Sheryl Sinkow (6); Mark Vorreuter (Medals)
Human Ecology alumni shared birthday wishes and custom-made cookies in honor of Martha Van Rensselaer, the college’s founding codirector, who was born June 21, 1864, at Reunion 2014. Throughout the weekend, Cornell’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections displayed newly restored medals awarded to Van Rensselaer and college co-founder Flora Rose for their work on child welfare and women’s education in Belgium following World War I. “The medals symbolize the far-reaching influence Martha and Flora’s pioneering work had not only in New York state, but in the nation and beyond,” said college archivist Eileen Keating. Along with tributes to the college’s past, alumni heard the dean’s vision for the future at Reunion Breakfast, followed by the Human Ecology Alumni Association awards ceremony. The wekeend included tours of college galleries, faculty lectures, and research demos.
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