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.

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

Join the Blue & Gold Society and the Friends of Ithaca College for the 20th Annual James J. Whalen Academic Symposium

Thursday, April 13, 2017
8:30 a.m. - Opening Ceremony, Emerson Suites
9:30 a.m. - Breakfast, Taughannock Falls Room
Campus Center
Ithaca College

At the opening ceremony, theatre professor Kathleen Mulligan will describe her work in India and Pakistan on women's empowerment through voice and on survivors' narratives of the 1947 partition. Jordan Pesci-Smith '17 will also perform an original monologue.

At breakfast you'll have a chance to chat with President Tom Rochon and members of the symposium's steering committee.

More information on the Whalen Symposium can be found at ithaca.edu/whalen.

Join Ithaca College students, alumni, family, and friends on Saturday, April 22, as we clean up Stewart Park and the Waterfront Trail. Our efforts are part of a day of service in observance of Earth Day.

Saturday, April 22, 2017
9:00 a.m. – Noon
Stewart Park
1 James L. Gibbs Drive
Ithaca, NY 14850

This is a great opportunity for local alumni, community members, and students to get to know one another while we beautify our beautiful town! IC will provide a continental breakfast to get us started for the day, and free T-shirts to wear during the event.

We encourage you to bring your family with you; this is a great chance to do some good in your neighborhood with others from your IC community. 

Please register online by Friday, April 14, to make sure you get a T-shirt.

Questions? Contact Maura Donovan, associate director for regional programs, Office of Alumni Relations, at (607) 274-1179 or alumni@ithaca.edu.

Hosted by the Ithaca College Alumni Association and Students Today Alumni Tomorrow.