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September 30, 2015, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center

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Sophomore Shake Up

Contributed by Shelli Mekos on 09/25/2015 

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Email is a necessity for every business workplace but writing email well is not a skill that most people have been taught. When you’re at a desk and under time pressure to get work done, you usually don’t pause and review the rules for effective business writing. 

This 2-part email workshop will give you helpful tips so that you can compose your message content quickly, and then edit it into a clear, effective, and professional email for your reader. We’ll be discussing guidelines to organize your message for your reader’s benefit and work on examples in small groups and individually. Take a look at the email you write and receive: What factors make email hard to write? Hard to understand? Easy to follow and remember?    That’s where we’ll start!

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Learn to recognize the ten most common grammar errors you read and hear every day, and create strategies to remember correct usage. For example, can you find the errors in the following sentences and explain why they are wrong?

Between you and I, us writers feel badly whenever mistakes are found in our writing.

We received the new software and either my co-worker or I are going to write the instructions for it’s operation.

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Submitted on behalf of Tanya R. Saunders, Assistant Provost

Ithaca College Faculty and Staff are invited to participate in the Fall 2015 College Symposium on Inclusion, Cultural Fluency, and Global Citizenship. Convened by the Office of International Programs, the Office of Faculty Excellence, and the Office of the Associate Provost for Diversity, Inclusion, and Engagement, the Symposium will take place on Monday, 28 September 2015 from 3pm to 6pm in the Clark Lounge. (Faculty who have teaching obligations may arrive late.)

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Eight individuals and two teams will be enshrined into the Ithaca College Athletics Hall of Fame during the 46th annual induction ceremony Friday night inside the Athletics and Events Center. Kevin Connors '97 returns to South Hill to emcee the event.

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Racism is not a thing of the past. Discrimination is still a fact of life for many people of color and immigrants, especially in housing, employment and education. One way of taking the first steps in creating a community where everyone feels safe, valued and respected is by engaging in dialogue about race and racism. The Talking Circles on Race and Racism are designed to serve as a discussion tool to increase community communication about race and racism and help individuals increase their comfort level in addressing issues of racism in their own lives.

Ithaca College students are invited to participate to come together in a safe environment to share feelings, thoughts, and experiences in a sustained, confidential, frank dialogue around issues of race and racism. The Diversity Awareness Committee will initiate a Student Talking Circle facilitated by professionals from the Multicultural Resource Center. The Talking Circle will be made up of 16 racially and ethnically diverse people who will meet once a week for five consecutive sessions to self-reflect, share experiences, and learn from others’ perspectives and attitudes.

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 FOOD FRENZY! Thursday, October 1st from 11:30am to 2:00pm in  Emerson Suites 



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Jason Hamilton, Chair of IC’s Environmental Studies & Sciences Department, has been observing the behavior of wild animals passing through the IC Natural Lands for several years now. He has a network of trail cameras set up, and has placed sand-filled tracking boxes at some locations to capture a sense of how movement and tracks are related.  

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Daniel Lezcano Arguella grows organic shade grown coffee on lands immediately adjacent to Amistad International Park, an area that holds 2-1/2 per cent of the world’s biodiversity. Organic bananas provide the shade for his coffee plants, creating a polyculture which supplies the ASPROLA community organization, who then process the coffee and bananas, and make yoghurts and jams and run an ecotourism operation as well. Daniel will speak about the process of producing organic coffee in contrast to non-organic coffee, and will provide a taste comparison. Come try some of his coffee! 

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Big Pink Volleyball!

Contributed by Sean Reilley on 09/24/2015 

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The Office of Recreational Sports is hosting a one-day volleyball tournament, with one big twist: a 4-ft diameter ball! This is an event you will not want to miss out on. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are raising funds to donate to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Teams can be between 4-10 people, with a required team contribution of $30. Any additional contributions are welcome.

Date: 10/3/15

Time: 12:00 PM 

The day will include music, food, prizes, and of course some fun volleyball! So grab some friends and make a team! All students, faculty, and staff are welcome, with the option to participate in the competitive or the recreational division.


Registrations forms are available at the Fitness Center front desk or online.

