Fall 2018 Tatkon Center Programs

August/September Programs

October Programs

November/December Programs

Parent Panel
Sat, Aug 18, 2018, 3-4:30pm; Tatkon Center, South Balch Hall, room 3330
Parents of new students are invited to meet Tatkon Center staff who will present what it will be like for new students at Cornell. Topics to be discussed include all things Cornell, from academics to student and campus life, to living in Ithaca. The Tatkon Center is a resource center for first-year students that serves as a home base and provides academic, personal, and career exploration support and more throughout the first year.

Lemonade and Cookies in the Courtyard: discover Tatkon, your home base all year
Mon, Aug 20, 2018, 2-6pm; Tues, Aug 21, 2-4pm; Wed, Aug 22, 12-5pm
Drop by the Tatkon Center table in the Balch courtyard for lemonade and cookies and a warm welcome from its super friendly student staff! Then go inside to see the art exhibits, lending library, study spaces, and Carol’s Café. Ask the Tat staff anything! Tatkon offers weekly meditation, fun study breaks and post-prelim events, free peer tutoring, career services, community service opportunities, and more. Refreshments served inside if raining.

Free IT Services that Offer a Competitive Edge
Mon, Aug 20, 2018, 1:00 pm–1:30 pm
Join CIT for a short presentation on free IT services that can help you with course work, homework prep, research, collaborating on presentations, and more. Learn how to spot a “phish” and keep your Cornell information safe.

Net-Print 101—Set Up Your Laptop with Net-Print and Print Your First Assignment or Syllabus
Mon, Aug 20, 2018, 1:30 pm–3:00 pm
Excited to print your first college assignment? Need a copy of your syllabus? Drop by and learn about Net-Print.

Tatkon Block Party: Celebrate your First Week!
South Balch Hall Courtyard – rain location: inside the Tatkon Center, South Balch Hall
Fri, Aug 24, 2018, 4-6pm
Celebrate your first week and discover Cornell’s first-year support and resource hub: The Tatkon Center. Pot a succulent for your room, help make a blanket for a child in need, play FIFA, play with visiting doggies, meet fellow first years, and network with older Tatkon Center staff. Refreshments served.

Student Panel: Life on the Hill
Sun, Aug 26, 2018, 3:00 pm–4:00pm
Student staff members from the Tatkon Center for First-Year Students will talk about life on the Hill. Time will be available for questions and answers. The panel will be followed by pizza and a chance to mingle with other first-year students.

International Student Panel: Life in Ithaca
Sun, Aug 26, 2018, 3:00 pm–4:00pm
4:30 pm–5:30 pm
Upper-level international student staff members from the Tatkon Center for First-Year Students will share tips to help your transition to life at an American university. Stay afterwards, meet other international students and the Tat staff, and check out the center. Refreshments served.

First-Generation Meet and Greet
Tues, Aug 21, 2018, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm
Meet-and-greet to connect with fellow first-generation new students, upper-level students, and faculty and staff members from similar backgrounds. During this event, the associate dean and director of First-Generation and Low-Income Student Support, the Office of Academic Diversity Initiative’s (OADI) First in Class and First Generation Student Union will welcome all first-year and transfer students by introducing the programs, resources, support systems, and networks available to first-generation students on campus. Although we are first, we are not alone.

Learning Strategies Center workshops @ Tatkon
Ace Your Classes!
Wed, Aug 29, 2018, 4:30-5:30pm
The Learning Strategies Center presents tips and techniques to manage your time, get more sleep, prepare smarter for tests, reduce procrastination and have a great semester!
Ace That Prelim!
Wed, Sep 12, 2018, 4:30pm-5:30pm
A Learning Strategies Center workshop. What's the best way to study? How do I prepare for my toughest prelims? What if I have multiple prelims? How do I manage my time when I have prelims? Answers to these questions, and more!
Ace Your Finals!
TBA, 4:30pm-5:30pm
The Learning Strategies Center presents: How to finish the semester strong, manage final projects, get ready for finals, balance everything you have to do at the end of the semester!

