March 26, 2023
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College Briefs March 3

IC Office of Human Resources  announces new vice president

Brian Dickens has been announced to succeed Mark Coldren, former vice president of the Office of Human Resources, who accepted the role of associate vice president at the University at Buffalo in Summer 2015. With more than 25 years of experience as an administrator at schools like Texas Southern University, University of Houston and Prairie View A&M University, Dickens directs his own consulting firm.

With his strategic human resources expertise, Dickens will work toward innovating current policies for Human Resources. He will engage with administrators, staff and faculty to promote cultural change while further developing the efficiency of current operations.

The new vice president will formally begin at Ithaca College on June 1. His duties will encompass payroll, student employment and talent management

Whalen Academic Symposium application deadline approaches

Students interested in submitting material to the Whalen Academic Symposium can either fill out an online submission form themselves or contact a faculty collaborator to do so on their behalf before the March 4 deadline. This event celebrates student research across all academic disciplines inclusive of both undergraduate and graduate students. Multiple submissions are allowed, but only one form is required for the process.

Participants may choose to submit original works, such as presentations, posters and creative works. The final category encompasses live-art performances ranging from dance, theater and music to visual and media art, including photography and sculptures. A full list of acceptable works can be found at

The conference also requests experienced faculty to contribute by bringing their expertise to the selection and judging process. The showcasing of presentations and abstracts will be April 14 in Emerson Suites.

Department of Writing opens contest to students of all majors

All full- or part-time students may submit original entries to the IC Writing Contest before March 28. This year, participants may choose from seven different categories, including poetry, first-year essay and the recently added section of graphic narrative or text/image. Only one entry per category is allowed.

Submissions should be saved as PDF documents regardless of genre and emailed to Winners will be contacted directly by the Department of Writing no later than April 18.

The winning submissions will be read at an honorary prize-giving ceremony in the Hand-werker Gallery, then eventually published on the Department of Writing’s website.

Roy H. Park School to honor Women in Media during March

IC Women in Communications, The Studio and Women Empowered will help the Roy H. Park School of Communications celebrate the contributions of women in the communication industry throughout the month of March.

Among the events to be hosted by the Park School are a one-credit mini-course open to students across disciplines, special media screenings in the Center Ithaca building and panel discussions with alumni working in public relations and
marketing for notable celebrities. Guest speakers will present through lectures and via Skype.

The Park School will also host The Jessica Savitch Award of Distinction for Excellence in Journalism on March 18 in New York City to honor broadcaster Barbara Walters. Students interested in this event should contact Dean Diane Gayeski for more information, as seats are limited.

DIIS to schedule major network maintenance during spring break

Systems like myHome, HomerConnect and Sakai will be unavailable to users both on and off campus from late evening March 12 into midday March 13 due to ongoing maintenance.

Students in residence halls during the weekend will have normal access to sites not directly affiliated with the college, with the exception of Outlook.

Workers plan to have the necessary maintenance completed by no later than 1 p.m. on March 13. The service desk at Digital Instruction and Information Services can address any questions or concerns.

College to host Career Expo that will educate young adults

Ithaca College will host a Career Expo to inform young adults ages 17–24 about career opportunities 10 a.m.–2 p.m. March 17 in Emerson Suites. Career expos are also referred to as job fairs, where employers provide information about their companies and job opportunities. The event is co-sponsored in part by Tompkins County Youth Services and Cayuga Radio Group.