Cornell Prison Education Program Receives $1 Million

The Cornell Prison Education Program received a $1 million grant from The Mellon Foundation on Thursday, which will allow the program to double its presence in central New York correctional facilities, according to Rob Scott, executive director of CPEP. “We offer more than 30 courses right now with over 100 students within prison walls,” Scott said. “With this grant, we’ll jump to over 60 classes a year and probably more than 200 students once it’s fully implemented.”
The program currently offers courses taught by Cornell faculty and graduate students at Auburn Correctional Facility and Cayuga Correctional Facility. So far, CPEP has held two commencement ceremonies — the first in 2012 and the most recent in 2014 — and conferred more than 15 associate degrees to inmates each time. The grant money will enable CPEP to expand its services to Five Points Correctional Facility and Elmira Correctional Facility.

Dozens Partake in Observatory Stargazing Event

Dozens of current students and alumni ventured to the Fuertes Observatory for a stargazing event on Friday night as part of Homecoming Weekend, compelled by what they said was a general sense of curiosity for the night sky. The visitors used telescopes provided by the Cornell Astronomical Society, while CAS members pointed out sharp green laser-pointers to indicate various celestial formations in the cloudless sky. “I love [the observatory] so much. I just keep coming back,” said Shianne Beer ’08, a former CAS president who was visiting the observatory. Beer said she initially returned to campus to see the fireworks alone, but found herself back at the observatory.