IC Honors Student Spotlight: Andrew Hinkley

Meet Andrew Hinkley, our student spotlight of the week! Andrew is a junior Writing major with a minor in Anthropology from Rochester, NY. Find out more about Andrew below:

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Favorite part about IC: “The professors. I’ve encountered so many wonderful, friendly, generous faculty throughout my time here and without them I would not have been nearly as driven to succeed and get as involved in IC as I possibly could.”

Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why: “Sex, Gender & Desire with Carla Golden. She challenged the class to work hard and think hard, the readings were interesting and thought-provoking, and Carla really knows the subject well.”

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program: “It’s a tie between the London Center Program this previous fall and working on skeletal specimens with Jennifer Muller in Buffalo this past summer!”

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 III – The Email Signature

PrintAdvice: Please sign your full name at the end of an email and consider a more detailed signature.

Why: When you send an email you want the recipient to know who you are. If you don’t sign your name then the recipient needs to try and figure out who you are. Sometimes this can be done by looking at the email address but not always. Also, don’t just use your first name since that may not uniquely identify you. Professors know lots of students from numerous classes and you probably aren’t the only Tom that the faculty member knows. You might also include a signature file that says more about you, such as your class year and major. Professionals today have detailed signature files, automatically included when they draft an email, and so pay attention to these as you think of what you should include.

IC Honors: Thank You Honors Students

Print As we head into the last week of classes it is good time to recognize the valuable contributions to the Honors Program made by students. The Honors Program wouldn’t be what it is without you. Honors students are involved everywhere on campus and always willing to lend a hand. There is a reason why I send you requests for help from various people on campus. Those people know that Honors students will help out when needed. I get regular comments from faculty and administrators across campus about how Honors students are generally nice, helpful, and wonderful to work with. The reputation you create for the program is what makes it so much easier for me to provide you with opportunities and makes being the director a treat. Throughout the year many of you have helped out by, for example, hosting the open house in Lyon Hall, giving tours, and serving on the student advisory board. If I try naming all of you I’d leave someone out.

Three students, in particular, deserve being named. Kelsey Fons has been serving as administrative support for Honors these last two years. Of the many things she does one of them is fixing Homerconnect degree evaluation problems before you even notice them. She will be the student event coordinator next year. Sam Guter is responsible for all of the student spotlights and other great social media work. She has been critical in making the blog/Facebook/twitter world of Honors what it is today and she will be with us next year. Last but not least is Holly Garbacz, your student event coordinator and recent Hugh Egan award winner.  As the Honors Program has changed directors and administrative support over the last few years Holly has been the one constant (2 years as event coordinator, 1 as administrative support) and she has kept the events happening. She will be missed as she graduates this year.

Thank you Kelsey, Holly, and Sam. Thank you to all of you that have helped out in some way this year. Thank you to all students in the Honors Program as you are what makes the Honors Community what it is. I look forward to another great year of Honors next year.

Cheers,
Tom

IC Honors Student Spotlight: Maddison Murnane

Meet Maddison Murnane, our student spotlight of the week! She is a freshman journalism major with a minor in Sports Psychology from Plattsburgh, NY! Find out more about Maddison below:

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Favorite part about IC: “My favorite part about IC has to be all of the experiences and opportunities that are available to you. As I freshman I already have a job, an internship, and am able to write for and participate in several different media outlets at school. Also, the professors here really care about you and will help you become successful.”

Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why: “Since I’m only a freshman I’ve only had the chance to take two honors seminars, Why Are We Here? and Journalism and Truth: Nonfiction South of the Border. Both seminars have changed my point of view and broadened my horizons. Why Are We Here? was interesting because it forced me to question why I actually enrolled in college as well as why I believe in certain things. Journalism and Truth has exposed me to so many journalists and pieces of work that I would otherwise be blind to. Tom Pfaff and Pablo Calvi are both very knowledgeable professors that keep you constantly thinking and developing new ideas, I love that.”

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program: “Other than meeting some amazing people, the coolest opportunity I’ve had through the Honors Program has been the Ottawa trip. We took a day trip there for the Winterlude Festival and it was such an interesting experience. People from around the world had entered a contest in which they all created incredible ice sculptures that were judged. They included everything from soccer players to dragons. We were also able to explore the city and experience the culture.”

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: Writing Effective Course Comments

PrintAdvice: Be thoughtful and specific when doing course comments.

Why: Your comments about courses are taken seriously by faculty and administrators. They do want to hear your thoughts on the course and how to make it better. Comments such as “this instructor rocks” or “this instructor is the worst ever” aren’t particularly useful. You should provide clear examples with details to get your point across. Take some time to think about what you have to say and articulate it carefully. Written comments with numerous grammar and spelling errors aren’t taken entirely seriously. Remember, course comments are your opportunity to provide meaningful feedback and so don’t pass it up.

IC Honors: Fulbright Scholarships

PrintWe have just recently learned that two Ithaca College honors students have been awarded Fulbright teaching assistantships for 2015-16. Karly Placek (class of 2015), a Documentary Studies major, anthropology minor, and a member of the Honors Program, was awarded an ETA award to Malaysia; and Abby Jamiel (class of 2011), an Art History major and member of the Honors Program, was awarded an ETA award to South Africa. Congratulations!

Honors students in particular have a great track record when it comes to winning Fulbright awards, which place you in countries around the world, either performing your own research or serving as an English teaching assistant. Applications for the 2016-17 academic year are due this coming September, so if you are a rising senior now would be a great time to start preparing. The application process itself is not intimidating, and Professor Hugh Egan, faculty liaison for students seeking competitive external awards, is here to help guide you through it. If are interested in applying in this next cycle of applications, get in touch with him (eganh@ithaca.edu) before you leave campus this year.  Check out the student spotlight on Grace Wivell ’14 who is in Indonesia on a Fulbright right now. Professor Egan also has information about other competitive external grants, including the Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, and Mitchell fellowships. It is never too early to learn about competitive external grants.