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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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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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