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Volume 4, Issue 8
November 21, 2001

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Dean's message on Cornell hiring freeze

On Tuesday, November 13, President Hunter Rawlings announced the implementation of a hiring freeze on all non-academic staff positions, including exempt, non-exempt hourly, and temporary positions. This freeze is expected to last at least through June 30, 2002. (See the November 15 Cornell Chronicle,, for the full announcement.) There are some cases in which the institution will allow a waiver of the freeze. However, those cases are few, and it is our responsibility to ensure adherence to the President's action.

The most immediate step we must take as a college is to cease in extending job offers for any non- academic staff position, permanent or temporary, after close of business on November 13, 2001. Beyond that, I will be assessing the impact on our college, assembling information to provide to you on the policies and procedures relating to the freeze, and identifying the process we will use to review all open positions in the college.

Finally, I want to state that the administrative staff in the College of Engineering are an extraordinary group of employees. This freeze in no way represents a diminished view of the value of their contributions to the educational and research goals of the college.


Harold G. Craighead Charles W. Lake Professor of Engineering Interim Dean, College of Engineering

Winter holiday extended

Cornell will be closed Monday, Dec. 24, adding an extra day to the annual winter break. The decision was made by President Hunter Rawlings and Provost Biddy Martin "in recognition of and appreciation for the dedication and commitment of our faculty and staff."

"The events of this fall, beginning with the tragedies of Sept.11, have made the last few months stressful and difficult here on the Cornell campus, in our local community and across our nation," said Rawlings. "The dedication of our staff and faculty during these difficult times has been impressive. Students, faculty and staff were supported and bolstered by the care and concern of our campus community."

Only those staff and faculty whose operations must run during the winter break will be expected to work on Dec. 24. Department supervisors should be consulted. Holiday pay will be given for this time for anyone required to work that day.

"The holiday season is a time when all of us have the opportunity for self-renewal through contact with family, friends and community," Rawlings said. "I hope that adding this extra day to the official holiday schedule this year will make it easier for all members of the Cornell community to plan their winter break activities."

Roundy, Nozick receive teaching grant

Robin Roundy and Linda Nozick have been awarded a Faculty Innovation in Teaching Grant to develop material for Applied Systems Engineering 1&2. These awards are part of a larger Distributed Learning initiative supported by the President and the Provost. The grant awards are targeted at faculty who have an interest in substantially improving the educational process by leveraging the impact of contemporary information technologies in their teaching.

ORIE's Upson Professor Marron presents seminar courses

Professor Steve Marron, the Mary Shepard B. Upson Distinguished Visiting Professor in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, is currently giving a seminar course entitled "Statistical Analysis of Internet Traffic". In spring semester he will give a seminar course on "Functional Data Analysis", which partly was inspired by Marron's innovative imaging work analyzing brain scans in an attempt to classify normal vs pathological. Both courses employ modern statistical techniques and considerable computing power and graphics to study current problems of wide applicability.

Information session for benefits eligible employees

Benefits-eligible employees are invited to the Engineering Benefits Information Session as part of Cornell's open enrollment period for benefits.

Tuesday, November 27, 8:30-9:30am in McManus Lounge, Hollister Hall.

Paul Bursic, the director of Benefits Services will do a brief presentation of the plan changes, and will set aside time to answer questions.

Please stop by - there is no need to RSVP.

Looking for a few good photo ops

As the end of the semester approaches, many classes will be scheduling tests and demonstrations of final projects. Please keep in mind: the Office of Engineering Communications and Media Relations is always looking for photo opportunities. We have many uses for photos of students engaged in active, hands-on projects--such as publication in Cornell Engineering Magazine, the engineering web site, college promotional brochures, posters, and displays. If you are planning a classroom or lab activity that would provide an interesting or unusual visual setting--of students working together on a project, for example, or demonstrating their individual projects--please let us know. Call Marie Tischler at 255-3981. We need about a week's notice to schedule a photographer.

Submitting announcements to Information Update

Please send your news notes to Announcements will be published no more than twice and should be limited to about a hundred words or less. The next issue of Information Update, published biweekly during the academic year and monthly in the summer, will be July 10, 2013. The deadline for submissions to this next issue is Friday, July 5, 2013 at 5 p.m. Information received after the deadline will be published in a future issue if appropriate.