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Academic Year at Ithaca College to Begin with Convocation and Picnic

ITHACA, NY — Ithaca College will officially welcome some 1,550 incoming first-year students to campus on Monday, Aug. 25, with the annual Convocation ceremony and community picnic. Convocation is slated to begin at 11 a.m. in the Athletics & Events Center.

A long-standing custom, the event introduces new students to the Ithaca College learning community and helps to set an academic context for their college careers, which will culminate in the completion of degree requirements and Commencement ceremony.

President Tom Rochon will deliver the main address. Also offering remarks will be Linda Petrosino ’77, M.S. ’78, interim provost and vice president for educational affairs; Thomas Grape ’80, chair of the Ithaca College Board of Trustees; and Crystal Kayiza ’15, president of the Student Government Association.

Recognized at the ceremony will be the five recipients of the 2013–14 Faculty Excellence Awards, which honor demonstrated excellence in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service:

  • Srijana Bajracharya, professor of health promotion and physical education
  • David Brown, associate professor of mathematics
  • Ali Erkan, associate professor of computer science
  • Mike Haaf, associate professor of chemistry
  • Annette Levine, associate professor of modern languages and literatures

The annual community picnic — designed to bring first-year students closer together with faculty, staff and administrators — will be held on the Campus Center quad immediately following the ceremony.

Members of the Class of 2018 will gather the following day in small groups with faculty and staff facilitators to discuss the First-Year Reading Initiative selection, “The Good Lord Bird,” by James McBride. Classes for the fall semester begin on Wednesday, Aug. 27.