Internal Transfer info session
Thurs, Aug 30, 2018, 4:30-5:30pm
Thurs, Oct 25, 2018, 4:30-5:30pm

CU Downtown: Ithaca Celebrates New Students!
Saturday, September 1, 2018,1:00pm–5:00pm, Downtown Ithaca
Explore the city you will call home for the next four years and watch many of Cornell’s vibrant performing arts groups on stage on the Ithaca Commons, Ithaca’s outdoor pedestrian mall. See the Big Red Marching Band and Cornell Pep Band take over the Ithaca Commons, and enjoy breakdancing, Japanese drumming, a cappella, Chinese and Indian dancing, jazz, and more. Don’t miss out on special student discounts, a scavenger hunt, and activities at retail stores and restaurants. Join groups departing from residence halls (learn how to take the local bus service from campus) or take a beautiful walk downtown via Cascadilla Gorge. Learn more from your RA or check with the Tatkon Center—drop in or call 607.253.4282.

Resume Critiques for Arts & Sciences Students
Tues, Sep 4, 2018, 7:00-9:00pm
Mon, Sep 10, 2018, 7:00-9:00pm
Tues, Sep 11, 2018, 7:00-9:00pm

Exploring Majors and Careers for Arts & Sciences students
Thurs, Sep 6, 2018, 4:30-6:30pm
Thurs, Sep 13, 2018, 4:30-6:30pm
Unsure about your major and/or what career to pursue? Meet other first-year students in the College of Arts and Sciences who are in the same boat! Senior Career Associate Ana Adinolfi will introduce you to the college career development process and how your interests, personality, and values may connect to majors or careers. We will set goals for your Cornell experience and identify resources that can help you meet them!

Professional Workshop presented by the Mainland China Student Association and Ascend
Thurs, Sep 6, 2018, 4:30-6:30pm
50 minute introduction to professional/business organizations on campus and tips on navigating ClubFest. Followed by peer resume critiques.

Society for India Ice Cream Social
Fri, Sep 7, 2018, 4:00-5:00pm
Meet the Society for India's e-board and hear about upcoming events plus enjoy some ice cream!

ClubFest, satellite site
Sun, Sep 9, 1:00-4:00pm
Tatkon is the second ClubFest site (main site is in Barton Hall). 28 student orgs will be tabling throughout the center. Explore these orgs plus find out what Tatkon is about at the same time.

Internal Transfer 1:1 Help
Tues, Sep 11, 3:00-5:00pm
Get your questions answered about switching colleges within Cornell.

Career Services Drop-in @ Tatkon
Wed, Sep 12, 4:30-6:30pm
1:1 help with:
Resume / Cover Letter Reviews
Networking and Interviewing Tips and Resources
Job / Internships Search Strategies

Best Buddies Info Session
Thurs, Sep 13, 5:45-7:30pm
Get info on this student org that fosters 1:1 friendships between Cornell students and individuals from the Ithaca community with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Come learn more about the organization's mission and programming, and hear current members discuss their experiences and why they love Best Buddies.

CU Air Info Session
Mon, Sep 17, 5:30-6:30pm
Get the scoop on this undergraduate project team that designs, builds, and tests an unmanned aerial system for the annual AUVSI SUAS competition. Check cuair.org for more info.  Applications are open from August 31 until October 1st. Email cuair_mae@cornell.edu with any questions.

The Advocacy Center and Planned Parenthood @ Tatkon
Mon, Sep 17, 4:30-6:30pm, Entry Lounge
Wed, Sep 19, 7-8:30pm, Entry Lounge
Meet staff from these two off-campus programs which provide essential sexual health and sexual violence support and prevention services for the Ithaca community and Cornell students.

Using Your Personality Strengths for College and Career Success
Mon, Sep 24, 5:00-6:30pm
You don’t have to be a superhero to have super powers. Everyone has personality strengths. In fact, knowing your natural talents, you can create a pathway to college success by choosing classes and majors, and exploring careers that are right for you. Take the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and learn through this workshop how to tailor your college experience to your own unique talents and capabilities! This event is limited to 30 students from any college or major. RSVP required via Handshake between 9/5/18-9/17/18 (by 4pm EST). Search Handshake for “Using Your Personality Strengths for College and Career Success.”

