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A Pre Orientation Retreat


August 20, 2015 at 2:30 PM - August 21, 2015 at 2:00 PM EDT


411 Willard Straight Hall



Welcome to the Chesterton House Overnight 2015! We have designed this mini-retreat to provide incoming students the opportunity to transition from summer into the academic year all in light of Christian faith. Join fellow first-year and some upper class students prior to orientation in order to meet classmates, learn about life at Cornell, and glean wisdom in the context of Christian fellowship. We will spend our time in team-building activities, learning from a Christian faculty member, reflecting, discussing with upperclass students, strengthening comraderie through meals, and relaxing as well. Sign-in begins at 12:30pm at the Chesterton House (115 The Knoll, Ithaca) and students along with their parents are invited for food and welcome time before students head off to the retreat center. The cost for the overnight is $75.

Featured Speaker:

Dr. Ryan O’Dowd serves as Chesterton House Senior Scholar and Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies at Gordon College. His books include The Wisdom of Torah: Epistemology in Deuteronomy and the Wisdom Literature (Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, 2009), Old Testament Wisdom Literature: A Theological Introduction (InterVarsity, 2011), and a commentary on Proverbs (Zondervan, forthcoming). He has also served as Courtesy Associate Professor of Aerospace Studies at Cornell University, and is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserves with 20 years of service. Read More.


For more information, please contact our Program Director at [email protected].


Chesterton House is a faith-based organization that affirms the Apostles Creed and seeks to serve students by connecting them with important resources for situating the college years within the framework of Christian faith. Chesterton House is an affiliate organization of Cornell University through Cornell United Religious Work, but the Chesterton House Overnight is not a Cornell program.


“Real development is not leaving things behind, as on a road, but drawing life from them, as on a root.” ~ G.K. Chesterton


Chesterton House Painting