Tickets Going on Sale for the 60th Cortaca Jug!

ITHACA, N.Y. – The 60th Annual Cortaca Jug Game between Ithaca College and SUNY Cortland will take place on Saturday, November 10 at 12 p.m. at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex.

Tickets can be purchased by faculty, staff and students for $10 on Sunday, October 28, Monday, October 29 and Tuesday, October 30 at the Athletics and Events Center concession booth. Sales will be open from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday and 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

There is a limit of one ticket per student ID, and a student may bring one additional ID other than their own to the ticket pickup location. There is a limit of two tickets issued per faculty and staff ID, with a limit of two IDs per person at pickup. No tickets will be sold at the game.

Media coverage for the game will be available on the football schedule once all outlets are confirmed.

Data Day is Tomorrow! Come Enjoy!

IC Data Day celebrates and promotes a culture of data-informed decision making for student success at Ithaca College. Data Day is a way to learn, share ideas, and get the conversation started. This year IC Data Day will take place on Thursday, October 25th in Clark and Klingenstein Lounges.

Continental breakfast and a light lunch will be available.

Please feel free to attend as many sessions as you’d like!

Presentation Schedule

Data with Your Coffee
9:00 – 9:25
Dr. Yuko Mulugetta, Chief Analytics Officer, and Ferdinand Mase (Accounting ’19)
This kick-off session presents an overview of current projects Analytics and Institutional Research (AIR) is engaged in as a strategic partner for the college. Ferdinand Mase (Accounting ’19), Student Research Analyst, discusses his employment experience in AIR.

Guest Alumnus Presenter:
Careers in Analytics – How to Land Your First Data Science Job

9:25 – 10:40
Michael Garrison (Economics ’10), Data Scientist, REsurety, Inc.
Attention, students! If you seek employment in data science or renewable energy, you cannot miss this session. Michael Garrison (Economics ’10) discusses his experience as the first data scientist hired at REsurety, a renewable energy analytics start-up in Boston, specializing in helping wind projects manage their weather and price risk. He also offers advice to aspiring data scientists on how best to prepare yourself to land the job you’re looking for.

Visualizing Course Enrollment Data to Better Understand Ourselves and Our Transitions
10:50 – 12:05
Dr. Ali Erkan, Professor, Computer Science; Ben Welsh (Computer Science ’20)
As an academic institution, it is in our nature to study, to question, to explore; therefore putting ourselves under the microscope is one of the most natural things we do. The lens Dr. Ali Erkan and his student, Ben Welsh (Computer Science ’20) have chosen to use with their “microscope” is one of data visualizations. In particular, they have been working on visualizing years of course enrollment data to uncover trends that might enhance our understanding of ourselves as an academic institution as well as assess the ramifications of large scale curricular changes such as the Integrative Core Curriculum. While the project aims to reach concrete conclusions, the goal of this particular presentation is to offer to IC community a visual depiction of changes so that a critical issue for the college can progress as an academic/scientific discussion. This is a timely and important topic on the eve of the College’s Five-Year Strategic Plan and the ICC Program Review.

Keynote:
Come and Learn from a World Renowned Expert – How Self-Driving Cars Operate and Will Impact Our Future

12:05 – 1:25
Dr. Mark Campbell, S. C. Thomas Sze Director, John A. Mellowes ’60 Professor, Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University
Autonomous, self-driving cars have the huge potential to impact society in many ways, including taxi/bus service; shipping and delivery; and commuting to/from work. Dr. Campbell, a world renowned self-driving automobile expert, will give us an overview of the history, technological work to date and challenges, and potential future impact of self-driving cars. A key challenge is the ability to perceive the environment from the cars sensors – more specifically how a car can convert pixels from a camera to AI (artificial intelligence) of a scene with cars, cyclist, and pedestrians. Perception in self driving cars is particularly challenging, given the fast viewpoint changes and close proximity of other objects. This perceived information is typically uncertain, constantly being updated, yet must also be used for important decisions by the car, ranging from a simple change to lanes, or stopping and queuing at a traffic light. Videos, examples, and insights will be given of Cornell’s autonomous car, as well as key performers such as Google/Waymo and car companies.

Improving Decisions and Training in Sports with Big Data
1:30 – 2:30
Bryan Roberts, Associate Dean, Park School of Communications; Dr. Sebastian Harenberg, Assistant Professor, Exercise and Sport Sciences; Dr. Deborah King, Professor, Exercise and Sport Sciences
Did you know that Dean Roberts, Dr. Harenberg, and Dr. King were competitive athletes in baseball, soccer, and xc skiing, respectively? These three talented scholars and former athletes come together to discuss how data and analytics are being used for the analysis of sports in three application areas: 1) how to better analyze games using analytics and cutting-edge technologies such as GPS chips, transcribing video analysis, Heat MAPS; 2) how to discover “talents” by revealing psychological and biomechanical factors in elite athletes; and 3) how to train athletes, particularly how to prepare student athletes for superior performance.

