations.

His most recent book is Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam (Random House, 2012), which won the Pulitzer Prize in History and was named a best book of the year by the Washington Post and the Christian Science Monitor.

A former Leverhulme Professor at the University of Nottingham and Mellon Senior Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, Logevall has also taught at Yale University and the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The Meaning of the Vietnam War

It's perhaps the most important question of America’s past half century: Why did we go to war in Vietnam? In this Olin Lecture, Cornell History Professor Fredrik Logevall, one of the world's leading scholars of the war, considers U.S. intervention anew, drawing from his Pulitzer Prize-winning new book, Embers of War. Logevall will pay particular attention to the views and decisions of John F. Kennedy, in this the 50th anniversary year of the Dallas assassination. He'll also examine the lessons of the war for Americans today.

Reunion Run
Register:Additional registration required.
URL:More information available.
Location: Garden Avenue near Barton Hall
Time: Saturday, 7:30 a.m.
Description: Cornell Reunion Run is open to all alumni and their guests and to the university's faculty and staff members. Preregister for either a 2-mile or 5-mile course. Preregistrants should pick up their numbers and t-shirts on Friday, at Barton Hall, 12:00–6 p.m., or at the Carol Tatkon Center, 6:30–9 p.m. The walk-in registration fee is $20, and t-shirts cannot be guaranteed. No Saturday registration, please. The "Walk Only" option: Alumni are also invited to walk the 2-mile course and may register as a walk-in if they wish to receive t- shirts; otherwise, preregistration is not necessary for the "Walk Only."

Reunion Tents Party
Location: Arts Quad
Time: Friday, 9 p.m.- 1a.m., Saturday, 9 p.m.- 1a.m.,
Description: All registered alumni and their guests are invited to the Arts Quad to reconnect with old peers and make new friends. Musical entertainment will include Little Joe and the Big Shots, the Stan Colella Orchestra, and a karaoke disc jockey. Tent admittance, food, and beverages are available only to registered alumni and guests wearing Reunion 2013 buttons. Picture ID is required. No one under the age of 21, including children of alumni (regardless of whether they are accompanied by a parent), are welcome on the Arts Quad during the Reunion Tents party. Non-Reunion year alumni (along with alumni not registered with their class or association) who wish to visit the Reunion tents can get Reunion 2013 buttons by registering at the Barton Hall information desk during regular hours: Thursday, 2:00–6:00 p.m.; Friday 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; and Saturday, 8:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m. After information desk hours, alumni can register at the Carol Tatkon Center in Balch Hall until 11:00 p.m. (sharp), or at Goldwin Smith Hall on Friday, 9:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m., and Saturday, 9:00–11:00 p.m. There is a flat registration fee of $40 per button.

State of the University Address
Location: Bailey Hall
Time: Saturday, 10:30 a.m.- 11:15a.m.,
Description: President David J. Skorton will deliver the State of the University Address. All registered alumni and their guests are welcome.

The NY Dueling Pianos Show
Location: Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts
Time: Saturday, 4 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.,
Description: The NY Dueling Pianos, featuring Edward Mondress '88, is a high-octane fiesta that’s part rock show, part comedy show and all sorts of craziness rolled into one big outrageous party. Family-friendly and open to all registered alumni and their guests.

University Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving
Location: Sage Chapel
Time: Friday, 1:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.,
Description: Join us for the annual Reunion memorial service to honor faculty, staff, students, and alumni we have lost over the years. This service is open to all, and includes speakers from the class of 1963, live music and a candle lighting ceremony.

Cornell University Chorus and Glee Club

The Cornell University Women's Chorus and Men's Glee Club are two of the oldest student-run organizations at Cornell University. The members of the chorus and glee club represent students from all 11 undergraduate and graduate schools and colleges at Cornell who share a passion for music. The groups perform their own unique repertoire and collaborate annually on a major work. Their repertoire ranges from liturgical settings to folk songs, from works of the Renaissance period to contemporary music. Under the direction of Robert Isaacs, each group annually commissions a new choral piece for performance. The groups have a long-standing tradition of performance tours, including trips to Russia, Brazil, Italy, England, Singapore, and Venezuela.

Cornell University Chorus and Glee Club Concert
Location: Bailey Hall
Time: Friday, 9:15 p.m.- 10:30 p.m.,
Description: Join the Cornell University Chorus and Glee Club and their alumni as they perform old and new favorites. The performance will conclude with the greatest songs ever written for an Ivy League institution, with audience participation. John Rowehl will conduct. $10 tickets sold at designated class headquarters, and at the door.