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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Today, an estimated one in five women is sexually assaulted in college.*
The month of April is designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United States. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence in its many forms and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.
At Ithaca College, the College Advisory Committee on Campus Security & Campus Life has a similar charge, year round. This governed committee is comprised of faculty, staff and students who promote safety and security through review of campus policy and procedure and assessment of community education and outreach (for improvement). One key area for raised awareness is sexual assault prevention, education and resources; specifically, reporting incidents of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking; to include information on assisting survivors during investigations; referring complaints to appropriate authorities; counseling survivors; and, responding to inquiries from concerned persons.
We want to hear from you. If you have ideas for working together to raise awareness and help prevent sexual assault, or if you are a student who is interested in partnering with this campus advisory committee, we urge you to email the committee leadership at the following: Terri Stewart firstname.lastname@example.org and Linda Koenig email@example.com
*For more information on sexual assault and its many forms, visit the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence against Women at ovw.usdoj.gov. If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted please take a few minutes to review the vast amount of information and resources that the College makes available to the campus community as outlined in the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report, published by the Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
On Saturday, March 22, forty students traveled to Seneca Falls for a day-long retreat to explore women's leadership in the past, present, and future. After leaning about the first Women's Rights Convention and touring the Women's Rights National Historic Park, the students participated in activities and discussions focusing on how the media influences cultural perceptions of women and their leadership roles. The highlight of the day was a panel of outstanding speakers from Ithaca College: Nicole Eversly-Bradwell, Angie Pelekidis, and Cory Young. These three women spoke about several media campaigns that can empower women, the importance of recognizing how diverse women leaders can be, and the best advice for young people who want to be fabulous feminists. Three student leadership consultants, Michelle Ammirati '14, Lia Munoz '15, and Katelyn Gualtieri '16, helped coordinate the retreat, along with the director of student leadership and involvement. This was the final program in OSEMA's 2014 Women Leader Series, and it was a meaningful way to wrap up the programming to empower women student leaders at Ithaca College.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Sustainable Tompkins awarded Ithaca College Public Safety and Emergency Management the Sign of Sustainability 2013 Award for the 20th Annual Law Enforcement Bike School. Sustainable Tompkins is a citizen-based organization working towards the long-term well-being of our communities by integrating social equity, economic vitality, ecological stewardship, and shared responsibility. For an article about the other 2013 award winners, please click here.
The Annual Law Enforcement Bike School is a five day course that combines classroom training with practical application exercises; it is designed as entry level training for law enforcement, utilizing specialized mountain bikes for patrol activities. This course is a longstanding community collaboration with course instructors representing IC Public Safety, Cornell University Police, SUNY Cortland Police, Cortland PD, Ithaca PD, and others. Course instructors hold various and specialized training certifications, including police instructor requirements (in accordance with NYS Department of Criminal Justice Services), International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA), and Law Enforcement Bicycle Association (LEBA).
Friday, March 14, 2014
The Leadership Scholars program recognizes students with a demonstrated record of academic and co-curricular achievements. Students enter the program during their first year at Ithaca College and take on new leadership and involvement challenges every semester until they graduate. Prior to spring break, all graduating Leadership Scholars present a Senior Capstone to highlight who they have become as a leader and a scholar during their time at Ithaca College. The scholars present on a variety of experiences that have helped them develop leadership skills, and this year’s capstones included:
- 22 scholars presented on their leadership roles in student organizations, teams, or student-run productions
- 9 highlighted leadership on community service projects
- 8 spoke about their time studying abroad
- 5 described paid leadership roles on campus (i.e. RA, EMC or President’s Host)
- 5 covered what they gained from internships
- 5 presented on course-related experiential learning activities
- 3 shared other leadership experiences that broadened their perspectives (such as political campaigns or professional presentations)
The common themes of lessons learned from these experiences included: improved communication skills, enhanced time management and project management skills, increased confidence, appreciation for diversity, understanding the importance of serving the community and selecting meaningful professional development experiences.
Congratulations to the following outstanding group of seniors. Their leadership has contributed significantly to the Ithaca College community during the past four years:
John Austin Douillard
Carlene Nora Doyle
Alisha N. Luziani
Jordan A. Mancuso
Ashley Rose McGinnes
Alexandra R. Robinson
Erin T. Smith
Emmalouise St. Amand
Kamila Z Swerdloff
Friday, March 14, 2014
In the last few weeks the LGBT Center has helped the campus earn some amazing national recognition.
On February 19, Buzzfeed recognized Ithaca College for LGBT friendliness and quotes one of our students.
More recently in March, NerdScholar (the education division of NerdWallet) has just named Ithaca College "Most Innovative" in terms of LGBTQ initiatives in the nation. Ithaca College is among six schools in their compiled list of schools that are making innovative changes in support of a more inclusive community. Ithaca College was highlighted for consistently receiving a perfect rating on the Campus Climate LGBT Friendly Assessment Tool Index, and our LGBT student smoking cessation/prevention initiatives and our Voice and Communication Program for People in the Transgendered Community (a partnership with the Department of Speech Language Pathology and the Speech and Hearing Clinic) received special mention.