The Friends of Ithaca College rang in the holidays at their 2015 annual dinner and business meeting. Over 100 Friends, Blue & Gold Society members, and guests from the broader IC community gathered to celebrate the partnership between the Friends and Ithaca College.
During his introductory remarks, IC President Tom Rochon spoke about the importance of philanthropy to Ithaca College, thanking those present.
After dinner, Friends president Laurie Linn acknowledged the Friends Executive Committee and Advisory Council members, along with the Friends scholars. Laurie also acknowledged next year's incoming Friends president, Jerry Dietz '75. In addition, Friends scholar Jennifer Bruer-VanDeWeert '16 shared her experiences as a student and Friends scholar, thanking those in the room for helping her realize her student experience.
Afterward, the Ithaca College Trombone Troupe, led by Aaron Burgess, M.M. '17, performed a short program, followed by the Madrigal Singers, led by Derrick Fox, assistant professor of music education at the School of Music.
For only the second time in 23 years, the forecast forced the concert indoors. But the audience was anything but under the weather! Approximately 200 Friends and local community members gathered to enjoy "Celebrating American Composers" in commemoration of the founding of Ithaca College in 1892.
Incoming Friends president Jerry Dietz '75, Parent '10, opened the concert with a welcome to guests and a heartfelt acknowledgment of Beverly Baker '54 and Baker Travel for 22 years of sponsoring the event. He then introduced President Tom Rochon, who spoke about the importance of the Friends and gave an update about Ithaca College. Following his remarks, President Rochon introduced conductor Matthew Marsit and the Ithaca College Wind Ensemble, who entertained and challenged the audience with a lively performance.