IC Honors Advice: The Syllabus Matters


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Look carefully at Syllabi.

Why: Faculty put thought and effort into their syllabi and they give you valuable hints about the professor’s personality and teaching style. Be aware that you will be held responsible for the assignments and deadlines on the syllabus even if the professor doesn’t mention them in class. It also reflects poorly on you if you ask the professor a question that is answered in the syllabus.

IC Honors Info Session: Partners in the (national) Parks

We have an info session on Thursday January 28, noon hour, T101. Learn about the Partners in the (National) Parks Program.  Hear from an Honors student, Danielle Martin, that participated last yer. Honors will help fund your participation in these week long experiential learning opportunities at one of this years national park locations.  Take a look at this video from Alexis Lanza’s trip to Sequoia National Park last summer.

IC Honors Student Spotlight: Kelli Kyle ’17

Meet our student spotlight of the week, junior Journalism major with minors in History and French from Egg Harbor Township, NJ, Kelli Kyle! Kelli is currently abroad in Aix, France, so we send her good wishes from the States – learn more about Kelli below!
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Favorite part about IC:I really love the opportunities available at Ithaca College. As a first-year student, I was already having my articles published in the Ithacan, video packages aired on ICTV and live newscasts heard on WICB. It was so easy for me to get involved very early on in my college career, which helped build my passion for the field of journalism.”
Favorite Honors Seminar (so far) and why:Sex, Gender, and Desire with Dr. Carla Golden is definitely one of the most fantastic honors seminars I’ve taken at IC. Words cannot describe how awesome Carla Golden is. The material in the course challenged me to think about those subjects way more deeply than I had in the past. The open discussions of the class brought up many interesting ideas and generated an intellectual and informed discourse on the title topics. As a feminist, this course definitely played a huge role in helping me discern my own beliefs, and think about feminism as it pertains to identity, class, race and other factors. I also took a course on feminism in science fiction with Professor Katharine Kittredge my first year at IC, and it was phenomenal. Go feminism!”
Coolest opportunity through IC and/or the Honors Program:The first weekend of spring break, I had the opportunity to travel with a student team to Selma, Alabama, to help NBC cover the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday. This was an amazing experience I’ve had through IC that I will never forget. While there, we interviewed foot soldiers from the original march and filmed for NBC from the crowd during the reenactment of the march. I’ll never forget that moment at the start of the march when I was walking in the center of the crowd as everyone around me began singing, “Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me around.” The history of why they were marching coupled with the significance of the song itself added much power to the whole experience. Being able to travel to this event was incredible, and I consider myself very fortunate to attend a school that provides its students with opportunities like this one.”
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 Trips: Ottawa!

18442996_ecf114086e_o.jpgDon’t forget to get your tickets TODAY in the Six Mile Creek Room in Campus Center (near the Rec Center on the bottom floor) starting during the noon hour for our trip on this Saturday, January 30! Tickets are $15, first come, first serve, and you are allowed to buy up to 2 tickets for friends who have conflicts.

Since it is Canada, you DO have to have a passport or an enhanced ID, so don’t sign up if you don’t have one! We’ll be leaving around 6:30am and returning around 10pm. There’s lots to do in Ottawa at this time of year: visit the largest skating rink in the world, celebrate the winterlude festival, and more.

IC Honors News and Notes: Welcome Back & Spring Preview

Winter_Wonderland_(about_a_year_ago_.....)_(6529979645).jpgWelcome back and hopefully you had a productive and relaxing break. Honors has a busy first week to the semester and here is what you should know:

  1. Tickets, $15, for the Ottawa trip go on sale on Tuesday Jan. 26, noon hour, Six Mile Creek Room. The trip is an all day trip to Ottawa’s Winterlude on Saturday Jan. 30. Skate on the world’s largest skating rink, check out the ice sculpture competitions or play in North America’s largest snow playground.  At the same time Ottawa is home to a number of  great museums.
  2.  We have an info session on Thursday January 28, noon hour, T101. Learn about the Partners in the (National) Parks Program.  Honors will help fund your participation in these week long experiential learning opportunities at one of this years national park locations.  Take a look at this video from Alexis Lanza’s trip to Sequoia National Park last summer: VIDEO
  3.  Get on your calendar: the Honors Alumni Panel on Friday February 26 at 4:00 in T101. The panel will consist of Melissa Littlefield ’00, Jesse Katen ’05, and Lily Shafer ’08. This is an excellent opportunity to connect with a few Honors Alumni and learn from their experiences. We also want our Alums to feel welcome with a large crowd.

IC Honors Student Spotlight: Kyle Brassil ’17

Meet our student spotlight of the week, junior Kyle Brassil with a major in Cinema and Photography and a minor in Art from Kingston, RI who’s fresh off a semester abroad in London! Learn more about Kyle below:

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Favorite part about IC:I love that there is community where I don’t feel like an outsider. Growing up I always thought that I would never fit in, but Ithaca College has so many unique, bizarre, and incredible people who just sort of say ‘Who cares if you’re weird? We want you to join us!’ This College just sort of creates that feeling inside you: the desire to be inclusive.”
Favorite Honors Seminar (so far) and why:Teenage Wasteland my freshman year. I may be a bit partial because it was my first, but this seminar with Bruce Henderson was such a great way to indulge in such a unique topic. Being able to go through so many variations on the ‘Young Adult in Dystopia’ genre was great in exploring differences in story structure, and it definitely helps you out when such a big part of your major involves telling a story.”
Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors Program:The ability to study abroad in London. Ask anyone who’s ever spent a semester out of the country and you’ll sentence yourself to a half hour rant on why they wish they could go back. Personally, I’m just eternally grateful for the opportunity I had to become integrated in a new city and a new country. The London Center still feels wholly Ithaca though, with Bill’s City as Text class for Honors students feeling like it came straight from the mind of old Pfaff himself. If anyone is on the fence about studying abroad, I highly recommend it. At the very least you’ll come back with new memories and worldviews”
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.