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Celebrating Homecoming and Scholarships

Cornell Homecoming was scheduled around a football game with VMI on Sept. 18 followed by a delayed commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 on Sunday, Sept. 19.  Due to a high COVID infection rate, Cornell cancelled most other Homecoming events, but many members of the Class of 2020 had already agreed to stay with the undergraduates for the weekend, so the alumni-sponsored Saturday dinner at the Deke House was held.  The following week, Cornell returned to "green" status, and the Fall Rush will be held in person rather than by Zoom.

In Fall 2017, a group of alumni agreed to serve as "big brothers" for our restarting pledge class, and Dekes have been tracking their "lineages" of little brother descendants.  On Friday night, Lin Davidson, his little brother Kyrylo Chernyshov, and their decendants went out to dinner.  Alumni and undergraudate brothers socialized on Friday and all day Saturday, although some undergraduates played in a previously scheduled rugby match.

Chef Ric prepared a wonderful celebratory dinner, which included an address by Brother Lin Davidson on respect and brotherhood.  Socializing continued up through the Sunday commencement ceremony.

Our Robert Trent Jones Scholarship endowment continues to grow at Cornell.  As of  August 31, its market value had reached $1,132,760.38.  This fund will payout $35,850 for scholarships in 2021-22.  Our Scholarship Committee, which consists of Brothers Platt, Abelaf and Singh, conducted an on-line application process for brother self-nominations, followed by a round of Zoom interviews.  A list of finalist has been presented to Cornell for calculating the actual awards based upon financial need and other funding.  The finalists posed for a photo at Saturday's dinner. The finalists are Brothers Xavier Lu, Bill Tong, Devon Harrison, Steven Urdaneta, Jack Cannon, Oscar Mendoza, Richard Lee, Brayan Najera, and Guy Anello.

In the bonds,



Mike Furman ‘79

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