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 about the Friends scholarship fund.

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

Past Events

Friends of Ithaca College Annual Holiday Dinner

On Sunday, December 4, over 100 Friends, local donors and their guests gathered in Emerson Suites on Ithaca College campus to kick-off the holiday season at the Friends of Ithaca College annual holiday dinner. Guests enjoyed a wine and beer reception before being invited into Emerson Suites for dinner. Friends president, Jerry Dietz '75, Parent '10 welcomed those in attendance and shared his own experiences as an IC student and alumnus. He then introduced Tom Rochon, who shared the importance of the Friends, and philanthropy, to Ithaca College. 

Following dinner service, the program continued with remarks from Friends scholar Cynthia Ulbing '17, who spoke eloquently about her time at IC and what a transformative experience it has been for her. This was followed by the musical portion of the evening, which included performances by the Ithaca College Women's Chorale and IC Jazz Repertory Ensemble. It was a wonderful evening celebrating the Friends, Ithaca College and the community!