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Global Grand Challenges Symposium: Alumni Competitions

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International alumni of Cornell University are encouraged to submit entries in two competitions being sponsored as part of the Global Grand Challenges Symposium on November 8–9, 2018.

Competition #1: The Lingua Mater

Can you translate Cornell’s Alma Mater into your mother tongue (or a language you learned at Cornell) and sing it in public? We invite you to translate “Far Above Cayuga’s Waters” and submit a video of you (and your friends!) performing the song.

Top entries will be awarded Cornell Store Gift Cards valued at $100-$300. 

Entries may be submitted by any Cornell international alumna/alumnus or group of international alumni.

Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges. Selections will be announced by Alumni Affairs and Development/International Relations in its Noteworthy Newsletter and on the Global Cornell website.

Please contact International Alumni Relations, if you have any questions.

Details

  • As is customary, include the first verse, refrain, second verse, and refrain (for guidance, see the lyrics and listen to this performance).
  • Translations do not need to be exact or perfectly in meter but should capture the feel and tune of the university’s Alma Mater.
  • Deliver your video as an MP4 at 1920 x 1080 (1080p), in landscape mode with an aspect ratio of 16:9.
  • You must include the translated lyrics on the online form.

Competition #2: Cornell’s Global Grand Challenge

It is often said that the current generation of young people is inheriting a world of crises they did not create. But the task of identifying those crises and finding their solutions often sits with senior leaders. We want to know what Cornell's international alumni think. What is the greatest challenge facing humanity today and how could Cornell contribute to addressing it?

Top entries will be awarded Cornell Store Gift Cards valued at $100-$300.

We welcome entries by individuals or groups in the form of prose, poetry, or two-dimensional visual art.

Entries may be submitted by any Cornell international alumna/alumnus or group of international alumni. 

Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges. Selections will be announced by Alumni Affairs and Development/International Relations in its Noteworthy Newsletter and on the Global Cornell website.

Please contact International Alumni Relations if you have any questions.

Details

  • Written entries must be no more than 300 words.
  • Graphic entries should be uploaded in JPG or PDF format at high resolution.