We typically host our official Open House for prospective students in mid-March. This is an ideal time for you to visit.  Historically, we have about 25 attendees at this event, many of whom end up attending the program in the fall.  Open House provides the opportunity to meet with faculty, staff and current students, learn more about the program, and explore housing options in the area.  In short, you get to see what life as a CIPA Fellow is really like!

Below is the schedule of events for Open House 2018. The main events will take place on Friday, March 16. Guests who plan to arrive on campus on Thursday, March 15, are invited to join us at a special program-wide colloquium, which is detailed in the schedule below.

To reserve a spot at the Open House, please RSVP to our Admissions officer Jamaica Brown by Monday, March 12.

Open House

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Colloquium: What’s at Stake in the Midterms? Race, Policy and Turnout in the 2018 Congressional Elections.
Where: B25 Warren Hall
When: 4:45 - 6:00 p.m

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Time Location Event

8:30 a.m.

ILR Conference Center 423

Coffee and Bagel Breakfast

9:00 a.m.

ILR Conference Center 423

Welcome and Introduction to CIPA

9:45 a.m.



10:10 a.m.

Martha Van Rensselaer 166N

Class Visit
PADM 5114—Organizational Design, Change, and Leadership

This course provides MPA students with an overview of key principles and techniques in applying systems thinking to organizational leadership, change and design in public and nonprofit contexts.
--Taught by Laura Cabrera, PhD and Derek Cabrera, PhD, authors of Systems Thinking Made Simple: New Hope for Solving Wicked Problems

10:45 a.m.



11:00 a.m.

ILR Conference Center 423

Global Learning: Experiential and Professional Opportunities 

11:50 a.m.

ILR Conference Center 423

Break for Lunch

12:10 p.m.

ILR Conference Center 423

The Student Experience: Life as a CIPA Fellow
-Continue Lunch With Panel Discussion-

1:10 p.m.

ILR Conference Center 423

Alumni Panel

2:00 -3:30 p.m.

ILR Conference Center

Wine and Cheese Reception
with Faculty, Staff, and CIPA Student Leaders

The Finger Lakes is a world-class wine producing region and is home to more than 100 wineries. Enjoy a few of the signature tastes of the Finger Lakes while getting acquainted with key members of the CIPA community.

4:00 -5:00 p.m.

Day Hall

Campus Tour

5:30 p.m. 

Big Red Barn

Happy Hour with current CIPA students
Get acquainted with CIPA students at the Big Red Barn, Cornell’s on-campus social center for graduate and professional students.

Once the home of Cornell’s first president, Andrew Dickson White, the Barn has undergone several renovations over the years and is one of the oldest structures on campus. It also serves as one of Cornell Dining’s 23 restaurant locations on campus, serving soups, salads, sandwiches, coffees, and pastries with an international theme. On Friday evenings from 4:30 to 7, it offers T.G.I.F. (Tell Grads It’s Friday), with free snacks and $1 beers. NOTE: The BRB does not accept cash. Please bring a credit card if you wish to purchase any food items.


Where to Stay

A number of CIPA students offer to host prospective students for a night or two to help defray the cost associated with a visit. If that option interests you, please make this request in your email to Jamaica Brown when you RSVP. Be sure to include the night(s) you need lodging and whether you have any allergies (food or otherwise) that we should be aware of.  If you prefer to stay in a hotel, we have booked a block of rooms at Hotel Ithaca, located downtown near the Commons. These rooms are reserved under “CIPA Open House,” but can only be guaranteed through February 15. Double-queen executive rooms are $139 on Thursday evening and $159 on Friday evening. This hotel offers some shuttle service to and from the Ithaca Airport; they ask guests to call their front office (607-272-1000) and request the shuttle immediately before their flight for Ithaca departs.  Some shuttle service to/from the Cornell campus is also available. Alternately, the local TCAT bus service offers service every ten minutes from the Commons to campus.  If you wish to explore a full listing of accommodations in the Ithaca area, please visit the Lodging page of the Visit Ithaca web site.