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This spring, Rhythm n’ Shoes (IC Tap Club) is hosting the First Annual Finger Lakes Tap Festival in conjunction with the Tap Legacy(TM) Foundation, Inc. (founded by tap dancers Gregory Hines and Andrew J. Nemr). From Friday, March 31 to Sunday, April 2, tap dancers will be coming to Ithaca from all over the country, and five world-renowned guest artists will be teaching classes and performing. (For more information about the festival, you can check out our website at www.fingerlakestapfestival.com)

In order to make this festival possible, we need many volunteers to assist us in various areas.

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Discussion: Avian Communication, from Finches to Penguins
February 6
7:30 p.m.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Road

Admission is free and open to all.

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Figure Drawing Session

Contributed by Bonita Ferguson on 02/01/2006 

Open to all interested students!

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Freestyle Friday Competition

Contributed by April Richardson on 02/01/2006 

The African-Latino Society, Student Government Association, Diversity Council, and many other organizations are sponsoring Ithaca College's first Freestyle Friday Competition with celebrity Host DJ Envy of HOT 97! Competitors from various New York colleges and universities will compete at this event on February 3, 2006 from 7pm-11pm.

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Ed Cluett presented a poster co-authored with IC Biology students. R. Adametz(’05), A. Bowers (’04), A. Yerdon (’03), Ke Ke (’05), A. Fritz (’06). “Phospholipase A2 antagonists alter the trafficking of endocytically-derived free cholesterol”. American Society for Cell Biology in San Francisco, CA.

View the abstract here: http://www.ithaca.edu/biology/cluett_05poster.pdf

Biology Seminar: Feb. 9

Contributed by Nancy Pierce on 02/01/2006 

Cole Gilbert, Cornell University
"Blinding speed: Visually-guided predation by tiger beetles"

February 9
4:00 p.m.
CNS 112

Everyone is welcome to attend!
Refreshments beforehand* (3:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.) in first floor lobby.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder is reported by 17% of Ithaca College students. Visit the Health Promotion Resource Room (lower level, Hammond Health Center) to try a light box and learn more about SAD. The SAD/Light Box display begins on Friday, Feb 3rd and will continue through the darker months.

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Zillah Eisenstein has been invited and has accepted to become a member of the Board
for the W.E.B. Dubois Center in Accra, Ghana. She will also speak for International
Women’s Day in Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey, March 8 and 10, 2006; as well as present
a plenary address at the National Association of Women’s Studies conference, Oakland,
California, June 15, 2006. She will then lecture in Cape Town, South Africa while being
hosted by the NGO, Engender the first week of June, 2006.

Waltz, Tango, Swing and more!

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Susan Swensen and Jason Hamilton (Biology Department) attended a workshop entitled, “Train the Trainer”, given by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Education, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.  The focus was on how to engage faculty at our home institutions in the teaching of sustainability concepts.

Jewish Women Speak

Contributed by Melinda Butler on 01/31/2006 

A panel of Jewish women -- orthodox to secular -- talk about their lives and the importance of 'Jewish' to them.

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Last fall, four Park Students met with The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) co-founder Morris Dees, attended an SPLC workshop, and witnessed the Wall of Tolerance unveiling in historic Montgomery, Alabama with the late J. Diann Sams. Those four students were: Alyson Buck '06, OCLD; Lonna Dawson '07, OCLD; Christopher DeAngelis ’06, IMC; and Ashley Fazio '05, OCLD.

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Nominees should demonstrate subject mastery, presentation, interaction with students, and dedication to teaching.

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Is your organization interested in volunteering with children? IC Bigs is looking for groups to provide and staff activity tables for the IC Family Carnival on Friday, February 24, which benefits the local chapter of One-to-One Big Brother Big Sister.

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The first annual CellFlix Festival -- featuring movies shot entirely on cell phone -- has been won by Ithaca College junior Mike Potter, a triple major from Broomfield, Colorado. His work was selected from among the 178 entries by a panel of professional judges. Sponsored by Ithaca College's Roy H. Park School of Communications, the CellFlix Festival invited high school and college students to utilize their creative talents to shoot a 30-second movie on their cell phone for a chance to win the grand prize of $5,000. The winning entry can be viewed at www.cellflixfestival.org.

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According to the <i>U.S. News and World Report</b> list of the 50 Ways to Improve Your Life (Jan. 2006), "singing helps keep your brain in tune!" There is quite a body of research that indicates the multiple dimensions of music (intellectual, physical, social) set it apart from other cognitively stimulating activities towards a healthier you!

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Frank W. Musgrave, Economics Department has published a book

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Contributed by Tanisha Graves for Cindy Reckdenwald, Director of Compensation & Organizational Design

As you know, Ithaca College has selected the firm of Segal/Sibson to assist with an extensive review and revision of the current compensation program for staff and administration. Karen Hutcheson, Senior Consultant, will lead this project along with Yelena Pozharsky, Associate Consultant.

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Be a Peer Recruiter!

Contributed by Cheryl Horihan on 01/30/2006 

Help the Office of Admission recruit the next class!

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The Heritage Brass from the US Military Academy at West Point will give a free concert on Thursday, February 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the Hockett Family Recital Hall. Performances by the group have been described as, "wonderful, eclectic and flawless performances full of energy and enthusiasm." A large and diverse repertoire representing all styles of music from the 16th century to the present, enables the group to offer a well-balanced program that is sure to satisfy any musical appetite.