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Submitted on behalf of the Commencement Committee

As we prepare for our 121st Commencement on Sunday, May 22, 2016, we would like to provide you with some information regarding the academic procession.  The procession will form at 8:30 a.m. outside in the academic quad.  Please look for the signs indicating where each school should start lining up.  The academic procession will begin promptly at 8:50 a.m. and the Commencement ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m.  All guests will be encouraged to be seated by 8:45 a.m.  The procession will be in the order noted below:

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Ithaca College's men's lacrosse and softball teams captured Empire 8 postseason championships and automatic qualifiers into the NCAA Division III tournament. Women's lacrosse earned an at-large bid into NCAA's. 

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DIIS is planning for significant critical network maintenance in May as follows:

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The Office of Career Services will be offering updated drop-in hours starting next week for finals week as well as for the remainder of the academic year.

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Contributed by Julie Tinkham on 05/06/2016 

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Our dedicated TIAA-CREF representative has openings available on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.  If you are interested in meeting to discuss your retirement and financial planning please call 800-732-8353 to schedule.

We are looking for infants who have recently turned 5 months, born within 3 weeks of due date, weighing less than 30 lbs., have not yet started to crawl on hands and knees, and are developing typically. 



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 Hey, there Sustainable Bombers! Since we've introduced the Coca-cola freestyle machine in Food Court, we've avoided dumping thousands of plastic bottles into the waste stream. Now, we're proud to introduce the next level of Coke Freestyle. It's called ValidFill. You simply purchase a reusable cup and a plan that works for you!


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The planet Mercury will be passing between the Earth and Sun in the morning of Monday May 9. To view this event, the Department of Physics and Astronomy will have solar-safe telescopes set out on the East Plaza of the Center for Natural Sciences from 9am to 11am. (That’s the side of the building facing the Sun in the morning.) Breakfast snacks will be available.

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Posted on behalf of Roger "Doc" Richardson, Interim Chief Diversity Officer

Dear Campus Community:

Since I assumed the Interim Chief Diversity Officer position in November 2015, I have witnessed a changing of the seasons. Not only is our Ithaca winter finally becoming brighter, but I have also witnessed a significant shift in some of our campus community members’ attitudes and behaviors.

In the sixteen years that I have been employed at Ithaca College, I have never observed this degree of focus and level of intentionality on the part of the institution to engage in open discussions and implement policies and practices related to issues of diversity and inclusion.  I applaud the IC community for their engagement and willingness to contribute to IC’s efforts to help promote a more inclusive campus.

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Submitted on behalf of Benjamin Rifkin, Provost & Vice President for Educational Affairs

The Ithaca College Dana Professorship recognizes excellence among excellence. Thanks to the Charles A. Dana Foundation’s generosity and foresight, Dana Professorships are awarded to selected Ithaca College full professors who have demonstrated a continued record of excellence as well as a promise of outstanding future contributions in teaching, professional endeavor in their area of specialty, and service to college and community. Dana Professors serve as role models and mentors for faculty and students, freely sharing their leadership, expertise, advice and experience with the College’s community and others who seek it. Towards this end, the Dana Professors’ activities reflect positively on and enhance the College’s national and international reputation as a center for academic and artistic inquiry.  

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If you use the College’s Qualtrics site to administer online surveys, please be aware that the new Qualtrics Insight Platform will replace the old interface on May 23rd.  Information about new features and what’s different is available here.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Institutional Research (

The following is submitted on behalf of Provost Rifkin:

I am pleased to announce that we will create a new advisory council to begin its work next year.  The Educational Affairs Advisory Council will consist of faculty, staff, and students, and will meet once a month to advise the Provost on matters of concern to members of the EA community.  In 2016-2017, the EAAC will meet on the following Thursdays
from 3:00 to 4:30 pm:

Sept. 29
Oct. 27
Nov. 17
Dec. 8
Feb. 9
Mar. 9
Apr. 13

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Ithaca College is hosting Empire 8 postseason tournaments for softball, women's lacrosse, and men's lacrosse, with the winners advancing into the NCAA Division III tournament.

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Reminder: On Wednesday, May 11th, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in the Clark Lounge, the Humanities and Sciences Faculty Senate and the Humanities and Sciences Deanís Office will host a reception in honor of Michael Richardson, to thank him for his service as this yearís Interim Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences.

Heading home for the summer and not sure how it's going to go? Home - or wherever your summer destination - can be wonderful, but sometimes stressful. If you are nervous about facing family time, not sure how to approach tough subjects, or just looking for some fun summer ideas, check out summer resources for LGBTQ students from the staff of the Center for LGBT Education, Outreach and Services. There you'll find tips for coming out, info for LGBTQ travelers, how to find the nearest LGBT community center, resources for parents, and more. Wishing you good luck with finals, and a great summer break.

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Congratulations to School of Business seniors who scored in the top ten percent of Ithaca College students taking the ETS - Major Field Test (MFT) in Business this academic year.

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Hey, there Sustainable Bombers! Since we've introduced the Coca-cola freestyle machine in Food Court, we've avoided dumping thousands of plastic bottles into the waste stream. Now, we're proud to introduce the next level of Coke Freestyle. It's called ValidFill. You simply purchase a reusable cup and a plan that works for you!


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The Ithaca College men's and women's lacrosse teams, as well as the softball squad, will be hosting the annual Empire 8 postseason tournaments on campus this week. 

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The offices of Admission, Career Services, Enrollment Management, Enrollment Planning, Institutional Research and Student Financial Services will be closed on Wednesday, May 11th for a divisional retreat.


Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 pm (bring your lunch)
Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center

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