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More work on King Chapel

The improvements are continuing at King Chapel. An elevator for the building is under construction and will be operational by Homecoming 2012. Meanwhile, education Professor Emerita Helen Danforth '42 left the college $400,000 in her will, half of which will go toward the ongoing, $2.5 million renovation and restoration of the campus icon. The project will repair exterior damage and alleviate the effects of settling. In 2010, the main roof was repaired and worn slate shingles were replaced.

The elevator project has been supported by two alumni: Charles Warden '41 and Evelyn Steinway Spletter '43.

Warden, a life trustee, gave $227,000 in honor of his wife, Ruth "Gussie" Ohlsen Warden '41, who died in 2004. The elevator will be named after her.

Spletter gave $100,000 in honor of her husband, Charles Spletter '41.

King Chapel

Cornell professor mourned

Following the sudden death of theatre Professor Mark Hunter on Nov. 6 (see obituaries), current and former students put on a memorial service in Kimmel Theatre. The event included excerpts from some of the shows Hunter directed in his 10 years at Cornell, along with remembrances of him by students. The students also decorated the Plumb- Fleming Studio Theatre in tribute to Hunter.

Web extra - You can see a photo slideshow of Hunter and video from the memorial service at and the comments left on his obituary at

Hunter memorial

(Photo by Tiffany Monreal '14)

Meet President Brand: Inauguration, 4 more events

All alumni, parents, and friends are invited to attend the inauguration of President Jonathan Brand on April 21. The weekend will include the Student Symposium, plays and musical performances, art exhibits, and a student organization street festival. The installation ceremony takes place at 3 p.m. in King Chapel, followed by a festive reception.

There are four remaining events scheduled for alumni around the country to meet Cornell's new president: March 22 in Phoenix, March 24 in Denver, May 4 in St. Louis, and May 24 in Des Moines, Iowa. You can find out more at http://crnl. co/alumni-events.

Web extra - You can see the complete schedule and RSVP at inauguration.

Jonathan Brand

Purple Pennant Project reaches new heights

Cornellians have literally gone to extremes with their pennants, visiting Hell (Hell, Mich., that is) and on the highest peak on Earth. Dozens have submitted photos as part of the ongoing Purple Pennant Project, including Jim Wilmot '88, who submitted two photos, one at Mount Everest base camp and the one shown here on top of Kala Patthar with Everest behind him.

Historic pennant

While the project is only about 18 months old, the idea of showing off Cornell pride with a pennant is at least a century old, as evidenced by the photo shown here from 1911 or '12.

Web extra - You can find the photos on Facebook or at

Jim Wilmot '88

2012 Delt Lecture to offer 2 perspectives

Former presidential advisors Karl Rove and Dee Dee Myers will share their insights on the presidential election at 7:30 p.m. May 17 in King Chapel. Rove and Myers will bring divergent points of view in a Delta Phi Rho lecture titled "Election 2012: Two Perspectives."

Moderated by politics Professor Craig Allin, the two will offer insiders' analysis on the candidates and the White House, including issues ranging from healthcare to the economy and foreign policy.

The pair continue the Delt lecture's tradition of bringing influential people to campus to speak about issues of the day. Previous Delt lecture speakers have been Bob Woodward, George Stephanopoulos, Fareed Zakaria and David Gergen.

Dee Dee MyersKarl Rove

Relive your glory days online

The college archives has completed a two-and-a-half-year project digitizing and posting all Royal Purples on Cornell's website at http://crnl. co/royalpurple. While the yearbooks have been going online, Archives has received an increasing number of positive comments and questions. Alumni are reliving memories. Embarrassing hairstyles are documented. Relatives are seeing photos of their ancestors for the first time. Cornell's rich history is coming alive. And you can be part of it.

TOWNIE plates

Cornellians in Iowa—all 4,000 of them—have a chance to show they LUVCRNL with Cornell College license plates. When Patrick Melchert '88 and Denise Horak Melchert '88, who live in Mount Vernon, decided to get a Cornell plate, the choice of "TOWNIE" seemed obvious. Patrick is a Mount Vernon native and, as Denise noted when she posted a picture of the plate on Cornell's Facebook page, "It is official, I am a TOWNIE!"

Hunter memorial

(Photo by Dee Ann Rexroat '82)