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Ithaca College to Greet Incoming Students with Convocation and Community Picnic

ITHACA, NY—Ithaca College will officially welcome some 1,800 incoming students to campus on Monday, Aug. 26, with the annual Convocation ceremony and community picnic. Convocation is slated to begin at 11 a.m. in Glazer Arena of the Athletics & Events Center. A long-standing custom, the event introduces new students to the Ithaca College learning community and helps to set an academic context for their college careers.

President Tom Rochon will deliver the main address. Also offering remarks will be Marisa Kelly, provost and vice president for educational affairs; Tom Grape ’80, chair of the Ithaca College Board of Trustees; and Cedrick-Michael Simmons ’14, president of the Student Government Association.

Recognized at the ceremony will be the five recipients of the 2012–13 Faculty Excellence Awards, which honor demonstrated excellence in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service:
• Mark Fonder, Professor of Music Education
• Hormoz Movassaghi, Professor of Finance and International Business
• Gary Sforzo, Professor of Exercise and Sport Sciences
• Michael Trotti, Associate Professor of History
• Gossa Tsegaye, Assistant Professor of Television-Radio

There will also be a brief video presentation featuring students and faculty demonstrating “Ithaca College in Action.”

The annual community picnic — designed to bring first-year students closer together with faculty, staff and administrators — will be held on the Campus Center quad immediately following the ceremony.

Members of the Class of 2017 will gather the following day in small groups with faculty and staff facilitators to discuss the First-Year Reading Initiative selection, “Brooklyn,” by the Irish novelist Colm Tóibín.

Classes for the fall semester begin on Wednesday, Aug. 28.



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