Sustaining the IC Alumni Experience

By Kyle Hornyak, November 24, 2020
While COVID-19 sidelined in-person IC events for much of 2020, the college’s Office of Philanthropy and Engagement continued to offer virtual meet-ups and professional development opportunities to the IC alumni community.

The weekend of April 3 saw more than 400 alumni from coast to coast register to lace up their sneakers and get outdoors to participate in the college’s first-ever IC Digital Dash 5K. Promoting social distancing requirements and keeping the safety of registrants top of mind, the college invited alumni to run/walk/jog/roll a distance of 5K on their own and submit their time.

Also in April, alumni and families of current students heard directly from President Collado and college leaders during two Fireside Chats with the President events facilitated via Zoom, a video communications site. Participants learned about the college’s evolving response to the coronavirus pandemic and the Ithaca Forever strategic plan, and had the opportunity to submit their questions and have them answered live.

The college also provided virtual 30-minute meditation sessions three days a week (held live) and continued offering IC Webinars on a monthly basis, during which presenters (the majority of whom are IC alumni themselves) shared their expertise with more than a thousand participants on professional development, career, and wellness topics.

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