Countdown to Ithaca Issue #8

Register for Virtual Family and Supporter Orientation TODAY- Religious & Spiritual Life - Video Chat - Declare Your ICC Theme - Ithaca Women in Business - IC Tradition Challenge - State of the Industry - COVID-19 Health & Safety - Join IC Crew!

Families & Supporters: Register for Virtual Family and Supporter Orientation

Family Orientation is THIS Friday and Saturday, August 7 and 8! Today is the last day to register to participate in real time! You'll learn about the many resources available to you and your student and how our community is working to support you through your transition to Ithaca College. Browse the schedule, and register for the sessions you want to attend. On Thursday, August 6, you’ll receive an email confirmation with the Zoom links for the sessions for which you registered. If you are not familiar with Zoom, please visit our new Zoom Support website.   


Office Highlight: Religious & Spiritual Life

students in chapel

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life invites you to step inside Muller Chapel, where you can hear the beating heart of the Ithaca College community. Find belonging in one of many student groups and campus partners, make meaning out of the human experience, and join with people of faith or no faith at all to make a difference in Ithaca and the world. Join us at Sofa Singers: IC Edition during Fall Orientation to engage with other first-year students and experience a sense of community through a virtual platform. Be sure to register for this event as part of your Orientation registration. We’re here to support you and meet you wherever you are in your journey of exploration. If you have questions about religious accommodations on campus, we’re happy to guide you. We look forward to meeting you this fall! In the meantime, follow us on Instagram @IC_Spiritual_Life. If you have any questions, send us an email at SpiritualLife@ithaca.edu.  


Video Chat: Counseling, Wellness, and Spiritual Life


Join staff from the offices of New Student and Transition Programs (NSTP), Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and Religious and Spiritual Life on Thursday, August 6, 4–5 PM (EDT) to learn more about the resources available to help you connect with people of diverse religious, spiritual, and secular worldviews; make meaning out of the human experience; and make a difference in the world. 


Remember to Declare your ICC Theme

The Integrative Core Curriculum (ICC) ensures that you will have enriching academic experiences beyond your chosen field of study. Choose the theme that interests you the most: Identities; Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation; Power and Justice; Mind, Body, Spirit; Quest for a Sustainable Future; A World of Systems. Within your theme, you’ll take one class each in the Creative Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. To choose your theme, log in to HomerConnect,  navigate to IC Workflow (bottom left corner), and look for “ICC Theme Declaration.” Contact Susan Adams Delaney, director of the ICC, at icc@ithaca.edu if you have questions. 


Student Org Spotlight: Women in Business

women in business

The mission of Ithaca Women in Business (IWB) is to emphasize the importance of women and female-identifying students in business and leadership. They strive to help women be the best they can be professionally and to succeed in whatever career they pursue. IWB offers professional workshops, provides support for its members to attend [or hosts/sponsors?] conferences, gives back to the community, and provides a safe space for women to lend their advice and connections and impact one another in positive ways.


IC Tradition Challenge


Take part in the many traditions that make the IC community unique! Download the Traditions Challenge app, and begin participating in these traditions and activities. You’ll become more connected to IC—and earn IC Traditions Keeper mementos. Redeem your prizes at various Traditions Challenge check-ins and events throughout the academic year.  


Get Engaged: State of the Industry


Career Services is hosting a weekly “State of the Industry” series, highlighting a different industry sector each week. Panelists will include alumni and community members who will discuss what is happening in their industries right now and provide advice for people looking to enter that industry. Upcoming panels include Sustainability) August 5), Finance (August 19), and Accounting (August 26).  


COVID-19 Health & Safety

Ithaca College is committed to health and safety for all during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit our Return to Campus website for archived updates and messages, student FAQs, and more about the health and safety precautions we are taking as a community. 


Get fit! Win races! Join IC Crew!

rowing center

Ithaca College Crew offers a novice program for beginners. Learn how to row and get into shape at our training sessions. The Tallman Rowing Center provides year-round training opportunities and ready access to Cayuga Lake. All IC students are invited; no crew experience is necessary. (Best of all? There are no fees!) 

If you’re interested, contact a coach at iccrew@ithaca.edu, or attend the virtual organization fair on Wednesday, August 12, 8–10 pm. Instruction and training will begin in September.  


Let's Connect!

Visit your New Student Checklist and ithaca.edu/orientation for additional information! Contact us via live chat at ithaca.edu/orientation or by emailing nstp@ithaca.edu if you have questions. Look for your next Countdown to Ithaca on August 19; we won’t send one August 12 because we’ll be seeing you at Orientation instead



Kevin Perry, Associate Director

Kate Baca, Graduate Intern

Alycia McGeever, Graduate Intern

Orientation Leadership Team

Office of New Student & Transition Programs