Celebrate the Sesquicentennial Charter Day Weekend

Charter Day Weekend: April 24-27, 2015

April 24–27, 2015

On April 27, 1865 the governor of New York State signed the bill that officially established Cornell University’s charter. Now, 150 years later, we’ll spend a four-day weekend commemorating this day in our history–the day that defined our land-grant mission and set the stage for generations of Cornellians to help, to solve, and to transform the world.

Cornell 150: A Festival of Ideas and Imagination

Additional Activities

The Ithaca community will be vibrant with events and activities throughout Charter Day Weekend.  All events are open to the public.  When planning your visit, be sure to check out these additional destinations.  
All events listed below are separate from the weekend registration fee.   They are FREE and open to the public, unless otherwise noted with a ($).

Friday, April 24, 2015

  • Cornell Off Campus: the Impact of Cornellians on Tompkins County, Tompkins County Public Library, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Fifteen people with ties to Cornell University – alumni, faculty members, and others from 1865 to 2015 – are featured in this photographic exhibit, each individual representing a different decade in the institution’s history. Cornell’s enormous impact on Ithaca and Tompkins County is explored through these Cornellians and the lasting impression they made locally.
  • 150 Years of Cornell Student Fashion: An exhibit showcasing Cornell history through fashion. On display through Reunion 2015, located on level T of the Human Ecology Building.
  • Carya: Women, Buildings, Nature: Hellenic Themes, Contemporary Works: The show combines restored pieces from Cornell University’s Plaster Cast Collection with recent sculptures by Professor Elliott that combine contemporary environmental concerns with ancient classical themes. Open at the Jill Stuart Gallery in the Human Ecology Building.
  • Connected: The Power of Six Degrees:  Cornell Cinema, WSH Theatre, 4:30 p.m.
  • Cornell Cinema 45th Anniversary Celebration: WSH Theatre, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Sesquicentennial Ice Cream: “Sweet CORNell” debuts at the Cornell Dairy Store, Stocking Hall
  • Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art’s Sesquicentennial exhibits & extended visitor hours
  • 150 Ways To Say Cornell: Cornell University Library’s Sesquicentennial exhibit
  • Cornell Store, Extended hours, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    • Official 150 memorabilia
  • Sesquicentennial Commemorative Grove, Libe Slope behind Morrill Hall
  • Blood Wedding: Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Kiplinger Theater, 7:30 p.m. ($)
  • Inherent Vice: WSH Theatre, 9:30 p.m. ($)
  • The History Project, Cayuga Heights
    • Self-guided GIS StoryMaps of the largest enclave of Cornell faculty in Ithaca. Wander past Stickley architectural gems, Vladimir Nabokov’s six village residences, the homes of ten giants of the World War II Manhattan Project, the site of the 1958 Malott riots, and more.
  • 150 years of Leadership Excellence: Barton Hall, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    • A photographic representation of the Wortham Museum, along with a professional display of uniforms representing the last 150 years of Military presence at Cornell.
  • Astronomical Observing Open House: Fuertes Observatory, 8:00 p.m. -12:00 a.m.
    • Join the Cornell Astronomical Society at the Fuertes Observatory (on North Campus) for observing (if clear) and tours of the building and its historic instruments!
  • Wilson Synchrotron Laboratory Open House: Wilson Laboratory,  11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
    • Wilson Laboratory opens its doors for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based Sciences and Education—the only U.S. laboratory with a particle physics accelerator housed on a university campus.
  • Alpha Zeta Presents: Ag Day: Ag Quad, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    • Come by the Ag Quad for music, food, games, and activities to help us celebrate 150 years of Agriculture at Cornell!
  • Order your Official Class Ring: The Cornell Store, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    • Order your Official Cornell Class Ring at The Cornell Store.  Save up to $125!  Complimentary Sesquicentennial Arbor Mark available on select rings.
  • Re-dedication of Warren Hall: Warren Hall, 4:00 – 5:30p.m.
    • Free and open to the public.
    • Pre-registration required. Register Here.
  • Risley Theater Presents: The Wild Party: Risley Hall, 8:00p.m. ($)
    • A musical adapted from a book-length poem written in and about the Roaring Twenties, The Wild Party tells the story of one wild evening in the Manhattan apartment.
    • Purchase your tickets Here
  • 2015 Speaker Series – Yahoo CFO, Ken Goldman:  Kaufmann Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall, 3:30 – 4:30p.m.
    • Join Ken Goldman ’71 as he shares with Cornell his lessons learned as an executive in Silicon Valley, most recently as Yahoo’s current Chief Financial Officer. Following Mr. Goldman’s discussion, students and members of the Cornell community will have the opportunity to ask questions in an informal Q&A.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

