Collado also announced that another round of President’s Seed Grants will be available this year. The seed grant initiative was created by Collado as a way to lay the foundation for the strategic planning process. In addition, Collado announced that one of last year’s seed grant initiatives – pop-up pubs intended to give faculty, students and staff opportunities to interact in a relaxed environment – will be fully funded for the 2018–19 academic year.
Cornish introduced two new initiatives sponsored by the Office of the Provost designed to celebrate and empower Ithaca College’s faculty.
Organized in conjunction with the Center for Faculty Excellence, the Provost Colloquium Series will feature the work of faculty members who spent the previous year on sabbatical, as well as the work of Dana professors. “Ithaca faculty are involved in exciting research, and the colloquium series is designed to make visible the amazing work being done by our faculty,” said Cornish.
The Chair’s Academy will bring together department chairs from the college’s five schools in order to elevate their roles on campus.
Collado also gave several important updates from around the college:
- Enrollment for the 2018–19 academic year exceeded expectations, with a total enrollment of 1,655 students for the Class of 2022. Of those students, 24.7 percent identify as students of color and 280 are first-generation college students.
- The Division of Student Affairs and Campus Life hired the college’s first-ever director of religious and spiritual life, Hierald Osorto.
- The college is piloting its first orientation program for first-generation students in order to help ensure their success, called First Look.
- The college’s overall financial health is good, and the endowment continues to increase, standing now at $309 million.
- Thanks to the college’s transition to all-renewable electricity, more energy efficient computing equipment and building infrastructure improvements, the campus’s carbon footprint is on track to drop 45 percent this year.
- The college completed the first stage of a complete revamping of Ithaca.edu.
All-college gatherings are held at the beginning of each semester and provide an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to celebrate the start of the new term and discuss the business of the college.