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As a donor to Ithaca College, you are everywhere on our campus. You are the Tuesday-morning chemistry lecture. You are the financial aid that puts students on campus. You are the next big invention. Have no doubt, you are here for our students.

Please enjoy the following snapshots of life at IC -- they wouldn't happen without you.


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Hitting the Road with . . . a Marimba?Hitting the Road with . . . a Marimba?

When percussion performance and music theory double major Jessie Linden '14 was one of eight IC students selected to perform at the 2011 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), she was thrilled. And why wouldn't she be? She and her peers were hand-picked from students across the nation to be a part of a special 50-piece marimba orchestra. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

But there was a hitch. The show was BYOM -- Bring Your Own Marimba. And the logistics of getting a giant instrument across country would have been an experience killer if it wasn't for the Ithaca College Annual Fund.

The IC Annual Fund is exactly for circumstances like these: to provide support that enables students to seize the moments that make their IC experience great. Money raised from gifts to the IC Annual Fund was used to pay for the instrument's transportation to and from the conference.

"In addition to performances, conventions like PASIC draw world-renowned artists who give clinics and master classes," says Gordon Stout, professor of music performance. "You think about the Ithaca College music major who comes from rural Ohio having the opportunity to go to a conference like this and meet people from all over the world, names they may have heard of or revered. It's really an amazing experience."

So Jesse and her friends went to the conference in Indianapolis, marimbas in tow. And they performed their best in front of a high-profile, packed house. It was an experience none of them will forget.

"I think more than anything it was just exciting and really humbling," Jessie says. "Most students will never have a chance like that."

Because of you, Jessie is having the experiences that will prepare for a career in music, and Gordon has the support to teach her how. We cannot thank you enough for your generosity to Ithaca College.