  • EzRoots Fringe Festival – Sesqui Edition: Ho Plaza, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • 150 Years of Cornell Student Fashion: An exhibit showcasing Cornell history through fashion. On display through Reunion 2015, located on level T of the Human Ecology Building.
  • Carya: Women, Buildings, Nature: Hellenic Themes, Contemporary Works: The show combines restored pieces from Cornell University’s Plaster Cast Collection with recent sculptures by Professor Elliott that combine contemporary environmental concerns with ancient classical themes. Open at the Jill Stuart Gallery in the Human Ecology Building.
  • Cornell Off Campus: the Impact of Cornellians on Tompkins County, Tompkins County Public Library, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Fifteen people with ties to Cornell University – alumni, faculty members, and others from 1865 to 2015 – are featured in this photographic exhibit, each individual representing a different decade in the institution’s history. Cornell’s enormous impact on Ithaca and Tompkins County is explored through these Cornellians and the lasting impression they made locally.
  • Historical Walking Tour of Cornell University: depart from Day Hall lobby, 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
    • Join us for a one-hour tour of Cornell University highlighting our iconic and historic locations and legends. All tours depart from the Day Hall lobby and will led by a current undergraduate student guide.  Please prepare for moderate walking. All tours will be held rain or shine. Tours are available to the first 200 visitors on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Cornell Cinema 45th Anniversary Celebration: WSH Theatre, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Sesquicentennial Ice Cream: “Sweet CORNell” debuts at the Cornell Dairy Store, Stocking Hall
  • Cornell Chimes: Concerts and tours at McGraw Tower
  • Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art’s Sesquicentennial exhibits & extended visitor hours
  • 150 Ways To Say Cornell: Cornell University Library’s Sesquicentennial exhibit
  • Cornell Store: Extended hours, 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    • Official 150 memorabilia
    • Cornell University puzzle signing with AAP alumna Andrea Strongwater, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
      • Visit with Andrea Strongwater to learn about the creation of the new Cornell puzzle, which she designed in 2014.
    • Meet Jewelry Designer Alex Woo, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
      • New York Jewelry Designer Alex Woo ’95 will be on campus talking about the creation of the Little Collegiate Cornell pendant. Meet her at The Cornell Store from 1 – 3 and she’ll personally engrave any Little Collegiate Cornell pieces purchased at the event.
    • Book signing: Cornell A History, 1940-2015 by Glenn Altschuler and Isaac Kramnick, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
      • Cornell’s history since 1940 has been published in book form for the first time. An opportunity to meet the authors and purchase a signed copy.
    • Order your Official Class Ring: The Cornell Store, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
      • Order your Official Cornell Class Ring at The Cornell Store.  Save up to $125!  Complimentary Sesquicentennial Arbor Mark available on select rings.
  • Sesquicentennial Commemorative Grove, Libe Slope behind Morrill Hall
  • Big Red Athletics:
    • Heavyweight Crew, Carnegie Cup vs. Princeton and Yale, Cayuga Inlet; 8:00 a.m
    • Men’s Lacrosse vs. Princeton, Schoellkopf Field, 1:00 p.m. ($)
    • Outdoor Track, Invitational, Kane Sports Complex, 10:00 a.m.
  • 4th Annual CUCVM Dance Collective Showcase: Barnes Hall, 8:00 p.m. ($)
  • Blood Wedding: Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Kiplinger Theater ($)
  • Inherent Vice: WSH Theatre, 7:30 p.m. ($)
  • Historical Family Fun at Cornell’s Botanical Garden: Cornell Plantations, Nevin Welcome Center, 1:00 p.m. ($)
    • Discover what life was like in Ithaca at the time of Cornell Charter signing, with hands-on activities based on the diaries of local youth from the 1860’s.
  • The History Project: Cayuga Heights
