November 26, 2022
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College Briefs Dec. 1

Unidentified man found shot dead near IC campus in Los Angeles

A man was found dead outside of the Ithaca College Los Angeles campus Nov. 29.

Dean Diane Gayeski said in an announcement the man seemed to be “targeted” and was killed by a gunshot wound. Gayeski said the incident did not seem to be a random act of violence, according to police, but that all students at the ICLA campus have been accounted for and have been reported safe.

“While we believe this was an isolated incident, the safety and well-being of our students is paramount, and the complex will be increasing security measures and patrols as our students finish out their final week in Los Angeles,” Gayeski said.

The announcement did not specify the identity of the man but said he was found dead in a parking structure located near the housing complex for the ICLA program. Gayeski said that if anyone has any questions or concerns about the incident, they can call the Roy H. Park School of Communications Dean’s Office at 607-274-1021 or the ICLA campus at 323-851-6199.

IC theater to put on production of musical ‘The Last Five Years’

“The Last Five Years,” Jason Robert Brown’s musical, which, in 2014, was produced as a movie starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan ’07, will be performed at Ithaca College. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. Dec. 3, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 4, and 8 p.m. Dec. 5 on the Earl McCarroll Studio Theatre stage in the Dillingham Center. Senior Adam Lee Secor is directing the production, and sophomore Jacob Kerzner is serving as music director. Tickets are free and can be reserved online at Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

The musical showcases the love story of two characters, Jamie and Cathy, from beginning to end, from both of their perspectives and in two separate perceptions of time. Cathy’s portion of the story begins with the end of the relationship, while Jamie’s begins at its origin. Secor said the production will explore a particular scene in which Jamie returns home to confront Cathy at the end of their relationship, while Cathy is simultaneously remembering its beginnings.

The composer wrote the piece during his divorce with his first wife and showcased some songs at the college while it was still being written. Cast members include juniors Danny Hayward and Kelsey Seaman and sophomores Joshua Altenburg and Juliana Betancur.

School of Communications hires director of technical operations

The Roy H. Park School of Communications has hired Roger Raiford as its new director of technical operations. Raiford will replace David Priester, who retired from this position in September.

Raiford has worked in both the engineering and producing aspects of media. Most recently, he worked as the head of technical operations for the Americas at the Al Jazeera Network and helped to build and launch the network’s studios and production system. Before that, he served as a bureau manager for the Associated Press and as a production manager for CBS in New York City. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in film and television from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

College basketball teams to host promotional events during games

The Ithaca College men’s and women’s basketball teams will host a promotional event during their upcoming double-header games against Wells College at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 in Ben Light Gymnasium.

The event will include a $10,000 halftime contest for both games, music by DJ Almand and food provided by Italian Carry Out. The first 50 student attendees will receive a white Ithaca College
Athletics T-shirt.

Music students to be featured in new vocal-performance series

Music students studying voice will produce a new series called Tuesday at 12, which will feature freshman Molly Ferguson, junior Juliana Child and seniors Lauren Hoalcraft, Abigail Rogers and Ann-Marie Iacoviello. The first performance will take place at noon Dec. 6 in the Hockett Family Recital Hall in the James J. Whalen Center for Music.

The Tuesday at 12 series has been established to provide students in the School of Music with more performance opportunities. All members of the campus community are invited  to attend.