Letters to the Editor

Applause for Delt Lecture

Those who weren’t present in King Chapel on the evening of May 8 missed what, in my opinion, was perhaps the finest lecture presented in that venue over the past 30 years. George Stephanopoulos shared the depth and variety of his vast media and political experiences to a standing-roomonly audience of students, alumni, and townspeople in a 75-minute display of candor, humor, and crisp insight into today’s critical Washington scene.

Following his prepared comments, Mr. Stephanopoulos adroitly responded with charm and grace to a wide range of questions from the audience.

I salute Delta Phi Rho for this latest in their series of sponsored lectures—perhaps the best of the lot.

Tom Cox ’52
Lincolnshire, Ill.

Japanese exchange influential

I received the Cornell Report and was glad to read about the foreign exchange program with Japan. I spent my senior year studying at Waseda University in Tokyo. This program was affiliated with the Great Lakes Colleges Association, which offered an entire academic year of study abroad. As the first Cornell student to go through this program, I have wonderful memories and would highly recommend it.

My experience as an exchange student was so positive that my family and I have sponsored several high school students from Japan over the years. They stay for a full school year, and the experience has been a very good one for the students, my wife, me, and our children. Our ties with these young people are strong, and as a result, when we visit Japan in June we will be meeting with all of them.

I thank you again for the wonderful memories. My time at Cornell continues to influence my life in many ways.

James E. Kuziel ’78
Piney Flats, Tenn.

So many grads, so little time

To my knowledge, I have been instrumental in getting two young people to attend Cornell, and both were in the last issue of the Report.

After my first couple of years at Cornell, I returned to my home in Erie, Pa., telling others what a wonderful school Cornell was. A young man in our church was so impressed he enrolled and returned with me that fall. His name was Dick Dershimer [Class of ’49]. We have kept our friendship through the years, but I was still greatly impressed with his achievements as described in the obituary.

In the picture of the Class of 1957, I enjoyed seeing Bob Morrison smiling with his classmates. Bob was a youth in the first church I served after seminary. His family was one of my favorites in the congregation. I don’t recall ever talking with Bob about college, but when he chose a school it was Cornell College.

I read the Report from cover to cover but am still amazed at the number of students who are listed since my 1941–1945 dates. Where have the years gone?

Don Struchen ’45
New York

Flood ministry

I appreciate Cornell’s response to the flood, especially the treatment of day workers involved in the recovery effort who were temporarily housed on campus. I’m also grateful for the advocacy role Chaplain Catherine Quehl-Engel has taken in providing leadership for these migrant workers. It’s a complicated area of outreach, and she was an advocate for them when they needed it most. There are times when I feel the link between Cornell and the United Methodist Church is historic only, so I appreciate my church-related college providing this quality of leadership and ministry.

David Harsh ’61
Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

Correction

Apologies to Bryan McCormick ’93 for misspelling his name in the spring Class News.

 

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