Vaccination Update, Spirituality Programs, Study Abroad

March 12, 2021

Dear Cornell students,

I hope that you all enjoyed the recent Wellness Days and were able to take time for yourselves, get some rest and relax with friends. My team in Campus Activities and our partners across Student and Campus Life loved hosting you at Winter Days on the Arts Quad! We all look forward to bringing you more events and ways to get involved throughout the remainder of the semester.

As the winter chill continues to ease and we see more sunshine and warm temperatures, take time to explore outdoors, enjoy a walk around Beebe Lake, meet your friends for lunch on the slope and get to know all that Ithaca has to offer — but remember to do it safely. Wear your mask, keep your distance, wash your hands and be a role model for your peers.

You’re doing great, Cornellians. Keep it up!


Jenny Loeffelman
Assistant Vice President, Student and Campus Life

COVID-19 Updates

Vaccine newsletter

As vaccine eligibility expands to include more student populations, the university will be sending out a periodic vaccine newsletter to provide students, faculty and staff with timely updates from New York state and the Tompkins County Health Department. For information about vaccines, eligibility and answers to common questions, please visit the COVID-19 website. Students in Tompkins County can also sign up to receive emails directly from the health department.

Bus service to Binghamton vaccination site

Tompkins County is offering free shuttle bus service to the mass vaccination site at SUNY Binghamton for eligible students who wish to be vaccinated. Find more information, including a schedule, on the Tompkins County website.

COVID-19 phone support and testing site updates

Cornell’s COVID-19 Support Center now offers phone support at 607-253-7500. Hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Additionally, operating hours have recently changed at four university surveillance testing sites to accommodate changes in demand; be sure to schedule your appointment by 4 p.m. on assigned days if you wish to receive same-day results.

Bystander intervention: COVID-19 edition

While natural to experience COVID-19 fatigue, it’s important to keep following public health guidelines. But what if others aren’t? Find ideas for what to say if a friend isn’t honest on the Daily Check and what to do if someone isn’t wearing their mask correctly from the Skorton Center for Health Initiatives.

Watch: At this week’s Wellness Days, March 9-10, students enjoyed time outdoors with friends, tie-dyed shirts, relaxed around fire pits and competed for prizes. The next wellness break will be April 23-26.

Campus Life

Career development toolkit

Career Services offers students a career development toolkit in Canvas to guide you through wide-ranging employment topics, including career readiness and exploration, networking, resumes and cover letters, virtual career fairs, interviewing and more. Be sure to also check out recorded workshops in the Career Services media library.

Group certificate in community-engaged leadership

The Office of Engagement Initiatives (OEI) offers a group certificate in community-engaged leadership to registered student organizations, engineering project teams, fraternities, sororities, residential units and other student groups. Groups that participate gain stronger alignment between their mission and day-to-day activities, coaching and mentoring from OEI staff, access to funding and more. Register for orientation on March 23 at 5 p.m. and read about the groups that have earned the certificate.

Asian and Asian American Center spring programming

Join the Asian and Asian American Center for engaging events throughout the semester, including featured speakers, virtual dance programs and more.

Hatfield Lecture 2021

Join Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and President Martha E. Pollack on March 24 at 12:30 p.m. for a conversation about a future where the boundaries between tech, work and social issues dissolve at this year’s Hatfield Lecture. Registration is required.

Spirituality programs

Join Cornell United Religious Work for See No Stranger: An Evening with Valarie Kaur on March 22 at 7:30 p.m. The event, which will focus on Kaur’s memoir and her time as an activist, author and filmmaker, is the first event in the series “Into and Out of the Echo Chambers.” In addition to this programming, students are invited to join a virtual book club, After Whiteness: How the Academy Shapes Us Racially and Spiritually, hosted by Chesterton House.

Students can find more information on religious observance accommodations on the Office of Spirituality and Meaning-Making website.

