IC Honors Advice: Making Appointments III

Advice: WhePrintn confirming an appointment, repeat the time of the appointment in the confirmation email, rather than simply saying, “That sounds great, I’ll see you then!”

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.

IC Honors Event: Thursday Coffee Talk with VP Gerald Hector

PrintOur 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.

IC Honors Student Spotlight: Gretchen Hohmeyer

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.”

We’re always looking for interesting students to highlight in our Student Spotlight series.
Do you know a really cool Honors student? Nominate them to be a Student Spotlight here!
Do you know a really cool alum of the Honors program? Nominate them to be an Alumni Spotlight here!

IC Honors Advice: Making Appointments II

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.

IC Honors Advice: Making Appointments I

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.

IC Honors: Congratulations to these Honors Students

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
Evan Layne
Nora B. Noone
Emilia R. Scheemaker
Elise M. Steele
Sadia Tabassum
Benjamin H. Tolles

IC Honors Student Spotlight: Natalie Lazo

Say hello to senior Natalie Lazo, our Student Spotlight of the week! Natalie is a BFA Studio Art major with a minor in Art History from Towaco, NJ. Find out more about Natalie below!


Favorite part about IC: “The camaraderie! I love how anyone can join a club they’re interested in and become part of a group that 9 out 10 times is full of awesome people you’ve never met. I’ve found that those people become your friends for quite some time.”

Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why: “It’s a tie between my freshman seminar Why Are We Here? and my senior seminar Being Human! Elizabeth’s class really put my mind into a place for critical thinking and asking questions about the college and high school experience. Thanks to her, I was able to present at the honors conference in Boston which was an amazing learning opportunity. Bruce’s seminar moved from the personal to the worldly and served as an amazing thought-provoking environment. It was my second seminar with Bruce and his choices in books and discussion did not disappoint!”

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors Program: “My favorite memory was from the NYC trip my freshman year. We saw Seminar with Alan Rickman, got his autograph, and my room mate and I met Jeff Goldblum in the lobby. It was pretty amazing.”

We’re always looking for interesting students to highlight in our Student Spotlight series.
Do you know a really cool Honors student? Nominate them to be a Student Spotlight here!
Do you know a really cool alum of the Honors program? Nominate them to be an Alumni Spotlight here!

IC Honors Advice: Submitting Work by Email II

Advice: When you submit a paper or project electronically, save the document with your full name in the document title and make sure your name is in the document.

Why: Faculty get 20 or more files per class per assignment and you don’t know what will be done with the file. It may get saved to a folder for future reading or it may get printed. Either way you want to make sure your name is associated with your work. It also helps to include the assignment name in the file name, for example, save the file as LastName-FirstName-AssignmentName.

IC Honors Advice: Submitting Work by Email I

Advice: If a professor gives you permission to send him/her written work via email, always put that written work in the form of an attachment, *not* within the body of the email, unless instructed otherwise.

Why:  An attachment is much neater; it can be double-spaced and in other ways appropriately formatted.  Some professors prefer hard copies and attachments will print properly. It looks more professional, in short.