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Spain Alumni Come Together for a Virtual Meet and Greet

Maria del Carmen Garcia, B.Eng. ‘85
grid of faces on a group call from a computer screen

In response to Cornell’s recent measures to promote the health and safety of its community, Maria del Carmen Garcia invited her fellow Cornell alumni in Spain for a virtual meet and greet. Garcia commended Cornell’s move to online instruction and its digitalization of non-essential events and wanted to do something to demonstrate her support from across the Atlantic. “Let’s do our bit to support this virtual effort. In these times of uncertainty, requiring that we uphold our Cornell values, let's digitally connect and be there for each other. Make yourself a tapa, join the call (better yet, join by video) and let's meet and greet with the usual Spanish-friendly spirit. Stay safe,” stated Garcia. As a result, on March 25, 10 alumni from Madrid and Barcelona met virtually, most having experienced more than 15 days of confinement due to Spain’s national lockdown. “The general tone was so supportive across generations—from the class of 2024 to the class of 1983,” said Garcia.