COVID-19 Vaccines, Big Red Pride Days, Sustainability Month Events

April 9, 2021

Dear Cornell students,

The semester is more than halfway complete and you all have worked so hard to get here. While you prepare for prelims, prioritize self-care by taking time for yourselves – get outdoors on your own or with a small group of friends, be sure to nourish your body and stay hydrated and make time for restorative sleep. Being kind to yourself is essential to your health and well-being and will help you finish the semester strong.

As of April 6, New York state residents over the age of 16 are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. By getting vaccinated, you help us continue to protect our campus and community and take strides toward having a more typical campus experience in the fall. Please review Cornell’s COVID-19 website for vaccine updates to help you prepare for your vaccination appointment.

If you have questions about COVID-19 vaccines, I encourage you to join a virtual panel discussion with Cornell immunology experts on Monday, April 12 from 4-5 p.m. These faculty will be on hand to explain the science behind the vaccines and to answer common questions about their use and safety.

Yours in good health,

Dr. Anne Jones
Director of Medical Services at Cornell Health and COVID-19 Public Health Officer

Campus Life

Save the date for Big Red Pride Days!

From April 23-26, students can attend in-person events and activities across campus for the April Wellness Days and Cornell’s 156th Founders Day, including lawn games, caricature artists, free succulents and more! Save the date and get ready to celebrate your Cornell Big Red pride..

Sustainability Month at Cornell

Celebrate Sustainability Month with a variety of events and opportunitiesthroughout April. Nominations are now open for the Golden Gorge Awards, a ceremony which celebrates the accomplishments of graduating seniors and the important role all students play in creating a more sustainable future. Submit nominations by April 19 and RSVP by April 30 to attend the virtual ceremony.

The Residential Sustainability Leaders have launched a green room certification pilot program this spring. Sign up for the program and make your living space more sustainable. Everyone who submits feedback will be entered into a raffle to win prizes to help them live more sustainably. Applications are open until May 5, and raffle winners will be selected May 6.

Religious holiday observances and academic accommodations

Learn more about observances planned by campus groups and review resources about religious observance accommodations. Connect with the Office of Spirituality and Meaning-Making with questions or for support resources.

Movies on the Arts Quad

Movies on the Arts Quad (MOTAQ) have been a long-standing Cornell tradition, typically hosted by Class Councils each semester. This year MOTAQ are being hosted by Campus Activities and sponsored by Cornell Class Councils, Film Club and Cornell Cinema. Enjoy an outdoor movie on the Arts Quad each Thursday from 8-10 p.m. throughout the remainder of the semester.


Library research

Plan ahead for your summer library research by reviewing planned service interruptions and updates.

Milstein Program in Technology & Humanity virtual information sessions

Are you a first-year student interested in learning about how humans can use technology to solve our biggest problems? Attend an information session on April 11 at 12 p.m. or April 15 at 7 p.m. to learn more about the Milstein Program in Technology & Humanity from students currently in the program.

Considering graduate school?

Do you have questions about whether graduate school is right for you, or how to move forward with different types of professional degrees? A new module on the career development toolkit covers these questions and offers tips for understanding admissions criteria and ideas for optimizing your application. Enroll in the toolkit and visit the pre-graduate module to learn more.

Looking for academic support?

The Learning Strategies Center has more opportunities for free peer tutoring this semester, including drop-in online tutoring in a variety of subjects. LSC peer tutors are trained to help facilitate learning and not just re-teach course material. Find more about LSC tutoring.

Health, Wellness & Recreation

Keep your guard (and mask) up

Even as more people get vaccinated, it’s important to keep following public health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Wear a well-fitting mask, keep your distance from people you don’t live with, avoid large groups and socialize outdoors when you can. Find tips for what to say if a friend isn’t taking COVID-19 seriously.

Cornell Fitness Centers classes and memberships

In-person group fitness classes are now available for students. Virtual group fitness memberships, which offer access to in-person classes, are now available for half price. View the class schedule and policiespurchase a membership and make a reservation online. Save the date for a Friday night dance party hosted by Cornell Wellness, the Cornell Hip Hop Collection and DJ ha-MEEN on April 16 at 6:30 p.m.

Need to refresh? Make time for sleep

Take 15 minutes a week to prioritize your sleep! Enroll in Refresh, Cornell Health’s free, eight-week online self-help program that provides strategies proven to help you sleep better.

Watch: Cornell experts answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccine

Find more information on the science behind COVID-19 vaccines and learn more at a virtual question and answer session with a panel of Cornell vaccine and immunology experts on April 12 from 4-5 p.m.

Public Service & Engagement

Serve in Place: Sharespace and Skillbuild

Are you searching for ways to serve your home community during the pandemic? On April 16 at 2 p.m., join a workshop where you will learn how to find in-person and remote service opportunities in your hometown and beyond – including ones led by Cornell alumni – and how to prepare for ethical action and critically reflect on your experience and purpose.

B.O.S.S. Mental Health Summit

Participate in this annual event hosted by Building Ourselves through Sisterhood and Service (B.O.S.S.), a student-run organization dedicated to aiding womxn and gender non-conforming students of color in their transition to college. The two-day summit on April 16-17 will focus on mental health and healing practices that acknowledge identity. Learn more about the event and register in advance.

Applications open for Summer Experience Grants

The Summer Experience Grant (SEG) is a collection of summer funding awards that provide financial support for students to complete summer unpaid or minimally paid career-related experiences. Students in all seven undergraduate colleges will be considered for Student Assembly SEG awards, with a maximum award of $3,000 per student. Undergraduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences will be considered for A&S specific awards, with over $500,000 in grant funding available to qualifying students. Learn more about the grants and find information on how to apply; the priority application deadline is April 19.

Global Citizen Awards

International students can submit a nomination for a graduating international student who has advocated for student engagement and has displayed leadership to make a positive impact on the international community at Cornell.

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