Stories

President's Corner



By Tom Rochon

Ernest Hemingway once wrote a six-word short story (supposedly in response to a bar bet): “For sale: baby shoes. Never worn.” In later years he claimed it was his best work.

Like haiku, the six-word short story has become a literary feat that many have tried to master. John Updike wrote one as follows: “I’m sorry.” “What...

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By Tom Rochon

One of my father’s favorite expressions is, “Fix the roof while the sun is shining.”

I thought often about that advice during the past year as IC faculty, staff, and students worked together to create the strategic vision we call IC 20/20. After all, the sun has long been shining on our roof. IC’s academic programs enjoy strong reputations....

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By President Tom Rochon

“Starbucks is not a coffee company that serves people. It is a people company that serves coffee.”

Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, wrote these words in a somewhat self-promoting book about the lessons...

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By President Tom Rochon

The undergraduate student population on the Ithaca College campus increased overnight by more than 50 percent between March 31 and April 2 of this year.

No, we didn’t accidentally send out an extra 3,400 letters of admission. We...

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By President Tom Rochon

As the leaves began to fall in upstate New York, I was tempted to take up my rake, not least because of what I learned last summer from the three days I spent working in the facilities department at my college. My goals were to get to know more of those staff members and to...

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