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Are you getting a laptop replaced as part of Technology Renewal for Fall 2015? If so, you have a great opportunity to bring your laptop to ITS for early replacement! Since our first Technology Renewal Laptop Fair in January 2015 was so successful, we are holding this event again for Fall 2015.

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The Master's swim group will begin on Monday, Sept. 14 with practices at the A and E pool every MWF 6-7:30 a.m.  Anyone 19+ interested in competitive swimming is welcome.  We hope to offer multiple practices for different levels. For more information email pturkon@ithaca.edu or switherup@ithaca.edu

Submitted on behalf of Dr. Roger (Doc) Richardson:

The Council on Diversity and Inclusion (CODI) has recently been established to serve as a permanent standing council with responsibility for assessing, monitoring, and initiating recommendations to improve and enhance diversity and inclusion programs and policies and practices implemented at Ithaca College.   The Council reports to the Associate Provost for Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement, Dr. Roger (Doc) Richardson.

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Effective at the end of last semester, the Center for Print Production discontinued the practice of driving around campus to pick up hard copy print requests. Instead, WebCRD is now used for all print submissions. Since that time some concerns have been raised about poor image quality on scanned to email documents by the campus.

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On Saturday, September 12, all vehicles are to be moved out of Lower J-Lot (Towers Lot) by the start of the day and relocated to other campus parking locations.  The Lower J-Lot will be serving as an event location on that date and needs to be fully cleared of vehicles for the event, and access will be blocked for a portion of the day.  Parking in Upper J-Lot will continue to be available to be used as usual, as will all other campus parking locations.  

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Submitted on behalf of Muller Chapel:

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Submitted on behalf of Benjamin (Ben) Rifkin, Provost/VPEA

Although it may seem that Ithaca College just completed its periodic review for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education a couple of years ago, it is time to begin preparations for our ten-year re-accreditation visit, which will happen in Spring 2018.  Our self-study report will be due in Fall 2017.  I am pleased to announce that Luke Keller, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, and Bonnie Prunty, Director of Residential Life and Judicial Affairs, have generously agreed to serve as co-chairs of the Middle States Self-Study Project.  In addition, we will have seven committees, each working on one of the seven standards every college must meet to be (re)accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.  Each of these seven committees is co-chaired by a faculty member and a staff member, as follows:

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Xanthe Matychak, lecturer in Environmental Studies & Sciences and founder of Make Better Stuff, is LaunchNY's Entrepreneur of the Week. Featured in the LaunchNY story is her Kairos Light--a product-system that Xanthe conceived at Ithaca Generator and prototyped in the Southern Tier Hardware Accelerator at REV over the summer.

Xanthe teaches Make Better Stuff Lab and Make Better Stuff Studio in ENVS. In these courses students use sustainable design principles to design and manufacture simple products using tools like 3D printers and open source electronics. 

Read the LaunchNY write up here:

http://syracusedesign.com/mailings/launchny/entrepreneur-of-the-week/2015-09-02.html

Most systems that authenticate with the Netpass username and password will be unavailable on Thursday, September 17th for approximately 45 minutes from 6:00-6:45 AM:

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Ithaca College Information Technology Services is proud to announce that the final building in our 2014/15 Wi-Fi project has been completed and now all buildings in the academic and administrative spaces have updated Wi-Fi.  All users across campus should now enjoy strong, stable, and robust Wi-Fi connections!

Twenty-nine buildings across campus arranged in order of academic, student-centered, and administrative spaces were included in the wireless expansion.  The result of the project brings more than triple the amount of current access points (APs) to campus. We upgraded switches, ran miles of cabling, and created an infrastructure necessary to create a modern robust Wi-Fi experience for our campus community. 

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Due to power outage, the Campus Store and MACs General Store will be closed until a new server is installed.

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The Annual Rosh Hashana Banquet will take place on Sunday, September 13th, at 7:00pm at Emerson Suites.

Dress to impress. The cost for the dinner is $10.

