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The Ithacan has once again been named the Best College Newspaper in New York State by the New York Press Association. The award, the NYPA’s top collegiate honor, was announced March 28 at the organization’s annual convention at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Ithacan Editor-in-Chief Jack Curran ’15, Managing Editor Kira Maddox ’16, Assistant Life & Culture Editor Mary Ford ’17, Multimedia Editor Alexis Forde ’17 and Chief Copy Editor Rachel Wolfgang ’17 attended the convention and accepted the award on behalf of the paper.

The award is for work produced during the calendar year 2014 (Megan Devlin ’14, spring editor-in-chief; Jack Curran ’15, fall editor in chief).

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Submitted on behalf of Mark Coldren, AVP for Human Resources

The Online Performance Review process for 2014-15 will be available for staff beginning April 1.  All staff members can access the self-assessment form through Employee Self-Service in Parnassus.  The main enhancement to the process will be the addition of 11 core competency areas for comments and feedback.  Staff will be able to provide examples of how they demonstrate mastery of these core areas.  Supervisors will be able to provide feedback and overall ratings by initiating the performance review through Manager Self-Service for the following competencies:

  • Adaptable
  • Collaborative
  • Communicate Effectively
  • Demonstrate Leadership
  • Engage in the Organization
  • Exhibit Professional Integrity and Ethics
  • Inclusive
  • Respectful
  • Responsive
  • Results Driven
  • Sustainable
  • Take Initiative
  • Value Personal and Professional Development

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The Cornell Savoyards have extended auditions for Princess Ida. To schedule an appointment, contact Karen Dumont at by Friday, April 3.

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The seventh annual Izzy Awards for outstanding achievement in independent media will be presented to author Naomi Klein and investigative journalist David Sirota on Wednesday, April 15, 7:30 p.m. in Emerson Suites. Both award-winners will give talks at the event, which is open to the public.

The Izzys, named for legendary 20th century journalist I. F. “Izzy” Stone, are bestowed by the Park Center for Independent Media (PCIM).

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Thursday, April 16, 2015, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (Register here)
Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center
Co-sponsored by the Center for Faculty Excellence and Office of International Programs.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 3:00 - 4:15 p.m., Gannett 319 (Register Here)
Presented by Jim Bondra, Business, Economics, and Sport Media and Management Librarian

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Timothy Murray, PhD, Cornell University
Professor of Comparative Literature; Director of the Society of the Humanities
Tuesday, April 7, 2015, Gannett 319
A one-day convening of lectures and dialogues exploring the habitats of interdisciplinary screen studies

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (Register here)
Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center
Jonathan Ablard, Associate Professor/History and Latin American Studies Coordinator
Christopher House, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

Moderated by Wade Pickren, Director, and Judith Ross-Bernstein, Assistant Director
Center for Faculty Excellence

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Submitted on behalf of Nancy Pringle

We are in the final weeks of the United Way Campaign and Ithaca College is at the 75% mark toward our goal of raising $60,000. Also, thanks to participation by many new contributors and generous increases in commitment from prior donors we are also very close to meeting the one-to-one match up to $5,000. We have two weeks to bring our campaign to successful conclusion and now is the time for action. Payroll deduction makes it really simple to have a big impact over the course of the year as even a gift of $1, $5, or up to $20 per paycheck can really add up and help those in need in our community.  As a reminder, 100% of your gift to the United Way of Tompkins County and its member organizations will go to support needed services and not to administrative support of the local or national United Way.

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Monday, April 20, 2015, 319 Gannett Center
Dr. Michele DiPietro
, Executive Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Kennesaw State University

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National Financial Literacy Month is recognized in April as an effort to highlight the importance of financial literacy and teach individuals how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits.

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Submitted on behalf of Linda Petrosino, Interim Provost

Please join me on Thursday, April 2, 2015 for the third Faculty Colloquium for the spring semester.

Carol McAmis, Professor/voice, M.M., B.M., GCFP, has been a member of the IC voice faculty since 1979.  In addition to teaching singers interested in musical styles ranging from opera and musical theatre to jazz to world music to pop; she also teaches vocal pedagogy and Awareness Through Movement® based on the somatic education method developed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais.

Her interest in the living body as a musical instrument has led to a focus on creating simple and unique methods of teaching the art of singing that can be used by vocalists of all ages who sing in many different musical styles.

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The Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen LGBT themed film series will host a showing of the documentary Queer China, 'Comrade' China. Free and open to the public, the screening will take place at 7 p.m. in Textor 101.

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Please join us for a flint knapping demonstration by Dr. William Michael Lynn on Friday, April 3rd, from 9:00 - 9:50 am, in Williams 323. Dr. Lynn is a resident of Ithaca and a passionate enthusiast in the art of flint knapping. Learn how our ancient hominin ancestors made and used stone tools!

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The School of H&S prelaw program and the Ithaca College Alumni Association are pleased to offer two events featuring attorneys Shane Freedman '93 and Michael Battle '77 and Judge Mary J. Boyle '86 -- all graduates of the School of H&S. Each evening will include a panel discussion and a complimentary buffet dinner.

Thursday, April 9, 2015
7:00–8:30 p.m.
Clark Lounge, Egbert Hall (Campus Center)
Attorney and IC trustee Michael Battle '77 and Judge Mary J. Boyle '86 will discuss the practice of criminal law from the perspectives of the bar and the bench, as well as their educations and career trajectories.

Thursday, April 16, 2015
7:00–8:30 p.m.
Wolfgruber VIP Room, Athletics and Events Center
Attorney Shane Freedman '93 will share his experiences and opinions related to private versus in-house legal practice, as well as his education and career path.

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 This support group is held every Thursdays from 1-1:50 in the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) group room located on the 2nd floor of the Hammond Health Center.

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Last week we announced that Aetna has partnered with PayFlex to administer Ithaca College Health Savings Accounts and Flexible Spending Accounts.  As a result of this change our Aetna Representative will be on campus several times over the next 6 weeks conducting informational sessions on PayFlex and to answer any questions employees may have on the change to PayFlex. The following informational sessions will be held in the Office of Human Resources, Garden Level, Peggy Ryan Williams Center. No RSVP necessary.      

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Join us on April 2 in Emerson Suites B & C to plan your future! Retirement may be as close as tomorrow or as far away as 30 years, but it's never too early to start planning or to review the plans you've already made. 

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 We are right in the midst of Holy Week and to celebrate the Catholic Community will be holding special services all this week in Muller Chapel and Emerson Suites.

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The second candidate for the School of Business Dean is Dr. Pat Dickson; he currently serves as  Associate Dean of the undergraduate program in the School of Business at Wake Forest University and earned his Ph.D. in Management from the University of Alabama.

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