Weiss Directorship Established

This past October, Dean Robert L. Constable presided over a dedication ceremony recognizing Chuck and Barbara Weiss for their generous gift to CIS. The gift will create an endowment for the Charles F. and Barbara D. Weiss Directorship of the Information Science Program in CIS.

Chuck graduated from the College of Engineering in l966. Barbara Weiss has many Cornellians in her family and is an avid supporter of the university. The Weisses have three children: Jessica '03, a student in the College of Arts and Sciences; Benjamin, a sophomore at the University of Arizona, and Rebecca, a sophomore at Choate Rosemary Hall. Today Chuck serves as senior director of technical marketing at Oracle. His team is responsible for the technical support at Oracle marketing events worldwide. Chuck notes: "My whole career has been dedicated to the application of computers. For me, the application of computers to many disciplines is very exciting. It's a whole new way of looking at the field and how information is put to use in all kinds of ways. That made endowing this position very attractive to us".

According to Dean Constable, "The Charles and Barbara Weiss Directorship of the Information Science Program will allow Cornell to establish a bold new academic program that will be a national example for how to structure this emerging new discipline. I am grateful that the Weiss family shares our vision for Cornell's future".

Following formal remarks from Dean Constable, Vice President of Alumni Affairs and Development, Inge Reichenbach, the Weisses were presented with a framed photograph of the A.D. White House Library as a token of the university's appreciation of their gift.