Welcome message

Dear Cornellians,

With opening week and inauguration activities behind us, I write today to wish you a successful new academic year. This time of the year brings opportunities to pursue new goals and seek new challenges. I sincerely hope that this year is a productive one for each of you and that you continue to find your place at Cornell, both through your academic work and the community surrounding you.

I hope that many of you were able to enjoy the inauguration festivities last week. Thanks to those students who participated in the Festival of Scholarship and showcased your good work…I was awestruck by it! If you have not yet had the opportunity to watch President Pollack’s installation ceremony, you can do so here.

While we relish the excitement of a new year, we do so at a time in which thousands of people in Texas are fighting for their lives and their homes. It is heartbreaking to witness the effects of the storm. Should any of you be affected by these circumstances, either directly or indirectly, please do not hesitate to use the resources (provided below) at Cornell for help. Similarly, I hope all Cornellians will offer their support to those most impacted by this devastation.

I also want to reiterate President Pollack’s statement of condemnation of the hate-inspired activities that recently took place in Charlottesville, VA. Far too many individuals in our society continue to have their human dignity threatened, and Cornell will continually strive to be a community in which we confront such abhorrent behavior.

I will be back in touch soon with additional campus updates, but in the meantime, best wishes for a great start to the semester!


Ryan Lombardi
Vice President for Student and Campus Life

Support services are available to all members of the Cornell community. Students may consult with counselors from Cornell Health by calling 607-255-5155. Students may speak with a peer counselor by calling EARS at 607-255-3277. For additional resources, visit caringcommunity.cornell.edu.