Dyson student access and experience braced by alumni gifts

Dyson alumni have stepped up in the last year with scholarships and emergency funding to provide access to Dyson and the best possible student experience once here. Current-use funds have helped many through the 2019-2020 academic year, ensuring that “inability to pay isn’t a barrier to participation,” says Tim Oonk ’86, executive director of Alumni … Read more

Alumna collects Cornell memories while giving back

Lynn Weidberg Morgan ’89 never misses an opportunity to strengthen her Cornell connections. A volunteer for her class, a board of trustees member for Cornell Hillel and a loyal donor, Lynn gives back in more ways than one and inspires others to do the same. The pins she collects serve as a visual reminder of … Read more

Access Fund eased pandemic’s burden on students

Raven Schwam-Curtis ’20 had seen the coronavirus coming: She visited China and South Korea on a research trip over winter break, when the first cases were being reported there. But she was still confronted with financial and emotional disruption when the pandemic forced Cornell to abruptly suspend classes in mid-March and switch to remote learning … Read more

Benjamin Steeper ’19 is climbing the tree of knowledge

Ben Steeper arrived in Ithaca from Hawai‘i on a freezing day in January 2016, dressed in slippers and a t-shirt. Ben had long dreamed about attending an elite university like Cornell, where he hoped to be surrounded by “influential, creative people.” He is the first person in his family to attend an Ivy League school. … Read more

Umran Mustafa ’22 is dreaming larger than life

Umran Mustafa ’22 was born and raised in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. Dhaka is home to more than 20 million people. According to Umran, the city is rapidly growing, as “flocks of people from all over the country arrive every day, hoping to find a better life.” He explains that a common saying … Read more

Crowdfunding burst supports student-driven projects

From November 4 through December 3, student groups will have the chance to reach out directly to their supporters via the 2019 Cornell Crowdfunding campaign. Crowdfunding, launched in 2013, has helped to raise more than $1.3 million in donations for Cornell student groups, who might otherwise struggle to make their projects visible. Anyone can contribute … Read more

New summer stipend encourages entrepreneurs

To support summer stipends for students pursuing entrepreneurial ventures, Stephen Smith ’91, MBA ’95—a successful entrepreneur—established a new endowment this year. The Professor Vrinda Kadiyali Student Entrepreneur Fund ties into a new entrepreneurship track for 2-year residential MBA students at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, available to first-year students in fall 2019. … Read more

Senior Class Campaign: Give to what you love

The focus of the Senior Class Campaign (SCC) is on engaging as many seniors as possible in the tradition of giving. “Our message to seniors is, ‘Hey everyone, there is something at Cornell that you love,’” says Kendra Saldana ’12, assistant director of Young Alumni Giving at Cornell and staff advisor to the SCC student team. “The … Read more