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The Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs is looking for some outstanding student leaders to be nominated for the Peggy Ryan Williams Award for Academic and Community Leadership. The PRWAACL recognizes outstanding juniors and seniors who excel in academic performance, perform service to the Ithaca community and beyond, and represent an exemplary level of accomplishment. 

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 Mitch Aso is Assistant Professor of the Global Environment at SUNY-Albany. Before arriving in Albany, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National University of Singapore. He is currently finishing a book manuscript called Forests without Birds:  Rubber Plantations and the Making of Vietnam, 1897-1975, which explores the making of environments, human health, and knowledge through the places and people involved in rubber production. 

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Posted on behalf of Tom Grape ’80, chairman of the Board of Trustees, and David Lissy ’87, vice chairman of the Board of Trustees.

We have just completed a two-day visit to campus, where, over the course of 22 meetings, we had the opportunity to speak directly with students, faculty, and staff about their concerns with campus climate, leadership, and governance issues. Along with the results of the student vote and the many emails and phone calls with parents, alums, students, faculty, and staff in recent weeks, these meetings have helped to provide us with a picture of the challenges confronting Ithaca College.

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2016 Employee Permits

Contributed by Amy Shippos on 12/03/2015 

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Employee permits for 2016 will be available to order online beginning Tuesday, December 1, 2015.

Current Employee Parking Permits will expire on January 15, 2016. You may order your new parking permit online at

When registering online, please identify your preferred delivery method.  Permits can be delivered via campus mail, picked up at our office or mailed to your home address.


Please contact us if you have any questions.



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Employee Benefits & Work/Life Brief December 2015

Just in time for your Holiday shopping!

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As first posted to Intercom on December 1, the M-Lot (A&E center parking lot) will be closed to general parking for the full duration of the day on Friday, December 4.  It will be serving as reserved event parking on that date.  Individuals who typically use this lot to park for work or classes are asked to plan ahead to use other campus parking options rather than M-Lot.

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**Open to all faculty, staff, and students.

December 4, 2015, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center

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All of us experience stress.  Learn about the nature of stress and how to manage it so you can achieve your optimum potential.  This course offers a personalized learning experience, with discussion, workbook activities, and projects focusing on understanding stress and making it stress work for you. 
Attributes:  ICC - Social Sciences, Theme: Mind, Body, Spirit; GE 1: Self & Society, Liberal Arts
3 credits.  HLTH 22700-01 CRN 30050.

For more information contact Deborah Wuest at

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 Dyani Johns Taff (Writing) will give a presentation titled "Like the shippes of marchants: Navigating Marriage in Jonson's The Staple of News and Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew" on Friday, December 3, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Friends 210.  All who are interested are invited.  

Dyani Johns Taff's presentation is sponsored by the IC Medieval-Renaissance Colloquium.


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The online submission process for faculty sponsors to submit student presentations for the 19th Annual James J. Whalen Symposium was opened on Tuesday, December 1, 2015.

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New York Times correspondent Adam B. Ellick — whose reporting first brought Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai to the attention of the world — has accepted an invitation to deliver the main address at Ithaca College’s 2016 Commencement ceremony, scheduled for May 22. Ellick is a 1999 journalism graduate of the Roy H. Park School of Communications.

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The Vice President of Human Resources search committee has met with semi-finalist candidates over the past several weeks and has identified candidates who will come to campus over the next 10-12 days. For each on-campus candidate, there will be an open session where all members of the campus community are invited to ask questions, in addition to specific times for Staff Council, Faculty Council, and SGA to meet with each candidate. Online feedback opportunities will be available so that members of the campus community can share their impressions and observations of each candidate with the search committee. Specific times and days for the campus-wide question and answer sessions will be announced when schedules for the candidate visits are finalized. 

Bonny Griffith, director of client and enrollment marketing in the Office of Strategic Marketing and Communications, has accepted a position as Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Cortland Regional Medical Center, where she will be reporting directly to Mark Webster, president and CEO.

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 Travelers will now get to New York City faster and with less expense as Coach USA rolls out its new Platinum Express Service in Ithaca, on Thursday, December 10, 2015.

The service adds reduced fares and several new non-stops between Ithaca and New York City, as well as new pickup and drop off locations. Platinum Express busses will pick up on-campus at Ithaca College, Cornell University and the Ithaca Bus Terminal; Thursdays, twice on Fridays, and Sundays.

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We are not just paper!

Do you have an amazing digital file that would look great on canvas?  Check out the sample canvas print on display at the Phillips Hall Post Office.  At just $3.50 a square foot, you can gift or keep artwork suitable for framing.  Files should be 300DPI at size or taken with a 10-12 megapixel camera or be vector artwork.

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Contributed by Mary Ann Rishel on 12/02/2015 

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Mary Ann Rishel, Professor Emerita, Writing, recently served on a Ph.D. review committee for the Australian National University, Canberra.  The candidate’s dissertation included an original satiric novel with an exegesis of David Foster Wallace’s novel, The Pale King.

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(An excerpt from a message sent from our leader, Samarra Mbenga, to current At Work members and those subscribed to our listserv) 

We will be launching the biggest change to Weight Watchers in 50 years. Wait until you hear about the innovative improvements to an already stellar program! What is good is getting even better! Please be sure to make it to a meeting next week!

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Imagine being 29 years old and trapped inside your country. Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour is a conscientious objector who refused to take part in mandatory military service and was denied a passport as a result. He wrote WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT to dissect the experience of an entire generation born amid the hardship of the Iran-Iraq war, and to get his story heard outside of Iran. 

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 Welcome back from break! While many of us are coming back with full bellies from Thanksgiving, families across the Southern Tier still go hungry every day. Our “Season’s Eatings!” Food and Fund Drive is in full swing, so now’s your chance to help feed those in need!


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