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Memorial fund assists student travel

  By Blake Rasmussen '05  

The Catherine Levy Off-Campus Study Fund has helped 164 students since 1999 afford to pursue a variety of courses in the arts, humanities, sciences, and other disciplines around the globe.

Catherine "Cat" Levy '98

"We feel good that others have been able to benefit from the fund. One-Course-At-A-Time enables off-campus trabel, so that's why we drifted toward it with the fund," said David Levy, who along with his wife, Lucy, established the fun in memory of their daughter, Catherine "Cat" Levy '98. She died in an automobile accident just months before she was to graduate.

"When she died, we really felt strongly about leaving some sort of memorial to an institution that played a large part in her life," said her father. "She fell in love with Cornell. She blossomed as a person and as an artist. It was wonderful to see her mature over the four years."

Because Catherine majored in art and English, and assisted on the production and technical crews of Cornell plays, many of the awards go to students enrolled in off-campus courses in art, English, or theater taught by Cornell faculy.

David Levy said Cathering chose to attend Cornell because of OCAAT. Once on campus, she built strong relationships among her classmates.

"Cornell really brought out a personality. She was always chatty, but she developed good friends who confided in each other and trusted each other. When they all showed up at her funeral in St. Louis, it was very touching," David Levy said.

At the time of her death, Catherine had completed all the requirements for a major in art except for a senior thesis show of her paintings and ceramis. Art professors Doug Hanson and Hugh Lifson assembled her work posthumously. Her name was listed with graduates in the commencement program and her family was invited to the ceremony. Her parents came to campus to see her senior show.

"We knew she spent the last four years of her life in a very good spot," said her father. "There wasn't any doubt as to where Catherine has loved being. Cornell was home."

Top left:
Geology major Dustin Waite '06 uses a sextant to map the beach during the course Modern and Ancient Carbonate Systems of the Bahamas. Above: Meredith Clayton '05 conducts field work in western Australia for her honors thesis in environmental studies. She collected fossil corals from a sea cliff and studied the organisms that were living on the corals at the time they were alive.

Matthew Nolte '07
conducts research in Peru's Tambopata National Reserve in 2005 during a trip funded entirely by the National Science Foundation.



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