College Briefs Nov. 17 – Ithaca College The Ithacan | Team Cansler

Updates for Windows computers will take place in January 2023

Beginning in January, the Office of Information Technology (IT) will upgrade all university-owned computers running the Windows operating system to Windows 11. The upgrade takes 15-30 minutes and may be delayed up to 14 days after receiving the first option to upgrade the computer . People who are affected will receive additional information. To ease the transition to the new system, IT will set up demo computers for faculty and staff, host workshops, share instructional videos, create articles in Intercom, and host review sessions to allow staff to become familiar with the new system.

Article about films in Cuba edited by a Spanish professor

Enrique Gonzalez-Conty, associate professor at the Institute for World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, published the article “Memories of Overdevelopment: Subverting the Cuban Revolutionary Filmic Archive” in Black Camera magazine, published by Indiana University Press. The article appeared in Volume 14, #1, Fall 2022. The article is about the history of film in Cuba and its use to challenge prevailing notions about the Cuban Revolution.

MLK Program T-shirt Design Contest, accepting entries

The MLK Celebration Committee has begun accepting submissions for the 2023 MLK Celebration T-Shirt Design Contest. Individual students or student organizations may submit designs to be selected for the t-shirts that will be presented to attendees at MLK Celebration Week in February 2023. The winner will be announced before the winter break. Anyone with questions should contact Jess Shapiro, Associate Director in the Office of Student Engagement and a member of the MLK Committee, at

The biology department offers a winter course on the history of the earth

In the winter session, the Department of Biology offers the course From the Big Bang Theory to Jurassic Park – Origins of Life on Earth. The course will answer questions about how life began on Earth, what the Big Bang theory is, how mass extinctions shaped the Earth, and the relationship between dinosaurs and birds. The course will be taught by Nandadevi Cortes Rodriguez, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology and will be offered during the third winter session from January 9th to 20th. and topics of innovation and the world of systems.

Academic schedule leading to the final exam phase

During the week of December 5-9 there will be several changes to the academic schedule. On December 6th there will be Thursday classes, on December 7th there will be Friday classes, on December 8th there will be a reading day and on December 9th at 7:30 the final exams will start. Reading day is a day when students can study for exams and there are no classes. Professors can hold study or consultation hours on the reading day, but cannot set binding meeting times for students. Anyone with questions should contact the Office of the Registrar at

College seeks information on health and wellness activities

The JED Campus Initiative is hosting Stop & Breathe Week from December 1st to 7th. The week is an opportunity for events promoting mental health and well-being. The JED Campus Initiative is seeking submissions for this year’s program. Anyone planning to offer related events this week may submit them to the organization for inclusion in Stop & Breathe Week communications. Some examples of suitable activities are meditation, yoga, music, arts and crafts, and support groups. Anyone with questions about Stop & Breathe Week should email Cathy Michael, JED Mental Health Awareness Subcommittee Co-Chair and Communications Librarian, at or Rachel Ng, JED Mental Health Co-Chair Awareness Subcommittee, send to rng2@ithaca. training.

Applications for admissions offices in spring 2022 are possible

The Ithaca College Admissions Office is recruiting students to serve as Admissions Host Committee tour guides for Spring 2023. Admission hosts help with student recruitment by conducting tours of the college. They are among the first people to meet prospective students and must be good and knowledgeable representatives of the college. Freshmen, first-year students or juniors can apply for the position. Applications are due by November 28th.

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