Join CALS for Reunion Weekend: June 4-7, 2015

Thursday, June 4

Self-Guided Tours of Snee Hall Atrium

10 a.m.-4 p.m., Snee Hall Atrium
Visit the Timothy N. Heasley Mineralology Museum and inspect our mastodon and fossil exhibits while keeping an eye on the earth’s latest rumblings with the Snee earthquake seismograph. Enjoy a stroll with the self-guided tour of the Engineering Quad Rocks.

Beebe Lake Natural History Walk

3-4 p.m., tent on Beebe Beach
Did you know that Beebe Lake was originally a forested swamp and is a part of Cornell Plantations? Join botanist Robert Wesley in a stroll around the lake to learn more about the history, flora and fauna of Cornell’s favorite natural area. Meet at the tent on Beebe Beach.

Friday, June 5

Self-Guided Tours of Snee Hall Atrium

10 a.m.-4 p.m., Snee Hall Atrium
Visit the Timothy N. Heasley Mineralology Museum and inspect our mastodon and fossil exhibits while keeping an eye on the earth’s latest rumblings with the Snee earthquake seismograph. Enjoy a stroll with the self-guided tour of the Engineering Quad Rocks.

Harvesting Heritage: Agrobiodiversity, Historic Seed Catalogs and the Importance of Preserving Both

10-11 a.m., Room 160, Mann Library
The historic seed and nursery catalogs in the Ethel Z. Bailey Horticultural Catalog Collection represent a treasure trove of information for historians of agriculture, art and popular culture. This talk will spotlight the importance of genetic diversity to sustainable agriculture and the collaboration between Mann Library and the Biodiversity Heritage Library to preserve the renowned catalog collection of the L. H. Bailey Hortorium. This lecture is sponsored by Mann Library and the School of Integrative Plant Science.

Plantations Botanical GardenHighlights Tour

10-11 a.m., Nevin Welcome Center,
Plantations Road
Enjoy a relaxing guided tour through the botanical garden and discover the beauty and diversity of Plantations’ numerous theme gardens. This one-hour tour will highlight the Bowers Rhododendron Collection, Robison Herb Garden, Young Flower Garden, Tropical Container Garden and more. Afterward, you can browse the gift shop and exhibits at the Nevin Welcome Center.

Cascadilla Gorge Hikes

10-11:30 a.m. and 2-3:30 p.m., College Avenue entrance to the trail, adjacent to the Schwartz Performing Arts Center
Join us for a guided hike led by Cornell Plantations staff to learn about the history of the Cascadilla Gorge Trail and the six-year effort to rebuild this iconic trail. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. The round-trip one-mile hike is moderately strenuous and involves some steep stair climbing. Friday hikers have the option to take the #10 TCAT bus back to campus instead of returning on the trail.

CALS Admissions Information Session

10:30-11:30 a.m., G10 Biotech
CALS Admissions Information Sessions focus on freshman and transfer admissions and include a general overview of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, an explanation of the admissions process, a glimpse into how the admission committee evaluates applications, and plenty of time to answer questions about both academic and student life. Visit http://cals.cornell.edu/admissions/visit/ to view the information session schedule and to RSVP online.

Plantations Mundy Wildflower Garden Tour

11 a.m.-noon, Mundy Wildflower Garden, Caldwell Road entrance
Enjoy a variety of flowers, from anemones to zizzia and everything in between, as you explore Cornell Plantations’ wildflower garden with our native plants gardener Krissy Boys and staff botanist Robert Wesley. Meet at the Caldwell Road entrance to the garden (across from the Arboretum).

All-Alumni Lunch Block Party

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Barton Hall
Newly redesigned and jam packed full of energetic music, fabulous food, children’s entertainment, and more surprises—you won’t want to miss this destination event! Lunch tickets available on site.

Liberty Hyde Bailey Lecture: Any Challenge, Any Century

1-2:30 p.m., Call Alumni Auditorium,
Kennedy Hall 
The next 150 years will present challenges to our planet and its people, from adapting to climate change to the pressures of population growth and common chronic illnesses. Researchers in CALS and Cornell are doing their part to prepare communities for long-range sustainability and resilience in the face of change. Join a panel of experts for discussion of the future of healthy water, healthy foods and healthy humans.

Moderator: Kathryn Boor, The Ronald P. Lynch Dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Panelists: Michael Gore, associate professor, Plant Breeding and Genetics; Ludmilla Aristilde, assistant professor, Biological and Environment Engineering; Michael Ullmann ’80, vice president, general counsel of Johnson & Johnson

Landscape Architecture Open House

1-3 p.m., 440 Kennedy Hall (gallery)
The undergraduate landscape architecture degree is the only one of its kind in the Ivy League. Visit the studio and mezzanine, enjoy drinks and snacks, and chat with faculty, staff and fellow alumni.

