Countdown to Ithaca Issue #5

Webchat - Course Registration Modules - Virtual IC Unity Summer Celebration! - Office of Recreational Sports - Apple Harvest Festival - Guiding Eyes for the Blind at Ithaca College - A Space for Black Students at IC - Support for LGBTQ+ Families

Video Chat with the ID Office and Dining Services

students in dining hall

Join New Student and Transition Programs for another weekly web chat with the ID Office and Dining Services! You’ll learn about the next steps in obtaining your student ID and about meal plans, Bomber Bucks, and all the dining services available to you on campus!


Course Registration Modules

Starting Monday, August 3, you will be able to log in to Sakai to complete the modules that will show you how to register for your fall-semester classes. (Use your Netpass username and ID to log in.) Starting Wednesday, August 5, you will be able to register for classes.


Join us for this year's virtual ICUnity Summer Celebration!

Our annual ICUnity summer events provide the perfect opportunity to meet current and incoming students, alumni, and families. ICUnity connects Ithaca College's underrepresented groups, including but not limited to students, alumni, families, and other campus community partners who have been historically underserved due to identity, orientation, ethnicity, disability, national origin, or religion, or who are the first generation of their families to attend college. ICUnity provides a network of dedicated academic and business professionals, opportunities for inclusive social interaction, and ways to improve intercultural communication between its members and allies.

Join us for this event filled with music, games, and great conversation!

Saturday, July 18, 2020
2:00–4:30 pm (EDT)


Office Highlight: Office of Recreational Sports


The Office of Recreational Sports offers a variety of facilities and activities—including a Fitness Center (open more than 100 hours each week!); more than 40 sports clubs (competitive, performance, and recreational clubs); intramurals (approximately 20 leagues); and special events. All of the programs will comply with reopening guidelines issued by New York State. Email Sean Reilley at sreilley@ithaca.edu if you have any questions.


IC Tradition: Apple Harvest Festival


Each fall, IC students head downtown for Apple Fest, featuring bushels of apples and local produce, fresh baked goods, and  entertainment at every turn—games, rides, prizes, and live performances. Apple Fest is a great introduction to the rich farm and artist community of Ithaca and the Finger Lakes region. You’ll love the variety of delicious food and entertainment!


Student Org Spotlight: Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Puppy in front of fountains

Guiding Eyes for the Blind trains dogs to serve as companions to people who are blind and visually impaired. Its goals are to educate the IC community and the public about the work of Guiding Eyes for the Blind and its puppy-raising program, including (but not limited to) greeting puppies on campus appropriately, involving others as puppy sitters and raisers and org members, and sharing its presence in the community and on campus. Email geb.ithacacollege@gmail.com to get involved!


Get Engaged: A Space for Black Students at IC

Space for Black Students

Throughout July, IC will hold weekly Zoom gatherings to provide a space specifically for Black students to process, reflect, and be in community with one another, especially in response to the pandemics of COVID-19 and racism.


Support for LGBTQ+ Families

Family Equality

Ithaca College is here to support your LGBTQ+ family! The Center for IDEAS and LGBTQ+ Center would like to offer resources and virtual spaces for all LGBTQ+ families— especially the parents and caregivers of LQBTQ+ students. Through the organization Family Equality, virtual groups for LGBTQ+ parents, QPOC parents, trans or non-binary parents, and much more are available to connect and share experiences. Sign up for email alerts to be notified each time a new event is added to the calendar.


Let's Connect

Visit your New Student Checklist and the orientation website for additional information. Contact us via live chat at ithaca.edu/orientation or by emailing nstp@ithaca.edu if you have questions!



Kevin Perry, Associate Director

Kate Baca, Graduate Intern

Alycia McGeever, Graduate Intern

Orientation Leadership Team

Office of New Student & Transition Programs