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

Recent Friends Events

Sunday, April 24, 2016
3:00 p.m. ~ Reception, Friends Greenroom
4:00 p.m. ~ Concert, Ford Hall
Whalen Center for Music

On a spring afternoon, some 40 Friends of Ithaca College, IC alumni, and guests mingled at a reception in the Friends greenroom in the Whalen Center of Music. Friends vice president Tam Lam welcomed everyone, and Ithaca College conductor and associate professor of performance studies Jeffery Meyer spoke passionately about the upcoming concert program. 

Everyone then moved to Ford Hall to hear the Ithaca College Symphony and Chamber Orchestras perform works by Gustav Mahler and Luciano Berio, along with the world premiere of a work written for the occasion by the emerging young composer Max Grafe. A thrilling highlight was the guest appearance of Grammy Award-winning soprano Dawn Upshaw

Saturday, December 5, 2015
Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall

Over 100 Friends, Blue & Gold Society members, and guests from the broader IC community gathered to ring in the holiday season at the Friends annual dinner. During the celebratory dinner, President Tom Rochon spoke about the importance of philanthropy to Ithaca College, specifically thanking those present, and he spoke candidly about the current climate on campus.

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. Jennifer Bruer-VanDeWeert '16 then shared her experiences as a student and Friends scholar, thanking the Friends in the room for helping her realize her dreams at IC. The evening concluded with festive performances by the Ithaca College Trombone Troupe and Madrigal Singers.

Photos from the dinner can be seen in the online gallery.

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