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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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Professor of Spanish Gladys Varona-Lacey was named to the College Board's inaugural Advanced Placement Higher Education Advisory Committee.

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Assistant professor of German James Pfrehm gave a talk at the Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference in Banff, Canada, entitled, "The Role of Age in Austrians' Perceptions of the Frequency of Use and Likability of Lexical Teutonisms and Austriacisms: Quantitative Consideration."

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Faculty Excellence Awards Announced

Contributed by Laurie Wasik on 05/01/2009 

The Faculty Development Committee and the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs are pleased to announce the five recipients of the 2008-9 Faculty Excellence Awards. The recipients are:

  • Hongwei Guan, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education
  • Bruce Henderson, Professor, Department of Speech Communication
  • Cynthia Scheibe, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Ellen Staurowsky, Professor, Department of Sport Management and Media
  • Susan Swensen, Associate Professor, Department of Biology

New criteria this year emphasized exceptional performance in all areas of the faculty role, including teaching, scholarship, and service. This year's award recipients are recognized for a wide variety of accomplishments, such as innovative teaching, significant scholarly achievements, exemplary service, and demonstrated support for key College values and initiatives.

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Submitted on behalf of Mark Coldren, vice president for human resources.

The Office of Human Resources will be holding a few more 90-minute workshops to help you prepare, facilitate, and document your one-on-one meetings, and familiarize you with two new forms:

Goals Review Form (Microsoft Word 2007 document)

Goals Self Review (Microsoft Word 2007 document)

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Book Proposal Workshop Closed

Contributed by Susanne Morgan on 05/01/2009 

High demand has led the Center for Faculty Excellence to close the June 9 faculty workshop, "Preparing a Winning Book Proposal," with Sheri Englund. We will keep a waiting list in case of cancellations; please write to Susanne Morgan.

Come relieve the stress of finals with some great events at the dining halls!

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Services have been scheduled for Andrea Celeste Morton '10, a clinical health studies major who passed away on Wednesday, April 29.

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Join us on Sunday, May 10, for our Mothers’ Day Brunch taking place at the Tower Club restaurant from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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Get cash for your used textbooks and present your textbook receipt at the check counter to get 20 percent off one regular-priced clothing item at the IC Bookstore.

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During Summer Session I you can learn about Native cultures and visit local Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Nations and work at a Cayuga archaeological dig!

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[Editor's note: This event has been cancelled due to the weather.]


The Clinton B. Ford Observatory will be open for a public viewing this Friday, May 1, from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m.

This event is open to the public. If you are a supervisor whose employees do not have access to this message, please post and distribute.

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Heading home for the summer and not sure how it's going to go?

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(Drum roll.........) YOU! Expand your horizons by experiencing the best little college town in the U.S. during the most delightful time of the year on the most beautiful campus of one of America's Top 10 BEST colleges. 

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Water aerobics classes will be offered during finals week.

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It is with great pleasure that the RA Recognition Committee announces the winners of the Block 4 Awards.

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Vivian Bruce Conger, associate professor of history, has been selected as a 2009-2010 American Philosophical Society Library Resident Fellow.

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The Ithacan has once again been named the best non-daily student newspaper in the Northeast by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). The SPJ -- the largest professional organization of reporters and editors in the country -- presented the paper with the First Place Mark of Excellence Award at its Region 1 conference on April 25 in Philadelphia.

In addition, senior Jennifer Nevins's story, "That's How They Roll," about a local roller derby team, won the First Place Mark of Excellence Award in the feature writing category. Senior Erica R. Hendry's "Jazz Man," a profile of recently retired music professor Steve Brown, took second place in the feature writing category. The stories appeared in the October 23, 2008, and April 24, 2008, issues of the Ithacan, respectively.

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John Fracchia's films were selected for the first annual film festival of the National Dance Association at its annual conference in Tampa, Florida on April 2, 2009.  

He screened Danse Enchantée, Celestial Somesthesis, and Outside-In(finite) -- the latter two of which were also shown at the Handwerker Gallery in January as part of the "Thursdays at the Handwerker" series.

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Lis Maurer, coordinator of the Center for LGBT Education, Outreach, and Services, has authored a book chapter.

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