Plantations Botanical Garden Mini Tours

1-4 p.m., Nevin Welcome Center,
Plantations Road
Don’t have a lot of time to spend? Take a mini-tour. Approximately every 20 minutes, docents will lead 15-minute tours highlighting some significant plants and “must see” areas within the extensive botanical garden collections.

Olin Lecture

3-4:15 p.m., Bailey Hall
The Olin Lecture was established at Cornell in 1986 through a generous gift from the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Foundation. Each year, the Olin Lecture brings an internationally prominent speaker to campus to address a topic relevant to higher education and the current world situation. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Tour of the Cornell Insect Collection

3-4 p.m., second floor of Comstock Hall
Tour the world famous Cornell Insect Collection, home to the most beautiful and bizarre insects in the world. With more than seven million insect specimens representing about 200,000 species, the collection offers fascinating examples of insect beauty and diversity. http://cuic.entomology.cornell.edu/

Natural Resources Faculty and Alumni Mixer

3:30-4:30 p.m., Fernow G24
Join DNR faculty and other alumni for a mixer in the newly renovated Fernow Hall. Get an update on the environmental science and sustainability curriculum and learn how Cornell’s environmental commitment is being implemented on campus and throughout our teaching program.

Special Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Seminar: Natural Resources–The Critical Role of Earth Science

3:30-4:30 p.m., Snee 2146
This special lecture will be presented by John F.H. Thompson, Wold Family Professor in Environmental Balance for Human Sustainability. Thompson has an impressive background in both academia and the minerals industry. He is currently a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council: Future of Mining and Metals and the Advisory Board for the related Mining and Metals in a Sustainable World 2050 initiative.

The Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management Reception

4-5:30 p.m., Warren Hall Central Lounge
The Dyson School invites you to a reception to mingle with classmates, meet old and new friends, learn what’s happening at the school and explore the newly renovated Warren Hall. Remarks by Dyson School Director Chris Barrett at 4:30 p.m.

Pre-registration is requested but not required.

Saturday, June 6

Reunion Run

7:30 a.m., Barton Hall, Garden Ave. entrance
Pre-registration is required for the two- or five-mile courses.

CALS Reunion Breakfast and College Open House

8-10 a.m., Trillium, Kennedy Hall
Don’t miss the annual CALS Reunion Breakfast. Enjoy fellowship with Dean Kathryn Boor, alumni, faculty and friends of the college while learning about exciting CALS programs. Guests are welcome to enjoy a free continental breakfast and listen to a college update from Dean Boor. Peter Schott ’81, CALS Alumni Association president, will host the association’s annual meeting. Remarks begin at 8:45 a.m.


Plantations Spring Plant Sale

9 a.m.-noon, Plant Production Facility, 397 Forest Home Dr. (across from Flat Rock)
Take home some of Plantations’ gardeners’ top picks for your own home landscape. This spring’s offerings will include a wide variety of perennials and some new additions to the horticulture trade.

Alumni Reception and Open House at Mann Library

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Mann Library
CALS, CHE and other Cornell alumni are cordially invited to explore the fusion of modern and classic that makes Mann Library, in the words of our students, “the best place to discover ten million new ideas.” Come explore our collaborative learning technologies, fresh study spaces, rich collections and summer exhibits and join us for Finger Lakes brunch treats–mimosas included–served right at the Mann circulation desk!

Tour the Museum of the Earth

10 a.m.-5 p.m., Museum of the Earth,
1259 Trumansburg Road, Ithaca
Tour the Museum of the Earth (affiliated with Cornell’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences) and its collections. Follow the major transformations of life through the ages as displayed through fossils and videos, observe the seismograph display and collect fossils from the Devonian seas of Ithaca. Fun for all ages. Free admission is offered to alumni and families (please show Reunion button). Donations are appreciated.

On the Move: Tours of the Department of Communication’s New Space in Mann

10 a.m.-noon, fourth floor, Mann Library
The Department of Communication will host hard hat tours and answer questions about its new facilities on the fourth floor of Mann Library. Come see the space in its current state, hear about the status of moving plans, and get updated on the exciting faculty research that will flourish in the new space.

Plantations Botanical Garden Mini Tours

10 a.m.-noon, Nevin Welcome Center, Plantations Road
Don’t have a lot of time to spend? Take a mini-tour. Approximately every 20 minutes, docents will lead 15-minute tours highlighting some significant plants and “must see” areas within the extensive botanical garden collections.

