Mission Statement

The Cornell Club of Rochester fosters opportunities for education, fellowship, and social interaction for Cornell University alumni, students, and friends, while serving as an ambassador of the University to the greater Rochester area.

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  • Kick-off picnic and Homecoming Tailgate Party – Fall, 2006
  • Annual Dinner 2005
  • Founder's Day Luncheon 2005
  • Fun Club events you may have missed!

    2017

    • From Farm to Table Adventure, Oct. 11: Our first organized tour of prominent farms and agribusiness operations gave alums a unique opportunity to meet the farmers and producers and get a behind-the-scenes look at the various facets of local agriculture. The Cornell Club, in collaboration with Cornell's Cooperative Extension (CCE) and support from the CALS Alumni Association, offered this chance to hear about the latest technologies, including state-of-the-art high-density apple orchards and a respected purveyor of seeds, plants and equipment since 1879. Participants also gained a better understanding of the roles Cornell University plays in supporting upstate New York's agribusiness and its significance in the state economy. The day included Zingler Farms Tour, Camman Acres Tour, Lunch at Hurd Orchards, Harris Seed Tour, and Rohrbach Brewing Company Tour & Tasting.
    • July 27: Cornell Class of 2021 Send-Off Party! We greeted Rochester area freshmen and transfer students at our annual send-off party. This fun event provides a unique opportunity for incoming students to meet some of their classmates, current students, and Cornell alumni before heading off to campus. Light dinner and refreshments were provided.
    • Annual Meeting & Desserts, June 27, Monroe Golf Club: Join us for networking and socializing during our Annual Meeting. There will be delicious desserts, coffee, tea, and outdoor patio. In addition, Don Jeffries, President of Visit Rochester, will entertain us on how his organization attracts conventions, meetings, group tourism and visitors to the Greater Rochester area.
    • Slope Day Happy Hour, May 11, 6 to 9 PM: Networking and socializing with Cornell area professionals at Jeremiah's Tavern, which offers dozens of New York craft beers on tap, free appetizers, a friendly crowd, and outdoor patio if the weather is nice.
    • Accepted Students' Reception, April 11: Our annual reception for accepted students and their parents had an impressive crowd at Oak Hill Country Club.
    • Cornell Night at the RPO & Dinner, March 11: A hardy group of alums braved the snow and St. Patrick Day partyers to enjoy a three-course dinner at Veneto restaurant, followed by a stunning evening of great Russian composers with the RPO.
    • Scotch Tasting, Lisa's Liquor Barn, Feb. 9: A group of 35 alums and guests took a fun and educational journey through Scotland comparing and contrasting scotches. It's a great way to learn about them as well as sample some expensive scotches.
    • Dinner & a Hockey Game, Jan. 28: An enthusiastic group of alums and their families dined at Statler Hall Saturday evening, then trooped up to Lynah Rink. Cheering didn't help rescue a disappointing loss to Darmouth 2-4.
    • Founder's Day, Jan. 7: Dean Mark W. Nelson entertained and enlightened alums with his vision for the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. He headlined Founder's Day at the Country Club of Rochester. An expert in accounting, he also explained his research on the psychological and economic factors that influence business decisions.
    • Cornell Cares Day, Jan. 7:

      A capacity crowd of volunteers of all ages gathered to work at the Rochester Chapter of the American Red Cross. We assembled nearly 400 kits filled with personal hygiene items, which are given to people affected by disasters. Thanks to all for giving back to our community!

    2016

    • Annual Cornell-Penn Luncheon, Nov. 21: Tom Schryver, Executive Director of Cornell’s Center for Regional Economic Advancement, treated the alums of Cornell and Penn to an informative presentation on the ways Cornell is helping support entrepreneurship both on and off campus.
    • Ag Station Tour & Lunch: Our thanks to Dr. Susan Brown and all of the staff at NYSAES who treated about 100 area alumni to a wonderful day of chicken BBQ lunch, wine tasting, and tour of the Ag Station, with presentations by Dr. Brown, Horticulture Prof. Bruce Reisch, Horticulture Prof. Courtney Weber, Enology Prof. Anna Katharine Mansfield, and Food Developer Bruno Xavier, with invaluable assistance from Gemma Osborne and Soon S. Kong.

    • Dr. Susan Brown, director of NYSAES, greets the 100 or so alums who enjoyed lunch and a tour of the Ag Station.

