January 27, 2023
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College and City: May 1

Bands to come to college for annual music concert

IC Kicks Back will be held 2–6 p.m. May 2 on the Fitness Center Quad. Students must bring their Ithaca College ID to get in, as the event is only open to students of the college. Students must also refrain from bringing bags, water bottles or containers to the event. IC Kicks Back will feature activities such as  an obstacle course, an inflatable “Meltdown Zone” and a Fire and ICE slide, as well as a photo booth provided by NY Party Works. The Ithaca College Dining Services will provide BBQ food. The Ithaca College Steel Drum Band will be performing with Rubblebucket and Javelin.


Asphalt restoration work causes traffic and delays

Asphalt restoration work began April 28 and is scheduled to go until the end of May. DDS Utilities will be patching asphalt cuts relating to previous gas-line work along Hector Street. The northbound travel lane may be closed between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday-Friday for approximately one month. Flaggers will direct two-way traffic through the southbound lane. However, both travel lanes will be open during non-work hours. Detours will not be posted. Drivers are told to expect delays and rough pavement.


Cornell police to enforce seatbelt laws in campaign

The Cornell University Police Department is participating in a Buckle Up New York enforcement campaign from April 21 to May 5. A Police Traffic Services Grant that was awarded by the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee will fund the campaign. Officers will observe a zero-tolerance approach for any vehicle occupant who does not comply with state seat belt regulations.

New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law requires the use of seat belts by all front-seat occupants regardless of age, and all rear-seat passengers less than age 16. In addition, all children less than 4 years old must be restrained in a federally approved child safety seat. Children ages 4, 5, 6 and 7 years old must be properly restrained in an appropriate child-restraint system: one that meets the child’s height and weight recommendations according to the child restraint manufacturer.


Cornell group to save birds through trip to Southwest

After setting a new North American record for the number of species identified in a 24-hour birding marathon last year in Texas, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Team Sapsucker led by captain Chris Wood will take another trip. In early May, the team will head to the American Southwest following a new birding route it calls “El Gigante.” The goals are to focus attention on environmental pressures in this key region and to raise a record $400,000 for conservation work at the Cornell Lab.

Habitats along the route are suffering from the side effects of changes in land use and from drought. Arizona has many oaks and pines that grow in the desert, but the increasing elevation of the desert is threatening their survival, as is the rising heat in the mountains.


Housing expo to provide presentations for seniors

The Ithaca College Gerontology Institute is partnering with the Tompkins County Office for the Aging to co-sponsor a Senior Housing Expo from 1–4 p.m. May 3. The expo will be held at the Hotel Ithaca on South Cayuga Street. It will feature representatives from more than 20 independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and continuing care retirement community facilities. The event is both free and open to the public.

Linda Story, a local organizing consultant and CEO of Clear the Way, will give a presentation at 2:30 p.m. on the benefits of downsizing living space and how to minimize stress when dealing with it.


Ithaca leadership program open to faculty members

Faculty members are able to sign up for a leadership development institute this summer hosted by Ithaca College and Cornell University. The event titled, “Inclusive Leadership in a Diverse World: Leading the Change Conversation in Your Institution,” will occur June 9–12 at Ithaca College. Interested faculty
members may register online at www.ithaca.edu/eventservices/pod/.

The keynote speaker is A.T. Miller, associate vice provost for academic diversity initiatives at Cornell University. The Cornell Interactive Theatre Ensemble will demonstrate concepts of diversity and inclusion.

The opening event will take place 7 p.m. June 9 and will be followed by three days of active learning. The Institute leader from Ithaca is Wade E. Pickren, director of the Center for Faculty Excellence.


IC Greens will hold board elections in spring and fall

IC Greens will hold elections for chairperson, vice chairperson, treasurer and secretary at 8 p.m. May 1 in Friends Hall room 201.

Elections for the director of environmental affairs, the director of social justice affairs and the executive producer of the Greens Theatre Project will all be held in the fall. Interested applicants are to contact IC Greens at icgreens@ithaca.edu. IC Greens is self-described as an organization based on the concepts of grassroots democracy, and is working to make the world a better place. The political group’s main contact is freshman Joshua Kelly.


Registration open for final driver safety class of year

This academic year’s final Student Driver Safety class will take place 7–9 p.m. May 12 in Textor 101. Anyone who will be driving Ithaca College vehicles in the summer or fall must attend a Student Driver Safety class in its entirety. Students must also be at least 21. Students may register for the class at www.ithaca.edu/riskmanagement/ed_prog/.