ECE alum, faculty member John Belina honored by The Cornell Tradition

The alumni-supported program called The Cornell Tradition has established the John Belina Cornell Tradition Fellowship in recognition of Belina’s many years of dedicated service and commitment to its student fellows. 

Belina, who served in various capacities in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) from 1982 until his retirement in 2018, has requested this fellowship be awarded each year to a Cornell Tradition fellow who serves in a leadership role in Cornell Residential Life.  

The Cornell Tradition coordinates the efforts of outstanding undergraduates who are committed to paid work, service, and academic achievement. Total membership is approximately 500 fellows, most of whom are chosen through the regular Cornell University admissions process. Rising sophomores and juniors can apply to the program during their spring semester. Each year, Cornell Tradition Fellows contribute more than 50,000 hours of work as well as 40,000 hours of service in their campus, local, and home communities.

Belina is a longtime supporter of The Cornell Tradition. He has served on numerous award selection committees, presented awards to seniors at the annual recognition event, and recommended students to The Cornell Tradition who he believed would be a good fit. Belina has positively impacted many students in The Cornell Tradition through his connections in Residential Life and in his work in the College of Engineering, where he was a beloved teacher for almost 40 years. Belina is also an alumnus of Cornell ECE, earning his bachelor’s degree in 1974 and his M.Eng. in 1975.

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