Why: This helps eliminate confusion. Sometimes a student will be given two options to meet and a response of, “That sounds great, I’ll see you then!” isn’t clear. You may be thinking the last time works but we don’t know what time you are confirming. It is better to risk being redundant and clear than unclear.
Today is the first IC Giving Day ever. Please take a moment and learn more about it. http://www.icgivingday.com/
Our next coffee talk of the semester will be on Thursday February 26, 2015 at 4:00 in the Honors Lounge (Muller 220). Vice President for Finance Gerald Hector will be our special guest. Gerald be giving a formal presentation; this is your opportunity to informally chat with one of the VPs of the College. Students that attended the last coffee talk with a VP found it really interesting and engaging so don’t miss out. Of course, coffee and round food will be available for all.
Meet junior Gretchen Hohmeyer, our Student Spotlight this week! Gretchen is an English and Writing double major from Lake Clear, NY. Find out more about Gretchen below:
Favorite part about IC: “I love the community here. I never thought I’d find friends this fantastic and caring or professors that are interested in me and my work. I really feel like I’ve grown as a person as well as a student because of the environment I get to go to school in.”
Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why: “I’d have to say my freshman seminar called Lethal Girls and Lady Knights with Professor Katharine Kittredge. That class not only introduced me to some of my best friends, but also to one of the professors who’s had the most impact on my college career. Also, it proved to me in my first semester that going to college was a right and awesome choice I’d made.”
Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors Program: “Definitely my semester abroad in London. Not only were the staff there marvelous and the opportunities they created for us fantastic, but being in Honors gave it that little something extra. The Honors program was the only reason I got to go to Edinburgh, Scotland, first and then the Honors seminar I took while actually at the school was one of my favorite classes. (This also happened to be with the director of the London program, who is one of the best human beings I have ever met.) Going abroad was one of those experiences that I needed to have, for my own personal growth, and Honors helped make it possible.”
Advice: When you write to a faculty member to request an appointment, it is helpful if you include times that will work for you.
Why: When looking to set up an appointment rather than simply writing: “Can I meet with you to talk about my paper?”, write instead: “I would like to meet with you to talk about my paper. I am free on Monday from 12-3, Tuesday from 10-2, and Friday from 11-3. Do any of these times work for you?” You can also simply say that you are free during the professor’s office hours and ask whether you should just drop in or request an appointment within that time frame. By offering times that work for you, you make it easy for the next email to do the work of setting up the appointment.
Advice: Make appointments in advance if you want to see faculty even if it’s during their office hours.
Why: Office hours are drop in times but it doesn’t hurt to make an appointment. There are many reasons why a faculty member may miss an office hour such as a last minute meeting or a sick child. Making an appointment keeps you from being frustrated if a faculty member isn’t there. When making the appointment let the faculty member know what you want to meet about as this will help them prepare for the meeting. With this said, if you need help and didn’t make an appointment certainly stop by office hours.
Thirteen Honors Students were winners of the Peggy Ryan Williams Award for Academic and Community Leadership. The award is given to students who excel academically, perform service to the College community and nation, and represent an exemplary level of accomplishment. They will be recognized in this year’s publication of the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges. Congratulations to these Honors students:
Nathan J. Antonacci
Katherine R. Crowe
Rachel L. Darcy
Lisa M. Famularo
Sara E. Harmon
Luke R. Heisinger
Kyle D. James
Nora B. Noone
Emilia R. Scheemaker
Elise M. Steele
Benjamin H. Tolles