Coming Soon – The National Survey of Student Engagement
2:40 – 2:55
Dr. Yuko Mulugetta and Elijah Earl, Analytics and Institutional Research
Analytics and Institutional Research will give a brief preview of the spring 2019 college-wide administration of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

Avoiding Skynet – How to Prevent Machines from Doing the Thinking for Us
3:00 – 3:30
Dr. Matt Thomas, Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Machine learning has already been used effectively in many ways to improve our ability to understand the world. In this talk, Dr. Thomas will discuss some of the ways that these models can have unintended social consequences.

Analytics at IC Today and Tomorrow – Showcasing Business Analytics
3:40 – 4:30
Dr. Bill Tastle, Professor, Management; Dr. Scott Erickson, Professor, Marketing; Michael Garrison (Economics ’10), Data Scientist, REsurety, Inc.; Nick Vogel (Finance ’18), Procurement Analyst; Ferdinand Mase (Accounting ’19)
Starting this fall, the School of Business offers a Business Analytics minor. This final session explains the main features of this exciting program to the IC community. You cannot afford to miss this presentation if you are one of those who seek “forward thinking in their approach to decision making with an ability to understand the challenges of determining the right questions to ask in the midst of messy data, analyze big data, and bring the results of their analysis to a wider audience through the use of data visualization,” according to the 2018-19 course catalog.

Apply to be a President’s Host Tour Guide!

Hello Honorites!

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Ithaca College students interested in giving back to the IC community and assisting the Office of Admission with recruiting efforts are encouraged to apply for a President’s Host Committee tour guide position. As a President’s Host, you will be an ambassador of the college who embodies the spirit of the institution. President’s Hosts are often the first point of contact and a valuable source of information for prospective students.

They  look for students who:

  • Are articulate, professional and responsible
  • Share a strong enthusiasm and passion for Ithaca College
  • Value a diverse and inclusive work environment
  • Can address questions accurately, honestly, and optimistically
  • Are flexible and committed to the position
  • Have professional public speaking and communication skills
  • Possess a positive attitude and take initiative

They encourage you to attend an Information Session to learn more about the position located in Textor 102:

Wednesday, October 24 @7pm (TONIGHT!)

Sunday, October 28 @2pm

For full consideration, applications must be completed by November 5th at 5:00pm.

Applications are now available through the Jobs Database. Apply today!

 

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Corinna Davies at cdavies2@ithaca.edu or (607) 274-3124. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

Monthly Professional Development Series: “How to Rock the Interview” on TOMORROW @ 5:30pm in Taughannock Falls Room in Campus Center!

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The Office of Career Services at Ithaca College is proud to be co-sponsoring a FREE monthly Professional Development Series with our Gold Level Partner, Express Employment Professionals.

This series is designed to tackle the most common career-related challenges that students and job seekers face. Topics like interview preparation, effective job/internship searches, networking for maximum benefit, and salary negotiation will be presented by experienced professionals and facilitated in an interactive, hands-on format. ALL students and community job seekers are encouraged to attend one workshop or all – choose what best fits your needs.

The series will kick off with the workshop, “How to Rock the Interview” facilitated by Express Employment Professionals, Kathy Nivison (Owner) and Nicole Macpherson (Staffing Consultant). This program will cover all interview-related topics to help participants out-interview their competition and land that job. You won’t want to miss this if you have an interview coming up in the near future!

Space is limited so register TODAY!!

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Kerry Spitze at kspitze@ithaca.edu or (607) 274-1723. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

Interested in Volunteering? Sign up to volunteer at the next Mobile Food Pantry on Tuesday, October 30th!

Hello Honorites!

The Mobile Food Pantry is a program provided by The Food Bank of the Southern Tier that delivers fresh produce, dairy products, and other food and grocery items directly to distribution sites where people need food. All members of the IC community are welcome to “shop”, choosing items that they need. Participation in this event is open to all members of the campus community to shop, volunteer, or donate to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.  Our event is located at the A&E Center, north loading dock.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering!  Before signing up, we ask that you please understand that you would be making a commitment to volunteer for two hours (11:15am-1:15pm) to set up, help with food distribution, and clean up. 

Sign up to volunteer here.

Please feel free to email foodpantry@ithaca.edu if you have any questions.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Barbie Bargher at bbargher@ithaca.edu or (607) 274-3131. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

Public Lecture: What the traditional Chicago media missed in the Laquan McDonald case

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Journalist Brandon Smith will give a public lecture on the power of independent journalism in exposing police brutality and racial injustice on Wednesday, October 24th at 7 p.m. in Emerson Suites.

Smith has been a journalist in the investigative/accountability tradition for more than a decade, and has concentrated primarily on police accountability since 2014. Published in The GuardianAl Jazeera, The Daily Beast, and In These Times, Smith has also written about pollution and public health issues, runaway military spending, and mass surveillance.

Smith was a winner of the Izzy Award along with activist Jamie Kalven in 2016 for challenging the official story about the killing of Laquan McDonald, an African American teenager, by Chicago police in 2014. Early this October, the police officer was convicted on counts of second-degree murder and battery.

We also have a Q&A session before the event from 5pm-6:30 at Klingstein Lounge and if you are interested in attending this portion, please contact bhawley@ithaca.edu.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation, please contact Brandy Hawley, bhawley@ithaca.edu or 607-274-3590 as soon as possible.