IC Honors Events: Spring Swing 6:30 Wednesday April 1

PrintThe first ever Spring Swing is this Wednesday April 1 (this is not a joke!) in Emerson. From 6:30 – 7:30 there will be swing lessons provided by the IC Swing Club. Starting at 7:30 the Greg Evans Band will be playing swing songs and the dancing will go until 9:00. There will be a dance floor and snacks (round sandwiches and round cookies) provided. Don’t miss out on this fun event because before you know it the semester will be winding down.

IC Honors: Alumni Panel recap!

Earlier today in Textor 101, we had our first Alumni Panel with Valerie Falcionieri ’13, Bob Volpicelli ’09, Matt Payne ’01 (you can find more full bios in our post here).


Our alumni discussed getting into grad schools, what it’s like to work in the “real world,” where to go after graduation, how not to be scared of taxes, and reminisced about their time here at IC.

They also each talked about their favorite Honors seminars they took at IC – “the Honors genetics course blew my mind,” Matt said.

“Human Natures and Cultures with Carla Golden,” Valerie said. “Lots of discussions have spurted from that class.

“Cultural Encounters with five different visiting professors,” Bob said. “It was a jarring transition from one discipline to the next. It was kind of like watching your parents bicker – but it modeled what academic discourse is like.”


A big focus of the discussion was how important the cross- and inter-disciplinary nature of the Honors program is. “You’re not being taught, you’re learning to learn,” as Matt said. It’s important to dabble, to explore, to find what interests you and pursue that, regardless of your background, major or school. The “real world” tends to be fast-paced and you don’t always get told what to do, the alumni agreed. Sometimes you’re expected to do average on something just to get a project done, and that’s okay (but often hard to accept for passionate and perfectionistic Honors students)! Make sure to make connections with students, professors and alumni inside your major and school as well as outside of it – you never know who might end up in a field in which you’re interested in working.


Thanks to everyone who came, and especially thanks to Val, Bob and Matt for taking the time to come visit IC again and talk about their lives past the Honors program!

IC Honors: Alumni Panel on March 27!

Friday, March 27 at 4pm in Textor 101, we’re hosting our first Alumni panel with three awesome past Honors students! Come join, find out about what life is like after graduation and gain some advice and tips for making the most of your Honors and IC experience. Here’s a little more info about each of the alumni speaking:

 Valerie Falcionieri ’13 – Anthropology and Environmental Studies

valValerie was heavily involved both on and off campus during her time at IC, studying abroad twice – once in Costa Rica and once in Samoa, was an RA, involved with OSEMA and alternative spring/fall breaks, the Honors program, and the Sciencenter downtown. Inspired by her volunteer work throughout her university time, she joined AmeriCorps Cape Cod after graduation, which is an environmental and disaster preparedness/response service program. She also had an internship at the Department of Natural Resources in the town of Brewster, MA. She is still with AmeriCorps as a Member Leader.

Bob Volpicelli ’09 – English


Matt completed his M.A. in English at Penn State in 2011 and then defended his doctoral dissertation at the same institution in the fall of 2014. At Penn State, he’s held a number of awarded positions, including the Edwin Erle Sparks Fellowship, a residency at the Humanities Institute, and a Dissertation Fellowship from the Center for American Literary Studies. He has published essays on a variety of subjects in modern literature and culture. In the fall of 2015, he’ll join the faculty at Randolph-Macon College as an Assistant Professor of twentieth-century American Literature.

Matt Payne ’01 – TVR and International Communications

mattDuring his time at IC, Matt was a member of the IC Players, Jazz/Specialty Director and Jazz DJ for 92 WICB, and the lead American author of international research on cross-generational media effects (later published by Peter Lang). Since graduating, Matt has had a number of positions, first as a prominent marketer of music and cultural programming for public radio (including Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio, produced by IC alum Steve Rathe ’71), then as Copy Manager for Scholastic, and currently as Director of Communications for City and Country School, a leader in progressive education for children ages 2-13. Starting in 2007, Matt began freelancing for R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series, writing special “Behind the Screams” features and interactive copy. A love of writing for children blossomed, and Matt currently has his own horror/gross-out/humor series, Monster Juice, the fifth book of which, Tomb of Brain Ooze, was just released in December 2014. Matt lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, with his wife and 2 year old daughter.

