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Friday, January 22, 2016 | 9:00 AM

A course site in Sakai is a great way to share information, assignments, grades, and resources with your students. This 20-minute webinar will demonstrate the process of creating a course site from start to finish. We will briefly introduce the available tools and site settings to help you get started. No prior Sakai experience is required.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 3:15 - 3:35 p.m.
How do you plan for the first day of class or the first minutes of each class? Too many choices emerge, what to do now or what to do later? This webinar session examines why and how to set first day/minutes of class activity priorities. 

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 No more carping about out-of-tune singing (for the rest of 2015). No more bemoaning directors who don't seem to like the art of opera (for the next five minutes). No more worrying whether traditional opera will go the way of all flesh (for the next few days, at least). It's time to give up on my Scrooge tendencies and be thankful for the gifts that opera gave me, in and around New York this past year, alphabetically speaking.  He makes this list with singers like Jamie Barton, Diana Damrau, Christine Goerke, Stephanie Blythe, and more....

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Alumnus and current faculty member in the school of music R. B. Schlather, along with his regular collaborator Geoffrey McDonald, have been named on a year-end list of ten pivotal moments in 2015 opera performance in NYC by WQXR radio for their production of Handel's "Orlando" in April. Schlather and McDonald join the faculty at Ithaca College in the Spring Semester to bring their innovative take on opera performance to Handel's "Semele."

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Professor John Holiday, a faculty member of the school of music, learned that he has been named one of the rising stars of 2015, in classical music, by The Washington Post's Anne Midget.

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 Don't forget - final grades must be submitted by noon on Wednesday Dec. 30.  This is now the same deadline every year for the fall semester.  

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In the most recent issue of the Journal of the Jewish Museum of Berlin (2015), Rebecca Lesses, associate professor of Jewish Studies, has published an article on "Amulets to Protect Mother and Child against Demons."

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Opera Lafayette presented one of the highlights of the Washington musical season so far at the Kennedy Center on November 27th, presenting their semi-staged version of Vivaldi's Catone in Utica with the sublime countertenor, John Holiday.

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The Center for Faculty Excellence is pleased to announce a call for proposals for its Faculty-in-Residence program in the academic year, 2016-2017.  The program will bring together faculty members who have proposed a program of study, reflection, planning, and action related to some aspect of faculty excellence and development.  Successful proposals will link faculty interests to Ithaca College initiatives and have a potential impact beyond the faculty member’s own discipline or department.  

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015, 9:00- 10:00 a.m.
Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center

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In January, evaluation sessions will be held for student ICC portfolio submissions from the Writing Intensive, Ithaca Seminar, and Quantitative Literacy ICC requirements. Sessions begin with discussion of using the evaluation rubric, including norming activities, and evaluators then review individual student artifact submissions.

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Faculty members are needed to serve on the following committees:

Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee: 5 positions (ideally 1 from each school), 3 year term

Information Technology Steering and Advisory Committee (ITSAC): 2 positions, 1 and 2 year term

Enrollment Management Advisory Committee: 3 positions, 3 year staggered terms

 Please send an email stating your interest to


The Board of Trustees has asked Faculty Council to appoint 2 faculty members to the Governance Task Force as described below. Please read the charge carefully and consider submitting your name to this potentially crucial endeavor. 

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Monday, December 14, 2015 12:00- 1:00 pm
Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center
Facilitated by Randy Devett-McKeon, Academic Advising Center

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All Faculty: the absolute deadline for submission of final grades is Wednesday December 30 at noon.


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**Open to all faculty, staff, and students.

December 4, 2015, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center

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Our SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) in a Bottle events this semester have been fabulous. Thank you to all who have attended for the interesting and thought-provoking conversations we've had. Our last SoTL in a Bottle event for the semester will be Friday, Dec. 4th at 4PM at Argos Inn. Never fear, we will continue our congenial and convivial gatherings in the spring semester!

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Thursday, December 3, 2015, 2:30 pm
Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center

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