Spring CHEER Events – Save the dates!



February 27, 11:00 – 12:00, HMRU – Erica Bender, Human Metabolic Research Unit Talk and Tour

March 29, 2:00 – 3:00, HEB T01 – Tashara Leak, “Designing a community based research program for culturally diverse obese adolescents diagnosed with pre-diabetes”

April 1, 12:00 – 1:00, The Commons – CHEER Picnic at the Beach

For more information about CHEER:  https://www.human.cornell.edu/about/administration/hr/cheer


Welcome and Goodbye

Please join us in welcoming the following new staff to the College of Human Ecology:

Yiqin Wang, Postdoctoral Associate:  Yiqin joined DNS as a Postdoctoral Associate after completing his PhD in Molecular Nutrition in DNS.

Timothy Srye, Research Aide II: Timothy joined the BCTR as a temporary employee after completing his bachelor’s degree at the University of Brockport.  He has now a full time Research Aide.

Elizabeth Martinez, Research Aide: Elizabeth has joined the BCTR as a part time Research Aide and will be finishing her MSW at the University of Rochester this spring.

Jesus Cruz Garza, Postdoctoral Associate: Jesus graduated from the University of Houston in 2019 with a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and joined DEA in January, 2020 as a Postdoctoral Associate.

Wishing the best of luck to these employees who have left the College:

Kathleen Johnston, AAD

Mim Marwan, CUCE-NYC

Thomas Hoe, PAM

Stephen D’Angelo – Communications

Employee Spotlight – Molly Berwald

Contributed by Tamara Palms

Molly Berwald is a communications specialist and special projects coordinator in the Division of Nutrition Sciences. She has been an employee at Cornell for a total of 18 years. Prior to joining the Division of Nutrition Sciences, she served in positions for the Office for the Vice President of University Relations, the President’s office, and the Provost’s Office. She began her position in DNS in 2008, and has never looked back.

Molly has played a key role in many projects supporting the Division’s External Advisory Board and organizing bi-annual meetings, supporting the Division’s External Review, supporting and organizing the annual WHO Cochrane Cornell Summer Institute for Global Policy Making and working on the Division’s website. One project that Molly is particularly proud of is developing the DNS Help Desk, where anyone can bring questions ranging from asking about faculty research to ask where’s the best place to grab a burger in Ithaca. One thing is for certain, Molly has brought her passion for event planning and her excellent customer service skills to her position.

Outside of Cornell, Molly enjoys spending time with her family whether it is playing video games with her son, hiking with her 2 dogs, or spending time with her family.

Employee Spotlight – Shelly Hall

Photo of Shelly Hall and her partner


Shelly Hall is the Contracts and Grants Coordinator in Policy Analysis and Management (PAM).  Prior to joining PAM a little over a year ago, Shelly was a Pre-Award Specialist at Cornell Engineering.  Her career at Cornell began in 2000, when she accepted a temporary opportunity in the CALS Deans Office and, what was previously called, CALS Financial Affairs.  Her career has taken her from CALS to the Hotel School, ILR, Engineering, and now CHE.  Reflecting on her experience thus far at CHE, Shelly particularly notes the sense of community in the college, and the culture of giving back.  Her work in contracts and grants is particularly rewarding to her as she feels like she is helping the faculty and students make a difference in the world.

In her “spare” time, Shelly is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications here at Cornell.  She has truly enjoyed the variety of coursework from a course on Social Inequality, to a class on Evolution of the Earth and Life (think fossils).  She is also actively involved in the Finance Mentor Program at Cornell.  This program has given her the opportunity to meet with and learn from a wide variety of people. Shelly and her partner, Dustin, love the outdoors – hiking, exploring, and taking in a winery or two.

Green Team Updates

The CHE Green Ambassadors have some exciting events coming up this Spring.  Please look out for posters and/or announcement regarding dates and locations.

In January, we’re hoping to have a talk on “Why Should I Consider and Electronic Vehicle?”  In February, we’ll do “CHE’s Got Sole,” where you can recycle your old socks and shoes.  March will be our annual “Upcycle Exhibit” in the FSAD Gallery and in April we’re planning an “In Case you Missed it” CHE E-Waste Event.

If you have any ideas or questions related to sustainability, please email km285@cornell.edu.

Check out a new learning opportunity – Gigs!

So exactly what is a Gig?  Gigs are typically short-term experiences or project-based opportunities that promote skill sharing or development, leadership development and connection with others.

Where can I find the Gigs?  Gigs are posted in Workday via the Talent Marketplace icon on the homepage

There are several different types of gigs, including:  


Short-term assignments aimed at providing staff members the ability to share their skills, gain a new experience or skill and better understand other areas/processes of the organization while expanding relationships with other employees.


Spend time working with another staff member to gain a greater understanding of their role and expertise. If you’re interested in moving into a different career area, this is an effective way to learn what you’ll need to know, and see firsthand if it might be a good fit.


Is there a particular area, Cornell event or opportunity of interest to you? For example, perhaps helping out at an undergraduate career fair, leading botanical garden tours or serving on a Title IX hearing panel.

Gig is an excellent way to gain practical experience, invest in your career, and demonstrate your skills and abilities. A Gig can open doors to new career opportunities, and make your current work more enjoyable.

For supervisors Gigs can be beneficial in the following ways:

SKILLS: Participants share their skills and gain new skills that can benefit your team.

FLEXIBILITY: Increase staffing levels during peak times or for special projects.

EFFICIENCY: Tap into an already proven university talent pool.

STRATEGIC: Develop current staff to meet future department goals.

ENGAGEMENT: Provide job variety for staff to increase engagement and productivity.

REWARD: Recognize valued staff by supporting their career development ambitions.

NETWORK: Build bridges and connect with staff in other departments to create and reinforce relationships across the University.

For more information go to:  https://hr.cornell.edu/experiential-development

Welcome and Goodbye

Please join us in welcoming the following new staff to the College of Human Ecology:

Brenda Teeter, Major Gifts Officer:  Brenda comes to us from central AAD where she was the Associate Director of Volunteer Giving Initiatives.

Bryan White, Building Coordinator:  Prior to joining the college, Bryan was the Asst. Supervisor at Fairview Apartments.

Anitha Senthamizhan, Postdoctoral Associate:  Anitha joins us from the Italian Institute of Technology in Italy, where she was a Sr. Postdoctoral Researcher.

Wishing the best of luck to these employees who have left the College:

Lorraine Maxwell, DEA

Tony German, PAM

Harvest Fest Celebration

CHE employees kicked off the holiday season with a festive Harvest Event.  Food and conversation abound!