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.