Thank you to all who attended Family Fellows Spring Weekend, March 8-10, 2024!

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Friday, March 8, 2024

  • 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Career Conversations: Help Cornell students on their career journey

    Location: Carrier Ballroom, Statler Hotel
    Career Conversations


    Cornell families are a wonderful resource for students to explore networking skills in a caring and supportive environment. Professionals from Cornell Career Services will facilitate this event and prepare students and Cornell Family Fellows volunteers for a productive experience. We hope you'll join other families in mentoring students. Questions? Email us at

  • 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Family Fellows Weekend Welcome Reception with Cornell Academic Leadership

    Location: Willard Straight Hall
    Reception for parents, students, and honored guests
    with remarks by Nicki Moore, The Meakem Smith Director for Athletics and Physical Education


    Enjoy an evening of mixing and mingling with other Cornell families, university leaders, faculty, and staff over drinks and light refreshments. You’ll hear from Nicki Moore and be treated to Cornell student entertainment from the Big Red Pep Band. Your students and honored guests are welcome to join in this fun and lively gathering.

Saturday, March 9, 2024

  • 8:30 - 9:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast

    Location: Park Atrium, Robert A. and Jan M. Beck Center, Statler Hall


    Enjoy a hearty continental breakfast with other Cornell Family Fellows to start your day of learning and engagement.

  • 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. Learning Session with Alex Colvin, Kenneth F. Kahn '69 Dean, ILR School: "Trends in the Future of Work"

    Location: Room 196, Beck Center, Statler Hall


    From AI to remote work, to expanding worker rights, many issues are changing the landscape of workplaces. Employment arbitration, dispute resolution, and the impact of the legal environment on organizations are more critical than ever. Dean Colvin will explore the latest research on the future of work and its implications on those currently in the workforce and those preparing to enter.

  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Learning Session - The Cancer Quest: Exploring Bold New Research at Cornell's Veterinary College

    Location: Room 196, Beck Center, Statler Hall


    Join Cornell Veterinary College of Medicine faculty Praveen Sethupathy, Anushka Dongre, and Glenn Simmons for an exploration of cutting-edge cancer research and learn about how they are harnessing technology like 3D printing and immunotherapy to reveal new insights that can help both pets and people. Get ready for an enlightening experience where innovation meets compassion on the quest against cancer.

  • 12:15 - 1:45 p.m. Family Fellows Keynote Lunch: The State of U.S.-China Relations

    Location: Statler Ballroom, Statler Hotel

    Cornell fosters a community committed to scholarly excellence, innovation, and collaboration across disciplines. Join Provost Michael Kotlikoff in conversation with Professor Jessica Chen Weiss and Professor Eli Friedman as they share their expertise and fascinating research around the complex economic, social, and geopolitical changes that impact U.S.-China relations.

    Moderator: Provost Michael I. Kotlikoff
    Jessica Chen Weiss
    , the Michael J. Zak Professor for China and Asia-Pacific Studies and the Director of the Levinson Program for China and Asia-Pacific Studies
    Eli Friedman, Associate Professor of Global Labor & Work

  • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Learning Session with Elaine Westbrooks, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian and Vice Provost: "On this Rock: Why Democracy Needs Libraries and Archives"

    Location: Room 196, Beck Center, Statler Hall


    Join us for a thought-provoking conversation with Elaine L. Westbrooks, the Carl A. Kroch University Librarian. She'll set the stage for how Cornell's libraries support student exploration and provides preservation of the cultural, historical, and scholarly record in ways that are reliable, accessible, and organized.

  • 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Explore Cornell

    Choose an area of Cornell University to learn more about! Select a tour to get a behind the scenes glimpse into some of Cornell's most intriguing areas:

    Hirshland Exhibition Gallery tour (open only for Cornell Family Fellows)

    The Tetlow & Roy Park Veterinary Innovation Lab and Veterinary Biobank facilities tour at the College of Veterinary Medicine
    Cornell Fashion + Textile Collection Tour
    Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory tour

  • Family Fellows Social

    Location: The Regent Lounge, Statler Hotel
    Reconnect with friends and meet new ones over drinks and light snacks.

Sunday, March 10, 2024

  • 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Breakfast and Tours at the Johnson Museum

    Location: Johnson Museum of Art


    Join us at the Johnson Museum for an enriching ending to the Family Fellows Spring Weekend. Begin the morning with breakfast on the sixth-floor Lynch Conference Room, where you will experience sweeping panoramic views of Cayuga Lake and Ithaca. After a warm welcome from Jessica Levin Martinez, the Richard J. Schwartz Director, hear how students contribute to the Museum's vibrant atmosphere. Following breakfast, before the Museum is open to the public, you will have the opportunity to join a guided tour, highlighting current exhibitions and the Museum’s world-class collection. Concluding the event, attendees are welcome to explore the galleries with their families and pick up a complimentary handbook of the Museum’s collection before heading home.

The sun sets over west campus. Shot from Libe Slope.

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