Cornell Tech Welcomes Islanders with Meeting Space and Jobs

June 24, 2017

It’s finally here! Next month, Cornell Tech will begin to move its offices from the Google building in Chelsea to The Bloomberg Center on our new campus. We are so excited to officially become your neighbor, and have many exciting updates for the community.

 

Community Space on Campus

 

Over the last several years, we heard from many of you directly about the need for meeting and event space on the Island. Cornell Tech looks forward to welcoming the community to our campus. 

 

We are pleased to be able to provide meeting space, free of charge one night a week, to Roosevelt Island non-profit groups for meetings, workshops, or other events. A classroom in The Bloomberg Center will be available every Thursday from 6:00-9:00 p.m. for community use. It will be able to accommodate 50 people in a classroom setting, or 75 with the tables removed. Requests for the room will be submitted through an online form and must be received 30 days in advance of the event. The space will be made available starting mid-September on a first come, first served, basis.

 

In addition to the free space, groups can also rent space on the campus for events related to Cornell Tech’s mission and programs. As it gets closer to September, we will provide you with more information and the event-request link. And, of course, we hope you will take advantage of The Cafe in The Bloomberg Center and the ample public open space on our campus. 

 

Job Opportunities

 

We continue to update job postings at our dedicated jobs website where you can view Cornell Tech opportunities and access links to the positions available with our contractors. Please be sure to check back often to explore new roles. We highly encourage Roosevelt Islanders to apply for jobs on the campus. In fact, two Islanders were recently hired to the security team! There are many opportunities – and you’ll enjoy a short commute!

 

Community Office Hours 

 

As you know, I have been spending a couple days every week at Gallery RIVAA since September 2014. It has been a pleasure to get to know so many Islanders who stopped in to talk to me and learn about the campus! I loved to see people – especially so many children – walk down Main Street and stop in their tracks to look at our campus rendering in the window, then wander in to find out more and stay to view the beautiful artwork.

 

I have so many wonderful memories at the gallery, from meeting so many of you, to exhibit openings, jazz concerts, and more. In celebration of our groundbreaking two years ago, we brought in Cornell alumnus and artist Peter Gerakaris for a special exhibition, Tropicália, an immersive, mixed media, site-specific installation at the gallery. It brought a new audience to the Island to see the gallery and explore the community.

 

I am so grateful to the Gallery RIVAA artist members, especially Tad Sudol and Esther Piaskowski Cohen for their partnership over the last few years. My last day at the gallery will be June 30, but I’m not going away. In fact, starting mid-July, I will be on the Island every day as we move into our new offices in The Bloomberg Center. We will be busy with the move throughout July but, as always, I am accessible by email and phone during this time. And starting in August, I will resume community office hours at The Cafe on the ground floor of The Bloomberg Center.

 

To mark my first day in the gallery, back in 2014, I invited people to stop by for light refreshments and conversation. And so, it is only fitting to do the same on my last day in the gallery: I hope you will join me on Friday, June 30, between 10:00 a.m. and noon for coffee, cookies, and more conversation. There is never a shortage of topics for us to discuss and the cookies will be great, so I hope to see many of you there.

 

For more information, visit tech.cornell.edu and feel free to email me at jane.swanson@cornell.edu with any questions. See you on the Island!

 

 

Jane Swanson

Community Liaison, Cornell Tech

sjs399@cornell.edu

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