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Attention all interested faculty and staff:

The IC coordinating team for the Ithaca College-EcoVillage at Ithaca Partnership for Sustainability Education is soliciting applications for curriculum development initiatives in the area of sustainability, including the "people" element of the "people/planet/prosperity" intersection. The $1,000 curriculum development mini-grants will support work conducted during summer and fall 2008. A maximum of five mini-grants will be awarded.

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Physics professor Luke Keller has been awarded a $25,000 NASA contract to use data from the Spitzer Space Telescope in an ongoing study of solar system formation around distant stars.

Over the next two years, Professor Keller and his students will use spectra from the infrared space telescope to study the light emitted from dust and complex organic molecules that orbit very young stars. They will use the emissions to determine how this dust and gas changes with time and also how the properties of the star affect the orbiting material.

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Barney Beins, of the Department of Psychology, gave an invited presentation at the Southeastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology in Atlanta.

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Yes, the rumors you have heard are true! While expressing his sincere regrets at not being able to appear in person (so the word on the pavement goes), Matthew McConaughey is supporting the sixth annual Bursar's Benefit Auction by sending a lovely autographed 8x10 photo of himself! This dreamy photo could be yours -- talk about warming up the environment! That's not all, though ...

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The Life and Legacy of Rod Serling, a two-day conference sponsored by the Park School of Communications, will be held March 28 and 29.

While registrations are now being accepted for the two-day event -- which features presentations of academic papers, panel discussions, screenings, and a scriptwriting competition -- there will also be four events free and open to the campus community (first-come, first-served).

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IC D.A.N. Hug Station Day!

Contributed by Ryan Salisbury on 03/05/2008 

Yesterday, March 5, from noon to 3:00 p.m., IC Do Anything Nice (IC D.A.N.) hosted its monthly Hug Station Day!

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Tower Club Spring Break Hours

Contributed by Julie Whitten on 03/05/2008 

The Tower Club Restaurant will be closed starting Monday, March 10, through Friday March 14. The restaurant will reopen Monday, March 17, with a special St. Patrick's Day buffet.

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The Block 2 schedules are ready for all Recreational Sports fitness classes.

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Submitted on behalf of Kathleen Rountree, provost and vice president for academic affairs

To the Ithaca College community,

After three years of planning and preparations, the Middle States reaccreditation visit is now complete, and I write to say a heartfelt thank-you to the entire community for your participation. The team members constantly spoke of how welcomed they felt, and that their interactions with students, faculty, and staff were open, honest, and genuine.

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A test of the Ithaca College Emergency Notification System (ENS) will take place during the noon hour on Thursday, March 6.

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You could win a $100 or $50 gift certificate to Wegmans or your favorite local store!

The Core Alcohol and Drug Survey, with additional questions about gambling, was e-mailed to 2,800 randomly selected IC students last week. A reminder was sent earlier this week. The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete.

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Meeting in New York City February 27–28, the Ithaca College Board of Trustees approved a budget that continues the college's implementation of its Institutional Plan and sets tuition rates for the 2008–9 academic year.

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Applications are now available for working as a Personal Trainer at the Fitness Center.

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Summer Job Opportunity: Lifeguard

Contributed by Sarah Hawkins on 03/05/2008 

Recreational Sports is now accepting applications for summer 2008 lifeguards for the indoor and outdoor pools.

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Contributed on behalf of C. William Schwab '68, chair, board of trustees

Last week I sent an Intercom message to the campus community with the schedule of presidential candidate visits and indicating that the Presidential Search Committee would be sharing the names of the finalists in the very near future.

I had hoped that I would be able to provide the names prior to students and faculty departing this Friday for the much needed spring break. However, due to scheduling considerations for the candidates, the first announcement will not be able to be made until next week. I realize that this may not be optimal for those of you who will be traveling over the break period. However, I am doing my best to accommodate the needs of our finalists and to ensure a successful visit for each candidate.

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Wellness Clinic Blog

Contributed by Judy Mauk on 03/05/2008 

The Wellness Clinic website ( now has a blog!

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The School of Humanities and Sciences is pleased to announce the spring 2008 Educational Grant Initiative Awards. These are awards are supported by the generous donations of alumni to the H&S Ithaca Fund.

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Study-Abroad Scholarships from IIE

Contributed by Rachel Gould on 03/05/2008 

The Institute of International Education (IIE) sponsors a variety of scholarships for students planning a summer, semester, or year abroad. Deadlines are rapidly approaching for the summer and fall 2008 and/or 2008-09 academic year award cycles.

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Sara Holmes, an environmental studies major with a concentration in anthropology, and Lisa Paciulli, assistant professor of anthropology and environmental studies steering committee member, were awarded a Mellon Research Initiative by Lewis and Clark College's environmental studies program (ESP).

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Russell Robinson, CEO of the Jewish National Fund, will speak on Monday, March 17, at 7:00 p.m. in the Taughannock Falls Meeting Room.

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