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A memorial service to celebrate the life of Harold R. “Bud” Garrity will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6, in the Whalen Center’s Hockett Family Recital Hall. Members of the campus and local communities are invited to attend the 11 a.m. gathering, which will be followed by a reception in McHenry Lounge. Garrity died on Oct. 25 in Charleston, South Carolina, following a brief illness.

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Need to fulfill your ICC Diversity or Gen Ed requirements? Enroll in Winter 2015 Online course CSCR 26100 Watching Race in American Media.

Spend your break watching films and learning about the history of race and representation while getting your requirements out of the way.

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A tech giant, IBM, recently recognized the Division of Enrollment and Communication of Ithaca College as a “Smarter Planet” organization for its leadership in creating dynamic and positive changes in the global education community through smarter use of big data and analytics.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 11:00 - 12:30 p.m. (bring your lunch) (Register here)
Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center

Join the *TELE Collaborative in a discussion about Competition from New Models of Learning with a panel of thought leaders brought together by the NMC (New Media Consortium). The one-hour NMC session will be held in the Google+ On Air platform and broadcast live on YouTube. It will be followed by an IC discussion in the Center for Faculty Excellence.

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Submitted on behalf of Interim Provost Linda Petrosino

It is a pleasure to announce the appointment of Marc Israel as the assistant provost for finance and administrative operations effective December 15, 2014.

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Please join us for a post-performance panel:

Anna in the Tropics: Memory, Nostalgia, Modernization and Context.
Jennifer Jolly (Art History), Enrique Gonzalez-Conty and  Annette Levine (Modern Languages and Literatures), and Jonathan Ablard (History)

Saturday, December 6

Directly following the matinee performance of Anna in the Tropics, by Nilo Cruz (4:15 pm) 

Clark Theatre, Dillingham Center.


All are welcome and invited, even if you didn't go to the matinee!

Did you participate in the red dot/green dot exercise and/or one of the master plan town hall meetings back in October?  By sharing what’s important to you and telling us your thoughts about the campus, you helped direct the master planning team’s effort to set priorities and contribute concepts to support the college’s mission and vision over the next decade and beyond.

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2014 Holiday Shipping Dealines

Contributed by Karen Serbonich on 12/02/2014 

For expected delivery of holiday mail and packages by Christmas, the Postal Service recommends keeping the following mailing and shipping deadlines in mind:

·         Dec. 2 – First-Class Mail International/Priority Mail International

·         Dec. 10 – Priority Mail Express International

·         Dec. 15 – Standard Post

·         Dec. 17 – Global Express Guaranteed

·         Dec. 20 – First-Class Mail/Priority Mail (domestic)

·         Dec. 23 – Priority Mail Express (domestic)

Need Sakai help? Visit the TLC!

Contributed by Tony Tabone on 12/02/2014 

The Technology Learning Center is open for drop-in support and one-to-one sessions through finals week.  Located in Friends Hall 101, the TLC is open from 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday.

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This unique program, offered through the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Running Start and sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs, teaches women how to run for campus-based elective office during college and later in life. This conference will qualify for SLI credit. For more information about the program, please visit our website.

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The School of Music has a grand showing at the New York State School Music Association's (NYSSMA) 79th Annual Winter Conference in Rochester, NY. Held from Thursday, Dec. 4 through Sunday, Dec. 7, the conference attracts an average of 1,800 in-service teachers and college music majors, 890 All-State high school students, and 3000 parents as well as a host of performing groups. 

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The Academic Advising Center will not be taking Drop-In's from 10:30 AM until 1 PM on Friday 12/5/14 to accomodate for a staff meeting.

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Sherry Deckman’s (Education) work, “Beyond the Numbers: Institutional Influences on Experiences With Diversity on Elite College Campuses,” appears in the current (December 2014) issue of Sociological Forum. The paper, co-authored with Natasha Warikoo (Harvard University), draws on 77 in-depth interviews with students from two elite universities. The paper argues that though the schools have demographically similar student bodies, different institutional approaches can have significant impact on students’ campus diversity experiences and reflects Sherry’s larger research agenda focused on diversity in education.


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In today’s world, finding a balance between work and home life can be more difficult than ever. With being constantly connected to our phones and email 24/7, leaving work at work has become harder and harder to do.

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 The article, "Contextualizing the Immigrant Experience: The Role of Food and Foodways in Identity Maintenance and Formation for First- and Second Generation Latinos in Ithaca, New York," is based on research that Weller carried out while a student at Ithaca College. Weller's original paper won the prestigious Christine Wilson Award, presented to outstanding undergraduate and graduate student research papers that examine topics within the perspectives of nutrition, food studies and anthropology.

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Catherine Taylor, Associate Professor in the Writing Department, read from her creative writing in Warwick, England and Berlin, Germany.    

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 Please join us to celebrate Dr. Katherine Beissner and her 28 + years of service to Ithaca College.  Please stop by Clark Lounge on Thursday, December 11th from 4-6pm to wish her well. 

The Student Accessibility Services office is seeking volunteer proctors for final exam week. If you have time available during the week of December 15 - 19, and can give us a three-hour block of time for proctoring exams, please contact us. Our daily seating times for exam administration are:

7:30 - 10:30 AM

10:30 - 1:30 PM

1:30 - 4:30 PM

4:30 - 7:30 PM

6:00 - 9:00 PM

This may be a good time for you to get some grading or reading done and, at the same time, provide a valuable service to the IC community. If you are interested in helping, please contact Kelly Charnley at or at 4-1257 for more information.

Thank you very much for your consdieration.

December has arrived... and so has the newest issue of SH101!

Check out these articles and interactive activities:

  • Capture your calm: 8 small steps to stress less
  • Find your drive to exercise: Take the quiz
  • Calling all night owls: Making your sleep habits work for you 
  • The Job Prob: Making the most of your major 
  • along with many more!

Here's the link:

Have a good read!


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It's officially Holiday Season and what does that usually mean? Gift Giving! Let the BalanceWorks December Newsletter help you avoid over-spending this season!