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Toastmasters Meeting

Contributed by Becky Jordan on 07/11/2007 

The next meeting for the Ithaca College Toastmasters Club is scheduled for Tuesday, July 17 at 9:00 a.m. in the North Meeting Room in Egbert Hall.

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If blood supplies do not immediately increase, those whose lives depend on transfusions will be at risk for not getting the blood they need. With the weather warmer, please don’t forget to give blood if not for yourself, for friends, your loved ones or your neighbors. Please email or call 274-3371 to make an appointment for our blood drive this Wednesday July 18, in Emerson suites from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

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Three local health care experts will discuss the current state of American medical care at Cinemapolis, 171 E. State St. in Ithaca, on Friday, July 13. The forum will follow a 7 p.m. screening of Sicko, filmmaker Michael Moore’s feature-length documentary on health care in the United States.

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Well, it is offered right on campus at the Fitness Center.

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Parking and Traffic Services will be closed for training Tuesday 7/10 through Friday 7/13/07.

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Kanu Sharma Retires

Contributed by Judith Dresser on 07/06/2007 

Kanu Sharma retires from the IC Library after 37 years of service.

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Contributed by Deborah Merriman on 07/06/2007 

Submitted by Deb Merriman for Robin Davis, Assistant Director of Benefits

It is not too late to join the summer BeneFITS...Your Life wellness initiative Fitwell IC! Fitwell IC did start last week but due to the Fourth of July holiday last week, we are extending the registration. Get a group of 8 to 10 co-workers or IC friends together and work together as a team to become healthier! Check out the calendar of events at Events you can look forward to: hike around Ithaca College’s trails, fitness center orientation, nutrition and fitness presentation, and most importantly participation in Relay for Life on July 13th and 14th.

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Friends Hall Exit Closed

Contributed by Richard Couture on 07/05/2007 

Due to construction work on the connector bridge for the new School of Business Building, it will be necessary to close off the second floor west side exit to Friends Hall.

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President Peggy R. Williams invites all Ithaca College employees to our traditional summer ice cream social on Monday, August 6 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. on the Campus Center quad. (Rain location: IC Square)

As a reminder, please mark your calendar for August 23 for the All-College staff meeting to be held in the Emerson Suites from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Supervisors are asked to make this information and opportunity available to all employees.

"In the February 2007 issue of Backpacker [magazine], editor in chief Jonathan Dorn called on the masses to help Backpacker, the Continental Divide Trail Alliance, and federal agencies tackle a massive undertaking: give the trail an official map. As a result, close to 3,000 of you applied, and 300 volunteers where chosen" (source:

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In April 2006 the campus was notified in Intercom that the recycling program for laser/toner cartridges was being discontinued and that departments are to use the pre-paid shipping labels that accompany the installation instruction in the box with the replacement cartridge.

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Booming sounds Monday afternoon (July 2) from South Hill will be the all-clear signal for the 60th annual Ithaca Community Fireworks Show. Beginning at 2 p.m., an aerial salute that can be heard for miles around will be fired every hour on the hour by fireworks technicians as a reminder that the show is a “go.”

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What do the Beatles, Elvis, The Lovin' Spoonful, Simon & Garfunkle, Roy Orbison, Jimi Hendrix, Dusty Springfield and the casts of "Oliver" and "Hair" have in common? Give up? All are represented in the incredible raffle baskets being offered by our Relay for Life team, IC Hope...and we are giving YOU the opportunity to take a chance on winning them!

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This month’s newsletter is about Small Equipment and Capital Acquisitions, how approvers can create Vacation Rules and information on the New Annual Budget read on!

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Summer ITS Technology Workshops

Contributed by Amy Dembrosky on 06/28/2007 

Refresh your professional development with ITS workshops covering a variety of topics including computer security, campus systems, iLife, Oracle Calendar and much more!

Visit for more details and to register.

Workshops are scheduled through till fall semester startup.

Please note the following updates pertaining to your Flexible Spending Account benefits:

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Contributed by Deborah Merriman on 06/28/2007 

Submitted by Deb Merriman for Mark Coldren, Associate Vice President for Human Resources.

The Office of Human Resources would like to share some information with the campus community regarding the access or accuracy of information and transactions with the TIAA-CREF organization. We received a communication from Herbert M. Allison, Jr. (Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, TIAA President and Chief Executive Officer, CREF) that explains their recent challenges with service. For more information see: The letter also outlines some actions they have identified to rectify the situation moving forward.

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John Confer, scholar in residence and retired associate professor of biology, described the increase in wildlife diversity due to clearing small patches of forest in large, contiguous forest habitat at the Hudson Highlands Research Symposium in Cornwall, New York.

For the third year in a row, ICTV's Newswatch 16 won for Best Regularly Scheduled Local News Program in the College Station competition sponsored by the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association (NYSAPBA). This year's award was given for the March 4, 2007, newscast.

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Asma Barlas, director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity (CSCRE) and professor of politics, made two presentations in the Netherlands in June. One was at the "Redefining Boundaries: Muslim Women and Religious Authority" conference in Amsterdam; the other was at a master class at the University of Leiden.

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