The annual Opening Dinner on campus honored Cornell faculty and staff. Those serving the college for at least 20 years include: (seated, from left) Jan Hartung, admissions (20 years); Bev Moser, alumni and college advancement (30); Dennis Modracek, facilities (20); (standing from left) Doug Hanson, art (30); Truman Jordan, chemistry (35); Joan Sizer, admissions (20). Not pictured: James Martin, music (20); James Stout, economics and business (20); Harley Watkinson, facilities (20); William Carroll, history (30).
Geology professors Rhawn Denniston and Ben Greenstein were awarded $98,000 from the National Science Foundations program
for Major Research Instrumentation. The money will be used to purchase an alpha spectrometry system for the dating of stalagmites and corals. The system will be housed in the Norton Geology Center.
Ricci Hellman, former associate dean of students and director of counseling (1997-2001), works at the Memphis (Tenn.) Sexual Assault Resource Center.
The University of Minnesota-Morris, where former assistant professor of English Sam Schuman (1970-76) is chancellor, has hired history professor emeritus Richard Thomas to assist in getting part of the
campus listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Robert Thayer, former music professor (1958-72), is interim dean of the School of Music at DePauw University. Thayer is dean emeritus of the
College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University and formerly served as dean of the Crane School of Music, State University of
New York at Potsdam.
Physical education professor Ellen Whale is interim director of athletics for the 2001-02 academic year; a search for a full-time director is proceeding.