Who Are the Friends?

The Friends of Ithaca College are local businesspeople, community members, and Ithaca College faculty, staff, and alumni who work together to strengthen the ties between the college and the local community. For more than 50 years, the Friends have supported scholarships for students from our region as well as other college priorities. Through their membership fees, the Friends have helped more than 350 students from central New York receive an IC education.

On this site you can learn about the benefits of being a Friend and how to become a Friend, view a list of Friends members, and read about the Friends scholarship fund.

What the Friends Do

  • Partner with a leading educational institution
  • Support area students with scholarships
  • Work to strengthen the local community
  • Network with area leaders and businesses
  • Enjoy cultural, social, and educational events at the college

Upcoming Friends Events

Due to the severe thunderstorms forecast for Sunday afternoon, the Founder's Day concert has been moved from DeWitt Park to the Ithaca College campus.

The concert will now take place in Ford Hall, in the James J. Whalen Center for Music at Ithaca College. We recommend that visitors park in the J lot near the West Tower, and use the Baker Walkway to access the Whalen Center for Music.

Founder's Day Concert 
Sunday, September 18, 2016
2:00 p.m. ~ Ford Hall, Whalen Center for Music, Ithaca College

This year's program, "Banding Together," celebrates and cultivates community. Crafted by conductor Christopher Hughes, it brings together the IC Wind Ensemble and our Ithaca neighbors to enjoy "Molly on the Shore," "Colonel Bogey March," and "America the Beautiful," among other stirring works. And what better venue than DeWitt Park, IC's original quad to fete the 25th anniversary of this singular series?

Head to Ford Hall in IC's Whalen Center for Music to mingle with friends, enjoy complimentary refreshments, and delight in band music presented the old-fashioned way. 

With special thanks to Beverly Baker '54 and Baker Travel for 23 years of sponsorship; special thanks also to the Boardman House