Let’s focus on something positive to end this week… like our Hotel School, which is consistently ranked the best in the world nearly any way you slice it.
- # of mailable, living alumni: 10,100
- % engaged as of today (donors, volunteers, and/or event attendees): 36 (Cornell overall is 30%)
- # regional alumni chapters: 60
- # of students: 800 undergrad + 60 graduate, representing 30 countries
- # of people enrolled in executive education: 1,700, representing 90 countries
- # of full-time faculty members: 60
- # of industry leaders who visit campus to interact with students: 250/year
- Average base salary for 2011 BS graduates: $49K
- # of hours of paid or unpaid work required in the industry to get a BS: 800
- # of Facebook Likes for SHA’s page: 4,568 (as of 4/19/2013 at 1:35 p.m. EST)
- # of other Ivy Leagues that offer hospitality management: 0
- # years in business: 91 (founded in 1922)
It’s mid-way through the fiscal year…let’s see how we’re doing with alumni engagement. The Alumni Engagement Index is defined thusly:
(Event attendees + Volunteers + Donors/Duespayers) / Number of mailable, living alumni and non-degreed
These are unique, meaning that if you attend 13 events, volunteer for 4 organizations and give 6 times, you still only count once. For more information on AEI, read this 2-pager.
Last year our total AEI was 30%. This year so far we’re at 25%.
Here’s how it breaks down by college:
||Mailable Living Total
|| # Engaged
|Arts & Sciences
Inspired by this weekend’s Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival on the Commons, today’s post is all about apples.
Cornell’s apple breeding program is one of the largest and best in the world. And New York State is the second-highest apple producer in the country.
- 66: Apple varieties introduced by Cornell (among them Cortland, Empire, Jonagold, and Macoun); there are 2,500 varieties grown in the US.
- 20: Years, on average, it takes to commercialize a new variety
- 115: Approximate age of Cornell’s apple breeding program
- 13: Cancer-fighting triterpenoids found in apple peels by Cornell researchers
- 500-600: Apples tasted per day during harvest season by Cornell Horticulture Professor Susan Brown, whose breeding program manages 73 acres of apple trees
- 50: Varieties of apples grown at the Cornell Orchards; 20 for fresh eating and 30 for use in custom-blended ciders.
- 11: Apple trees at the Orchards that are more than 90 years old.
- 1,000: School kids who visit the Orchards during apple harvest season
- 30: Years Ithacans have enjoyed the annual Apple Harvest Festival
CAAAN assists the admissions office by meeting with local candidates to answer questions, provide a positive perspective on the University, and accumulate additional information about the applicants. They then share the information with admissions in a post-meeting report.
Here are some stats about CAAAN’s 2012 accomplishments:
Number of CAAAN volunteers: 9,500 alumni from 50 states and 50 countries
Number of CAAAN Committee Chairs: 350
Total Applicant Count: 37,771 (+4% from 2011)
Applicants assignable to active CAAAN committees: 31,477*
Number of Alumni Assignments Made: 24,472
Number of Reports Submitted by alumni: 19,645
*The Hotel School and the Architecture major conduct their own applicant meetings/interviews, which is why not everyone gets assigned to a CAAAN committee.
There are at least 3 famous golf course designers who were educated at Cornell.
Of course (pun intended) we all know about Robert Trent Jones ’30, who died in 2000 at age of 94. ‘After designing Cornell’s links, he went on to design 500+ golf courses in at least 40 US States and 35 other countries.
Landscape architect Gil Hanse, MLA ’89, recently won the bid to design an environmentally sensitive golf course for the 2016 Olympics with CALS professor Frank Rossi. His company has designed 11 golf courses around the world.
Tom Doak, CALS ’82 has 4 courses in top 100 in the world, per Golf Magazine, and has designed 29 courses total.
As for Cornell’s Men’s Golf Team, there are currently 6 players. Alas, there is no women’s golf team.
The Cornell Abroad program coordinates and supports undergraduate students who wish to spend a semester or a year studying at an accredited international university.
- Students going abroad each year: 500 (about 4% of undergraduate population)
- Countries: 40 (about 20% of all countries)
- Cornellians who have studied abroad since 1985: ~10,000
- Minimum GPA required: 3.0
- Credits received for coursework abroad: 15 per semester
- Study abroad student bloggers: 13
On this beautiful spring day, it’s apropos to profile the Cornell Plantations.
Here’s the breadth of Plantation’s land:
- Botanical Gardens: 25 acres
- F. R. Newman Arboretum: 150 acres
- Gardens on central campus: 4
- Horticultural collections: 7,000+ accessioned plants, trees, and shrubs, representing 2,000+ species.
- Natural Areas: 4,000+ acres — among the 5 largest systems of preserves associated with public gardens in North America.
- Off-Campus Preserves: 43
- On-Campus Natural Areas: 3 (Beebe Lake, Cascadilla Gorge and Fall Creek Gorge, and surrounding woodlands.)
- Since 1996, 120+ Cornell students have benefited from Plantations summer internships.
- 18 alumni have been awarded the MPS degree (Master of Professional Studies) in one of only two graduate-level programs in Public Garden Leadership.
- 400+ Ithaca-area third-graders enjoy the Wildflower Explorations program every spring.
- More than 1,500 people attended the annual Fall Lecture Series and 300+ alumni have attended regional and online events featuring Director Don Rakow in the last few years.