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a guide to some common cornell acronyms and expressions

Some common Cornell acronyms and expressions you may encounter

A

AA&D Alumni Affairs and Development

AAP College of Architecture, Art, and Planning

Akwe:kon (“a-gway’-go”) means "all of us; nation's first university residence hall established to celebrate American Indian culture and heritage

ATS Academic Technology Services

B

Bear Access Cornell Information Technology’s network services

Blue Lights Indicators of outdoor emergency telephones that directly call CU Police

C

CAPE Cornell Association of Professors Emeriti

CAU Cornell Adult University

CALS College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

CAS College of Arts and Sciences

CBS Cornell Business Services

CCA Cornell Council for the Arts

CCAPS Cornell Center for Radiophysics and Planetary Sciences

CCC Computing and Communications Center, home of CIT

CHESS Cornell High-Energy Synchrotron Source

CISER Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research

CIT Cornell Information Technologies

CIVR Campus Information and Visitor Relations

COE Cornell Outdoor Education

CornellNYC Tech applied sciences graduate campus in Manhattan

CRC Cornell Recreation Connection

CRESP Center for Religion, Ethics, and Social Policy

CTE Center for Teaching Excellence

CUinfo University’s computerized information system

CURW Cornell United Religious Work

D

DFA Division of Financial Affairs

DIWD Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity

E

EARS Empathy, Assistance, and Referral Service (peer counseling)

EH&S Environmental Health and Safety

F

FALCON Full-Year Asian Language Concentration

FSAP Faculty and Staff Assistance Program

H

HEOP Higher Education Opportunity Program 

Hot Truck Truck on west campus serving fast food

I

IC Ithaca College

ILR School of Industrial and Labor Relations

IRIS Institute for Resource Information Sciences

ISSO International Students and Scholars Office

J

JA Judicial Administrator 

L

LGBT RC Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center

Libe Slope The hill between Uris Library and the west campus residence halls

Louie’s Lunch Truck on north campus serving fast food

M

Martha Van or MVR Martha Van Rensselaer Hall 

N

NAIC National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center 

NBTC Nanobiotechnology Center 

NYSAES New York State Agricultural Experiment Station 

O

ORIE Operations Research and Industrial Engineering 

OSP Office of Sponsored Programs

P

PSC Public Service Center 

R

RI Roosevelt Island (where CornellNYC Tech is being built; to open in 2017)

ROTC Reserve Officers Training Corps

RPCC Robert Purcell Community Center

S

SHARE Sexual Harassment and Assault - Response and Education

SUNY State University of New York, which partially funds Cornell’s state-assisted colleges

T

Tatkon or the Tat Carol Tatkon Center in South Balch Hall 

TCAT Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit bus system 

TND Toward New Destinations 

U

Ujamaa (“Oo’-ja-mah”) Residence focused on African culture

W

WCMC Weill Cornell Medical College (NYC, Qatar)

WSH or The Straight Willard Straight Hall, Cornell’s student union

Z

Zeus or Temple of Zeus Café in Klarman Hall