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Volume 4, Issue 19
May 8, 2002

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Presidential search committee seeks input

Cornell University's Presidential Search Committee, charged with conducting a search for the university's next president, is holding open meetings over the next few weeks to receive input from the campus community. Edwin H. Morgens, vice chair of the Cornell Board of Trustees, chairs the search committee. He released a report on April 24 describing the search procedure. To view the report, see a list of the open meetings (some have already occurred), or send comments to the search committee, please read the news release at

Bailey to receive Carpenter Memorial Award

Prof. Graeme Bailey, CS, is one of the first faculty members to receive a Kendall S. Carpenter Memorial Award. The Carpenter Awards were established by Stephen Ashley, a Cornell alumnus and member of the Cornell Board of Trustees, to honor Ashley's former adviser, Kendall S. Carpenter, a professor of business management at Cornell from 1954 until his death at the age of 50 in 1967. The Kendall S. Carpenter Memorial Advising Awards for individuals recognize "sustained and distinguished contributions of professorial faculty and senior lecturers to undergraduate advising."

Bailey is both an adjunct professor of mathematics and a professor of computer science at Cornell. He places a strong value on the impact a faculty advisor can have on a student's university experience, and his activities reach many areas on campus. Bailey's research work focuses on mathematical modeling, applications to medicine and biology, geometry, parametrization spaces and connectivity.

New policy allows employees to donate their leave

The university has released a new policy, Catastrophic Leave, as part of the Time Away from Work Policy #6.9 for non-academic staff. The Catastrophic Leave Donation Policy calls for colleges to establish and administer voluntary leave donation programs that provide a means to assist employees who experience a catastrophic event and have exhausted their paid leave benefits. A catastrophic event is an extremely severe health-related situation necessitating the staff member's absence from work for an extended period of time. These events are one's own terminal, life-threatening, or other grave illness/injury or a family member's terminal, life-threatening, or other grave illness/injury.

The Human Resource Office in Engineering has developed a procedure for administering this policy, which has been shared with Administrative Managers. This procedure includes steps for identifying eligibility for catastrophic leave, as well as steps for notifying college staff that voluntary leave donations are being accepted for an employee in the college facing a catastrophic event. If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the procedures, please feel free to contact your Administrative Manager, or the college Human Resource Office.

The Catastrophic Leave Policy is available on the web at:

Upcoming lecture: Reclaiming Scholarly Communication

Kenneth Frazier, director of the General Library System at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, will present a lecture titled "Reclaiming Scholarly Communication" on Friday, May 10, at 9 a.m. in 700 Clark Hall. (Refreshments available at 8:30 a.m.)

A key figure in the current debate on the reform of the scholarly communication system, Kenneth Frazier will explore issues affecting the rapidly changing electronic environment in which research information is disseminated. Frazier has challenged the academic community to think about the online environment as an opportunity to ensure the widest possible access to research literature. This lecture presents his perspective on the current state of scholarly communications and his vision for the future.

For more information:

Sponsored by the Committee on Professional Development, Academic Assembly, Cornell University Library

Chronicle awards deadline: Last chance

If your department has not submitted student awards and faculty teaching awards to be listed in the commencement issue of the Cornell Chronicle, there's still time. Award lists will be accepted until May 10. See the previous issue of Information Update for more information:

Summer Exploration in Engineering Seminar hiring TAs

Cornell Summer College has several part-time Teaching Assistant positions in the Exploration in Engineering Seminar for high school students. The seminar will include lectures, labs, and field trips designed for high school students to investigate different engineering disciplines. The expected time commitment is an average of ten hours a week from early June to August 6, 2002. You must be available on weekdays 2-4pm from 6/22 to 8/6. A starting stipend of $900 will be provided.

We are looking for engineering students who are enthusiastic about their studies, have excellent communication skills, and are interested in designing and leading exciting labs for high school students. To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, a statement of your interest in the position, and a current transcript to: Daisy Fan, Faculty Director, Exploration in Engineering, Department of Computer Science, 5141 Upson Hall.

Positions available in Engineering TA Development Program

The College of Engineering will have several part-time positions in the TA Development Program available beginning in July 2002. Approximately five new Teaching Fellows will be hired at a stipend of $1700 for the fall semester.

Teaching Fellows in the College of Engineering are experienced, enthusiastic, and highly motivated engineering graduate students who play key roles in the TA Development Program. The expected time commitment will average eight (8) hours per week from early July to approximately mid-September. A stipend of $1700 is provided. Five new Teaching Fellows will be selected for the Fall 2002 program. Duties include the following:

For more information:

Deadline for applications is May 10, 2002; Interviews will be held May 13-16.

Be a part of the big day: Volunteer as a Commencement usher!

From the Commencement Office: We need your help! Come be a part of the largest event on the Cornell campus. As many of our wonderful, devoted, returning ushers know, Commencement Day, Sunday, May 26, 2002, is the most memorable day of the year for over 6000 students who have earned degrees. To ensure that this is a pleasant day for the graduates and their families, we need about 350 volunteers to perform a variety of roles.

All you have to do to be a University Commencement Ceremony volunteer usher is:

*attend an orientation session on Thursday, May 23, 3:00-4:20 p.m., at the Alice Statler Auditorium *help for about 6 hours (approximately 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) on Commencement Day.

All Nonexempt and Exempt staff who volunteer to usher during the University's Commencement Ceremony will be granted complimentary time-off equal to his/her standard workday (see And President and Mrs. Rawlings will host a thank you reception for University Commencement Ceremony ushers on Tuesday, June 4th from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. on the Arts Quad.

To sign-up online, go to or e-mail or call 255-9541. Please contact the Commencement Office by May 15 if you wish to volunteer.

Ithaca Journal reports on ORIE M.Eng. project

"ITHACA -- Bus riders, toss aside those stacks and stacks of schedules. Next month, TCAT users will be able to plan trips by computer. After adding some finishing touches in May, the Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit will roll out new Web-site features designed by four master of engineering students in Cornell University's Operations Research and Industrial Engineering Department."

If you missed this article in the April 30 edition of The Ithaca Journal, read the rest of Ester Campi's story online:

Submitting announcements to Information Update

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