Countdown to Ithaca Issue #6

LGBTQ+ Center - Video Chat- Submit Your Photo for Your IC ID - Ithacalves and Bomberbutts! - First-Generation Organization - Express Yourself IC - Pen Pal Program - Follow @icreslife on Instagram

Office Highlight: LGBT Center


Wondering what it’s like for LGBTQ+ and allied students at Ithaca College?

The sole focus of the LGBT Center and its director, Luca Maurer, is to support our LGBTQ+ students. Ithaca College is home to a vibrant community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, nonbinary, queer, questioning, asexual, and allied students, staff, and faculty. Each year we host speakers, films, events, Pride Prom, Pride Shabbat, our popular Drag Show, and more. Ithaca has it all: history, culture, community, fun, friends, and a campus with your needs in mind. We're so glad you're coming to be a part of it and look forward to meeting you. Find out more at ithaca.edu/lgbt and on social media, and contact LGBT Center Director Luca Maurer with any questions at lmaurer@ithaca.edu.


Video Chat: Hammond Health Center

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Join New Student & Transition Programs and the Hammond Health Center in a web chat! You’ll learn more about how to access health center resources and the steps you need to take as a new student!


Submit Your Photo for Your IC ID

ID Photo

Upload a photo for your Ithaca College student ID! You’ll need your ID card to “swipe in” to dining halls, the fitness center, the library, computer labs, and to gain admittance to special events on campus. You can also use your ID card as a debit card by setting up an ID Express account. Then you can use ID Express to make purchases on campus and at select off-campus locations! 


IC Tradition: Ithacalves and Bomberbutts!

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One of the first things you’ll want to learn when you arrive on campus is the easiest path to each of your classes, your dorm, and the dining halls—and, once the Ithaca winter starts to hit, the warmest path. Built on South Hill, IC’s campus is filled with long, steep staircases and uphill walks that will leave you out of breath—and over time, give you “Ithacalves” and a “Bomber butt” from all that climbing! Some great tips for getting around more easily include using “the tunnel,” which extends from Campus Center to Dillingham Center, and cutting through the Whalen Center for Music to get from the lower part of campus to Towers and Terraces! If you are injured or have physical limitations, contact IC Public Safety to request a ride to and from class. 


Student Org Spotlight: First-Generation Organization

First Gen Students

The First-Generation Organization is a space for First-Gen students and their allies and serves to aid in their transition to Ithaca College. They help students and their families navigate financial aid and study abroad, facilitate student-alumni connections, and provide community-wide check-ins. The First-Generation Organization is an amazing resource for any student who is the first in their family to attend college. 


Campus Event: Express Yourself IC

In this time of protests and pandemics, some talented IC students want to express the range of emotions they are experiencing, through song, dance, and visual art. Several current IC students will share video performances, and there will be a chance for all participants to join a discussion to express themselves, raise awareness and come together. Join us for a live-streamed event on Wednesday, July 29 at 7:00 p.m. (ET). Email mlenhart@ithaca.edu to register. #ExpressYourselfIC


Pen Pal Buddies Program


The Pen Pal Buddies program is a fun and exciting way to chat and meet friends before coming to campus. Let's bring back the lost art form of letter writing, but with a modern and safe twist. 


Follow @icreslife on Instagram


Check out @icreslife for important dates, links, and resources related to the Office of Residential Life! Engage with other students and staff and participate in our fun and resourceful contests! We aim to provide information and creating community for IC students.


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