      Prof. Bruce Reisch discusses a new grape in the fields where no pesticides are used.
    • Zinck's Night: Fellow Cornellians celebrated the International Spirit of Zinck's Night at the Thirsty Turtle Sports Bar in Victor Thursday, Oct. 20th.
    • CAAAN Kick-Off Social Oct. 12: Volunteer for CAAAN (Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network) at the Fairport Library Community Room, 1 Fairport Village Landing, Fairport, on Wednesday Oct. 12th at 7 PM. While enjoying cider and donuts, you will have the chance to learn more about the CAAAN program. Please RSVP to Cara Cardinale at cmc23@cornell.edu.
    • Cornell Ag Station Tour & Lunch, Saturday, Sept. 10, 12-3 PM. You're invited to an exclusive Tour of Cornell's New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES) with a chicken BBQ lunch and wine tasting.
    • August 9: Cornell Class of 2020 Send-Off Party! Area alums greeted Rochester area freshmen and transfer students for our annual send-off party. This fun event provides a unique opportunity for incoming students to meet some of their classmates, current students, and Cornell alums before arriving on campus. Pizza, subs, and soft drinks were served.

    • Annual Meeting, June 2. We enjoyed an evening of socializing, delicious homemade desserts, and comments by Steve Wayne '71, historic Holloway House's owner and expert about the history of the area and the building itself.
    • All Ivy Family Fun Day at Wickham Farms. Fun for the whole family with mini-golf, batting cages, train ride, and farm animals, lunch and ice cream, plus a beer tasting for adults, thanks to North American Breweries. All for only $8 per person (kids 2 and under are free), thanks to the generosity of our corporate sponsors: Davie Kaplan, CPA, Exium Partners, GLC Business Services, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP.
    • Slope Day Happy Hour, May 12. Socialize with CU area professionals from 6 PM to 9 PM at Murphy's Law, 370 East Ave., Rochester. Cash bar available and we will provide appetizers.
    • Local Stars Featured in Cornell vs. Columbia Baseball
      Pre-Game Tailgate, April 16, 11 AM

      Come out and support local infielders Tommy Wagner and Dale Wickham (both Victor HS grads) and pitcher Ryne Veenema (Fairport HS) as they help Cornell take on Columbia in an afternoon doubleheader.

    • Accepted Students' Social, April 12 at Oak Hill Country Club.
      Our annual reception for accepted students and their parents offered the chance to connect with new students and to persuade any uncommitted ones. A choice of ice cream sundaes, biscotti, coffee, tea and soft drinks were served.

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      Cornell Night at the RPO, March 12: SOLD OUT! An evening of Broadway favorites conducted by Ward Stare as the RPO performs your favorite rock-inspired musicals, with vocalists straight from the Broadway stage.
    • Founder’s Day, Jan. 9, 11:30 AM: A three-course luncheon and presentation by Prof. Janis Whitlock, speaking on "Growing Up Healthfully in the Modern Age." Professor Whitlock is a Research Scientist in Cornell's Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research and is the founder and director of the Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery. Her current research research revolves around young adult social and emotional health with a focus on connectedness, self-injury and suicide prevention plus a new emphasis on sexual health and development in the digital age and the interaction between social media and well-being.
    • Cornell Cares Day, Jan. 2: Cornell Cares Day is an annual day of service when Cornell alums and students partner with a non-profit agency to give back to their local community. To kick off the New Year, about a dozen volunteers met at the Red Cross offices to assemble almost 300 kits filled with personal hygiene items distributed to disaster victims. Thanks to Maisie Orsillo '15 for organizing this worthy event.

