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The Honors Program wishes you all a wonderful, fun-filled and relaxing Spring Break! Take some time out for reflection, to catch up with friends and family (and school work) and HAVE FUN! Be safe and see you all back on campus soon!




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Read About Your Fellow Honorite, Karina Feitner ’18 & Her Experience on her Global Citizenship Trip to Mexico!

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Karina Feitner, a senior Psychology major recently went on a Global Citizenship trip to Cozumel, Mexico! Cozumel is an island and municipality in the Caribbean Sea off the eastern coast of Mexico‘s Yucatán Peninsula! Read more about some of her cultural experiences regarding Cozumel’s tourism below!

‘We want it to be authentic, but not too authentic.’

Karina: “This quote nicely summed up my experience and observations in Cozumel, Mexico this year. When I travel, I like it to be as “real” as possible, meaning staying in people’s homes, eating at local restaurants, going to the least touristy attractions etc. I grew up in a small town in rural western Massachusetts, and even going to New York City was stressful to me growing up, I really don’t like tourist culture, and unfortunately most major cities around Cancun have become tourist hubs.

Stepping off of the ferry onto the streets of Cozumel was like walking into Times Square, except on steroids. Immediately we were perceived as tourists and targeted by people trying to sell us a product. Cozumel is a destination point for cruise ships, which maintains the tourism industry. I had to ask myself: ‘Why we as a society buy into this industry?’


There are four types of travelers. First you have the people who travel for the sole purpose of being pampered and waited on hand and foot. These are the kind of people who will go on a cruise and never get off the boat.

Then, you have the type of people who are destination travelers, who will get off the boat but stay very comfortable, going to the major tourist hubs, and never really leaving their comfort zones.

Thirdly, there are the people who travel for relaxation and experience. These travelers will find a general destination, and then do research into interesting things to do.

Finally, you have the true explorers who tend to stay in home stays or hostels, and who make every day an adventure, adapting their trip as they go in order to see the most of what people tend to see the least.

This is why we fuel this sort of industry. If, by my estimate, three quarters of the travelers are really traveling to get away from their responsibilities and relax, then yes, we want to be waited on hand and foot, we are willing to pay a little more money if it means we have to do less on our vacation. That is exactly how Cozumel has developed its tourism industry. And yet there are a lot of problems that come along with this.”



  • Garbage Disposal: “The citizens of Cozumel did a very good job of maintaining the cleanliness of their main roads and squares, basically wherever tourists were most likely to be, but there was a certain neglect to other major parts of the island. As soon as you got out of the hotel district, the amount of trash on the sides of the road became substantially more noticeable, and it shocked me that there weren’t people actively wanting to clean it up.”


  • Increased Population: “There has been a substantial increase in population in the more urban part of the island, with people migrating towards the port and out of the more rural areas. This creates a problem because then there is no one really living in the parts of the island that need attention.”


  • No Legislation: “There are no real policies or legislation in place to plan and execute the large-scale cleanup that needs to take place, and this is in turn partially due to money.”


  • No Money: “Many of the companies that have footholds on Cozumel financially support various projects, but they are selective about it, only putting money towards what will immediately help them profit. Pollution cleanup around the island is, not one of the areas deemed important enough to warrant the financial commitment.”


Possible Plan of Action: “If I were to ever move to Cozumel I would want to clean up the island. It wouldn’t be too hard to reach out to schools on the island and find kids interested in environmental studies or sciences and create a program that allows and encourages students to do major cleanup around the island.



“The culture and the economy are centered on pleasing another culture. This downloadmakes it difficult to support both themselves and cultivate a richer local culture.

Latin American cultures tend to be particularly rich with a group/family-centered mindset. They live in a collectivist culture, with many of their major values centered on group mindset and function, and where the family unit is usually very strong.

With tourism taking over, this collectivist culture is beginning to drift steadily towards an individualist culture, similar to what we have in the US. —  shifting from family and community to economics and goods.

There is a rich history to some cultures that seems to be getting lost, and that worries me.”



Karina: “My trip was both educational and eye opening, reminding me that there are fundamentally different cultures that hold diverse values. I am not saying that the fundamental values are either right or wrong, but cultures function in different ways, with different systems of belief, government, and even family structures.”


Join IC Girl Up in Celebrating International Women’s Day by Helping Women In Need!

Hello Honorites!

IC Girl Up is partnering with downtown Ithaca’s Women’s Opportunity Center to images.jpgprovide professional women’s clothing to those who need it. 

Donate your professional women’s clothing on Thursday, March 8 between 11am-3pm in the Campus Center Lobby!

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Morgan McLenithan at mmclenithan@ithaca.edu.

First Annual IC Women in Math Day on March 24th!

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The Department of Mathematics at Ithaca College is hosting the first annual IC Women in Math Day on Saturday, March 24th.


This event is an opportunity for female high school students and their families to engage with interesting mathematical ideas and to learn more about careers that incorporate mathematics. If you know of a female high school student who may be interested in this opportunity, we ask that you pass along this information. There is no cost to participate in the event and lunch will be provided.

Arrivals and check-in will begin at 9am and the festivities will begin at 9:30AM. The day will consist of a keynote address by Daina Taimina, a career panel of women who use mathematics in their work, a series of fun hands-on activities, and time to socialize with other students interested in mathematics. Accompanying adults are welcome and encouraged to participate in all activities.

For more information and to sign up for this event, go to IC Women In Math. Once you register you will receive a confirmation email. Please register by Sunday, March 18, 2018.  

The program will be held in the Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise on the Ithaca College campus.

Individuals with questions and/or disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Vera Babenko at vbabenko@ithaca.edu.




H&S School Open Forum on Diversity & Inclusion on March 6th!

Hello Honorites!

The School of Humanities & Sciences will be having an Open Forum for H&S Staff, Students, and Faculty in hopes to create a Diverse & Inclusive Community in the School of Humanities & Sciences

It is TOMORROW, Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 12pm-1pm in Williams 225!

The H&S Strategic Planning Taskforce on Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Community invites you to an open forum to express your concrete visions for fostering a thriving community in H&S anchored in the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Questions To Think About:

What initiatives would you prioritize to strengthen community, diversity and inclusion in H&S over the next 5 years?

What resources do you need to make these initiatives a reality?

What activities could H&S people engage in regularly to foster inclusive practices?

All H&S students, staff and faculty are encouraged to attend!

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Paula Ioanide, Co-Chair of Taskforce, at pioanide@ithaca.edu or call 607-274-5789. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.