Health Services, Halloween Events, Get Ready to Vote

October 23, 2020

Dear Cornellians,

As we near Thanksgiving break, I want to express my tremendous pride in you. So far, our COVID-19 testing and prevention efforts appear effective, and you are doing a terrific job keeping the risk of viral transmission low. I urge you to keep up the good work. Every time someone masks up, maintains physical distance, completes their online Daily Check with full honesty, and gets vaccinated against the flu, they help protect the most vulnerable among us and preserve our limited health care resources for our Cornell and Ithaca communities.

Our team at Cornell Health continues to offer collaborative medical and mental health support to students, largely via telehealth this semester. Like other support resources within Student and Campus Life, we have a talented and seasoned staff of people who are passionate about your well-being. I hope you will reach out when you need support.


Sharon McMullen, RN, MPH, FACHA
Assistant Vice President for Health and Wellbeing
Student and Campus Life

Important Dates & Deadlines

  • Family Webinar Series – Oct. 23-Nov. 6
    Learn about a variety of topics, including on- and off-campus housing and preparing for career success. Registration required. Recordings of previous webinars are available at the link above.
  • Early voting in Tompkins County – Oct. 24-Nov. 1
    Registered voters can cast their general election ballots early at one of two locations in Ithaca.
  • Provide input on student mental health priorities by Nov. 8
    The university is seeking feedback from the campus community to prioritize the recommendations of its comprehensive review of student mental health.
  • Submit input on Code of Conduct revisions by Nov. 17
    The University Assembly wants your input on proposed revisions to a new Student Code of Conduct. The deadline to submit comments is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

COVID-19 Updates

Consistency, honesty are key to the Daily Check

All students in the Ithaca area are required to complete the Daily Check each day, regardless of whether they plan to come to campus that day. By indicating whether you have symptoms or may have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you are helping to keep our campus community safe. If you answer “yes” to Daily Check questions, you will be instructed to contact Cornell Health for a brief phone assessment to determine any necessary next steps. This must be completed before proceeding to campus.

Reminder of campus visitor policy

Visitors to campus are still strongly discouraged and are not allowed inside any campus buildings. This includes during the end-of-semester departure period. Any visitors traveling to Ithaca are required to abide by the New York state travel advisory. We are counting on you and your families to continue to keep the health of the Ithaca community in mind.

Staying Healthy

Flu vaccination deadline is this month

This fall, flu vaccination is required per the student Behavioral Compact. The last chance to get vaccinated at one of Cornell’s free, on-campus clinics is Oct. 30 (registration required). Alternatively, students may choose to get their flu shot at a nearby pharmacy and submit a confirmation to Cornell. Visit the Cornell Health website for more information.

Resources to support your mental health

Cornell Health’s Coping During COVID-19 webpage offers a wide range of self-help tips and other resources to boost your well-being. CAPS support includes virtual skills-based workshops, “Let’s Talk” drop-in consultation, group counseling, individual counseling, and more to help meet your individual needs. Students can also call 607-255-5155 any time to speak with a licensed therapist from ProtoCall, Cornell Health’s 24/7 support team of mental health professionals.

Campus Life

New database of licensed music resources

Cornell now offers the online database FirstCom Music free for use in your Cornell-related projects. With thousands of recordings at your disposal, you are sure to find the perfect music tracks and sound effects to make your multimedia projects stand out.

Cornellians Away fall gathering

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, students studying remotely from outside the United States are invited to connect virtually with campus leadership and resources, other students and alumni.

Discover the Tatkon Center for First-Year Students

Take advantage of this unique Cornell resource, a center totally focused on the first-year experience. Chat with knowledgeable juniors and seniors at the virtual help desk or participate in a variety of Zoom programs. Parents can request the Tatkon Center’s weekly newsletter by emailing

Upcoming Events

  • Voting Power Hour with Selena Gomez Oct. 24
    Get excited and ready to vote during this hour of live entertainment, with appearances from surprise guests.
  • Cornell Chimes Halloween Concert Oct. 31
    Join the Chimes “monsters” as McGraw Tower lights up for a spooky evening of music. Visitors are not allowed in the tower at this time but are invited to listen from the ground. Costumes are encouraged but not required.
  • Eclectic Convergence: Cornell Entrepreneurship Summit Nov. 13
    Hear Cornell alumni and other successful entrepreneurs share their stories, perspectives and advice.

Housing & Dining

Help name new North Campus residences

On Oct. 8, President Pollack announced that two of the residence halls under construction on North Campus will be named after two of Cornell’s most accomplished alumnae: Ruth Bader Ginsburg '54 and Toni Morrison, MA '55. With a total of five residence halls in NCRE, we have the opportunity to name three more buildings, to remind us each day of the legacies left by great people in Cornell’s history. Please reply to this brief survey with your ideas and rationale by Nov. 23.

Fall Harvest Dinner is Oct. 28

Cornell Dining’s annual Fall Harvest Dinner celebrates the bounty of the Finger Lakes and Central New York and seasonal dishes from beyond the region. This meal will be featured in eight of Cornell’s residential dining rooms on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

Halloween in residential dining rooms

On Saturday, Oct. 31, enjoy Halloween-themed desserts in residential dining rooms across campus.


Cornell Libraries offer study spaces and support

Library staff and resources are here for you with quiet study spaces, research help, and a chance to browse books and access the collections. Learn about the on-site and remote services available to support your academic success.

Registration is open for Cornell’s Winter Session

Students can earn up to four course credits in Cornell’s Winter Session, Jan. 4-23, 2021. Choose from online courses in a wide range of subjects to help you catch up or get ahead in your studies. See the winter course roster for a complete list of offerings. The deadline to register is Jan. 4, 2021.

Wellness & Recreation

Extended hours for fitness center reservations

Reservation options for Cornell Fitness Centers have increased from three 50-minute sessions per week to five 50-minute sessions per week. For more information about open facilities and use restrictions, and to make workout reservations, please visit the CFC website.

Cornell Fitness Centers hiring student monitors

Student monitors are needed to help maintain a safe environment in Cornell Fitness Centers. Positions start at $11.90 per hour.

Join the Punt, Pass, Kick Competition

Test your athleticism with Cornell Intramural Sports’ Punt, Pass, Kick Competition on Nov. 1. Register by 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 28.

Public Service & Engagement

Let’s Vote!
Explore non-partisan information and tools to encourage voter awareness and participation on this Canvas website developed by Cornell Votes.

Race and Racism Across Borders
Submissions due Nov. 9
Share prose, poetry or imagery about a time you crossed a literal or figurative border and understood something new about race and your place in the world. Selected submissions will receive a $100 honorarium.

Newman Civic Fellowship
Applications due Nov. 19
This national, yearlong Campus Compact program provides training, resources and networking opportunities to help students develop strategies for social change.

John F. Kennedy Memorial Award
Applications due Nov. 19
This $15,000 award encourages well-qualified students to enter careers in government or other public service fields, where remuneration may be low or slow to accumulate.

Additional Resources

COVID-19 transmision increases indoors. Wear a mask and stay six feet apart when inside with friends.