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It is with a great deal of sadness that I must inform the Ithaca College community of the death of longtime enrollment dean Larry Metzger, M.S. '87, who passed away earlier this morning after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.

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New and returning faculty, staff, and students are strongly encouraged to sign up for Ithaca College's Emergency Notification System (ENS) prior to the test of the system that will take place beginning at noon this Tuesday, September 9. The ENS uses voice, e-mail, and text messaging to provide time-sensitive information and details on appropriate responses during critical situations.

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To celebrate Constitution Day 2008, Ithaca College will honor the struggles for racial justice in the United States with a special event on Wednesday, September 17, at 4:00 p.m. in the Clark Lounge (in Campus Center).

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On the Road with Tom Rochon

Contributed by Shelley Semmler on 09/04/2008 

Are you making any business travel plans for the fall? If so, you're welcome to attend a series of events to be held throughout the country to introduce President Thomas Rochon to Ithaca College's alumni, parents, and friends.

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The first-year diversity speaker, Maura J. Cullen, is a masterful storyteller who utilizes a variety of interactive exercises and techniques, creating an experience you will not soon forget.

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Professor of politics Tom Shevory presented a paper, "The Most Polluted Lake in America: Toward a Political Archeology," at the annual meeting of the American Political Association in Boston on August 27.

Darius J. Conger, assistant professor of economics, published his article, "Economics and the American Family: A Review of Recent Literature," in the September 2008 issue of Choice (volume 46, number 1, pages 33-47).

On Tuesday, September 9, at 12:05 p.m. in CNS 204, the Physics Seminar Series presents Davis Tobias of the Department of Physics at the University of Maryland. His topic is, "Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene: One- and Two-Dimensional Conductors."

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Are you interested in interacting with first-year students outside of the classroom? Would you like to be part of fostering a culture of interaction between students and faculty within the first-year residence halls?

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Be Creative and Win $150!

Contributed by Tiffani Ziemann on 09/04/2008 

Got something to say about alcohol? Consider putting it into a public service announcement (PSA)!

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Have you heard about Teach For America (TFA) and wondered what it's all about? Now is your opportunity to find out.

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As Thomas W. Bohn nears his official retirement in August after 28 years of service to Ithaca College, the Office of the Provost and the Roy H. Park School of Communications invite you to a celebration Friday, September 12, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Clark Lounge of the Campus Center. (The formal program begins at 3:30 p.m.)

All members of the campus community are invited to attend.

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Barney Beins, chair of the psychology department, gave an invited address and made two symposium presentations at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association in Boston.

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Applications for the interim assistant provost position will be accepted until September 15. DIIS dean Tanya Saunders, who simultaneously served as assistant provost, will now devote her energy and resources full time to DIIS.

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Are you still thinking about taking a yoga, pilates, tai chi, or massage class at the Fitness Center?

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A new initiative is being introduced this fall which formalizes reporting and responding when the safety or well-being of individual students or the safety of the campus community is a concern. The mission of this new initiative is to provide a central place for faculty, staff, and students to communicate concerns and to provide information and education to the campus community about risk issues and resources.

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World Suicide Prevention Day is Wednesday, September 10, 2008.

Carlo Trois and his wife, Gwen, lost their only child, Kevin, to suicide. Carlo's presentation, "The Call We Never Got," at 7:00 p.m. that night in Textor 101, addresses the experience of losing a loved one to suicide and the importance of suicide prevention.

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The Ithaca College Climbing Wall will officially open on Sunday, September 7.

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We Are All Connected

Contributed by LeBron Rankins on 09/04/2008 

Suicide prevention is everybody's business!

National Suicide Prevention Week will be recognized on campus September 8 through 12.

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Workshop Postponed

Contributed by Kate Brown on 09/04/2008 

The "We're Not in Kansas Anymore" workshop sponsored by AES for today, September 4, has been postponed. Please keep watch for the rescheduled date.