Disney CEO Bob Iger ’73 helps launch the campaign, of which he is honorary chair.
|Disney CEO Bob Iger '73 fields questions at the keynote talk|
|President Peggy Williams announces the campaign goal at the gala |
On October 12 the College announced the Campaign for Ithaca College: Making a World of Difference at a campus celebration for the donors and benefactors whose generosity over the past five years, during the “quiet phase” of the campaign, has brought in 80 percent of the overall goal. A three-day kickoff on campus featured a talk and several appearances by Bob Iger ’73, president and CEO of the Disney Company and honorary chair of the campaign; a special meeting of the Ithaca College Board of Trustees at which citations were awarded to the founding members of the newly established IC Benefactors Circle — those whose generosity has lasted for many years and has enabled the College to thrive; a guest appearance by Metropolitan Opera star Roberta Peters, parent of Paul Fields ’79 and longtime scholarship supporter; numerous master classes given by alumni in many fields; and a gala evening of student performances and presentations, food, music, and dance.
At the evening event on the 12th President Peggy R. Williams announced the campaign goal: $115 million — and the amount raised to date from generous longtime donors: $92.6 million. “The rest,” noted campaign chair Larry Alleva ’71, “will come from those who may not yet realize how important their support is to the future of Ithaca College.”
|Hill Center magic; cheerleaders, singers, and chefs put on a memorable show; magician Eric Dittelman ’07 (also this year’s Roberta Peters Scholar) surprises trustee Francille Firebaugh.|
|The inaugural members of the Ithaca College Benefactors Circle, whose signatures will be engraved on a circular stone bench near the new gateway building, below Dillingham. (back) Adelaide Gomer, Tom Colbert, Phil Proujansky, Tom Colbert, Rob Colbert, Mark Macera '76; (middle) Loren Colbert '78, Caroleen Feeney '86, Bob Iger '73, Connie Colbert, Bill Haines, Kathy Garner, Ben Williams, Rich Dolge; (front) Mike Serventi '72, Dorothy Park, Herman E. "Skip" Muller '51, Shirley Hockett, Jim Byrnes, Natalie Baker, Robert W. Baker Sr.|
|Clockwise from top left: Executives Robert Linn ’71, Kurt Wolfgruber ’72, and Larry Alleva ’71 discuss ethics at open forum; students pitch story ideas to Iger as emcee Bob Kur ’70 looks on; students speak up at trustees meeting; Parents Fund cochair Sal Paolantonio (Zoe ’06 and Sarah ’10) urges parents to join in the campaign; Diane Frankle Storck ’70 chats with fellow trustee and classmate Bob Kur ’70; acting board chair Bill Schwab ’68 leads the trustees meeting.|