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1. Things to Do, Dec. 9-Jan. 20

Events on campus and in Ithaca include exhibits at the Johnson Museum, Uris Hall and Mann and Olin libraries; a community-wide exploration of human origins, and the first Soup and Hope of 2017.

2. Bob Clark '51 bequeaths $3M for heavyweight rowing

Cornell rowing alumnus Bob Clark '51 has bequeathed $3 million to establish an endowed fund to support the Big Red heavyweight rowing program.

3. 2017 Cornell United Way campaign passes halfway mark

The 2017 Cornell United Way Campaign has passed the halfway mark of its $750,000 goal for the 2016-17 academic year.

4. 2016 Flexible Spending Account reminders

The deadline for submitting medical expenses for 2016 medical Flexible Spending Accounts is Dec. 16; Dec. 16 is also the deadline for contract college employees to enroll in a medical or dependent care FSA for 2017.

5. Two humanists receive prestigious MLA awards

Marilyn Migiel and Caroline Levine, faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences, will be honored by the Modern Language Association at the group’s annual convention Jan. 7.

6. Cornell to host 2019 Science Olympiad national tourney

Cornell has been selected to host the national 2019 Science Olympiad, which will bring 2,500 high school students from across the U.S. to a unique competition.

7. Quiñonez on influence: Stories 'made to be stolen'

Associate professor of English Ernesto Quiñonez discussed authors using similar themes and characters in The Fingerprints of Influence, a talk in the Creative Writing Program's In A Word series.

8. Coffman named Tisch distinguished university professor

Ronnie Coffman has been named the Andrew H. and James S. Tisch Distinguished University Professor at Cornell.

9. Jason Cole named associate VP for university relations

Jason L. Cole, vice president of federal government relations at MetLife in Washington, D.C., has been named Cornell’s associate vice president for university relations and will begin his new position Jan. 1, 2017.

10. ILR alums, student named Schwarzman scholars

Two Cornell ILR School alumni and a current ILR student are among 129 people named Schwarzman scholars, the scholarship program announced Dec. 1 in Beijing and New York City.