Back to Campus Digest

Campus Digest: In Brief

Purple spirit on 2 wheels

Students have a new way to show off their school spirit, and it's as easy as riding a bike. There are about 20 purple bikes scattered around campus as part of the—you knew this was coming, didn't you?—Purple Bike Program. Created and supported by Student Senate and run by Campus Safety, the program makes the bikes available to anyone who wants to ride them. Students can ride into Mount Vernon or just around campus, leaving the bikes on a rack for someone else to pick up. There's also a Purple Bike repair shop for maintaining the college's fleet, and student workers provide free labor on bikes brought in for service.

Web extra — See the campus from the seat of a Purple Bike

Purple Bike

(Photo by Jamie Kelly)

Alumni network expands

The Career Engagement Center is reaching out to alumni to help students with their searches for jobs and internships, as well as giving them a chance to network with each other.

Alumni are being encouraged to post jobs using JOIN, the college's new Job and Internship Network, as well as to become a member of the Cornell College CAN!, Career Action Network, group on the business-oriented social networking site LinkedIn.
Cornell alumni can also make an impact by serving as networkers, trainers, and hosts for CEC-sponsored programs. For more information on how to help, call RJ Holmes-Leopold '99 at (319) 895-4574 or email

Web extra — visit the college's LinkedIn group and the Career Engagement website

Career Center

(Photo by Jamie Kelly)

Purple Pennant Project

Alumni are now posting Purple Pennant pictures on Cornell's Facebook page. Join them by taking a Purple Pennant on your next outing—you can find one on the back cover of the last Cornell Report or click here.

Purple pennant

MJ Huebner '88 (center) at Oktoberfest in
Munich with her friends.

Derby Duo

Kate Verhagen Lytle '05 (left) and Krystal McKinney Manka '04 (right) share more than just an alma mater. They also share an appetite for destruction—or at least bone-crushing hits—as members of the Cedar Rapids Roller Girls team the Bombshell Cartel. Lytle joined the team about a year ago, while Manka has been a member since April 2008. The team's color? Purple, of course. If you're on a roller derby team, we'd love to hear about it. Upload a picture of yourself in uniform to the college's Facebook page.

Roller Girls

(Photo by Jamie Kelly)

Rock(apella)in' the Chapel

World-famous a capella group Rockapella (maybe you remember them as the house band from the PBS show "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?") played to a standing-room-only crowd in King Chapel in January. Prior to the show the members coached the student a capella group that had won a campuswide contest to open for the singers. The concert was part of an annual series of performances and lectures funded by a gift from Richard Williams '63 and his wife, Marlene.


(Photo by Hilary Swift '14)

Capturing Iowa

Just outside of Mount Vernon is a popular mural of Grant Wood’s “American Gothic” recreated on the side of a barn by Mark Benesh. This photo by visiting art faculty member Sandra Dyas was part of the 50 States Project at For more of Dyas’ work, see

American Gothic barn

(Photo by Sandra Dyas)