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In early December, Staff Council administered a survey to solicit feedback from staff at Ithaca College on the topics of racism & bias, workforce analysis, accountability, employee morale, and disrespect & bullying.  It is our intent to use the survey results as a roadmap to guide our efforts in working with the administration and other campus partners to improve the campus climate here at IC.

At this time, we would like to invite all staff to a series of town hall meetings during which we will discuss possible solutions to the issues our campus community is currently facing.  The meeting schedule is listed below.  We hope to see you there.

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The Fitness Center's Group Fitness Schedule is now available on our website.  Classes will begin on Monday 2/1/16, and most are open to all members of of the Ithaca College campus community on a first come first served basis.  Tai Chi, Gentle Yoga, and Iyengar Yoga are available to faculty and staff only.

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Representatives of the U.S. Army will be tabling on campus, in front of the Office of Career Services on Wednesday, January 27 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Find out information about what the U.S. Army has to offer to students as well as opportunities within their organization.

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

Dear campus community: Welcome back for the start of a new semester. I hope the holiday break enabled each of you to relax and enjoy special times with family and friends, and that it provided you occasions to renew your energy for the challenges and opportunities that await us this spring. As we continue through our annual week-of activities and events celebrating the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., let our words and actions be testament to our efforts to realize King's global dream and our aspirations for a more diverse and inclusive IC community!

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The 2016 Campus Life Award Committee is seeking nominations from faculty, staff and students for outstanding graduating seniors who would like to be considered for this honor.

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Our next "Brown Bag Lunch with the Provost"—open to faculty and staff in Educational Affairs--is scheduled for Wednesday, February 3, during the lunch hour (12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.).  It will be held in the Human Resources Mini Conference Room (garden level of the Peggy Ryan Williams Center).   Please bring your lunch; beverage and cookies will be provided.

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Ithaca College has named Janet Williams to serve as Controller, a position that provides leadership and strategic direction for the college’s finance operations. She will begin her new duties on Feb. 8.

Williams has over two decades of experience in operations management, financial management, strategic planning, budget/forecast planning, proposal preparation and capital projects. Since 2012 she has served as director of finance and administration for the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University, with oversight of all finance, procurement, facilities, human resources and information technology functions.

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IC is growing in its number of students who are the first in their family to attend or complete college. As you know, first generation students face unique challenges, and many find it hard to believe that those of us within the academy were ever outsiders. We are asking for your assistance with helping them succeed in imagining themselves as college graduates.

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Ithaca College faculty, staff, and students interested in the Dana Student Internship Program for the summer 2016 and academic year 2016-2017 are invited to submit applications and project proposals. All application materials must be received by February 12, 2016. Please check the Office of the Provost website - Dana Student Internship Program for further details.

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Transformational Diversity takes our D&I work and our organization as a whole to the next level. Diversity 1.0 focused on representation. Diversity 2.0 focused on Inclusion to ensure respect in the workplace. Today we think that’s not enough and our focus is on Transformational Diversity—a shift to a new level that actually requires us to operate differently. In this stage, we are able to enter the workplace with new mindsets & skillsets, allowing us to transform the situations we’re in and the organizations we lead because we’re actually able to see and respond to greater complexity.

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The 7th annual Engaging Communities Luncheon event will be held on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Emerson Suites. Join us for this annual event that explores and celebrates the notion of community and diversity. This year’s event promises to be really special as we explore the topic of Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Implications for Higher Education, our guest speaker is Dr. Derald Wing Sue.

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We are looking for infants who are 5 month old, 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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International relations scholar Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang has been named as the new dean of the Ithaca College School of Humanities and Sciences. Wang has served since 2012 as associate dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Richmond in Virginia. He will begin his new position in Ithaca this summer.

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 The search committee for the position of Registrar at Ithaca College is hosting two candidates for campus visits at the start of the semester. The search committee encourages wide campus participation and feedback in this selection process, so please mark your calendars for these open presentations and Q&A sessions. 

Dates: Tuesday, January 26 and Friday February 5

Time: 1:10pm - 2pm

Location: Textor 103

Resumes for the two candidates can be found online, along with links to a feedback form that we ask you to complete after attending the session, at this link: 
http://www.ithaca.edu/wpm_preview/site/candidate-cvs/docs/registrar/levine.pdf

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Noel Wheeler at nwheeler@ithaca.edu, 274-3837.  We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

Submitted on behalf of Dr. Roger Richardson, Interim Chief Diversity Officer; Associate Provost

What is campus climate?  Dr. Susan Rankin of Rankin and Associates Consulting, is serving as the outside consultant for Ithaca College’s climate survey.  Dr. Rankin defines campus climate as, “the current attitudes, behaviors, standards and practices of employees and students of an institution.”  The climate is often shaped through person experiences, perceptions and institutional efforts.

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One of Dr. King's greatest visions was a world with communities working together to address their challenges. 

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Every January, the Ithaca College community celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through a series of programs sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement & Multicultural Affairs.

 

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With a winter storm impacting the region over the next few days, the College will extend the add/drop period for the spring semester by one day, to midnight on Monday, February 1.

The extension will provide students who arrive on campus after classes have begun, especially those who are registered for a Mondays-only class, with an additional day in which to make changes to their spring class schedules.

Best wishes for a smooth and productive semester.

Brian D. Scholten
Registrar

The 7th annual Engaging Communities Luncheon event will be held on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Emerson Suites. Join us for this annual event that explores and celebrates the notion of community and diversity. This year’s event promises to be really special as we explore the topic of Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Implications for Higher Education, our guest speaker is Dr. Derald Wing Sue.

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We’re at a crossroads in the area of civility and conduct within higher education. Our expert presenter, Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington, will provide strategies for training your professional and para-professional staff so you can best meet their needs, as well as the needs of your diverse student body. You’ll be able to educate on what constitutes racist speech and action, respond to incidents swiftly and effectively when they do occur, and build a community based on civility and trust.

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