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HR Annual Office Advance

Contributed by Tanisha Malone on 08/12/2010 

On Friday, August 13, 2010, the Office of Human Resources will be off-campus at an all-day strategic planning session.  There will be limited contact with members of the office; however, front desk support will be available to answer questions.  If an ICHR member is needed for time sensitive matters, please contact Tanisha Graves at 607-379-0804.  We will resume regular operations on Monday at 8:30 am.


Notes on Liberty, a documentary directed by assistant professor John Scott (TV-R) and produced by assistant professor Karen Rodriguez (CPMA), was selected as one of thirty documentaries for the 2010 American Documentary Showcase. Rodriguez will travel to Poland, where the film will screen in Krakow on August 17 and in Wroclaw on August 19.

For more information on the Showcase and the film, click here.

Ithaca College’s Toastmasters Club could be the answer for you!  Toastmasters provides the tools to enable you to become an effective communicator and leader. 

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Subscriptions to the 2010–2011 Ithaca College Theatre season include tickets to five productions and are available for as little as $25. Call (607) 274-3224 to inquire about subscribing or for tickets to any of our productions. Single ticket sales for all 2010-2011 productions will begin in early September. Visit

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Are you an IC Alum?  Then join the Ithaca College Community and Local Alumni for a special event at the Hangar Theater on Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.

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John Fracchia was recently recognized by the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE)  for his commitment and leadership to the association for chairing a committee to research, interview and recommend a new management company. 

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Dr. Steven Siconolfi, Dean of School of Health Sciences and Human Performance, together with Dr. Hongwei Guan, Assistant Professor from the Department of Health Promotion & Physical Education, and Dr. Quansheng Su from Chengdu Sport University presented the keynote presentation at the 9th Annual Conference for the Society of Chinese Scholars on Exercise Physiology and Fitness.


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Please join the Division of Enrollment Management as we say farewell and best wishes to Larry Chambers, director of Student Financial Services, on Thursday, August 12 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm in the lobby of Dillingham Center. 

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The Student Employment Office will be offering Student Supervisor Training and Information sessions.

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If you are a student and you need to drive a College-owned/leased vehicle for any reason, you must complete a driver safety class.

The next driver safety class will be offered on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 from 7pm-9pm in Textor 101.


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Several of Ithaca College's schools have mandated that their students participate in a sexual harassment prevention training session before beginning an internship.  

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Does your department have a student who will need to drive IMMEDIATELY upon returning in the Fall of 2010?

Please have your student contact the Office of Risk Managment to register for the upcoming Student Driver Safety Class.  You can register by telephone at 607-274-3285 or via email   The class will be held in Textor 101 from 7pm-9pm.

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Cathy Crane Receives NYSCA Grant

Contributed by Melissa Gattine on 08/09/2010 

Cathy Crane, associate professor in the Department of Cinema, Photography and Media Arts, received a grant from New York State Council for the Arts (NYSCA) for the completion of her new film, "The Death Pasolini Foretold."

"The Death Pasolini Foretold" is a full-length experimental biography exploring the year leading up to the murder of Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini. 

This project received previous support from Office of the Provost and a James B. Pendleton grant. Crane will work on the film during her sabbatical leave this year.


The Office of Admission is pleased to announce recent changes on our team.

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 Peter Melcher presented "The impact of xylem wounding on the measure of stem hydraulic resistance" at the Botany 2010 Conference in Providence, RI. August 2010.  Co-authored with Steven Warchocki  (Biology '09).


Plant performance is directly related to plant water status and because xylem hydraulic resistance impacts water supply to leaves it has been used to characterize plant adaptations to environment. Xylem tissue in plants contain both living and dead cells. The cells responsible for the mass flow of sap from roots to leaves are composed of numerous dead hollow conduits. The design of these dead conduits e.g.,

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When:  Tuesday, August 10, 2010 

Where:  HR Training Room, GL052 Peggy R. Williams Center 

Time:  11:15 – 12:00 p.m. or 12:15 – 1:00 p.m. 

Why:  Sit in on an actual meeting, meet our leader, and possibly join!      

Attending the Open House is the perfect time to meet our leader, Samarra (She’s terrific!), and see for yourself how Weight Watchers can help you reach your goals. And what could be more convenient than meeting here on campus?

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 Dr. Mike Buck, Clinical Associate Professor from the Dept. of Physical Therapy; Dr. Amy Firth, Assistant Professor from the Dept. of Health Promotion & Physical Education; and Dr. James Pfrehm, Assistant Professor from the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures are presenting The "What/How/Why" of Learning via iTunes U: Three IC instructors’ perspectives at the 4th Annual SUNY Fredonia Teaching & Learning Conference.

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Choosing to make small “upgrades” in your diet can have positive effects when it comes to your wellness. When considering your diet, make “upgrades” by making more conscientious choices whenever possible. Samarra Mbenga, Leader of the Weight Watchers at Work program here at I.C., “upgraded” a common recipe for a Bacon and Turkey Club sandwich and provided comments on why the changes were "upgrades". See if any of her “upgrades” and comments give you ideas on incorporating changes into your meal choices without sacrificing flavor!

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Jeff Cohen, director of the Park Center for Independent Media and associate professor in the Department of Journalism, recently had two columns featured on the front page of the Huffington Post.

One column focused on WikiLeaks and the release of classified Afghan war documents, and the other focused on The Colbert Report and host Stephen Colbert’s interview with Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner about the U.S. prison population.


Jessica Brandt, a Television-Radio major, was one of five students nationwide to receive a $5,000 John Bayliss Broadcast Foundation Scholarship.

Bayliss scholarship recipients are chosen for their academic achievement, extracurricular radio activities, their passion for radio, and their desire to contribute to the overall advancement of the radio industry. 

Brandt recently won local radio station’s Z955's Wannabe a ZJ Contest, and is now working at the station full time. She is the co-host of the morning show and has her own show weekdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and on weekends from 3-7 p.m.

Brandt previously worked at both WICB and VIC. serving as a DJ for modern rock shows, City Rhythms (WICB’s hip hop program), as well as her own specialty Disney show.