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Open Letter to the Cornell College Campus

Open letter in support of Impacted Students, Staff, and Faculty at Cornell College

In response to the hate speech discovered on Cornell’s campus this weekend, and in the wake of last week’s presidential election, the undersigned faculty and staff assert our support of students, faculty, and staff who feel vulnerable or impacted by the current national climate. We reaffirm the right of every student to a safe, supportive environment for learning and living, and pledge to cultivate such an environment in and out of the classroom, in accord with the college’s community expectations and Diversity and Inclusion Statement. We stand in unequivocal condemnation of all statements—explicit or implicit, national or local—that aim to marginalize or intimidate individuals based on race, gender, sexuality, disability, religion, or other protected identity categories.


Diversity and Inclusion Statement  — 4/29/2016

Cornell College values diversity and strives to create a welcoming community in which all individuals are respected and included. We support respectful and meaningful inquiry across actual or perceived differences. These differences include ability, age, appearance, athletics and student organization involvement, ethnicity, family/marital status, gender, gender expression, immigration status, language, military/veteran status, nationality, political ideology, race, religion/spirituality, sex, sexuality, socio-economic status, and other personal identities and experiences. We live in an increasingly interconnected world. The ability to include, communicate, cooperate, and collaborate with diverse individuals is important. To that end, we engage in dialogue around issues of difference, identity, and ideology in the classroom, residence halls, and throughout campus. We embrace diversity, and as a result our viewpoints are enriched and our community strengthened. The entire campus community is called upon to play a role in Cornell College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Cornell will continue to evolve into a more inclusive and equitable campus that is committed to civic and social responsibility through the collaboration of the President, Diversity Committee, students, faculty, and staff.


Faculty and Staff

  1. Anna Butz
  2. Katy Stavreva
  3. Allan Recalde
  4. Chris Penn-Goetsch
  5. Santhi Hejeebu
  6. Gregory Cotton
  7. Frannie Kuennen
  8. Marie Schofer
  9. Barbara Christie-Pope
  10. Rachel Henry
  11. Ellen Hoobler-Banavadikar
  12. Gabrielle Read-Hess ‘07
  13. Amy Gullen
  14. Nikki Thompson
  15. Nancy Reasland
  16. Hans Hassell
  17. Julie Barnes
  18. Seth Wing
  19. Susan M. Coleman
  20. Megan Hicks
  21. Kara Beauchamp
  22. Todd Knoop
  23. Cindy Krob
  24. Janeve E. West
  25. Rebecca Entel
  26. Dan Schofer
  27. Kristin Reimann
  28. Kristi Meyer
  29. Craig Allin
  30. RJ Holmes-Leopold ‘99
  31. Steven Strope
  32. Jason A. Napoli
  33. Jai Shanata
  34. Cindy Strong
  35. Shannon L. Reed
  36. Catherine Stewart
  37. Lisa White
  38. Ross Sowell
  39. Daniel Chou
  40. John W. Harp
  41. Stefanie Bray
  42. Stephanie Nomura
  43. Schvalla R. Rivera
  44. Emily H. Rader
  45. Tyler Carrington
  46. Jonathan Brand
  47. Jen Light
  48. Aaron Miller
  49. Brenda Lovstuen
  50. Lyle Lichty
  51. Renee Miceli
  52. Christi Johnson
  53. Maricelle Pinto-Tomas
  54. Shanda Ness
  55. Emily Walsh
  56. Becky Whitman
  57. Joe Dieker
  58. Jennifer Rouse
  59. Kelly Leeper
  60. Marty Condon
  61. Jessica Johanningmeier
  62. Brooke Van Zee
  63. Rebecca Sullens
  64. Ann Cannon
  65. Jonathon Thull
  66. Craig Tepper
  67. Elizabeth Wood Wesel ‘84
  68. Caroline Price
  69. Judith Siebert
  70. Alice Ganzel
  71. Jennifer Haigh
  72. Tony deLaubenfels
  73. Aaron Perrine
  74. Lisa Gray Giurato
  75. Tanaisha Coleman
  76. Michele Petersen
  77. Breann Grell
  78. Glenn Freeman
  79. Brian Sloan
  80. James L. Martin
  81. Jeff Gibson
  82. Becky Richtsmeier
  83. Meg Jacobs
  84. Sam Angell
  85. Anna Slife
  86. Derin A. Sherman
  87. Eric Emmons
  88. Susannah Biondo-Gemmell
  89. Leslie Hankins
  90. Sharon Grice
  91. Nate Grosse
  92. Gwen Schimek
  93. Rhawn Denniston
  94. Carol Zerbe Enns
  95. Stephen Bean
  96. Andrea J. D. Pionek
  97. Dee Ann Rexroat
  98. Lynne Ikach
  99. Kate Kauper
  100. Ellen Wrede
  101. Tony Plaut
  102. Alyssa Selmer
  103. Dawn Pitts
  104. Jodi Schafer
  105. Catherine Quehl-Engel
  106. Summer Gassedelen
  107. Michael Mosier
  108. Melinda Green
  109. Jana Klein
  110. Tori Barnes-Brus
  111. Lora Baltes
  112. Jess Corcoran
  113. Michelle Herder
  114. Colleen Murphy
  115. Cathy Boggs
  116. Devan Baty
  117. Nick Dee
  118. Maxwell Love
  119. Suzette Astley
  120. John Gruber-Miller
  121. Helen Rubinstein
  122. Michelle Mouton
  123. Jim White
  124. Brooke Paulsen
  125. Tammy Mildenstein
  126. Kimberly Taylor
  127. Erin Davis
  128. Marcela Ochoa-Shivapour
  129. Katie Wilson



