Cornell campus extolled
Having spent four years at the other Cornell in the 1990s, I had been searching for an excuse to visit the older of the two schools ever since I formally began studying the history of higher education last year. And when a colleague at the University of Illinois needed a ride to Iowa City, I volunteered even before I knew of the proximity of Mount Vernon to his destination. The dream for that visit to Cornell College became a reality for me, then, on Saturday, July 30.
The east side of campus dusted by a January snow.
Although the campus was well-nigh deserted (since I arrived at 5 p.m.), I enjoyed walking amid the majestic trees and impressive buildings on the Hilltop, reading commemorative plaques and tracing the history of the school. And the setting! Friends had warned me how flat Iowa (supposedly) is, with nothing but cornfields for miles and miles; eastern Iowa must prove some sort of exception to that stereotype. The setting of your campus seems quite idyllic; and the folks in Mount Vernon proved to be incredibly friendly and hospitable. What a lovely community!
Unfortunately, my visit to your campus and community was all too brief, so I hope I will have another chance to revisit the area and to reinvoke the nostalgia of my own undergraduate days that the name “Cornell,” whether referring to the school in Iowa or in New York, will forever stir in my heart.
Steven E. Gump
Corrections to 2004-05 Annual Report and Honor Roll of Donors
Martha Huizenga ’89 should be listed under the Royal Purple Society.
Two listings in the Presidents Society were incorrect. The husband of Peg Dunlap ’73 should be listed as David Monical. And, Thomas Martin is Class of ’68, not ’67. Sorry, Thomas!