Housing & Dining

Reusable utensils and containers

Thanks to a partnership between Cornell Dining, the Campus Sustainability Office and Cornell Grounds, Cornell Dining is offering reusable utensil and takeout container sets for $5 between now and Earth Day — a significant savings from the normal cost. Consider purchasing a set from a residential dining location and help the university to achieve its goal for diverting disposable containers from landfills.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Cornell Dining

Join us for a St. Patrick’s Day dinner featuring an Irish-inspired menu! Featured dishes include garlic roasted chicken, potato and leek gratin and Limerick Ireland fish cakes. Celebrate at Becker House Dining Room, Jansen’s Dining Room at Bethe House, Risley Dining Room, Rose House Dining Room and Robert Purcell Marketplace Eatery. Check for hours at each location and make your dine-in reservations using OpenTable.

Sign-up deadline for 2021-22 general room selection

Students seeking on-campus housing for the 2021-22 academic year must sign up for general room selection by 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, March 6. Additionally, university-owned cooperative houses are still taking applications. Students can find more information from the Co-Op Mosey open house.


Planning for fall 2021 study abroad

Thinking about study abroad for fall? On March 15, Education Abroad plans to announce a limited number of fall 2021 study abroad programs. Check Experience Cornell at that time for updated fall semester program listings.

Einaudi virtual summer internships

The Einaudi Center’s global virtual internships, allowing students to connect with faculty conducting international research and with the center’s partners around the world, are back in summer 2021! Applications due March 31.

Freshmen sought for Milstein Program 2024 cohort

Are you looking for an opportunity at the nexus of technology and humanity? The Milstein Program in Technology & Humanity combines a liberal arts education with cutting-edge programs and courses at Cornell Tech. Learn more and apply by March 31.

Have a class that brightens your day?

Faculty members often have an ability to teach and engage students in a way that supports mental health. If a Cornell professor or teacher has helped you to flourish, let the university’s Mental Health Review team know about these “bright spots”.

Tips for effective studying

With prelim season in full swing, it’s a great time to get help with challenging course content by visiting instructor office hours, accessing Learning Strategies Center tutoring or developing a study plan. If you’ve received feedback on prelims already, take time to reflect on any mistakes and how they might help you to study more effectively.

On-campus and virtual library resources

Need a comfortable and quiet place to study on campus? Studying remotely but want to get help on a research paper? The library is here to help with on-site and remote resources.

Health, Wellness & Recreation

Resources to support your well-being

Need a mental health break? Take advantage of free daily Let’s Meditate sessions, CAPS-led workshops and Let’s Talk drop-in hours, and stay active with free weekly yoga and Zumba classes. Find other resources on coping during COVID-19, and sign up for Cornell Health’s Quaranzine newsletter for new ideas delivered to your inbox each week.

Healthy Us series: Emotional wellness

“Healthy Us” is a series of presentations and conversations, offered by the Multicultural Student Leadership and Empowerment program in collaboration with campus partners, to provide space for students to reflect on their wellness journey on topics including academic success, mental health, physical wellbeing, financial literacy and spirituality. Register for an event focusing on emotional and mental wellness on March 18.

EARS remains committed to student mental health

While new strategies are explored in place of the peer counseling offered by EARS (Empathy Assistance & Referral Service), the program’s commitment to student mental health continues through current campus training and outreach.

Get moving, Cornell!

Cornell Fitness Centers are now open, including lap swimming for students on Fridays, Helen Newman Bowling and access to the Barton Hall track and Lynah Rink. Intramural activities continue with trivia nights every Wednesday on Twitch. Review each of the websites for current hours, reservations and safety policies.

Public Service & Engagement

Applications due today: Robinson-Appel Humanitarian Awards

The Robinson-Appel Humanitarian Awards recognize and honor students who have had significant involvement in community service by providing support for their projects, which address a community’s social needs or problems. Each of the three projects selected will receive $2,500.

Maribel Garcia Community Spirit Award

The Maribel Garcia Community Spirit Award honors a student who has made a remarkable contribution to the spirit of community service and celebrates creative, innovative approaches to community needs. Applications are due April 7.

Explore ways to help

The Public Service Center maintains a diverse listing of volunteer opportunities, many of which are virtual.

Additional Resources