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Campus Activities

Big Red Pride Days
There is plenty to do on campus during the April wellness days as we celebrate Cornell’s 156th Charter Day! The Campus Activities Office is working with student organizations and offices to bring in-person events, physically distanced, each day leading up to Cornell’s 156th Charter Day on Tuesday, April 27th! Individual activities include tie-dye, lawn games, inflatables, succulent giveaways, and more!

Welcome to Campus Activities!

Campus Activities provides vibrant and supportive opportunities that promote and nurture student learning, the practice of leadership, social responsibility, interpersonal skill-building and self-awareness through experiential learning.

We bring students and student communities together to:

  • Foster/create a sense of belonging

  • Gain an understanding of, and an appreciation for, diversity
  • Promote health and well-being
  • Foster personal awareness
  • Actively engage in and prepare for their roles as global citizens

We cultivate students’ active engagement in Cornell University through registered student organizations, volunteer and employment opportunities as well as participation in events, programs, workshops and training.

Virtual Programs - Ideas and Existing Programs Around the (Virtual) World!

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Mission & Goals

Our mission—to provide students with opportunities designed to promote individual growth, creativity and personal connections through experiential learning—is accompanied by 6 main goals:

  1. To empower students and support their activities through the provision of services, facilities, classes, training and programs.

  2. To facilitate and support hands-on experiences where students learn and use leadership and life skills. These skills include team building, group development, supervision, budget development and fiscal management, marketing and promotion techniques, professional ethics, time management, decision-making and meeting management.
  3. Consult with students, staff and faculty wishing to hold major events on university property.
  4. Evaluate Campus Activities programs, training and services regularly and initiate change when needed.
  5. Commit resources towards applying technological advances to Campus Activities sponsored programs and services.
  6. Initiate and support collaboration among students, staff and faculty in the area of programming.
Celebrating Class of 2020 on Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Touchdown celebrating the Class of 2020 on Animal Crossing: New Horizons!

Student Org Support Drop-In Hours

The Campus Activities office is holding daily Zoom drop in hours (1/4-5/27) to help with ANYTHING you may need:

  • Moving meetings to Zoom

  • Virtual Elections
  • Virtual Programming
  • Starting a new organization next semester
  • Constitution & Bylaw support
  • Leadership transitions
  • Budgets (SAFC and other funding opportunities)

Drop-in hours:

Monday - Thursday 9-10am EST

Additional ways to access the call can be found at this page.

You will be added into a waiting room where a staff member will invite you in when available. You will need to log in through your Cornell Zoom account.

Meet the Team

Karli Buday

Director of Campus Activities (Interim)

523 Willard Straight Hall

Karli is the current Interim Director to Campus Activities within Campus and Community Engagement. The Campus Activities Team strives to focus on promoting and nurturing student learning, social responsibility, and community membership through experiential learning and student involvement. In addition, the office directly works with over 1,000 student organizations to provide mentorship through the year.

Denice Cassaro

Assistant Director, Campus Activities

527 Willard Straight Hall

Denice is an Assistant Director in Campus Activities where she is dedicated to providing vibrant and supportive opportunities that promote and nurture student learning, the practice of leadership, social responsibility, interpersonal skill-building and self-awareness through experiential learning. She directly advises the Welcome Weekend Committee, the Willard Straight Hall Student Union Board and the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly Program Board. Denice oversees the Campus Activities Resource Center located in Willard Straight Hall and the Big Red Shuttle program.

Kyle Schillace

Assistant Director, Campus Activities

526 Willard Straight Hall

Kyle is an Assistant Director for Campus Activities. Kyle is the advisor for our four Class Councils, the CUTonight Commission, Senior Convocation, and Senior Days. He is also an advisor for Alpha Phi Omega.

Linda Siptrott

Program Assistant, Campus Activities; Business Manager

401 Willard Straight Hall

Linda works closely with the Willard Straight Hall Resource Center student staff, assisting with hiring and training, staff development, and learning outcome assessment. Her passion for mentoring has driven her to work and train using a hands-on approach and to lead by example.

Roxanne Edsall

Operations and Administrative Assistant

521 Willard Straight Hall

Roxanne is the current Office Manager for the Campus Activities Office. She has been serving Cornell University for over 25 years and has an immense passion for supporting students.

In her current role as Office Manager, Roxanne has oversight of the office logistics, budgets, scheduling, and ensures the professional staff have the administrative needs to be successful in their roles.