• 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

  • January 17, 2017


    By Nancy Doolittle

    What is a decade?

    In Bartels’ years, it is recognizing 58 Building Care staff with the Bartels Award for Custodial Service Excellence, and providing scholarships for 15 Building Care staff and 44 children of department staff.

    Phil Bartels ’71, his wife Susan and their daughter and Cornell University Council member, Katie Bartels ’06, returned to Cornell to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Bartels awards and scholarship program, Dec. 20 in Call Auditorium. They joined Vice President KyuJung Whang; former director of Building Care Rob Osborn and his wife, Mary Beth; and Facilities Management leadership to recognize the work of about 400 Building Care staff, hand out awards to six custodial and housekeeping staff members, and present one staff member and 10 children of staff members with scholarships.

    Osborn gave a brief history of the program, which was developed shortly after Katie Bartels graduated from Cornell as a...