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Posted on behalf of Roger "Doc" Richardson, Interim Chief Diversity Officer

Dear campus community: Welcome back for the start of a new semester. I hope the holiday break enabled each of you to relax and enjoy special times with family and friends, and that it provided you occasions to renew your energy for the challenges and opportunities that await us this spring. As we continue through our annual week-of activities and events celebrating the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., let our words and actions be testament to our efforts to realize King's global dream and our aspirations for a more diverse and inclusive IC community!

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The 2016 Campus Life Award Committee is seeking nominations from faculty, staff and students for outstanding graduating seniors who would like to be considered for this honor.

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Brown Bag Lunch with the Provost

Contributed by Cathy Wood on 01/26/2016 

Our next "Brown Bag Lunch with the Provost"—open to faculty and staff in Educational Affairs--is scheduled for Wednesday, February 3, during the lunch hour (12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.).  It will be held in the Human Resources Mini Conference Room (garden level of the Peggy Ryan Williams Center).   Please bring your lunch; beverage and cookies will be provided.

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The Spring 2016 Student Organization Fair is Wednesday, February 3, 2016 from 10am-3pm in Emerson Suites. There will be over 150 student organizations promoting events, recruiting members, and showcasing their student organization. The student organization is free to attend. Take this opportunity to network with student leaders, find your passion and sign up for so many amazing student organizations. 

All recognized and new student organizations are able to sign up. Deadline to sign up is January 27 by 5pm.

*Please note OSEMA Recognized and Recreational Sport Clubs have top priority. 

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Theresa Radley at or (607) 274-3222. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

In preparation for the exhibition, NO/GOOD PLACE (March 23-April 22, 2016), the gallery is beginning recruitment this for community participants to take part in an international project called The Complaints Choir, by artists Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen. 

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 Apply to be IC After Dark's new Ad Chair!

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Farewell to Susan Weatherby

Contributed by Beth Reynolds on 01/26/2016 


Susan is resigning her position as an Accountant in Financial Services to return to her former position as the Controller at Wells College. Susan’s last day of employment at Ithaca College will be February 3rd.


Susan began her employment at Ithaca College in January 2010.  She has been an instrumental member of the Financial Services team, serving as an Accountant/Senior Accountant during her six years at the College.   In her role, she has been responsible for the reporting of Grant and Title IV funding and expenditures, among other duties. Susan could always be counted on to take on new assignments and to complete them in a thorough and reliable manner. She will be missed a great deal by those that worked closely with her.  We will especially miss her sense of humor and light hearted personality. 

Please join me in wishing Susan the best in her return to Wells College.




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Are you planning to study abroad this summer or fall?  Are you a Pell Grant recipient? If so, consider applying for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program!  The Gilman application cycle for Summer 2016 and Fall/Academic Year 2016-17 has recently opened, and the application deadline is March 1, 2016.

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Janet Williams Named Controller

Contributed by David Maley on 01/26/2016 

Ithaca College has named Janet Williams to serve as Controller, a position that provides leadership and strategic direction for the college’s finance operations. She will begin her new duties on Feb. 8.

Williams has over two decades of experience in operations management, financial management, strategic planning, budget/forecast planning, proposal preparation and capital projects. Since 2012 she has served as director of finance and administration for the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University, with oversight of all finance, procurement, facilities, human resources and information technology functions.

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Study abroad this summer!

Contributed by Rachel Gould on 01/26/2016 

Are you looking to do something exciting this summer? Consider one of Ithaca College's summer study abroad programs! During the summer of 2016, we will be offering a variety of programs across the globe. Summer study abroad is a great way to expand your horizons and satisfy degree requirements without missing a full semester on campus!

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IC is growing in its number of students who are the first in their family to attend or complete college. As you know, first generation students face unique challenges, and many find it hard to believe that those of us within the academy were ever outsiders. We are asking for your assistance with helping them succeed in imagining themselves as college graduates.

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Are you interested in studying abroad? Come learn more about your options at our various info sessions, starting next week.

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Ithaca College faculty, staff, and students interested in the Dana Student Internship Program for the summer 2016 and academic year 2016-2017 are invited to submit applications and project proposals. All application materials must be received by February 12, 2016. Please check the Office of the Provost website - Dana Student Internship Program for further details.

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Career Services is pleased to announce that representatives from the Pawling Central School District will be visiting campus to conduct interviews for 2 tenure track music teacher positions: Instrumental Music Teacher and Music Teacher - Choral.

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Transformational Diversity takes our D&I work and our organization as a whole to the next level. Diversity 1.0 focused on representation. Diversity 2.0 focused on Inclusion to ensure respect in the workplace. Today we think that’s not enough and our focus is on Transformational Diversity—a shift to a new level that actually requires us to operate differently. In this stage, we are able to enter the workplace with new mindsets & skillsets, allowing us to transform the situations we’re in and the organizations we lead because we’re actually able to see and respond to greater complexity.

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The 7th annual Engaging Communities Luncheon event will be held on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Emerson Suites. Join us for this annual event that explores and celebrates the notion of community and diversity. This year’s event promises to be really special as we explore the topic of Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Implications for Higher Education, our guest speaker is Dr. Derald Wing Sue.

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Free Tax Return Preparation

Contributed by Tim Hurley on 01/26/2016 

Ithaca College Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program will offer free tax return preparation on campus beginning February 1, 2016.

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To what extent can lessons from past black political strategies and successful institutional arrangements help us understand and approach more effectively 21st century struggles for social justice, and racial, economic and political equality?

This is one of the key questions addressed in a NEW SEMINAR on African American Politics and Political Thought (43170 - POLT 40200 - 01) offered on Thursdays, 4pm - 6:30pm. 

This seminar explores the main bases (ideas/thought) and substance of politics among black Americans and the relation of black politics to the broader American political order. The seminar has two objectives:  1) we will explore the thrust and logic of the strategic political discourse of black Americans in the late 19th century and through the early 21st century.&

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Take advantage of the semester's first few weeks of concerts at the School of Music. A full listing of all concerts and events is available at; some highlights are featured below.

More than 30 web-streamed performances are available live and on demand this semester at Check the expanded webcasting schedule for more information!

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