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
- 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
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.
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-
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.
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