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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 Block Party
Location: Barton Hall
Time: Friday, 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m., Saturday, 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.,
Description: Celebrate the “neighborhood” that is Cornell at Barton Hall. Like a block party, this lunch includes music and activities for all ages. Some of the highlights include: carnival games, face painting, tastings of local products such as beer, wine, cheese and chocolate, and a few surprises along the way! Cornell Catering will feature delicious gourmet sandwiches, salads, and our very own Cornell Dairy Bar ice cream. Here’s a list of offerings: gourmet sandwiches with chips and beverages ($14); kid’s meal with veggies, fruit, and beverage ($9 for ages 6–12, free for 5 and younger); side of fresh and fun summer salads ($3); dessert ($3); kosher, boxed sandwich with chips, whole fruit, and beverage ($16, preregistration required). Tickets required.

Cornell NYC Tech Talk with Provost Kent Fuchs and Vice President Cathy Dove
Location: Alice Statler Auditorium, Statler Hall
Time: Saturday, 3 p.m.- 4 p.m.,
Description: Get exciting updates on Cornell Tech’s progress. All Reunion guests are encouraged to attend and hear the latest news about this landmark endeavor in New York City.

Cornelliana Night
Location: Bailey Hall
Time: Saturday, 9:30 p.m.- 10:30 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 with Professors Glenn Altschuler and Isaac Kramnick: “The Way We Were—and Are: Cornell Professors and Students, 1940–Present”
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.

American universities remain the envy of the world. And Cornell University is a jewel in the crown of American higher education. In researching their soon-to-be published book, Cornell: A History, 1940-2015, Glenn Altschuler and Isaac Kramnick were struck by the changes and continuities in what faculty and students have been like, how they have spent their time, and the ways in which the institution has evolved, culturally and structurally, over the last 75 years. In the Olin Lecture, “The Way We Were—and Are: Cornellians, 1940–Present,” Altschuler and Kramnick will reflect on these changes and continuities and their impact on Cornell.

Glenn Altschuler is the Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of American Studies, dean of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, and a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow. From 2009 to 2013 he served as Cornell’s vice president for University Relations. He is the author or co-author of ten books and more than eight hundred essays, reviews, and op-eds.

Isaac Kramnick has taught at Cornell for 42 years. Author or editor of over 20 books, he has served Cornell as department chair, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, vice provost for Undergraduate Education, and faculty-elected trustee. A Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, faculty champion of the West Campus House System, and member of the Cornell Sesquicentennial Steering Committee, he is retiring in June 2015.

Reunion 5K
Register:Additional registration required.
URL:More information available.
Location: Cornell Plantations
Time: Saturday, 7:30 a.m.- 8:30a.m.,
Description: The Reunion Run has changed! The Reunion 5K is a fun run open to alumni and guests of all ages, as well as to the university’s faculty and staff members. This 3.1- mile course will loop through the beautiful Cornell Plantations. Preregister online for $15 before May 30. After this date, the price will increase to $20 and T-shirts cannot be guaranteed. Individuals will have the opportunity to register on campus, Friday, at Barton Hall, noon– 6:00 p.m., or at the Carol Tatkon Center, 6:30–9:00 p.m. No Saturday registration.

Reunion Tent Parties
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 2014 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), is 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 2014 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 and Saturday, 9:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m. There is a flat registration fee of $50 per button.

State of the Greek System Presentation
Location: 398 Beck Center, Statler Hall
Time: Saturday, 2 p.m.- 3 p.m.,
Description: Join us as Kent Hubbell ’67, Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley Dean of Students, and Travis Apgar, Robert G. Engel Associate Dean of Students, discuss the current status of Cornell University’s historic Greek System. They will discuss how the system has evolved during its time at Cornell, its current accomplishments and challenges, and where they see the system heading in the future. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.

State of the University Address with President David J. Skorton
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 1964, live music, and a candle-lighting ceremony.

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Liberty Hyde Bailey Lecture: “Modifying the Future of Food: What If GMOs Are the Only Option?”
Location: B25 Warren Hall
Time: Friday, 1 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.,
Description: What role should genetically modified organisms (GMOs) play as we try to find a sustainable way to feed the world’s growing population? Many argue that they represent an important technological option—and possibly the only option for some crops threatened by devastating diseases. Moderator Margaret Smith will discuss the science behind GMOs, while panelists cover the challenges faced by the papaya and citrus industries and their biggest hurdle: public perception. Moderator: Margaret Smith, professor of plant breeding and genetics, associate director of the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station. Panelists: Dennis Gonsalves, former Cornell University Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor of Plant Pathology; Amy Harmon, Pulitzer-prize winning New York Times science reporter; with more to be announced.

Cornell Reunion Kids Club

Cornell Reunion Kids Club
Register:Additional registration required.
URL:More information available.
Location: Helen Newman Hall
Time: Friday, 3 p.m.- 11 p.m., Saturday, 3 p.m.- 11 p.m.,
Description: The Cornell Reunion Kids Club is the place to be for kids ages 6 through 15 while parents are visiting with their classmates during the late afternoon and evening events! Children will participate in fun, engaging activities including bowling, swimming, arts and crafts, and outdoor play, and they will conclude the evening with a movie. Dinner and snacks will be provided to our young participants. Preregistration is required. We will not be able to accommodate walk-ins.

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.- 10:15 p.m.,
Description: Join the Cornell University Chorus and Glee Club and their alumni, under the direction of Robert Isaacs, 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. $12 tickets sold at designated class headquarters, and at the door.