Cascadilla Gorge Hikes

10-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-2 p.m., College Avenue entrance to the trail, adjacent to the Schwartz Performing Arts Center
Join us for this guided hike by Cornell Plantations staff to learn about the history of the Cascadilla Gorge Trail and the six-year effort to rebuild this iconic trail. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. The round-trip one-mile hike is moderately strenuous and involves some steep stair climbing.

State of the University Address

10:30 a.m., Bailey Hall
Cornell University President David J. Skorton will deliver his annual Reunion State of the University Address. All registered Reunion attendees and their guests are welcome.

All-Alumni Lunch Block Party

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Barton Hall
Newly redesigned and jam packed full of energetic music, fabulous food, children’s entertainment and more surprises—you won’t want to miss this destination event. Lunch tickets available on site.

Plant Biology Reunion Gathering for the Plant Sciences

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., G22 Plant Science
Please join plant sciences for light refreshments and an opportunity to reminisce with friends, faculty and alumni. Historical Cornell photos will be on display.

Biological and Environmental Engineering Alumni Gathering

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., lobby of Riley Robb
Enjoy a light lunch while visiting with fellow alumni and current and former faculty. Lab tours will be available.

Tour of the Cornell Insect Collection

Noon, second floor of Comstock Hall
Tour the world famous Cornell Insect Collection, home to the most beautiful and bizarre insects in the world. With over seven million insect specimens representing about 200,000 species, the collection offers fascinating examples of insect beauty and diversity. http://cuic.entomology.cornell.edu/

Wine Tasting

1-3 p.m., Trillium, Kennedy Hall
Savor the flavor of New York State wines and meet winery owners at this popular annual reunion event. Free admission to all alumni and guests, 21 years of age and older.

Special Lecture on Sustainability

1-2 p.m., Statler Auditorium
Join the Veterinary College, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, CALS, and other university partners for this compelling discussion about sustainability. For more details, visit http://www.alumni.cornell.edu/reunion/.

Plantations Comstock Knoll Rhododendron Tour

1-2 p.m., Nevin Welcome Center,
Plantations Road
Join gardener Phil Syphrit for this tour of one of the most beautiful places on campus: the Bowers Rhododendron Collection on Comstock Knoll, home to more than 130 varieties of rhododendron and azalea.

Allan Hosie Treman ’21 Memorial Concert featuring The Hangovers

2:30-3:30 p.m., Nevin Welcome Center
Relax and enjoy this performance by The Hangovers, the popular a cappella subset of the Cornell Glee Club. This year’s concert will be held under the tent at the Nevin Welcome Center in the botanical gardens on Plantations Road. Accessibility for disabled persons is limited. Refreshments provided.

Cornelliana Night

9:30 p.m., Bailey Hall
Join the Alumnae Chorus and the Alumni Glee Club in songs of Cornell. Reunion attendance and giving will be recognized. A real-time, live stream of Cornelliana Night at Bailey Hall will be available for viewing on a large screen at our overflow location in David L. Call Auditorium at Kennedy Hall.

Ongoing Weekend Events

Check the reunion program or website for times.

Cornell Plantations

At the botanical garden you can take a mini-tour, pick up a visitor map and explore on your own, browse the exhibits and gift shop in the Nevin Welcome Center, or just relax and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the gardens and grounds.  www.cornellplantations.org.

Free parking is available at the Nevin Welcome Center, or you can ride our shuttle van from Barton Hall (Garden Avenue side) or the Peterson parking lot across from the Dairy Bar/Stocking Hall on Tower Road. Plantations shuttle service is provided from noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday only.

Mann Library Ongoing Exhibits

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday,
9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

Knowledge with a Public Purpose: Portraits of Some of the Shapers of Cornell’s Land-Grant Mission

Mann Gallery, second floor
Fostering knowledge as a public good has been a cornerstone of Cornell’s history from its earliest beginnings. In commemoration of Cornell’s Sesquicentennial, this interactive exhibit highlights some of the remarkable threads in Cornell’s history that have shaped this university’s development as the country’s only land-grant Ivy League university.

In Vibrant Color: Historic Seed and Nursery Catalogs from the Ethel Z. Bailey Catalog Collection

Mann Library Lobby and Top Shelf Gallery, first floor
The Bailey Horticultural Catalog collection at Cornell is considered second only to that of the National Agricultural Library. A summer exhibit at Mann Library presents views of some of the collection’s extraordinary gems and puts a spotlight on current work to preserve and share these materials with the global community.