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Coaching legend Burke resigns

Fred Burke ’70, who led Cornell to 28 consecutive winning seasons and four conference championships, resigned in May as head women’s tennis coach.

“I tried not to emphasize winning, because sports shouldn’t be all about winning,” he said. “But winning should be one of your goals and that was an undercurrent among the players. I thought that was the proper atmosphere.”

Cornell claimed three Midwest Conference championships and the 2001 Iowa Conference title. Five times a Cornell player was named Iowa Conference Most Valuable Performer— Lindsey Pfalmer ’03 (2000 and 2002), Sarah Leavenworth ’05 (2001), and Marie Schutte ’06 (2003 and 2004)— and three times Burke was named Coach of the Year. Cornell has had seven 100-match winners, including Emily Loewen ’07, the all-time wins leader with 147.

Coach Burke

Garner chairs national board for independent colleges

President Les Garner was named chair of the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities at the NAICU annual meeting in February. He’s serving a one-year term.

NAICU is the leading national association representing private higher education, serving as the unified voice of nearly 1,000 independent college and university presidents, and specialized, state, and regional association executives. NAICU member institutions enroll nine of every 10 students attending a private college or university in the United States.

NAICU represents private colleges and universities on policy issues with the federal government, such as those affecting student aid, taxation, and government regulation.

President Garner

Heard on campus in May

Jesse Shapiro and Emily Oster, young economists playing a significant role in shaping the future of economic research, presented their work a the first Applied Economics Symposium sponsored by the Berry Center for Economics, Business, and Public Policy.

The duo, inaugural fellows at the University of Chicago’s Becker Center on Chicago Price Theory, was recognized in a New York Times list of 13 young economists making innovative use of economic analysis to develop unique perspectives on contemporary issues. Shapiro spoke on “The Economies of News Media Content.” Oster spoke on “The Economies of HIV/AIDS in Africa.”

Jesse Shapiro and Emily Oster

Fellowship recipient goes the extra mile

In the middle of her Term 8 microbiology course, while doing research at the University of Georgia Marine Institute on a remote island off the Georgia coast, Elizabeth Bach ’07 had to find a way back to Iowa for an important interview.

So she took a ferry to the mainland, a taxi to a small airport at Brunswick, Ga., a plane to Atlanta and then on to Moline, Ill., and a rental car back to Mount Vernon. On Day 2 she drove to Waterloo for the interview. In the wee hours of Day 3, she started the return trip to Sapelo Island, Ga., arriving in time for her afternoon microbiology lab.

Her efforts earned more than frequent-flyer miles. She was awarded the R.J. McElroy Fellowship in the Liberal Arts, which provides $10,000 per year of graduate study for up to three years. The McElroy Trust awarded just two fellowships to applicants from northeast Iowa colleges and universities.

Bach, a biology and environmental studies major from Richmond, Ind., will pursue graduate studies in soil ecology in tallgrass prairies at Southern Illinois University. She plans a career researching below-ground ecology on prairies in an effort to preserve and restore this ecosystem. Her research experiences have taken her to the Konza Prairie Research Station in Kansas and to a tallgrass prairie remnant in southwest Iowa owned by Rebecca Wearin Pulk ’62.

Celebrate Cornell

Cornell is hosting a special “Celebrate Cornell” event as part of the Saturday Homecoming dinner Oct. 13, 2007. This multimedia evening picks up where we left off at the sesquicentennial celebration, unveiling a plan to position Cornell for the next generation of students—and beyond.

We invite all Cornellians to return for Homecoming 2007 to “Celebrate Cornell” and be part of the exciting plans for the campus, the curriculum, and the commitment to scholarships for all deserving students who want to become Cornellians. Plan now to be part of this gathering of Cornellians to celebrate

• academic and extracurricular experiences
• extraordinary faculty
• sense of place on the Hilltop campus
• friendships and teammates for life
• extraordinary opportunities for students

You’ll be buoyed by the momentum, excitement, and early success of the plan for Cornell’s future.

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