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 IC Challah for Hunger is inviting faculty and staff to braid challah bread with them next Thursday, February 26! Come have a great time as you make the challah in the Terrace Bakery at 6:00 PM. They will then be sold the next day in Campus Center, donating the proceeds to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier and Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger. Don’t wait until it is too late to sign up and sign up now by clicking this link:

IC Challah for Hunger is a club on campus that makes challah on a weekly basis and donates the proceeds to hunger related causes, as well as raises awareness of social justice issues. You can stop by our table every week to pick up a delicious challah!

If you have any questions, please email

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"Ecological and Evolutionary Insights
from (sometimes) Common Backyard Birds"

February 26     
4:00 p.m.
CNS 112

All are cordially invited to attend.

View other IC Events here.

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Please join us for the Spring 2015 Jewish Studies Faculty Showcase featuring our interdisciplinary teachers and scholars during a series of lunch hour presentations. 


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Marie Sanford, Clinical Associate professor in the Dept. of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and Class of 2015 graduate students Alexandra Fish, Erin Gatti, Maria Sanchez-Freeman, and Dana Sharabi presented their work at the 18th Annual Conference of the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Their paper, entitled “Comparing Instructional Approaches for Attaining Oral Proficiency in Adult English Language Learners,” examined articulation, rate of speech, and intonation features of instructional materials that incorporated functional and work-related vocabulary compared to academic and curriculum-based vocabulary.

Sanford also presented a poster session co-authored with Ithaca College's Jana Waller and

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Join our newest IC A Healthy Me Challenge - The Stop Light Challenge developed by Joseph D'Alessandro (Health Sciences Major, with a Nutrition Emphasis).  

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Individual development planning identifies the employee’s development goals and the strategies for achieving them by linking them to the organization’s mission and goals. Taking responsibility for your professional development can be challenging. Let us help you get started! The Office of Human Resources would like to invite you to attend a workshop devoted to creating an Individual Development Plan. We will meet on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in room # 52 on the Garden Level of the Peggy Ryan Williams Center. 

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Be counted in the first 75 filmgoers and vampire fans  and score a FREE TICKET to our special FLEFF Preview event screening of A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night on Sunday March 1 at Cinemapolis.

Tickets open at 6 p.m. on Sunday March 1. 

Screening at 7

Post screening discussion moderated by Timothy Murray, Director, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University, with Matthew Holtmeier, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Screen Studies, Ithaca College, and Chelsea Wessels, Film, Cornell University.

The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made, Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave.

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Dr. Ed Baptist, Associate Professor of History at Cornell University, will be on campus   Tuesday, February 24, to share insights from his new book The Other Half Hasn’t Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism (Basic Books) and from his crowdsourcing project, Freedom on the Move. In a review of Dr. Baptist’s new book, the Daily Beast notes that  “Baptist turns the long-accepted argument that slavery was economically inefficient on its head, and argues that it was an integral part of America's economic rise."


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On Sunday, February 7th, Ithaca College Hillel hosted an a'capella concert in IC Square to bring people together on the cold day. This all a'capella show featured New York City's Maccabeats, an all male Jewish group, as well as Ithaca College's Premium Blend and VoiceStream groups. Over 100 people including students and community members came out to enjoy the show. Kayla from Ithaca College Hillel says, "With crowd favorites, like "Keep Your Head Up," "Candlelight," and "All About That Neis," students were out of their seats and dancing to the catchy tunes." IC Premium Blend and Voice Stream also brought great performances; be sure to check these groups out on campus later in the semester! Kudos for a fun show with a great turn out!

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During the week of February 2nd, mental health awareness group, Active Minds, held daily events encouraging students to focus on their well-being. The events included “Real Facetime”, “Bracelet Making”, “Planting Seeds of Positivity”, and a screening of the Australian television show “Please Like Me”. The first event, “Real Facetime”, consisted of students unplugging from their electronic devices and enjoying time spent with loved ones in a face-to-face setting. “Planting Seeds of Positivity”, as pictured, was an event designed to spend time planting greenery to spend time in a relaxing manner. The successful week of events brought people together to relax and converse about mental health.

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On Thursday, February 12th, IC Project Sunshine teamed up with Active Minds to host a community service event in IC Square to spread positivity around Valentine's Day. The groups organized an event to make uplifting cards for children in healthcare facilities. The cards were completely blank on the outside and said "Sending You Sunshine!". The only rule of the game was that people were not allowed to add additional words to the cards, just creative illustrations to make a child's day a little bit brighter. Many people came out to color and have a relaxing night inside while supporting a great cause. As a result of the event, nearly 100 children will have cards to brighten up their stay in a health facility.

When it comes to living spaces on college, there are a number of organizations that work to promote residence hall events and address student concerns. The Residence Hall Association is a student organization committed to making the campus's residence halls a fun, safe place to live.
Secretary Julie Erickson, who has been involved with RHA since her first semester of freshman year, said she works on the campus change committee within RHA to help solve residential hall issues and work on improving sustainability-related initiatives. 

Erickson said she was first impressed by the RHA's influence on campus. She said RHA's mission is to cater to both the residents and the on-campus community.

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The What’s Your Financial IQ Challenge is going on now! CLICK HERE to catch up on all of this week’s questions and improve your chances at winning one of three tablet computers

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Please note the following list of updates and requests related to the ICC as we move toward the middle of the semester.

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As previously posted to Intercom on 2/13, parking lot closures that began this past Tuesday will be continuing through Saturday, February 21 as the A&E Center at Ithaca College serves as host to the Big East Conference Swimming and Diving Championships.  

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The U-Lot (Campus Center) parking lot will be closed as reserved special event parking from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. this Friday, February 20. 

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 Beatriz Montilla (Spanish) and Dr. Sherry Deckman (Education) recently published a jointly-authored chapter, “Being Tall Isn’t the Same as Being Black: The Challenges of Critical Perspective-Taking in a Nearly All-White Classroom,” in Jennifer L. Martin’s, Racial Battle Fatigue: Insights from the Front Lines of Social Justice Advocacy. The chapter explores Beatriz’s and Sherry’s perspectives on cultivating empathy in race-focused higher education classes. The two discuss the inherent benefits and challenges for, as well as the rights and responsibilities of, faculty members and students in such courses.


LINCOM Academic Publishers has recently published Prof. James Pfrehm’s (Dept. of Modern Languages & Literatures) book Austrian Standard German: Biography of a National Variety of German (

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After 12 years of dedicated service to Ithaca College, Associate Dean Margaret (Margie) Arnold has announced that she will be leaving Ithaca College to start the next chapter of her life in Boston.  Please join me in wishing Margie the very best as she leaves Ithaca College.  Margie’s last day on campus will be February 27, 2015.

James Mick, assistant professor of music education, traveled to Tuscaloosa, Alabama this past weekend to guest conduct the Alabama All-State Consort Orchestra. Middle school and high school string students from across Alabama auditioned in the fall semester to participate in the festival, which was hosted by the Alabama Orchestra Association. Rehearsals were held at the University of Alabama on Friday and Saturday with the culminating performance occurring on Sunday, February 15, 2015.

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