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 Events

"March Mania"

Sunday, April 27, 2014
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall
You're invited to “March Mania,” this year’s Friends of Ithaca College pops concert. The Ithaca College Symphonic Band and Concert Band will have your toes tapping as they perform a mix of marches from composers around the globe and across the ages. Marches will range from those from foreign lands to college rousers to those by John Philip Sousa, among many other themes. 

$25 per person includes the performance and a wine and beer reception. Dessert will be served during intermission. RSVP by Friday, April 18, at alumni.ithaca.edu/friends_pops14 or by calling Chris Bailey at (607) 274-3545. If you have questions or special needs, please call Chris or email her at cbailey@ithaca.edu.

Recent Friends Events

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.

"From Stage and Screen: Toe Tappers and Tearjerkers"
Sunday, September 15, 2013
DeWitt Park
At this year's annual Founder’s Day concert, one of the concert's largest audiences ever gathered to hear conductor Stephen Peterson and the Ithaca College Wind Ensemble perform Hollywood and Broadway favorites. Friends president Art Ostrander and IC president Tom Rochon welcomed the audience and paid tribute to the Friends, especially Beverly Baker '54 and Baker Travel, who have supported the concert for an amazing 20 years. A gallery of photos captures the spirit of the afternoon.

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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