Northeast Ohio at Cornell University

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May 2019


  • Good Luck on finals! Have a great holiday season, and come see us at the annual CCNEO holiday party!


NEO@CU is a unique organization of past, present and future Cornellians with a connection to the Northeast Ohio area. Current students, newly-accepted freshmen, transfers, and alumni are all invited to join! Whether you're looking for the inside scoop about life on the hill, hoping to improve your professional network, or just searching for someone who shares your love for Northeast Ohio, we would love to meet you!


On campus, NEO@CU strives to bring members together through social activities, volunteer opportunities, and events planned in conjunction with the Cornell Club of Northeast Ohio. Interested in participating in the next Bowling Night or taking the Charter Bus home? Check back often and join our email list for information about all of our upcoming events!

Give Back

NEO@CU also aims to give back to the Northeast Ohio community. We offer mentorship and college application assistance to prospective high school students and college transfers, and plan to hold a spring hosting weekend for incoming freshmen.

Interested in joining? Send us an email at to learn more!

NEO@CU History

  • Conception

    The concept of Northeast Ohio at Cornell University (NEO@CU) was first perceived when John Rodriquez, CALS ‘14, applied for the Cornell Club of Northeast Ohio’s annual scholarship in 2012-13. In an effort to support Brain Gain for our region, the essay prompt asked for ideas about how to strengthen the relationship between alumni and students. Rodriquez’s winning essay proposed an on-campus student organization.

  • Discussion

    The idea for the club was reintroduced in August 2014 when Susan Porter, ILR ‘14 facilitated a lunch meeting between rising junior transfer students Carolyn Boyce, ILR ‘16; Elisa Andolsek, CALS ‘16; CCNEO board members Tim Beach, ‘05; Mark Brandt,’86, Bob Green, ‘77, and LaLana Green, ‘77; as well as Cuyahoga Community College representatives. (Porter, Boyce, and Andolsek are all Tri-C alumnae).

    As Beach discussed CCNEO’s visions for a Thanksgiving Bus and alumni-student mentoring, the notion resonated with Boyce. Enjoying opportunities to forge meaningful projects, she committed to pursue this initiative, and NEO@CU’s first president was born.

  • Creation

    Once settled into life on the hill, Boyce completed all the required paperwork for club registration and recruited a team. Alan Heiman, KSU ‘77, ‘79, would serve as Staff Advisor, Andolsek as Vice President; Grace Robbins, A&S ‘16 and Allison Lapehn, ILR ‘17 as Interim Treasurers; and Kevin Mollica, ILR ‘15 as Interim Secretary.

  • Expansion

    The first several months were primarily spent developing the club’s mission and goals. NEO@CU’s functions would be multifaceted, offering social, leadership, and philanthropic opportunities. The club was promoted in the Daily Sun, at Club Fest, and in email announcements. It was a slow progression, but more students started taking notice, attending meetings, and becoming actively involved. Its first official event was held in April 2015 in partnership with CCNEO when alumni came to campus for Charter Days to dedicate Cleveland-Cornell artifacts dating back to the early 20th century.

  • Action

    If the academic year of 2014-15 was NEO@CU’s organizing year, then 2015-16 was its first action year. With Akila Venkataramany, A&S ‘18 as Treasurer, Vinisha Mittal, ENG ‘18 as Secretary and Doneisha “Doni” King, CALS ‘17 as Social Chair, plans turned into tasks, which turned into successful results. The club held its first Semester Kickoff, a Bowling Night at Helen Newman Lanes, and collaborated with CCNEO to charter both a Thanksgiving Bus and Spring Break Bus back and forth from Cornell to Cleveland. Three more members, Nicole Davessar, AS ‘19; Grant Behnke, HA ‘17; and Michael Luo, ENG ‘17; stepped up to form the Welcoming Committee, organized to communicate with and offer advice to newly accepted students from Northeast Ohio.

  • Beyond

    Moving forward, NEO@CU hopes to continue serving Cornellians from Northeast Ohio, through both social events and services, mentorship, networking opportunities, and outreach activities. Keep in touch to see where NEO@CU can take you in the future!

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NEO@CU 2017