November 29, 2022
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College Briefing: April 23

Students receive award for campus involvement 

Ten graduating seniors have received the Campus Life Award, which is given each year to a select group of graduating seniors to recognize their outstanding contributions to Ithaca College. In order to be nominated for this award, students must have been extensively involved in campus life and have demonstrated significant leadership abilities and accomplishments.

The Campus Life Awards Committee selected the recipients of the 2014–15 Campus Life Awards, which were announced April 19. The awards reception for the winners will be held May 16. This year’s recipients are: Morgan Allen, Samantha Gibble, Mary Claire Hartford, Gregory Johnson, Crystal Kayiza, Aaron Lipford, Mia O’Brien, Hannah Oppenheim, Ayesha Patel and
Leonard Slutsky.

Book talk to recognize professor’s new release

The Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity will host a  book talk and discussion for the upcoming release of Paula Ioanide’s book, “The Emotional Politics of Racism: How Feelings Trump Facts in an Era of Colorblindness.”  Ioanide is an associate professor in the CSCRE. Flavorwire Magazine named the book one of the “10 Must-Read Academic Books for 2015.” The book is now available for pre-order through Stanford University Press and

The talk will be held from 7–9 p.m. April 28 in the Handwerker Gallery and will examine the emotional dimensions of racism, particularly as they relate to contemporary public views on crime, terrorism, immigration and welfare. The talk is free and open to the public and will feature artist performances.

Ioanide’s teaching and work focuses on the negative effects of present-day inequalities and injustices, with examination of issues including mass incarceration, militarized policing,
anti-immigrant discrimination and increased poverty.

End-of-year celebration to be held in A&E Center

An end-of-the-year celebration, IC Kicks Back, hosted by the Office of Student Affairs and Campus Life, will run from 2–6 p.m. May 1 in the Athletics and Events Center. The event will have a rock-climbing wall, an inflatable gladiator joust and a photo booth. Dining services will provide a barbeque, and the Student Activities Board will provide snacks.

The event will feature performances by Grammy-nominated band Hiatus Kaiyote with IC Beatbox, junior Tyler Dance as disk jockey and sophomore San Williams. The performances are sponsored by the Bureau of Concerts.

The event is only open to the college community, and attendees must bring their Ithaca College ID card to get in.

Business school to hold farewell for interim dean

A farewell reception for Jim Simpson, the interim dean for the School of Business, as well as Athena Zhang, assistant professor in the Department of Finance and International Business, will be held from 4–5 p.m. April 29 in the second-floor atrium of the business school.

Simpson was named interim dean in June of last year after retiring from teaching at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. He replaced Mary Ellen Zuckerman, who became provost and vice president of academic affairs at SUNY Brockport. Simpson will return to Alabama at the end of May. Zhang will leave for a position at California State University at Chico. Zhang holds a doctorate degree in finance from Washington State University and has been at the college since 2009.

The college is in the process of selecting a permanent dean. Three candidates for the permanent position have visited the college to give presentations to an open meeting of students, faculty and staff. The three candidates for the position are: Sean Reid, associate dean of the School of Business at Quinnipiac University; Pat Dickson, associate dean of undergraduate programs and associate professor at Wake Forest University’s School of Business and former president of the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship; and Jeff Weiss, adjunct professor of business administration in the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

IC Progressives to host events for Earth Week

In celebration of Earth Day, IC Progressives will host a bonfire at 7:30 p.m. April 23 on the Campus Center Quad. Electronics are discouraged, and students are encouraged to bring musical instruments, games and food. This event is a part of the Earth Week celebrations from April 19–26.

Upcoming events include a tour of the Permaculture Garden on April 24 outside of Phillips Hall and a nature walk on April 25. Also on April 25, there will be a benefit concert in IC Square advocating the end of the elephant ivory trade. Admission is $5, and proceeds will be donated to a charity dedicated to stopping elephant poaching. IC Progressives will co-host a dog wash with IC Animal Rights on April 26.

Between April 19 and 23, IC Progressives hosted a presentation on clean energy, a screening of a documentary about hemp production called “Bringing it Home,” a mushroom workshop and a climate change discussion. IC Progressives is promoting the events using the hashtag #ICEarthWeek.