Welcome to 2016!
We hope you’ve been having a wonderful break and can’t wait to see you back on campus or hear about your adventures elsewhere this year. Hopefully your celebrations were filled with fun and relaxation. Enjoy the rest of break, take care of yourselves, and we will see you soon. Here’s to a new year!
Check out these photos from this year’s annual banquet, held in Emerson Suites. There were snacks, books, hot cocoa, prizes and gingerbread house making galore!
This seems appropriate for the first day of Winter. Happy Winter Solstice.
As we head into finals week, I want to take a moment to thank as many people as I can remember for making Honors what it is. Thanks to Pat Spencer for working with so many students to create meaningful civic engagement opportunities and David Flanagan for the work he does with taskstream (you’ll really appreciate this some day). Thanks to Kelsey Fons for organizing the Honors trips and events, Yena Seo for taking care of all sorts invisible tasks that are important, and Sam Guter for making Honors social media and communication superb. Thanks to Dylan Schoch for keeping the computes and printers running and for also doing those invisible tasks that keep Honors running. Thanks to the Honors Faculty for your great courses and the time you spend with the students.
Thanks to all the Honors students that engage in classes, trips, and events. It is your energy, enthusiasm, thoughtfulness, and kindness that creates the community that is IC Honors. Thanks to the Honors Student Advisory Board for, well, your advice. Lastly, thanks to all of you who read my emails.
Good luck on finals and enjoy winter break. Our posts over break will slow down, but not stop as we look to keep you engaged. If you have something you think Honors students might enjoy, then let me know.
The Honors Annual Holiday Banquet is Wednesday, December 9, from 7-9pm in the Emerson Suites.
There will be dessert food and drink, free books, a gift raffle, and gingerbread house decorating.
This event is not to be missed and provides an opportunity to dress up a bit! Spread the word and take time to meet up with your big or little as well as hang out with other Honors friends. We look forward to seeing everyone there!
Advice: Be thoughtful and specific when doing course comments.
Why: Your comments about courses are taken seriously by faculty and administrators. They do want to hear your thoughts on the course and how to make it better. Comments such as “this instructor rocks” or “this instructor is the worst ever” aren’t particularly useful. You should provide clear examples with details to get your point across. Take some time to think about what you have to say and articulate it carefully. Written comments with numerous grammar and spelling errors aren’t taken entirely seriously. Remember, course comments are your opportunity to provide meaningful feedback and so don’t pass it up.
Check out this article the Ithaca Voice wrote on professor Raza Rumi who is teaching a 3-credit seminar on South Asia in the Spring of 2016!
Learn a little bit more about how Professor Rumi survived an assassination attempt in Pakistan and the dangerous life that some journalists often lead, and check out more information about his seminar here.