Who Are the Friends?

The Friends of Ithaca College are local businesspeople, community members, and Ithaca College faculty, staff, and alumni who work together to strengthen the ties between the college and the local community. For more than 50 years, the Friends have supported scholarships for students from our region as well as other college priorities. Through their membership fees, the Friends have helped more than 350 students from central New York receive an IC education.

On this site you can learn about the benefits of being a Friend and how to become a Friend, view a list of Friends members, and read testimonials from Friends scholarship recipients.

What the Friends Do

  • Partner with a leading educational institution
  • Support area students with scholarships
  • Work to strengthen the local community
  • Network with area leaders and businesses
  • Enjoy cultural, social, and educational events at the college

Recent Friends Events

"Celebrating American Composers"
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Ford Hall, Whalen Center for Music

For only the second time in 23 years, the weather forced the Founder's Day Concert in the Park (namely, DeWitt Park) indoors. But the cool, wet day didn't dampen the audience's spirits. About 200 Friends and local community members gathered in Ford Hall to hear the Ithaca College Wind Ensemble, under the baton of Matthew M. Marsit, perform some of the greatest melodies to grace the American symphonic and wind band repertoire. Featured were works from Aaron Copland, William Schuman, and Leonard Bernstein, among other masters. See the complete program as well as photos of the concert.

The Founder's Day Concert in the Park commemorates Ithaca College's founding in 1892 as the Ithaca Conservatory of Music and the rich connection between the college and the Ithaca community ever since.

You Can't Take It with You
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Dillingham Center for the Performing Arts

The evening began with a behind-the-scenes look at George Kaufman and Moss Hart's farce You Can't Take It with You, followed by a light reception. Then approximately 60 Friends and guests watched the marvelous IC Theatre production.

Sunday, December 7, 2014
Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall
Over 100 Friends and guests gathered to celebrate the partnership between the Friends and Ithaca College. During the celebratory dinner, President Tom Rochon spoke about the importance of the Friends -- calling them "Friends of the future" -- and briefed the audience on some of the latest accomplishments at the college. Friends president Laurie Linn acknowledged next year's incoming Friends president, Jerry Dietz '75, Parent '10, as well as members of the Executive Committee and Advisory Council. Benjamin Parkes '16 then shared his experiences as a student and Friends scholar, thanking the Friends in the room on behalf of all the Friends scholars.

The musical portion of the evening included performances by the Ithaca College Brass Choir, Women's Chorale, and Jazz Ensemble. When the IC Jazz Ensemble began playing at the end of the program, many headed onto the dance floor, concluding the evening with dancing and much holiday merriment. See photos of the event.

"March Mania"

Sunday, April 27, 2014
Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall
At their annual spring pops concert, the Friends of Ithaca College (and their guests) were treated to performances by Ithaca College's Symphonic Band and Concert Band, both conducted by Mark Fonder. The bands dazzled the audience with a rousing program of marches through the ages that incorporated a very creative video to start. Guests tapped their hands and feet throughout the program, and some even sang along to the music.

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