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Cornell readies for students’ return
August 23, 2013

The population of Mount Vernon-Lisbon will get a lot bigger starting next week.

First-year students at Cornell College arrived Tuesday (Aug. 27). Returning students start coming back Saturday, Aug. 31, and classes start on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2.

Cornell reports the freshman class totals 322. The new students are involved in a variety of orientation activities this coming week. That includes a meet your community night Thursday, Aug. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. They will be visiting participating local businesses as part of a game competition that night.

The students' arrival doesn't mean the summer has been quiet on campus. Several major projects have been under way this summer, including:

• New artificial field turf was installed in Ash Park. To celebrate the improvements, there will be a spirit day Sept. 7, the Rams' home opener football game.

• Renovations of Olin Hall continued this summer. Olin, which faces First Street on the west edge of campus, houses about 200 students.

• Major remodeling and updates to The Garner President's House, which began in March 2012, are now complete. A community open house is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6. The event includes a Red Cedar Chamber Music concert.

• A restored cupola is being installed on top of College Hall; the structure was destroyed by a lightning strike and subsequent fire in September 2012.

• An elevator has been installed in King Chapel.

• A $14 million renovation and expansion of The Thomas Commons, the hub of campus, is well under way. It's slated to be completed in January, with a formal dedication in the spring.

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