Fall 2019 Programs

Tatkon Center for First-Year StudentsAugust/September 2019

Time Management Workshop
Wed, Sep 4, 4:30-5:30pm
Mike Chen from the Learning Strategies Center shares tips and techniques on Time Management, Test Preparation, Managing Your Toughest Classes, Reading Efficiently and more...so you can start the semester right!

Learn Canvas to Access Your Courses
Wed, Sep 4, 5:30-6:30pm
Drop in and learn from Rob Vanderlan, Associate Director, the Center for Teaching Innovation, about Canvas, Cornell’s system for managing course work. Learn how to find course materials, track due dates, receive messages from faculty, view grades, and set up the mobile app. Students from the Center for Teaching Innovation’s Tech Lab will answer questions.

Cookies, Cards, and Cornell
Wed, Sep 4, 7-9pm
Sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
Decorate and (eat!) cookies, make cards for patients at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital, and listen to upperclassmen panelists talk about their experiences as female engineers. Bring your friends and ask questions! For more information about SWE, visit the Facebook page "Cornell SWE" or swe.cornell.edu.

International Student Meet Up
Thurs, Sep 5, 4:30-5:30pm
Sponsored by the International Student Union (ISU)
No matter the country you’re from, language you speak, or culture you identify with, join us for a student panel featuring ISU members from multiple countries to discuss life at an American university, as well as to answer your questions. Meet students from all over the world. Light drinks and snacks will be served.

WICC Welcome Week: Board Game Night
Thurs, Sep 5, 5-7pm
Tatkon library area
If you like friendly competition and a free dinner, come to the Tatkon library lounge for a fun night of board games with WICC (Women in Computing at Cornell). Feel free to bring friends and your favorite game. Hope to see you there!

Chat @ the Tat
Thurs, Sep 5, 8-9pm
Talk with Tat student staff about things important for first years to know: where to eat on central, how to email your professor for an extension, favorite study places, fun clubs to join, the logistics of being organized, health and wellness tips, anything on your mind.

Speed Friending Fridays
Fri, Sep 6, 3:30-5pm
Come make friends. Everyone’s invited. Spend three to five minutes chatting with participants answering these or other ice breaker questions: Do you prefer to live in the country or city? If you could learn a new skill, what would it be? What’s your favorite childhood memory? What are you most thankful for? How would you spend your ideal day? Describe yourself using one word. What are your hidden talents? Cookies served.

Association of Computer Science Undergrad Meet & Greet
Fri, Sep 6, 4-5:30pm
Room 3331
Network with and get tips from CS majors. The organization has 400+ members and hosts 100+ events every year.

4th Annual CU Downtown
Sat, Sep 7, 1-5pm
Don’t miss one of the biggest events of the year. Get off campus and explore downtown!
From Japanese drumming to a cappella to jazz to high-energy Indian dancing, to a guest student balloon artist, scavenger hunt, and free cider and donuts for the first 1000 attendees, this is guaranteed to be a super fun, eclectic, nonstop showcase of Cornell student talent and a community-wide celebration of the start of the school year! The event is free plus lots of student discounts and giveaways at shops and restaurants. Free TCAT bus shuttle from the Risley and Jessup Road stops (beside the Townhouses). Check with your RAs for group departure info. Want to walk downtown via Cascadilla Gorge? Meet in Mews courtyard at 12:45pm.

Mindfulness Mondays: Dogs! Dogs! Dogs!
Mon, Sep 9, 8-9pm
Come to our first Mindfulness Mondays of the term. Take this hour to remember to take care of yourself and relax with doggies! Cultivating a practice of mindfulness is a smart investment in your career, health, and overall happiness. The focus of the session will vary from week to week.

Transferring to Another College Within Cornell Info Session
Mon, Sep 9, 4:30pm
If interested in pursuing a major unavailable in your current college or for any other reason, you want to know more about the internal transfer process and requirements, this is for you!

Meet CUAir Engineering Project Team Members
Mon, Sep 9, 5:30pm and Wed, 5-7pm
CUAir is looking for students passionate about design, development, and testing in principles such as mechanical and aerospace, electrical, computer science, management, and more.

Interested in representing the Class of 2023 and joining Cornell’s oldest student organization?
Tues, Sep 10, 5-6pm
Check out Class Council, a student government organization that nurtures togetherness and pride. Pizza served.

Society for India Ice Cream Social
Wed, Sep 11, 4-5pm
Meet e-board members. Make new friends and eat sweet treats.

Snack & Chat
Wed, Sep 11, 4-5pm
Chat 1:1 or in small groups with academic advisors from across Cornell, who will answer questions related to study skills, planning your undergraduate career, interacting with professors, etc. Refreshments served.

