Don Butterfield '60, Cynthia Butterfield, and Cornell President Les Garner at the Colorado Gala.
Nancy Krause Gale '74, Jerry Gale '74, and their daughter, Kim, a Cornell senior, at the Twin Cities Gala.
Eddie Piccard '63, Buzz Frost '63, and Lisa Frost provided live jazz at the Southwestern Gala.
Britt Bremner, Barron Bremner '96, Matt Miller '94, Lynn Bremner, and Bill Bremner '87 at the Twin Cities gala.
Alumni and friends around the country have celebrated Cornell's sesquicentennial at gala events featuring the sesquicentennial video, live music, and cocktails, dinner, and desserts. The Colorado Gala in Denver drew more than 200 guests, the Twin Cities Gala in Minneapolis 165, and the Southwestern Gala in Scottsdale, Ariz., 120 people from several Western states. Galas also are being held in St. Louis (Feb. 28), Des Moines (April 3), and Chicago (May 1).
When classes started last September, among the new faces were Ben Lewis, 14, and Freddy Mistry, 16.
Ben had been homeschooled and then attended a community college, earning an associate's degree last May at age 13. He moved with his parents and younger sister from Stephen City, Va., to Mount Vernon, where he lives at home while taking classes toward a degree in biochemistry. His mother, Lyn, who attended Cornell from 1979-1981, said the family wanted to return to the Midwest to be closer to family. Thinking One-Course-AtA-Time would be a good fit for Ben, they chose to relocate to Mount Vernon.
Freddy, of Littleton, Colo., is also a biochemistry major, and hopes to become a cardiologist. He skipped second grade and completed high school in three years. He lives in Tarr Hall and has joined activities through Intercultural Life, an interest because he was born in Canada and his parents were born in India.
Freddy's advice to early-entrance collegians? "Be confident, because you've done everything everyone else did to get here."