Focusing on campus-community initiatives led by Cornell students, the 8th annual Cornell Town-Gown Awards (The TOGOs) will be held Dec. 8, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., in Kulp Auditorium, Ithaca High School.
The TOGOs are free, open to all, informal, celebratory and fun, highlighting notable town-gown partnerships and recognizing community members retiring from high-profile elected or appointed positions. Cornell President Martha E. Pollack, Ithaca City School District Superintendent Luvelle Brown and Beth Bagwell, executive director of the International Town-Gown Association, will give remarks. Cornell student leadership will share their fundraising efforts for the Stewart Park Inclusive Playground project, and community members will describe town-gown partnerships that have made a difference in Tompkins County.
Town-gown partnerships that will be recognized this year include:
- Engineering and other undergraduate students involved in Cornell Sustainable Design partnering with Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit.
- Students from the College of Veterinary Medicine partnering with Southside Community Center to offer a monthly walk-in Southside Healthy Pet Clinic.
- A countywide task force assessing emergency systems throughout Tompkins County with the help of Cornell Institute of Public Affairs students studying long-term sustainability for the county’s emergency medical services.
From 9:30 to 10 a.m., Cornell Meinig National Scholars will distribute information about the Stewart Park Inclusive Playground Project and accept donations. The TOGOs program will begin at 10 a.m.