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Contributed by Deborah Merriman on 06/28/2007 

Submitted by Deb Merriman for Mark Coldren, Associate Vice President for Human Resources.

The Office of Human Resources would like to share some information with the campus community regarding the access or accuracy of information and transactions with the TIAA-CREF organization. We received a communication from Herbert M. Allison, Jr. (Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, TIAA President and Chief Executive Officer, CREF) that explains their recent challenges with service. For more information see: The letter also outlines some actions they have identified to rectify the situation moving forward.

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John Confer, scholar in residence and retired associate professor of biology, described the increase in wildlife diversity due to clearing small patches of forest in large, contiguous forest habitat at the Hudson Highlands Research Symposium in Cornwall, New York.

For the third year in a row, ICTV's Newswatch 16 won for Best Regularly Scheduled Local News Program in the College Station competition sponsored by the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association (NYSAPBA). This year's award was given for the March 4, 2007, newscast.

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Asma Barlas, director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity (CSCRE) and professor of politics, made two presentations in the Netherlands in June. One was at the "Redefining Boundaries: Muslim Women and Religious Authority" conference in Amsterdam; the other was at a master class at the University of Leiden.

Weekend Swimming Lessons Available

Contributed by Sarah Hawkins on 06/27/2007 

There are Swimming Lessons available at the Outdoor pool this summer.

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Tower Club Restaurant Hours

Contributed by Julie Whitten on 06/27/2007 

Please note that the Tower Club Restaurant will be closed, Monday, July 2, 2007 – Friday, July 6, 2007 in observance of Fourth of July, re -opening Monday, July 9, 2007 with normal business hours.

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Spectators at the 60th annual Ithaca Community Fireworks Show on Monday, July 2, are reminded to park safely and sanely. In particular, parking on state and county highways and road shoulders is not permitted, especially on route 96-B near Ithaca College and along routes 13, 34, 79, and 96.

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There will be pre-fireworks festivities at the Ithaca Community Fireworks Show on Monday night, July 2, at Ithaca College, including hot-air balloon rides and a display of classic cars.

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ITS will be performing an archive procedure on the Oracle Calendar server on 7/13/07 to delete any data (meetings, daily notes, etc.) that is more than 18 months old.

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An anonymous donor has pledged $100,000 to the School of Business to launch an innovative class in which students will research, buy, and manage a portfolio of authentic investments.

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Submitted by Tanisha Graves for Mark Coldren, Associate Vice President for Human Resources.

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Summer is here! The Office of Human Resources is geared up and ready to launch the summer BeneFITS...Your Life wellness program - Fitwell IC. Get your teams together and register now!

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John Rosenbaum, retired associate professor in the television-radio department, presented a refereed paper at the annual International Communication Association conference in San Francisco on May 27, 2007. His presentation, "Ritual Communication in Action at Connemara Community Radio," was based on field research he conducted in the Republic of Ireland between 1990 and 2005.

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July One-on-One Aetna Meetings

Contributed by Natalia Pelttari on 06/22/2007 

Questions about your Aetna medical coverage? Our Aetna representatives, Denise Dolinsky and Aimee DeWispelaere, are coming to campus to answer your questions.

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TCAT will provide free bus service between downtown and Ithaca College for the community fireworks show on Monday night, July 2. TCAT (Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit) has offered the service for more than a decade, according to Fran Benedict, chair of the volunteer committee that organizes the annual fireworks shows.

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The Young People's Chorus of New York City will give a free concert at 7:00 pm on Thursday, June 28 in Ford Hall. Artistic director and founder Francisco Núñez and Elizabeth Núñez will conduct. The chorus is hosted by the Ithaca Children's Choir, which is under the artistic direction of Janet Galván and will also be conducted by Jennifer Haywood. Music by Francisco Núñez, Mussorgsky, Papoulis, Elizabeth Ziman, and Heikki Sarmanto is on the program. A featured piece of music by Geoffrey Burgon is called "Shirtless Stephen and the Children's Crusade," a dramatic and touching work about children in the crusades.

Jazz saxophonist Chris Vadala—who has performed with such legends as Dizzy Gillespie, B.B. King, and Ray Charles—will give a free concert at Ithaca College on Wednesday, June 27. The performance will begin at 8:15 p.m. in the Hockett Family Recital Hall in the James J. Whalen Center for Music. Vadala will be collaborating with faculty guitarist Steve Brown and two local musicians—bassist Miles Brown and drummer Tom Killian.

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Don't forget - the indoor pool is still open for use during the summer!

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Students returning early to the residence halls must receive approval through the Office of Residential Life.

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