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School's Out But IC's Campus Is Packed

Written by Meredith Farley
7/1/2008

Goofing around during orientation.

Even though classes are over, IC’s campus is buzzing with activity. Student tours and orientation sessions are happening all summer. 

IC’s orientation sessions are jam-packed with activities and information, but they’re also the first time that incoming students really get a feel for what living on campus will be like. Students eat in the dining halls and sleep in the dorms while they get to know each other and learn their way around campus.

At orientation, there’s stuff going on from morning until night. Students meet with faculty and staff while attending workshops and learning about all the different programs and opportunities at Ithaca.

Students also meet with a faculty adviser who helps them register for the courses they need and walks them through what to expect in the coming semesters.

Orientation is also a time for parents to become comfortable with Ithaca College and get answers to their own questions.

At a presentation about campus safety recently, many parents voiced concerns about their child’s safety at night and asked questions about the college’s blue-light emergency phone system.

“All someone has to do is push the button and they’ll talk directly to a dispatcher,” said William Ferguson, the assistant director of IC’s Office of Public Safety. “It’s safer than a cell phone because we can pinpoint exactly where they are on campus.”

On campus, the full-service phones can be used for more than just emergencies. “If you’re lost or want to know how to get to a certain building, you can just pick up those phones,” said Ferguson.

Many parents and students also have questions about IC’s Emergency Notification System (ENS.) Students are highly encouraged to sign up for the system to receive notification of campus emergencies through phone calls, emails, and text messages.

Student orientation leaders work to help assuage some of incoming students' concerns when they first get to campus. “A lot of kids are worried about fitting in when they get here, and are worried about having roommate issues,” said Kevin Fish ’11, a student orientation leader.

“People are really worried about academics,” added student leader Katie Woods ’11, “I want to tell them to relax and not to worry too much about it -- you will graduate on time.”



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