The Cornell New York State Hometown Alumni Award has received an honor of its own – a judge’s citation from the SUNY Council for University Advancement (SUNYCUAD) as part of the group’s 2019 Awards for Excellence winners.
The New York State Hometown Alumni Award was launched in 2018 by Cornell’s Division of University Relations, in collaboration with Alumni Affairs and Development, to honor Cornell graduates who have returned to their home counties to start, or enhance, a business or nonprofit, and who regularly volunteer and are deeply engaged in their communities.
Six alumni were honored with the award in the program’s first year. The honorees represent a diverse sampling of engaged Cornellians, all making positive impacts in their home communities. To date, alumni have been honored in Columbia and Onondaga counties; the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe (Akwesasne, Franklin County); Erie and Chemung counties; and Brooklyn.
The SUNYCUAD judge’s citation award, for excellence in a government or community relations campaign, was presented to Cornell June 13.
“We are honored to receive this award on behalf of our Cornell colleagues, and by extension, the wonderful women and men who have received this hometown alumni recognition,” said Gary Stewart, associate vice president for community relations at Cornell.
Cornell’s Office of Community Relations has previously been recognized with a SUNYCUAD award for its weekly radio show, “All Things Equal.”
– Joe Wilensky