Countdown to Ithaca Issue #4

Orientation Registration - Make IC Connection - Residential Learning Communities - IC Prepares for Students' Return to Campus - Counseling and Psychological Services - How to Be an Antiracist - Buzzsaw Magazine - Visit the Handwerker Gallery - Video Chat

Complete Your Orientation Registration ASAP

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Orientation is August 10–15— just over a month from now! Register as soon as possible—and not later than this Friday, July 10. As part of registration, you’ll be asked to provide your schedule preferences so you can participate in orientation sessions at times convenient to you. You’ll also be asked to let us know if any family or supporters will join us for Family Orientation on Friday and Saturday, August 7 and 8.


It's Time to Make IC Connections!

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Two orientation leaders assigned to you and a small group of incoming students will invite you soon to a Zoom gathering with fourteen other incoming students. These gatherings will begin the week of July 13 and will take place weekly throughout the summer. This opportunity is especially designed to help you make connections and further prepare you for life at IC!

Consider a Residential Learning Community (RLC)!

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Live in community with like-minded peers! As part of housing selection, you can choose whether to apply to an RLC dedicated to Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Outdoor Adventure, Quiet Study, STEM, HOME (Housing Offering a Multicultural Experience), Honors, Substance Free, Interfaith, Transfer, or FIRST Place. (FIRST Place is a community for first-generation college students—those who are the first in their family to attend college.)


Educating for Social Responsibility: IC Prepares for Your Return to Campus

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President Collado charged a Return to Campus Task Force with ensuring a safe and healthy return to campus. One subgroup is focused on educating for social responsibility by ensuring adherence to social norms in keeping with state, federal, and health department guidelines. Be on the lookout for further information and education about health and safety expectations. It is essential for the entire campus community—students, faculty, and staff—to commit to healthy practices. We all need to take responsibility to change our social behaviors in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Office Highlight: Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

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CAPS provides a wide range of services including individual and group counseling, consultation, wellness planning, tips for how to manage anxiety and other life challenges, personal goal setting, and more. For fall 2020, all CAPS services will be offered by Telehealth only (except for crisis services on campus) and will provide private space and/or appropriate technology for students as needed. Appointments will be available weekdays 8:30 am until 5:00 pm (local time) by calling 1-607-274-3136 or emailing counseling@ithaca.edu.


Get Engaged: How to Be an Antiracist Slow Read


Join the Center for IDEAS and the LGBT Center for summer reading and action groups centered on our campus slow read, How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. This book discusses racial justice in the United States and how you can play an active role in building an anti-racist society. All students are welcome! Groups will meet in July and August to create meaningful conversation and support as we stretch and develop our anti-racist muscles.

Contact either Omega Hollies at ohollies@ithaca.edu or Luca Maurer at lmaurer@ithaca.edu to join, or DM @centerforideas on Instagram.


Student Org Spotlight: Buzzsaw Magazine

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Buzzsaw is a campus magazine working to deconstruct society, pop culture, politics, college life, and dominant Western beliefs. The monthly magazine publishes original commentary on current events, books/movies/music, and pop culture as well as original cartoons, satire, prose, and poetry. Whatever you want to create or write, there is a place for you at Buzzsaw!


IC Tradition: Visit the Handwerker Gallery

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The Handwerker Gallery enhances the academic offerings of Ithaca College with a diverse range of scholarly exhibitions, lectures, colloquia, and other opportunities to connect with innovative artists and their work. The gallery provides an outlet for creative expression, visionary risk-taking, and intellectual discourse where classroom and community collide. Centrally located on campus, the Handwerker is both a hub for social interaction where students and faculty can gather around the creative work and social issues they are passionate about and a quiet place to recharge and find inspirational respite and reflection between classes.


Video Chat With Us

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NSTP is hosting a Summer Webchat Series to help you learn about campus resources and the IC community. Upcoming chats will feature representatives from Student Financial Services, the ID Office, and Dining Services. Register for upcoming live webchats today! You can also view recordings of previous webchats on the orientation website.


Let's Connect!

Visit your New Student Checklist or 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