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September is National Fruits & Veggies - More Matters Month and we are celebrating by Putting Fruit to Work during the week of September 21 – 25, in conjunction with the Tompkins Country Worksite Wellness Coalition.

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Michael Smith's profile of Mel West, the founder of Personal Energy Transportation (PET), appears in the September 7 issue of the Christian Science Monitor in its People Making a Difference section. PETs are three-wheeled, hand-pedaled machines that provide more than 50,000 mobility-impaired people in the developing world with transportation.

Tuesday, September 15, 4:00-5:15 pm, CFE Gannett 316 (Register here)
Faculty facilitator: Dr. Debbie Rifkin, Department of Music Theory, History, and Composition

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Join us for an Alumni Weekend of professional development training in the Office of Career Services! 

Workshop Times: 

1:00 PM                Making LinkedIn Work For You
Your online presence impacts your career success.  Learn how to make your LinkedIn profile impressive, navigate the site and effectively use this networking tool.  We'll share tips which will help you build a successful profile. 

2:00  PM              What’s Next in Your Job Search?
You’ve now been in your current position for the past year, two, three or ten and it’s time to make a change.  How do I get started to making that Career Transition?

3:00 PM              Making the Mentoring Network Work for You
Learn how to use the Mentoring Network work for you and meet some of the members in the system.

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The evening performance of Dagh Dagh Ujala (This Stained Dawn) by the Voices of Partition project on Saturday, October 31 has been changed to 7pm (formerly 8pm).

The Master's swim group will begin on Monday, Sept. 14 with practices at the A and E pool every MWF 6-7:30 a.m.  Anyone 19+ interested in competitive swimming is welcome.  We hope to offer multiple practices for different levels. For more information email or

The 14th annual Cross Cultural Leadership Retreat (CCLR) for Ithaca College students will be held on November 13-15, 2015.

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Music & Memory

Contributed by Teri Reinemann on 09/10/2015 

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The Ithaca College Gerontology Institute is delighted to host Robin Lombardo, CTRS, CDP, and Kyra Schor, Community Outreach Coordinator, from Music & Memory, a non-profit organization that brings personalized music into the lives of people with dementia through digital music technology, vastly improving their quality of life. The film, Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory, highlights the remarkable work of this organization. For more information, visit 

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Submitted on behalf of Dr. Roger (Doc) Richardson:

The Council on Diversity and Inclusion (CODI) has recently been established to serve as a permanent standing council with responsibility for assessing, monitoring, and initiating recommendations to improve and enhance diversity and inclusion programs and policies and practices implemented at Ithaca College.   The Council reports to the Associate Provost for Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement, Dr. Roger (Doc) Richardson.

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Effective at the end of last semester, the Center for Print Production discontinued the practice of driving around campus to pick up hard copy print requests. Instead, WebCRD is now used for all print submissions. Since that time some concerns have been raised about poor image quality on scanned to email documents by the campus.

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If you've been considering graduate school, you should come to this workshop! We'll cover topics like: do you need to go to grad school, what are the benefits, how to find the right program, the application process, entrance exams, and more!

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On Saturday, September 12, all vehicles are to be moved out of Lower J-Lot (Towers Lot) by the start of the day and relocated to other campus parking locations.  The Lower J-Lot will be serving as an event location on that date and needs to be fully cleared of vehicles for the event, and access will be blocked for a portion of the day.  Parking in Upper J-Lot will continue to be available to be used as usual, as will all other campus parking locations.  

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A wonderful promotional trailer for This Stained Dawn (Dagh Dagh Ujala), coming to Ithaca College on October 30 and 31, is available on youtube!

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Gabriel Urza, new Assistant Professor of Writing at Ithaca College, will read from his acclaimed debut novel All That Followed on Wednesday, September 16th at 7 PM in Klingenstein Lounge, Campus Center. 

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Submitted on behalf of Benjamin (Ben) Rifkin, Provost/VPEA

Although it may seem that Ithaca College just completed its periodic review for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education a couple of years ago, it is time to begin preparations for our ten-year re-accreditation visit, which will happen in Spring 2018.  Our self-study report will be due in Fall 2017.  I am pleased to announce that Luke Keller, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, and Bonnie Prunty, Director of Residential Life and Judicial Affairs, have generously agreed to serve as co-chairs of the Middle States Self-Study Project.  In addition, we will have seven committees, each working on one of the seven standards every college must meet to be (re)accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.  Each of these seven committees is co-chaired by a faculty member and a staff member, as follows:

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Xanthe Matychak, lecturer in Environmental Studies & Sciences and founder of Make Better Stuff, is LaunchNY's Entrepreneur of the Week. Featured in the LaunchNY story is her Kairos Light--a product-system that Xanthe conceived at Ithaca Generator and prototyped in the Southern Tier Hardware Accelerator at REV over the summer.

Xanthe teaches Make Better Stuff Lab and Make Better Stuff Studio in ENVS. In these courses students use sustainable design principles to design and manufacture simple products using tools like 3D printers and open source electronics. 

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Most systems that authenticate with the Netpass username and password will be unavailable on Thursday, September 17th for approximately 45 minutes from 6:00-6:45 AM:

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The Occupational Therapy Department presents special guest speaker for four free short workshops on challenges related to feeding and eating for kids with special needs. Monday, Sept. 14 in Emerson Suites A. Students, faculty, and community members are encouraged to attend. 

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Ithaca College Information Technology Services is proud to announce that the final building in our 2014/15 Wi-Fi project has been completed and now all buildings in the academic and administrative spaces have updated Wi-Fi.  All users across campus should now enjoy strong, stable, and robust Wi-Fi connections!

Twenty-nine buildings across campus arranged in order of academic, student-centered, and administrative spaces were included in the wireless expansion.  The result of the project brings more than triple the amount of current access points (APs) to campus. We upgraded switches, ran miles of cabling, and created an infrastructure necessary to create a modern robust Wi-Fi experience for our campus community. 

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