IC Honors Student Spotlight: Sarah Logsdon

Meet Sarah, a junior Cinema & Photography Major with a minor in Communication Management and Design from Evansville, Indiana! Sarah is currently abroad at the Ithaca College London Centre, and you can learn more about her below:

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Favorite part about IC: “Since I love IC so much, here’s a list!
1. The peeps. People are great, but especially the people of Ithaca College.
2. The energy and passion of the students. Hearing all of the various passions of the students is simply inspiring.
3. The weather….in the summer.”

Favorite Honors Seminar you’ve taken and why: “Most definitely would be the Civic Engagement course with Pat Spencer. Not only is Pat great, but having a space to talk about effective volunteering was a hoot of a time. Also, meeting various alums and civic leaders of the Ithaca area really help me develop my own civic engagement.”

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors Program: “Coolest opportunity that I’ve had through IC is simply having the opportunity to live in such a socially aware place. Coming from a rather conservative town and not being exposed to various social justice topics, it has been great to be able to hear so many more opinions from people of Ithaca.”

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!
Email sguter1@ithaca.edu with any comments, questions, concerns or nominations.

IC Honors Advice: Getting the Most of your Education

6831018124_f526e4d32a_mAdvice: Focus on challenges and questions, and less about grades.

Why: Honors students are focused, driven, and goal-oriented, which are wonderful qualities. Unfortunately, when the goal is a particular grade––as in, “I want to get an A in this class”––it’s easy to get distracted from what really matters.  It is easy to focus on grades when professors give a detailed syllabus and rubrics for every assignment, and financial aid depends on the.  But let’s be honest, that’s not what professors really care about.  We care about outcomes that are difficult to measure, like your passion, curiosity, and your ability to ask great questions.  Focusing on grades makes you less willing to take risks or take on significant challenges.  A comic to contemplate: http://kiriakakis.net/comics/mused/a-day-at-the-park

IC Honors YMLT: Tom Gets Outsmarted by a Hen

New-ChicksI went to clean the chicken coop yesterday and was surprised to find seven baby chicks that must have been born within the last 24 hours. How can this happen? It seem our perpetually broody hen, seen in the picture (It’s a Silkie), must have taken seven eggs from the nesting box about a month ago. It is likely that none of these eggs are hers since she stopped laying some time ago. She located herself in a corner of the coop and kept them warm (yes we have a rooster) and hence the chicks. She would always sit in the nesting box on eggs with an apparent strong desire to have chicks. We would always move her out of the way and take the eggs. I guess she got tired of this and hatched her plan (great pun). She would often not go out when the hens were let to free roam, and so we didn’t really pay much attention to her. Well she is now a happy mom with seven babies. Put this under the category of nature finds a way.

IC Honors Student Spotlight: Hannah Cohensmith

Meet sophomore Hannah Cohensmith, a Vocal Performance major with an outside field in Politics from Longwood, Florida! Learn more about Hannah below:
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Favorite part about IC:It’s a tie between the welcoming atmosphere (which is why I chose IC) and the professors. Every professor I’ve had has not only been extremely knowledgable in their field, but also so helpful and inspiring on a personal level.”
Favorite Honors Seminar you’ve taken and why:The Golden City with Bob Sullivan! I never thought I’d be interested in reading Plato and Herodotus, but this class proved to be my most engaging one. Not only has what I learned in there been applicable to almost every class I’ve taken since, but the class also challenged me enough to write a 20 page research paper about ancient Athenian education that was good enough to present at the Whalen Symposium last spring during my freshman year.”
Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors Program:The Honors trip to Ottawa last semester for Winterlude. It was my first time really out of the country and even though I’ve never been as freezing as I was during that trip, I can’t thank the Honors program enough for providing such a cool opportunity basically for free. I ice skated (terribly) on the Rideau Canal and got to walk all around the capital in just one day, which is something you wouldn’t expect to do on a regular Saturday.”
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!
Email sguter1@ithaca.edu with any comments, questions, concerns or nominations.

IC Honors Advice: Professional Communication – Email Salutation II

PrintAdvice: Email communications should have a proper salutation and leaving it blank or using something like “Hey,” is inappropriate.

Why: Email communication to faculty should be viewed as professional communication. Leaving the salutation blank or starting off with something like “Hey” will come off as rude. It is ok to use you instructor’s first name such as Dear Tom or just Tom if your instructor has invited you to do so. If you are in doubt, then it is better to be too formal than inappropriately informal.