Congratulations on being accepted to participate at the Cornell University Institute of Public Affairs (CIPA) Site Competition on March 3, 2018.

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Your Site Leader:
Thomas O’Toole, Executive Director of Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, Cornell University College of Human Ecology,

Your Technical Leader:
Rebecca Morgenstern Brenner, Lecturer, Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, Cornell University College of Human Ecology,
Introducing your Site Judges:
Please find below pertinent information about the student networking session on March 2 and travel and lodging. Students please remember to bring your own laptop computers to the competition. Tablets are NOT compatible with the simulation. 

The Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA) is enthusiastic to host the Northeastern Regional competition for the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) Batten Student Simulation Competition. Events will run Friday evening March 2 and all-day Saturday March 3, 2018.

March 2 Student Networking Event:
For student participants please plan to arrive ready to attend a networking event that starts at 7:00 PM on Friday, March 2, 2018 at the Hotel Ithaca. This will be a social event featuring local wines and light bites on Friday March 2, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM held conveniently in the Hotel Ithaca. On Saturday, the day will start with breakfast in the HEB Commons on Cornell’s campus. There will be a free hotel shuttle that will bring participants from the hotel to the simulation event on campus and back; hotel guests can sign up for shuttle at check-in.

Hotel Accommodations:

CIPA has negotiated a special room rate for NASPAA participants at the Hotel Ithaca.  All guests will need to call the hotel directly (607) 272-1000 to make a reservation in the ‘NASPAA 2018’ block.  The rate is $139 per night plus tax. Hotel Ithaca is located downtown at 222 South Cayuga Street, Ithaca, NY. Please Note: To secure this special rate rooms must be reserved before Monday, January 29, 2018.

Location and Transit
Maps and area information are available through these hyperlinks for Cornell University, The College of Human Ecology, and the City of Ithaca.

The location of the competition on Saturday, March 3 is in Martha Van Rensselaer Hall (MVR) and Human Ecology Building (HEB) Complex on Cornell University Campus. The MVR/HEB complex is in center of campus and is adjacent to the Cornell Botanical Gardens, Bebee Lake, the Mann Library, and Caldwell Hall, where CIPA is located. There is a parking garage, free on weekends, located in the building with easily accessible public transit close by. Breakfast and Lunch will be held in HEB Commons, a 5,700 square-foot space with easy accessibility and multiple seating options. The HEB Commons connects MVR and HEB; to get there in MVR go to level T or B, in HEB go to level T.

The City of Ithaca, located in the Finger Lakes Region, is centrally located relative to other NASPAA schools in the Northeastern United States. There are several different affordable ways to reach Ithaca, NY. Many NASPAA-affiliated universities are located within an easy drive of Ithaca from multiple directions. To determine driving travel times, we recommend using the App Waze.

The Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport is four-miles from Cornell University with direct service to cities in the Northeast as well as regular connections to international airport hubs. Also, the Syracuse Hancock International Airport, one-hour away, is a larger airport with additional flight options. There is easy and direct transportation from the Syracuse Airport to Cornell campus and Ithaca area hotels.

However, there are alternate transit methods to get to Ithaca than flying and driving. Cornell University runs a Campus-to-Campus bus with direct buses from Cornell’s Weil Medical School Campus in New York City to Cornell’s main campus in Ithaca; buses provide wireless internet, refreshments, AC power outlets, and tables for working. This daily reliable service provides bus access from midtown and the upper east side of New York City direct to central Cornell University’s Ithaca campus. In addition, the Short Line bus offers regional bus service to cities throughout the Northeast and to Ithaca, NY. Also, the Amtrak railroad has a stop in Syracuse and Albany which connects Boston, New York City, Chicago, Montreal, Albany, Rochester, Buffalo, and more with van service easily available to Cornell’s main campus.

TENTATIVE: Competition Day Details (NASPAA-Batten will provide students/site leaders with final schedule in late Jan):
Competitors should plan on being at  CIPA (follow signs and other posting on campus) no later than 8:00 AM for check-in on Saturday, February 24, 2018. Breakfast and coffee will be available beginning at 8:00 AM.  Welcoming remarks, instructions, and the start of the competition will begin promptly at 9:00 AM. Lunch will be provided during the competition.

We welcome the opportunity to work with participants and the NASPAA team on this simulation competition. If you need more information, or clarification on our submission to host, please contact Thomas O’Toole at and 607-255-6668 or Rebecca Morgenstern Brenner at and 607-275-4077.