Today a face goes with the name of the man who was the biological father, to my grandfather.

On your left, is the biological father of my grandfather, Rudolph Tjaden. On the right, is my grandfather, Edmund Rudolph Seipel.

I was able to have lunch today, with Rudolph Tjaden’s grandaughter and a couple of her relatives. They were kind enough to give me several pictures and documents related to the Tjaden name.

Kind of funny. If Rudolph Tjaden and my great grandmother had actually married, I’d have the last name, Tjaden instead of Seipel.

One odd German name, for another. 

The 105 things every parent of a Cornellian should do

1. Wander through the F.R. Newman Arboretum and ring the bell at Newman Overlook in Cornell Plantations

2. Visit the Green Dragon

3. Kiss someone on the Suspension Bridge so it doesn’t collapse as you cross it

4. Climb the 161 steps of McGraw Tower and watch a chimesmaster at work

5. Buy a Cornell-grown apple from a vending machine

6. Learn the first two verses of the Cornell “Alma Mater”

Verse 1:
Far above Cayuga’s waters
With its waves of blue
Stands our noble alma mater
Glorious to view.
Lift the chorus, speed it onward
Loud her praises tell.
Hail to thee, our alma mater
Hail, all hail, Cornell.
Verse 2:
Far above the busy humming
Of the bustling town,
Reared against the arch of heaven
Looks she proudly down.

7. Hear the echo in the side of the Johnson Museum of Art and then stroll through the inside and outside art exhibits, as well as exhibits in nearby Hartell Gallery (Sibley Hall) and Tjaden Gallery (Tjaden Hall)

8. Go to an ice hockey game

9. Visit the Lab of Ornithology at Sapsucker Woods

10. Walk around Beebe Lake hand in hand with someone you love and be sure to cross the Sackett Bridge as you explore the Beebe Lake Loop trail

11. Cross-country ski at the Plantations

12. Bowl at Helen Newman Lanes

13. Drive out to the Hartung-Boothroyd Observatory on Mt. Pleasant and try to get a peek at the stars and planets through the telescope

14. Do the Cayuga Wine Trail tour

15. Visit the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Resource Center (626 Thurston Avenue)

16. Follow the Carl Sagan Planet Walk and tour the solar system beginning on the Commons in downtown Ithaca

17. Pedal a bicycle (or take a nice drive) around Cayuga Lake—it’s 85 miles

18. Have a cup of coffee at Carol’s Café

19. Visit the Martha Howell Young Flower and Decorative Arts Garden in Cornell Plantations

20. Go on a campus tour and ask about the Ostrander Elms memorial on East Avenue

21. Go to a theater production on campus

22. Visit the State Theatre in downtown Ithaca for a local, national, or international performance

23. Go to the 3rd floor of the Space Sciences Building to touch a meteorite and watch a live broadcast from NASA

24. Have a Cornell ice cream cone at Trillium, then one at Purity Ice Cream and compare

25. Have your picture taken in A.D. White’s lap

26. Go to an a cappella concert

27. Explore the Murial B. Mundy Wildflower Garden in Cornell Plantations

28. Watch the sunset from the top of Libe Slope—do this as frequently as you can

29. Go to the ROTC museum in Barton Hall

30. Sit quietly and alone in Sage Chapel to admire the stained-glass windows

31. Attend a Cornell Concert Series performance in Bailey Hall

32. Always smile and say hi to the people serving food at the dining halls

33. Go to the Synchrotron and ask for a tour

34. Shop at the Friends of the Library spring or fall book sale

35. Stick your hand in the rumen fistula cows as part of a Vet School Open House

36. Immerse yourself in the Cornell Program House experience by visiting Akwe:kon, Ecology House, Holland International Living Center, Just About Music, Language House, Latino Living Center, Multicultural Living Learning Unit, Risley, and Ujamaa Residential College

37. Visit Ruloff’s brain and learn his legend in Uris Hall as part of the Cornell Brain Collection

38. Visit your child during First-Year Parents’ Weekend

39. Play frisbee on the Arts Quad

40. Go see the rock and mineral collection and the seismograph in Snee Hall

41. Go strolling through Forest Home and walk over at least one of the single-lane bridges

42. Visit the Fuertes Observatory to watch the stars on a beautiful, clear night

43. Go to the Rare and Manuscript Collection in Kroch Library and see some of Cornell’s greatest treasures

44. Shake the hand of the current president of the University

45. Visit the American Indian Program (Caldwell Hall), Asian American Studies Program (Rockefeller Hall), Africana Studies and Research Center (310 Triphammer Road), and Latino Studies Program (Rockefeller Hall)

