Ithaca College Non-Tenure Faculty Call Their Contract A “Big Win”

Contingent faculty at Ithaca College and the administration have reached a contract agreement after months of negotiations. Contingent faculty are non-tenure track faculty. Both faculty and the administration said they’re generally pleased with the agreement. There are two big provisions in the contract. Towards pay parity

The first is a raise of $1,025 per 3-credit course for part-time faculty.

Composer Karel Husa's Life and Career is Remembered

Ithaca College professor Mark A. Radice speaks about the life, music, and long-lasting influence of the late composer Karel Husa.  Husa never intended to be a composer, but his legacy goes far beyond his compositional output, extending to mentoring composers, and even to his work with high school musicians.  Professor Radice shares some of these stories. http://www.wskg.org/audio/karelhusa.mp3


Photo credit: Mark Radice for Ithaca College

An Ithaca College Pianist Headlines the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes Concert this Weekend

The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes welcomes pianist Benjamin Pawlak as soloist in Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1. Ben is a native of Horseheads and is currently a senior at Ithaca College and also plays viola.  He tells us about growing up and having to decide between the two,  and how he and Maestro Shimada decided on the Liszt for this week’s concert.  The program also includes ‘The Planets’ by Gustav Holst and the ‘Star Wars Overture’ by John Williams.


Photo credit: Benjamin Pawlak

Music for Saxophone and Piano at the Phelps Mansion

The Phelps Mansion Museum presents the Solaris Duo on Sunday, September 11 at 3pm in the Ballroom of the Museum.  Saxophonist Joel Diegert and pianist Mariam Vardzelashvili will present a mix of 19th century and contemporary works.  Diegert is a native of Vestal and a graduate of Ithaca College. Vardzelashvili,  was born in the nation of Georgia,studied at the Tbilisi State Conservatory until the age of 20, she then she moved to the States to complete her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.  They are currently based in Vienna where they also perform with other ensembles. http://wskg.org/audio/diegert.mp3


Photo credit: Joel Diegert

Miss Angie's Music

WSKG Arts is proud to partner with Ithaca College for a series of Arts & Culture Shorts. This segment profiles Ithaca resident Angie Beeler, who teaches children the joy of music thru her albums and classes. Miss Angie welcomes toddlers and their parents into her classroom/studio and leads them through sing-alongs and early teaching lessons. This segment was produced by students from the Roy H. Park School of Communications. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGpRzPzhfaA


WSKG Arts is proud to partner with The Roy H. Park School of Communications for a series of Arts & Culture Shorts. This segment profiles the long running Ithaca College singing organization, Ithacappella, and examines their efforts to bring all of their past singers back to commemorate the group’s 20th anniversary. Told thru interviews with both past and present members this arts segment shows how vital this organization has been to the Ithaca College community. https://youtu.be/gpJXDIP9Oh0

Produced by Roy H. Park School of Communications; Edited by Luke Harbur

John Lyon Paul, Painter & Sculptor

WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Roy H. Park School of Communications for a series of arts & culture shorts. This piece looks at Ithacan John Lyon Paul, who has been involved with the arts community for over forty years. John’s career began in the Lower Hudson Valley and this segment examines his move to Ithaca and how his daily meditation plays a factor in his work. This segment contains interviews with John and his satisfied customers, as well as footage of John working on his latest colorful pieces. You can visit John and his studio along the Ithaca Art Trail.

Ithaca Jacobean Players

WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College for a series of Arts & Culture Shorts. This segment profiles the newly formed Ithaca Jacobean Players. While many drama groups will perform the works of Shakespeare, these students wanted to showcase what was popular in England after Shakespeare. Their story is told thru interviews with troupe members and exclusive footage of their first ever performance, John Webster’s “The Duchess of Malfi”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bXGxB8Ms6s

Produced by Tasheva Lee

The Nathaniel Dett Chorale Performs in Ithaca and Oneonta

The Nathaniel Dett Chorale is performing at Ithaca College and as part of the Oneonta Concert Association series this week.  They are Canada’s first professional choral group dedicated to Afrocentric music of all styles, including classical, spiritual, gospel, jazz, folk and blues, and was named in honor of the late-19th-century composer and musicologist Nathanial Dett.  We talked with conductor Brainerd Blyden-Taylor who was in Toronta before the Chorale started their tour. http://wskg.org/audio/nathanieldett.mp3


Photo credit: Nathaniel Dett Chorale


Ithaca College Pres. Tom Rochon To Step Down

In a letter addressed to Ithaca College faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents and friends of the school, President Tom Rochon announced he will retire at the end of the 2016-2017 school year, effective July 1, 2017. “I believe it is best for IC to be led in the future by a president chosen by the board specifically to make a fresh start on these challenges, including those that became so apparent to us all last semester,” said Rochon. Last fall, students and faculty organized protests calling on Rochon to step down, amid growing frustration that was a long time in the making. They claimed he had failed to address racial incidents on campus and was leading the school in the wrong direction. Both students and faculty conducted a vote of confidence for Rochon in November and December.

A celebration of the Negro Spiritual in Ithaca

The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers present a concert of Negro Spirituals led by Dr. Baruch Whitehead, on Sunday, December 13 at 3pm in the Hockett Family Recital Hall at Ithaca College. Dr. Whitehead talks about the history of the Negro Spiritual, and about the importance of Ithaca resident Dorothy Cotten, who served as education director for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference along side Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and used music as part of her mission. http://wskg.org/audio/dorothycotton.mp3


Photo courtesy of The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers


Three-Quarters Surveyed Say “No Confidence” At Ithaca College

Students at Ithaca College concluded a confidence vote on college president Tom Rochon yesterday. Rochon has faced criticism over his handling of recent racial incidents and accusations of top-down leadership. A crowd of about 100 gathered in a ballroom on campus to hear student body president Dominick Recckio deliver the news. “The results of the vote of no confidence are: 71.75 percent of respondents have no confidence in President Rochon,” Recckio declared. Breaking it down by race, 87 percent of respondents of color claimed “no confidence” in Rochon.


