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The annual Opening Dinner on campus honored Cornell faculty and staff. Those serving the college for at least 20 years are: (seated, from left) Mary Squiers, human resources (20 years); Rich Martin, English (30); Steve Miller, athletics (20); Christopher Carlson, sociology (20); (standing, from left) Tom Church, business office (25); Fred Burke, athletics (20); Cathy Schonhorst, faculty secretary (20); Jackie Wallace, institutional research (20). Religion professor David Weddle (left), moderator of the local TV show “Ethical Perspectives on the News,” taped his last show in September. The topic, “Use of Ritalin as a Behavior Control,” featured pediatrician Dr. Sharon Collins, family therapist Dr. Tim Ruppert ’79, and middle school teacher Nancy Dougherty (from left).

Don Chamberlain, associate professor of music, received an ASCAPLU$ Standard Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. The award recognizes his portfolio of original compositions and recent performances of those works.

Former Cornell President Arland Christ-Janer (1961-67) has been named to joint appointments as interim director of the Florida State University Ringling Center for the Cultural Arts and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, both in Sarasota. He was president of the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota from 1984 until his retirement in 1995.

Politics professor David Loebsack was a member of the Iowa delegation at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. He was quoted by national media covering the event, including the Washington Post, New York Times, and Associated Press.

Paul Sannerud, former associate professor of theatre and communications studies (1993-1999), designed the Riverside Festival Stage, which opened in June at Lower City Park in Iowa City, and was set designer for the inaugural production, Twelfth Night. He is dean of the School of Fine Arts at Viterbo College in La Crosse, Wis. Ron Clark and Jody Hovland, artists-in-residence in theatre and communications studies and co-artistic directors of Riverside Theatre, performed in Twelfth Night.

Former assistant director of student life Jason Schreiber (1997-2000) is assistant director of leadership, service, and involvement at his alma mater, St. Norbert College in Wisconsin.

Richard Thomas, history professor emeritus, contributed a chapter to a book, Take the Next Exit: New Views of the Iowa Landscape, from Iowa State University Press. The chapter is titled “From Porch to Patio and Back Again: A Porch Peeper’s Guide to Iowa.” He also wrote three scripts—on the disappearance of the 19th-century farm, barns, and changes in rural life—that are being broadcast statewide on public radio stations as part of an Iowa Humanities Board project.

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