Welcome alumni, parents, and friends to the online community of Cornell volunteers. Whether you are new or experienced, have an hour or a year, remember that your support is one of Cornell's greatest treasures.
There are abundant opportunities available to you across the university, and we've made them easy to locate by gathering them in one place: a cool new tool called CUVolunteer.
For more information about using CUVolunteer, consult the User Guide.
Class of 1940 presents Class of 2010 with-banner at Spirit of '31 Passing It Forward Ceremony
Olin Lecture Conversation with President David Skorton and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz MFA '95
Johnson events Barbecue and Family Fun
A.D. White watches over the tents as alumni enjoy themselves on the Arts Quad
Professor Robin Davisson and President David Skorton at the State of the University Address
Good cheer and friendship
Terry Horner '92, PhD '98
Human Ecology; Graduate School
Favorite Cornell Spot: Sage Chapel Choir Loft for Glee Club rehearsals
Favorite Cornell Tradition: Singing all those wonderful songs at Cornelliana night in Bailey Hall during Reunions
Cornell Volunteer Communities Experience: Human Ecology Alumni Association (HEAA); Human Ecology Advancement Committee; Human Ecology Dean's Advisory Council; Cornell Alumni Federation Board of Directors; Cornell University Gay and Lesbian Alumni (CUGALA) (Vice President); Cornell University Council (CUC) Administrative Board; Class of 1992 Officer; Glee Club Hangovers Advisory Council; Cornell Club of Washington (Vice President)
First Cornell Volunteer Experience: My first active volunteer experience was serving on the Human Ecology Alumni Association Board. The many devoted alumni of the College of Home Economics and later the College of Human Ecology showed me what it means to be a life-long Cornellian. I continue to be amazed at how well represented Human Ecology is in the many university-wide alumni communities
Most Recent Cornell Volunteer Experience: Cornell Club of Washington, DC, Vice President of Membership
Most Impactful Cornell Volunteer Experience: My most satisfying Cornell Volunteer experiences have been about building and maintaining Cornell's many diverse communities. It's my fellow volunteers that make me want to stay involved. For example, I'm so pleased to have known the late Steve Siegel '68, who helped establish CUGALA, Cornell's LGBT alumni association. Steve inspired me to become involved and to help reinvigorate CUGALA for the 21st Century.
Rana Glasgal '87, MEng '92
Los Altos, CA
Favorite Cornell Spot: The Arts Quad
Favorite Cornell Tradition: My favorite Cornell tradition is that only the President speaks at Commencement, and a speaker is invited to a separate Convocation the day before. It provides an inclusiveness and continuity to Graduation, while giving families an extra event to be together at the day before Commencement.
Cornell Volunteer Communities Experience: Board of Trustees (2011-2015); Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network (CAAAN) Advisory Committee (2005–present); Cornell University Council (CUC) (2004–2008, 2010-present); CAAAN San Francisco Bay Area (General Chair, 2001–2006); Cornell Alumni Association of Northern California Board (2001–2006); Cornell Alumni Association (2005–07); CAAAN Palo Alto (Chair, 1995–2000)
First Cornell Volunteer Experience: I began my Cornell volunteer experience, as so many of us do, soon after graduation as a CAAAN volunteer in New York City. I continued volunteering with CAAAN after I moved to California, and took on more responsibility within the organization as time went on.
Most Recent Cornell Volunteer Experience: My most recent volunteer experience is as an alumni-elected Trustee.
Most Impactful Cornell Volunteer Experience: I've been privileged to be on the Board of Trustees the past four years. It has been the ultimate Cornell experience to work with dedicated Cornell volunteers and be involved at this level with the Cornell administration. And I am grateful for what this experience has brought to me professionally, since my career is in higher education.
Yonn Rasmussen '83, MS '86,
Favorite Cornell Spot: In front of Willard Straight Hall, with a view to the bell tower and 5th floor of Johnson Art Museum and a 360-degree view of the campus and Cayuga lake
Favorite Cornell Tradition: Dragon Day Parade; Bell Tower ringing at each hour; ice hockey games; Cornell Cinema
Cornell Volunteer Communities Experience: Interviewing prospective high school students for Cornell; Cornell Essay Contest reader for high school juniors; Expanding Your Horizons 2008 keynote speaker for prospective high school students; LeaderShape (engineering student leadership program) industry panelist for many years; Engineering student mentoring on industry perspectives; Society of Women Engineers (SWE) leadership programs over many years; Materials Science and Engineering Department Advisory Board member; President's Council of Cornell Women (PCCW) member and current Mentoring Committee Chair
First Cornell Volunteer Experience: Interviewer of prospective high school students for Cornell
Most Recent Cornell Volunteer Experience: PCCW Mentoring Committee activities at the PCCW Annual Meeting on Cornell campus in March 2015 (mentoring undergrad and grad students)
Most Impactful Cornell Volunteer Experience: Mentoring and sharing personal insight with students on how to balance work and family while developing a successful STEM field career in industry. After all these years of much discussion, the work/balance topic still seems to be universal and compelling to many who are contemplating having a family in the future.