Interview: Ithaca College President Answers Criticism


Ithaca College students release the results of a confidence vote in their college president Monday, and the college faculty hold their own vote next month. President Tom Rochon has faced criticism and protests for his handling of racial incidents and what some call top-down leadership. He spoke to WSKG’s Solvejg Wastvedt about how the college has responded and what he’s learned. Here are the highlights:

Recently you appointed a Chief Diversity Officer, a position that reports directly to you. How do you make sure other people on campus have input into diversity initiatives?


Ithaca College Faculty To Stage ‘Teach-In’ Protest

Faculty at Ithaca College plan to hold a “teach-in” Thursday to call for college president Tom Rochon’s resignation. It’s the latest in a string of protests by faculty and students. Protesters say Tom Rochon has failed to address a threatening racial climate on campus, and several racist incidents. They also accuse him of top-down leadership, saying he makes strategic decisions for the college without campus input. “I don’t think the morale has ever been lower among the faculty,” says professor Mary Bentley, who plans to speak at Thursday’s teach-in, “But at the same time, I have to say that I think a lot of the activism on the part of the students has really reinvigorated us.”

Ithaca College students staged a walkout last week.


How We Got Here: The Build-Up To Ithaca College’s Protests

College campuses around the country saw protests this week – Ithaca College among them. Students and faculty there are holding referendums on President Tom Rochon’s leadership. Results from a student confidence vote will come out November 30, and faculty voting begins on that day. Here’s what you need to know about what’s at stake:

Why is this happening at Ithaca College? The student frustration with President Rochon has been building for a long time.


Ithaca College Protesters Demand President’s Resignation

Just days after protests at the University of Missouri caused the system president’s resignation, protesters at Ithaca College are calling for their president to step down. Like Missouri, the Ithaca movement has been years in the making. The protesters say President Tom Rochon fails to address racial incidents and is leading the college in the wrong direction. Hundreds of students packed the Ithaca College quad Wednesday afternoon. They chanted and called for Rochon’s resignation. The student government has been collecting ballots this month for a “no confidence” vote in Rochon.

An international theatrical project comes to Ithaca College

This Stained Dawn (“Dagh Dagh Ujala” in Urdu) is a set of monologues presenting the stories of witnesses to the 1947 partition of Pakistan from India. Ithaca professor Kathleen Mulligan created this theatrical work in an international project, originally presented in Urdu in Pakistan.  It now comes to Ithaca College in English before continuing on to performances in Washington, D.C.


Photo courtesy of Voices of Partition



The Cornell Jewish Studies department presents a Yiddish Theatre Festival

The Cornell Jewish Studies department is presenting its first Yiddish Theatre Festival on September 8th, 9th, and 10th.  The festival includes a silent film from the 1920s, a performance of “Yosl Rakover Speaks to G-d”, a sampler of Yiddish theatre, and a performance of “Waiting for Godot” in Yiddish.  Allen Lewis Rickman gives us an overview of the festival. http://wskg.org/audio/yiddishtheatremix.mp3


Picture courtesy Ronald L. Glassman via Cornell Jewish Studies

Emilie Benigno

WSKG is proud to partner with the Roy H. Park School of Communications of Ithaca College for this Arts & Culture feature. This segment profiles Ithaca College student Emilie Benigno. Emilie uses her love of music and playing the violin to help her overcome some very challenging obstacles in her young life. Prepare to be inspired as you watch this very special segment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2S01_TkxvPg

Produced by: Christie Citranglo, Jacob Ryan, Sydney O’Shaughnessy

Movement Through Music

WSKG is pleased to partner with the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College on a series of Arts & Culture Shorts. This video was produced by students at IC and looks at one student’s love of both playing the piano and figure skating. Told through her own words and intercut with footage of both the piano and ice, this feature provides a dramatic backdrop for a truly unique student. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CUCQLdAFFk

Produced by: Sharon Mejia, Taylor Zambrano and Ali Zydunczy

Tatiana Malkin

WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College for a series of short features that showcase young artists. This segment features IC student Tatiana Malkin, who is looking to start a career in the world of art.  This piece looks at Tatiana’s artwork and what drives her to create it. Her message of following your dream and doing what truly makes you happy will surely inspire. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7x_liGz_u54

Produced by: Sarah Chaneles & James Whitlow


Ithaca College Adjuncts Say ‘Yes’ To Union

Part-time faculty at Ithaca College voted to unionize on Thursday after a 4-month effort. Union “yes” votes prevailed by a margin of 119. “I’m feeling pretty good about that,” says Ithaca College adjunct lecturer Rachel Kaufman. Kaufman helped organize the effort. “A lot of people really want this union,” she says.

Tromboteam! performs in Johnson City

Vestal native Sarah Paradis speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the free performance her ensemble Tromboteam! presents at St. James Roman Catholic Church on Saturday, June 7 at 7pm. Sarah Paradis is the Assistant Professor of Trombone and Euphonium at Boise State University. Paradis earned her B.M. in Music Education from Ithaca College, her M.M. in Trombone Performance from Indiana University, and her D.M. in Brass Pedagogy from Indiana University.