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PT's New Rochester Home

The new campus and partnership with a divinity school make for possibilities including, perhaps, an M.S.W. degree.


Photos by Dave Maley
IC's stunning new site (top and above) is the result of yearlong efforts of three departments; CRCDS president Eugene C. Bay (right) introduces IC president Peggy R. Williams and HSHP dean Steve Siconolfi to an important player.

In the fall the College opened a new center at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. The campus will primarily house Ithaca’s physical therapy program, although other partnerships are in the works as well.

Ithaca College, and most specifically our physical therapy program, has enjoyed a meaningful presence in Rochester for many years now,” said President Peggy R. Williams at the October ceremony formally marking the partnership with CRCDS. “The clinical/practical experience we provide our students is essential to their professional preparation. We are pleased to begin a new, exciting chapter and look forward to a long, fruitful partnership with Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.”

The Ithaca College Rochester campus will bring about 75 students and 7 full-time, permanent physical therapy faculty members to its new site. They had previously been located in facilities leased from the University of Rochester, which decided to take the space back for its own use. The IC programs will continue to be academically and clinically affiliated with the University of Rochester and Strong Memorial Hospital.

“There is a growing appreciation of the significance of the spiritual dimensions of health care,” says Steve Siconolfi, dean of the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance. “This partnership with the CRCDS not only provides for the long-term needs of our physical therapy program, but also gives us a platform for facilitating additional academic collaborations throughout the two institutions.”

The School of HSHP occupies about 15,000 square feet and shares an additional 10,000 square feet with the divinity school. The new facilities include physical therapy teaching laboratories, state-of-the-art motion analysis laboratories, and a lecture hall, and have wireless computing access and distance learning capabilities.

“In addition to physical therapy, students in our occupational therapy program and those conducting student teaching in health education and physical education in the Rochester area can operate from this campus,” says Siconolfi. “With our new academic partner, we will also explore the possibility of collaborating on such programs as a master of social work degree.”

CRCDS includes among its alumni Martin Luther King Jr., esteemed civil rights leader; Lorraine Potter, retired chief of the United States Air Force Chaplain Service; James A. Forbes Jr., senior minister of Riverside Church in New York City; Marjorie Matthews, United Methodist bishop, the first woman to be elected bishop in any denomination; and Howard Thurman, inspirational writer and civil rights pioneer. Former faculty member Walter Rauschenbusch is renowned as the “father of the social gospel.”

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