• May 9, 2018

    Thousands of events are held on campus every year, from small events of fewer than 10 people meeting to network over pizza to larger events that attract hundreds for a concert or gallery opening.

    Many of these Cornell events – especially those involving food and alcohol; dignitaries; sales events or events held outdoors; or large or controversial functions – require event planners to fill out an Event Registration Form (ERF). While much of the form is easy to complete, “many event planners are uncertain how to fill out the section that asks them to ‘describe how you plan to accommodate guest(s) who may require special assistance,’” said Andrea Haenlin-Mott, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator for Facilities and Campus Services.

    “Many people leave this section blank,” she said. “Others are puzzled by what it means, and still others indicate that the space is wheelchair-accessible or...

  • April 13, 2017
    Explore Tompkins’ Trails with Ease

    Searchable, GPS-enabled site makes local trails searchable and accessible

    Cornell Botanic Gardens and partner organizations have launched a new website designed to help outdoor enthusiasts find and take the perfect walk, hike, bike, ski, or even horseback ride. Out on the Trails at is a GPS-enabled, mobile-optimized site that maps all of the trails in Tompkins County, and invites users to search by the experience they seek. Criteria include distance, difficulty, scenic views, wildlife viewing, or picnicking, and also access directions to trailheads and information on parking.

     “Our County boasts 240 miles of public trails, but since they span 15 different organizations, many residents and visitors find trail information in bits and pieces,” says Todd Bittner, Director of Natural Areas at the Cornell Botanic Gardens and...

  • March 24, 2017

    For many staff, Cornell’s closing of the Ithaca campus at noon, March 14, through 4:30 p.m., March 15, meant they could be home with their children during the worst of the late-season snowstorm as area school districts closed and county travel bans went into effect.


  • February 24, 2017
    Suite 125 had a pirate and ship

    The committee that coordinates the IPP department’s newsletter for staff, “The Steward,”  took on the challenge of organizing the event, announcing it a couple of weeks ago.

    By coincidence, the outdoor temperatures on Tropical Day – Feb. 23 – were in the 70s. So Tropical Day became a celebration of the return of good weather: staff dressed in costumes, decorated their offices and workspaces, and brought in food and games. They visited each other’s workplaces and voted on the best-decorated office – and shared in a temporary, tropical reprieve from the grey days that have dominated the past few weeks. 




  • February 7, 2017

    FREE COFFEE, hot chocolate & tea

    Wednesdays ● 10am-12pm ● Ho Plaza

    **when you use your re-usable mug**

    Kick the cup!

    Cornell is once again participating in a 8-week Recyclemania Competition (Feb. 5-April 1), competing against colleges across the nation. 

    Help the university win by reducing waste on campus. As part of this effort, for the next eight Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon, bring your own mug to Ho Plaza outside Willard Straight Hall for coffee, chocolate and tea. (Disposable cups will not be provided)

    Join the entire Cornell community in learning how to reduce personal waste and improve waste-sorting across campus (trash, recycling, compost). 

    Contact the Campus Sustainability Office at to learn more