Chat @ the Tat
Thurs, Sep 12, 8-9pm
Join an informal chat with Tatkon staff members about all things important for first years to know: where to eat on central, how to e-mail your professor for an extension, favorite study places, fun clubs to join, Cornell traditions, the logistics of being organized. Topics will vary from week to week, and first years are invited to ask anything on their mind.

Presidential Debate Watch Party with Cornell Dems
Thurs, Sep 12, 8pm
Watch the livestream. Make some new friends.

Speed Friending Friday
Fri, Sep 13, 3:30-5pm
Have fun making new friends and enlarging your social network. Everyone’s invited.

Meet Up for Music: Get a free ticket for this week’s Bailey Hall concert with Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science
Fri, Sep 13, 7:15pm, meet in Tatkon reception area
Tatkon has 10 tickets to give away for each concert this term. First come, first serve; a waitlist will be collected if needed. Hosted by a music ambassador and Takon staff; meet up at 7:15pm at Tatkon for cookies and socializing, then walk together to the concert hall for the 8pm concert. Social Science is the latest project from Grammy Award-winning producer and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington. Social Science uses their eclectic blend of jazz, indie rock, and Hip Hop to explore critical themes impacting society. The band takes on topics such as social justice, racial equality, gender and sexuality, mass incarceration, and ongoing sociopolitical concerns.

Calling All First-Year Athletes on North
Sun, Sep 15, 6pm
Meet Mews Hall Faculty Fellow John Sipple, Cornell's faculty athletic representative to the Ivy League and the NCAA. Learn about the rights, obligations, and opportunities for student athletes. Bring any questions/concerns. Pizza served.

Mindfulness Mondays @ Tatkon: Meditation with Live Music, solo Bach performed by violinist and Cornell Prof. Ariana Kim
Mon, Sep 16, 8-9pm
Take this hour to take care of yourself at Tatkon’s 2nd Mindfulness Mondays. This will be one of Tatkon’s most special events of the term. Prof Ariana Kim made her New York recital debut at Carnegie's Weill Hall during her graduate studies at Juilliard and is now a tenured professor at Cornell in the Department of Music.  
Join us as she plays solo Bach in an intimate setting at the Tatkon Center. Ithaca College Professor Mary Ann Erickson will begin the program by setting the framework for how to use music to be mindful.
Cultivating a practice of mindfulness is a smart investment in your career, health, and overall happiness. Don’t miss this!

Cornell Rocketry Project Team Info Session
Mon, Sep 16, 5pm
Check out this engineering project team dedicated to designing, assembling, and launching high-powered rockets. Whether you love rockets or want to develop your engineering, software, hardware or business skills through cool projects, learn about Cornell Rocketry!

Ace that Prelim! A study skills workshop presented by the Learning Strategies Center
Wed, Sep 18, 4:30pm
Want to study more efficiently? To study in the right way for the different kinds of prelims you have? To balance your work when you have multiple prelims? Mike Chen from the Learning Strategies Center will present tips and techniques that will help you to Ace that Prelim!

Engineering Career Fair Team (ECaFT)
Wed, Sep 18, 4:30pm
The Cornell Engineering Career Fair Team (ECaFT) is recruiting. ECaFT is an undergraduate student-run organization dedicated to planning and executing the Spring Engineering, Technical & Entrepreneurial Career Fair in February, and the fall and spring Engineering Project Showcases. We work year-round with Cornell’s engineering Co-op & Career Services Office to recruit companies from all over the nation for these unique and large-scale networking events.
Subteams include Logistics, Corporate Relations, Public Relations, and Technology.

Association of Computer Science Undergrads (ACSU)
Thu, Sep 19, 5pm
Want to learn more about joining the Association of Computer Science Undergraduates (ACSU) as an officer? Come to our Info Session and meet our teams and E-Board.

Chat @ the Tat
Thurs, Sep 19, 8-9pm
Come ask about anything on your mind. Utilize the Tatkon Center student staff. They were all Cornell first years!

Speed Friending Friday
Fri, Sep 20, 3:30-5pm
Have fun making new friends.

Hindu Student Council Social
Fri, Sep 20, 3:00-5pm
Come to The Hindu Student Council (HSC) Social! There will be fun crafts, games, and snacks. Meet the E-Board and learn how you can get involved in the Cornell Hindu community.

