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Submitted by Marisa Kelly, Provost

Please join me on Thursday, December 5th for the third Faculty Colloquium of the academic year.  Dr. Michael Trotti, Department of History, will be presenting “Cultural History and Racial Violence:  Case Studies in Why the Humanities Matter.” 

Professor Trotti received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1999.   He explores a range of issues in the American past –political, economic, social - but he is particularly interested in pursuing the social implication of change:  how developments in American history affected different people (different in class, gender, race, ethnicity.)

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Do you have an idea for using multiple iPads to facilitate a collaborative project in the field, research, classroom, clinical setting or other group project?

Information Technology Services in collaboration with the Center for Faculty Excellence will loan out twenty 3rd generation iPads to faculty members.

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If you have time available during final exam week and can give us a three hour block of time for proctoring exams, please contact us.

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Lost Home, the collaborative book project published by Super Labo (Tokyo), was selected by Natalie Matutschovsky (senior photo editor, TIME) as one of the best photography books of 2013. Professor Jude contribued one of the eleven book works in the slip-cased set.

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The Center for Faculty Excellence is pleased to announce a call for proposals for its Faculty-in-Residence program in the academic year, 2014-2015. The program will bring together 3 to 5 faculty members who have proposed a program of study, reflection, planning, and action related to some aspect of faculty excellence and development. Successful proposals will link faculty interests to Ithaca College initiatives. Proposals are especially welcome that address diversity, undergraduate scholarship, research, and creativity, interdisciplinarity, early career development, assessment, and technology-enhanced learning. Each Resident will work on a proposed project and meet regularly with the other Residents and CFE Director for discussion, planning, and collaboration.

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On December 4th, Jeff Cohen, Park Center for Independent Media Director and Associate Professor of Journalism, and Ariel Gold, a member of Congregation Tikkun v'Or and coordinator of the Ithaca chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace, will speak about their recent trips to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories at 7pm. This event will take place in Park 277 and will include a Q&A with the presenters, who had a first-person experience seeing the conflict and current state of this part of the world. 

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Did you spend your holiday with aging relatives? Do you want to help them but don’t know how? Are you now a caregiver and looking for answers?

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

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The Mind, Body, Me wellness team would like to invite all members of Flights 3 & 4 to our Flight Festival on December 12, 2013. The Flight Festival is a celebration of you and your success throughout your first year of the Mind, Body, Me wellness program! This is also a great chance for you to start planning your second year and learn about new tools and resources that have been added to the wellness program! 

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The snow has fallen and winter has arrived! What better way to celebrate than to go out and participate in some winter events! We are excited to share the following events with you:  

DECEMBER 05: Work/Life Mission Series – What is Pre-Diabetes? Learn the Facts!
WHEN: 11:00am – 12:00pm
WHERE: Business School Room 301
Please RSVP to or 274-8000
MBM Members: This event is worth 10 incentive points!

DECEMBER 18: Mind, Body, Me Monthly Event – Holiday Wellness Tips (MBM Members Only)
WHEN: 9:00am – 10:00am
WHERE: Webex (Human Resources Conference Room - PRWC GL52)
Please RSVP to or 274-8000
MBM Members: This event is worth 10 incentive points!

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It’s December and the holidays are quickly approaching! While we all love holiday cheer and a break from work, this time of year often comes with an constant flow of sweet treats, specialty drinks, and other festive foods that can spell disaster for those with diabetes. Follow these tips to stay on track through the New Year:

  • Plan ahead – if you know that your favorite holiday dessert will be at a party, plan your meals and medications throughout the day accordingly
  • Offer to bring a diabetes-friendly dish to share
  • Eat a healthy snack before leaving home to prevent overeating at the party
  • Stay active! Use the extra time off to exercise, or catch up with friends and family while going for a walk together
  • Test blood sugar regularly to keep track of your levels, especially since you’re eating foods that you may not normally eat
  • If you overindulge, get back on track right away – one mistake doesn’t have to lead to more! 

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I am delighted to announce that the Middle States Commission on Higher Education has formally accepted Ithaca College's most recent report, the Periodic Review Report (PRR) we submitted in June 2013. Acting at their November 21st meeting, the Commission also reaffirmed our accreditation, and gave us a commendation for the quality of our PRR process. This is a wonderful achievement, and a major step in maintaining a positive ongoing relationship with Middle States, our regional accrediting agency.

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A Sápara nation representative will share stories of how his people, their numbers dwindling, are scrambling to document their history, their oral language, their culture, their very existence.

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ITS will be offering two workshops focused on helping administrative assistants use Sakai to manage course evaluation results. The optical scanning results of course evaluations are now delivered electronically through Sakai and this workshop aims to explain this process and best practices for using the system. These sessions will be held in the Technology Learning Center (TLC) in 101 Friends Hall.  To register for a session, please click one of the following options:

► Monday, December 2 @ 11:00 AM 

► Tuesday, December 3 @ 3:00 PM

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The Ithaca College Bureau of Concerts (BOC) is collecting data to determine the possibilities for hosting a concert in the A&E Center at some point in the future.

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Do you have an idea for using multiple iPads to facilitate a collaborative project in the field, research, classroom, clinical setting or other group project?

Information Technology Services in collaboration with the Center for Faculty Excellence will loan out twenty 3rd generation iPads to faculty members. 

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Winter Safety Tips

Contributed by Tim Ryan on 11/25/2013 

As we head into the winter months, it's important to take precautions against icy conditions. When temperatures drop below freezing, walking from parking lots and building to building can be a dangerous game.

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With the holiday season upon us,  it is a good time to review the college's policies on the safe use of decorations.  Please take a moment to read this important information.

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On Wednesday and Thursday December 4th and 5th from 9am-3pm in the North Foyer (lobby area outside of Emerson Suites) there will be a Holiday Sale hosted by the store in the commons Ten Thousand Villages and one of Ithaca College’s volunteer service organizations Circle K International!

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The Center for Health Promotion will be sponsoring FREE Anonymous HIV Testing on Thursday, December 5th, 2013. You will get your results during the same appointment, within 20 minutes.

Make an appointment to ensure that you can be tested! Testing slots are limited!

Here are the details:

10:00 a.m. - Noon: Testing by appointment only. To make an appointment, call the Office of Counseling & Wellness at (607) 274-3136. Appointments are anonymous, so you have the option to use a pseudonym (alias).

12:30 - 2:30 pm: Limited Walk-in Slots are Available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Center for Health Promotion Resource Room will be the sign-up location for walk-ins. Sign ups start at noon.

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We are back in our regularly scheduled meeting room on the ground floor of Peggy Williams Center, Room GLO52!

Every Tuesday

Times: 11:15am-12:00pm

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.

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