IC Honors Advice: On Recommendations I

PrintAdvice: Have an honest conversation with a potential reference.

Why: Ask first. Don’t assume the answer will be yes, and don’t be offended if it’s not. There are many reasons someone may decline serving as a reference. Discuss your opportunities and make sure they actually endorse all the things to which you’re applying, and find out what the recommender actually thinks of you. Make sure your recommender has a complete picture of you. If it’s been a couple months since you worked with the individual, offer a sample of your recent work. Provide a resume. Use the opportunity to let the recommender get to know you even better. Don’t assume that just because someone’s willing to be your reference that they’ll recommend you for anything. In general, a strong recommendation from an unknown entity far outweighs a weak or even lukewarm recommendation from a person of clout. Finally, find out how the recommender wishes to be addressed on the portions of any form you need to fill out, and what contact information they’d like to have listed. Also, make sure you spell their name correctly!

IC Honors News: Take Latin 102!

Need to study a language? How about taking Latin 102?

Elementary Latin II is being offered in the Spring (2016) on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:35-3:50.

Read about the myths of ancient Rome in the original language, improve your vocabulary, (over half the words in English are derived from Latin!), improve your knowledge of English literature and History, both of which are deeply influenced by Roman thought and culture.

Latin will help you understand the specialized vocabulary of many different courses, including those offered by HSHP, Pre-law, and practically everything offered by the School of Humanities and Sciences—in fact, the words “Humanities” and “Sciences” are themselves derived from Latin: humanitates and scientiae!

When you take the course, you’ll be surprised at how much Latin you already know, and how much it influences everything around you.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Robert Ziomkowski (rziomkowski@ithaca.edu).

Register today through HomerConnect!

Elementary Latin II (CRN: 41097) LATN 10200-01

IC Honors Student Spotlight: Maddy Parkes

Meet sophomore Maddy Parkes, a Piano Performance and Music Education major with a minor in Music Theory Concentration from Langhorne, PA! Maddy is an RA in the Honors RLC in Lyon Hall – learn more about her below:


Favorite part about IC:I love so many things about IC! I love the rigorous music program and how it challenges me to be the best performer and musician I can be. I enjoy going to sessions through the Student Leadership Institute and learning how to develop my leadership skills in relation to leading my personal self as well as others. I also love being an RA and interacting with all of my residents. But none of the things that I love would be possible without the amazing people that I have met here over time. :)”

Favorite Honors seminar and why:Definitely The Golden City taught by Bob Sullivan. It was an amazing seminar because we learned about and read a lot of literature from the time period of Ancient Greece while having so much fun! I loved getting to know my professor and the other students in my class, and because of the research that I did I was able to present at the Whalen Symposium my freshman year. It was a great seminar to help me transition to IC.”

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors Program: I’ve had so many wonderful opportunities already here, but I think one of the coolest opportunities that I’ve had was performing an elective recital my freshman year. It was the day last year in March when there was a school-wide power outage, so my recital had to be cancelled and moved to the afternoon of the next day. I was very worried, but despite the setback, I was able to demonstrate how much I had learned about piano through performing some awesome pieces, including one that was on my bucket list since high school.”

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 Event: Ice Cream Social

ice-cream-214986_640WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM! Tuesday November 10 from 7:00-8:00 in Kling. Do we need to say more. Bigs, please make the effort to reach out to your little and meet up with them at this event. We have never finished all the ice cream and so I formally challenge Honors students to show up and finish all the ice cream. For those that are sustainability minded, please bring a bowl and a spoon.

IC Honors Seminar Spotlight: Numbers in the News

Our final seminar spotlight of this semester will be Numbers and the News, the 1-credit seminar offered by Tom Pfaff himself! Learn more about it below.

Describe your seminar in one sentence. Using numbers to help understand the world.”

Describe your classroom style in one sentence.Keeping the classroom engaging through discussion and challenging questions.”

What is one thing you hope students will take away from your seminar?Quantitative information is there to help tell stories and shouldn’t be ignored.”

What is one piece of advice you would give to students?Keep challenging yourself with ideas that you are uncomfortable with.”

Check out the full list of seminars here and the whole list of spotlights here.

IC Honors Seminar Spotlight: South Asia: History, Politics and Culture

Professor Raza Rumi is teaching a course next semester focusing on the culture and exploration of South Asia. Learn more below!

Describe your seminar in one sentence. “This course will familiarize students with the histories, politics and cultures of South Asia.

Describe your classroom style in one sentence.Using an array of sources – folk cultures, the arts and selected texts – students would study the region and its myriad historical and contemporary dimensions.

What is one thing you hope students will take away from your seminar?Students would be more familiar with the region and the contemporary trends.

What is one piece of advice you would give to students?You should be prepared to undertake selected readings, watch many videos and listen to some amazing music from the region.”

Want to know more?Selected musical performances, films including mainstream cinema and documentaries, dance, television and theatrical productions, visual narrations of art and architecture will be shown and discussed in the class.”

Check out the full list of seminars here and the whole list of spotlights here.