Mindfulness Mondays: take a break for your health and happiness!
Work on a sewing project that will become a public art installation on refugees

Mon, Sep 23, 8:00-9:00pm
Come stitch a panel and discuss the Johnson’s contemporary art exhibition, how the light gets in, centered on human im/migration. Insomnia Cookies will be served for participants. No sewing experience required.
The Johnson Museum Club and Student Educators are participating in the 25 Million Stitches project conceived of and organized by Sacramento-based artist, Jennifer Kim Sohn. Her two objectives are to engage as many participants to raise awareness of this global refugee crisis as possible and to amass 25 million stitches to visually represent the sheer volume of refugees displaced around the globe.
https://www.jenniferkimsohn.com/25-million-stitches

Board Games + Brownies with Cornell Minds Matter
Tues, Sep 24, 7:00-9:00pm
Take a break, relax, make friends!

Chat @ the Tat
Thurs, Sep 26, 8-9pm
Talk with Tatkon student staff about anything on your mind.
Café lounge area

Improving your Writing
Thurs, Sep 26, 8-9pm

Speed Friending Friday
Fri, Sep 27, 3:30-5pm
Have fun making new friends.

Meet up for Music: two opportunities!
Sun, Sept. 29, 3pm, the Cornell Orchestra in Bailey Hall. Meet up in front of Tatkon (Cradit Farm Drive side) at 2:30pm then walk to Bailey together. (Tickets not required for this event.)
Sep 30, 8pm Bailey Hall Concert- free tickets to hear world-class classical pianists Daniil Trifonov and Sergei Babayan
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScLnhs8lsPDEhE-dCJBRhnJbTJNOl5s21_8omSOOnbVHXMi4g/viewform
Tatkon has 10 tickets to give away.  First come, first serve. Meet up at 7:15pm at Tatkon for cookies and socializing, then walk together to the concert hall.

Mindfulness Mondays: take a break for your health and happiness!
Watercolor Crayon/Painting Workshop
Mon, Sep 30, 8:00-9:00pm
Like to draw or color? Love to paint? Why not do both!? In this workshop, we will work with Watercolor Crayons, a wax-based medium that acts like a normal crayon but turns into watercolor when wet. No experience is needed. Led by Julianne Hunter, AAP Printmaking and Studio Manager. A guaranteed fun, vibrant event where you leave with a your own original artwork!

Making the Most of your First Year at Cornell: Skills and Support for First Year Students
Tues, Oct 1, 3:30-5pm
7 weekly sessions from October through November
Are you a first year student looking to make the most of your Cornell experience?  Has this “going away to college” thing been harder than you imagined?  Are you interested in learning life management and ”adulting” skills among a small group of supportive peers?  We welcome interested first year students to this weekly support group.  Each 90-minute session will include both psychoeducation and group discussion on a weekly theme; topics include: mastering interdependence, sexuality & dating, managing mood, values exploration, etc. Facilitated by therapists  Katrina Blomquist, PhD & Katie Van Tiem, MHC-LP

Queer Sexual Violence Prevention Training
Tues, Oct 1 and Oct 8, 4:30-7pm
This two session program will provide LGBTQ+ students information and tools to help prevent and respond to high-risk social situations and instances of sexual violence. Opportunity to practice various scenarios in second session. Go to bit.ly/QSVPsignup and RSVP to attend.

Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program Information Session
Thu, Oct 3, 5-6pm
Come check out the Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program, the only club on campus to offer students clinical practice. Learn to take vitals, serve the Ithaca community, and make a difference!

Your portrait & words wanted for a Class of 2023 exhibit
Sun, Oct 6, drop by 3:00–8:00pm
Have your portrait taken & answer this question: What are you grateful for? Portraits by award-winning photojournalist, John Noltner. Participants get access to their digital file. Words and images will be combined into an on-campus exhibit spring 2020.

Mindfulness Mondays: take a break for your health and happiness! Plant bamboo for your room and other fun activities.
Mon, Oct 7, 8:00-9:00pm
Nurture a plant and remember to take care of yourself, too, at the same time! Join Cornell Minds Matter and Tatkon Center staff for a fun event.

Making the Most of your First Year at Cornell: Skills and Support for First Year Students
Tues, Oct 8, 3:30-5pm
7 weekly sessions from October through November
Are you a first year student looking to make the most of your Cornell experience?  Has this “going away to college” thing been harder than you imagined?  Are you interested in learning life management and ”adulting” skills among a small group of supportive peers?  We welcome interested first year students to this weekly support group.  Each 90-minute session will include both psychoeducation and group discussion on a weekly theme; topics include: mastering interdependence, sexuality & dating, managing mood, values exploration, etc. Facilitated by therapists  Katrina Blomquist, PhD & Katie Van Tiem, MHC-LP.

