From: Risley Residential College
Date: September 9, 2022
Subject: Risley Newsletter

Risley Newsletter


Saturday, September 10
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8:00pm 8:30pm Moon Festival Clara Dickson Courtyard
Saturday, September 10
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12:00pm 5:00pm CU Downtown Ithaca Commons, Bernie Milton Stage
Saturday, September 10
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1:00pm 4:00pm Ujamaa's Welcome Back BBQ Africana Studies and Research Center
Tuesday, September 13
7:00pm 8:00pm MT Dance Risley Dance Studio

Risley Specific Events/News

RMASD this weekend at 7:00pm in the CLR!

T-Sub this weekend at 8:00pm in the theater!

Kommittee  this weekend at 9:00pm in the CLR!

MT Dance with RA Melanie every Tuesday at 7:00pm. MT Dance stands for Musical Theatre Dance and is a weekly program. You earn one Rispoint per week for attending. We do some light exercise, stretching, and learn part of a dance each class. No experience necessary.

Come to the CLR at 8:30pm for our first (real!) Risley Revue meeting! This will be held Monday, September 12th. Meetings will occur on the first Monday of each month. Submit your creative work in advance here:

CU Downtown: Hello Squidos, Join RAs Melanie, Andreas, and Justin as we collaborate with the Tatkon center for their CU Downtown program. We will be meeting in the Risley lobby at 12:30pm and taking the 30 to the Ithaca Commons. Be sure to wear shoes you can walk in and bring a bag for any goodies you might get while downtown. From the Tatkon's event description: "CU Downtown, an award-winning event, is returning after a two-year hiatus and will not disappoint! Join the Tatkon Center for New Students and Ithaca Downtown Alliance for an afternoon intended to welcome new and returning students to Ithaca. Explore downtown Ithaca and see student performances starting at 1pm and continuing throughout the afternoon. Take advantage of special student discounts and activities at retail stores and participate in the scavenger hunt. Free TCAT bus shuttles will run from North Campus to the commons all afternoon. Residence halls will be organizing walking and bus groups to help you find your way. There will be free apple cider and donuts for the first 1,000 attendees. This event is organized by the Tatkon Center for New Students, in partnership with the Ithaca Downtown Alliance, TCAT, Campus Activities and Off-Campus Living.

Faculty Fellow News

"My name is Tom Hill – I am a medievalist and a professor in the English department and I have been a faculty advisor in Risley for many years. Some of you have had courses with me, but if you haven’t met me that way, you might remember (those of you who have been around for a while) that I have played Dumbledore in the Harry Potter festival when the Harry Potter night was running. I have also hosted an advisor dinner for a long time, but it was put on hold because of concerns about covid.

I would like to revive my faculty dinner this fall since covid seems to be less of a problem. We used to be the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer Fan Club dinner”, but Buffy is passé so we are more generally, a “Fantasy / Science Fiction / Graphic Novel” dinner. No one is going to quiz you on your reading, but that is sort of our general topic – in addition to medieval lore of course.

If you would like to come reasonably often that is great, but if you can only attend occasionally, you are still very welcome. Meals for attendees are free, so if you have a friend visiting from out of town, the faculty dinner can be a pleasant free meal --- at least I hope it is pleasant and Risley food is pretty good as you know.

The tentative time I have picked for my faculty dinner is Thursday at 5:30. I know that is a little bit early for some people but we can generally get a table at that time and you are welcome to come later if you want. I will try to stay around most evenings until everyone has eaten so the timing of the dinner is pretty flexible.

I hope you can join us – we already had one informal unannounced dinner which was fun – we will be open for business from Thursday September 8 on."

Campus News

Fall counseling groups

Health’s fall counseling groups offer a safe environment to process with and learn from other students who are dealing with similar concerns. Group topics include anxiety, depression, and perfectionism, with groups especially for students of color and LGBTQ+ students. Groups are led by CAPS counselors, are free, and are primarily offered online (a few groups meet in person).

Online CAPS workshops

CAPS counselors hold weekly online workshops to help students develop skills related to time management, improving sleep, managing anxiety, practicing self-compassion, and more. Workshops are free and available on a drop-in basis by Zoom.

More ways to support your well-being

Find other ways to support your mental health and well-being on Cornell Health’s Mental Health Care page, or by visiting the university’s Mental Health at Cornell website.

Movies on The Ares Quad (MOTAQ.)

Seating opens seating at 7:30pm, film starts at 8pm. Bring your blankets, hoodies, and friends. Brought to you by Cornell University Class Councils, Campus Activities, and Cornell Cinema.

Hackathon Program Details (Advertisement attached to this email)- We would like to invite you to participate in the inaugural Engage to Empower Hackathon hosted by the Bowers CIS Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion on September 30 – October 2, 2022! Teams comprised of 4-6 students from technical and non-technical backgrounds will work collaboratively to design innovative solutions to strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts across the globe.

NON-CODERS ARE NEEDED! What you may perceive as a weakness in a hackathon is actually your greatest strength! Hackathons need designers, researchers, project managers, and many others to build (winning) hackathon projects. So, your talents are in high demand!

Thousands of dollars in cash prizes are up for grabs, plus numerous opportunities to network with and be mentored by representatives from LinkedIn, Google, JP Morgan Chase, Deloitte, Veritas, Intel, IBM, Wayfair, Goldman Sachs, Northrop Grumman, and staff and faculty across Cornell, both in person and virtually!

