Debra S. Newman '02 Cornell Tradition Community Recognition Award

Members of the Cornell Tradition Student Advisory Council (SAC) plan and implement service projects with community agencies throughout Tompkins County. This group has established the Community Recognition Award to recognize and honor a non-student community member who has demonstrated a strong commitment to service and/or leadership in a community service setting.

Debra Newman, a graduate of The Cornell Tradition, was a Tradition fellow who exemplified these ideals. She firmly believed that a true appreciation of the value - indeed the necessity - of applying our best efforts in service to the community was a lesson best learned by interacting with community

In the fall of 2002, Debra was killed in a tragic automobile accident while attending law school. Shortly thereafter, the SAC renamed the Community Recognition Award in her honor.

The award will be presented in early February at an already scheduled Tradition event at Cornell. The recipient of the award will also be commemorated on a permanent plaque that resides in Cornell University's Day Hall and given $1,000 to be designated as a charitable contribution to the non-profit organization of his or her choice. Nominations will be accepted for any community member serving the Ithaca area. No self-nominations will be considered. A selection committee comprised of Cornell students, alumni, staff, and community members will choose the recipient from the nominees. The recipient of the award will be notified in mid December.

The selection committee will be looking for a demonstrated contribution to Ithaca primarily, Cornell and/or the surrounding area secondarily. Familiarity with The Cornell Tradition is not a prerequisite for nomination.

Submit an online nomination here. Printable nominations are available here. Please address all questions and concerns to Suzanne Horning, Associate Director of The Cornell Commitment Office, via email at or by calling 607-255-8595.

**See prior year winners