IC Honors Alumni Spotlight: Holly Garbacz ’15

Meet recent graduate Holly Garbacz, who majored in Biology with minors in Psychology and the Honors program! She’s currently a scribe at rochester general hospital in the emergency department and a home health care aide at Interim health care, she’s applying to med school for next year. She also worked as our Honors Events Coordinator her senior year, so many of you may remember her; learn more about Holly below!

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One piece of advice you wish someone had given you in your years at IC:Take advantage of the culture at IC in every way possible. 4 years goes faster than you think!”

Favorite Honors seminar and why:The wire – incredible show, stimulating political conversation in class (that was outside my area of study completely), overall unique seminar.”

One word that sums up your university experience:Love.”

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 Seminar Spotlight: Living Well in the 21st Century, The Good Life – Individual Choices towards a Sustainable Future

Check out Environmental Sciences & Studies Professor John Hopple’s 1-credit course on living sustainably through Helen and Scott Nearing’s The Good Life! Learn more below:

Describe your seminar in one sentence.This seminar will explore the various ways in which we can live more sustainably by maximizing our quality of life while minimizing the negative impacts of our actions on the environment.

Describe your classroom style in one sentence.This course is about great ideas. Class format will most often be lively discussions of fascinating and thoughtful readings.

What is one thing you hope students will take away from your seminar? If we accept the premise that the status quo is unacceptable in terms of our relationship with the environment then we need to make some changes in the way we live. There are a lot of really creative solutions to our problems and they don’t necessarily require that we deny ourselves in order to achieve them.”

What is one piece of advice you would give to students? Business as usual will not cut it in the future. We will have to find new ways to tackle old problems if we want to survive as a species. That doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice a high quality of life in order to live in balance with our environment. But it does mean we need to be creative and imaginative in searching for better solutions to current problems.”

Want to know more? “The text for the course will be Helen and Scott Nearing’s The Good Life. The book is about a 20th century couple and their experiments in sustainable living. There will also be additional readings, videos, podcasts, online readings etc. drawn from a variety of sources including many on the most up-to-date approaches to living in balance with the environment.”

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

IC Honors Seminar Spotlight: Simple Machines

Physics specialist Jennifer Mellott is bringing back her unique and wildly popular Simple Machines seminar. Learn what it’s all about below:


IMG_3103Describe your seminar in one sentence. “
A seminar that keep students engaged and working with their hands as well as their minds in individual and group situations.”

Describe your classroom style in one sentence.I like to give enough information for students to have questions, no spoon feeding.”

What is one thing you hope students will take away from your seminar?The self confidence to try and attack any project or problem with a whole new tool box.

What is one piece of advice you would give to students?Be mindful of how much time projects can take.”

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

IC Honors Seminar Spotlight: Slow Read, The Golem and the Jinni

This semester, Writing professor Katharyn Machan is teaching a new slow read seminar on a more contemporary novel that combines Arab and Jewish folk mythology! Read more below:

Describe your seminar in one sentence. We will gradually read the excellent historical/fantasy novel The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker and engage in research into turn-of-the-20th-century New York City as well as Jewish and Arabic mythology, with the opportunity for some related creative writing.

Describe your classroom style in one sentence.I work to engage students with intelligent humor and humorous intelligence, supported by generosity.

What is one thing you hope students will take away from your seminar?I believe students will hold onto a new awareness of how fantasy grounded in historical research can shape fiction.

What is one piece of advice you would give to students?Open ears and minds—and mouths for wise laughter!”

Want to learn more?I also teach the Writing Department’s course in Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy and have done so since 1978. I also teach Honors and ICSM courses about fairy tales. So I am ENTHUSIASTIC about this book!!!!!!!”

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

IC Honors FYI: Shattering Mythical Representations of Arab Women in Media discussion

Tomorrow, Monday, November 2 at 7pm in Williams 323, co-sponsored by Harriet Malinowitz’s seminar on “Palestine in Literature and Film,” Women’s & Gender Studies, the Park Center for Independent Media, CSCRE, and the Center for  Faculty Excellence present a talk and multimedia presentation by Noura Hajjaj, who teaches Arabic language and culture/film at Marist College. This is an awesome experience and opportunity to learn more for all types of interests! Check it out!

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