October 24, 2011
We are back home from our spectacular weekend at Cornell University with the voices of many renewed friendships fresh in our minds and many honors warming our hearts. Let me share these moments with you.
First, on Thursday we spent the day and evening at the College of Human Ecology (my alma mater) attending the dedication of their beautiful new building.
At 11 AM Dean Alan Mathios spoke in glowing terms about the use of the building. He described the future of the young students who will move through its halls to receive their education in cutting edge technology that involves cross disciplinary studies in arts and science. He spoke of the tragic demise of the old building and the difficult days immediately following its condemnation. The Dean ended his address with a quote from my statement on the plaque that is beside the sculpture Epilogue 19 that Jerry and I donated to the College. “Out of adversity comes the possibility for beautiful new life.” I was blown away!!!
After the ribbon cutting Jerry, my daughter Laurie and I had lunch…which was spread throughout the building, so you could tour and munch at the same time. We met and talked with some very impressive students who were demonstrating their research. The air is electric with their excitement.
That evening, the three of us were hosted by the Dean at a small champagne
reception for the donors where we received a thank you gift of a beautiful painting of the College’s original building, Martha Van Rensselaer Hall. We then stepped into a beautiful great hall, the Commons, for a wonderful sit down dinner. It was a grand time to be with old friends who had come back for the dedication of the building. Highlight of the room was the chandelier lighting, created by the Human Ecology Design students to replicate cloud formations and made of material from New Zealand that is used to manage oil spills. They are stunning. The evening
finished with a beautiful concert by the Cornell University Women’s and Men’s choirs.
The next two days were devoted to the 40th anniversary of the 1971 Cornell Ivy League Football Championship. But first we toured the beautiful I.M. Pei extension of the Johnson Art Museum and the Cornell Plantation grounds to see the Andy Goldsworthy sculpture.
That night we had our own Musick family reunion dinner with fifteen Musick family and friends. What a delight to all get together… four generations and three of our five great grandsons. After dinner we attended the first event of the football reunion, a reception in the Schoellkopf Hall Tradition Room where memories of ’71 and large mural size pictures of Jack Musick, the head coach (and head of the family until his death in 1977) were arranged. I told Laurie and Jerry that my outstanding impression was having my face buried in sooo many big chests as I was hugged throughout the evening.
The next day was the tailgate lunch with photo ops as we all made like the team picture. There was the sight of two of my daughters walking with the
team out on the field at half time to stand in for their father and me. I won’t discuss the game!
That night we all met in the Schoellkopf Hall Trophy Room for a lovely dinner and great, funny speeches from five of the players now in the Hall of Fame. At the end I introduced grand daughter Jenny Musick Wright who presented the DVD she has created to honor Jack and his family. It was a tear jerker but everyone loved it…more hugs!!!
What an incredible experience.