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Maggie Nelson is the author of four books of nonfiction including Bluets, a meditation of the color blue, an autobiographical book about family, sexual violence, and media spectacle titled The Red Parts: A Memoir, and The Art of Cruelty, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She is also the author of  several books of poetry and is a contributor to many publications including Artforum, Bookforum, and Cabinet. Nelson is the winner of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship in Nonfiction and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry.

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Michael Twomey presented a paper titled "Encyclopedic Environments" at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association in Chicago on January 9th.  Drawn from a book-in-progress, the paper examined the representation of the natural environment in two of the Middle Ages' most influential encyclopedias:  Isidore of Seville's Etymologies, written in 636, and Bartholomaeus Anglicus's On the Properties of Things, written in about 1240 and republished often, including an English edition from the 16th century that is often called "Shakespeare's encyclopedia."  Twomey's thesis is that the geography, animals, and plants covered in these encyclopedias are primarily those of classical and biblical literature, which suggests that their intention was to support study in the liberal arts.  The paper was in a session on encyclopedism that was sponsored by the MLA's Division of Comparative Medieval Literature.

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Information Technology Services would like to remind all Instructors and Administrative Staff to review the Optical Scanning procedures to ensure tests and evaluations are processed and returned in a timely manner and with minimal interruption.

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Patricia Zimmerman, professor of screen studies and codirector of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, was an invited speaker and scholar in residence for a special two day convening on women, food security, the environment, and Kenya for the Inequality Initiative, a special project of the Women and Gender in Global Perspective Institute at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign on November 11 and 12, 2013.

Zimmermann spoke on a panel with former Wall Street Journal reporter Roger Thurow, responding to issues raised in his new book on food security and women in rural Kenya, The Last Hunger Season.

As part of her residency, Zimmermann participated in roundtable discussions with faculty and graduate students exploring media representations of food security, the environment, and Africa.

The next in our ongoing series of meetings for supervisors will be held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, from 8:30 - 11:00 am, in the Emerson Suites. It is an expectation that all supervisors attend. More information will follow. For now, please hold the date.

Mark Coldren
Mary Tomaselli


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The Office of Employee & Organizational Development is pleased to once again offer Engaging Professionals at Ithaca College (EPIC), a competency-based certificate program for administrative office professionals. The program consists of eight, three-hour weekly sessions from February 19 - April 8, 2014.  Each session is designed to provide individuals with highly engaging opportunities to increase core business knowledge and to develop critical professional skills. The program will build upon current knowledge and provide additional insight and perspective to help participants develop needed skills for continued success.

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Join the School of Business in welcoming alumnus Norm Jordan '82, on Thursday February 20th in BUS 111 from 6:00-7:00pm, for a special discussion.  

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 A multi-institution partnership will bring rising entrepreneurs from throughout the area to downtown Ithaca to work, learn and create a new thriving business hub in the heart of the city. In collaboration with Cornell University, Tompkins Cortland Community College, local developer Travis Hyde Properties and the State of New York, Ithaca College recently announced the launch of the Downtown Ithaca Incubator.

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Please join us for our twenty-fourth annual Educational Technology Day at Ithaca College on Thursday, March 27th from 9am to 4pm in our Campus Center. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @edtech14!

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Career Services is pleased to welcome Mr.  Jeff Baily, from the New York State Department of Civil Service, to campus on January 27 to talk about upcoming civil service exams and the over one hundred job opportunities associated with them.  Immediately following the presentation he will have an information table outside of Career Services.

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In 2007, The Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) in Ithaca, NY created a program called Talking Circles on Race and Racism in order to bring racially & ethnically diverse people together to have an honest and open dialogue on race.


Now you can join the conversation...

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
319 Gannett Center

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Mark your calendars now for this semester's wonderful line-up of creative writers in the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series. Nonfiction writer Maggie Nelson, poet Elizabeth Willis, and novelist Rachel Kushner will all be giving public readings. For details on the authors and the series, please visit our webpage at:


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The Technology Learning Center will be providing information sessions for students and faculty on Taskstream, focused specifically on the ICC Directed Response Folio (ICC DRF). Click here for more information about Taskstream.

These sessions will be held Monday, January 27 through Thursday, January 30 in the Friends Hall 110 computer lab.

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The 5th annual Engaging Communities Luncheon event will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Emerson Suites. Join us as we explore and celebrate the notion of community and culture. It is necessary to RSVP for this important event as seating is limited.

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The First-Year Residential Experience (FYRE) Program, in its expansion, houses approximately 1,200 first-year students in the towers and upper quad residence halls. This new component of the FYRE program connects the Integrated Core Curriculum (ICC) themes with programs offered in the residence halls.

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Now that the holidays are over, your wallet may be feeling a little lighter than usual. While managing your money can seem like a daunting task, it doesn’t have to be! January is a great time to make changes and create new habits, so follow these guidelines to stay smart about your finances:

  • Don’t be afraid to use some tricks to make yourself save money – do whatever works for you.
  • ALWAYS pay bills on time to keep a good credit score – and check your report for errors!
  • Don’t invest in something that sounds too good to be true with high returns and little risk. 
  • Insure against major financial disasters with homeowner’s, car, and health insurance – don’t worry about smartphone, travel, or extended warranty insurance.

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The First-Year Residential Experience (FYRE) Program, in its expansion, houses approximately 1,200 first-year students in the towers and upper quad residence halls. This new component of the FYRE program connects the Integrated Core Curriculum (ICC) themes with programs offered in the residence halls.

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Student Disability Services will contact faculty regarding students in their classes who need materials in alternate format prior to the beginning of each semester.

In compliance with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, class materials must be made available in alternate format for those students needing the accommodation. This includes course packets, handouts, syllabi, quizzes/exams and any other materials used in class. Alternate formats include audio versions of written documents, documents in Braille and/or enlarged print, video captioning and materials in electronic format.

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This is a reminder to all, that the State of New York prohibits smoking in the public areas of all buildings within the state. As such Ithaca College has an established smoking policy (2.8.10) that directly addresses this for the campus community and provides a listing of the designated outdoor smoking areas.

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