IC Honors Student Spotlight: Rachel Dick

Meet Rachel Dick, a junior TVR major with a concentration in audio production from Scarborough, Maine. Learn more about Rachel below!


Favorite thing about IC: “The opportunities. I’ve never had so many chances to do everything I’ve ever wanted to do. IC has given me a semester abroad in London, two internships, and I’m expecting to go to LA next spring.”

Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why: “Lethal Women and Lady Knights, hands down. Kittredge is the best, and I learned a lot while having tons of fun.”

Coolest opportunity you’ve had throughIC and/or the Honors program: “Definitely the internship I have right now. I’m working at a music studio (my dream job) called Electric Wilburland, and not only is my boss totally awesome, but he’s won a Grammy for his recording work.”

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 Spotlighthere!

IC Honors Info Session: Major Grants and Scholarships

Print Do you know about Fulbright Scholarships? Do you know about Goldwater Scholarships? Killams? Gilmans? If you have heard of them do you know how to apply? If your answer is no to any one of these questions then you are missing out on great opportunities.  Show up in to F207 at 12:10 on Tuesday March 24. Take the time to learn about these grants and scholarships, and eat some round foods.

IC Honors: Student Journal Submissions

PrintHello all! Pieces can still be submitted to the Honors Symposium Undergraduate Scholarly Journal. Any scholarly research papers, essays, and articles written in an honors class are eligible. Academic pieces with a creative edge are welcome.

Honors students of all years and majors can submit a piece, and Freshmen and Sophomores can receive potential CREDIT for their published pieces through the honors coursework point system. ​Send in your work soon– the deadline is ​now ​April 13th.

For more information concerning receiving credit for pieces or how to submit, contact Tom Pfaff or Rebecca Kaebnick at rkaebni1@ithaca.edu.​ All submissions can be sent to Rebecca Kaebnick.

IC Honors Advice: Professional Communication II – Email Subject Field

PrintAdvice: Please make the subject field of your emails meaningful, and certainly don’t leave it blank.

Why: Just like you we sort through way too many emails each day and the subject field helps us prioritize. Subject lines also help us organize our work. For example, if we are accepting an assignment by email we may use the subject line to place them in a separate folder. You don’t want your email about needing an appointment to be assumed to be about the assignment that is due because you left the subject line blank.

IC Honors Student Spotlight: John Jacobson

Meet our Student Spotlight of the Week, sophomore John Jacobson, an IMC major with minors in Writing and Women’s & Gender Studies from DuBois, Pennsylvania. John is very active in LGBT+ activism and feminism both on-campus and off. Learn more about John below:


Favorite part about IC: “My favorite part of IC is the amazing people that inhabit it. The friendships I have created on this campus are ones that I treasure. IC has allowed me to find friends that understand what it means to be an outsider.”

Favorite Honors seminar and why: “Wonder Women and Lethal Girls: Feminism in Science Fiction and Fantasy. That freshman Honors seminar with Katharine Kittredge changed my life. It introduced me to a lot of social justice concepts and introduced me to people who were passionate about the two things that I hold close: books and justice.”

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program: “My coolest opportunity through IC has probably been having the ability to work at the LGBT Center through the IC Counseling and Wellness Center. The LGBT Center is a under-utilized resource on this campus that provides a haven for queer students and their allies. Working there has changed my life and allowed me to grow as a queer person and as a general student.”

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: Professional Communication I – Email Grammar

PrintAdvice: Use correct punctuation and capitalization in emails to faculty.

Why: An email to a faculty member is a professional email and is not equivalent to a text to a friend. Also, a quick proof read of your email will catch a number of errors. This matters because your emails are a reflection on you as a professional. It is also a good idea to get into the habit of writing professional emails now.