The E2E Hackathon is an in-person event open to students of all levels and areas of study – learn more and sign up here! Registration closes September 21st.

Please feel free to reach out to Cass D’Amato with any questions. We hope to see you there!

Campus Tour Guides Wanted!

The Office of Visitor Relations is looking for committed and enthusiastic Cornellians to help welcome prospective students, parents, alumni, and area visitors to the Ithaca campus! Cornell University's Office of Visitor Relations greets visitors at the Martin Y. Tang Welcome Center, answers all calls at the University general information line, and of course, provides campus tours in-person and virtually. If you are a current undergraduate student and are interested in applying, we invite you to attend one of our virtual information sessions or send an email to our hiring managers: Lia Chandra at and Jasmine Love at


Information sessions will be held on Thursday, September 8th at 5:30pm EST (via Zoom) and on Monday, September 12th at 5:30pm EST (in person, Goldwin Smith Hall G22). RSVP here.


Applications are due Wednesday, September 14th at 6:00pm EST. Application Link:

North Campus Wide Events

FIRst Faculty Friday - Friday, September 9

Engaging with faculty members for the first time can be scary but you don't have to do it alone. Join the Tatkon Center and North Campus Faculty in Residences for a series geared towards introducing you to faculty members outside of the classroom. During FIRst Faculty Fridays, come meet and engage with the different faculty in residence on North campus. You'll get a free mug to bring with you every week, some coffee, cookies and conversations. We can't wait to see you there!

This week meet Dr. Jed Sparks. Jed Sparks is the Faulty in Residence (FIR) in Mary Donlon Hall and a Professor and Chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Jed is passionate about enhancing the student experience at Cornell and truly making a difference to students as they prepare for life. He likes to go camping with his family, live music and video games. You can find him in Donlon hanging out with his partner, Kim Sparks, his son Liam and the Amazing Labrador Retriever, Maggie!

Link to register:’=

· Moon Festival - Saturday, September 10

The Moon Festival is a traditional holiday widely celebrated in China and many Asian countries. It is a holiday to celebrate harvest and family. Join the North Campus Faculty in Residences and the Tatkon Center for New Students to learn the holiday's history ( and sample traditional Chinese moon cakes. This event is sponsored the Tatkon Center for New Students.

Link to register:

Climate Change Demonstration Garden Tour, Monday, September 12

Join the Faculty in Residence of Mews, Dr. Lori Leonard, and of Barbara McClintock, Dr. Susan Daniel, for a tour of the Climate Change Demonstration Garden at the Botanical Gardens. Meet in the Mews courtyard at 3:30 to walk to the Nevin Welcome Center. We will walk to the Nevin Welcome Center and tour the Climate Change Demonstration Garden with Sarah Hunley Fiorello at the Cornell Botanical Gardens.

Link to register:

The Residential Collage: The Shaping of Cornell’s North Campus, Sunday, September 18

This walk explores over a century of development on Cornell’s North Campus. Beginning in the 1910s, the logistics of housing women at a coeducational university initiated a half century of construction north of Fall Creek. In 2001, new buildings, reconfigured space, and programming transformed North Campus into a first-year student landscape. And now, an unprecedented construction of 2,000 beds, fitness centers and a 1,000-seat dining facility defines a residential campus for first-years and sophomores. Viewing the many lives of North Campus, we will consider gender and style, buildings and spaces, and the stylistic collage we now inhabit.

Meet Roberta Moudry ’81 in front of the Tang Welcome Center.

Link to register:

Important! Requirement for all Cornell Undergraduates-

· Cornell University is committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and respectful learning, living, and working environment for its students, faculty, and staff members. All new undergraduate students are required to view Understanding Title IX and Related University Policies and Procedures. This is an online sexual and interpersonal violence awareness course that addresses prohibited conduct covered under university policies, and it informs students of their rights to access university resources. The course will provide critical information about sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, stalking, gender discrimination and bystander intervention options.

· Additional Information-

· The online course takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. A brief attestation quiz is required to register completion.

· While the original deadline for the course was August 21, the To Do List will remain active for the next couple of months. Students can self-enroll via the To Do List (, or by clicking this link:

· If students are unsure of whether they have completed the course, they can navigate to the course module and review the Attestation Quiz details to view completion history (e.g., current score, submitted date/time, etc.).

· Questions regarding course content can be directed to the Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX at

Please join Ujamaa Residential College for our Welcome Back BBQ this Saturday from 1pm-4pm at the Africana Research Center! Enjoy great food, games, and bond with black student orgs as we celebrate Ujamaa’s 50th year!

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Risley Revue September Meeting

Monday, September 12, 2022
8:30pm - 9:30pm
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Come to the CLR at 8:30pm for our first (real!) Risley Revue meeting! Meetings will occur on the first Monday of each month. Submit your creative work in advance here:

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MT Dance

Tuesday, September 13, 2022
7:00pm - 8:00pm
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Join RA Melanie every Tuesday from 7 to 8pm in the Risley Dance Studio for Musical Theater Dance. Every week, we will learn a part of a dance, that we will perform at the end of the semester. We always start with a warm up and end with some stretching, all to a catchy musical theater playlist. Don’t forget to wear comfortable clothing, bring wear, and have fun!