Wednesday, September 14, 2011
A couple of weeks ago, I got a glimpse of history. Not my personal history, but the history of the LGBT Center and many of those who have been a part of it over the years. As it turns out, anyone who visited the LGBT Center website that particular evening were unexpectedly and inexplicably transported back to the LGBT Center of 5 years ago. In the process of "reskinning" the Ithaca College web presence to reflect a new look and updated logo, somehow little old ithaca.edu/lgbt began directing visitors not to the dreaded "oops, page not found" screen, but to the actual website we used back then.
At first, I was surprised. Very surprised. And then, the images and information on that old version of what we are today - but in a different way - transported me back to that time. Photos of alumni, images of campus that are a bit different than the views we have today, and the names of people who have made important contributions to our campus. Anna, who created that version of the website as part of a course project, who is now a CEO, entrepreneur and webcasting engineer. Michael, who participated in the beta testing of that website and later maintained it (through a painstaking old school process that actually involved html code!), who now manages all the IT needs of a major national organization. It took me back even further, to Braeden, who created the LGBT Center's very first web presence during a summer break just because he wanted to be of service to IC LGBT students. He's since gone on to great things, too, including a law degree and a beautiful family.
And me? I'm actually still here. Though also changed by these former students, and the many people I meet in my role here on campus. I'm so thankful for all those who have contributed their time and talents toward serving our LGBT and allied students, and for everyone who helps make IC a welcoming place for our students. I'm very thankful, too, for the fine folks in Marketing Communications and ITS here on campus, who fixed this mysterious glitch incredibly quickly. As quickly as the old website image transported me back in time, it was gone and replaced by the current LGBT Center website. (Phew!)
But you, too, can take a trip down memory lane. This year we'll celebrate the 10th anniversary of the LGBT Center. Events commemorating this milestone will take place throughout the year, including featured events during Fall Splash/Alumni weekend October 14 -16. Wondering what LGBT life was like on campus 5 years ago, or 10 years ago, or 30 years ago? Come to the panel discussion of alumni spanning five decades at Ithaca College. Want to be part of a new tradition? Run along with me in a contingent of LGBT and allied students and alumni in the Habidash 5K run. Information about these are other events will be available through the LGBT Center website (yes, the current one!), Alumni Relations, Intercom, and the Facebook pages of the LGBT Center and Ithaca College LGBT and Allied Alumni. I invite you all to learn more about our past, and be a part of our future!
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