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As announced in recent articles, ITS and Verizon are working together to replace the campus telephone and voice mail systems in early January. Please read below for important information about replacement telephones, as well as system downtime during the cut over to the new system.

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In October 2007, the first-year scholars of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholars Program took a trip to the south for the program's annual Civil Rights Tour. During their trip, these students visited the sites of the era's most recognized events and met with influential leaders from the civil rights movement.

Inspired by their experience, the scholars have written and produced an interactive theater program to bring what they've learned to the campus community. Come see this breath-taking production at 4:00 or 5:40 p.m. January 21, 2008, in the Emerson Suites and go on a trip through the Civil Rights Era with the MLK Scholars. You'll witness a sit-in at a local diner, listen to the words of Emmitt Till, a 14-year old boy whose death energized the movement, and experience much more. This is an experience you will not want to miss.

Don't forget to go online to http://ithaca.edu/csli/forms/mlkday.htm to pre-register to attend any of the events scheduled for Monday, January 21, 2008.

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New Director of the Budget

Contributed by Carl Sgrecci on 12/19/2007 

I am pleased to be able to inform the campus community that Sally Dietz has accepted the position of Budget Director at the College. It is indeed a pleasure to see that this position will continue to be filled by one of “our own.” Sally, as did her predecessor John Galt, received her undergraduate degree from Ithaca College. Sally completed her work under the College’s “Return to College Program.” She went on to receive her MBA degree from the School of Business.

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Spring 2008 Early Arrival Requests

Contributed by Barth Myers on 12/19/2007 

The following guidelines are used by the Office of Residential Life to process early arrival requests for the spring 2008 semester. Please review these as you begin to plan for spring opening.

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Below you will find information regarding special distribution procedures for the last paycheck of 2007. This info is relevant to employees who are paid either semimonthly or biweekly, as well as for student workers.

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Temporary Corridor Closing

Contributed by Lori Ray on 12/18/2007 

Starting at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 21, the corridor going from the Campus Center rec room to the top of the ramp by the Cayuga Lake conference room will be closed due to construction.

This corridor will remain closed through Sunday, January 6.

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For all of you who have been looking for information on Polar Plunge - we just wanted to let you know that a separate Polar Plunge will NOT take place this year. In honor of the campus celebration on MLK Day, Monday, January 21st - we will be offering a Polar Plunge style service opportunity for all who register in advance for MLK Day.

Register for MLK Day here:
http://ithaca.edu/csli/forms/mlkday.htm

Check off that you are interested in the DAY LONG SERVICE PROJECT. You'll also need to register for the breakfast - featuring MC Lyte - which will kick off our day!

Confirmed sites for service are: Significant Elements, Longview, Level Green, AFCU, Ithaca Youth Bureau and more!

Update on Presidential Search

Contributed by Deborah Emnett on 12/18/2007 

Contributed on behalf of C. William Schwab, Chair, Board of Trustees

Before the winter break I wanted to provide a very quick update on the work of the Presidential Search Committee. The committee met last week to prepare for the review of applicant materials. As you know, the ad for the position indicated that screening of applicants would begin following December 15 and continue until the position is filled. If you are still interested in submitting a nomination(s), you may still do so by sending the nominees directly to Jean Dowdall and Lucy Leske at the following email address: ithaca@wittkieffer.com.

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Indoor Pool Hours over Break

Contributed by Sarah Hawkins on 12/17/2007 

The indoor pool will close for winter break after the 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. rec swim period on Friday, December 21.

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Good Luck Mary Edwards-Ransom

Contributed by Beth O'Neill on 12/17/2007 

The Office of Residential Life would like to wish Mary Edwards-Ransom the Residence Director of Landon, Bogart, Lyon and Clarke, Good Luck.

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Better World Books

Contributed by Christa Calkins on 12/17/2007 

Do you have unwanted textbooks? Books that the bookstore won't buy back? Donate them!

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Please join us for a farewell reception for Ron Clark on Wednesday, December 19, 2007.

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The Handwerker Gallery is pleased to announce that the traveling exhibition, Blue Like Me: Recent Work by Siona Benjamin, has opened at the Hermitage Foundation Museum in Norfolk, Virginia.

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Do you have what it takes to be the next Mr. Ithaca?

If you or someone you know has the talent, charisma, and charm needed to be Mr. Ithaca, apply online at http://ithaca.edu/2008/mr-ithaca/ by Wednesday, January 23.

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The Ithaca College December reception for graduates will be held as scheduled today, Sunday, December 16, at 1:00 p.m. in the Emerson Suites.

Because of the severe weather predicted for the Ithaca area over the next several days, we want to remind the Ithaca College community of our policies and procedures in the event of an emergency closing or delayed opening.

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Clinic coordinator Mary Pitti and clinical assistant professor Liz Begley, of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, presented three papers at the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) conference, held November 15-17 in Boston.

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The Academic School Workshops have been confirmed for MLK Day 2008. Don't forget to go online to http://ithaca.edu/csli/forms/mlkday.htm to pre-register to attend any of the events scheduled for Monday, January 21, 2008.

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If you've ever thought about going to Rome for a photo course......

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This is an advance notice that members of the IC campus community are invited to submit proposals for a new round of review for the New Initiatives Fund.

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