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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.
|IC Offers Firsts of All Kinds|
Ithaca College students experience a lot of firsts on South Hill. Kelsey Melvin '15 is no different . . . though her "first" may be a bit more concrete than other students'. Literally.
Her IC first? The first floor of the Whalen Center for Music.
Kelsey's a junior music education major, so Whalen's ground floor offers few undiscovered nooks and crannies. What's different is her perception of the space.
"As strange as it sounds, I like sitting on the first floor of Whalen, just sitting near the practice rooms and listening to the laughter and the drilling and sometimes the frustration," Kelsey explains. "Our new dean, Karl Paulnack, has helped us realize that the first floor is the foundation that creates our success. That's where our hard work starts, and it ends in Ford Hall or Hockett [Family Recital Hall] or beyond."
Kelsey's first -- and that of her peers -- is inextricably tied to the college's ability to gain support from our IC community. Gifts from individuals like you mean that Kelsey has the space she needs to practice, learn, and perform. She has talented, experienced faculty members to teach her. And, most important, she has scholarship support.
"By giving to the college, people provide students like me with opportunity," Kelsey says. "Without my scholarships, I wouldn't be doing what I love at such a great institution."
Kelsey's face lights up when she talks about her time at IC. Her world is music, and when she's not studying or practicing her instrument, she inspires children to do so through her work as a music tutor.
"Those kids teach me more in an hour than you can imagine," Kelsey says. "When I'm having a bad day or week or month, that one little moment when I'm teaching and it clicks for my kids, that makes it all disappear."