- May - June Class Notes have now been posted. Click on the Class Notes link in HOT LINKS!
- Updated Constitution has been posted. It better defines the duties of Class Council members. See HOT LINKS!
- We are sorry to report that Anne Morrissy Merick died May 2, but her story as the first female reporter in several venues, starting at Cornell, has been shared with us as part of her obituary. It is on the Community Tab and makes very interesting reading.
- Take a look at the picture of the recent California luncheon on the Community Tab. Second luncheon planned for April!
CORNELL ALUMNI LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE (CALC)
February 2 – 3, 2017
Michael Avery, Phil Harvey and Eva Ray attended CALC which was held in Baltimore at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore. Approximately 600 alumni, students, staff and guests attended.
Some highlights of the conference;
- Marshall and Roanna Franks ’61 were named as the Vanneman Outstanding Class Leaders. This award had been given since 2005 in honor of Bill Vanneman ’31. Both have been deeply involved in their class and Cornell. Bill is a lifetime Cornell Council member and president of his class, co-chair of the last three reunion campaigns, CACO and Hillel board member and 55th reunion registration chair. Joanna is a member of her Class Council and co-chaired their 35th reunion, served as President on the Human Ecology Alumni Association board, also served on the Cornell University Council and the President’s Council of Cornell Women.
- The 2017-2019 Cornell Association of Class Officers (CACO) board members were approved at their annual Board meeting.
- An outstanding panel of students, led by Ryan Lombardi, VP for Student and Campus life, discussed Diversity and Inclusion: Using Student Voices to Inform Institutional Priorites. This has always been one of the highlights of CALC.
- Avery, Harvey and Ray held a class executive committee meeting and discussed multiple topics; class finances, dues payers, responsibilities of Class Council members, condolence cards to deceased classmate families, regional classmate events, 65th reunion cost and Annual giving committee. Notes from this meeting are posted in HOT LINKS!
Meet your Ex-President
of the Class of ’55, that is…
For over 25 years, Fred Antil, former president of the Class of 1955, has been researching and studying Abraham Lincoln, our 16th President. He has visited every place Lincoln lived or spent a lot of time and possesses an impressive library concerning Lincoln.
Fred has shared his knowledge of Lincoln, dressed as you see above, with hundreds of varied audiences, from school children to many adult groups. Lincoln served his country as president for slightly more than four years but Fred served our class as president for ten years.
University Health Center now Cornell Health
At our 60th Reunion, the Class of 1955 made a $100,000 contribution to remodeling and enhancement of the University Medical Health Center (formerly Gannett) which will provide medical services to the students at Cornell. This was due, in part, to the generous contribution by our fellow classmate, Peter Schluter.
Of particular interest is a name change which has taken place, from University Medical Health Center to Cornell Health. At the end of March, its website will be launched: health.cornell.edu, and you will be able to gain more information on what services will be furnished and when these will be available.
Construction has also been moving along. The Ho Plaza main entrance will open in July. For questions about these changes or construction progress, contact Sharon Dittman (email@example.com)
Pollack takes helm as Cornell's President
Dear Members of the Cornell University Community,
I am honored to begin my service today as Cornell University’s 14th president and to join all of you in shaping the future of this distinguished institution. The Board of Trustees has entrusted me with a great responsibility, and I will do my utmost to deserve their confidence and yours.
I am grateful to Hunter and Elizabeth Rawlings, who have brought enlightened leadership and their personal warmth to the university over more than two decades, including during some very difficult times. My husband, Ken Gottschlich, and I have learned so much from them, and we wish them all the best as they pick up their long-deferred retirement plans.
Like five previous Cornell presidents, I come to Cornell from the University of Michigan, which shares many of Cornell’s fundamental values: its commitment to discovery through research, scholarship and creative activity; its dedication to teaching and learning; its belief in egalitarianism and in the importance of diversity; and its determination to serve the greater good through public engagement.
With its deep academic and cultural roots in Ithaca and its expanding presence in New York City, Cornell is at an exciting moment, with burgeoning intellectual collaborations across all its campuses that are creating, curating and communicating knowledge and providing unrivaled opportunities for teaching, learning, and societal contribution.
Over the next weeks and months, I will be learning from you about the full breadth and depth of Cornell. I am looking forward to our work together and, with your help, to making Cornell an even more distinguished and distinctive university.
Martha E. Pollack
Inauguration Planned for August 25
Inauguration of our new president is planned for August 25th. There will be an installation ceremony on the Arts Quad followed by a community celebration. For those who can't attend, the event will be live streamed.
Pollack earned her bachelor's degree in linguistics from Dartmouth College in 1979 and her M.S.E. and Ph.D. degrees in computer and information science from the University of Pennsylvania. She served as a faculty member, department chair, dean and vice provost before becoming provost and executive vce president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan.
To read a Q & A with our new president click on the following link:
Additional details and schedule information for the inauguration will be made available in the coming months.
News and Dues
It’s that time of year again and what a year this has been. We, first of all, want to thank you for your past support of our “great” class. Secondly, we are asking you to continue that support. Enclosed is a dues card that provides multiple options for your class dues payment for the fiscal year 2017 – 18. As you can see the dues amount has not changed even though the cost to our class for Cornell Alumni Magazine (CAM) increased by $3.00. Please complete and mail as instructed.
It is important to remember that your dues payment is not a gift to Cornell, but support for class initiatives and priorities. These funds support CAM, if you have chosen to receive it and/or the Class of ’55 financial account. As we mentioned in our letter of March 2016, your dues, over the years, have provided support to many and varied initiatives; two student scholarship programs, contribution to the Class of 2005 and to the Vanneman ’31 Ivy Award Fund, as well as a $100,000 contribution to naming of a location in honor of our class at the remodeled Gannett to be called University Health. This is scheduled to be completed this year and our class of 1955 name will forever be seen by Cornell students as they utilize this modern health facility.
Much has been going on with your class officers and council:
- As was held last year a class lunch will again be held in Florida and one in California has been added. Our classmate hosts, Ron Ganeles (Rganel@aol.com) and Bill Laube (firstname.lastname@example.org) are handling these arrangements. Please contact them if you have any interest in attending. Also, you may wish to contact our Vice-Presidents, Carol Byron (email@example.com) or Bill Doerler (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information on how to plan these lunches.
- Our class financial position is still strong with funds of a little of over $25,000. It is expected to continue to be strong as we head to our 65th reunion, enabling us to keep the cost of this reunion reasonable to assure a maximum number of our classmates will attend.
- We are truly looking ahead to our 65th and ways to lessen classmates’ financial cost since our headquarters will be at the Statler Hotel in 2020. Initially, we have set the classmate attendance record for the 45th, 50th, 55th and 60th Reunions. So we hope that we can continue this record that no other past Reunion classes have achieved.
- Our website has been revitalized and we will adding new and interesting features to communicate to our classmates. You will find current information about class events as well as financial and class statistical information. It is our plan to keep much of the information on this site as current as possible. If you haven’t, please logon to http://classof55.alumni.cornell.edu.
- We have established a new Honorary Class Council position for two classmates, Ginny Panzer and Peter Schluter, who have made major contributions to our class and Cornell.
As we have said in the past, we feel honored to represent the Cornell Class of 1955 and look forward to working with all of you in the coming year. Please contact us if you have any questions or suggestions as to how we can maintain the excellence of the Class of 1955.
Michael J.Avery Phillip S. Harvey
(434) 985-4717 (610) 357-9655