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Ithaca College aims for new tradition with inaugural Spirit Week leading up to annual Fall Splash Alumni Weekend

Every college tradition has a beginning, and this fall, Ithaca College aims to start a new one with the inaugural IC Spirit Week.

The week of events and activities runs Oct. 8-15, and leads up to Fall Splash, IC’s annual alumni and homecoming weekend celebration.

Rachel Heiss, vice president of campus affairs for Student Government Association, said Ithaca College students have a lot of school pride, but may not necessarily express it outwardly.

“A stigma of school spirit is that it's only relatable to athletics,” Heiss said. “The goal of Spirit Week is to encourage students to get involved and to support the student body in a variety of ways.

“Our students are so passionate about their involvements and we want to recognize this and the efforts they make,” she added.

Lynne Pierce, associate director of alumni relations, said Spirit Week will let current students show school pride in advance of Fall Splash, a weekend primarily focused on alumni. Another hope is that current students will look fondly upon Fall Splash as a must-attend event when they themselves are IC graduates.

To that end, organizers looked to student organizations that host regular annual events and asked those groups to schedule them for the Spirit Week timeframe. They also organized new events for the schedule.

Heiss said, “This way, we would be able to attract sophomores, juniors, and seniors through recognizable, individual events that they may have attended throughout their college career, and also attract first-year students by giving them a full week of events to attend.”

Students who participate in Spirit Week events will have opportunities to win raffle tickets. At the end of Spirit Week, prizes which include a digital camera, a Flip cam, iTunes gift cards, Wegmans gift cards, and more, will be raffled off.

Key events during IC Spirit Week include:

  • A pep rally on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Booster Lot (Lot F). Members of the 1991 Bombers football team will be on hand to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their national title.
  • The Pink Ribbon Ball, Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 8-11 p.m. in the Emerson Suites. This semi-formal event is hosted by Colleges Against Cancer. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.
  • Taste of Ithaca, Thursday, Oct. 13, from 8-10 p.m. in the Fitness Center. Some of the Ithaca area’s finest restaurants will be represented with tasty samples of their best dishes.
  • IC Spirit Day, Friday, Oct. 14. Students sporting their Bombers gear have a chance to win raffle tickets for prizes.
  • Habidash, Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9-11 a.m. at Butterfield Stadium. This annual 5K race is hosted by the Ithaca College Habitat for Humanity. Proceeds go toward their annual winter break trips, to their affiliate in Corning, and to Habitat for Humanity International.
  • Fall Splash Picnic, Saturday, Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fitness Center Quad. Students will enjoy food and activities alongside alumni. Raffle prizes will be drawn during this event. The picnic is limited to 350 students on a first-come, first-served basis. Meal cards can be used, or meals can be purchased

For a full list of events and activities, visit ithaca.edu/spiritweek.

Spirit Week is a joint effort between the Student Government Association, the Students Today Alumni Tomorrow group, and the Office of Alumni Relations. Fall Splash, the annual alumni event, runs from Oct. 14-16.



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