You can pay at the door with cash or check or you can bring money to Coffee@Pub on Thursdays from 3-5pm.

When you RSVP you confirm that you will be attending this event, and we should order a meal for you.

All food will be catered by Kosher Dining. Gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian options will be available.

RSVPs will close on Friday, September 11th, so please tell your friends to sign up before then.

RSVP WITH THIS LINK - http://bit.ly/1KqaMrL

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Try our delicious Buffalo Meltdown Sandwich at IC Square! Enjoy a spicy breaded chicken breast patty with lettuce, tomatoes, pepper jack cheese with blue cheese dressing on a kaiser roll - chips and a pickle on the side. Chow down for only $5.99!

Hurry! This pop-up sandwich cart will only be available today and tomorrow between 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM!

Please join us for this one-hour community learning webinar which focuses on techniques to effectively create and articulate a business case for diversity in higher education followed by a 30 minute discussion. Learn best practices for developing a business case for campus diversity, specifically, how to create a template for analyzing, incorporating, and assessing the business benefits of diversity to an educational institution.  This is part of a webinar series sponsored by the Office of the Associate Provost Diversity, Inclusion & Engagement and the Office of Human Resources. Refreshments will be provided.

Making a Business Case for Campus Diversity

Tuesday, September 15, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Eastern
(Time includes optional 30 minute discussion period)
Location: Peggy Ryan Williams Center, HR Conference Room

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Please join us for this one-hour community learning webinar which focuses on techniques to effectively interrupt bias within the academic workplace followed by a 30 minute discussion. Learn how to use a new, innovative, model of organizational change: metrics driven bias interrupters that hold the promise of creating a more inclusive workplace. This is part of a webinar series sponsored by the Office of the Associate Provost Diversity, Inclusion & Engagement and the Office of Human Resources. Refreshments will be provided.

Practical Steps for Interrupting Bias in Academia

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2015, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern
(Time includes optional 30 minute discussion period)
Location: Peggy Ryan Williams Center, HR Training Room

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The Office of the Provost and the Office of Human Resources invite you to participate in a 2-hour session designed to serve as a road map in navigating the hiring process from the perspective of a search chair.   

Topics for this training session address important components of an inclusive search and selection process: beginning with building diverse pools, navigating the hiring system, assembling your search committee, inclusivity in the selection process, crafting interview questions, the on-campus visit through onboarding for success.

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A test of the Ithaca College Emergency Notification System (ENS) will take place during the noon hour on Thursday. It will include a test of the Outdoor Warning System, which features a siren tone and a loudspeaker message. There is no need to take any action in response to the test.

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Beginning at 11:30 a.m. this Thursday, September 10, the U-Lot (Campus Center Lot) will be closed as reserved event parking.  Vehicles parked in the lot at this time do not need to vacate the lot, but new entries will not be permitted beginning at that time.

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Join your colleagues this Thursday, September 10th for this month’s Dollars and $ense discussion. Vice President Hector provide an update on financial results and Dean Casterline will speak about the IC Marketplace implementation.

Faculty and Staff are invited to attend the session, which takes place on Thursday, September 10, 9:00 – 10:00 am, in the Klingenstein Lounge. 

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Carly Hills in the office of finance and administration (274-3118 or chills@ithaca.edu).  We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

Submitted on behalf of Benjamin (Ben) Rifkin, Provost/VPEA

With the departure of former Dean of H&S Leslie Lewis for the position of Provost at Goucher College, Ithaca College is embarking on a search for a new dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences.  H&S faculty and staff were asked to self-nominate to serve on the search committee; the Student Government was asked to give the names of three students one of whom would be asked to serve on the committee, as well.  The Provost, in consultation with the President, worked to assemble a search committee consisting of diverse individuals representing the different disciplinary areas of the School of Humanities and Sciences.  

Dr. Diane Gayeski, Dean of the Park School of Communications, graciously agreed to chair the committee.  AGB Search was selected to provide search and consulting services for this search and Ms. Julie Tea has been appointed as the AGB consultant working Ithaca College on this search.  

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