LGBT Resource Center Drop-in @ Tatkon
Thu, Oct 10, 3-5pm
Stop by to connect with the Director of the LGBT Resource Center, Christopher Lujan. Grab some candy, learn about the resources the Center offers, or just say hi!

Internal Transfer Application Workshop
Wed, Oct 16, 4:30-5:30pm
Switching colleges? Information and tips on how to craft your personal statement and/or resume. Bring yours!

Meet up for Music: See Lorelei Ensemble -  a nine woman vocal ensemble whose repertoire extends from Medieval to contemporary
Sat, Oct 19, 8pm Bailey Hall Concert http://www.cornellconcertseries.com/performance/lorelei-ensemble/
Meet up at 7:15pm at Tatkon for cookies and socializing, then walk together to the concert hall
Ticket sign-up required
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScLnhs8lsPDEhE-dCJBRhnJbTJNOl5s...

Tour of Asia
Sun, Oct 20, 4-5:30pm
This event brings together and highlights the food and culture of China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, and India.  Attendance is free of charge and upon arrival, you will be provided with a "passport" that will allow you to collect stamps as you travel around to each country and sample food. Sponsored in partnership with Alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority, Inc. and the brothers of Lambda Phi Epsilon International Fraternity, Inc.

Mindfulness Mondays: Overnight oats: make a nutritious breakfast in a mason jar
Mon, Oct 21, 8:00-9:00pm
Join us to prepare a tasty breakfast meal with great toppings, and learn about Cornell Recreation events on campus. Nurture health and happiness. 

Alternative Breaks Info Session
Tue, Oct 22, 5pm
Care about social justice? Want an amazing Spring Break? Learn about Cornell’s service-learning trips to Boston, Florida, NYC, and Lake Placid. Engage with community agencies in domestic violence safe houses, homeless shelters, residential treatment facilities, LGBTQIA+ youth homeless shelters, schools, and more.

LGBT Resource Center Drop-in Hours @ Tatkon
Thu, Oct 24, 3-5pm
Stop by to connect with the Assistant Director of the LGBT Resource Center. Grab some candy, learn about the Center, or just say hi!

Research 101
Thu, Oct 24, 5pm
Hear 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.

Alternative Breaks Info Session
Sun, Oct 27, 5pm
Care about social justice? Want an amazing Spring Break? Learn about Cornell’s service-learning trips to Boston, Florida, NYC, and Lake Placid. Engage with community agencies in domestic violence safe houses, homeless shelters, residential treatment facilities, LGBTQIA+ youth homeless shelters, schools, and more.

Printmaking Exhibit and Artist Reception
Mon, Oct 28, 5-6:30pm
Meet Cornell student printmakers, talk art, and enjoy great food. All welcome.

Mindfulness Mondays: Try a moving meditation practice- CHI GONG
Mon, Oct 28, 8:00-8:45pm
Want to check out a fun, relaxing way to relax and clear your mind? Try a moving meditation practice- Chi Gong. Taught by Janet Fortess, Cornell PE instructor.
Get your week on the right track, nurturing health and happiness.  

Meet up for Live Music – and film!
Tue, Oct 29, 6:45pm
Meet at the Tatkon reception area then depart for Sage Chapel at 7pm for a 7:30pm showing of The Hunchback of Notre Dame with live music. Celebrate Halloween with a screening of the chilling 1923 silent film classic with the musical score performed live on the Sage Chapel organ. In collaboration with Cornell Cinema. No tickets required.

Internal Transfer Walk-in Advising
Wed, Oct 30, 3-5:00pm
Trying to sort out about switching colleges? Drop-in, no appointment necessary to discuss and get the ins and outs.

Career Readiness Workshop: Recognizing and Articulating Your Skills to Employers
Wed, Oct 30, 5-6:00pm
Learn how your experiences help you to build skills in the competencies employers seek and how you can turn these experiences into bullet points on your resume or short examples to be used in interviews. Taught by Heather Fortenberry, Cornell Career Services.

Mindfulness Mondays: Art / Relaxation Hour
Mon, Nov 4, 8-9pm
Feeling stressed? Need a study break? Join Cornell Minds Matter, Yellow Paint Society, and Tea Club for a night of relaxation. Paint and make sleep kits and your own tea bags.

Engineering Advising Drop-in Hours
Mon, Nov 4; Wed, Nov 6; Mon, Nov 11; Wed, Nov 13
4:30-6:30pm
Get ready for pre-enroll.  Come to a quick, 15 minute session, to talk about scheduling questions. First come, first served.

LGBT Resource Center Drop-In Hours
Thu, Nov 7, 3-5pm
Stop by to connect with staff of the LGBT Resource Center. Grab some candy, learn about the center, or just say hi!

