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Mineo Nakajima, president of Akita International University (AIU) in Akita, Japan, met with students, faculty, and administrators during a visit to campus on Thursday, May 26. Ithaca College has had an exchange program with AIU since 2006.

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On Thursday, June 9, The Diversity Consortium of Tompkins County (DCTC), in partnership with the Society for Human Resources Management of Tompkins County (SHRMTC), presents the 2011 Diversity Community Roundtable Conference Event, The New Majority: Moving into the New Decade – Diversity Issues Facing the Workforce.

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The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for Tompkins County and other areas of Central New York in effect until 10 p.m. on Thursday, May 26. A Tornado Watch means that conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms producing tornadoes in and close to the watch area. Those living in watch areas are advised to monitor weather reports for a possible upgrade to a Tornado Warning, which means that a tornado is indicated by radar or sighted by trained storm spotters.

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On April 11, 2011, Pearl Ponce, History, delivered the inaugural lecture in what will be a five-year partnership between the Tompkins County Public Library and the Tompkins County Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration Commission designed to provide opportunities for informed discussion and increased awareness about the divisive “War Between the States.”  Ponce’s program, “Signposts on the Road to Disunion,” offered insight into the key events leading up to the war--- from the Compromise of 1850, through Bleeding Kansas, John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry and the election of 1860.

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Get your young athletes to the next level this summer with IC’s Strength & Conditioning Camp!

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Affinity groups are designed to be a safe place where both staff and faculty may speak on common interests and provide an opportunity to seek and support one another.

The Working Parents Affinity Group (WPAG) provides different perspectives on integrating work and our families as working professionals. This group is co-facilitated by two moms who work here on campus and who are interested in developing a resourceful place for other working parents to come together and share with one another based on ideas that YOU provide!!

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Two new members were elected to three-year terms on the Ithaca College Board of Trustees at the board’s May meeting. Michael Kaplan ’85 has joined the board as alumni trustee and Doreen Hettich-Atkins as staff trustee.

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Alicia Swords, assistant professor of Sociology, has been selected as one of seven finalists for the New England Resource Center for Higher Education's (NERCHE) 2011 Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty. Dr. Swords was recognized for her effort to co-create the service learning for social justice program with the Tompkins County Workers’ Center, her work to offer students opportunities to connect with and learn from a national network of poor people’s organizations dedicated to building a broad-based movement to end poverty, as well as her leadership to develop immersive curricular experiences with a Dominican Republic grassroots social justice organization. As the review committee chair wrote in his letter to Dr. Swords notifying her of her finalist status: “We would like to thank you for your commitment to connecting your teaching, research/creative activity, and service to community engagement in the context of social justice and for pushing the boundaries of faculty work in fundamentally new directions.”

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Off-Campus Process Update

Contributed by Linda Koenig on 05/26/11 

The off-campus approval process has now ended. Students may still submit an application to place their name on the off-campus wait list.

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Patricia Spencer, assistant professor of writing, and her grant-writing class are the focus of an Ithaca Times Story on higher education and service-learning.

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Writing Department Assistant Professor Catherine Taylor has been 
awarded a residency at Yaddo, an arists' colony in Saratoga Springs, 
whose mission is "to nurture the creative process by providing an 
opportunity for artists to work without interruption in a supportive
environment." Writers from Hannah Arendt and Sylvia Plath to 
Jonathan Franzen and Anne Carson have held Yaddo residencies.

Patricia Zimmermann, professor of cinema, photography and media arts and codirector of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, delivered an invited lecture entitled "Towards a Theory of Open Space Documentary 2.0" at York University in Toronto, Canada on May 16, 2011.

Zimmermann's lecture elaborated a theory of open space documentary operating across platforms in a web 2.0 environment, where projects are designed for collaboration, participation, contingency, and adaptability. Her lecture analyzed a range of international documentary Web 2.0 and new media projects emerging from South Africa, China, Colombia, Indonesia and the United States that had been curated for the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival.

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Dylan Hulser ’12 has been awarded a 2011 Vance L. Stickell Memorial Student Internship through the American Advertising Federation (AAF).

According to AAF, “The Vance L. Stickell Memorial Student Internship Program was established in 1989 in honor of Vance L. Stickell, former executive vice president of marketing for the Los Angeles Times and a member of the Advertising Hall of Fame.”

Only 15 students are selected nationwide for the program.

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Joseph Murtagh, Writing, has published an essay in the current 
issue of the journal NOVEL. The essay, entitled "George Eliot and 
the Rise of the Language of Expertise," is revised from his 
dissertation and explores the impact of professionalization on the
form and vocabulary of the nineteenth-century novel.



Writing Department Assistant Professor Catherine Taylor has been 
awarded a residency at Yaddo, an arists' colony in Saratoga Springs,
whose mission is "to nurture the creative process by providing an
opportunity for artists to work without interruption in a supportive
environment." Writers from Hannah Arendt and Sylvia Plath to 
Jonathan Franzen and Anne Carson have held Yaddo residencies. 


Alicia Brady, Ithaca College's TIAA-CREF Individual Client Services Consultant, comes to campus twice or three times a month to provide personalized advice and planning services to help you in pursuing your retirement goals. The dates she will be on campus in June have been determined.

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 Looking for a fun and challenging course in the first summer session?  Look no further!  Popular Music Styles in the Rock Era will be offered from May 31-July 1.

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The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit national competitions providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances of music by ensembles and individuals each year in the United States at the professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school levels. Administered by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Danbury, Connecticut, The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually.

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Keri E. McCarthy, Assistant Professor of Oboe and Music History at Washington State University, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and research at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand during the 2011-2012 academic year, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

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A BIG Thank You!

Contributed by Brian McAree on 05/24/11 

As the chairperson of the Ithaca College Commencement Committee, I would like to thank each and every IC community member – staff, faculty and students - who played a part in this year’s Commencement. The weather held up, although it looked questionable at different times during the rainy week leading up to our big event. The campus and grounds looked beautiful, the ceremonies, programs, and events were well organized and very moving, the food at the receptions was wonderful, the Commencement Eve Concert and fireworks were spectacular, and Sunday’s Ceremony was so memorable for our graduates, their parents, and their guests. The tremendous effort from the entire community does not go unnoticed. So many parents, guests, and graduates expressed their appreciation for how well everything went. Thank you again, enjoy the summer months, and I look forward to working with you again for next year’s 117th Commencement!

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