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Did you participate in the red dot/green dot exercise and/or one of the master plan town hall meetings back in October?  By sharing what’s important to you and telling us your thoughts about the campus, you helped direct the master planning team’s effort to set priorities and contribute concepts to support the college’s mission and vision over the next decade and beyond.

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For expected delivery of holiday mail and packages by Christmas, the Postal Service recommends keeping the following mailing and shipping deadlines in mind:

·         Dec. 2 – First-Class Mail International/Priority Mail International

·         Dec. 10 – Priority Mail Express International

·         Dec. 15 – Standard Post

·         Dec. 17 – Global Express Guaranteed

·         Dec. 20 – First-Class Mail/Priority Mail (domestic)

·         Dec. 23 – Priority Mail Express (domestic)

The Technology Learning Center is open for drop-in support and one-to-one sessions through finals week.  Located in Friends Hall 101, the TLC is open from 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday.

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The School of Music has a grand showing at the New York State School Music Association's (NYSSMA) 79th Annual Winter Conference in Rochester, NY. Held from Thursday, Dec. 4 through Sunday, Dec. 7, the conference attracts an average of 1,800 in-service teachers and college music majors, 890 All-State high school students, and 3000 parents as well as a host of performing groups. 

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Sherry Deckman’s (Education) work, “Beyond the Numbers: Institutional Influences on Experiences With Diversity on Elite College Campuses,” appears in the current (December 2014) issue of Sociological Forum. The paper, co-authored with Natasha Warikoo (Harvard University), draws on 77 in-depth interviews with students from two elite universities. The paper argues that though the schools have demographically similar student bodies, different institutional approaches can have significant impact on students’ campus diversity experiences and reflects Sherry’s larger research agenda focused on diversity in education.


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 The article, "Contextualizing the Immigrant Experience: The Role of Food and Foodways in Identity Maintenance and Formation for First- and Second Generation Latinos in Ithaca, New York," is based on research that Weller carried out while a student at Ithaca College. Weller's original paper won the prestigious Christine Wilson Award, presented to outstanding undergraduate and graduate student research papers that examine topics within the perspectives of nutrition, food studies and anthropology.

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Catherine Taylor, Associate Professor in the Writing Department, read from her creative writing in Warwick, England and Berlin, Germany.    

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 Please join us to celebrate Dr. Katherine Beissner and her 28 + years of service to Ithaca College.  Please stop by Clark Lounge on Thursday, December 11th from 4-6pm to wish her well. 

The Student Accessibility Services office is seeking volunteer proctors for final exam week. If you have time available during the week of December 15 - 19, and can give us a three-hour block of time for proctoring exams, please contact us. Our daily seating times for exam administration are:

7:30 - 10:30 AM

10:30 - 1:30 PM

1:30 - 4:30 PM

4:30 - 7:30 PM

6:00 - 9:00 PM

This may be a good time for you to get some grading or reading done and, at the same time, provide a valuable service to the IC community. If you are interested in helping, please contact Kelly Charnley at or at 4-1257 for more information.

Thank you very much for your consdieration.

It's officially Holiday Season and what does that usually mean? Gift Giving! Let the BalanceWorks December Newsletter help you avoid over-spending this season! 

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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IC Voice Faculty Deborah Montgomery, Marc Webster and Ivy Walz will perform Mozart Requiem with Blackstone Valley Community Chorus, directed by mother of alum. They will also lead a singing master class for Boston area high school student singers.


Katalin Lustyik, Associate Professor, (MASS Department,Television-Radio Program) gives an invited presentation at an international workshop entitled "The Transnational History of Children's Media" hosted by the Department for Media, Cognition and Communication  at the University of Copenhagen on December 3-5, 2014.

Dr. Lustyik's presentation, focusing on one of her current research projects, is entitled "'Intruders' welcome in Hungary?" Fifty years of children's television in a transnational context."

Patricia Zimmermann, professor of Screen Studies and codirector of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, presented a paper entitled “Taking Things Apart: Convening Micropublics in New Media Arts,” at the 20th Annual International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

ISEA is an international symposium for new media scholars, artists, designers, programmers, coders, and innovators.

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Biochemistry majors Emily Powers ('15) and Katie Luckett ('16) presented their research, performed in collaboration with  Jean Hardwick (Biology), at the annual Society for Neuroscience meetings in Washington DC.   

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 Jean Hardwick was awarded the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience "Outstanding Service Award"  at their annual meeting as part of the Society for Neuroscience meetings in Washington DC.

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Mara Alper was selected to present at the 7th World Water Forum in Korea in April 2015, the world’s largest water related event. She will present her talk “Re-Imagining Water,” with an emphasis on water awareness and education to motivate behavioral changes. It will highlight content from her IC courses “The Power of Water” and ‘Water Planet,” and engage international educators and NGOs in discussions about effective water education approaches.

As described on the organization’s website: “The World Water Forum is the largest water-related event in the world. This multi-stakeholder event is attended by world-renowned scholars, international organizations, officials, mayors, parliamentarians, NGOs, research institutions, public and private businesses, and civil society organizations.” Held every three years in a different host country, it features panels, discussions and a Water Expo showcasing solutions to widespread water issues. This year’s theme is “Implementation.”

Water Water Forum website:

Natasza Kurpios, Cornell University  

"Keeping your organs in shape: Transcriptional and cellular control of tissue morphogenesis"

December 4 
4:00 p.m.
CNS 112

Meet for beverages & goodies at 3:45
CNS 1st floor lobby.
All are cordially invited to attend.

View other IC Events here.

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Take advantage of the more than 350 concerts offered each year by the School of Music. A full listing of all concerts and events is available at; highlights across the next few weeks are listed below. 

Can't make it? Web-streamed performances are available live and on demand at Check the expanded webcasting schedule for more information!

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Save December 4 on your calendar to hear the latest updates on the Ithaca College master planning process.  All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend one of two hour-long update meetings scheduled next Thursday.  Both sessions will be held in Emerson Suites, from 12:10 to 1:10 p.m. and from 2:35 to 3:35 p.m.


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