With: D+EA instructors Gary Evans and Rhonda Gilmore.

How might we provide design solutions for young adults that are homeless in Tompkins County?

Two D+EA courses used their research and design skills to respond to this question in the Spring of 2019.

Come hear what ideas the students generated and how this project might become a reality . . .

Wednesday, Oct. 9th from 2-3:15pm, HEB T01

Protecting Vulnerable Families and Children in the Crosshairs of the Opioid Epidemic: A Research-Practice Partnership in Upstate New York 

Presenters: Laura Tach, Elizabeth Day, Juliana Garcia, Anna Steinkraus (from 2Gen)

This project is the result of a community partner, Cornell Cooperative Extension – Tompkins County (CCE-Tompkins), calling the attention of Cornell University faculty to the troubling rise in child maltreatment cases in upstate New York, which may be due in part to increases in parental opioid addiction.  Subsequent discussions between the researchers and community partners regarding possible reasons for the increase in child maltreatment cases, along with examination of local data, sparked questions regarding challenges facing these families: Is the rise in opioid abuse connected to the increase in child maltreatment among vulnerable families? And if so, what can be done about it? These conversations informed the research agenda that we will discuss during the presentation.

Wednesday, Oct 23rd from 11:30am-12:30pm, MVR G422


Wednesday, November 20th |  Noon - 1:00 pm  |  HEB Commons

CHEER will provide the turkey, ham, tofu, bread, a few sides and apple cider. Please sign up to bring a side dish, salad or dessert using this link

In this talk, Prof. Wildeman will frame solitary confinement as a prisoner reentry issue by showing how exposure to this traumatic event affects the outcomes of formerly incarcerated persons. 

Tour Human Development's MRI Facility 

Thursday, Feb. 27th. 11am-12pm. Human Metabolic Research Unit. 

Erica Bender, Nurse Practitioner and Manager of the HMRU,  will give a 1 hour tour of the facility to talk about past, current, and future research in the unit as well as answer any questions you may have about the HMRU. 

March 19th, 2-3pm

More details to come

Join us in the HEB Commons for food, fun and prizes! Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Join the NYC Expanded Food Nutrition Education team for a webinar on menu planning! Monday, June 1st from 2:00-3:00 pm.

Learn about Cornell's history with Corey Ryan Earle '07. Thursday, June 18th | 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

July 20th at 9:30 am & July 23rd at 3:00 pm

Join us for an informal coffee talk to catch up with your fellow Human Ecology colleagues. Choose whichever date/time works best for you, or attend both! We will start with a CHE summer slideshow and then separate into smaller break out rooms to chat about what we've been doing this summer. 

Please email your summer photos to Jennifer Evangelista ( to be included in the slideshow.  Share family, pets, or great outdoor summer spots you've been enjoying. 

Professor Sassler and book cover photo collage

Cheer Event 2/14/2018 - Professor Sassler Talk "Cohabitation Nation"

CHE Staff at annual beach party photo collage

Beach Party April 2018

CHE and CIPA staff in photo collage

Tom O'Toole and Laurie Miller from CIPA at CHEER presentation - Jan 19, 2018

CHEER Fall Coffee Hour Contest Winners Jumping in air from chair

Fall Coffee Hour Contest Winners 09.12.2017

Two staff members receiving a chair massage

CHEER Chair Massage Event 02.09.17

8 staff members pose with arms folded for group picture

CHEER Ice-skating at Lynah Rink Event 01.13.16

Staff at Wilson Synchrotron Laboratory photo collage

Wilson Synchrotron Laboratory Tour March 2018

CHE Staff in front McGraw Hall, Clock Tower, and Chimes

CHEER Clock Tower and Chimes  Tour 06.15.18

CHE Staff Walking around Bebe Lake

CHEER Summer Walks - Nature Tour 06.27.19


CHEER Mission Statement
College of Human Ecology Employee Rejuvenation  

CHEER exists to support the physical, social and psychological well-being of staff working in the College of Human Ecology by:

  • coordinating and sponsoring events that advance our lives through education, entertainment, and social connection
  • promoting and celebrating the diversity that each individual brings to the CHE community
  • encouraging staff to reflect on and engage in the mission of the College
  • liaise regarding work environment issues that could be improved to the benefit of all

CHEER shall consist of non-academic staff members with at least a representative from each of the following departments or organized groups: Administration (including Admissions, Student and Career Services, and Registrar), Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, Cooperative Extension, Design & Environmental Analysis,  Division of Nutritional Sciences, Fiber Science & Apparel Design, Human Development, and Policy Analysis & Management. 

Each member will serve a two-year term (based on the fiscal year – July through June) and may not serve two consecutive terms.  One-half of the initial members were selected at random to serve only a one-year term in order to establish a turnover of one-half of the committee members on an annual basis.  If a member resigns from the committee, the member’s home department will select someone to complete the remaining term.  The “replacement” member is eligible to serve on the committee for the next full two-year term.   

A member of the Human Resources team will function as the Chair of this group.  

Time Commitment:   CHEER will hold monthly meetings for approximately one hour each.  Additional time may be needed from members at various times throughout the year to help coordinate events or work on special projects.  This additional time should rotate among members, so that one or two members are not bearing the bulk of the time.   

Note: All time spent at meetings and working with this committee requires the approval of the employee’s supervisor.

Send us an email with your ideas for CHEER events, comments on past events, or anything else you would like us to know, or you would like to know from us --- The CHEER Team