Ins and Outs of Pre Enroll: Advice from Tatkon Staff
Fri, Nov 8, 4:30-5:30pm
Come in for hot chocolate and review pre-enrollment logistics. Talk informally and get tips from Tatkon staff familiar with your college and its courses and profs. First-year pre-enrollment starts next week.

Info Session for the Milstein Program in Technology & Humanity
Sun, Nov 10, 4-5:00pm
Are you a freshman in the College of Arts & Sciences looking for an opportunity to be at the nexus of technology and humanity? Do you love Chaucer, capital markets, or Chinese, but are also fascinated with technology and data and can see the intersections between all? Come talk with current Milstein Program students to learn more about the program and how you can apply. The Milstein Program in Technology & Humanity combines a superb liberal arts education with cutting edge programs and courses at Cornell Tech over two summers at the New York City Roosevelt Island campus.

BLIND DATE W A BOOK!
Guess Who!- Tatkon Edition

Check out our leisure reading library or sign up for suspense with one of our wrapped books! Our Blind Date with A Book Series loans books from mystery to nonfiction and more. Use the clues to pick a book and unwrap your next adventure! Take a break with a relaxing read from Tatkon.

Mindfulness Mondays: Music Jam!
Mon, Nov 11, 8-9:00pm
Take some time to unwind, play music, and make some new friends! You can stop by and improv, play something you prepared beforehand, or just listen and enjoy some snacks. We will provide a keyboard and some small percussion instruments. Feel free to bring any other instruments or performance materials you want!

Learn about the Milstein Program in Technology & Humanity
Tue, Nov 12, 5-6:00pm
Are you a freshman in the College of Arts & Sciences looking for an opportunity to be at the nexus of technology and humanity? Do you love Chaucer, capital markets, or Chinese, but are also fascinated with technology and data and can see the intersections between all? Come talk with current Milstein Program students to learn more about the program and how you can apply. The Milstein Program in Technology & Humanity combines a superb liberal arts education with cutting edge programs and courses at Cornell Tech over two summers at the New York City Roosevelt Island campus.

Questions about on-campus housing for next year?
Wed, Nov 13, 6-7:30pm
Questions about living on campus your sophomore year?  Join the Undergraduate Housing Coordinator for a Q&A about the room selection process in the spring and all of the options available to you on campus.

Student Panel on Work + Research in Africa: meet members of the African Development Association
Thu, Nov 14, 5:30-6:30pm
Meet members of the Cornell student org, the African Development Association, and hear about their internships and research experiences in Africa! Learn about opportunities in Africa and make connections with org members eager to share their stories.

Data Visualization Workshops, Part I +II
Mon, Nov 18, 4:45-7:15pm + Wed, Nov 20, 4:45-7:15pm
Sponosored by the Milstein Program with Dr. Anna Feigenbaum
Dinner will be provided.
This hands-on two day event will explore data storytelling, the importance of audience, and humanizing data visualization. On the first day, students will learn about how data storytelling and your intended audience can be used to create a narrative.

Students will take part in activities to create their own data stories, exploring how different charts, symbols, and colors can influence the narrative. On the second day, students will present their own data visualizations and learn how to “humanize” data visualizations. Following a hands-on group constructive crit, students will hack their own data visualizations. Students can refine their final product and use it in their portfolios.

Anna Feigenbaum currently works as a Principal Academic in Digital Storytelling at Bournemouth University in the Southwest of England where she teaches multimedia journalism and convenes the Civic Media Hub and BU Datalabs project. Before joining BU she taught at RAIUL and held fellow positions at the Rutgers University Center for Historical Analysis, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the Institute for Historical Research at University of London.

Mindfulness Mondays: Poetry, Art and Tea Night
Mon, Nov 18, 8-9:00pm
Take a quick break from homework and join us for a relaxed night of artistic poetry, tea, and cookies! Come to the center for a night of creativity and learn the techniques of “blackout poetry.” Decorate your walls with your words or give to a friend and brighten their day. Share your designs and warm up with some tea and hot chocolate! Cookies will be served. 

Drop-in advising on how to get started in research @ Cornell
Tue, Nov 19, 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.

LGBT Resource Center Drop-In Hours @ Tatkon
Thu, Nov 21, 3-5:00pm
Stop by to connect with staff of the LGBT Resource Center. Grab some candy, learn about the center, or just say hi!

Post Prelim Fun
Thu, Nov 21, 8-9pm
Decorate and eat cupcakes post prelim. Plus other fun de-stressing activities.

Doggies!
Fri, Nov 22, 4-5:30pm
It’s Friday! Relax with visiting dogs! Sponsored by Townhouses, Eco and Tatkon.