ITHACA, NY — Ithaca College will officially welcome some 1,620 incoming students to campus on Monday, Aug. 23, with the annual Convocation ceremony and community picnic. Convocation is slated to begin at 11 a.m. in Ben Light Gymnasium. For the 13th year, the ceremony will be followed by a picnic lunch on the academic quad (rain location: Terrace Dining Hall) designed to bring first-year students closer together with faculty, staff and administrators.
A long-standing custom, Convocation introduces new students to the Ithaca College learning community and helps to set an academic context for their college careers, which will culminate in the completion of degree requirements and the traditional Commencement ceremony.
President Tom Rochon will deliver the main address. Also offering remarks will be C. William Schwab ’68, chair of the Ithaca College Board of Trustees; and Kevin Fish ’11, president of the Student Government Association.
Gregory Woodward, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, will introduce the five recipients of the 2009–10 Faculty Excellence Awards, which recognizes demonstrated excellence in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service. This year’s honorees were:
Susan Allen-Gil, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences
Barney Beins, Professor, Department of Psychology
Keith Kaiser, Associate Professor, Department of Music Education
Luke Keller, Associate Professor, Department of Physics
Michael Smith, Assistant Professor, Department of History
For the first time, Convocation will also include three brief presentations intended to provide a sense of the research and collaborative opportunities available to students.
Journalism major Zachary Tomanelli ’11 will talk about his participation in the Los Angeles communications program. Lauren McCullough ’10, who is currently a master’s degree student in occupational therapy, will join Judith Gonyea, assistant professor of occupational therapy, to discuss their work with the Ithaca Free Clinic. Associate professor of physics Luke Keller will discuss his involvement with NASA’s SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) project.
Classes for the fall semester begin on Wednesday, Aug. 25.