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

"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.

Friends president Art Ostrander welcomed guests and introduced the concert. And guests enjoyed a reception before the show and dessert at intermission. A good time was had by all!

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.

Sunday, December 8, 2013
Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall
Over 140 Friends and guests helped ring in the holidays and celebrate the partnership between the Friends and Ithaca College. During the festive dinner, President Tom Rochon spoke about the importance of the Friends' support and briefed the Friends on some of the latest accomplishments at the college.

Friends president Art Ostrander acknowledged next year's incoming Friends president, Laurie Linn, as well as Tammarrion Lam, the incoming member of the Executive Committee. Friends scholar Shasta Savage '14 shared her experience at IC and what the Friends scholarship has meant to her. And the new dean of the School of Music, Karl Paulnack, spoke about his inspirational vision for the school's future.

The musical portion of the evening included performances by the Ithaca College Trombone Troupe, Madrigal Singers, and Jazz Ensemble. When the IC Jazz Ensemble started playing at the end of the program, we all headed onto the dance floor, concluding our evening with dancing and much holiday merriment.

Click here to view a gallery of photos from the evening.

Into the Woods
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Members of the Friends, along with their guests and local IC alumni, spent a delightful evening at the Ithaca College Theatre production of Into the Woods, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Tony Award-winning musicalThe event began with a behind-the-scenes look at the production, followed by a wine reception. Then it was on to the show! Into the Woods weaves together the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm to examine life's challenges, joys, and lessons -- and the wisdom that comes from chasing one's desires.

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