Cornell University

NCRE Building Naming Committee

Rendering of sophomore year student site

Committee Charge: 

The NCRE Building Naming Committee is charged with developing a proposal for naming the buildings that make up the North Campus Residential Expansion, and should engage with members of the campus community for input as appropriate. Particular emphasis should be given to connecting the building names to Cornell’s founding and current values that reflect our desire for an inclusive campus residential environment.

Committee Members:

  • Corey Ryan Earle ’07, Chair – Visiting Lecturer and Principal Gifts Associate
  • Tim Blair – Executive Director of Housing and Residential Life
  • Karen Brown – Director of Campus Life Marketing & Communications
  • Susan Daniel – Faculty in Residence for Balch Hall and Associate Professor in the Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Carol Grumbach ’78, JD ’87 – Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
  • Muhun Kang ’21 – President of the Residential Student Congress
  • Susan Riley – Deputy Director for Community Relations

Guiding Principles: 

Through discussion, the committee identified several guiding principles in narrowing down our recommendations. Although names were not disqualified if they did not meet each of these criteria, the committee gave preference to the following attributes: 

  • names that continued the precedent set by university leadership in naming of two NCRE buildings after Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’54 and Toni Morrison, M.A. ’55
  • deceased individuals, given best practices for building names and the potential for complications with living namesakes
  • alumni of Cornell University, given the potential for students living in these buildings to be inspired by the names and stories of those who had previously shared their experiences
  • names that are tied to inspiring stories, through a groundbreaking career or global impact
  • names that are reflective of the diversity of the Cornell community and represented particular communities that are underrepresented in building or residence hall namesakes
  • names that are not recognized already through buildings, named positions, or awards
  • names that might be celebrated and discussed with academic symposia or faculty panels to coincide with the dedication or opening of the buildings