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College Briefs March 24.

College to host panel March 31 about first-generation students

Ithaca College will host a first-generation panel featuring students, staff and faculty. The panel will take place from noon to 1 p.m. March 31 in Taughannock Falls Room. In an announcement, Jessica LeMore, administrative assistant in the Academic Advising Center, said the panel provides the chance for  first-generation students to share their stories and engage in the conversation. LeMore said such a conversation was needed because first-generation students face unique challenges in their educational journeys. This is the first panel the college has hosted about first-generation students. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Those interested in attending should RSVP by emailing advisingcenter@ithaca.edu.
All are welcome to attend.

OSEMA accepting applications for Ithaca Achievement Program

The Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs is now accepting applications for the Ithaca Achievement Program for the 2016–17 academic year. Applications are open to current Ithaca College students. The IAP is a community of African-American, Latino, Asian and Native American students and other students of color who are dedicated to academic success, leadership development, professional advancement and civic engagement. Members of the program participate in different educational, cultural, social and community service opportunities. The program focuses on four phases that members progress through, which are exploring, emerging, advancing and transitioning. If a student successfully completes the program and maintains a 3.0 GPA, they will be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship to be applied to their financial aid package for the following year. In order to qualify for the scholarship, the student must have filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and have unmet need or need-based loans.

Questions should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid at 800-429-4275. The intent of the IAP scholarship is to help students reduce need-based loan debt or to fill in the gap between other aid offered and the expected family contribution.  

Jewish studies event scheduled for March 31 at Ithaca College

Marla Brettschneider, professor of political science at the University of New Hampshire, will give a presentation about Jewish communities in Sub-Saharan Africa at 7:30 p.m. March 31 in Business 104. The talk is free and open to the public. Brettschneider also teaches in and coordinates the women’s studies program at the University of New Hampshire and chairs the department of political science.

Questions about the event should be directed to Rebecca Lesses, coordinator of Jewish
studies, at rlesses@ithaca.edu or 607-274-3556.

April is IC’s Focus Asia Month

The Asian American Alliance and the Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs, along with other campus partners and support, will present Focus Asia Month. Focus Asia Month is an annual celebration of Asian-American and Pacific Islander cultures and histories. The celebration will feature programs and events throughout the month of April that are intended to educate as they entertain, highlighting important achievements and issues surrounding the AAPI community. There will be six events held during the month of April. The first event will be an Identity Panel held 7–9 p.m. April 1 in Business 111, and will discuss what it means to be Asian-American. The second event will be a cultural dance workshop held 7–9 p.m. April 7 in the Fitness Center, featuring dance troupes from Ithaca College and Cornell University. There will be another panel discussion 7–9 p.m. April 14 in Business 111 about anti-Black racism in Asian-American communities. An entertainment-focused event, Asia Night, will be held 6– 9 p.m. April 15 in IC Square and will feature food, performances and activities. The Ithaca Pan Asian American Film Festival will also begin April 15, and more information will be provided at a later time. The final event will be held 7–10 p.m. April 21 in Klingenstein Lounge and will feature a musical performance by “The Voice” contestant JR Aquino, followed by a meet and greet as well as an interview session with the singer.

All questions should be directed to RahK Lash, assistant director for multicultural affairs, at rlash@ithaca.edu.

Senior graduation fair is March 29
Seniors are invited to attend the Graduation Fair 10–3 p.m. March 29 in Emerson Suites. Representatives from the Commencement Committee, Career Services, Alumni
Association, Bookstore, Senior Week and others will be available to answer questions. Attendees will be able to preview the new caps and gowns, obtain information about guest parking and accommodations for graduation weekend, and get free headshots taken. All attendees will be entered to win prizes like VIP parking passes and Senior Week passes.