Board members set aside time during each of our regular meetings for “immersion activities,” programs usually hosted by faculty, staff, and students to showcase innovative work inside and outside of the classroom or to help trustees understand specific programs and areas of the college.
Last week, trustees had an opportunity to explore the innovative and exciting collaboration between Bomber athletics and students from the sports media major and hear more about the college’s new physician assistant program. Trustees would like to thank Linda Petrosino ’77, MS ’78, dean of the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance; Susan Salahshor, director of our PA program; Tim Carey, associate vice president, Office of Facilities; Susan Bassett ’79, associate vice president and director, Office of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports; Erienne Roberts, associate director, Intercollegiate Athletics; Will Rothermel, associate director, Intercollegiate Athletics; Sean Reilley, associate director, Recreational Sports; Justin Lutes, associate director, Athletics Communications; Dan Swanstrom, head coach, Football; and students Sevrin Lavenstein ’21, Sports Media; Peter Raider ’23, Sports Media; Lee Folger ’21, TV-Radio; and Indira Varma ’21, Sports Media, for their expertise, time, and enthusiasm.
IC Community Open Session with Chair and Vice Chair
On Thursday, Dave Lissy ’87, board chair, and Jim Nolan ’77, vice chair, hosted an open session for the Ithaca College campus community. Offering an open session during each board meeting has been a best practice for the board for the past four years, which paused in 2020 due to COVID restrictions. About 20 faculty, staff, and students attended the session, which was scheduled for an hour and was extended to 90 minutes to make sure all voices were heard.
We understand that the pace and depth of the changes that are occurring at Ithaca College are being felt deeply by this community. Much of the session included frank and impassioned contributions by faculty, staff, and students around topics including: the academic program prioritization process, the college’s organizational structure, morale, and campus climate. The board chair and vice chair were incredibly grateful for the dialogue and viewpoints shared.
Thanks to Chris McNamara ’81, clinical associate professor of physical therapy and chair, Faculty Council, and Deontae Guy ’23, president, Student Governance Council, for moderating and contributing to our discussion, and sincere thanks to the session participants for their honest, thoughtful, and respectful engagement.