    • Self-guided GIS StoryMaps of the largest enclave of Cornell faculty in Ithaca. Wander past Stickley architectural gems, Vladimir Nabokov’s six village residences, the homes of ten giants of the World War II Manhattan Project, the site of the 1958 Malott riots, and more.
  • Cornell Outdoor Education:
    • Gorge Tour, Trolley Footbridge (behind Thurston Hall), 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ($)
    • Gorge Zip Line, Sackett Footbridge (east end of Beebe Lake), 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 30 min. each. ($)
  • Zumba: Helen Newman Hall Dance Studio, 1:30 – 2:15 p.m., 2:30 – 3:15 p.m.
    • Must have charter day festival button to enter – Zumba® combines Latin rhythms and international dance moves to create an upbeat, calorie blasting experience! Spend 45 minutes dancing your worries away! Footwear that is appropriate for movement is required for this class. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact Beth McKinney.
  • Cornell Food & Brand Lab – Consumer Camp 2015: Warren Hall, 1st Floor, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    • Featuring Dr. Brian Wansink, learn about cutting edge research on food and eating behaviors, taste samples, test your skills a portion control, pouring, calorie estimation, and more!
    • FREE!, pre-registration recommended, walks-in welcome as space allows.
  • Barnyard Fun Day, Livestock Pavilion (48 Judd Falls Rd), 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    • FREE!, Cornell Block & Bridle welcomes children of all ages to learn about animal agriculture through a variety of activities. Learn how to make butter, grow a seed, meet the animals in our petting zoo, and even see inside a cow’s stomach! We also have craft projects, face-painting, and a stick pony rodeo.
  • 101st Annual Student Livestock Show, Livestock Pavilion (48 Judd Falls Rd), 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    • FREE!, Join the members of Cornell’s Block & Bridle club as they compete in the 101st Annual Student Livestock Show!  The competition is judged across novice to expert levels and features sheep, goats, beef and dairy cattle, pigs, and horses. Don’t miss the middle of the show when some of Cornell’s esteemed professors will guide a pig through an obstacle course. Celebrate the hard work our members put into training for the show and see these farm animals strut their stuff!
  • 150 years of Leadership Excellence: Barton Hall, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. & 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
    • A photographic representation of the Wortham Museum, along with a professional display of uniforms representing the last 150 years of Military presence at Cornell.
  • Running Girl Exhibition and Reception: Johnson Museum, (Lynch Room- 6th Floor), 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    • Artworks inspired by the courage of the school girls who escaped from Boko Haram captivity in Nigeria
  • Astronomical Observing Open House: Fuertes Observatory, 8:00 p.m – 12:00 a.m.
    • Join the Cornell Astronomical Society at the Fuertes Observatory (on North Campus) for observing (if clear) and tours of the building and its historic instruments!
  • Chesterton House 15th Anniversary Open House: 115, The Knoll, 10:00 – 11:30a.m.
  • 80s Dance Party: Lake Watch Inn, 7:00p.m. – 11:00p.m.
    • A good time for a great cause!
  • Risley Theater Presents: The Wild Party: Risley Hall, 2:00p.m. and 8:00p.m. ($)
    • A musical adapted from a book-length poem written in and about the Roaring Twenties, The Wild Party tells the story of one wild evening in the Manhattan apartment.
    • Purchase your tickets Here
  • Cornell’s Global Impact: A Celebration of Humanitarian and Human Rights Work: Anabel Taylor Hall (One World Cafe), 4:30 – 6:00p.m.
    • With Cornell’s Sesquicentennial celebration this weekend, you are invited to the opening of a student-run exhibit to honor the contributions of Cornellians in the areas of humanitarianism and human rights (HHR). This exhibit is the product of a multi-year research project by students and faculty members in the Department of History.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

