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Cornell University

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Christian Union owns and operates the Mott Center at Cornell University. The Center was named after John R. Mott, a Cornell graduate (1888) who had an enormous impact for Jesus Christ, in America and abroad. 

For 27 years, he served as the national secretary of the Intercollegiate YMCA of the USA and Canada. He was a part of the conference that launched the remarkable Student Volunteer Movement for Foreign Missions, and later served as chairman of the executive committee of the Student Volunteer Movement. In 1895 he helped launch the World's Student Christian Federation. In his various roles, he helped organize student missionary movements in countries spanning the globe.

In 1946, he won the Nobel Peace Prize as a result of the impact of his work.

Mott's life was changed during his second year at Cornell (this quote is from the page on the Nobel Prize web site):

At this time he thought of his life's work as a choice between law and his father's lumber business, but he changed his mind upon hearing a lecture by J. Kynaston Studd on January 14, 1886. Three sentences in Studd's speech, he said, prompted his lifelong service of presenting Christ to students: "Seekest thou great things for thyself? Seek them not. Seek ye first the Kingdom of God."

The house provides living space for Christian students who host Bible studies and other gatherings.

The Mott Center
Address: 203 Wyckoff Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 917-969-1241