Members of the Cornell community hand out and eat the ice cream  flavor that President Elizabeth Garrett helped design.

Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Hosts Reception Honoring Garrett

Cornellians gathered in Stocking Hall to honor the late President Elizabeth Garrett by sharing the ice cream flavor that Garrett helped create. The Thursday event sponsored was by College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Kathryn Boor ’80, the dean of CALS, discussed Garrett’s key role in creating the ice cream flavor called 24 Garrett Swirl, describing how involved the president in sculpting the dessert. “As we were working towards the President’s inauguration, she worked with a team here in the dairy processing plant in Stocking Hall to come up with her flavor of ice cream,” Boor said. “She, her sister and her niece sat together and tasted the different flavors that the processing plant had put together for them.

CALS Dean Susan Henry to Step Down Next Year

The University announced at the end of last month that Susan Henry, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, will step down from her position at the end of this upcoming academic year. Henry, who has spent nine years at the helm of Cornell’s second largest college, will devote more time to teaching and research in her current appointment as professor of molecular biology and genetics.

During Henry’s tenure, the dean oversaw the creation of the department of applied economics and management, the creation of a teaching winery, and the large-scale renovation of Mann Library, according to the University. She also sat on the State Council on Food Policy under Gov. David Paterson (D) and the Agricultural Advisory Council under former Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.).

Pundits Argue Over Validity of CALS Degrees

In the arena of American political discourse, almost every area of life, ranging from religious convictions to familial relations, is subject to attack and satire. This past week, those attacks have hit Cornell particularly hard, as Ann Coulter ’84, right-wing political pundit, mocked the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences on her website.
In a blog post last Wednesday, Coulter, who attended the College of Arts and Sciences, questioned the educational background of Keith Olbermann ’79, one of her left-wing counterparts, who attended the agriculture college.

CALS Will Cut $4M More To Reach 5-Percent Goal

This is the second article in a series examining the effects of the University’s budget cuts on individual schools and colleges.

The $2.8 million cut in state funding for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences announced in the fall was unwelcome but not altogether unfamiliar. Throughout the college’s history, CALS has faced three periods of significant reductions resulting from state cuts, according to CALS Senior Associate Dean Jan Nyrop. However, in order to account for the University-mandated 5 percent cut — in accordance with the Ithaca campus reduction of the same amount — the college will have to cut an additional $4 million, amounting to a significant decrease unparalleled in CALS history.

Leave of Absence Poses Issues

For students who discover that their health is significantly impairing their ability to study, the Cornell University Health Leave of Absence Policy is an easy way to voluntarily separate oneself from the University. While it might be simple to leave Cornell, some students are finding out that returning to Cornell is much more difficult.
Voluntary Leave of Absence is a policy that addresses the needs of students who, for various reasons, feel that they have to interrupt their coursework for a period of time. A health leave of absence falls into this category, and while most of the Cornell colleges have their own method of dealing with voluntary leaves of absence, in the case of HLOAs, the colleges tend to defer their decisions to Gannett Health Services.

Course Evaluations Serve As a Tool in Class Selection

Many students see course evaluations merely as a tedious end-of-the-semester chore. However, some of Cornell’s colleges are working to turn course evaluations into a tool students can use in considering which classes they should take. Last February, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Faculty Senate voted to make the numerical component of their course evaluations available to the Cornell community.

Cut CALS Classes Incite Student Backlash

The words of Ezra Cornell’s “any person, any study” have never been so vigorously debated as in the disagreement over the University’s decision to drop three beloved Biological and Environmental Engineering classes.
Prof. Thomas Cook, BEE, has taught BEE 1130: Introduction to Metal Fabrication Techniques, BEE 1140: Introduction to Wood Construction and BEE 1150: Advanced Metal Fabrication Techniques, for almost 24 years. The three classes enroll about 100 students per year from CALS and across the University.