  • EzRoots Fringe Festival – Sesqui Edition: Ho Plaza, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Historical Walking Tour of Cornell University: depart from Day Hall lobby, 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
    • Join us for a one-hour tour of Cornell University highlighting our iconic and historic locations and legends. All tours depart from the Day Hall lobby and will led by a current undergraduate student guide.  Please prepare for moderate walking. All tours will be held rain or shine. Tours are available to the first 200 visitors on a first come, first serve basis.
  • 150 Years of Cornell Student Fashion: An exhibit showcasing Cornell history through fashion. On display through Reunion 2015, located on level T of the Human Ecology Building.
  • Carya: Women, Buildings, Nature: Hellenic Themes, Contemporary Works: The show combines restored pieces from Cornell University’s Plaster Cast Collection with recent sculptures by Professor Elliott that combine contemporary environmental concerns with ancient classical themes. Open at the Jill Stuart Gallery in the Human Ecology Building.
  • George Boiardi Foundation 11th annual 21 Run: Co-sponsored by the Cornell Men’s Lacrosse Program to benefit the Faculty Reading Partnership of Ithaca.
  • Sesquicentennial Ice Cream: “Sweet CORNell” debuts at the Cornell Dairy Store, Stocking Hall
  • Cornell Chimes: Concerts and tours at McGraw Tower
  • Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art’s Sesquicentennial exhibits & extended hours
  • 150 Ways To Say Cornell: Cornell University Library’s Sesquicentennial exhibit
  • Cornell Store, Extended hours, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Sesquicentennial Commemorative Grove, Libe Slope behind Morrill Hall
  • Big Red Athletics:
    • Baseball vs. Princeton, Hoy Field, 12:00 p.m.
  • Inherent Vice: WSH Theatre, 7:00 p.m. ($)
  • The History Project: Cayuga Heights
    • Self-guided GIS StoryMaps of the largest enclave of Cornell faculty in Ithaca. Wander past Stickley architectural gems, Vladimir Nabokov’s six village residences, the homes of ten giants of the World War II Manhattan Project, the site of the 1958 Malott riots, and more.
  • Cornell Outdoor Education:
    • Rock Climbing, Lindseth Climbing Wall in Bartels Hall, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ($)
    • Slackline, Arts Quad (in front of Lincoln Hall), 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ($)
  • Three Mile Trail Run and Talk: Cornell Plantations, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
    • Open to the first 25 participants – See our gorges, gardens and green spaces like you’ve never experienced them before: on a guided running tour. Plantations staff will lead you through some of the gorgeous spots you may have seen before, plus a few you may have missed on past visits. The pace will be a moderate jog, with several stops along the way. Participants should be in good physical condition, wear appropriate running shoes and attire, and bring a water bottle. Meet at the garden overlook on Tower Road, across from the Dairy Bar. For more information, contact Sarah Fiorello.
  • Alpha Chi Sigma Charter Day Barbecue: Alpha Sigma House (425 Wyckoff Ave), 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • 150 years of Leadership Excellence: Barton Hall, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    • A photographic representation of the Wortham Museum, along with a professional display of uniforms representing the last 150 years of Military presence at Cornell.
  • Risley Theater Presents: The Wild Party: Risley Hall, 2:00p.m. ($)
    • A musical adapted from a book-length poem written in and about the Roaring Twenties, The Wild Party tells the story of one wild evening in the Manhattan apartment.
    • Purchase your tickets Here

Monday, April 27, 2015

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($) – indicates a separate ticket purchase or admission fee required