Seeking Open Field Editors

Join Cornell’s oldest literary magazine, established in 1968. We welcome English and non-English majors alike!

Work with fellow students to create something widely distributed amongst professors, students, parents, and alumni; and receive half an English credit for your work throughout the year.

Application information and editor job descriptions are available on our website:

Send applications to RP Dana Fellow Helen Rubinstein at by midnight on October 3.

It’s On Us Video Contest

We’ve spent some time thinking about sexual assault awareness this year and for your block break between blocks 2 & 3, 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.

At Cornell, we think this is especially important and we’ll be asking you to join the campaign throughout second block.  During 4th week, we’ll unveil a couple of videos we are working on to support the campaign, but we think you probably have some creative ideas as well.

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

Get inspired:

Study Skills Workshop!

Was Block 1 a rough transition back to academic life?  Do you want to create a new plan for being organized, so you can get all of your “stuff” done each block?

This is the workshop for you!

Join Brooke Paulsen, the Coordinator of Academic Support and Advising, for this one-hour interactive workshop on Friday, September 30 at 12:30 p.m. in the Berlin Room in the Thomas Commons.  You’ll learn time management and organization tips that you can translate into academic success on the Block Plan (and in real life…because adulting can be hard)!

Questions?  Contact Brooke at or visit her in 309 Cole Library!

Weekend Events

See what’s going on on-campus this weekend:


  • Volleyball vs River Falls, 7:00 p.m.
  • Seek and Find sponsored by PAAC Dark Purple 9:00 p.m., Orange Carpet


  • Volunteer for Flood Assistance  efforts
  • Lincoln Highway Arts Festival, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Uptown Mount Vernon
  • Volleyball vs Chicago, 10:00 a.m.
  • Volleyball vs Platteville, 4:00 p.m.


Cedar Rapids Flood Assistance

Members of the Cornell College community,

Over the course of the last few days, significant rainfall totals have been recorded in our area, as well as in areas north of Cedar Rapids.  There are forecasts for flooding on Monday.  In 2008, similar weather led to Cedar Rapids flooding and the 6th worst disaster in US history; learn more here.  While we don’t expect the Cornell campus to be directly impacted by the flood, we cannot help but wonder how we can support the larger community in its efforts.  Therefore, we are working to organize transportation to volunteer for the flood and encouraging members of the community to engage in relief efforts.

Right now it appears that sandbagging is the way we can best assist.  Beginning at 9 am today, and continuing throughout the weekend, sandbagging efforts have begun in two primary locations:

New Bo City Market (1100 3rd Street Southeast, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401)

Helen G. Nassif YMCA (207 7th Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401)

Those who are available to participate in sandbagging efforts are asked to bring shovels if possible and wear clothes for getting dirty.

Cornell will be providing transportation to these locations at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, departing from behind the Thomas Commons.  You can be there for a partial day or full day.  If you would like to volunteer, please let us know your intentions (either through campus transportation or through your own transportation:

If you are looking for additional opportunities to be engaged in the efforts, please check the city web site — — and click on the alert pop-up to read the most current information.  Each day, Cedar Rapids will be holding a 10 a.m. press conference until the event concludes.  You can stay up-to-date on the information shared there through the Cedar Rapids social media pages.

Whether you choose to ride with Cornell to go assist or join with friends or family to assist, we know that, as Cornellians, we are part of a larger community.

If you need assistance or have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Dean of Students office.



Smoking On Campus

Since the return to campus a few weeks ago, I’ve noticed an increase in the number of students who are using e-cigarettes, vaping, and other mechanisms to get a hit of nicotine or other items.  I want to make sure that you are aware that these are also in violation of our smoking policy on campus, in alignment with the Iowa Smoke-Free Act.

We have already been enforcing the policy, but want to make sure folks are aware of this as we continue to enforce the policy and students found to be using these devices or smoking on college property will go through the conduct process.

Sustained Dialogue Application Deadline Extended

All members of our Cornell College community are encouraged to apply for our Sustained Dialogue retreat, taking place September 29th and 30th in Thomas Commons.  Sustained Dialogue is a program designed to transform identity-based conflict on college campuses using skills from international conflict resolution.  Sustained Dialogue can best be visualized as a Venn Diagram, or the intersection of Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership, and Conflict Resolution.
We are inviting you to apply and participate in Sustained Dialogue facilitator training on the Thursday and Friday of block break (September 29th and 30th) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. National SD trainers will lead this training retreat.  A certificate of completion will be given to all who attend the training in its entirety. From that training we will draw
individuals to help facilitate campus community discussions,
help address campus and community concerns, and serve as a voice and a guide throughout our campus climate issues.
If you are interested in learning more about Sustained Dialogue in general, or are interesting in participating in SD but not as a facilitator, we encourage you to attend the info session for all interested students, faculty and staff at 3 pm on  WednesdaySeptember 28th in Hedges
If you are interested in the SD Facilitator Training and Certificate of Completion, please read the description of Sustained dialogue at this link  Then fill out the application (this form) by Monday September 26.  If you are unable to attend the training, please mark your calendar for the Sustained Dialogue info session on the 28th at 3 pm in Hedges.
At the SD Training Retreat, you will be asked about your interest in a variety of year-round twice a block dialogue circles and/or participation in pop-up responses to campus climate or national issues based on your interest and availability.  If you have other questions, please feel free to reach out to

An Invitation to Be Amazing

All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend an all-campus Convocation at 11:10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, on Diversity and Inclusion in America. The Rev. Bishop Julius Trimble will provide a talk: “An Invitation to Be Amazing” in King Chapel on diversity, equity, civility, and inclusion at this critical time in our nation’s history from his perspective as a United Methodist Church bishop, civic leader, and black man in America. Some offices will close for the convocation. The Hilltop Café will delay opening until noon.

Join the Facebook Event.