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The IC Toastmasters Club will meet on Tuesday, January 6, at 9:00 a.m. in the Cayuga Lake Room, Campus Center.

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At this time of year, we're all in the giving and caring spirit. Keep that spirit going by signing up to participate in the service projects occurring as part of MLK Day 2009 on January 19.

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Instructional Development Fund (IDF) grants support direct course improvement as well as interdisciplinary projects.

Proposals are due in the Office of the Associate Provost by February 15, 2009, for spring and summer implementation and April 15 for summer and fall implementation.

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The Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology was well represented at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, held in Chicago November 18-20, 2008.

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Asma Barlas has published "Engaging Islamic Feminism: Provincializing Feminism as a Master Narrative," in Anitta Kynsilheto (ed.) "Islamic Feminism: Current Perspectives," Tampere Peace Research Institute Occasional Paper No. 96 (Finland, 2008).

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Mead Loop, associate professor in the Department of Journalism, teamed up with sophomore journalism major Maura Gladys to conduct research on the credibility and practices of the reporters who cover fantasy sports -- the first such research of its kind in the country.

Their work is featured in the December issue of Quill magazine, the national publication of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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Zachary Tomanelli '11, a journalism major, had an article published in Sporting Kid magazine's fall 2008 issue. The article, entitled "Wanted: Trustworthy Volunteers," deals with embezzlement in youth sports leagues. Tomanelli wrote the article for his journalism research class, which required students to write a 20-page, magazine-style article on a topic of their choice.

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Please send in your completed pledge cards for the United Way to Karen McGavin in Job Hall by this Friday, December 19. You will feel rewarded that you are helping folks in our greater community through your donation -- and you will be placed into a drawing for one of three Apple iPods! There will be a winner in the new giver, repeat giver, and increased giver categories.

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A documentary produced by Chris Cucci '08, Chris Burt '08, Sarah Woodhouse '08, and Krystal Maughn '08 -- titled Busking the Big Apple -- won for best documentary at the 2008 OSTN NBS (Open Student Television Network; National Broadcast Society) International Media Fest held in Cleveland, Ohio.

The film was produced as part of associate professor Peter Johanns' Video Workshop course in spring 2008, and was aired as part of ICTV's 24-hour broadcast marathon in April 2008.

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Professor Jodi Cohen, Department of Speech Communication, was recently honored with the National Communication Association's "top paper" award in political communication. The 2008 work is a critical analysis of public meetings about environmental risks.

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Nancy Cornwell, associate professor and chair of the Department of Television-Radio, presented a paper at the University of Melbourne Law School's Centre for Media and Communications Law annual conference ("Media, Communications, and Public Speech") in November.

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The main ITS public labs follow the regular academic schedule this week through Friday, December 19th, 2008. There will be a special winter break schedule in place beginning Saturday, December 20th – Monday January 19th, 2009.

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Rec Swim Hours

Contributed by Nate Brisley on 12/16/2008 

The pool will close Thursday, December 18, at 10:00 p.m. for the semester.

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Don’t forget to mark your calendars to return for the second annual MLK "Day On, Not a Day Off" on Monday, January 19, 2009. Sign up before you leave to participate in one of the many community service opportunities.

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The Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College is now accepting nominations from journalists, academics and the public at large for the first annual Izzy Award, named after legendary maverick journalist I. F. Stone. To be presented each year for "special achievement in independent media," the Izzy Award will recognize an independent outlet, journalist or producer for work created/distributed outside of traditional corporate structures.

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The 2009 Orientation Leader application process will be available in January. Please checkout the New Student Programs website (www.ithaca.edu/nsp) or contact Erica Shockley (607.274.1908) for more information.

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Over the next few months, ITS representatives will be working on re-cabling buildings and installing new network equipment as part of the Ithaca College Network re-Architecture project (NSrA).

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The Ithaca College Bookstore is pleased to announce that special pricing for Microsoft Office 2007 and 2008 is still available. See the information below on each promotional product.

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Kathleen Mulligan, an assistant professor of theater arts who specializes in voice and speech, will lead her "Improvising Shakespeare!" workshop at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) on December 18.

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