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What’s new since ’92?

  Campus Digest  

Cornell has been reaccredited following a 200-page selfstudy report and a visit in December from a North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation team. Without this endorsement, which occurs every 10 years, Cornell could not grant degrees.

Among the advancements since the 1992 self-study are these:

  • 82 percent more tenure-track women faculty (from 16 to 29)

  • renovation, reorganization, and revitalization of Cole Library

  • additions to the curriculum: ethnic studies program, academic minors (previously “concentrations”), service learning courses, more off-campus course trips, courses for first-year students only, writing-acrossthe- curriculum program, annual Student Symposium, Humanities and Arts Interest Group (HAIG) lectures

  • new approach to residential life, grouping first-year students together for better communication and easier monitoring of adjustments, problems, and concerns

  • first-year students housed together by floor

  • offices of Volunteer Services and Leadership Programs established

  • gifts to the college grew an average of 16 percent annually and the endowment more than doubled

  • facilities renovated: Cole Library, Law Hall and a campuswide fiber-optic network, McWethy Hall (formerly Alumni Hall), Kimmel Theater/Youngker Hall, Bowman- Carter Hall, Merner Hall, Armstrong Hall (ongoing)

Check it out

Thirty-five percent of the material owned by Cole Library was published since 1990.

Cole Library owns 2,834 videocassettes and DVDs.

Most popular video: Schindler’s List has circulated 128 times in just over six years.

Students checked out 17,362 items in 2001-02. In the first seven months of the 2002-03 academic year, usage was up 21 percent over the same period the previous year.

Oldest book: Remarks on the Life and Writings of Dr. Jonathan Swift, published 1752.

In the past year Cole Library has added nearly 2,800 new books, videos, DVDs, CDs, scores, and books on tape.

Cole subscribes to 11 foreign newspapers and news magazines representing four continents and six countries (United Kingdom, China, Germany, Peru, Canada, and France).

From 1998 to April 2003, Cole Library's circulation has increased by 28 percent.

Student kudos

Sophomore Blake Rasmussen of Stillwater, Minn., won first place at the 2003 Iowa Newspaper Association Awards for best sports column among weekly newspapers with a circulation of 1,401–2,649. He writes a column for the Mount Vernon- Lisbon Sun.

Freshman Diana Ingersoll-Cope of Fort Collins, Colo., is one of 10 women nationwide named a Girl Scout Gold Award Young Woman of Distinction. Honorees were recognized at a celebration in Washington, D.C., and received a $1,000 college sponsorship from the Kappa Delta national sorority.

Basketball players Luke Feddersen, a senior from Davenport, Iowa, and Matt Ditch [see page 12], a junior from Center Point, Iowa, were named to the All-Iowa Conference First Team. Named to the second team were Bryan Goldsmith, a senior from Chariton, Iowa, for the men and Lindsey Pfalmer, a senior from Colorado Springs, Colo., for the women.

Banner back

The alumni office recently received a large purple-and-white Cornell banner in the mail, the anonymous gift of a California alum who “borrowed” it from The Commons some years ago. Included was a note signed “Sheepishly yours, a Ram alum.”

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