Sex, Sexuality, and Values
Mon, Sep 24, 6:00-7:00pm
Join this discussion with Planned Parenthood and the Advocacy Center staff. Learn about healthy communication, healthy relationships and when to reach out for help.
Presented by The Advocacy Center and Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes.

Post-Prelim Fun
Tues, Sep 25, 9-10:30pm
Take a well-deserved break after your prelim! Come grab some Insomnia cookies and hang out at Tatkon’s game night.

Artist Exhibition Reception
Wed, Sep 26,  5:30-7:00pm
See the Cornell printmakers exhibit at Tatkon, meet the artists and enjoy refreshments. Special opportunity to meet visiting Chinese artist, Xu Bing as well.

October Programs

Study Break @ Tatkon
Tues, Oct 2, 8:30-10pm
Treat yourself to a hard-earned study break! Take some time to chill out with Tatkon. Make your own trail mix, play board games, do a community service project. Hang out with your friends plus make some new ones.

Career Services 101: An Overview of Cornell Career Services for First Years
Wed, Oct 3, 2018, 4:45pm-5:15pm
Discover the best ways for first years to utilize Career Services.

Postcards Home
Fri, Oct 5, 2:30 – 4:00pm
Staying for Fall Break? Drop by and write a postcard home! Surprise your friends and family! Free postcards, postage and snacks. Meet students from around the U.S. and the globe!

Internal Transfer Drop-In
Wed, Oct 10, 3:00-5:00pm
1:1 advising about transferring colleges within Cornell.

Knitting Circle with the Cornell Club Knit with Care
Thurs, Oct 11,  7:00-9:00pm
Take a study break with the Knit with Care club, Cornell's only undergraduate knitting club! Contribute to our group blanket for Ithaca's homeless shelter, make baby hats for the Ithaca Pregnancy Center, or work on your own crafting! Supplies provided.

Research 101
Wed, Oct 17, 5:30pm
Hear directly from student researchers and Cornell's undergraduate research advisor about how to apply and interview for research positions, and what to expect as an undergrad researcher! Free pizza will be provided.

Lift Your Spirits Day on the Quad
Wed, Oct 17, 1:00-4:00pm
Stop by the Tatkon table. Write a note of encouragement for someone and take a note for yourself!

Board Games @ Tatkon
Fri, Oct 19, 7:00-9:00pm
In conjunction with Cornell Fitness Centers, take a glo-stick walk around Beebe Lake and then come back to Tatkon for board games and milk and cookies. Walk departs from the Tang Welcome Center at 7pm.

Alternative Breaks
Info Session on service learning during spring break 2019.

Sun, Oct 21, 5:00-7:00pm
Join one of the amazing teams of students that addresses issues of poverty, food insecurity, nutrition, affordable housing, domestic violence, homelessness, and more.
Trip sites include Cape Cod, Florida, Lake Placid, New York City, and West Virginia. You must attend an information session to receive an application.

Engineering Drop-in Advising for First Years
Mon, Oct 22, 4:30-6:30pm
Wed, Oct 24, 4:30-6:30pm
Mon, Oct 29, 4:30-6:30pm
Wed, Oct 31, 4:30-6:30pm

Meditation with Live Music by Jennifer Koh, professional violinist
Mon, Oct 22, 8-8:30pm
Music has the unique ability to captivate, inspire, and soothe us. Discover the connection between music and the mind! Join us for 30 minutes of meditation and live music by world-class violinist Jennifer Koh. This special event is brought to you by The Tatkon Center, in partnership with Cornell Concert Series and Engaged Cornell.

Drop-in advising on how to get started in research @ Cornell
Tues, October 23, 4:30-6:00pm
Thinking about getting involved in research? Wondering how to contact faculty to ask? Want help writing an email? Stop in. No appointment necessary. Offered by Laurel Southard, Director of Undergraduate Research.

