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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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Patricia Zimmermann, professor of screen studies and codirector of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, published an essay, “Frances Flaherty and Non Preconception" for the 2013 Robert Flaherty Film Seminar 2013 Catalog, History is What’s Happening.

Through archival diaries, letters, speeches, and publications, this catalog essay probes how Frances Flaherty developed theories of documentary based on Zen principles of non preconception and the participation mystique, ideas often falsely attributed to her husband, explorer and filmmaker Robert Flaherty.

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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.

In response to requests by faculty for a statement regarding services for students with disabilities, here is a concise insert for inclusion in course syllabi.  

Please encourage students registered with Student Disability Services to meet with you during office hours to discuss their accommodation plan.

 "In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodation will be provided to students with documented disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Students must register with Student Disability Services and provide appropriate documentation to Ithaca College before any academic adjustment will be provided."

The Office of Human Resources recognizes the importance of accessibility to your benefit vendors. To accomplish this, our Aetna Representative, Denise Dolinsky is available on campus each month to answer any questions you may have on how to use the Aetna Medical plans, or specific questions related to Aetna coverage, claims, providers, etc.  

Meetings with Denise are held in Human Resources between 11:00am-1pm the following Tuesday’s in the first quarter of 2014.

Tuesday, January 14th

Tuesday, January 21st

Tuesday, February 4th

Tuesday, February 18th

Tuesday, March 4th

Tuesday, March 18th

To schedule a meeting call Human Resources at 274-8000.

Happy New Year! 

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If you might be interested in offering a one credit course that takes advantage of or connects with the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, there is still funding available. Please read the FLEFF mission statement below and contact Warren Schlesinger, FLEFF mini course coordinator at or at 4-3951 for more information.

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On Monday, January 20 & Saturday, January 25, the Ithaca College Community will celebrate national Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

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Ithaca College's Center for Life Skills invites individuals who have experienced a stroke to participate in its spring session.

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