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Exciting & Timely Events

CCSM events (except for Cornell speakers) are open to members and their guests. If you are not yet a member, join us for only $30/member & $40/couple!

Not all the events below are open, only the upcoming special event & "luncheon" event. The ones open for registration will have a blue "Register" button. Replays of many of our previous events are in the members only past events page.

Once registered, you will receive an automated confirmation, you will no longer get email invites to that event, and you will receive two automated reminders with the Zoom link (day before the event & day of the event). Questions with your reservation to or leave a voicemail at (941) 500-4443. Additional club contacts here.

Upcoming events

    • Wed, March 10, 2021
    • 11:50 AM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • zoom

    Cornell Johnson Museum Update

    Join CCSM's March virtual presentation to hear from Jessica Martinez, the Richard J. Schwartz Director of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, about the museum's world-class art collection, how the collection is used for teaching across campus, and to get an insider view on the Director's vision of the museum.


    About the event: or 941-500-3032. 

    Help with reservations: or 941-500-4443. 

    • Thu, March 11, 2021
    • 3:50 PM - 5:00 PM (EST)

    Newtown Community and the Pandemic.  

    POSTPONED, New time TBA.

    Challenges and opportunities during the hardships of Covid-19.

    Panelists of local Newtown leaders and Mr. Walter Gilbert III of Newtown Alive

    The African American community in the Newtown area of Sarasota has been severely impacted by the pandemic. Within the community people have banded together. Hear about how they have reacted to the events of the past year and provide support to the community. Listen to a panel of local stewards discuss the “real” issues of the health and economic hardships of 2020 and how the Newtown community responded to help.  Walter Gilbert III, a long time resident of Newtown and active in bringing the community together to address issues, will lead the panel. Vicki Oldham of Newtown Alive will be joining him. Additional information and history of Newtown can be found at

    For all of you who went on the Newtown Alive Trolley tour, don't miss a chance to see Vicki and Walter again!

    • Wed, March 24, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Sat, March 27, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • Center of Architecture, 265 S. Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236
    • 7

    Travel through time to see SRQ grow from Native American beginnings to the present world-class architectural city. 

    *Current CCSM Member only Event*

    Ever wonder what is unique about Sarasota architecture?  How did the environment influence how and what was built?  How has our city evolved and who were the movers and shakers who made the decisions?  Get a glimpse of our historic neighborhoods, which remain preserved today.  Sign up and learn over 100 years of our history as seen through the evolution of our buildings.

    An exhibit of Sarasota’s unique architecture, from the earliest native Americans, through the settlement and early development of Sarasota to the international fame of the Sarasota School of Architecture and today’s talented architects. This exhibit is designed for visitors and area residents alike. See how environmental factors helped create a unique type of architecture. Get acquainted with the historic neighborhoods, which remain preserved today. Admire the beauty and clarity of the Sarasota School of Architecture, a movement that brought world-wide recognition to Sarasota. Understand the multi-generational mentorship of architects that continues today.

    Follow the timeline to see what else was happening in the world outside Sarasota.

    The Center for Architecture Sarasota presents this exhibit in partnership with the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation, the Sarasota Architectural Foundation and the Gulf Coast Chapter of the AIA.

    The exhibit is set up to accommodate social distancing and uses QR codes for further “enlightenment” about what is taking place. There is a staff person on hand for any questions. The whole exhibit is designed to be as contactless as possible. 

    Directions for downloading the QR code app prior to the visit are shown below. The facility opens at noon so early arrivals can just get started to go through the exhibit. Masks are required. Please wear your Cornell name tag.

    One guest allowed per member.

    Three different times, please only pick one.

    1. Wed, March 24, 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    2. Wed, March 24, 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    3. Sat, March 27, 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    • Thu, April 08, 2021
    • 11:50 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom



    Katie McCoy and her guide dog Bristol will enlighten us on how 'Together We're Changing The World, One Dog At  A Time'. The extraordinary labradors, golden retrievers and goldadors of Southeastern Guide Dogs are smart, fit and highly trained.  They are like elite athletes prepared for the challenge!

    Southeastern's guide dogs are superheroes who help the visually impaired. They give people with vision loss the independence they need to live life to its fullest. Service dogs give veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and other disabilities the help they need to emerge from seclusion and overcome anxiety. And skilled companion dogs give hope to children facing significant challenges like vision loss or the loss of a parent in the military.

    As this is our annual meeting, we will also hold CCSM Board Elections, more to be posted later.

    • Sat, April 10, 2021
    • 10:20 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Page to Stage, How New Musicals are Born at Asolo Repertory Theater   

    Knoxville, based on the Pulitzer prize-winning work of James Agee comes to the Asolo Rep stage this Spring--but that's just the end of the story... 

    Join us for a discussion on Knoxville with James Monaghan, Dramaturg & Literary Manager, Asolo Repertory Theater. During this event, you will get a behind the scenes look at the creation of a new musical, from the first idea until the curtain goes up. 

    Shortly after his death in 1955, James Agee's partially autobiographical novel, A Death in the Family, was compiled by an editor and released to great acclaim. It was later adapted into a lauded play titled All the Way Home and, in 1963, a film by the same name. Fast forward nearly 60 years and the story is once again being transformed by some of the greatest theatrical minds of our day. Get an inside look at how the author's original work has been treated, learn the new considerations when introducing music to the story, and discuss how the work resonates today.    

    Here's a link that shares just a tid-bit of the fantastic music from the show. 

     Zoom link will be sent in your confirmation email and the reminders the day before and at the time of the event.

Past events

Wed, February 24, 2021 Cornell Leadership Conference
Fri, February 19, 2021 2021 Pan-Asian Celebration
Thu, February 11, 2021 Building A Park For All
Tue, January 26, 2021 Bertha Palmer Gardens at Historic Spanish Point
Thu, January 14, 2021 Celebrate the Future - Honor Our Local Students
Thu, December 10, 2020 Leading USF Through the 3 C’s
Wed, December 09, 2020 Cornell According to Sound
Fri, November 20, 2020 eCornell: Senior Living
Wed, November 18, 2020 Imagine Museum Tour
Thu, November 12, 2020 COVID-19 Research & Treatment at SMH
Fri, November 06, 2020 All-Ivy "Young" Alumni + Improv
Sun, October 18, 2020 CCSM's Celebrate Cornell Traditions!!
Thu, October 15, 2020 Zinck's Happy Hour with Corey!
Thu, October 15, 2020 24 Hours of Zinck's
Fri, October 09, 2020 State of the University Address and Keynote Panel
Tue, October 06, 2020 Homecoming Opening Session with Dr. Fauci MD '66 & Snow '91
Tue, October 06, 2020 StayHomecoming
Fri, October 02, 2020 Launch & Tour of the New CCSM Website!
Fri, August 28, 2020 All Ivy "Young" Alumni Virtual Happy Hour

Previous Schedule of Events:

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