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Submission deadlines for short-term, faculty-led courses to be taught abroad in 2015-16 are approaching. Any faculty member interested in leading such a course abroad during the 2015-16 academic year is encouraged to be in touch with the Office of International Programs to begin discussing ideas for such programs.

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The Office of International Programs (OIP) would like to invite all administrators, faculty and staff members to attend our upcoming workshops designed to assist in the development of short-term study abroad programs.

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Choosing a topic, identifying scholarly resources, and locating primary resources are skills that are often challenging for students. In response, the IC Library has developed a set of guides and interactive tutorials called Research 101.

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Join James Eavenson for a discussion and demonstration of healthy management of back pain this Thurs. Sept. 4th from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Human Resources Conference Room (PRWC GL52). 

The best prevention for back pain is movement.  Build a strong, healthy and flexible back through Iyengar yoga exercise and guided relaxation.

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NMC On the Horizon > Rearranging Learning Spaces + DISCUSSION
Wednesday September 3, 2014 – 11:00-12:30 – in the CFE (Gannett 316)

Join the TELE Collaborative in a discussion about Rearranging Learning Spaces 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 CFE.

Sign up through the Register Here Now! link at the IC Events Calendar

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Instructional Development Fund (IDF) grants fall into one of two categories.  Direct Course Enhancement and Diversity/International Projects.  Proposals are due in the Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center, by September 15, November 15, February 15, and April 15.  If the 15th falls on a weekend, proposals will be due the next week day.  Guidelines and application forms may be found at https://www.ithaca.edu/cfe/.

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Submission deadlines for short-term, faculty-led courses to be taught abroad in 2015-16 are approaching. Any faculty member interested in leading such a course abroad during the 2015-16 academic year is encouraged to be in touch with the Office of International Programs to begin discussing ideas for such programs.

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The Office of International Programs (OIP) would like to invite all administrators, faculty and staff members to attend our upcoming workshops designed to assist in the development of short-term study abroad programs.

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Dr. Donathan Brown has contributed the sole chapter on American immigration reform in a larger volume titled 2012 U.S. Presidential Election: Challenges and Expectations. Published by Jagielloian University Press in Krakow, Poland, the project includes contributions from international scholars in political science, law, and American Studies.

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Submitted by Linda Petrosino, Interim Provost

Please join me on Thursday, September 4th for the first Faculty Colloquium of the academic year.  

Dr. Sandra Steingraber, Distinguished Scholar in Residence in the Department of Environmental Studies and Science in the School of Humanities and Sciences, Steingraber has dedicated her career to exploring the links between public health and the environment with a special focus on chemical contamination and climate change. Dr. Steingraber will be presenting “Neutrality Advocacy, and Morality in a Time of Climate Emergency: The Role of Science in the Climate Change Movement.” This talk will including research findings from her new book in progress, as well dispatches from Steingraber’s ongoing work as a science advisor to Americans Against Fracking, co-founder of Concerned Health Professionals of New York, and recruiter for the People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21.

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Faculty Council is soliciting nominations for faculty members interested in serving on the Provost Search Committee. Faculty Council will recommend a total of 3 faculty members elected by the general faculty to serve, with President Rochon selecting the other 3 in consultation with the Faculty Council Executive Committee, for a total of 6 faculty members on the 11 person committee. It is hoped that this process will balance the committee with a variety of perspectives.

If you are interested in serving or nominating someone, please send a short statement of interest and qualifications to rothbart@ithaca.edu or facultycouncilchair@ithaca.edu NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27, 9:00 AM.

 

Ithaca College's Summer College for High School Students is looking for workshop proposals.

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Contributed on behalf of Wade Pickren, PhD, Director, Sponsored Research

All faculty planning to conduct research or classroom activity involving recombinant DNA or any potentially bio-hazardous material, including pathogens, biological toxins, or human cells, tissues, organs or fluids must obtain prior approval from the Institutional Biosafety Committee before undertaking that activity. This committee provides federally-mandated oversight of activities that present risk of infection or illness in humans.

Federal guidelines require that applicants possess prior experience with a particular agent or procedure, and those supervising the activity should be familiar with proper safety precautions, procedures involving storage, and disposal. A link to federal guidelines can be found on the Institutional Biosafety website – http://www.ithaca.edu/biosafety/.

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Submitted on behalf of Interim Provost Linda Petrosino

As we look forward to the beginning of a new academic year, I would like to remind all faculty members of the following opening year events:

 

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Contributed on behalf of Wade Pickren, PhD, Director, Sponsored Research

All faculty planning to conduct research or classroom activity involving live vertebrate animals for research and/or teaching must obtain prior approval from the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) before undertaking that activity. This committee provides federally-mandated oversight of all activities that have a direct impact on the well-being of animals.

Ithaca College’s animal use program is managed in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local regulations.  A link to federal guidelines can be found on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee website –http://www.ithaca.edu/iacuc/.

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In response to requests by faculty for a statement regarding services for students with disabilities, here is a concise insert for inclusion in course syllabi:

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Faculty members play an important role in the lives of students that extends beyond the teaching of course material. The staff of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) recognizes faculty’s potential to influence student’s attitudes about mental health care. We know the stigma about accessing mental health services cause some students to suffer needlessly. Therefore, we invite you to partner with us to identify students at risk, reach out to them, or to report your concerns via the Students at Risk Initiative.

 

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The College's grade submission policy allows the provost to change the date that final semester grades are due in any given semester in order to accommodate various calendar issues that might arise. Based on significant input from faculty, the school deans' offices, and the Office of the Registrar, the Provost's Office has decided to change the date that final semester grades are due in the fall 2014 semester.

For the fall of 2014 only, final semester grades will be due on Tuesday, December 30 at noon. This will serve as an opportunity to gather data on the implications of such a move that can then inform a discussion in spring 2015 about whether or not an ongoing policy change for the final semester grade submission deadline is in order.

Thank you.

Brian D. Scholten
Registrar

The Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs (OSEMA) will be sending students on two volunteer trips during the 2014 Fall Break. One adviser is needed for trip that will take place at the Syracuse Rescue Mission.

The RM campus has an emergency shelter, day center and serves three meals a day at their food services center. On any given night, they have over 250 men sleeping under their roof.  Each day, volunteers at the Rescue Mission serve over 725 meals to men, women and children who are food insecure. Trip advisers will assist by accompanying students on their volunteer excursion, helping with oversight during the trip, managing the group's funds while on the trip, and assisting with driving responsibilities.

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The following is sent on behalf of Interim Provost Petrosino:

In the coming academic year, the Office of Civic Engagement will be headed by a three-person leadership team.  A Faculty Director of Service Learning will be responsible for the support and advancement of service learning and a lead staff member will be responsible for the support and advancement of student volunteer activities.  Both will serve under the oversight of the Director of Civic Engagement whose job will be to bring coordination to our volunteer and service learning efforts along lines of national best practices.  Effective September 1, Laurie Worrall will serve as IC’s Director of Civic Engagement while continuing in her statewide role as Executive Director of New York Campus Compact. 

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