In June 2018, Rosanna Ferro created our office with a call to partner with and support First-Year Students, Transfer Students, First-Generation Students, Sophomore Students, Veteran Students, and Families. We decided to provide programmatic leadership for two populations each with Jacqueline Winslowfocusing on Veteran Students and Family Engagement, Kevin Perry focusing on First-Year and Transfer Students, Lia Muñoz focusing on First-Generation and Sophomore Students, and Jenelle Whalon providing amazing support for all our endeavors! This fall we launched a brand new pre-orientation program for first-generation students called "First Look," hosted an incredible social for the national First Generation Celebration Day, reimagined our Sophomore Soar program in the style of spark talks and more! We are also currently envisioning and planning for a move from our Summer Orientation program to a Fall Orientation. When we weren't hosting student-facing programs or planning new initiatives, our team embarked on Dolce Delight office retreats to brainstorm and refine our mission.
We actively partner with students, families, and campus colleagues to promote contagious excitement for Ithaca College. As we strive for every student to feel a sense of belonging within our community, we warmly welcome and comprehensively educate our new and returning students on critical skills, ideas, partnerships, and resources needed to successfully navigate transition into and through college.
Our History: Part 1
We've set a mission (see above) and we are now working on getting this mission up on our wall - stop by our office at 325 Egbert to see our progress, for assistance, or just to chat!
In other important and exciting news, we wrapped up the spring semester by celebrating our graduating first-generation seniors at our inaugural First-Gen Senior Celebration and shared news about our First-Generation Center. During the summer we hosted a successful Fall Orientation in August for the Class of 2023! Now, we are now preparing for our third year of FIRST Look - a pre-orientation program for first-generation students. And, we have collaborated with the Office of Residential Life to launch IC's Residential Learning Community (RLC) for first-gen students, FIRST Place, which started in Fall 2019.