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  • Faculty Council is looking for volunteers to serve on the following committees:
  • Parking Appeals Board (1 faculty member)

  • Parking Policy Committee (1 faculty member, 2-year term)

Please self-nominate by sending a short note to Peter Rothbart, Faculty Council Chair, at Deadline is Friday, September 25, 5 PM.

Virginia Mansfield-Richardson, longtime associate dean of the Roy H. Park School of Communications, will be leaving to serve as associate provost at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She starts in her new position on October 19.

Mansfield-Richardson joined the Park School in 1999 after holding teaching and administrative positions at Penn State, Ohio University, and American University. She previously worked for 12 years as a reporter, editor, and columnist with the Washington Post. As associate dean, her responsibilities included assessment and retention, curriculum approvals, course scheduling, graduate student advising and policies, scholarships/grants, and working with parents.

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Today: Park Tank Event

Contributed by Melissa Gattine on 09/24/2015 

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Join Park School's Associate Dean Bryan Roberts as he hosts Park Tank -- a live event on Friday, September 25 at 4:00 p.m. in the Park Hall Auditorium. Cheer on your fellow students as they pitch new media concepts for a chance to win a share of $1000. Park Tank features an alumni judging panel, live audience voting ... and a few sharks.

Judges Include:

  • Alec Mitchell '12 - Incubator Coordinator, REV: Ithaca StartUp Works
  • Laurie Greenberg '80 - Media Marketing Entrepreneur and former VP, Multimedia Sales ESPN
  • Erin Joyce '16 M.S. - Director, Multi-Platform Content, Showtime
  • Jason Muenzen '02 - Director of the Investment Program and Finance Instructor, School of Business
  • Barry Mendelson '65 - President and CEO, Mendelson Entertainment Group llc

Ithaca College in the Media

Contributed by Megan Wolk on 09/24/2015 

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Quoted in the Media: Faculty members Rebecca Plante, Scott Hamula, Luca Maurer, Jeff Cohen, Diane Gayeski and Stephen Tropiano. For more information on the following articles, please visit the IC in the Media Page

 IC in the Media

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On Sunday, October 4 at 11pm on PBS station WCNY will broadcast three documentaries produced in TVR 29900 Nonfiction Production:
Behind the Blue Line, 12:31
By: Meghan Graham, Joshua Margolis, Andrew McManus, Griffin Schultz

If There’s a Will, 17:50
By: Chris Carpenter, Amelia Marino, Peter Quandt, Allison Zdunczyk
Stepping Forward, 14:00
By: Evin Billington, Samantha Weil, Sunita Williams

Behind the Blue Line, profiles Ithaca College professor Katharine Kittredge, who teaches in the English Department at Ithaca College and also competes in a men’s ice hockey league. If There’s a Will tells the story of Will Shishmanian, a transgender man and recent graduate of Ithaca College finding his way in New York City.  Stepping Forward tells the story of Bryan Roberts, Associate Dean in the Park School, and his path forward after discovering he has Parkinson’s Disease.

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Faculty Council is seeking self-nominations for multiple positions as follows:

 College Advisory Committee on Campus Security and Campus Life Committee, 1 year term (multiple positions available)

Further information:

Please send self-nominations to Peter Rothbart, Chair of Faculty Council,

All nominations must be received by Friday, September 25, 5 PM.

As Ithaca College welcomes alumni and their families to celebrate Alumni Weekend 2015, various parking lots will be closed and reserved for Alumni Weekend events.  These closures will begin on Friday, September 25.  Please be aware of the lot closures that will be occurring, as described below. Please also note that individuals seeking handicapped parking in any closed lot can continue to access that parking at any time by speaking with the attendant of the closed lot.

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update on Dean of H&S search

Contributed by Diane Gayeski on 09/24/2015 

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Based on a campus pre-search study conducted by our consultant, Julie Tea of AGB Search, and feedback from the search committee,  the finalized prospectus is now available on the College’s Web site and on AGB Search’s site

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The Parnassus system will be unavailable for all users for up to 11 hours on Sunday, September 27th, from 12:01 AM (approximately midnight on Saturday) to 11:00 AM Sunday morning due to system upgrades.

Information Technology Services (ITS) Helpdesk
104 Job Hall


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