IC Honors Summer Student Spotlight: Sydney Brenner

Meet Sydney, another incoming Honors student! She’ll be studying English on campus in the fall. Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 4.36.49 PM

This summer, Sydney will be working at a Jewish sleep away camp called URJ Eisner camp in Great Barrington, MA.

Sydney is ready to explore all of the opportunities the Honors Program offers.

“Throughout my scholastic career, I have always had a passion for learning and thrived from challenging courses. Thus I wanted to have the same experience at a collegiate level. Furthermore, college can be intimidating and difficult to adapt to therefore I chose the Honors program to ensure that as I entered Ithaca I would already have a welcoming community to join that was just as driven by success as I was.”

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IC Honors Summer Student Spotlight: Kyle James

Meet Kyle James, a rising senior IMC and Sport Studies major!

Kyle is spending his summer working full time at Campus Center & Event Services as a Lead Operations Manager, and is also researching the effects of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games on the infrastructure of Salt Lake City, building off of an independent study Kyle completed in Spring 2015. Thanks in part to a grant from the Honors Program, Kyle will also be spending about a week in Utah delving further into his research!

Kyle’s favorite part about the Honors program is that is pushes you out of your comfort zone.

“What I like most about the Ithaca College Honors Program is that it forces you to get out of your academic school and take courses you never would’ve dreamed about taking. Some of these courses, such as The Ring Cycle & Explosions in a Shingles Factory: French Modernism have proven to be some of the courses at IC that have challenged me the most academically and changed the way I think about and approach complex issues. In addition to the academic benefit, the Honors Program has led me to some of my closest friends and their ‘Bigs and Littles’ program allowed me to be a ‘big brother’ to a bunch of amazing people that are going to do great things in the near future.”

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IC Honors: YMLT

GiantMtWhat’s Tom been up to this summer? There is, of course, plenty of planning for the upcoming year, but he does get time away. He, and his two youngest, climbed their first of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks in July. The picture is from the top of Giant Mt, the 12th highest peak in New York and a climb of 3050 feet.

IC Honors is now on LinkedIn!

LinkedIn_Logo.svgHonorites, Alumni and all of the professional world can now connect with us on LinkedIn. We’ll hopefully be posting career tips and tricks for both alumni and current Honorites as our pages gets started. This also offers a great opportunity for networking, so if you’re looking for some connections before you graduate, use this page as a tool to help you network with Honors alumni. Here is the link to our page, go forth and follow!

IC Honors Summer Student Spotlight: Hannah Basciano

Meet Hannah, a rising junior Documentary Studies major!


Hannah is extremely busy this summer — she’s interning with Veverka Brothers Productions out of Brooktondale for their documentary Passfire (a film about fireworks culture throughout the world) as their Assistant Producer and will be traveling alongside her producers to Wyoming for their rough cut’s selected screening in August at the Pyrotechnics Guild International Convention. She’ll also be headed to the IC Galway, Ireland arts program in July with Professors Utterson and Monagan. In addition to all that, she’s working on finishing post-production on her own independent documentary!

Hannah has had a great experience with taking Honors classes so far.

“The Honors seminars are my favorite part of the program. They bring together students that are just as curious and free-thinking as I am, creating an environment of conversation and intellectual growth. Every Honors course I’ve taken has been on a subject I had never thought to learn more about—from natural disasters, South American journalism, origin stories, Cayuga Lake, to animal tracking. I’ve learned so much being a part of the Honors Program, and I cannot wait to learn more!”

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IC Honors Summer Student Spotlight: Evan Layne

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This summer, Evan is interning at DoSomething.org as their Finance and Human Resources Intern. “DoSomething is a non-profit with the goal of motivating young people to take action around social changes through national campaigns and grants for projects that make an impact. Overall, their mission is to create a culture of volunteerism and social activism through engaging and empowering young people.”

Evan’s favorite experience in the Honors program was with one of his seminars!

“Far and away the most rewarding experience I have had with the Honors Program was the Intermediate Seminar I participated in during the Fall 2014 semester. The course was Sex, Gender, and Desire with Professor Carla Golden. This course was precisely structured to engage students in provocative and challenging discourses surrounding feminism, sexuality, gender, intercourse, and sex. Each reading contributed to a perfect constellation of engaging topics. This class was critical in my personal growth, and the material caused me to reevaluate how I understand the world. The way I navigate society is forever skewed (for the better, I feel) as a result of this course. I even wore a dress to class on the last day to challenge the gender binary! Endless praise for Carla and SGD.”

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IC Honors Summer Student Spotlight: Emma DenBleyker

Meet Emma, an incoming Speech-Language Pathology first-year student!HAITI 446This summer, Emma is headed to Haiti to help construct a school in the Les Cayes region of Haiti, with her school’s chapter of the national organization buildOn. This will be her second time going to Haiti with buildOn (she’s featured with one of the kids from Haiti in her photo!).

“It was such an incredible and transformative experience last year, especially through the experience of living with a host family in the village. I cannot wait to return and work hard alongside the villagers on the worksite to bring education to people who really need it.”

Emma is also excited to participate in Honors seminars once she gets on campus.

“What piqued my interest in the Honors program was the opportunity to take discussion-based seminars. My high school classes that have been taught in this way were always my favorite and I think they are the most valuable in shaping opinions and encouraging an understanding of the views of others. I feel that my college experience would not be complete without being a part of this kind of learning environment.”

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IC Honors Summer Student Spotlight: Kimberly Capehart

Meet Kimberly, a rising senior Documentary Studies and Production major!

11174922_10153484202158268_7573650797047169666_nThis summer, Kimberly is working as the Community Relations intern at the Philly non-profit public media station, WHYY.

Kimberly has enjoyed the community and intellectual challenge her of seminar courses!

“My favorite part of the Honors program has been the seminar classes. The honors academic seminars have comprised a very large and important part of my undergraduate education, as they’ve introduced me to new ideas, new interests, and new communities of peers. They’ve been a crucial site of the formation of my own intellectual and academic identity.”

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