Is Libe Slope really as steep as you remember, hiking up it to class on a cold February morning?
How can you recreate your favorite Cornell Dairy ice cream flavors at home?
Which current Class of 2023 student is on leave from Cornell, training for the 2022 Olympics?
Cornellians, Cornell’s new, digital-first publication for alumni, offers answers to those questions and more. The free, online publication features diverse alumni profiles; messages from President Martha E. Pollack; ask-the-expert advice; articles about campus history and traditions; student and research stories; Class Notes, and other alumni news updates; and multiple ways to see what campus life is like today.
Last week’s Cornellians debut is the result of more than a year of work by alumni volunteers, designers, writers, photographers and editors. The immersive, interactive site combines the best of two previous publications, Cornell Alumni Magazine and Ezra, while creating an inviting community conversation for Cornellians around the globe.
Cornellians is part of a partnership between the divisions of University Relations, Alumni Affairs and Development, and alumni themselves, and will live at the center of what will ultimately be a comprehensive online information hub to better serve and engage with more than 250,000 alumni.
“Connecting with Cornell alumni around the world will be easier and more engaging with this new, transformative digital hub,” said Sheryl Tucker ’78, a Cornell trustee emerita, former member of the Cornell Alumni Magazine committee and a current adviser for Cornellians. “That’s what compelled the task force to dig deep and to take such a comprehensive look at what it means to share meaningful alumni communications in 2021. Just imagine – now everyone has 24/7 access to current, exciting, diverse, wide-ranging content designed to delight, entertain and inform Cornellians of all ages, all affiliations and no matter where they are located.”
The varied storytelling features and formats include the beloved Class Notes, where hundreds of news submissions from alumni of all classes are presented bimonthly in columns written by class correspondents. Cornellians also features a new section, Updates from Alumni, where readers can share additional personal posts that editorial staff review and curate for the site.
Cornellians’ dynamic storytelling and features make the most of its digital format, using vivid imagery and multimedia including photos, illustrations, infographics and videos, and interactive elements.
“I’m so excited to see Cornellians launch and become available to our alumni,” said Rob Rosenberg ’88, a Cornellians adviser and former Cornell Alumni Magazine Committee co-chair. “With this launch, we bring the kinds of stories and news that alumni have told us they are most interested in to all Cornell alumni – and do it in a sustainable way. We’ve created a platform and destination that can evolve and grow to address ever-changing alumni needs and interests.”
The voices of Cornellians themselves will be featured throughout the site, not only as the subjects of stories and through columns and updates, but also through moderated comments and conversations on articles and posts.
“I’m thrilled to be bringing the fresh, authentic voice of the alumni community fully online with the launch of Cornellians,” said David Steward ’79, who also is a Cornellians alumni adviser. “I loved Cornell Alumni Magazine and was privileged to serve on its committee for several years, but we were able to reach only a small percentage of alumni. Now, with Cornellians, our potential reach is the full Cornell alumni community.”
“Cornellians marks an exciting addition to the way alumni can stay connected to the university and other alumni,” said Cornell trustee and Cornellians adviser Beth Anderson ’80. “Whether you are interested in whatever happened to the guy from down the hall in your dorm or CALS’ new research on genetics, Cornellians will be the place to turn.”
“It is exciting to be able to reach such a wide audience,” said Jenny Barnett, Cornellians’ editor in chief, who previously led Cornell Alumni Magazine. “With Cornellians and its lively and welcoming voice, we hope to inspire, entertain and engage members of the Big Red community throughout the world.”
A subscription-based print option for Cornellians is in the works; more details and information will be available in 2022.