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Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Taylor Branch will be on campus Monday, January 19, 2004, as part of the ongoing Engaging Democracy and Troubling the Water Lecture Series.

His public presentation titled, "Violence, Race, Democracy: What Rules America?" will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Emerson Suites.

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Simon Tarr Named Chair of AIVF

Contributed by Simon Tarr on 01/18/04 

Assistant professor of Cinema and Photography Simon Tarr has been named chair of the board of directors of the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers (AIVF).

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Accident Claims Life of Student

Contributed by David Maley on 01/18/04 

It is with a great deal of sadness that I must inform the Ithaca College community of the death of one of our students. Erika Watson, a senior from Middletown, Connecticut, majoring in art in the School of Humanities and Sciences, was killed in an automobile accident on Saturday morning. The accident occurred on Route 13 in Dryden.

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Guide Dog Comes to Campus

Contributed by Linda Uhll on 01/18/04 

Ithaca College will have a new addition to the campus this spring -- its first resident guide dog.

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Every blood donation is essential, and many donors are unaware of the constant need to replenish the blood supply.

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New Parking/Bus Permits Delayed

Contributed by Robert Holt on 01/16/04 

As a result of a production problem with the Ithaca College Faculty-Staff parking permit/bus passes by the Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit, not all of the new 2004 permit/passes will be out to all staff and faculty before January 15, 2004 -- the expiration date of the old permit/pass.

The old 2003 bus passes will continue to be honored by the TCAT bus drivers through Monday, January 19, 2004.

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Faculty Development News

Contributed by Susanne Morgan on 01/16/04 

Welcome back! We have exciting colloquia beginning February 3, or next week if you propose a conversation!

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Speech! Speech!

Contributed by Deborah Emnett on 01/15/04 

The Ithaca College chapter of Toastmasters International invites faculty, staff, and students to join us. We meet every other Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to noon on the Ithaca College campus.

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This is a reminder that an All-College staff meeting will be held Thursday morning -- January 15 -- from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Emerson Suites of the Campus Center.

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Dine-A-Mates Still Available

Contributed by George Valesente on 01/14/04 

For those of you who may have missed the initial offer to purchase a Dine-A-Mate book in the fall, there are 19 available at this time from the Ithaca College Baseball Team.

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ANDY SMITH, assistant professor in biology, presented a paper titled, “Glue or slime: molluscan glue proteins that control gel mechanics,” at the annual meetings of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology in New Orleans, La., in January 2004. This talk was co-authored with four IC students: Jan Pawlicki, Laura Pease, Courtney Pierce and Tom Startz.

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To all faculty using videotaping services:

For the past three years, ITS Classroom Technology Support has accepted appointments for classroom videotaping service based on student availability. The demand for this service has grown tenfold -- far exceeding our expectations -- and has begun to erode our primary mission, which is technical classroom assistance and repair.

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Power Shut Down Jan. 14

Contributed by Susan Shutts on 01/12/04 

It will be necessary to have a power shutdown on Wednesday, January 14, from 6:00 to 7:30 a.m. This shutdown is required to perform emergency work on one of the transformers in the campus substation.

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The holidays have come and gone but the extra pounds have not. Why not do something good for yourself? Join others on campus for the next session of Weight Watchers at Work.

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Congratulations to the 2003 Benefits Fair door prize winners. We would like to thank everyone for making the Benefits Fair another successful event.

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On Monday, January 12, iServiceDesk will not be available due to server maintenance. If you have an emergency maintenance issue, contact the Physical Plant office at 4-3225; otherwise, please wait until Tuesday to submit service requests through iServiceDesk.

Thank you!

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Staff Discussion Opportunity

Contributed by Deborah Merriman on 01/09/04 

Have you read James McBride's book, The Color of Water? Why not make a reservation to join fellow employees in a group discussion about this memorable book?

This past summer, incoming freshmen participated in the Freshman Summer Reading Initiative. This event introduced them to the Ithaca College community of learners and offered them a shared academic experience that included students, faculty, and staff. (See "Book Binding" in the President's Corner of the Ithaca College Quarterly for more information about the initiative.) The initiative was an overwhelming success. As a result, many employees across campus have requested a discussion session for staff.

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Stephen Sweet (sociology) recently had two articles accepted for publication:

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Faculty, administrators, and staff can now request books from the online collection available at the Ithaca College Library website, under Faculty Services, and have them delivered to their departments.

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A New Look for iProcurement

Contributed by Gail Wagner on 01/06/04 

iProcurement has a new look! The Purchasing Department would like Parnassus users to note the overall new look of iProcurement.

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