East Hill Notes: All invited to annual Town-Gown awards Dec. 8


With Thanksgiving behind us, my office is now looking forward to another “thanks” event, the annual Town-Gown Awards (The TOGOs), the morning of Dec. 8 at Ithaca High School, Kulp Auditorium.

This annual gathering is fun, free, informal, celebratory and great for all ages.
We gather at 9:30 for cider, donuts, chatting and mingling. The TOGOS start promptly at 10 and will end shortly after 11.

About The TOGOs: communityrelations.cornell.edu/the-towngown-awards/
This year’s TOGOs will feature remarks from:
•Cornell President Martha Pollack and Ithaca City School District Superintendent Luvelle Brown
•Cornell student leadership on fund-raising efforts for the Stewart Park Inclusive playground project.
•Community members on town-gown partnerships that have made a difference in Tompkins County.
•Executive director of the International Town-Gown Association Beth Bagwell.
Town-gown partnerships to be recognized Dec. 8:
•For the past several years, engineering students have partnered with Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) on a “concept incubator” for collaborative projects. The class also includes undergraduate students involved in Cornell Sustainable Design. One representative project: New route signs throughout the TCAT system.
•Now in its 22nd year, the College of Veterinary Medicine-Southside Healthy Pet Clinic provides health care for hundreds of pets each year through its monthly walk-in clinic at Southside Community Center. In addition to CVM student volunteers, second-year vet students serve as program directors for the clinic each semester.
•A countywide task force is assessing emergency medical services (EMS) throughout Tompkins County, with the help of Cornell Institute of Public Affairs students analyzing the long-term sustainability of local EMS. This study has continued with CIPA over three semesters and now includes engineering students.

Per custom, The TOGOs recognize key elected or appointed leaders who have or will soon be retiring, or their version of retirement.

The TOGOs Class of ’18 includes:
Dave Banfield, Lansing Town Justice
•Dale Johnson, Hospicare
•Carol Mallison, McGraw House
•Monica Roth, Cornell
•Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County
•John Rudd, Cayuga Medical Center
•Kathy Schlather, Tompkins County Human Services Coalition
•Cal Walker, community leader extraordinaire
•Gary Woloszyn, Wegmans
and others.

Come if you can, no RSVPs needed, and invite your friends and neighbors!
As always, thanks to many of you for your collegial leadership in our many shared communities, and we hope to see you Dec. 8 at The TOGOs!


East Hill Notes are published the second and fourth Mondays of each month. Gary Stewart is associate vice president in Cornell’s Office of Cornell Community Relations.


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