Category Archives: Mount Vernon

Family Weekend and Homecoming 2015

Parents, friends, and alumni: wondering when you’ll next head to the Hilltop? Campus is lovely in October! Family Weekend and Homecoming runs Friday October 9 – 11 this year.

Family Weekend

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Parents: Join your student on campus to celebrate Cornell! Family can experience life on campus, meet faculty and staff, cheer on Ram athletes, grab some Cornell gear from the bookstore, and get to know your student’s home on campus. It’s a great time to experience Cornell, snap some family photos, and enjoy Mount Vernon and campus in the fall.
Parents of first years–this weekend is the perfect time for a first visit to Mount Vernon after Move In Day! Your student will be settled in and won’t be home for Thanksgiving break for another month–the perfect time for a Target run and the opportunity for them to show you around (and you to make sure they have been doing laundry…).

Homecoming

Hundreds of alumni were back on campus in early October to enjoy the fall weather, remember old times, and celebrate Homecoming.

Join Cornell’s 102nd Homecoming Celebration! Visit the newly renovated buildings on campus and celebrate campus milestones. Cheer for the Rams at the Pep Rally Friday night, at the volleyball game against Carroll College Saturday morning, and the football game vs. Grinell in the afternoon. Homecoming Registration has begun, with Early Bird Registration running until September 4 and normal registration ending October 2. Students will be celebrating on campus all week, but we love to meet and share campus with generations of Cornellians who all call the hilltop home.

Visiting and Staying in the Area
If you’re planning a visit that’s not a day trip, explore the area options of lodging compiled for visitors.  The area and Iowa Corridor has a lot to offer to visitors! Be sure to take in the beautiful Iowa fall colors with a drive through one of the local State Parks–Lake Macbride or Palisades-Kepler State Park. If you’re an alum, you probably already have some favorite spots in the area, but if you’re new to Mount Vernon and the area, read up on all the area has to offer.

Check out more info on Family Weekend 2015 and Homecoming 2015 on their own webpages for updates, schedules, registration forms, and much more. We can’t wait for you to join us #homeonthehilltop this year! Go Rams!

Know Your Cornell Lingo!

“Do you know how to get to–?” Early on in your time at Cornell, you’re bound to have to ask that question a few times at least. As a head start in getting to know Cornell, it will be helpful to know campus-specific vocab. With a crash course in Cornell Lingo, you’ll save a lot of time and confusion early on. Acting as your Cornell linguist with insights into Cornell’s own vocab is Nina Kahn, a rising sophomore and PA, to introduce you to–first off–the Hilltop (campus’s most common nickname!).

Every college has their own unique vocabulary that pertains to the individual school community; Cornell is no exception. Most people have probably heard the term block plan since it is Cornell’s biggest identifier, but it is doubtful that they know the term ‘third week’. Students and teachers like to use the term ‘third week’ to describe the homestretch of the last full week of classes or the tired feelings that happens around that week. “My brain is in third week mode,” or “it’s third week, cut me a break.” Although ‘third week’ is sometimes met with mixed feelings, students push through it because they know fourth week is right around the corner, which means late night breakfast and block break! Continue reading Know Your Cornell Lingo!

Welcome to Mount Vernon and the Area!

Meet your tour guide to Mount Vernon and the surrounding area, man about town Clint McDaniel, a rising Junior and PA with NSO 2015! No matter what your interests, you are bound to find something in Mount Vernon or the area to love and chances are, other Cornellians who’ll love to tag along.

One of the biggest mistakes people make when they come to Cornell is assuming that there is nothing that exists beyond the campus. Coming from someone who has lived in a rural town my entire life, I can see why. Most small towns can be the most boring places on the planet, but you definitely shouldn’t assume that about Mount Vernon. Surprisingly enough, there are actually things to do here! Both Mount Vernon and the Iowa Corridor (the name given to this area) are ready to impress. Continue reading Welcome to Mount Vernon and the Area!

Local Banks and ATMs

Guest Blogger: Gabe Flippo ’16
Gabe Flippo, a PA from the senior class, shares a Cornell insider’s tips to local banks and ATMS for incoming Cornellians. 

Money is important! Everybody needs money. However, on top of needing money, you need to be able to access your money. Out of all of my friends and fellow students at Cornell College, I have had a very pleasant experience using banks and ATMS throughout my three years so far at Cornell. There are three main reasons behind this:
1. I avoid fee charges that many ATM’s carry
2. I have an Mt Vernon Bank account and
3. I learned to budget my money.
This blog post will explain how to have the best banking and ATM experience using some helpful tips I’ve learned over the years. Continue reading Local Banks and ATMs

Choosing a Cell Phone Plan for Cornell

Guest Blogger: Halee Schomberg ’16
Wondering about how to stay connected on campus so that you can roam without your cell phone doing the same? Senior PA Halee has compiled a guide to cell phone plans and the Mount Vernon area.

With summer here and your college decision made, you’re probably thinking that you’ve got everything figured out for the fall. You’ll soon start checking off items like: comforter, rug, fan, and everything else on the college’s list of “things to bring”. But something that isn’t on that list that is definitely worth thinking about is: which cell phone plan do you have? This may seem like a strange question, I mean, how would your phone plan affect the start of your college experience at Cornell? Well, it just might. It depends if you mind seeing this on your phone screen every time you go to make a call or send a text.

cell phone 2Now, don’t panic. Here are a few friendly tips that will help you in deciding if your cell phone is Cornell College ready or not.

Continue reading Choosing a Cell Phone Plan for Cornell