    2015

    • Annual Cornell-Penn Luncheon, Nov. 23 The alums of Cornell and Penn gathered for our annual luncheon and exciting speaker: Dr. James Winebrake, who currently serves as the dean of RIT's College of Liberal Arts, will speak on "Energy Policy for the 21st Century." He received his PhD in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.
    • Zinck's Night, October 15: Cornell alums celebrated at Murphy's Law to remember the good days on "the hill" and toast to the spirit of Theodore Zinck and Cornellians everywhere. Free appetizers, cash bar.
    • Reception for 2018 Class, Aug. 14: We greeted area freshmen and transfer students for our annual send-off party, with host Sanjay Hiranaandani '92.
    • Annual Meeting Featured CU Prof. Speaking on the Role of Luck in Our Success, June 11: Are wealthy people just lucky? The rich are almost always talented and hardworking, but so many other people have those qualities in abundance yet never earn much. How important is luck? Recently, social scientists have demonstrated that chance events play a much larger role in our success than we ever imagined. Cornell alums were intrigued by Professor Frank's discussion of these findings, which have interesting implications not only for how best to think about the role of luck in life, but also for a range of important public policy issues.
    • Slope Day Happy Hour, May 7: About 50 Rochester area Cornellians joined to celebrate Slope Day at TRATA, the trendy Restaurant at the Armory. Appetizers were courtesy of the Cornell Club.
    • Men's Lacrosse Game & Tailgate, April 25: Rochester area alumni gathered in Ithaca for a tailgate party before watching the Big Red take on Princeton. This was the final regular season game, as Cornell and Princeton are currently tied for the Ivy League lead. The winner gains home field advantage for the Ivy League tournament. It's an exciting day to be on campus, as Cornell celebrates Charter Day Weekend.
    • Cornell Club Night at the RPO, March 14: Fellow alums enjoyed a pre-concert dinner at Tavern 58 at Gibbs, and then just walked a block to Eastman Theatre for a memorable "Night of Dance" at the Eastman Theatre.
    • After Hours Networking & Social, Feb. 12: Cornell alums got together at the City Grill for a "Zinck's Night" like get-together.
    • Cornell vs. Dartmouth Hockey Game & Dinner, Jan. 24: A sell-out group watched Cornell take on Dartmouth, with a private pre-game dinner at the Statler.
    • Founder's Day & Sesquicentennial Celebration, Jan. 10: A full house celebrated Founder's Day and Cornell's Sesquicentennial with Elaine Engst, University Archivist, who spoke on the history of Cornell, followed by musical entertainment.

    2014

  • Annual Cornell-Penn Luncheon, Nov. 24: A big crowd of Cornell and Penn alums gathered for our annual luncheon and speaker whose research examines how people develop and change throughout their lives. Karl Pillemer is the Hazel E. Reed Professor of human development at Cornell and Professor of Gerontology in Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College. An internationally renowned gerontologist, his research examines how people develop and change throughout their lives. He has authored five books, including the popular 30 Lessons for Living.
  • Another Successful Zinck's Night: MacGregor's Grill and Tap Room was the scene where 40 Cornellians celebrated International Zinck's Night and networked with area alums. Scott Wagner '81, former Glee Club member, led us in the Alma Mater.
  • Reception for 2018 Class, Aug. 14: We greeted area freshmen and transfer students for our annual send-off party, with host Sanjay Hiranaandani '92.
  • Annual Meeting Featuring Cornell Historian Corey Earle, June 12: We were treated to an evening of desserts, social time, and a wonderful Cornell speaker. Corey Ryan Earle '07, who teaches a 400-student course on Cornell history, gave a wonderful review of Cornell University's unique role in the development of modern higher education, as well as some fun history, legends, and trivia. We heard about the glory days of Cornell football, the brain collection, the Clock Tower pumpkin, Touchdown the Bear, and much more.
  • CFA Big Red Upstate Reception Featuring CU Head Football Coach Dave Archer, '05 & Director of Player Personnel Pete DeStefano, June 26
  • Slope Day Happy Hour, May 9: Forty alums gathered for this great opportunity to network with alums, both young and old at TRATA, the trendy Restaurant at the Armory.
  • Accepted Students' Reception, April 22
  • Young Ivy League Alumni Open House, April 26: A chance for young Ivy League alums and their families to make new friends at the National Museum of Play.
  • Camp DayDreams Auction, April 27: Our 2014 community service project was to help raise funds for Rochester's Camp DayDreams at the 11th annual Dream Big! Auction at the Memorial Art Gallery.
  • Men's Lacrosse Game & Tailgate, April 19: Rochester area alums held a tailgate party before watching the Big Red take on Brown. Cornell is ranked #3 nationally and is the only undefeated Division 1 team. Irondequoit native Matt Kerwick leads the Big Red as Interim Head Coach.
  • Cornell vs. Harvard Hockey & Dinner, March 1: The season’s final home game was a great success, as 47 alums from our club saw Cornell beat Harvard 3-2 in overtime.
  • Cornell Night at the RPO, March 8: A group of 16 music fans gathered for a pre-concert dinner at downtown's Tavern 58, then enjoyed a memorable RPO concert of Bruckner, Berlioz, and Beethoven.

