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As the chair of the Diversity Strategic Planning Committee, I wanted to thank those students, faculty and staff who attended the Diversity Listening Session which was moderated by President Tom Rochon on Monday, January 25, 2010 in the Emerson Suites. This session was designed as part of the MLK 2010 Kick-off event in celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The program provided members of the campus community the opportunity to share their views on the critical issues the College is facing at the present time related to Diversity. Members of the Diversity Strategic Planning Committee, President’s Advisory Committee on Diversity, and the Diversity Awareness Committee were present to hear the thoughts and recommendations of those in attendance in order to help committee members in their important work.

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Mental Health Support Services

Contributed by Brian McAree on 03/22/2010 

Welcome back to the final block of the spring semester. We hope that you return from break feeling rested and energized for the remaining weeks of the academic year.

You may have heard about the recent student deaths at Cornell University, and our hearts go out to the families and communities affected by such terrible losses.

College life can be a time of growth and of great challenges, and for some, the challenges are overwhelming. Asking for help is the right thing to do when you’re feeling stressed. Your roommates, friends, RAs, family, professors, and staff members can be great sources of support in difficult times. Likewise, if you know someone who may be in distress, please don’t be afraid to reach out even if it is just to lend a friendly ear and let them know they are not alone.

Ithaca College provides resources for students who are experiencing difficulty in either their academic or personal lives.

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Michael Smith, assistant professor history, presented his paper "Laboratories for Life: The Countermodern Landscape Goes to Summer Camp" at the American Society for Environmental History annual meeting in Portland, OR (Mar. 10-14). He also chaired a panel on "The Greening of Campuses".

For information about the Society and its conference, see

The "Commit to Change" program offers several funding programs for students, including student program grants, internship and research support, and fellowships. The application deadline for all three funding programs is April 1st.

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Spit That! Spoken Mic

Contributed by Jaylene Clark on 03/22/2010 

Our final spoken mic of the semester!

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The Division of Graduate and Professional Studies will sponsor and exhibit at the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) Smart and Sustainable Campuses Virtual Conference on March 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

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Astronomy Education Research **CANCELED**

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Public Viewing Night, Friday, March 26th from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

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The Society of Professional Journalists has named The Ithacan a finalist for the Mark of Excellence Award for Best Non-Daily Newspaper in the Northeast region. The paper is consistently ranked among the top three papers in the Northeast, and two years ago was ranked number two in the country by SPJ.

In addition, three students were named finalists in their respective categories for work published in The Ithacan in 2009: Andy Swift ’09 (feature story), junior Allison Usagave (photo illustration) and Allison Wassink ”09 (sports photography).

The winners will be announced at the SPJ Region 1 Spring Conference in New York City, April 9–10. First-place winners from SPJ's 12 regions go on to compete for the national Mark of Excellence Award in their catetories. 


At the end of this academic year, Michael Rogers's three-year term on the Board of Trustees comes to an end.  As is its policy, the Board has invited the faculty to present three candidates for them to consider as they appoint a successor.


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Wellness Wednesdays: Bring-Your-Lunch Series for Students, Faculty, & Staff

12:00-12:50PM in the Cayuga Lake Room, Campus Center
Bring Your Lunch! Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday March 24 featuring
Michelle C. Berry, Reiki Master Teacher
REIKI: Tapping Into the Universal Life Force Energy to De-stress & Revitalize Your Life

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Be a part of the "Situation" on Friday, March 26th when Up 'til Dawn hosts a night at the Jersey Shore!

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Women’s Studies invites you to attend a panel entitled, "We Belong in the House . . . and the Senate: Women and Local Politics" on Thursday, March 25th at 7 PM in the Ithaca Falls Room. This panel is designed to highlight the experiences and insights of women politicians from the Ithaca area. Panelists include:

Leslyn McBean-Clairborne – Tompkins County Legislature (Dist. 2, City of Ithaca)
Jennifer Dotson – First Ward Common Councilwoman, City of Ithaca
Maria Coles - First Ward Common Councilwoman, City of Ithaca
Nancy Pringle – Former Ithaca City School District Board of Education
Michelle Berry – Former Delegate for the 22nd Congressional District & Former Alderperson for City of Ithaca

This event is free and open to the public.  Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Kimberly Baker (Women's Studies) at 274-5122. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible. 

 Passover Seders 

Contributed by Abbe Lyons on 03/21/2010 

 There will be 1st and 2nd night Passover seders on March 29th and 30th on the balcony at Terrace Dining, with food from Kosher Dining.  Stay tuned for more details or contact Hillel 274-3323

For the second consecutive year, The Ithacan Online, the Ithacan’s Web site, has been awarded an Online Gold Crown Award for overall excellence by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.

In addition, The Ithacan finished the convention by winning the Apple Award for Best in Show. This is the seventh time in the nine years the award has been presented, and the fifth consecutive year, that the paper has won the award in its category.

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 Junior journalism major Libby Sile has been awarded a highly-competitive American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) internship for summer 2010. As an ASME intern, she will be placed at a prestigious magazine in either New York or Washington, D.C.

In addition, Sile has been selected as a winner of the 2010 Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition. The competition, established in 1984 in cooperation with the Indiana University School of Journalism, honors the memory of the journalist who led Scripps Howard Newspapers from 1922 to 1953, and United Press International from 1912 to 1920. The competition awards nine aspiring journalists a 10-day guided study tour of Japan, an area of special interest to Roy Howard.

Leigh Ann Vaughn, Barney Beins, and their students presented their research at the annual convention of the Eastern Psychological Association in New York City on March 5 and 6, 2010.

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 Michael Serino, student media adviser in the Roy H. Park School of Communications, presented two sessions at the Spring National College Media Convention in New York City, March 13–16.

“Philosophy for Journalists: The Problem of Suffering” explored the application of virtue ethics to the role of the journalist, with particular reference to the encounter with, and representation of, human suffering.

“Multimedia: A New Form of Storytelling” examined the ways in which new media can be used not just as add-ons to traditional stories, but combined into a complex, nuanced storytelling vehicle.


Leigh Ann Vaughn, Associate Professor of Psychology, Audrey Harkness ('08), and Emily Clark ('08) have published an article titled, "The effect of incidental experiences of regulatory fit on trust," in this month's issue of Personal Relationships. The research showed that when people judge how much they trust an acquaintance, feeling right enhances trust. This occurs even when the activity that caused them to feel right had nothing to do with the person whose trustworthiness they are judging.

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The Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen film series will host a screening of An Island Calling on Wednesday March 24, in Textor 103.  

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