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Community Relations

Welcome to the Office of Community Relations at Cornell University. 

Our mission is to forward town-gown connectivity, and proactive, equitable ideas to shared challenges and opportunities in one of America's greatest college towns. 

We work with community and campus leaders on matters of mutual interest on a number of issues tied to Tompkins county's excellent quality of life, including area infrastructure, sustainability, public schools, economic development, transportation, planning, and many other sectors. 

Our goals revolve around timely sharing of information on many fronts, and focus daily on accessibility, transparency, and hospitality, for Cornell is proud and grateful that Ithaca is our home community. 

For regularly updated list of campus events:

For campus advisories and updates- including street closures and crime alerts:

To find your way around CU:

For information about on-campus parking or taking TCAT to Cornell:

In addition to serving as coordinating staff for the Collegetown Neighborhood Council and the Campus-Community Coalition, our office holds regularly outreach sessions around Tompkins County. These informal meetings give residents the chance to meet with us other Cornell officials on community-campus issues and opportunities. Please contact us about having a meeting, or other areas where we maybe of service. 

For the hard-working staff in Cornell's Office of Community Relations, 

Gary Stewart, Director

John Gutenberger, Sr. Director of Community Relations, announces the recipients of the 2012 Town Gown awards.

John Gutenberger announces Town Gown awards.

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Accessing science
The Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR) Educational Programs Office coordinates free-of-charge campus tours of research labs and shared experimental facilities for school classes and community groups. Visitors see a wide array of scientific devices, from the Scanning Electron Microscope to tensile strength-testing equipment, and hear directly from graduate students and faculty about cutting-edge research. For more information, contact CCMR's outreach office at 255-1486 or email

All Things Equal - Radio
Weekly podcasts on diversity and sustainability sponsored by Cornell and community partners.

Awards recognize Cornell-community collaborations
On an annual basis, proactive campus-community initiatives are celebrated at the Town-Gown (TOGO) Awards. To nominate an organization or individual for a TOGO, contact Community Relations Director Gary Stewart at 607-255-4666

Cayuga Lake Modeling Project
Welcome to the Cayuga Lake Modeling Project (CLMP) website.

CU's Office of Community Relations holds per-request outreach sessions around the area. These informal meetings give residents the chance to meet with CU staff on specific community-campus issues and opportunities. If your organization would like to host a CU outreach session in the coming months, call 255-4666.

Welcome to CornellCast

Cornell's Collections
"Cornell's collections are a driving force in research, teaching, and learning across disciplines." Stephanie Wiles, The Richard J. Schwartz Director of the Johnson Museum of Art

Cornell Events Calendar
Featured and trending events around campus.

Cornell Libraries Information
As one of the great academic research libraries in the United States, the Cornell University Library is a highly valued partner in study, teaching, and research at the university, offering a full spectrum of resources, from rare books and manuscripts to a rapidly expanding network of digital materials, along with cutting edge services.

Gorge Safety Information
Video regarding gorge safety information

International Town-Gown Association Survey
Details from a broad town-gown survey designed to track trends, and establish a "best practices" database. The survey focused on campus-edge developments, economic development, off-campus student housing, shared services, and "friction points," with a formal, more detailed report expected this summer.

CU's International Students and Scholars Office seeks community members to connect with students and scholars from around the world.

International students from more than 110 different countries comprise nearly one fifth of Cornell's student body, in addition to hundreds of academic staff who hail from other nations. Support may include assisting with questions about American culture and the Ithaca community, or simply providing friendship and a sense of belonging to a newcomer.

Hosts are not expected to provide housing and the time commitment and level of involvement varies based on the needs of participants.

New on Cornell and Community Engagement
For news on Cornell and community engagement, access

Sustainability @ Cornell
Here's a snapshot of what's available at, an especially active and vibrant CU web site: Town-gown opportunities tied to education, events and outreach; reports, videos and surveys on cutting-edge research, progress and challenges; links to organizations with practical information on how to "tread lightly" at home, and in the community; and background on emerging ideas in sustainability, at every level, for every age. In short, time well spent.


Contact Information

Cornell University
110 Day Hall
Ithaca NY 14853-2801

Phone: 607-255-4908
Fax: 607-255-5396