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Average signing bonuses for Cornell's MBA students increase to over $12,000

Signing bonuses paid to graduating MBA students at Cornell's Johnson Graduate School of Management are 33 percent higher, on average, than last year.

"Learn to See . . . Change your perception . . . Find your vision . . . See things as they might be; not as they are," student poster says

Try this: Practice viewing the world as a child, seeing things as they might be, exploring your creative potential. For example, find the letters of the alphabet in everyday objects, such as a cloud that forms a C.

Gail Sheehy to speak on menopause in the workplace at Cornell University seminar in New York City May 22

Gail Sheehy, author of The Silent Passage and New Passages, will participate in a breakfast seminar on menopause in the workplace Thursday, May 22, from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Harvard Club, 27 West 44th Street. The seminar, sponsored by Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations and its Institute for Women and Work and the Human Resources Program.

Convocation is May 24 with Commencement on May 25

Cornell President Hunter Rawlings will preside over the university's 129th Commencement on Sunday, May 25, at 11 a.m. on Schoellkopf Field. Rawlings will confer degrees on almost 6,000 eligible graduates, capping two days of celebratory activities that include a Senior Convocation with an address by television personality Bertice Berry on Saturday, May 24, at noon in Barton Hall.

Cornell Board of Trustees to meet May 23-24

The Cornell Board of Trustees will meet in Ithaca on Friday, May 23, and Saturday, May 24. The full board will convene on Saturday, May 24, at 10 a.m. in the Trustee Meeting Room of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art on campus.

Kevin Wallace, D.V.M., can read an animal like a book

ITHACA, N.Y. -- "You could be a bricklayer," adults suggested kindly to the husky youth, Kevin Wallace, although they didn't think he even had the brains for that. And teachers were less charitable, in the days before dyslexia-type reading and learning disorders were understood, Wallace remembers: "I asked the nun how I could make the letters hold still on the page, and she said the devil was working in me." Repeatedly punished without knowing why, he carried feelings of shame and confusion until age 28. Then Wallace confessed to his 7-year-old daughter the reason he told such marvelous bedtime stories but never read them: He couldn't read, a secret he withheld from employers, friends and even from Thea, his wife. Today, the other 76 graduates of Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine D.V.M. Class of '97 are in awe of a phenomenal power Wallace developed, while managing his learning disability. It is said he somehow absorbed so much information about veterinary medicine that he can read an ailing animal like a . Better, actually, than a book, of which he figures he has read two.

Boyce Thompson Institute announces three new vice presidents and a new human resources manager

ITHACA, N.Y. -- The Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research Inc., located at Cornell University, has announced that Stephen H. Howell will be the institute's new vice president for research, Joyce L. Frank will be the new vice president for operations, John M. Dentes will be the new vice president for finance, and Anne Zientek has been promoted to human resources manager.

Cornell physicist Neil Ashcroft is elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Neil W. Ashcroft, the Horace White Professor in Physics at Cornell, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, among the nation's highest scientific honors. He was one of 60 new members recognized for distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Cornell seniors' awards will benefit human services and other students

Twelve Cornell seniors who have been honored for their community service efforts will use their monetary awards to benefit others. Each year between 10 and 12 Cornell Tradition Fellows are honored for their community service work with a $2,500 Senior Recognition Award.

Annual recognition program rewards high school teachers for their inspired teaching with scholarships for future Cornell students

From across the United States and Australia, high school teachers who most inspired 35 of Cornell's top graduating seniors will be honored by the university on May 21.

Cornell American Indian Program lecturer wins award for manuscript

D.L. Birchfield, a visiting lecturer in the American Indian Program at Cornell, has won the 1997 Louis Littlecoon Oliver Memorial Prose Award from the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas, an association of American Indian novelists, poets, and playwrights.

April Fools' Day snow preceded month of cool temperatures

April was not 24 hours old before three all-time snowfall records were shattered in the Northeast, according to climatologists at the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell. April's temperatures were cooler than normal and the month was also drier than normal.