College Briefs Jan. 26

[The Ithacan] College Briefs Jan. 26

College food pantry to open with updated hours

Ithaca College’s Food Pantry is reopening for the Spring 23 semester on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:15–2 p.m. and 4–6 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. The pantry is located on the ground floor of the Campus Center building and provides students, staff and faculty with groceries and other household items for free. Those accessing the pantry are only allowed to take one bag of items at a time from the pantry with them and need to bring their own bags. Those who wish to visit the pantry at another time or not want to utilize the resource publicly can contact to schedule a suitable time. 

Office of Access, Opportunity, and Achievement hires new staff

Sara Dingee, Coleen Garcia and Kevin Ramos will be joining the Office of Access, Opportunity, and Achievement (OAOA) as new staff members. Sara Dingee will be serving as the coordinator for the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) and as Campus Director for Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Alliance. Colleen Garcia will be the Program Counselor CSTEP and New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). Kevin Ramos will also be a Program Counselor for HEOP and CSTEP.  

Center for IDEAS to host community-building retreat

The Center for Inclusion Diversity Equity and Social Change (IDEAS) will be hosting a Retreat for students of color from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Jan. 28 at K-House Karaoke Lounge and Suites, Ithaca, NY. The retreat will feature community fostering activities and a panel of some of the BIPOC college’s graduates. Transportation and food will be made available to participating students by the Center for IDEAS. Questions and concerns regarding the retreat can be addressed to

Student media groups hold recruitment events  

Recruitment nights for Ithaca College’s student media outlets will take place Jan. 26 and Jan. 31. The college’s radio stations, WICB and VIC, will host their recruitment night at 7:15 p.m. Jan. 26 in Park Hall. Students can sign up to get involved in news and sports casting, being a DJ as well as producing and creating podcasts. Students who might require accommodations must contact Connor Hibbard at  Ithaca College television (ICTV) will host its recruitment night at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 in Emerson Suites. Students can sign up to participate in more than 20 shows that ICTV produces. Students who need to request accommodations must get in touch with Juia Davis at 

Applications due for James J. Whalen Staff Scholar Awards

The James J. Whalen Staff Scholar Awards is accepting applications for Ithaca College staff to finance costs of textbooks and other needs while they pursue their degrees from the college. Staff are eligible for the award only if they are full-time employees of the college and are currently enrolled in a degree offering undergraduate or graduate program. If enrolled in an undergraduate program, they must have finished a minimum of 60 credits and if pursuing a graduate degree, staff must have a GPA of 3.0 or more. Deadline for the application is Feb. 15. All questions and concerns must be directed toward Rachel Gould at

President’s Cabinet organize in-person All-College Gathering

The first All-College Gathering in 2023 will be hosted by the President La Jerne Cornish and the President’s Cabinet from 12:10–1:05 p.m.  Jan. 26 in Emerson Suites. The gathering will be in person, but anybody outside of the area can get a livestream link by emailing For any questions, contact Reed Pollard in the Office of the President at or (607) 274-3111.

Proposals due for Women Leaders Series workshops and presentations

Proposals for the 11th annual Women Leaders Series (WLS) are due Jan. 31. Anybody who would like to present on women and leadership topics can apply to host a 45–60-minute workshop. The WLS will be from Mar. 1 through Mar. 31, and the series of presentations are programs intended to help with the personal and professional development of college women leaders. For any questions, contact or (607) 274-3222.

Suggestions needed for library’s Blind Date with a Book event

The Ithaca College Library is accepting suggestions for books or films to use for the Blind Date with a Book event. The library will be accepting suggestions until Feb. 1. To suggest a title, submit the form attached to the Intercom announcement. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Sarah Shank at or 607-274-3891. 

College staff to discuss artificial intelligence tool ChatGPT

There will be a discussion about the ChatGPT artificial intelligence (AI) tool led by members of the Center for Faculty Excellence, Student Governance Council, Computer Science Department and Information Technology. The discussion will be from 12:10-1 p.m.  Jan. 31 in Textor 102. The purpose of the discussion will be to understand the advantages and disadvantages of the AI tool, which can generate responses to questions and write essays by replicating human language. A recorded version of the discussion will be available. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Kayla van Dinther at or (607) 274-7000.

Alum to present virtual information session on study abroad scholarships

Katie Sullivan ‘22 will host a virtual information session for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship at 6 p.m. on Jan. 31. The scholarship is for Pell Grant recipients who plan to study abroad between Summer 2023 and Spring 2024. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals to be eligible to apply. Award amounts range from $100–$8,000, and the application deadline is Mar. 9.

Pitches due for student film project funding

Students can pitch film projects to Park Productions and The Studio to receive $5,000 for production. Students interested in receiving funding should attend a meeting at 5:30 p.m.  Feb. 9 in Park Auditorium. There are requirements, including that films must be under 30 minutes with credits, pitches must be 3–5 minutes long and the film must be produced in Spring 2023. For any questions or accommodations, contact John Fucile at or Jaqueline Pereira at

Source: The Ithacan