Exploring Careers through Networking
Make Connections: job shadow | informational interview | career exploration

Tues, Oct 23, 7:00-8:30pm
Tues, Nov 6, 7:00pm
Learn the value of exploring careers through Cornell's networking platforms: The Alumni Connections Program (ACP) and introducing the new CUeLINKS! Explore how you can connect with Cornell alumni for job shadowing and informational interviews.
Don’t miss this opportunity to explore, discover your career interests, and build your network!
Questions? Heather Fortenberry | Career Exploration Advisor | hao3@cornell.edu | 103 Barnes Hall

Ace Your Finals!
Wed, Oct 24, 2018, 4:30pm-5:30pm
The Learning Strategies Center presents: How to finish the semester strong, manage final projects, get ready for finals, balance everything you have to do at the end of the semester!

Internal Transfer Application Workshop
Thurs, Oct 25, 4:30-5:30pm
Changing colleges within Cornell? Stop by for help with your application.

Bio Student Meetup
Thurs, Oct 25, 5:00-6:00pm
Starting to think about pre-enrollment? Looking to meet other people in your major? Come to the Tatkon Center for a casual meet and mingle with fellow Biology majors! Upperclassmen will provide honest, informative tips on how to get through pre-enrollment based on their personal experience. There will be free pizza and an opportunity to ask questions to our upperclassmen staff and to get to know your classmates. See you there!

ILR Student Meetup
Thurs, Oct 25, 5:00-6:00pm
Stressed about pre-enrollment and don't know what classes to take? Come get some pizza and meet with upper-class ILRies for insight on all things pre-registration. We'll help you navigate student center, sign up for classes that are right for you, and share our academic experiences from study abroad to credit internships to minors and more! Pizza!

Career Services Drop-In @ Tatkon
Thurs, Oct 25, 5:30-8:00pm
Thurs, Nov 8, 5:30-8:30pm
Career Exploration / Resume / Networking and Interviewing Tips and Resources / Job & Internships Search Strategies
Sign up for a 15 minute conversation HERE (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1aLydgernAEi5MO1SIJTKHTfuqfuly7tX_4FM-GEdzP0/edit?usp=sharing)

Doggies @ Tatkon
Fri, Oct 26, 4:00-5:30pm
Play with our guest doggies. Chill here on Friday!

Spring 2018 Pre-enrollment Tools and Tips
Tues, Oct 30, 4:45pm
Be prepared for pre-enroll and learn how to get involved locally and get credit for it through community-engaged courses! Join us for an overview of Class Roster, Scheduler, and the enrollment process in Student Center, with a special focus on courses to help you connect with communities. Pizza will be served.

Learn about Title IX and Sexual Assault
Wed, Oct 31 and Thurs, Nov 1, 7:00-9:00pm
Learn about your rights regarding sexual assault under Title IX.  Visit the ACLU table @ Tatkonn to learn more!

November Programs

Career Services Drop-in @Tatkon
Thurs, Nov 1, 4:45pm-6:00pm
Resume and Cover Letter Reviews for First-Year Students with Cornell Career Services (CCS) Barnes Hall Peer Advisors
Plus Networking and Interviewing Tips and Resources, Job / Internships Search Strategies
Sign-ups in advance are required through this link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1yZKp12dEjaAbwFbtCrP3XCb0yIvZ3mD53mwzkoVhsU0/edit?usp=sharing

ELECTION NIGHT FILM SCREENING + DISCUSSION: The Best Democracy Can Buy
Tues, Nov 6, 5:00-7:00pm
Pizza, movie, and an engaging discussion abt voter suppression hosted by the Mews Faculty Fellows, the Public Service Center, and the Andrew Goodman Foundation.