Visit the Stress Free Room

Check out the Stress Free Room at the Counseling Center! It has stress management resources including a massage chair, biofeedback software, books, brochures, and calming music. You can schedule a time to use the room online, by calling 319-895-4292, or by stopping by Ebersole.

You can schedule a time to use the room online, by calling 319-895-4292, or by stopping by Ebersole.

Dance & Stage Makeup Showcase!

When: Tuesday, November 22
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Kimmel Theatre

Students in the Dance Workshop course will be performing
selected works from Evita, Hairspray, and The Wiz.

This culminating performance will also feature the dance and design work of Emily Rose Strawn who has been working on an independent study project with Jenny Kelchen.



Student Tickets still available for Delt Lecture

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist and author Thomas Friedman will share his insights on “The Big Trends Shaping the World Today” as the 2016 Delta Phi Rho Lecturer at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in King Chapel on the Cornell College campus.

Only Cornell student tickets remain. Doors to King Chapel, which is handicap accessible, will open at 6 p.m. The event will be followed by a book signing in Cole Library.

5th Annual Living and Learning Community Expo

5th Annual Living & Learning Community Expo

November 16 ~ OC ~ 12p(noon)

Join or create your own LLC for 17-18!

Residence Life offers living spaces for you and up to 8 of your friends!  Center your community around a specific topic like a hobby or cause.

Live with your friends! Engage deeply with a topic! Create a house legacy!
Leadership opportunities!
Connect with an Advisor!
Enhance the Cornell community!

Sponsor: Residence Life
Learn more:

What Can I Do: How to Recognize and Help Someone when in Distress

Friends supporting each other through both good and bad times is part of mental health wellness. Wondering what you can do to help a friend who may be distressed, depressed, or thinking about suicide? Click here for information, suggestions and resources.

And, come to the program “What Can I Do: How to Recognize and Help When Someone is in Distress“, Thursday, November 17, from 11:15am-12:15pm in the Stockholm Room.

Questions? Call the Counseling Center at x4292 (319-895-4292).

It’s On Us

I want to challenge you to take part in the national “It’s On Us” campaign.  It’s On Us is about asking for consent, it’s on us to intervene; to support survivors; to create a culture of respect.

Go to and take the pledge.  Let your friends know you took the pledge by changing your facebook profile photo.  We’ll be sharing videos all week, both made on-campus and made by different groups off-campus.

Once you finish your finals, gather some friends, a student org, your floor, or others to make your own video.

The Sunday before Block 3 begins, you’ll need to upload your video to google drive and share it with Gwen Schimek, Dean of Students.  In the meantime, think about your It’s On Us messages.  First place group gets a meal cooked by Gwen.  Second place gets dessert or snacks cooked by Gwen.


  • Create a video promoting the It’s On Us campaign. Research statistics, information, and other items related to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual harassment and write a script, find some actors, and cut it all together.
  • Maximum length: 60 seconds
  • Deadline for submission: 8:00 p.m. October 30
  • Questions? Contact gschimek