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Dr. Abraham Mulugetta, Chair of Finance and International Business Department, School of Business, and Dr. Yuko Mulugetta, Director of Enrollment Planning, presented "Exploring the Use of Big Data in Strategic Business Education: A Case Study Approach" on October 25th at the Big Data and Analytics Educational Conference (EDCON) 2014 sponsored by IBM, Ryerson University in Canada, and the University of Derby in U.K.   


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Olivia Abry (Sport Management Class of 2017) published her research on the benefits of employer supports for schedule flexibility and schedule predictability on the website One Million for Work Flexibility.  Her editorial argues that flextime enhances parents’ capacities to support their children. In return for flexible work arrangements, employees reciprocate by being more productive. As promising as flexible work arrangements might be, Olivia suggests that options are not realistic for every labor market.  That does not mean that work cannot be re-imagined to optimize work-family harmony.  For example, schedules for some hourly jobs are sporadic and posted just days before. In an hourly wage jobs, predictability is incredibly important. Posting schedules a week in advance is one way to help.  Sometimes simple solutions can make a world of difference.

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 The Ithacan has been named a national finalist for the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s 2015 Crown Award in the competition’s “hybrid” category. The hybrid category is defined as “print publications that provide live coverage via website between print editions” and is the most competitive category in the competition.

 The winners, who receive either a Gold or Silver Crown, will be announced at the Spring National College Media Convention in New York City, March 11–14.

 The Ithacan was awarded Gold Crowns in 2014, 2013 and 2012, and a Silver Crown in 2011.

 Founded in 1925, the CSPA is owned by Columbia University and operated as a program affiliated with its Graduate School of Journalism. The Crown Awards, first presented in 1982, are the organization’s highest recognition of overall excellence. The Crown Award, along with the Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker Award, is one of the top two collegiate press awards in the country.


Summer Grants for Faculty Research are intended to support post-terminal degree scholarly endeavors for full-time continuing Ithaca College faculty and faculty regularly employed on at least a half-time basis. Awards provide $3,350 in compensation for eight weeks or full-time research. Proposals are due in the Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center, by Monday, February 16. Guidelines and application form may be found at

 With the Holidays around the corner, it’s a good time to be mindful of how you can save energy in your office, even when you’re not there.  It’s easy, helps Ithaca College save energy and money, and gets us closer to our commitment of achieving climate neutrality by 2050.  Here’s what we all can do.


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This is a reminder that the State of New York prohibits smoking in the public areas of all buildings within the state. In order to comply with the New York State law, Ithaca College has a smoking policy (2.8.10) that directly addresses this for the campus community and provides a listing of the designated outdoor smoking areas

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Kudos to Elizabeth Bergman, assistant professor of aging studies, on her election as member-at-large of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). AGHE  is a national organization whose two-fold mission is to advance gerontology and geriatrics education in higher education, and to provide leadership and support of gerontology and geriatrics education administrators, faculty and students in educational institutions. Professor Bergman’s two-year term will begin in March 2015.


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Carolyn Rush (Sociology, Class of 2015) published her research on the need for employer support of breastfeeding options.  Her commentary appears in the website in One Million for Work Flexibility.


Rush read over 45 articles and book chapters in the process of writing this editorial, documenting that working mothers and their children benefit by breastfeeding.  And yet, many work environments do not provide the breaks or private rooms needed to perform this basic aspect of mothering.  She provides compelling information to argue that breastfeeding in the workplace should be supported and encouraged, not only because it is good practice, but also because it is the law.

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If you are considering using a student response system for your spring 2015 courses, please contact the IC Bookstore and include Turning Technologies NXT clickers with your textbook orders.

More information is available on the Clickers ITS web site

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The Wi-Fi rebuild in Gannett Center was completed this week. Our "statistics" show that Wi-Fi performance is much improved, but we'd like confirmation from the people that use Wi-Fi in that building. Please let us know if the Wi-Fi network is now meeting your needs by completing this quick 2-question form: 

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Leadership Weekend applications are now being accepted. All First-Year Students are welcome to apply! 

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Each year the Office of Alumni Relations and Career Services collaborate to put on networking events that bring together IC alumni with current students called Network Nights. This year’s winter break Network Nights will take place in New York City and Boston.

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ENVS Geology Professsor Chris Sinton has published a chapter in “The Galapagos: A Natural Laboratory for the Earth Sciences” (Wiley) with co-authors Karen Harpp (Colgate University) and David Christie (University of Alaska-Fairbanks). His paper, A Preliminary Survey of the Northeast Seamounts, Galápagos Platform, is the first detailed description of three drowned Galapagos Islands located northeast of the present islands.

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Theft is the most common crime at Ithaca College.  During the holiday season, incidences of theft rise even further.  The Campus Safety Awareness Committee would like to provide some tips to reduce your risk of experiencing a theft.

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All Ithaca College employees and retirees are invited to attend the annual Holiday Luncheon on Thursday, December 18, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in the Terrace Dining Hall!  

Besides food, music and fun, this is an opportunity to “Be Spotted!” Bring your sustainable mugs and/or beverage containers and win a free cup of coffee!

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The Fitness Center's hours of operation for the remainder of this week and Winter break are now posted.  Please note that we will be closing at 2:00pm this Friday 12/19/14 and will remain closed through Sunday 1/4/14. 

We will be offering limited hours of operation beginning on Monday 1/5/14, and will officially open for the Spring semester at Noon on Monday 1/19/14.

For Faculty and Staff who will be in town over break, we have made arrangements for reduced price guest passes at Island Health & Fitness ($6/day).  This offer will be in effect from Saturday 12/20/14 - Sunday 1/4/14.  If you have any questions, please contact us at

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The Center for Faculty Excellence and the Faculty Development Committee seek nominations for Ithaca College’s annual Faculty Excellence Awards. We will offer five $1,500 awards.

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 The effect of bromine scanning around the phenyl group of 4-​phenylquinolone derivatives

Acta Crystallogr., Sect. C: Cryst. Struct. Commun. (2014), 70(8), 790-795, Steiger, Monacelli, Li, Hunting and Natale. 

The crystal structures of three quinolone compounds were solved using Ithaca College’s single crystal X-ray diffractometer. The compounds were synthesized by our collaborators at the University of Montana.

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Almost everyone owns and uses at least one credit card, but with confusing language and opaque fees, credit card companies don't always provide all the information you need to know to use them well.

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Yanilsa Frias (Business Administration and Marketing Communication Class of 2015) published her research on the reasons why fathers do not take parental leave on the website in One Million for Work Flexibility.

Frias read over 45 articles and book chapters in the process of writing this editorial, documenting that fathers do not take leave for two primary reasons.  First, like working mothers, working fathers in the United States commonly cannot afford to take leave or the leave options are simply unavailable.  Second, when fathers do take leave, it can be penalized.  Fathers and mothers share similarities in these respects, but gender roles shape the different responses that men and women take in response to work-family tensions.

This work was performed in Stephen Sweet’s sociology course “Work and Family.”

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