IC Honors Summer Student Spotlight: Madison Chlebowski

Meet Madison, an incoming Biology student!

FullSizeRenderMadison is spending her summer volunteering in her community for projects such as Relay for Life, tutoring and working at her local food pantry. She’ll also be visiting Long Beach Island in New Jersey on an annual trip to visit her extended family and hanging out with family and friends before she heads to IC in August!

Madison is excited to get to know the Honors community once she gets onto campus.

“I chose the honors program because it seemed like a great place to get to know like minded peers who really want to learn and challenge themselves. Everyone I talked to from past and current IC students to parents and teacher gave it such great reviews. I also feel that the honors program will start me on the right path to reach my goal of getting into medical school.”

What are you doing this summer? Honors wants to know!

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IC Honors Summer Student Spotlight: Yena Seo

Meet Yena, a rising sophomore Journalism and Politics double major!

image3This summer, Yena is interning with the Brookings Institution in their Foreign Policy division as well as tutoring North Korean refugees in English through an e-mentoring program.

Yena has had a lot of awesome experiences in the Honors program so far!

“My favorite part of the Honors Program is tied between two: the first would be living in Lyon Hall, and the second would be the Honors classes I’ve been able to take through the program. Living in Lyon was really beneficial for me because it allowed me to share a residential space with like-minded people and to make friends who had a lot of similar goals and priorities as me. While I was nervous at first about living in an all-Honors dorm, I met some of my closest friends at Ithaca in Lyon, and living in Lyon really made my college transition much easier. I’ve also loved the Honors classes that I’ve been able to take: Why Are We Here? with Tom Pfaff and Staging History with Claire Gleitman. While the two classes were very different in their course material, both of them allowed me to think critically and question my own beliefs. I loved Why Are We Here? so much that I’ll be serving as a Peer Mentor for the class in the fall!”

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IC Honors Summer Student Spotlight: Samantha Guter

Meet Sam, a rising senior Journalism major!


Sam is spending her final summer before graduation in the homeland of Ithaca, working as a manager for Campus Center & Event Services (meaning she’s wandering around Campus Center in a polo and jingling with keys, managing the Info Desk and setting up all the events for orientation) as well as managing the Honors Program’s social media, visiting home in Chicago for a few of her best friends’ weddings and will be attending Phi Kappa Phi’s Leadership Summit later in the summer in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Sam’s favorite part about the Honors Program is the community.

“I love all the people Honors has allowed me to be with. All of my best friends have been in Honors in one way or another – in classes with me, in Lyon Hall where I lived and was an RA, or just hanging out in the Honors lounge. I definitely believe that Honors attracts the best and weirdest people on campus and it’s great to be a part of such a vibrant academic community.”

What are you doing this summer? Honors wants to know!

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IC Honors RLC: Interested in living in the RLC?

Are you an incoming first-year student who wants a community filled with other similarly academically inclined students? Consider living in the Honors RLC in Lyon Hall!

Lyon offers a full RA staff of Honors students and a vibrant community filled with a lot of awesome programming and friendly people. The goals of the RLC are to:

  • develop a strong sense of academic community among the students participating in the Honors Housing Program.
  • offer programs that integrate topics from students’ coursework.
  • provide additional out-of-class opportunities for the students to interact with the Honors Faculty members.
  • provide a community living experience that is supportive of students’ academic success and interests.
  • promote honors students’ academic leadership.

Apply on HomerConnect under the “Residential Life” then “Residential Learning Communities” tab by July 7.

IC Honors Summer Student Spotlight: Hannah Titlebaum

Meet Hannah Titlebaum, an incoming first-year Legal Studies student!speech pic

This summer, Hannah will be staying at home with her twin little brothers (Sam and Josh, age 11) while her mother goes to teach at the New England Music Camp and her step-father goes to work as the Sergeant Major of the United States Military Academy Concert Band. She’s planning lots of exciting trips to the beach and museums and New York City to keep them occupied until she leave for Ithaca to spend August with her dad and step-mom before school starts. She’ll also be continuing to work as a senior sales associate at the academy gift shop in between taking care of her little brothers!

Hannah is looking forward to being an active member of campus and the honors program!

“I’ve been looking at ways to be involved on campus for the next four years, particularly in areas that I think will either further my growth or help others, and the honors program seemed like it might be the blend of both I was looking for–a conglomeration of fun activities, opportunities for academic exploration, chances to grow and make an impact in other areas on campus, and a sense of a smaller and meaningful community within the college. So I’m very much looking forward to making the most of the honors program and enjoying everything it has to offer!”

What are you doing this summer? Honors wants to know!

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IC Honors: Welcome incoming first-years!


Today marks the first day of the first session of orientation!

Welcome to campus, incoming students! We hope you have an awesome time and don’t get too overwhelmed with all the information – we promise you, you’ll be okay. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to email Tom at tpfaff@ithaca.edu. You can also find Samantha Guter or Kyle James hanging around the Information Desk while you’re here on campus (since they’re spending their summers setting up all your orientation sessions and being in charge of Campus Center). Sam and Kyle are rising seniors in the Honors program (Sam is the social media content manager and Kyle is the president of the Honors Advisory Board, so they know what they’re talking about!) who are happy to answer any questions you may have or just say hi to incoming first-years.

Enjoy your summer and learning all about what IC has to offer!

IC Honors Summer Student Spotlight: Arianna Ashby

Meet another incoming first-year student, Arianna!

DSC_0269This summer, Arianna is headed to Taiwan, Thailand and Japan for a month. In Thailand, she’ll be doing some community service and helping teach students with a group called HUG Academy, as well as zip lining through the forests and seeing Buddhist temples. In Japan, she’ll be scuba diving in Okanawa.

Arianna is looking forward to the intellectual challenge she’ll have in the Honors community.

“I wanted to be apart of the Honors Program because I enjoy challenging myself and being intellectually engaged. I love mentally pushing myself to my limits and having new experiences. I want to grow in who I am and see how others view the world. I am confident these things will come to pass with the help of the small classes and discussions that are offered in the program.”

What are you doing this summer? Honors wants to know!

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