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College Briefing: March 26

Speaker series to host systems thinking expert

The Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education speaker series will continue with a presentation from Derek Cabrera at 6 p.m. March 25 in Hill Center Room 104. Cabrera will be presenting on “Seeing Systems Thinking.”

Cabrera, a Cornell graduate, is known for his innovations in the field of system thinking. He developed and holds a patent for the “DSRP Method,” for distinction, system, relationships and perspectives. The method is based on his belief that these four patterns are universal in the process of structuring information, and focusing on these four aspects can help people improve their thinking skills.

The topic for this year’s speaker series is “Teaching, Learning, and Diversity in the 21st Century.” Cabrera is the final speaker in the
series. He was originally scheduled to speak Feb. 9 but was postponed due to weather.

Football team to host bone marrow screening

The Ithaca College football team is sponsoring its fourth- annual bone marrow donor screening event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 26 in Emerson Suites B in the Campus Center.

The event is held in coordination with the National Bone Marrow Program’s “Be the Match” initiative. According to the organization’s website, the National Bone Marrow Program has facilitated over 68,000 bone marrow and cord blood transplants, around 520 a month. The National Bone Marrow program established the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry, which helps connect donors to patients.

At the event, members of the campus community will be able to register for the national bone marrow donor registry. The event at Ithaca College has produced three matches over the past two years.

Applications to help lead Jumpstart now available

Applications are available for the opportunity to be a Jumpstart leader until March 27.  Jumpstart leaders serve as peer
leaders and advise incoming first-year students about the transition to college. Jumpstart leaders serve in one of four programs: Community Plunge, Lead-In, Experiencing Connections by Heading Outdoors and the Gardening, Recycling, Eating and Enjoying Nature tour.

The Community Plunge program places students on teams and sends the teams to different local service organizations. In the Lead-In program, students participate in team-building activities, learn about opportunities at Ithaca College and meet with student leaders to learn about available resources. ECHO is an overnight camping experience in the Ithaca area in which students learn basic outdoor skills.  The GREEN tour offers students the ability to learn about sustainability and local food traditions.

Applicants will be notified no later than the last week of April. Jumpstart Leader training is Aug. 18–20 and Jumpstart is Aug. 21–22.

High school student dies driving after college visit

Michael J. Dmochowski, an 18-year-old high school senior, died in a car accident while driving after visiting Ithaca College March 20.

Dmochowski, a student at Lockport High School in Lockport, New York, was killed after he crossed the centerline and hit an oncoming car.

Police received notice of the crash at 9:42 p.m. in Spencer, New York. Dmochowski was headed south when his 2012 Chevy Camaro collided with a 2013 F-150 pick-up truck. The other driver, Gary Holmes, survived the crash and was sent to Robert Packer Hospital for foot and ankle injuries.

Dmochowski was pronounced dead at the scene by a Tioga County coroner, Stu Bennett, the cause of death being severe head trauma and hemorrhaging, that resulted from the collision.

The investigation into the crash remains ongoing.

Army conference invites Park’s associate dean

Bryan Roberts, associate dean of the Roy H. Park School of Communications, will participate in the U.S. Army War College National Security Seminar at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The seminar will be held during the first full week of June and allows Army War College students to engage with guests about national security issues. The seminar is focused on issues of national security, and visitors will discuss their views on important issues to the nation’s security and welfare with students, faculty and International Fellows of the college.

Roberts will discuss his research about political attitude formation with students. He is one of 160 guests who will present to student seminar groups during the NSS.

President’s Office starts Fresh Look plan website

The Ithaca College President’s Office has created a website to keep the college community informed about the initiatives included in President Tom Rochon’s March 5 presentation, “A Fresh Look at Becoming the Standard of Excellence for a Residential, Comprehensive College.” There are two websites: a Fresh Look Initiatives website and a Fresh Look Portal website.

The Fresh Look Initiatives website outlines the initiatives for the public.  The Fresh Look Portal is a Netpass password–protected portal for faculty, staff and students to learn more about the initiatives and to brainstorm ideas.