Alumni stand by Cornell in challenging times

Alumni, parents, and friends came together to support Cornell students and stay connected during fiscal year 2020 despite numerous challenging factors, including a global pandemic and economic crisis. The university received $712 million in new gifts and commitments—the third-highest total ever raised at Cornell in a single year—from over 39,000 donors. This included $43 million … Read more

Cornell Outdoor Education expands student access

With a steady 6,000+ student participants each year, few other university programs touch as many students as Cornell Outdoor Education (COE). Founded in 1972, COE has recorded more than 200,000 enrollments over nearly five decades. COE offers over 130 separate courses taught by 200 student instructors and 11 full-time staff members, and includes physical facilities … Read more

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

Bill Kay ’51: Grateful Cornellian

In early 2020, L. William Kay II ’51 passed away from COVID-19 related complications at age 93. Bill Kay’s Cornell involvement deeply embraced the university; spanned across time, generations, and programs; expressed trust in university leadership; and inspired other Cornellians to give and to volunteer. He was a stalwart volunteer for the Class of 1951 … 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

Success for Cornell’s sixth Giving Day

With $7,053,386 raised from 10,145 donors in just 24 hours, Cornell Giving Day brought Cornell community members together from all over the world to join in giving. “Philanthropy has been essential to Cornell’s success since 1865,” said Fred Van Sickle, vice president for Alumni Affairs and Development (AAD). “Giving Day is a unique opportunity for … Read more

Countdown to Giving Day 2020

March 12, 2020, will mark Cornell University’s sixth Giving Day, a 24-hour fundraising celebration in which Cornellians come together to support the areas they care most deeply about and to engage in some friendly competition. Last year, colleges and units participated in a “Raise the Bar” challenge, competing against themselves to increase their number of … 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