Welcome Cornell Alumni, Spouses, Parents of Current Students, Family and Friends to the Cornell Club of Sarasota-Manatee (CCSM).
Our club has been in existence for more than 60 years and has grown to be one of the best of all the Cornell Alumni Regional Clubs around the nation, one of the crown jewels, so to speak. With over 300 members and a cadre of dedicated volunteers, the club offers a wide variety of social, educational and cultural events all of which garner excellent participation from our club members. Our mission is to keep those who live in our area connected with the university and with each other, and we welcome all alumni to join us.
CCSM offers monthly luncheons that feature speakers from the Cornell University faculty and staff and local dignitaries. Our special events host “behind the scenes” trips to area points of interest, and they kick off the fall season with a fun-filled event celebrating Cornell. Watch for this year’s theme coming soon. Every January we join alumni and students from around the world in Cornell Cares, a day of service in which we partner with a local non-profit agency to help our community.
We give back to the community in other ways, too, giving two to four scholarship annually to students who have demonstrated to Cornell the need for financial aid. Our scholarship fund is administered by the university and they choose the students. Our CAAAN (Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network) committee is a group who serve as enthusiastic ambassadors who meet individually with prospective students and share their experiences and information about the university, and they help to personalize the admissions process for over 50 area students each year.
We have alumni and students of all ages in CCSM. For our “Young Alumni”, classes of 1985 to the 2020 graduates, we offer additional special events working in conjunction with the other local Ivy League alumni clubs.
CCSM is a vibrant club with a wonderful, caring, smart and welcoming group of members who love Cornell and sing the Alma Mater by heart at every luncheon (we provide the words for those who may need them). We pride ourselves that we are a group where one can make new friends, connect with old friends, network and bond over shared Cornell experiences. CCSM membership has its privileges and we welcome all newcomers and returning members with open arms.