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

Upcoming Friends Event

Sunday, December 7, 2014
Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall
The Friends of Ithaca College's holiday gala and annual meeting, with music for listening and dancing by the Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble, Brass Choir, and Women's Chorale

Recent Friends Events

"Basically British"
Sunday, September 14, 2014
DeWitt Park
The Friends and local community members spent an afternoon in DeWitt Park enjoying music performed by the Ithaca College Wind Ensemble, under the conduction of Stephen Peterson. The ensemble presented an energetic program evoking the spirit of the United Kingdom. Whether brassy and bold or melodic and thoughtful, unmistakable favorites like Arthur Sullivan's Pineapple Poll and Leroy Anderson's "Irish Washerwoman" meant a jolly good time for all! A gallery of photographs from the concert can be viewed here.

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.

"March Mania"

Sunday, April 27, 2014
Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall
At their annual spring pops concert, the Friends of Ithaca College (and their friends) 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.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Kitchen Theatre Company
Members of the Friends gathered at the Kitchen Theatre Company (a Friends business member) for an innovative performance that explored a couple's private world as they faced life's transitions and decisions.

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