46. Visit the two war memorials on campus and refl ect on the service of past Cornellians— Anabel Taylor Hall and Lyon Tower, West Campus

47. Walk between the Arts Quad statues at midnight and maybe see the founder and the first president come together to shake hands in the middle

48. See a classic at Cornell Cinema

49. Take a virtual tour of Cornell online

50. Visit the 5th floor of the Johnson Museum of Art and take in the view after checking out the latest art exhibit

51. See the birds in Seeley Mudd Hall

52. Check out the bugs in Comstock Hall

53. Sing along to “We Didn’t Go to Harvard” with Cayuga’s Waiters

54. Watch This is Cornell, a YouTube video created by Cornell students 

55. Get a midnight snack at the Hot Truck on Stewart Avenue

56. Check out the Deans Garden behind Warren Hall

57. Arrange a time to see your Cornell student via live web cam on Ho Plaza 

58. Visit Taughannock Falls—walk up to the falls from the lake

59. Visit the Fish Bowl and Cocktail Lounge in Uris Library

60. Attend at least one home game of any sport

61. Put at least one Cornell sticker on your car

62. Have the Cornell Daily Sun delivered to your home to keep up with the campus news

63. Sit among the Jewels to recognize the Centennial Memorial for Alpha Phi Alpha on Ho Plaza

64. Sit in the A.D. White Room in Uris Library

65. Strap on some skates and hit the ice at Lynah Rink

66. Climb the wall in Bartels Hall

67. Stop by the gates of Cornell and reflect on how much campus has grown since the beginning

68. Read at least one historical account of Cornell University

69. See the Farrand Garden in full bloom between the A.D. White House and the Big Red Barn

70. Attend a lecture by a world-renowned Cornell faculty member and understand why your student loves attending Cornell

71. Handpick some apples or get some fresh cider from the Cornell Orchards

72. Walk up Libe Slope at least once at the steepest part

73. Follow the falls through Robert H. Treman State Park

74. Stop by the A.D. White House to catch a glimpse of the original view from the President’s House

75. Visit the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI, 200 Computing and Communications Center)

76. Read the current New Student Reading Project book. Past titles have
included “Homer and Langley” by E. L. Doctorow, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K. Dick, “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck, “Lincoln at Gettysburg” by Garry Willis, “The Pickup” by Nadine Gordimer, “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, “Antigone” by Sophocles, “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley, and “Guns, Germs, and Steel” by Jared Diamond.

77. Visit CyberTower to learn more about the latest research done on the Hill

78. Hit some balls at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course

79. Walk the smaller but equally impressive second suspension bridge on campus, found in the Plantations over Fall Creek

80. Visit the Ithaca Farmer’s Market at Steamboat Landing on Cayuga Lake, 3rd Street

81. Understand Cornell’s important trademark statement “freedom with responsibility” as coined by University Historian Carl L. Becker 

82. Walk on top of the Cornell Store

83. Pause through Minns Garden and breathe deeply

84. Attend one of the numerous seasonal festivals on the Commons in downtown Ithaca

85. Explore Buttermilk Falls from the feeding lake to the bottom, all 500 feet of it

86. Grab a bite at Louie’s Lunch (truck) across the street from Risley Hall, 500 Thurston Avenue

87. Catch a glance of the frozen Ithaca Falls below Gun Hill

88. Take an evening cruise on Cayuga Lake

89. Peddle a bike, walk a dog, or have a jog on the Cayuga Waterfront Trail

90. Try a cup of locally roasted coffee while enjoying the live and local music scene

91. Try out the Whisper Arch on the Arts Quad

92. Check out the current art exhibit at the Carol Tatkon Center

93. Ask Uncle Ezra a question 

94. Play a game of tennis on the Appel Commons courts

95. Stop by the Big Red Barn for some grub

96. Step back in time by dining in the Risley Dining Room—designed to look like the Christ Church Refectory at Oxford University with a royal atmosphere

97. Visit the landing between the second and third floors of Risley Residential College to see a piece of art signed by a Henri Matisse, but more likely the work of a Risley student

98. Stop by Sunset Park to take in the view as the sun heads below the hills

99. Visit Llenroc, the historic stone mansion built by Ezra Cornell more than 120 years ago, and home of Delta Phi fraternity since 1911

100. Read the statement left to us by Ezra Cornell in the Sage Hall cornerstone 

101. Visit the Nines in Collegetown and order a deep-dish pizza

102. Attend Convocation and Commencement

103. Visit the Willard Straight Hall Memorial Room to read the inspirational words of Willard Straight

104. Stop by the Reuleaux Collection in Duffield Hall and be sure to check the time on the Engineering Quad sundial

105. Play the musical steps at Olin Library by tossing rocks on the steps