Before she enrolled at Cornell, Yonn Rasmussen ’83, MS ’86, PhD ’89 visited the Ithaca campus with her parents and saw for the first time McGraw Tower, the inside of Andrew Dickson White Library, and the suspension bridge over the gorge.
“I remember walking down the well-worn steps of Willard Straight Hall to the cafeteria in the basement and thinking how many Cornellians must have passed through there to make the concave indentation on the stone steps,” she said.
For Reunion 2018, Cornell alumni came back to campus in various ways. Some arrived by bus from New York City, and some came by plane from overseas. Some caught shared rides from other states, and some attended virtually, thanks to live stream.
One young alumnus came back by bicycle – and he came a very long way.
Reunion drew more than 7,500 alumni, family members and friends back to the Ithaca campus June 7-10. And with more than 5,400 alumni in attendance, 2018 was the most highly attended Reunion in Cornell’s history.
“Cornellians are coming home in record-breaking numbers,” Paul Cashman ’73, president of the Cornell Association of Class Officers, said at Cornelliana Night, the raucous, song-filled culmination of the weekend.
Finding life balance is a quest that junior Kylie Long, an aspiring radiologist, appreciates.
Her pathway of learning and discovery at Cornell has led her to pursue the humanities along with the sciences and to study ancient texts as well as conduct stem cell research. She asks life’s big questions, while also getting down-to-earth at a local potting studio. She likes quiet meditation as well as using her voice to blog about self-care.
Cornell Giving Day 2017 is March 14, one 24-hour period for alumni, parents and friends to come together to support the university.
“Now in its third year, Giving Day is a special moment for Cornell,” said Fred Van Sickle, vice president for alumni affairs and development. “For one day, we reconnect with one another as Cornellians. Our alumni, friends and parents show their deep commitment through their support for the university’s vital work in a myriad of important areas.”
Mabel Lawrence '19 grew up in a home filled with musical theater. It wasn't unusual, when she was 8 or 9, to get home from elementary school near Los Angeles to find her parents, film and television composer David Lawrence and lyricist Faye Greenberg, working with original cast members, such as those in the Disney Channel’s hit show, "High School Musical."