East Hill Notes: A Bounce in Our Steps

By Gary Stewart

Photo by Jason Koski /
Cornell University Photography
From left, Cornell President Martha Pollack, Ithaca College President Shirley Collado, Carl Haynes, former president of Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3), and current TC3 President Orinthia Montague at the Town-Gown Awards.

A few days back, Cornell Community Relations staged the annual and very well-attended Town-Gown Awards, a.k.a.. The TOGOs, previously previewed in this space.
In an era filled with too much angst and anger, it was an extraordinary morning of thanks and good cheer, featuring Tompkins County’s three new higher-ed presidents, top-notch town-gown partnerships, and a salute to community leaders who have retired from or are leaving their elected or appointed positions.

There was no darkness nor cynicism, but a bright light shed on all that is right in Ithaca and environs, on the hills, in the valleys, with our youth, leaders, and volunteers, and through a dedicated service for the common good.

Photo by Jason Koski / Cornell University Photography
Cornell President Martha Pollack, center, joins students from the Meinig Family Cornell National Scholars program, who hold an annual food drive at the Town-Gown Awards to benefit the Kitchen Cupboard. From left, Chris Yun ’20, Megan Goyette ’21, Martha Pollack, Leslie Zhang ’21 and Marianne Uy ’21.

Take a look at some images from a morning at Ithaca High School that put a bounce in our collective steps. All photos were taken by Jason Koski of Cornell University Photography.
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Gary Stewart is associate vice president for Cornell’s Office of Community Relations. East Hill Notes are published the second and fourth Mondays of each month.