Exploring Careers through Networking
Make Connections: job shadow | informational interview | career exploration

Tues, Nov 6, 7:00pm
Learn the value of exploring careers through Cornell's networking platforms: The Alumni Connections Program (ACP) and introducing the new CUeLINKS! Explore how you can connect with Cornell alumni for job shadowing and informational interviews.
Don’t miss this opportunity to explore, discover your career interests, and build your network!
Questions? Heather Fortenberry | Career Exploration Advisor | hao3@cornell.edu | 103 Barnes Hall

Drop-in advising on how to get started in research @ Cornell
Wed, Nov 7, 4:30-6:00pm
Thinking about getting involved in research? Wondering how to contact faculty to ask? Want help writing an email? Stop in. No appointment necessary. Offered by Laurel Southard, Director of Undergraduate Research.

Career Services Drop-in @Tatkon
Thurs, Nov 8, 5:30-8:00pm
Career Exploration / Resume / Networking and Interviewing Tips and Resources / Job & Internships Search Strategies
Sign up for a 15 minute conversation HERE (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1aLydgernAEi5MO1SIJTKHTfuqfuly7tX_4FM-GEdzP0/edit?usp=sharing)

Crafty Study Break Event
Thurs, Nov 8, 8:00-9:00pm
Draw on and decorate shadow puppets while listening to the sounds of Javanese gamelan music. Pizza served. Co-sponsored by the Southeast Asia Program.

Internal Transfer Drop-In
Tues, Nov 13, 3:00-5:00pm
1:1 advising about transferring colleges within Cornell.

Student Panel: Internships and Externships for First-Years
Wed, Nov 14, 2018, 5:00pm-6:00pm
First-Year Students CAN Find Great Internships and Externships!
Hear from an experienced panel of students and Rita Boratav of Cornell Career Services. Career interests and experiences include biotechnology, pharmaceutical industry, medical research, human resources, banking, U.S. State Department, entertainment, media, sales, and NBCUniversal.

Tat Talk with Policy, Analysis, and Management faculty member, Peter Rich
Thurs, Nov 15, 5pm
Interested in public policy or possible career paths relating to sociology and economics?
Join a casual conversation with Assistant Prof Pete Rich, Department of Policy Analysis and Management. Professor Rich studies the intersection of social inequality and education, and how economic policy can expand opportunities for under-served groups. He will share his research and how he transitioned from college to a successful career in policy analysis. Come for advice, conversation, food! Enjoy a faculty member outside of the classroom.

Research Advising
Tues, Nov 27, 4:30-6:00PM
1:1 guidance for getting started as an undergrad researcher; meet with Dr. Laurel Southard, Director, Undergrad Research

Women in Computing at Cornell (WICC)
Tues, Nov 27, 6:00-7:00PM
Stop by our info table in the Tatkon reception area and chat with current executive board members to learn about what we do and how you can get involved.

Study Break with hot cocoa and board games
Thurs, Nov 29, 9-10:30pm
Don’t forget to take care of yourself! Take a study break and chill @ the Tatkon Center.
Cookies, hot cocoa, tea, board games.  Hang out with friends plus make new ones.

Special Study Break: Yogibana - an artistic wellness concept that weaves yoga and ikebana (Japanese style floral design). Do something restful and make something beautiful for your room at the same time!
Mon, Dec 3, 7-8:45pm
Participants will make a fresh flower arrangement while fusing art, design, hospitality and wellness practices, and entrepreneurship. Taught by Mona Anita Olsen, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Faculty Fellow in Risley. All materials free and provided.
RESERVATION required. Space limited. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSelvqRYHD8_wqbZqV2jVKhIVT4MsY6gXW7KL2dZUJmD-tgt8w/viewform?usp=sf_link

Study Skills Peer Tutors @ Tatkon for you!
Wed, Dec 5, 8-9pm; Thurs, Dec 6, 8-9pm; and Fri, Dec 7, 10-11am
The Learning Strategies Center is sending extra tutors to Tatkon to help with studying for finals. Take advantage of them to figure out how to balance your final projects and exams. Finish the semester strong!

Doggie Study Break
Tues, Dec 11, 3:30-5:00pm
Met Honorary Tatkon Staff members, Cinny and Duke. Play with these adorable dogs and chill.