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Kiran Madura (Biology '81),
  Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers University

Biology Seminar, February 16, 4pm, CNS 112
"Defining the site of  nuclear protein  degradation: a simple question with a complex answer"

All are cordially invited to attend.

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Contributed on behalf of Planning, Design and Construction

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Open Letter to Students, Faculty, Alumni and Friends of Ithaca College 

Higher education in America is facing an existential crisis. The prohibitive cost of college education has barred an increasing number of young people from fulfilling their dreams, while for a majority of faculty, being a professor has become a dead-end job that offers no adequate pay, no job security, and no possibilities for advancement. While administrative salaries have soared, faculty compensation overall has decreased, and the percentage of tenure-eligible faculty has shrunk to under 30%. The result has been the creation of a new academic underclass: a “precariate” of demoralized and underpaid contingent professors who are forced to cobble together multiple jobs, do not have benefits, and sometimes have to rely on manual labor, food stamps or Medicaid to get by.

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The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is an internationally recognized non-profit organization founded upon the powerful belief in kindness and dedicated to providing resources and tools that encourage acts of kindness.

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Thursday February 16, 6 pm in the Handwerker Gallery
Film Screening of Gen Silent
Gen Silent startlingly discovers how oppression in the years before Stonewall now affects older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people with fear and isolation. Many who won the first civil rights victories for generations to come are now dying prematurely because they are reluctant to ask for help and have too few friends or family to care for them. Gen Silent shows the disparity in the quality of paid caregiving from mainstream care facilities committed to making their LGBT residents safe and happy, to places where LGBT elders face discrimination by staff and bullying by other seniors.

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eko Workshop: Reinvent the way you tell stories
Thursday, February 16
7-9 p.m.
Park Auditorium

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Open Letter to the Ithaca College Community,

The Department of Art History writes to express our deep appreciation and support for our part-time and contingent faculty members, who are currently involved in contract negotiations with the Ithaca College administration.  We recognize the essential role performed by part-time and contingent faculty in the education of our students, and acknowledge that their labor conditions have an impact not only on their students’ educational experience, but also on the entire institution’s ability to fulfill its mission.

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The Longview/Ithaca College Shuttle will be providing only limited service today due to the weather.  It is anticipated that it will be back to its regular schedule tomorrow.

If there are any questions, please contact Christine Pogorzala, IC/LV Coordinator, at 607.274.1051 or pogorzal@ithaca.edu.

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Maura Benner (Class of 2019, Health Sciences) 
Two years ago Maura was the recipient of United Way's TeenWorks "Making a Difference" award, for creating a community center on Chew St. in Allentown. Watch her whole story by clicking here!

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Open letter to the Ithaca College Community

We, the undersigned full-time, continuing faculty in the Department of English, are writing in support of our part-time and contingent co-workers in their present union negotiations with our college. We view these negotiations as necessary steps toward fair, living wages and a more welcoming and equitable working environment. It is in everyone’s interest that the wide disparity between faculty wages be ameliorated.

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Ithaca College Aging Studies Fieldwork Instructor Lisa Kendall and Dr. Nancy Kusmaul, University of Maryland, discuss the possible impacts of traumatic experiences as people transition into older adulthood. They describe specific applications of a trauma perspective with elders and what helping professionals might observe in their clients to warrant further assessment. Dr. Kusmaul and Ms. Kendall highlight the distinctive opportunities and manifestations for re-traumatization with the older adult population, and the trauma-informed care implications for organizations and caregivers serving older adults. 

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Your sweetheart may have the key to your heart, but eating healthy and being physically active can be the key to a healthier heart. This Valentine’s Day, Exercise Science Students will be coming to your area to take your blood pressure and offer you a heart-healthy gift.

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Professor Srijana Bajracharya presented a paper at the 13th Annual International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on January 19th, 2017.

Srijana Bajracharya, from the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education, presented a paper titled, “A Cross-cultural Assessment of Pro-environmental Behaviors (PEB) from Two Communities: A Pilot Study”.  This study was a part of her sabbatical leave activity.  The purpose was to pilot test the study and see if the methods including the instrument is adequate.  Additional purpose was to see if there is a relationship between individual’s perceptions about themselves and the nature and their pro-environmental behavior with special focus on reducing solid waste and also see if there is a cultural differences between populations living in two countries, London and Tompkins County.

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Eleven Ithaca College students received the “MLK NOW” Award for their above-and-beyond service during the college’s annual MLK Day of Service, which concluded a week of educational workshops and performances. The “MLK NOW” Award is given to one student from each volunteer group who demonstrates servant leadership and exceptional teamwork. The winners are voted on by the members of their group.

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Please join us at the Handwerker Gallery for Rhonda Vanover's Exhibiting Artist Talk on Thursday, February 9, at 6 p.m.. The artist will contextualize her current work on display at the Handwerker (exhibition summary below) within the greater arc of her studio practice, ongoing research, and professional career. Q & A to follow.

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Submitted on behalf of the Office of Energy Management and Sustainability

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Contributed on behalf of Interim AVP/CIO, David Weil for Digital Instruction and Information Services 

On Thursday, March 23rd at 10:00 AM in the Klingenstein Lounge Alex Freeman from the New Media Consortium, will be sharing insights from the 2017 NMC Horizon Report, which will have just been released a few weeks before Ed Tech Day. The internationally recognized NMC Horizon Report series and regional NMC Technology Outlooks are part of the NMC Horizon Project, a comprehensive effort established in 2002 by the NMC that identifies and describes important developments in technology likely to have a large impact over the coming five years in education around the world. This particular edition focuses on trends, challenges, and developments in technology disrupting global higher education.

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From Senior Vice President Nancy Pringle, Provost Linda Petrosino, and Professor Gwen Seaquist, representatives of the Ithaca College bargaining committee.

The Ithaca College bargaining team is disappointed to hear of the part-time, per-course faculty union’s announcement that it plans to conduct a strike authorization vote on February 13 and 14. Significant and meaningful progress has been made to date in the negotiations for a part-time faculty contract. There is a planned bargaining session with a federal mediator set for February 21 to discuss the college’s most recent wage proposal, as well as another bargaining session with the mediator scheduled for February 24.

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IC Sociology's Assistant Professor, Jessica Dunning-Lozano's presentation explores the extension of punitive policies into the school lives of marginalized black and Latino children.  Additionally, how disciplinary practices and procedures in punishing schools constitute "disciplinary technologies" devoted to the transformation of students deemed "culturally deficient" by school authorities.

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The February edition of Employee Benefits & Work/Life Brief is now available.