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Faculty members play an important role in the lives of students that extends beyond the teaching of course material.  The staff of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) recognizes faculty’s potential to influence student’s attitudes about mental health care.  We know the stigma about accessing mental health services cause some students to suffer needlessly.  Therefore, we invite you to partner with us to identify students at risk, reach out to them, or to report your concerns via the Students at Risk Initiative.

In an effort to prevent potential negative outcome of students in distress, the enclosed statement was generated as a guide for faculty to consider including in their syllabi.


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Patricia Zimmermann, professor of screen studies and codirector of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, was an invited speaker to discuss new media, social media and conflict zones with graduate students in journalism and mass communication at the University of Oregon-Portland on November 2, 2013.

Her interactive presentation was done via Skype. She analyzed and discussed transmedia projects that engage conflict through non-confrontational design to engender dialogue, exploration, and user-generated participation. The projects analyzed included Lunch Love Community, Triangle Fire Archive, Engage Media, and works by new media artists Stephanie Rothenberg and Brooke Singer. Graduate students worked with these projects before the session, and then participated in a dialogue analyzing the ethics, politics, affordances, and implications of these new forms of documentary.

Please mark your calendars for the All College Meeting that will be held Thursday, January 16, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Emerson Suites of the Campus Center.

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Please join me in welcoming Charles to the Ithaca College community.  Effective January 13, 2014, Charlies Sherman has joined the EH&S team as the "Fire and Building Safety Coordinator".

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Johanna Goehner is back at the Wellness Clinic this semester teaching Pilates. The class will meet on Tuesdays at 1:30 (starting January 21st) and will run for 14 weeks (through April 29th). The cost is $70. Space is limited so if you would like to reserve a spot, contact me at or call 274-1301.

Add Holidays to Your Calendar

Your Outlook calendar can be configured to automatically display holidays. To do so:

Outlook 2010 (Windows)

  1. Open Outlook.
  2. Click File > Options > Calendar.
  3. Within the Calendar options window, click Add Holidays.
  4. An "Add Holidays to Calendar" window will appear.  Check the box next to each country whose holidays you'd like to include in your calendar.
  5. Click OK.

For more information, see Microsoft's help article.

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Every year the college celebrates the history and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King in our MLK Day Celebrations. This year’s theme is a ‘Single Garment of Destiny’ and will feature many educational sessions that relate to Dr. King’s vision in our modern global society. These sessions are open to all members of the Ithaca College Community. For students, each presentation will count towards SLI Credit in the Leading in a Diverse World Series. To receive SLI credit for any of these events, please log into OrgSync and register for the sessions.

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If so, there's still time to register for “Caring for Your Aging Parents,” a webinar series produced by the Gerontology Institute and offered in partnership with the Office of Human Resources. Part 2: “Assessing Needs and Resources,” will be presented on Wed., Jan. 22, 1-2 p.m. The recording and handouts for Part 1: “Initiating Caring Conversations”, which was presented on Dec. 4, are now available at

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New first-year students and their family members will attend their IC orientation program this week.  What does this mean for you?

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We are back in our regularly scheduled meeting room on the ground floor of Peggy Williams Center, Room GL052!

When: Every Tuesday

Times: 11:15am - 12:00pm
12:15pm - 1:00pm


With Monthly Pass, meetings run on an on-going basis and are open to the entire Ithaca College community. You can join anytime and it is never too late. 

Keep reading for more information about Simple Start and our upcoming Open House!

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On January 8, 2014, Mind, Body, Me welcomed it's newest members to Flight 9 of the wellness program!  

"You're off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way
~Dr. Seuss

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The City of Ithaca is facing severe challenges tied to ice and flooding (

In order to help Fall Creek-area residents, the City is providing sand and bags for making sandbags and volunteers are needed.

Materials are available from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. today and Saturday at the DPW Streets and Facilities Division, 245 Pier Road. (To get there from Rt 13, turn onto Willow Ave (across Rt 13 from Dey St). Turn right at the T junction. Then right again on Pier Rd.)

Sandbags will be easy to fill (via gravity), but harder to move: bags will typically weigh between 40 and 60 lbs.

Those who need sandbags will be helped by city facilities workers, and as many volunteers as the city can amass.

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Creating an Inclusive Culture: "The Truth Behind Bias, Bullying and other Derailing Behaviors"

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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If so, there's still time to register for “Caring for Your Aging Parents,” a webinar series produced by the Gerontology Institute and offered in partnership with the Office of Human Resources. Part 2: “Assessing Needs and Resources,” will be presented on Wed., Jan. 22, 1-2 p.m. The recording and handouts for Part 1: “Initiating Caring Conversations”, which was presented on Dec. 4, are now available at

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In mid-December, the American Studies Association voted to boycott Israel’s higher-education institutions to protest the country’s treatment of Palestinians. I have subsequently been asked by some members of the Ithaca College community to articulate my position on the boycott.

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The award is presented annually by Community Dispute and Resolution Center (CDRC) and Greater Ithaca Activity Center (GIAC).

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An article by Steve Seidman, professor emeritus and lecturer in the Department of Strategic Communication, was published in Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories That Shaped Our Culture, edited by Jacqueline Edmondson.

His article titled, “Rock Concert Posters” chronicles the history of poster styles and the evolution of one-time event notices into collectable artwork and souvenirs.

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The Office of Human Resources would like to present to faculty, staff, and students our newest Work/Life Mission Series. This semester's Work/Life Distinguished Faculty series will explore a variety of topic presented by our very own distinguished faculty! Join us for our first workshop:

Smart Money: Personal Finance for Your Everyday Life
PRESENTER: Professor Joseph Cheng
WHEN: January 30th starting at 11:15am 
WHERE: Human Resources Conference Room (GL52)

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Harry Potter FOREVER postage stamps (book of 20) now on sale at the Phillips Hall Post Office. 

And later this month, the USPS will be raising postage stamp prices.

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As part of a larger effort to improve the security of our digital information, ITS has developed a Quick Guide to using AES Crypt.  AES Crypt is a free program that allows you to encrypt and password protect files (e.g., Word documents, Excel Spreadsheet, etc.) to prevent unauthorized access and to maintain the integrity of the data.  

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