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.

IC Honors Events: NYC Trip Ticket Sales

PrintTickets for the March 28 NYC Trip will be sold on Tuesday, March 17th at 12 NOON in the six mile creek room in campus center, right by the Rec room.

Our museum this year is the Metropolitan Museum of Art  and our show is the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.  We will leave bright and early Saturday morning, drop everyone off at the Met, allow you to peruse NYC at your leisure and meet up again in the evening to head to our 8pm showing of the Curious Incident.

We will be selling a total of 37 tickets at $35 a piece.  PLEASE BRING EXACT CHANGE.  Recently we have been told to not accept checks so please bring cash.  You may buy a total of 3 tickets, one for yourself and 2 for friends with time conflicts.  Ticket sales are on a first come, first serve basis! Often student comes early to the room to ensure themselves a spot, so take this into account. We will only provide refunds if we can fill your seat.

IC Honors Student Spotlight: Katie Beaule

Meet our student spotlight of the week, Katie Beaule, a junior Communication Management and Design major from Windsor, CT! Katie is really involved on campus, especially in the Park School and you can learn more about here below:

Favorite part about IC: “My favorite part about IC is definitely the people. From classes, to clubs, to on-campus jobs, everyone who I have met brings me a different perspective and a unique personality. There are so many talented students at IC and it amazes me when I learn about the creativity and the drive that many of my peers possess. That is why I always try to branch out and meet new people; because everyone here inspires me in a different way.”

Favorite Honors seminar and why: “My favorite Honors seminar was American Breakdown with Hugh Egan. This class explored a variety of genres within American literature as well as different segments within the field of psychology. We were a small and close knit class that was always willing to delve deeper into the material, even as we watched related movies together outside of class. There was great academic exploration through our discussions and Professor Egan was always excited to talk with us about our reactions to the course material.”

Coolest opportunity through IC and/or the Honors program: “The coolest opportunity that I have had through IC is consulting with local nonprofits through the student organization, SCNO. I really value this experience because I am able to take my knowledge from the Park School and apply it to a professional setting. With my team of peers, I am able to collaborate and coproduce a deliverable that not only highlights my personal strengths, but also my understanding of the communications field. It has connected me to both my peers and to the greater Ithaca community.”

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: Director’s Thoughts

Print As many of you know I’m still cell phone free. I know it’s amazing I’m still alive given that. I came across this spoken word video by Gary Turk that is about a year old. Click on the link and take 5 minutes to watch the video. I hope it spurs some face to face conversation about our use of screens. Enjoy the rest of your break. The link again: https://vimeo.com/94172104