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President Peggy R. Williams invites all Ithaca College employees to our traditional summer ice cream social on Monday, August 6 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. on the Campus Center quad. (Rain location: IC Square)

As a reminder, please mark your calendar for August 23 for the All-College staff meeting to be held in the Emerson Suites from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Supervisors are asked to make this information and opportunity available to all employees.

"In the February 2007 issue of Backpacker [magazine], editor in chief Jonathan Dorn called on the masses to help Backpacker, the Continental Divide Trail Alliance, and federal agencies tackle a massive undertaking: give the trail an official map. As a result, close to 3,000 of you applied, and 300 volunteers where chosen" (source: http://backpackercdtproject.blogspot.com).

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In April 2006 the campus was notified in Intercom that the recycling program for laser/toner cartridges was being discontinued and that departments are to use the pre-paid shipping labels that accompany the installation instruction in the box with the replacement cartridge.

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Booming sounds Monday afternoon (July 2) from South Hill will be the all-clear signal for the 60th annual Ithaca Community Fireworks Show. Beginning at 2 p.m., an aerial salute that can be heard for miles around will be fired every hour on the hour by fireworks technicians as a reminder that the show is a “go.”

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What do the Beatles, Elvis, The Lovin' Spoonful, Simon & Garfunkle, Roy Orbison, Jimi Hendrix, Dusty Springfield and the casts of "Oliver" and "Hair" have in common? Give up? All are represented in the incredible raffle baskets being offered by our Relay for Life team, IC Hope...and we are giving YOU the opportunity to take a chance on winning them!

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This month’s newsletter is about Small Equipment and Capital Acquisitions, how approvers can create Vacation Rules and information on the New Annual Budget Process...so read on!

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Summer ITS Technology Workshops

Contributed by Amy Dembrosky on 06/28/2007 

Refresh your professional development with ITS workshops covering a variety of topics including computer security, campus systems, iLife, Oracle Calendar and much more!

Visit http://www.ithaca.edu/computing/workshops/ for more details and to register.

Workshops are scheduled through till fall semester startup.

Please note the following updates pertaining to your Flexible Spending Account benefits:

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TIAA-CREF Update

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: http://www.ithaca.edu/hr/pdf/benefits/tiaa/TIAA_Allison_Jun07.pdf. 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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