Welcome to the Alumni Class of 1981



1981

Join in the Homecoming fun!

Alumni should register by October 6 to receive promotional code for discounted football tickets and a chance to win a $300 Cornell Store gift card.

Need a ride to Homecoming?

The Homecoming bus offers roundtrip NYC-Ithaca travel for Homecoming weekend! 

Chicago Presidential Day

President Pollack, Cornell's 14th president, is visiting Chicago to speak with Cornell alumni, parents and friends. For more information, please go HERE

2017 "Pie" Day 

2017 Day of Giving

Steven Ritchey '81 connects Cornellians on social media

Steve Ritchey, class of 1981, discusses how he uses social media to help Cornell alumni stay in touch with Cornell and each other in this ARTICLE.

Class Correspondence

Hello, Class of 1981 this is Tanis MacKay-Bell stepping into my new role as one of your Class Correspondents! The first task is an introduction- I have lived for 30 years outside Fort Lauderdale, FL with my amazing husband of 35 years and fellow Class of ‘81 Michael Bell, Dartmouth MD’85. Mike is the Chief Medical Examiner for Palm Beach County, and we have four wonderful kids. Son David graduated from U. of Miami and is married and living in Gainesville, FL. Daughter Dana graduated from U. of Florida and is living in Spokane, WA. Daughter Morgan graduated Cornell ‘13 and is living in Gainesville, FL. And son Dakota is finishing up at U. of Central Florida. While the kids were part of our public school system I spent 22 years as a parent leader in School Advisory, PTA/PTO, and School Board Committees, and Facilities Task Force. I have now hung up that hat and transitioned to volunteering with animals in need and am loving it! In the clinic with the vets and techs at the Humane Society of Broward County and the South Florida Wildlife Center, and fostering babies and sick or injured at our home until adoptable or ready for release.
Mike and I squeezed every possible minute out of Reunion, Ithaca and the campus never disappoint.

I spent time with Robert (Whiz) Wisniewski and his wife Ruth Ann(NC) who are living in Bridgewater, NJ. Bob is a geotechnical engineer at Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers in NYC. Daughter Christine graduated from Muhlenberg College, daughter Jennifer is attending Quinnipiac U. and took advantage of study abroad in Brisbane Australia. Bob and Ruth took the opportunity to visit her there! We totally agree with Bob’s wish to hear from classmates Donald Figliola and Randy Tinseth (one a high school classmate of mine, and the other a groomsman in our wedding). Bob shares that the Civil Engineering Faculty and his roommate and best man Richard Boggs had the greatest impact on him.

So it was awesome to have Rick Boggs at Reunion! Rick lives in Trumbull, CT with his wife Helen(NC). Rick is a senior project manager at Fuss and O’Neill. Three daughters- Krislyn is a Quinnipiac U. and Boston U. graduate and an epidemiology researcher for in Boston. Lauren is a Pennsylvania State U. graduate and certified EMT! Julianne is a junior at Gettysburg College, spending a semester in Berlin. Michael Wong flew in from Albuquerque, NM where he is Principal Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia Laboratories. Mike is the proud father of three sons, a high school senior, a student at Arizona State U., and a graduate of North Arizona U. working at General Motors.

Douglas J Roll and wife Francine D’Amico MA’85, PhD’89 made it in from Geneva, NY. They are celebrating 34 years of marriage and two sons- James, 29, MSENG‘10 and Patrick, 24, Wooster Polytechnic Inst. MSENG’15. Doug is the plant manager of the Cayuga Power Station north of Ithaca. Fran is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in International Relations at Syracuse U.

Classmate Guillermo Arbe has written a book called Ithaca- A Novel. Guillermo explains “It takes place between 1977 and 1981. It's about free will and power and how they affect relationships, with a bit of philosophy and romance thrown in as well. The backdrop is Ithaca and Cornell and beauty and bridges. The book is fictional, as are the characters. However, the setting, the locations, and even occasional events are less so. Hopefully, the book will bring back some fond memories!” The book is available through Amazon. Guillermo traveled to Reunion from his home in Lima, Peru to do his first ever book signing event at the Campus Store. Guillermo is married and the proud father of four and grandfather of one! We had so much catching up to do, Mike and I may just have to add Peru to our travel list. 

Also reconnected with Andrew Malcolm and Philip Jones at Reunion. Andy lives in Pleasantville, CA with his wife of 30 years Lynn(NC). Phil is still happily married to classmate Mihie Kim Jones and living near Allentown, PA. Phil is doing energy engineering to help businesses reduce their environmental impact. Kim and Phil are getting used to not having their two sons around now that they are out of college, working and on their own.

Jacquelyn Fitch Fleckenstein and Theresa Kronick Wrobel were also at Reunion, so we enjoyed our second dose of quality time with them. Jackie and her husband Jim(NC) have moved back to St Louis where they are both on the faculty at Washington U. They frequently travel to visit both daughters and their son in law in Ann Arbor, MI. Theresa and her husband Jay PhD‘83 live in Lawrenceville, NJ. The six of us had enjoyed a ski trip to Park City in March along with James Hahn and Brent Welling. Brent lives outside San Francisco with his wife Shireen(NC). Jim lives in Phoenix when he isn't leading tours around the world for Tauck. There was lots of laughing, skiing, Cards Against Humanity, cooking, drinking, more skiing! Theresa and Jay were top notch hosts. Reports are that there is still Fireball in the freezer for 2017. Cheers to all.

Keep sending us your news! Tanis MacKay-Bell; Steven Barre; Betsy Silverfine

Networks

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NetID

Have you activated your NetID yet? It's used as your "key" into secure Cornell Alumni online services, such as email forwarding. See the NetID web page for help and additional information.

Class Dues

The Office of Alumni Affairs's "Cornell Class Dues Payer Rewards Program" lets you receive exciting discounts on The Cornell Store, Reunion registration, computers and much more through the Cornell Class Dues Rewards Program. After you pay your dues, you'll receive details on how to get your rewards. More information here. Be sure to renew your affiliation with an annual class membership. Part of your annual dues is tax-deductible. You get full online access to Cornell Alumni Magazine and its archives.

Class Officers (2017-2022)

Every five years, during Reunion Weekend, classmates elect a slate of officers. Other volunteer opportunities with the class evolve over time. Contact any officer to learn more about volunteering, or with suggestions and ideas.

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