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Join Jason Hamilton on a guided walk of our own backyard! Come learn about the plants and animals of South Hill right here on Ithaca College's campus.

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When was the last time you took a walk at lunch or on a break? Whether you’re located to the North, South, East or West side of campus, there are many places to walk and enjoy a break from your workstation.   According to, “Regular exercise provides the opportunity for health benefits … such as a stronger heart, [and] a more positive mental outlook…” 

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The Strike Duo, which consists of pianist Jeffery Meyer, director of the Ithaca College Orchestras, and percussionist Paul Vaillancourt, recently performed at the Beijing Modern Festival at the Central Conservatory in Beijing as well as the Tianjin Conservatory. The Beijing Modern Festival is China's largest and most important international new music festival, which began almost 10 years ago at the Central Conservatory. International guests this year include Chen Yi, Aaron Jay Kernis, and Samuel Adler, as well as performing groups from Canada, United States, Australia, England and Austria. In addition, Meyer gave masterclasses in orchestral conducting at the Central Conservatory. The Tianjin Conservatory, whose forerunner was the Central Conservatory, is now one of China's leading conservatories, made up of over 181 full-time instructors.

Many members of the campus community have been seeking advice from ITS on the purchase of Netbooks and Apple iPads. The advantages of these devices over traditional laptops are cost, size and weight. However, these devices are not substitutes for laptops and do not have the functionality found in a standard laptop. Netbooks and iPads typically meet “personal” needs, but are generally not suitable for “business” needs. and, in many ways are similar to cell phones and smart phone devices.

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Are there computers or network printers in your area scheduled for replacement this fall under the Technology Renewal Program?

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One new job has been posted to the off campus jobs board outside the student employment office!

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"Hawk Talk"

Contributed by Charleen Heidt on 06/07/2010 

Fascinated by the hawks that have taken up residence on the PRW Center? 

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Get Ready for Fall Splash!

Contributed by Chris Pollock on 06/06/2010 

Submitted on behalf of Gretchen Van Valen, director of alumni relations.

Fall Splash is coming -- and we want YOU to be a part of it!

Last year, we combined Alumni Weekend and Homecoming celebrations into one big event -- and this year the weekend has a new name. Fall Splash is coming October 1-3, 2010, and the entire campus community is invited to join our alumni and friends in the fun.

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Faculty and alumni from the Occupational Therapy Department at Ithaca College presented recently at the 15th Congress of The World Federation of Occupational Therapists in Santiago, Chile. The bilingual Congress met from May 4 through May 7, 2010. Presenters are listed below:

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The IC Women's Network Affinity Group will present a session "Find It Here: Library Resources for IC Staff and Faculty", Monday, June 14, from 1:00 - 2:30 pm in Room 319 of the Library.  

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 Free Fitness Classes For Summer

Contributed by Sarah Hawkins on 06/03/2010 

 The Fitness Center and Outdoor Pool will be offering free fitness classes for Summer 2010.

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Recreational Sports will be offering 1 Yoga class on Tuesday's at 12:10 during the summer.

PLEASE NOTE: Meditation and the AM Yoga class have been cancelled.  There were not enough people signed up to make the classes run for the summer.

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It's easier than ever to survey students and alumni about their experiences at IC.  This may be progress, but it also means that our students and alumni are being surveyed more than ever and are suffering from serious survey fatigue.  When there are too many surveys in their inboxes, people simply stop participating, our response rates drop, and none of us gets the information we need. 

One way to address this problem is by contributing to the IC Survey Clearinghouse.

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At its May meeting, the Ithaca College Board of Trustees approved promotions for six faculty members.


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 IC AIDS Ride for Life Team!

Contributed by Russell Martin on 06/03/2010 

(posted on behalf of Lilly Miller)

What: A 100 mile bike ride around Lake Cayuga to raise money for the Southern Tier AIDS Program.

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If you access Ithaca College systems such as e-mail, myHome, Blackboard, Web Profile Manager, etc., you need to know about Netpass!

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Blackboard will be unavailable on Friday, June 11, 2010 from 7-7:30 AM while ITS installs an update.  This update will have minimal impact on users -- the look and feel will stay the same.

For more information about the Blackboard system at IC, visit the ITS Blackboard support website.

Please contact the ITS Helpdesk if you have any questions.

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Posted on behalf of Eric Maguire, Vice President for Enrollment Management.

Ithaca College has named Rachel Reuben the associate vice president for marketing communications. Reuben comes to Ithaca College from the State University of New York at New Paltz, where she spent 12 years managing a wide range of marketing and communications initiatives. She will begin her new position in July.

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Looking for ways to spend new found cash this week?  Have we got a deal for you...raffle tickets to win a $2502 Disney World package for 4 and 11 different raffle baskets chocked full of goodies!  Interested?  Read on for details...

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The College’s administrative student information system (Homer), interactive web-based module (HomerConnect), and myIthaca will be undergoing an upgrade next week. All three systems will be unavailable beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 10 through the morning of Monday, June 14 while the conversion to these upgraded systems takes place. Notification will be sent once the upgraded system is accessible to the entire campus.

The Banner Implementation Team appreciates your understanding and cooperation during this period of time in which Homer, HomerConnect, and myIthaca are temporarily inaccessible. The dates chosen are those that will have minimal impact on most of the campus. This upgrade is necessary in order to modernize our student information system and ensure that we can continue to conduct business with the Homer system.

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