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Julie Blumberg, assistant professor in the Department of Cinema, Photography, and Media Arts, attended the "Future Of Television" conference in March. 

While in Los Angeles, Blumberg did research for the school’s television writing curriculum. She met with major show creators including Shawn Ryan, of The Shield and The Unit, and James Duff, who created The Closer, to discuss if technology is affecting how industry professionals write and pitch.

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Summer Hours 2009

Contributed by Tanisha Malone on 05/05/2009 

The summer hours program will begin Friday, May 22, 2009, and continue through August 7, 2009. During this period, full-time employees will work two fewer hours (37-1/2 hours reduced to 35-1/2, 40 hours reduced to 38 hours) and receive their usual compensation.

Ithaca College's official business hours will end at 3:00 p.m. on Fridays instead of 5:00 p.m.; thus giving many of our employees a chance to get a head start on the summer weekends. This year there will be 12 Fridays on which the official hours will be reduced by two hours.

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Attention college-owned Mac users:

Please be aware that there is a problem with the Microsoft Office Update process. Updates for Microsoft Office products are currently not able to be downloaded. Microsoft Office is able to periodically check for updates, but is not able to install the updates.

ITS is working to find a solution to this problem and a notice will be posted to Intercom when it is resolved.

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Interested in using clickers in your fall courses?  (See original Intercom article.)

Click Personal Response System (PRS): Demo for Instructors to register for the information sessions on either:

  • Friday, May 8, 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 14, 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

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Caps and gowns will be available at the buyback window May 13-16 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day. 

The Jostens representative will be in the Bookstore May 13, 14, 16 and 17. 

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Representatives from Live Text, the new assessment and portfolio system for all teacher education programs at Ithaca College, will be on the Ithaca College campus for two days of training workshops on May 19 and 20. 

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The World Health Organization (WHO) last week raised the Pandemic Influenza Level from 4 to 5, recognizing that there is now sustained person-to-person transmission of the H1N1 swine flu in many areas.

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Want an excuse to make photos during the beautiful summer days?

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ITS is pleased to announce that graduating seniors with ePortfolios can continue to use and update the ePortfolio after graduation!

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Please remember there are special Optical Scanning procedures and schedules in place for Final Exam Week – Tuesday, May 5th through Monday, May 11th, 2009. These procedures have recently changed.

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Kal Telage, of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, recently presented a PowerPoint presentation, "Strategies for Building PowerPoint Architecture for E-Learning."

The paper was given at the International Conference on Teaching and Learning in Jacksonville, Florida. 

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The Office of Admission has finalized its Finger Lakes Tour date as well as prospective student program dates for the fall 2009 semester, as well as dates for accepted-student programs in the spring 2010 semester.

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Nine Park School students had their work featured on WCNY, the PBS affiliate in Syracuse, in April. The station aired a 30-minute special devoted to three documentaries that were filmed as assignments for the fall 2008 Nonfiction Production class, which was taught by Professor John Scott.

The films were:

  • "Breaking Boundaries" by Dylan Mizner '10, Brent Ross '09, and Neth Wiedeman '09
  • "Camp Cedar Grove" by Colleen Goodhue '09, Katie Gorham '10, and Nicholas Lareau '10 
  • "All Natural Baby" by Laura Caccavo '10, Mike Hendel '09, and Ben Maizell '09


Postage rates are changing for domestic and international mail. 

Changes include:

  • First-class letters increase to 44 cents
  • First-class letters to Canada increase to 75 cents and letters to Mexico to 79 cents
  • All other countries will increase to 98 cents

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Mara Alper's latest documentary, Visions of the Huichol, was invited to be exhibited at the Kampo Museum, an art museum in Kyoto, Japan, in November 2009.  It will be an intrinsic part of an exhibit of Mexican Huichol (pronounced "WE-chol") tribal art curated by Aurelio Asiain, a Mexican diplomat in Japan. 

Segments of the documentary to be exhibited include how the intricate art is made, daily life in the mountain villages, healing rituals and ceremonial events. These segments are part of a one-hour documentary which Alper is editing in bilingual versions.

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Thank you to everyone who donated to the Ithaca College and Cornell University Fight MS Team for the Walk on May 3, 2009.

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 After fundraising for the past two years, IC SafeWater has reached its goal of $10,000 to provide clean water and sanitation to villages in Ethiopia!

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Ten students and four faculty members were inducted into Sigma Xi, the scientific research society, on April 29. The students and faculty were elected to membership because of their research achievements or potential.

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Associate professor Hélène Larin, PT, Ph.D., was invited by the Bahrain Physical Therapy Association (BPTA) to present at the fourth International BPTA Conference, April 18-19, 2009, in Manama, Bahrain.

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Update (May 20, 2009): The College has lifted its ban on College-sponsored travel to Mexico. Please see this May 20 Intercom story for more details.

As of May 3, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to recommend that U.S. travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Mexico because of the spread and severity of the H1N1 influenza (swine flu) in that country.

Some of the U.S. swine flu cases have been linked to persons who have traveled to Mexico. The CDC is concerned that travel to Mexico presents a serious health risk for the traveler and for others who might be exposed to the flu upon the traveler's return to the United States.

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