Ithaca, N.Y. — Bill Gates is at Cornell on Wednesday to dedicate Gates Hall, a new computer and information science building to which he donated $25 million.
At Wednesday’s ceremony, Gates discussed “the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in advancing computer science,” according to a statement from Cornell.
Gates also brought a baseball glove to catch errant fly balls from the nearby Hoy baseball field, according to Matthew Hayes, who is live Tweeting the event here.
Bill Gates brings baseball glove in case of fly balls from nearby baseball field on Cornell campus #cornellgateshall
— Matthew Hayes (@IJmhayes) October 1, 2014
Hundreds of people appeared to be on hand for the dedication.
President David Skorton also spoke at the event.
Gates said computer science has a role in every problem our world faces, according to the Cornell Information Science department.
He may also be sitting through some classes.
Bill Gates to Cornell on the many opportunities still in computing: “You’re playing out advances for mankind… together with great people.” — Margie Whiteleather (@margiesw) October 1, 2014
Bill Gates. Just how risky of a businessman is he? He gave $ to construct a building at Cornell that’s right next to the baseball field. — Nick Karski (@Nick_Karski) October 1, 2014
Check back later for The Voice’s coverage of Gates’ talk with students at 4:30 p.m. today.