The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (ICQ, fall 1997) has granted the College reaccreditation for another 10 years. The evaluation team wrote in its report that "the faculty, the curriculum, the students, and the facilities are all very good." . . .
Vicki Cameron, associate professor of biology, has been awarded a $198,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The four-year grant will fund research on the function of a protein that is essential in most organisms and is required for energy production; the research will be carried out in collaboration with IC biology and biochemistry majors. In addition to providing funds for equipment and supplies, the grant provides summer stipends for 12 Ithaca College undergraduates over the next four years. . . .
Hillel held an Israel Independence Day celebration on Thursday, April 30, at Muller Chapel. The event celebrated Israel's 50th birthday and included music, entertainment, food, and a performance by comedian Ellen Steigman. . . .
There was some very heavy competition, but only five students won the School of Music's annual concerto competition. Vocalists Matthew Hoch '99 and William Murray '98, violinist Sandra Lascarro '02, pianist Siew Lan Sung '98, and trombonist Kate Donnelly '00 beat out more than 50 fellow students for the right to play at a February concert with the College's symphony orchestra. . . .
The Friends of Ithaca College campaign for the James J. Whalen Center for Music raised more than $123,000 --- far surpassing its goal for funding a reception area in the new facility. The campaign met its $100,000 "greenroom" goal on December 31, thanks to a $25,000 challenge grant from the Tompkins County Trust Company; the remaining pledges have been targeted for other areas in the building and for scholarships. . . .
On March 19 the Office of Alumni Relations hosted a Council for the Advancement and Support of Education - sponsored workshop entitled "How to Manage Your Alumni Chapters, Clubs, and Branches with Success." More than 30 alumni professionals attended, representing 20 different colleges and universities.
Former staff members of the Ithacan, the weekly student newspaper, met in New York City in March for a minireunion. As part of the celebration, the group collected donations for the Ithacan Scholarship Fund, which was founded in 1994 and now stands at more than $16,000.