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Saturday’s Town-Gown Awards to feature region’s three new higher-ed presidents

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Cornell Town-Gown Awards – A celebration of the connections between Cornell University and local communities featuring remarks from Tompkins County’s three new higher-education presidents: Martha E. Pollack, Shirley M. Collado, and Orinthia T. Montague.


Saturday, Dec. 2 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.


Ithaca High School’s Kulp Auditorium, 1401 North Cayuga Street


The event is free and open to the public. Media members are asked to RSVP by Friday, Dec. 1 to Lindsey Hadlock in Cornell’s Media Relations Office at 607-255-6121 or

An image of presidents Shirley Collado (IC), Martha Pollack (CU), and Orinthia Montague (TC3) together can be viewed and downloaded here.

ITHACA, N.Y. – The seventh annual Cornell University Town-Gown Awards (TOGO) will be held Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Ithaca High School’s Kulp Auditorium. The TOGO Awards celebrate the connections between Cornell and local communities and highlight the achievements of local leaders who have left or are leaving high-profile positions. The event is free and open to the public.

This year’s TOGO awards are being billed as a “special edition,” with Tompkins County’s three new higher-education presidents – Cornell President Martha E. Pollack; Shirley M. Collado, Ithaca College; and Orinthia T. Montague, Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) – providing remarks.

Per custom, the TOGOs begin with an informal gathering and holiday food drive led by Cornell Meinig National Scholars, from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Please bring canned food or other nonperishable items for the food drive. The recognition program begins at 10 a.m. sharp, with recognition of three town-gown partnerships and retiring elected and appointed leaders. Each campus-community TOGO winner will have an Ithaca College, Cornell and TC3 component.