The Friends of Ithaca College rang in the holidays at their 2014 annual dinner and business meeting. Over 100 Friends and guests gathered to celebrate the partnership between the Friends and Ithaca College. During the festive dinner, President Tom Rochon spoke about the importance of the Friends to Ithaca College, thanking them and calling them “Friends of the future.”
Friends president Laurie Linn acknowledged the Friends Executive Committee and Advisory Council members, along with the Friends scholars. Laurie also acknowledged next year’s incoming Friends president, Jerry Dietz '75. Friends scholar Benjamin Parkes ’16 shared his experiences as a student and Friends scholar, thanking the Friends in the room on behalf of all the scholars.
The musical portion of the evening included performances by the Ithaca College Brass Choir, led by Keith Kaiser; Women’s Chorale, led by Janet Galvan; and Jazz Ensemble, led by Mike Titlebaum.
On a sunny afternoon, conductor Steve Peterson and the Ithaca College Wind Ensemble delighted an audience of Friends and community members with tunes from British composers. "Basically British," the 23rd annual Founder's Day Concert in the Park, played to an even larger audience than last year, thanks to cross-promotion with Ithaca's Porchfest.
The Friends of Ithaca College rang in the holidays at their 2012 annual dinner and business meeting. President Tom Rochon spoke to the Friends about the importance of their support and briefed the group on some of the latest accomplishments at the college. Outgoing Friends president George Conneman then passed the baton to incoming president Art Ostrander. The musical portion of the evening included performances by the Ithaca College Marimba Band as well as our wonderful musical theatre students. When the IC Jazz Ensemble hit the stage, the Friends headed onto the dance floor, and the evening concluded with dancing and much holiday merriment.