From faculty and philanthropy to family and friends, there is much to enjoy and discover during our Family Fellows events.
In Spring 2021, we offered a variety of virtual events, and that virtual programming is listed below. The 2020 Family Fellows Spring Weekend on-campus program is listed below for you to get a sense of the unique activities typically offered when we are on campus.
Cornell Family Fellows Spring Semester 2021
The Cornell Family Fellows are invited to Ithaca each spring for a special weekend program that offers personal interaction with university leadership, seminars of substance from top faculty in diverse fields, and activities with their children. In 2021, the program consisted of online opportunities spread out over the semester, which are listed below. A look at a typical on-campus Family Fellows experience is provided at the bottom of the page.
June 8, 2021, 12:00 pm (EDT)
Transforming the Student Experience
presented by Student and Campus Life (SCL)
Vice President Ryan Lombardi and members of his leadership team discussed new ways Student & Campus Life will support students in the year to come, and how they foster a sense of belonging. At the heart of the student experience, Student & Campus Life inspires transformation in all Cornell students so they may thrive in and out of the classroom, and well beyond their time on the Hill.
Ryan Lombardi has served as the Vice President for Student & Campus Life (SCL) since August 2015. Ryan’s leadership, and the work of this division, impacts virtually every student at Cornell and strives to create a campus environment that enables student transformation. The Division of SCL is composed of Athletics and Physical Education, Office of the Dean of Students, Campus and Community Engagement, Cornell Health, Campus Life Enterprise Services, Cornell Career Services, and the Office of the Vice President.
May 3, 2021, 6:00 pm (EDT)
The Buzz on Birding
presented by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
This past year, as we spent more time outdoors, did you become curious about bird activity and nature around you? Have you or your Cornell student visited or wondered about the Lab of Ornithology? Bird migration is about to get (even more) exciting in much of the country. Please join us, whether you are a birding novice or expert, to learn about the Lab and the joy of birding.
Jennifer Fee, an experienced naturalist at the lab, explained how any yard can provide a front row seat to the spectacle of migration.
April 10, 2021, 3:00 pm (EST)
Family Fellows Wine Tasting, presented by the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
There are many ways to enjoy a glass of wine. In early April, we did so with the expertise of Cornell’s viticulture and enology department and an alumna whose family owns one of the premier wineries in the Finger Lakes. In partnership with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Family Fellows offered a wine tasting with Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery, named by Wine & Spirits as one of the top 100 wineries of 2019 and whose founder was the pioneer of the Eastern United States’ vinifera movement.
After registering, guests received a shipment of three bottles of Dr. Frank’s best vintages to enjoy during the program. Gavin Sacks of the Food Science department and Head of the Sacks Research Lab spoke about how viticulture and enology is taught at Cornell’s teaching winery and Meaghan Frank ’11, MPS ’16, vice president of Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery provided insights into the wines tasted, as well as the growth of the industry in the Finger Lakes.
March 17, 2021, 7:00 pm (EST)
From Robots and Pipettes to Rolled Up Sleeves:
An Inside Look at Cornell’s COVID-19 Testing Lab and How the Veterinary College is Fighting the Pandemic Statewide
Cornell’s scientific expertise, testing strategy, on-site labs, and use of data and modeling help keep students safe on campus last year. Senior leaders on the front lines in the Veterinary College took us behind the scenes and offered insights into the pandemic.
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