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Alums return to coach

  Campus Digest  

When Matt Dillon ’81 was named the Rams’ new football coach in December, he called the position his “dream job,” one he has coveted since graduation.

“I had an outstanding football experience here, and some really positive things happened to me while I was at Cornell,” he said, noting the Hilltop is where he met Marva Engelen Dillon ’82.

Dillon is the latest alumnus hired as a head coach in the past year, joining Brent Brase ’90 in women’s basketball, Tim Preston ’03 in men’s tennis, and Kevin Kahler ’91 as interim softball coach. Their history with Cornell gives added strength to their pitches to prospective student-athletes, especially about One-Course-At-A-Time. And, notes women’s tennis coach Fred Burke ’70, these coaches already have the loyalty—the “purple blood”—of alumni.

“I can speak directly about my (student) experiences, and my wife’s (Ann Workman Brase ’90) experiences,” Brase says. “It’s beneficial for prospectives to know that I wanted to return to Cornell and that I hold it in high regard.”

Alumni coaches also have an appreciation for Division III athletics at a national liberal arts college, notes Athletics Director Tina Hill, as well as a “built-in love for the institution” that feeds a desire to give back to Cornell.

“I love the community, what Cornell has to offer,and coaching the women,” says Brase, formerly the men’s basketball coach at Coe and a longtime Mount Vernon resident. “If a college is producing good people, then it should try to keep those people here as much as possible. It speaks highly of the college.”

For more on Cornell’s alumni coaches, go to their teams’ Web pages at

Coach Brent Brase '90 huddles with his team.









Awards to college president, doctor, teacher

Xavier University President Michael Graham ’75 was presented with Cornell’s highest honor, the Distinguished Achievement Award, at homecoming in October. Graham has served Xavier for 20 years, starting as an adjunct professor of history and culminating in his installation in 2001 as president of the Jesuit university in Cincinnati. He also has served as the senior development officer leading a $125 million campaign.

Dr. Sharon Goodwin Fogleman ’75 received the Leadership and Service Award. Since earning a medical degree, she has spent her career as a medical missionary. Along with her physician husband, she served a population of 350,000 people for 10 years in Kenya’s only United Methodist hospital and since 1997 has worked at a Methodist medical clinic in rural Kentucky.

Tim Devine ’92 was given the Young Alumni Award. He has managed a number of successful Chicago political campaigns and was one of 10 Chicago-area winners of the 2004 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. He teaches history, government, and constitutional law at Northside College Preparatory High School, one of the top 20 high schools in the country, and has helped recruit students to Cornell.

For more on these distinguished alumni, see

Michael Graham '75

Sharon Goodwin Fogleman '75

Tim Devine '92

Successful 1st year for Dimensions

Dimensions: The Center for the Science and Culture of Healthcare is having a busy inaugural year.

Three seminars for students have brought alumni back to campus to discuss their health care specialties. An in-house MCAT review course is preparing 15 students for the exam in April. Four students will travel this year to Nicaragua and Guatemala with Operation Walk, the international medical mission project founded by trustee Larry Dorr ’63.

University of Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz and the university’s sports medicine and athletic training staff will hold a seminar on sports medicine March 28 at Cornell.

This summer, student-faculty research across the campus receives a $50,000 contribution from Dimensions, its second year of supporting such research.

For details, go to


Royal treatment for Rams

The men’s basketball team returned from a winter break trip to California with more than the season’s first victory. Thanks to the generosity of trustee Larry Dorr ’63, the team enjoyed the trip of a lifetime.

Dorr lined up a two-hour tour of baseball’s Dodger Stadium with former manager Tommy Lasorda, provided luxury box seats at two NBA games, secured tickets to Disneyland, and treated the team and coaches to meals at three of the best restaurants in the Los Angeles area. Dorr and his wife, Marilyn, also attended the game where Cornell defeated the host Techers at the Caltech Tournament in Pasadena.

This wasn’t the first time Dorr, a member of Cornell’s 1961 conference championship football team, has extended red-carpet treatment to Cornell student-athletes. When the women’s tennis team has competed in California, Dorr has given them tickets to a sold-out Cirque du Soleil performance in San Diego and the television show “The Price is Right,” where Lindsey Pfalmer ’03 was chosen from the studio audience to be a contestant and won a bedroom set and a storage shed. This year the team will compete during spring break in California and Hawaii, courtesy of frequent flier miles provided by Dorr and other alumni.

“He has really helped to broaden the horizons for a number of Cornellians,” women’s tennis coach Fred Burke ’70 says of Dorr, medical director of the Dorr Arthritis Institute at Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Englewood, Calif.

On a trip to California during the winter break, the men's basketball team and coaches toured Dodger Stadium with former manager Tommy Lasorda (center).

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