  • Founder's Day Luncheon, Jan. 11: Barbara Knuth, Vice Provost and Dean of CU's Graduate School, described Cornell's goal to ensure excellent graduate education at the always popular Founder's Day Luncheon. She also updated us on Cornell Tech, in New York City, an innovative program for the brightest students who want to push the limits of today's technology and who possess the entrepreneurial spirit to make their visions into reality.
  • 2013

  • Cornell-Penn Luncheon, Nov. 25: The Rochester area alumni clubs of Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania again held an annual luncheon and speaker. This year's topic was: "When City and Country Collide: Economic Development and Managing Growth" presented by Penn's Prof. Tom Daniels, Department of City and Regional Planning.
  • The Cornell Glee Club Returned Nov. 16: The Cornell University Glee Club returned to Rochester November 16th, with a concert in the beautiful setting of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. For more than 125 years, the Glee Club has performed songs in more than a dozen languages, and logged hundreds of thousands of miles, bringing music to millions of people both near and far. Please join us for a delightful evening of music, followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall.
  • Cornell vs. Dartmouth Football at the Bar, Nov. 9: Marshall Street Bar and Grill, 81 Marshall St., Rochester
  • A Fun Zinck's Night: Alums and friends gathered at Murphy's Law Irish Pub in Rochester's East End to join fellow Cornellians around the world in celebrating the International Spirit of Zinck's. Alums from the classes from the 1960s and 1970s to 2013 were represented. Cornell Glee Club alums, Nate McEwen '13 and Jonathan Ivers '00, led us in rousing renditions of the Alma Mater and "Give My Regards To Davey." Kristen Jones '03 led a Cornell trivia contest awarding Cornell memorabilia as prizes. It was a fun time with plentiful appetizers and a cash bar.
  • Annual Meeting & Picnic, June 20: An evening of fun, food, and voting for your Club Officers and Board Members held at the Allendale Columbia School. For the first time, we will email the ballot for you to vote if you cannot attend the meeting. As an added bonus, Allendale Columbia School sixth-graders working on a project for Ithaca's Paleontology Research Institution (PRI) presented their findings.
  • Cornell Club of Rochester and CFA Present the Passing of the Generational Torch: A Reception for New CU Football Coach David Archer '05 & Director of Football Development Pete Noyes, retiring after 37 years of service, June 18, Tavern 58 At Gibbs
  • Cornell Club Dinner & Speaker Event, June 4: Nannette Nocon '82, financial advisor, spoke on "Flexible Investing: Certainty in Uncertain Times." Nannette has been a financial advisor for 29 years and is in the top 1% of Ameriprise Private Wealth Advisors.
  • Founder's Day Luncheon, January: Jane Coyne '88 spoke about her experience as project manager for Doctors Without Border/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), an independent international medical relief organization that has been working in CAR for 16 years and has rarely seen higher mortality rates.
  • 2012

    • An Evening with President Skorton, Oct. 15, Genesee Valley Club: A large crowd enjoyed a special evening meeting President Skorton and hearing his views on the most important initiatives happening on campus and beyond. In addition, the Hangovers (the a cappella part of the Cornell University Glee Club) performed.
    • Photos by Todd Matarazzo
    • Cornell Night at the RPO, March 2: Alums enjoyed dinner at Max's and beautiful music at the RPO with Neil Varon, guest conductor; Karin Wolverton, soprano; Dinyar Vania, tenor.
    • Annual Cornell-Penn Luncheon with Prof. Margaret Smith: Since at least the 1930s, the Rochester alumni clubs of Cornell and Penn have gathered in November to hear an outstanding speaker and celebrate a football rivalry that dates back to 1893. Professor Margaret Smith, an expert on corn breeding and genetics, is working to improve corn productivity and develop new crop varieties. Corn is central to the U.S. agricultural success story. Some 90% of the grain we produce is in the form of corn, and we consume a lot of it, in processed foods, through the meat we eat, and in the form of corn-based ethanol. Corn, in many ways, is central to the American economic engine.

    • Zinck's Night Celebration, Oct. 18: Cornellians worldwide joined in celebrating Zinck's Night with the Cornell Club of Rochester at Label 7.
    • 2012 Homecoming Football Kickoff Tailgate: Cornell Wins!

    • We kicked off the Cornell football season with a fun picnic before the Cornell/Yale game.

    • Class of 2016 Freshman Sendoff Picnic
    • Meghann and Bill McCarthy '07 hosted a superb a chicken BBQ to send off the area's Cornell freshmen from the Rochester area.

