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Students from Xanthe Matychak’s Make Better Stuff lab at Ithaca College hosted a public laser-cutter demo at Ithaca Generator for November’s First Friday in Ithaca. The Make Better Stuff Lab is a course Xanthe developed for IC freshmen where they learn about sustainable design principles and then design and manufacture a product that uses those principles. During the First Friday Demo, the class fielded several great questions from observers. Here are some examples:


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The members of the Diversity Awareness Committee (DAC) invite you to attend our monthly meeting, on Tuesday, December 8th from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., in the Human Resources Conference Room, Garden Level of the Peggy Ryan Williams Center, and participate in a facilitate discussion on supporting transgender and gender nonconforming students. Luca Maurer, LGBT Education, Outreach & Services Program Director, DAC Member will facilitate this meeting entitled “Pronouns and Forms and Policies – oh my! Addressing the needs of transgender and gender nonconforming students”.

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Bigoted comments, jokes, negative assumptions and stereotypes are challenging because they can provoke our emotions and make us reactive, scared, confused, uncertain, judgmental, and less able to access our intelligence and good thinking.

DATE: Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon 
Location: Peggy Ryan Williams Center, HR Training/Conference Room

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Conflict is a universal and routine human experience. We more or less successfully engage it every day of our lives. Once in a while, however, it sticks and we get stuck! This highly engaging and interactive three hour workshop explores the experience of conflict and its effects on us as individuals and our interactions with others. We then explore and experiment with some key skills and inclusive strategies we can all use to shift negative conflict interaction both for ourselves and for others.

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Ithaca claimed five Empire 8 championships during the fall sports season to lead the conference's standings as the top intercollegiate athletics program in the Empire 8.

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Posted on behalf of Roger "Doc" Richardson.

Greetings to the campus community,

By now most of you are aware of my recent appointment as the interim chief diversity officer. I assumed this new leadership role with mixed emotions as I have witnessed IC students raise serious questions about Ithaca College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Most of you are also aware that the college has made a declaration of numerous plans and initiatives to address these questions, which can be viewed at I will share a few updates on some of those plans below.

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Exciting news from DIIS

Contributed by Marishya Y. Weiss on 11/17/2015 

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submitted on behalf of Keith W. "Mac" McIntosh

Your new Digital Instruction and Information Services (DIIS) (formerly Information Technology Services) department is currently in transition and hard at work transforming our services.  At Tuesday’s “Dollars and $ense,” we shared information about our new Strategic Plan, new Organization, and new Governance process with attendees.  We encourage you to visit our new DIIS web site ( to learn more about our transition.

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The Fitness Center will be closing at 2:00pm on Friday 11/20/15, and will be open for limited hours over Thanksgiving Break.  Our hours of operation will be as follows:

Friday 11/20: 7:00am - 2:00pm

Saturday 11/21 - Sunday 11/22: Closed

Monday 11/23: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Tuesday 11/24: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Wednesday 11/25 - Sunday 11/29: Closed

We will reopen with our regular academic year hours on Monday 11/30/15.

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Last weekend, Ithaca College Women in Computing (ICWC) held an informational session on Git and Github, an online, collaborative environment for software development.  The session was extremely helpful for many computer science majors on campus, but students from all majors are welcome at ICWC’s events. Keep an eye out for ICWC’s Bootstrap Resume workshop coming up on November 15!

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Last Friday, IC International Club held one of its biggest events of the year: the One World Concert. This event is a culmination to a week-long series of events celebrating International Education Week, which is a time to celebrate the many different cultures represented at Ithaca College and Cornell. The One World Concert in particular showcased different cultures through various music and dance performances, many of which were performed by our very own IC students! Congratulations on another year of success.

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Shoutout to the IC Senior Class and IC Spirit Week for co-planning and putting on Mr. and Ms. Ithaca this past Monday! During this America's-Next-Top-Model-themed event, fourteen contestants sang, danced, and showed off their talents to a room full of their fellow classmates until ultimately Mr. Jake Winslow and Ms. Frances Johnson prevailed! Congratulations to Mr. and Ms. Ithaca of 2015! Check out the rest of the Spirit Week events coming up tonight, tomorrow, and Friday here.

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A round of applause goes out to CMA EDU of Ithaca College for hosting a CMA viewing party last week!  Guests gathered in Friends, ate pizza, and enjoyed the show together.  Some lucky guests even won CMA swag!  CMA EDU had another great event Wednesday. November 11. They sponsored a Skype networking session with Lucia Kaminsky from Warner Music Group in Nashville. 

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Every student at Ithaca College has benefited from the services offered by the Student Government Association. Whether it’s educating its campus about the importance of voting, placing students on staff-run college wide committees, or assisting with important causes, SGA utilizes many “under-the-radar” strategies to serve as the bridge between the Ithaca College administration and the IC student body.
The Student Government Association is one of four elements of the shared governance of Ithaca College, along with the administration, faculty council, and staff council. And although SGA is recognized as an OSEMA student organization, the group is self-governing as well. SGA’s executive board consists of student body president Dominick Recckio, four vice presidents running departments such as academic affairs and communications, a Senate Chair, and a Chief of Staff.

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Dr. Andrew Utterson recently delivered a paper at the Sixth International Conference on the Image, held at the University of California, Berkeley, where this year’s special theme was “Media Materiality: Towards Critical Economies of ‘New’ Media.”

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 Everyone is invited to join Muller Chapel for a Peace Vigil on Thursday at 12:15 in the sanctuary.

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Cyndy Scheibe, Executive Director of Project Look Sharp, will present “Engaging Students and Inspiring Teachers with the Power of Inquiry-Based Constructivist Approaches and Multimedia Literacies” on Saturday, Nov. 21 from 1:15-2:30 p.m. at the 2015 National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Communicating with others - peers, faculty and staff, supervisors and colleagues at internships or jobs, or the general public - is something you do every day, so make sure you're doing it professionally. The impressions you make on people can have tremendous impacts on your ability to be successful in the working world. Come to this workshop to learn everything from e-mail and cell phone etiquette, to dining and meeting expectations, to what you should wear in various settings.

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Wednesday, November 18, 4:00- 6:00 pm
Klingenstein Lounge, Campus Center

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Dean Diane Gayeski, Associate Professor of Strategic Communications Scott Hamula, and Adam Peruta, a former Assistant Professor here in Strategic Communications and now at Syracuse University have been published in Advertising & Society Review. Their article "The Complex Challenge of Branding in Higher Education: Where's The Pedagogy?" focuses on higher education branding and its drivers and challenges.



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Digital Instruction and Information Services (DIIS) (former Information Technology Services or ITS) is undergoing a major transformation which impacts all provided services.  I am writing you today to provide you with a general update about some of the expanded services for teaching and learning that will be coming by the end of the academic year, along with a specific update about our Optical Scanning services. 

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