Town-gown collaborations, opportunities


Cornell has entered into an agreement with Ithaca College this summer to help its South Hill neighbor rapidly transition to providing complete in-house dining operations to its students by the start of the fall semester. IC ended its contract with Sodexo, a global dining services provider, this spring, aiming to improve and simplify meal plans, lower costs and help address food insecurity on campus.

Cornell, which is consistently ranked in the Princeton Review’s top 10 for best campus food in the U.S., has always run its dining operations in house. Cornell Dining within Student and Campus Life will lead the consulting and training partnership. The agreement is unique for Cornell and Ithaca College, and time is of the essence, as 4,000 students at IC will have campus meal plans when they arrive in late August.

The agreement, signed in late June, gives Ithaca College access to many of the same systems, vendors and 3,500 tested recipes that Cornell uses for its operations and retail outlets. Ithaca College also will be consulting with Cornell Dining team members while they set up databases, operating procedures, training materials and best practices.

Cornell Dining’s mission is to provide a rich, diverse, healthful dining experience to students. It operates 29 on-campus eateries – including “all you care to eat” dining rooms, cafés, coffeehouses, food courts and convenience stores – and serves more than 23,000 meals a day to members of the Cornell community.

The Power of POST

Pre-Orientation Service Trips (POST), a program of the Cornell Public Service Center, welcomes first-year and transfer students to the Ithaca community with pre-orientation activities focusing on community service. Spots are still open to host a team in August for a service project, which vary from year to year, though organizers say, “POST is up for just about anything!”

The specs:

POST teams are available Aug. 18-22. Projects need to accommodate a minimum of one team (eight to nine students total) from approximately 9 to 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. with a 30-minute lunch break. Arrival time may differ slightly due to bus and transportation logistics. POST provides the meals and transportation for its teams. Sites need to provide the project, necessary project supplies and a staff site coordinator. For more information, e-mail or call 255-1107.

All Things Equal

The award-winning WHCU weekly radio show “All Things Equal” marked its 600th show earlier this year and welcomes interview topics tied to diversity, equity and inclusion. If interested, contact Gary Stewart at 255-4666 or

East Hill Notes are published the first and third Wednesdays of each month in Tompkins Weekly.


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