Activist to encourage locals to enact change
From Nov. 17–19, Colombian activist Marylen Serna Salinas will come to Ithaca and speak with community activists about the small farmers’ movement, or campesino movement, in Colombia. Salinas will discuss the political goals of the people she represents in Colombia and relate these struggles to those of activists in Ithaca and discuss how to achieve political transformation here. Participants will have attended preparatory workshops prior to her visit.
Concert to raise money for Ithaca Youth Bureau
IC Concert for the Community invites college students and community members alike to a benefit concert at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 in Center Ithaca, 171 E State St.
The concert aims to promote music, activism and supporting local businesses in this endeavor.
The entrance fee for the concert will be a sliding scale of $3–5. All proceeds will go toward the Ithaca Youth Bureau, an organization that provides programming, education and events for local youth.
The concert will feature local artists: band Neo Project, rapper Bravo Blane and dance crew Greatest Common Factor.
Neo Project is an Ithaca soul jazz funk band. Bravo Blane is a hip-hop artist from Ithaca and GCF is a local dance crew that performs breakdancing and hip-hop.
Community-minded groups both from the Ithaca area and from the college, such as Planned Parenthood Generation Action and She’s the First will be representing their organizations at the concert as well.
Faculty art to be shown in Handwerker Gallery
The Center for Faculty Excellence will sponsor a faculty wine and cheese social at 4 p.m. on Nov. 18 held in conjunction with the Handwerker Gallery’s “Divergent Series: 2014 Faculty Show.” Participants can partake in light refreshments and observe the faculty art show.
The show, “Divergent Series,” features the work of Ithaca College faculty artists from the Department of Media Arts, Sciences, and Studies, and from the Department of Art.
The faculty members featured are: Pamela Rozelle Drix, Dara Engler, Sara Ferguson, Jason Harrington, Bill Hastings, Patricia Hunsinger, Janice Levy, Lin Price, Minna Resnick, Megan Roberts and Raymond Ghirardo, Carla Stetson, Sarah Sutton, Susan Weisend and Robyn Wishna.
College hires director to oversee procurement
Due to the strategic sourcing initiative, Ithaca College has a new procurement director. Dean Casterline, who has worked previously for Lockheed Martin and IBM, will join the college as director of procurement on Dec. 1. The position will determine sourcing strategies and help with the implementation of an eMarketplace solution to streamline the college’s current procurement methods. Casterline will also rebuild a central procurement organization.
Free tutoring sessions offered to all students
The mathematics department at Ithaca College will work with Family Math, a nonprofit organization, to co-sponsor Math Fun Day, which is a program encouraging elementary school students to engage in mathematics in creative ways, on Nov. 15.
The event is free and open to the public. Math Fun Day will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the third floor of Williams Hall.
Ithaca College students and volunteers will help with activities like building structures, creating art and solving puzzles.
Spring break leadership applications available
The Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs will sponsor Alternative Spring Break, in which students can participate in one of five different opportunities for volunteer experience. OSEMA is seeking participant-leaders to head the groups. Applications are now available for interested students.
Students should submit their leadership application on or before 5 p.m. Nov. 14 in order to receive first-priority selection.
All applications received between Nov. 16 and 29 will be reviewed based on the availability of spaces.
ASB participants will travel to Virginia, New York, North Carolina and Washington, D.C. to volunteer in communities there.
Costs range from $225–450.