    • Annual Meeting & Picnic, July 26: Summer Time means Picnic Time for the Cornell Club of Rochester, along with a brief annual meeting to elect officers. We had a great turnout for our annual meeting, with drinks and grilling on the patio, graciously hosted by former CCR President Larry Wetzel and his wife.
    • Founder's Day Luncheon, Saturday, Jan. 14: Anne Emanuel's biography, entitled Elbert Parr Tuttle: Chief Jurist of the American Civil Rights Revolution, covers not just Tuttle's life, including the important formative years at Cornell, but the often violent times he lived in. What better way to observe Founder's Day than to learn about and celebrate this noted Cornellian and remarkable civil rights champion. Elbert P. Tuttle, AB '18, LLB '23, is not a household name in the U.S. but his contributions to the civil rights movement are as momentous as those of any of the more well known civil rights heroes. As documented by his biographer and Georgia State University Law Professor Anne Emanuel, Tuttle's decisions as chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit from 1960 to 1967 were crucial in many cases involving the enforcement of civil rights in the South. His landmark cases ruled on voter registration, school desegregation, access to public transportation, and other basic civil liberties, all of which literally opened doors for African-Americans. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981.
    • Cornell Glee Club Concert Jan. 5, 2012: A huge crowd enjoyed the Cornell University Glee Club's concert in the beautiful setting of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. For more than 125 years, the Glee Club has performed songs in more than a dozen languages, and logged hundreds of thousands of miles, bringing music to millions of people both near and far.
    • Men's Hockey: Cornell vs Harvard, Jan. 21, 2012: Sports fans gathered at Lynah Rink for the Cornell-Harvard Hockey game. This rivalry began simply as a game in 1910, and escalated in 1973 when a Harvard fan tossed a dead chicken at the Cornell goalie, an obvious swipe at Cornell's ag school. Later, the Lynah fans retaliated, throwing fish onto the ice at the Harvard players.

      According to Wikipedia.org, "A Cornell-Harvard hockey game plays an important role in Love Story, whose protagonist, Oliver Barrett, is a Harvard undergraduate and member of the Crimson hockey team, and whose author, Erich Segal, is a Harvard alumnus. In the movie, Harvard's hockey team loses to Cornell's. ... In commemoration of Cornell's victory in that fictional game, the Cornell Big Red Pep Band plays the theme from the movie Love Story when Harvard takes the ice before the first two periods of each game."

    2011

    • Annual Cornell-Penn Luncheon, Nov. 21, 2011: Penn Nursing Professor Mary Ersek's topic is "It IS Your Life, Anyway: Healthcare Decision-Making in the Context of Serious Illness." She is an expert on end-of-life issues, caregivers, and the well being of older adults, especially nursing home residents.
    • International Spirit of Zinck's Night, Oct. 20, 2011: Remember the words to Davy, "... we'll all have drinks at Theodore Zinck's..."? Well, Theodore Zinck is long gone and so is his bar, but the spirit lives on. The Cornell Club of Rochester celebrated Zinck's Night at Murphy's Law in downtown Rochester.
    • Homecoming Football Kickoff Tailgate, Sept. 17
    • Local Cornell Student Send-Off, 2011: Each year the Cornell Club of Rochester holds a student send-off, bringing together area CU freshmen, their parents, and local alumni. All current students, incoming freshmen, transfer and returning students from our region are invited. We had a huge turnout to give new students a send-off picnic hosted by William McCarthy '07.
    • Annual Meeting & Picnic, June 24, 2011
    • Meet Football Coach Kent Austin, June 16, 2011
    • Professor Brian Wansink Speaks, April 15, 2011
    • Cornell Colgate Hockey, Jan. 22, 2011: The Lynah Faithful watched as Cornell took on the Red Raiders from Colgate.
    • Annual Founder's Day Luncheon - Mark Twain's Cornell, Jan. 8, 2011: A.D. White, Willard Fiske, Goldwin Smith, Henry Williams Sage... Samuel Clemens knew them all. He even participated in a rousing night at Zinck's according to the The Ithaca Journal in December 1884. Learn more about the deep ties between Mark Twain and Cornell from Lance Heidig, Reference and Instruction Librarian in Research and Learning Services at Cornell and an independent scholar of Mark Twain, our guest speaker at Founder's Day luncheon.
      Register for the luncheon on January 8th and get ready for a good time, fascinating talk and more than a chuckle ot two. Join us as we toast Ezra's birthday in style at the Country Club of Rochester.

    2010

    • Holiday Baskets: With December comes our Holiday Basket community service project. A week's worth of food is given to a needy family. Thanks to Donna Spinella '78, MBA '86, each basket will also include fresh winter squash donated by a generous Penfield farmer.
    • Cornell - Penn Luncheon, Nov. 22, 2010: The 72nd annual Cornell-Penn Luncheon featured guest speaker Dr. William W. Destler, President of RIT speaking on "How RIT is Different from Cornell and Penn and Why This Is Probably a Good Thing"
    • Cornell Speaker Event, Oct. 22, 2010: Prof. Susan Christopherson speaking on "Mobilizing a Green Economy in Upstate NY"

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