“Think sesquicentennial,” Alumni Board president Mike
Conklin ’69 advised a King Chapel audience during the
Homecoming Alumni Convocation. “We already are hard at
work planning a full year of events and activities for the
2003–04 school year, and before the celebration is over, it is
my personal goal that every Cornell alum will at least know
how to spell s-e-s-q-u-i-c-e-n-t-e-n-n-i-a-l, even the Delts.
“Any school that reaches 150 years of fulfilling
its goal of an enlightened, quality liberal arts
education deserves to celebrate. If you don’t
think so, I ask you to consider this: Cornell is
older than five Big 10 universities, Purdue, Penn
State, Ohio State, Michigan State, and the
University of Illinois. Cornell is older than MIT
and Cal Tech. Cornell is older than Stanford
and the University of Chicago. Cornell is older
than Iowa State, Drake, and the University of
Northern Iowa. Cornell is older than Carleton,
St. Olaf, and Macalaster. Cornell is older—and this is one of my
favorites—than Cornell University.
“We are a little younger than Coe, but I am positive they
“Cornell is older than the University of Texas, TCU, and
SMU; Cornell is older than the universities of Oklahoma,
Nebraska, and Kansas. Cornell is older than UCLA and
Southern Cal. Cornell is older than the universities of Florida,
Florida State, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Vanderbilt.
“We are almost as old as Paul Scott!!
“The list goes on, but you get the idea: Celebrating your
150th birthday is a big deal.”