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Volume 9, Issue 10
December 13, 2006

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Updated leave policy for professors, academic staff

Leaves for Professors and Academic Staff, Cornell University Policy 6.2.1, provides details on both formal academic leaves (such as sabbatical, study, prestigious fellowship, parental, and medical) as well as absences not considered formal leaves (for example, travel, brief personal absences, holidays, vacation). This policy replaces the older College of Engineering policy on faculty medical/parental Leaves. It is available on-line at for your review.

University policies of particular interest to faculty:

Faculty Handbook:

Staffing Updates

Tim Dougherty has been appointed assistant dean for alumni affairs and development, effective January 1, replacing Marsha Pickens who retired in June. Dougherty holds a master's degree in public administration from Syracuse University and a bachelor of science degree in human development from Cornell. He has been an individual giving officer in major gifts at Cornell since 2004. Prior to working at Cornell, he held senior leadership positions in several organizations including Global Health Council, Habitat for Humanity International - Africa/Middle East Area, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver.

Robert Emro has joined the staff in Engineering Communications and Media Relations. He was previously a science writer in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of New Hampshire, engaged in strategic communications planning, writing, editing, media relations, web content and maintenance, and other publication projects. He was previously editor of the Boston University School of Medicine alumni magazine and has also been staff writer and reporter for several New Hampshire newspapers. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science (environmental studies minor) from the University of Vermont and a master's degree in reporting on science and medicine from Boston University.

Lynn Martin has accepted the position of administrative director in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Martin holds a master's degree in public administration and has held leadership positions in health-care and related fields for over 20 years. Martin will move to Ithaca from Virginia and join the staff in early January.

Alumna to receive 2007 BEYA award

Pauline Bennett, M.S. '92 EE, has been selected to receive a Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) award at 2007 BEYA conference in Baltimore in February. For more than 20 years, the BEYAs have recognized African-American leaders who are role models in the fields of science, engineering, and technology. Bennett, an associate at Booz Allen in Los Angeles, will be honored with BEYA's inaugural special recognition awards, a category created to acknowledge nominees who stood out as truly exceptional individuals.

Change in Mattin's holiday hours

In an update to the previous announcement for holiday hours at Mattin's in the Duffield Hall atrium, the cafe will now be closed on Friday, December 22. The operating schedule through winter break is as follows:

7 a.m. - 8 p.m., through Dec 14
7 a.m. - 2 p.m., Dec 15-21
closed, Dec 22-Jan 1
7 a.m. - 2 p.m., Jan 2-17
7 a.m. - 8 p.m., beginning Jan 18

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