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The Office of Student Affairs and Campus Life is still recruiting ushers for Ithaca College's 114th Commencement exercises, to be held on Sunday, May 17.  Many of us have had daily contact with the fine young men and women of the 2009 graduation class, and have played an important role in their experience at Ithaca College.

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Leigh Ann Vaughn, associate professor of psychology, and Sarah Hesse '06, Zhivka Petkova '06, and Lindsay Trudeau '06 have published an article titled, "'This Story Is Right On': The Impact of Regulatory Fit on Narrative Engagement and Ppersuasion," in this month's issue of the European Journal of Social Psychology.

The research showed that when people read a story, feelings of rightness from regulatory fit (consistency between regulatory state and strategic means) can suggest that the story is "right on" relative to feelings of wrongness from regulatory nonfit. Under these conditions, individuals who are experiencing feelings of rightness engage more with the narrative and are more persuaded by its implicit messages.

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Efforts by Ithaca College to raise the final funds needed to build a new athletics and events center have gotten a major boost with the receipt of a $4 million gift from Atlantic Philanthropies toward the long-planned facility.

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Penny M. Von Eschen, professor of history and American culture at the University of Michigan and the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer, will present "Duke Ellington Plays Baghdad: Rethinking Power after 1945" on Thursday, April 16, at 7:00 p.m. in room 111 of the Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise.

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Join IC Math Club & Other Realms on Thursday, April 16, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. in IC Square for an evening filled with board games, card games, and various puzzles!

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This fall Culture and Communication will be offering a Special Topics in Media Literacy: Media Construction of Peace and War. The course meets Tuesdays, 4:00-6:50 p.m.


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Dr. Ismail Mehr
"American Medical Relief Mission to Gaza"
Wednesday, April 15
4:00-5:30 pm, Friends Hall 205

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Biology Department Spring 2009 Honors Symposium
Thursday, April 23 
CNS 115

Refreshments served 3:40 p.m. CNS first-floor lobby.


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Tom Szaky, CEO of TerraCycle -- the company called "the most eco-friendly in America" -- will present, "TerraCycle: Revolution in a Bottle," on Thursday, April 23, at 7:00 p.m. in Textor Hall 102. This Earth Week presentation is the first in the new "Commit to Change" speaker series.

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The Academic Enrichment Services Program now offers peer tutoring for courses in Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology.

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Make life easier by signing up for a convenient and flexible meal plan!

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Reasons #10 and #9 ...

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Please join SGA on Tuesday, April 14, at noon around the Free Speech Rock -- between Muller Faculty Center and the Campus Center -- to celebrate campus unity.

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If you're interested in spending time with your peers and members of the community, IC H.O.P.E. is for you!

IC H.O.P.E. is a student organization that focuses on promoting, educating, and raising awareness about individuals with disabilities. Through service, we will reach out to members of our community and surrounding areas.

So if you like to help people and you're interested in making a HUGE difference, especially in the lives of those with disabilities, COME TO FRIENDS 210 on MONDAY, APRIL 20 at 7PM!

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Remember IC After Dark's last event, A Hollywood Affair? Remember the awesome pictures that were taken of you and your friends?

You can check out the pictures that were taken of you and your friends in the Facebook group at


Take Back the Night
Friday, April 17

  • March on commons -- 6:45 p.m., Textor Ball
  • Rally -- 7:30 p.m., podium in downtown Commons

Take Back The Night is an international march and rally to end violence against women and children. Come march on the commons with us in this most empowering event!

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Unite for Sight is excited to welcome Dr. Seth Wanye, an ophthalmologist from Ghana, to campus on April 20 for a guest lecture at 8:00 p.m. in Textor 103.  

Anyone interested in health care, health policy, nonprofit organizations, journalism, or international volunteerism is urged to attend.

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Writing Center Research Event

Contributed by Joan Marcus on 04/10/2009 

Don't know how or where to begin on that research paper? Then please join us for a Writing Center research event on Tuesday, April 14, at 7:00 p.m.

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The wait is almost over! The free, no-weigh-in registration meeting for the Weight Watchers at Work program is Tuesday, April 14, at 12:15 p.m. in 203 Center for Health Sciences. Meet the leader and find out what Weight Watchers' new Momentum program can do for you!

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What's an academic mace?

The academic mace, first used in the 14th century, is descended from the club of Hercules. The scepter on the mace stands for lawful power and regal authority, and was carried by Zeus, the Greek god of moral law and order.

At an inauguration, the board of trustees formally vests the new president with three symbols of office and its authority -- with the mace being one of these symbols. Come to Thomas R. Rochon’s inauguration and see what IC’s own presidential mace looks like when it is carried in by the College marshal and later presented to President Rochon! (Note: IC's academic mace was handcrafted by IC's own artisans.)

There's still time to get your free tickets for Thomas R. Rochon's inaugural ceremony on Friday, April 17, at 3:00 p.m. in the Ben Light Gymnasium. Tickets can be picked up Monday-Friday, noon to 6:00 p.m., at the recreation center on the ground floor of Campus Center.

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