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[Editor's note: The class scheduled for March 22 was moved to March 29 after this Intercom story was published. Read the Intercom update here.]

Student supervisors: do you have students who need to drive College-owned or leased vehicles for your department? Pass along the following information to your student drivers.

Please be sure that you review the student driver handbook yourself so you are aware of what rules the students need to follow. Any procedure not followed could mean suspension of driving privileges for your student drivers.

These are the ONLY classes available for students driving in the summer 2009 months.

You should also encourage students who will be driving at the start of school in the fall to take one of these classes.

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Flu Vaccinations Still Available!

Contributed by Tanisha Malone on 12/12/2008 

The Office of Human Resources and the Hammond Health Center would like to announce that there are still doses of flu vaccine available for all benefits-eligible employees at no cost!

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Get Paid to Drive!

Contributed by Jessica Kerns on 12/12/2008 

The biology department needs students to assist faculty by driving IC vehicles to off-campus sites for spring semester lab course(s).

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As of December 31, 2008, Microsoft Office 2003 for Windows will no longer be supported by Information Technology Services.

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It is with a great deal of sadness that I inform the campus community of the death of one of our students. Saverio Montanino passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, December 11, in his residence hall room. There is no foul play suspected in his death at this time, though the investigation is continuing pending the findings of the medical examiner. This announcement to the campus community was withheld until his family could be notified.

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I wish to announce a reorganization of our Office of Enrollment Management. In the future, Enrollment Management (including the Office of Admission and the Office of Financial Aid) will be headed by a new vice president for enrollment management. This vice president will report directly to me and will be part of the President's Council. Enrollment Management was previously headed by a dean and was part of the provost's office.

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Associate professor of physics Beth Ellen Clark Joseph traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark, to serve on the Ph.D. defense committee of a physics candidate who was presenting a dissertation in asteroid astronomy.

The candidate successfully defended his thesis, titled "A Model of the Spatial Distribution and Dynamics of Solar System Objects Down to Meter-Size," and received the Ph.D. on December 1, 2008, from the science faculty of the Geological Museum of the Natural History Museum of Denmark, which is run by the University of Copenhagen.

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Please note the winter break hours for the Fitness Center at the link below. Note that, from January 5 through 16, the Fitness Center will also have early evening hours as well midday.

Fitness Center Hours

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Do you need to drive during the spring or summer 2009 semesters?

Students who need to drive College-owned and leased/rented vehicles are required to take a free, two-hour driver safety class, which will be conducted on campus by the College’s insurance company on the dates listed below for the spring 2009 semester. This policy is in the interest of student safety and sound risk management.

These will be the ONLY classes available for those who need to drive during the summer.

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Take a break from studying and come down to Textor for Rough Draft, a new play that will challenge your assumptions you've made about your college education.

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All first-year and second-year Ithaca College students are invited to participate in a weekend retreat held at a conference center off-campus on February 6 and 7, 2009.

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Time Report Forms Due Early

Contributed by Donna Veres on 12/11/2008 

Due to the College's winter break, time report forms for the pay period ending December 21 are due to the Payroll Office on Tuesday, December 16.

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The Ithaca College Bookstore textbook online ordering system for spring 2009 semester textbooks is now active.

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Get ready to sell your used books back to the IC Bookstore and receive CASH!!

Used Textbook Buyback From Previous Semesters:
The next Used Textbook Buyback will start Monday, December 15 through Saturday, December 20, 2008.

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[Editor's note: the time of the event was listed incorrectly when this story was originally published. The correct time is below.]

Friday, December 12
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Six Mile Creek Room, Campus Center

The Amethyst Initiative, signed by 130 college presidents, recently ignited a firestorm of controversy in the media. It states:

"Our nation's legal drinking age of 21 is not working as well as the public may think. Its unintended consequences are posing increasing risks to young people. It is time for a serious debate among our elected representatives about whether current public policies are in line with current realities."

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Parking rules do not change during exam week or winter break -- they are the same during those vacations as they are any other time of the year.

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Greetings and best wishes to everyone as the semester comes to a close. Returning home for winter break can be wonderful and exciting, but sometimes stressful. This new addition to the LGBT Center website provides a list of resources full of information, support, and diversion created especially for you during winter break.

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Ithacan Ranked as Gold Medalist

Contributed by Michael Serino on 12/10/2008 

The Ithacan newspaper has been named a gold medalist for the fall 2007 and spring 2008 semesters in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's annual college newspaper critique.

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Ithaca College in the Media

Contributed by Anonymous on 12/10/2008 

Quoted in the media: Dianne Lynch, dean of the Roy H. Park School of Communications.

For more information on the following article, please visit the "IC in the Media" page at the Office of Media Relations:

IC in the Media

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Don't forget to RSVP for this year's holiday celebrations at Fountain Place. We wouldn't want you to miss out on the festivities!

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