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The holidays are over, students have returned from break, and we have all returned to our regular routines. The Caring and Sharing Committee is also "winding down" from the busy holiday season, and we wanted to be sure that everyone knows how much we appreciate all of the wonderful contributions made by the employees and students here at IC.

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Master Composter Classes

Contributed by Mark Darling on 01/27/2005 

The Compost Education Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County is an exciting volunteer opportunity in Tompkins County.

Every year the Compost Education Program trains a new group of master composters. This year, training sessions are scheduled for ten consecutive Thursday evenings, February 17-April 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. All aspects of composting are covered, including the basic science of composting, systems and methods for both indoor and outdoor composting, troubleshooting, and composting use.

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Winter blahs have you down? Feeling down in the dumps with all the extra pounds from the holidays? It's time to break out and do something nice for yourself!

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The spring 2005 Oracle Honor Society induction ceremony will be held on Monday, March 14, at 7:00 p.m. in the Emerson Suites, Campus Center.

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On behalf of the president, Peggy R. Williams, I am pleased to announce the selection of The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien for the Summer 2005 First-Year Reading Initiative. The novel reflects on memories of the war in Viet Nam, and on the connections between past and future, between memory and imagination.

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Please join us at 7:00 pm on Thursday, January 27, for personal essay readings by Elizabeth Lawson and Chris Reali of the Department of Writing.

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On Monday, January 31, Career Services will present a Coffee Talk series event, Coffee Break 101: What Employers Really Want.

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Blood Drive

Contributed by Cynthia Smith on 01/25/2005 

It's that time of the year again. February 7 is our winter holiday blood drive from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm in Emerson Suites in Campus Center.

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RecycleMania Begins

Contributed by Mark Darling on 01/25/2005 

Can Ithaca College beat the Ivy League? On January 30, "RecycleMania" hits Ithaca College. Until April 9, the College will engage in friendly competition with 48 other colleges and universities across the country, including Harvard, Yale, and Dartmouth, to determine which school can recycle the most.

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OSCAR's House Cleaning

Contributed by Mark Darling on 01/25/2005 

OSCAR, the Office Supply Collection and Reuse Center, needs to clear out surplus inventory and will be open this Thursday from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. There will be treats for all.

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The Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity is pleased to announce the online publication of its inaugural issue of the CSCRE Newsletter.

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ESPN Media Strategist to Visit

Contributed by Melissa Gattine on 01/24/2005 

Sharon Otterman '91 will be returning to her alma mater for a three-day visit February 7-9 as the 2005 Skip Landen Professional in Residence.

Otterman is the vice president for media strategy at ESPN. She is responsible for broadcast promotions, media planning, and return on marketing investment for ESPN and its networks.

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Baritone Randie Blooding will offer a free faculty recital in collaboration with pianist Kathy Hansen on Friday, January 28, at 8:15 pm in the Hockett Family Recital Hall of the James J. Whalen Center for Music.

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Tarr's Film at Angelika NewFilmmakers

Contributed by Simon Tarr on 01/24/2005 

Simon Tarr's experimental feature Rubicon will screen at the Angelika NewFilmmakers series at Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan on Feb. 2. Tarr's film is an epic technohistory of the human race, entwined with a digital re-telling of the story of Noah.

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ITS is pleased to announce our winter workshop series. The workshop schedule is now available online.

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This scholarship will be awarded annually to a rising sophomore, junior, or senior in any one of the five schools or in the Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies at Ithaca College.

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Danette Johnson, Department of Speech Communication, is first author of "Responses to refusals of requests: Face threat and persistence, persuasion and forgiving statements", appearing in the fall, 2004 issue of Communication Quarterly.

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Free Singing Lessons

Contributed by Carol McAmis on 01/24/2005 

Enjoy singing? Always wanted to sing, but never had a chance to study? The students in vocal pedagogy need volunteers so they can practice teaching people how to sing.

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The Offices of Information Technology Services and Marketing Communications collaborated last year to create Web Profile Manager (WPM), a new Web content management system aimed at guaranteeing that information on our academic web pages is current and accurate.

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Student Information System Update

Contributed by Tom Torello on 01/23/2005 

The College is in the midst of the implementation of a new Student Information System (SIS). The software license and maintenance agreements with SunGard SCT for the Banner student solution were signed in June 2004.

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