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 The Society of Professional Journalists has named The Ithacan the Best All-Around Nondaily Student Newspaper in the Northeast Region for 2014. The paper received the first place Mark of Excellence Award at the SPJ Region 1 conference April 18 in Hempstead, N.Y.

The paper now goes on to compete against the winners in the other 11 SPJ regions for the national Mark of Excellence Award. The winner will be announced at the SPJ national convention Sept. 18–20 in Orlando, Florida. The SPJ is the largest professional organization of reporters and editors in the country.

In addition, the Ithacan website was named a Finalist in the Best Affiliated Website category.

SPJ last named The Ithacan the Best All-Around Nondaily Student Newspaper in the country in 2012.

(Shown in photo, from left: Assistant Sports Editor Jon Beck, Managing Editor Kira Maddox, Editor-in-Chief Jack Curran, Webmaster Evan Sobkowicz and News Editor Kayla Dwyer with the awards.)

Conger's Out of Bounds interview with Tish Pearlman was recorded Wednesday, April 29 at her downtown studio.

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Farewell to Dr. Douglas Cross

Contributed by Matt Morgan on 05/05/2015 

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After serving as a faculty member for 30 years, Dr. Douglas Cross, Associate Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, will be retiring on May 31, 2015. Please join his department in wishing him well. At his request, no party is being held in his honor.

Managers cite performance appraisals or annual reviews as one of their most disliked tasks. Employees often dread them as well. There is an alternative; you can turn this performance evaluation into a meaningful and impactful dialogue. The best performance reviews let managers and employees communicate -- share ideas, opinions, and information – with no surprises or anxiety. This workshop can help!

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The long-awaited pedestrian corridor study for NYS Route 96B (Danby Road, Aurora Street) in the Town of Ithaca is about to get underway. The study is being coordinated by the Town of Ithaca with funding assistance from the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT). CHA Consulting Inc. (CHA) is the project’s engineering consultant responsible for studying the existing pedestrian environment along the corridor. The study area extends approximately 1.6 miles from the City of Ithaca/Town of Ithaca municipal boundary south to the King Road intersection. This area includes Ithaca College, on- and off-campus student housing, single-family homes, apartments, senior housing and a variety of commercial businesses and offices. 

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Join your colleagues on Thursday, May 7th for this month’s Dollars and $ense discussion on the College’s year-to-date financial performance.  Vice President Hector will facilitate a conversation around the College’s ten-month budget versus actual performance, capital spending, and plant accounts.

Faculty and Staff are invited to attend the session, which takes place on Thursday, May 7, 9:00 – 10:00 am, in the Taughannock Falls Room. 

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Carly Hills in the office of finance and administration (274-3118 or  We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.


This month we are sharing some great reminders on our retirement plan, our transition to PayFlex for the administration of our Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Savings Accounts, as well as information about our exciting Summer Wellness Series.

Have a Great May!

May Employee Benefits & Work/Life Brief

Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 8:30 a.m.—3:00 p.m. (Register here)
Light on the Hill Retreat Center

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As we prepare for our 120th Commencement on Sunday, May 17, 2015, we would like to provide you with some information regarding the academic procession.  The procession will form at 8:30 a.m. outside in the academic quad.  Please look for the signs indicating where each school should start lining up.  The academic procession will begin promptly at 8:50 a.m. and the Commencement ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m.  All guests will be encouraged to be seated by 8:45 a.m. 

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Did you know that Ithaca College has a wellness program for benefits-eligible faculty and staff? 

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Sean Eversley Bradwell, assistant professor in the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity, gave an invited talk, SYSTEMS, INSULT AND INJURY: Multiple Biases and Compounding Discrimination, at Charlotte School of Law (NC) as part of the Ninth Annual Meeting Of Law School Diversity Professionals.




Fall 2015 Textbook Requisitions were due on April 6th, 2015.

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 A reception honoring the Writing Department's Diane McPherson will be held on Wednesday May 6 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Klingerstein Lounge.

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A massive earthquake of 7.8 magnitude hit Nepal on 25th April 2015 and has taken away the lives of 4,600 people so far. This number is expected to increase in the coming days. So far 9,000 people have been reported injured. The earthquake has directly affected more than 8,000,000 people across Nepal and more than 1,000,000 children are in urgent need of help. Scarcity of basic needs such as food, shelter and electricity has been the main concern for the earthquake hit areas. Many of Nepal’s historic buildings have been been destroyed by this earthquake. We are reaching out to the Ithaca College community and asking you to help support the victims of the earthquake in Nepal by making a monetary donation. The collected funds will be sent to Nepal through the American Red Cross in support of the international relief efforts. Each penny you contribute to this cause will help save lives in Nepal. Thank you!

Nepali Community at Ithaca College

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On Friday, April 24, Asian American Alliance (AAA) hosted its annual Asia Night event in IC Square. The night offered a celebration of the Asian American cultures and experiences through various booths and activities. Asia Night brought Focus Asia month to a close with free performances, food and raffles. This year, AAA partnered with the first-ever Ithaca Pan Asian American Film Festival and allowed Asia Night to become the final event of the week-long festivities.


To learn more about student organizations successes please read the last edition of Club Hub.


Kudos to the Ithaca College International Club for hosting its event, Liberty in North Korea (LiNK). The event, which took place on Friday, April 24, discussed North Korea as the changing narrative and allowed students to learn about North Korea and its refugees. Liberty in North Korea is a non-profit organization that helps North Korean refugees resettle into either South Korea or the United States in order that they avoid being sent back to their country and punished. LiNK spoke about its mission to raise awareness to human rights issues in North Korea through media outlets and research.



To learn more about student organizations successes please read the last edition of Club Hub.


Did you fall in love with IC at first sight?  If you did, here’s your chance to help incoming first-year students do the same! 

More Love Letters is a national organization dedicated to spreading happiness and love in pure, old-fashioned, written form.  IC More Love Letters (ICMLL) is a chapter of their Campus Cursive project, which aims to spread love on college campuses.  ICMLL spreads love in two different ways: anonymous notes and love letter bundles. 

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Sherry Deckman (Education) recently published a jointly-authored article, “Caricature and Hyperbole in Preservice Teacher Professional Development for Diversity,” in Urban Education (with Mica Pollock, UC San Diego, Candice Bocala, WestEd, and Shari Dickstein-Staub, National Center for Teacher Residences). The article explores a key challenge in professional development for educators focused on racial diversity. Namely, participants may hear unreasonable demands in professional development leaders’ requests to address inequality and limited opportunity in under-resourced schooling contexts. The article goes on to argue that these caricatures require direct acknowledgement by both preservice teachers and teacher educators working in diverse contexts. 


The Fitness Center's hours of operation over the next three weeks are now posted on our website and will be as follows:

Fitness Center Hours 5/4 - 5/8

Monday (5/4): 7:00am - 11:00pm

Tuesday (5/5): 6:30am - 11:00pm

Wednesday (5/6): 6:30am - 11:00pm

Thursday (5/7): 6:30am - 11:00pm

Friday (5/8): 7:00am - 2:00pm

Saturday (5/9): 11:00am - 3:00pm

Sunday (5/10): 11:00am - 3:00pm

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