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

Join fellow Friends for an afternoon of music and mingling in Ithaca College's Whalen Center of Music.

We'll first gather in the Friends greenroom with conductor Jeffery Meyer for conversation, light appetizers, and specialty cocktails. Then it's on to the concert. The Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra will be joined by Grammy Award-winning soprano Dawn Upshaw for 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.

Everything is included for $25 per person. Registration information will be available here soon.

Recent Friends Events

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.

"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.

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