Norma and Richard Small '50 are recognized as Cornell's biggest benefactors with a panel honoring them on the campus donor recognition wall.
The sustained generosity of alumni and friends of the college was recognized at a ceremony last fall that specifically honored Richard Small '50 and Norma Small, honorary alumna; the Hall-Perrine Foundation of Cedar Rapids; the United Methodist Church; and Marie Fletcher Carter, honorary alumna and trustee.
The Smalls are the biggest benefactors in Cornell's history. They have contributed lead gifts for numerous needs, including the endowed Small faculty chair, renovations of College, South, Law, Bowman-Carter, and Merner halls, as well as Cole Library and the Richard and Norma Small Multi-Sport Center.
Established by the family of industrialist Howard Hall, the Hall-Perrine Foundation has awarded $7 million to Cornell in the past 25 years. The grants have included $3 million for the fine arts campaign, $3 million for Cole Library's renovation, and funds for minority scholarships, computer purchases, math and science equipment, renovations of Norton Geology Center and South Hall, and construction of the Small Multi-Sport Center.
The United Methodist Church has contributed more than $2.5 million to Cornell, but the church's leadership contributions may mean just as much. For 150 years Cornell has been tied to the Iowa Conference of the Methodist Church, and today six of Cornell's 39 trustees represent the church.
Marie Fletcher Carter and her late husband, trustee Archie Carter '33, have given more than $3 million to Cornell. Their gifts have enabled renovations to Bowman-Carter Residence Hall and creation of the Marie Fletcher Carter Pedestrian Mall, along with supporting students through the Archie and Marie Carter Scholarship Fund.
These names, along with others in Cornell's history whose lifetime giving exceeds $100,000, have been engraved on a donor recognition wall along the pedestrian mall.
Kyle Bantz, seated second from right, and her friends had the comfiest seats at the homecoming football game.
If you were at the 2003 homecoming game, you may have spotted Kyle Bantz from your spot in the hard metal bleachers. She was the one lounging on a 7-foot couch with her closest friends, eating pizza and generally feeling more comfortable than you while watching the Rams' defense dismantle Upper Iowa for the last three quarters in a 27-21 Cornell victory.
"It was a great place to sit. I had a great time at the game," said Bantz, a sophomore from Glendale, Wis. "It was a really nice day. Perfect for a football game."
Thanks to a KRNL-FM raffle, Bantz won the right to feel superior to more than 2,600 other fans for just the price of a $1 raffle ticket. And all she had to do was buy 10 of them.
That Cornell U. thing
Cornell College may not have Cornell University's size, but apparently we have their volleyball team. The Ram roster looked pretty suspect to any and all supporters who went to cheer on their favorite volleyball team at the conference tournament hosted by Wartburg.
Rather than use the Rams' roster supplied by Cornell, a student at the host school went to the Web. The student pulled the Cornell roster off the University site instead of the Cornell College one. Despite the mix-up, Cornell defeated nationally ranked Simpson College before bowing out to Buena Vista.