The Wardrobe

The Wardrobe aims to provide free professional apparel to students on Cornell’s campus so that students of all economic backgrounds have an equal opportunity to develop their interests. The Wardrobe will grow to feature suits, shirts, skirts, ties, shoes, and more to allow all Cornellians to feel confident in professional settings. 

The Problem

The majority of student organization interviews and corporate events on Cornell’s campus require professional attire, which is often an expense that low-income students are unable to pay. Additionally, students on Cornell’s campus are often barred from going on interviews for certain jobs because they lack the clothing they need to succeed. It is estimated that roughly 50% of undergraduate students at Cornell receive some form of financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition, meaning that they have little disposable income to spend on items like professional clothing. 

The Solution

The Wardrobe will launch its pilot program in the spring semester of 2017. Students in need will be able to rent smaller items like ties, belts, and shoes, while suits will be given out on a permanent basis so that they can be individually tailored.  

Your gift will allow us to build the inventory we need so all students have equal opportunities to benefit from Cornell's extraordinary education.


Frederick Heinzelman, Cornell class of '54

Frederick Heinzelman, Cornell class of '54 (mechanical engineering), has passed away after a brief but serious illness at the age of 84. Upon graduating from Cornell, he moved to San Diego to accept an engineering job at Convair/General Dynamics, where he worked at the High Speed Wind Tunnel for many years, until it was sold to Israel in the late 1970's. He then served out the remainder of his career at the Low Speed Wind Tunnel in San Diego, and retired from General Dynamics in 1993. I believe that for a period of time he was active in the Cornell Club of San Diego and attended several events.

Any Cornell Club friends of Fred are welcome to attend the services for Fred, which will be held on Friday, Nov. 18. For more information, please contact daughter Adrienne at

New Book: Ithaca, A Novel

Guillermo Arbe, Cornell '81, has just released a novel set in Cornell.  The book is titled Ithaca, A Novel.

From the author:

The story revolves about power and free will, and how they affect relationships. The backdrop is Ithaca and its beauty, with episodes and situations, places and environments we all experienced to some extent at Cornell. Hopefully, the story will stir some happy memories! There are many ways to stay connected to Cornell and to journey back in time and place, and this might be one more.
I've written the novel in homage to another Cornell writer, Vladimir Nabokov, most especially with regard to his love for the English language.

Ithaca, A Novel is available from Amazon at the following links:



New Cornell Club Website!


We’re excited to welcome you to our new San Diego Cornell Club website. 

We're launching this website to make it easy for you to stay on top of all the incredible events, volunteer opportunities, and relevant resources available to our local community. 

We want to make our website as useful as possible, so please use the contact form if you have any feedback or questions.