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The ultimate promise of technology is to make us master of a world that we command by the push of a button” ~ Volker Grassmuck

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If you elected coverage under the Aetna POS II plan for 2014 you will be receiving a new Aetna ID card due to the change in the copay structure under the POS II.  Aetna’s goal is that all POS II members will receive an updated ID card prior to January 1, 2014.   Please be sure to replace your existing card with the new card you will be receiving and present your new card to healthcare provider in the New Year.   

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Do your part to save energy over the holiday break.

Ithaca College is continuing its commitment to the environment by pursuing energy conservation measures whenever possible. In order for this effort to be successful, the Office of Facilities needs your continued help and cooperation.


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Ron Gilmour, Web Services Librarian, Laura Kuo, Health Sciences Librarian, and Paul Dickson, Assistant Professor in Computer Science, have authored an article in Evidence Based Library and Information Practice.  

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Patricia Zimmermann, professor of screen studies and codirector of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, was an invited speaker at the Asian Video Cultures symposium at Brown University, October 25 and 26, 2013.

Her lecture was entitled “EngageMedia: The Gado Gado Tactics of New Social Media in Indonesia.” Her presentation explored the implications of new forms of social media and engagement in conflicts zones around environmental and political issues in Indonesia, proposing a theory of permeable, migrating media practices produced in collaborative engagements.

The 2014 MLK Campus-Wide Celebration Planning Committee is excited to announce Librada Paz as our keynote speaker for this year's MLK Day celebration. She will speak at our main celebration event on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 4:00pm in Emerson Suites, part of the 2014 celebration with the theme "A Single Garment of Destiny."

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Historically, when people on campus heard the words “risk management,” their thoughts would immediately go to that small and dreaded office in Job Hall where the college’s insurance program was administered. However, over the past four years the college has adopted an enterprise risk management program that touches every area of the campus and has heightened the understanding that managing risk is more than just the job of one person.

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Business Administration student Windsor Lindsay ('17) won this Fall's edition of the Perialas Oratory Contest.

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Ithaca College faculty, staff, and students interested in the Dana Student Internship Program are invited to submit applications and project proposals to be considered for the summer 2014 and academic year 2014-2015.

The submission deadline is February 14, 2014.

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As of Dec. 31, the New York State Department of Labor will apply an incremental increase to the current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, raising it to $8.00 per hour, effective December 31, 2013.  The minimum wage will continue to increase to $8.75 in 2014 and to $9.00 in 2015.

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Because of the College's holiday break, timecards for the pay period December 16-December 29 must be submitted and approved by Thursday, December 19th.  Payment for this timecard will be on Friday, January 3, 2014. 

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Each year in January, the College is required by law to provide all employees (staff, administration, faculty, and students), notice of pay rate and pay day information as outlined under section 195.1 of the New York state Labor Law. 

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Enjoy Shakespeare as you have never seen him before on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the Clark Theater of Dillingham Center. 


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Reply With A Meeting Invitation

When it comes to e-mail messages, most people are familiar with the basic options to reply, reply all, and forward the message.  But did you know you can reply to an e-mail message with a meeting invitation in Outlook 2010 for Windows and Outlook 2011 for Mac?

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Please remember special optical scanning procedures and schedules are in place for the processing of final exams.

Final exams will be processed Monday through Friday, December 16th -20th with a twenty-four hour turnaround time. Special procedures are in place after hours between 5pm-8pm Monday –Friday. Regular optical scanning processing will resume on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014. Please see last week’s Intercom Article detailing the Optical Scanning finals week procedures. If you have questions about the optical scanning process, please visit our website or contact the ITS Help Desk at 274-1000, between 8am-5pm, Monday – Friday.


Have you ever had a question about race but were too scared to ask, or just unsure how to ask? How is racism recognized? How do you experience racism? How do you think racism has affected your life and the lives of others? How do you cope with the effects? Who do you believe needs to assume responsibility for eliminating racism?


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Effective Thursday, January 2, 2014, current students will be able to submit a request to the Office of the Registrar for a preferred first name to be used for many online resources at the college. If you request such a change, your preferred first name, rather than your legal first name, will appear in such places as class lists for faculty, in the myHome Community tab, and in myHome and Ithaca College web directory searches. It will also change how your name appears in other resources such as those use by the library and the Office of Public Safety.

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The Faculty Handbook Amendment Committee (FHAC) has become aware that an e-mail survey link sent out to tenure track and tenured faculty has gone to some people's junk folders. Whether or not it wound up in your inbox or junk folder appears to be a matter of how aggressively you have set your spam filter.

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Within its first three days the story had received 22,000 "Likes" on Facebook. It has since been picked up by several other publications. Because of the story's impact, she was chosen as the featured interview on Truthout's weekly videocast.  

Read "Walmart Is Not the Bargain You Might Think It Is" here.

View Truthout’s videocast here.



The large number of students using test accommodations through Student Disability Services during finals week necessitates careful planning for adequate test space, proctors, readers, scribes, and to ensure test security.

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