The Cornell Alumni Association of Central New York (CAACNY) is your local connection to your alma mater! CAACNY hosts alumni events throughout the year, sponsors scholarship programs, and provides opportunities for you to stay connected to campus and your fellow Cornellians.

2015 Spring Dinner—May 20, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Join us for our 2015 Spring Dinner, featuring the Cornell Book Awards. Network with fellow alumni, hear a lecture from Cornell guest speaker Rhonda Gilmore, meet local author David Figura ’77 who will be signing copies of his book, enjoy a delicious Dinosaur Bar-B-Que meal, and support ten local high school juniors receiving the Cornell Book Award!

 Wednesday, May 20, 6:00 | Dinosaur Bar-B-Que | $30 per person

 Register online today!Please RSVP by Friday, May 15

  • 6:15—Reception, David Figura So What Are The Guys Doing book signing, and dinner
  • 7:00—Guest speaker Rhonda Gilmore discusses design in our daily lives
  • 8:00—Cornell Book Awards

Spring Dinner Guest Speaker, Rhonda Gilmore, Senior Lecturer, Department of Design and Environmental Analysis, College of Human Ecology

Lecture topic: Question: What is Design? Answer: Drinking Tea. More than the icons on your smartphone, design is a human-centered opportunity to create meaningful connections between people and their world.  As Steve Jobs once said, “Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service.” We’ll learn how design is pervasive in our everyday lives by looking at tea from every angle. After listening to this talk, you’ll never look at a tea bag without thinking about design.

The Cornell Book Awards are given annually to 10 outstanding juniors from Central New York high schools in recognition of their academic and community achievements.

 David Figura ’77 is the outdoors writer for the Syracuse Post-Standard and Syracuse.com. His recent book is So What Are The Guys Doing? about his mid-life crisis and includes insights from 50 men. Learn more at davidjfigura.com.

Far Above Cayuga’s Wineries Wine Tasting and Silent Auction

Thank you for making the 2015 event a success! Keep watching for information about the 2016 event!


Get Involved!

Looking to get more involved in Cornell Alumni programs locally? CAACNY is seeking volunteers to help with its annual scholarship wine tasting event, and the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network.  To learn more, contact Jim Miller ’69 at jgm27@cornell.edu.


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