Would you like to have one of your papers published? Now is the time to submit your creative or academic work to the Symposium – The Honors Undergraduate Scholarly Journal! Papers must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org in Word Document format by Monday, March 7th to be eligible for publication. If your paper is selected to be published you will be eligible to receive points for the Honors Program. For additional questions please email email@example.com. We can’t wait to read your papers!
Advice: When confirming an appointment, repeat the time of the appointment in the confirmation email, rather than simply saying, “That sounds great, I’ll see you then!”
Why: This helps eliminate confusion. Sometimes a student will be given two options to meet and a response of, “That sounds great, I’ll see you then!” isn’t clear. You may be thinking the last time works but we don’t know what time you are confirming. It is better to risk being redundant and clear than unclear.
Thank you to everyone who came out to the Alumni Panel yesterday! Hopefully you learned some great stuff and got to connect with our three wonderful panelists. A special thanks to Ella Sciocchetti for her photos and recap below!
This Friday, three alumni of the honors program returned to IC to share their knowledge and experiences with current students. Our distinguished guests included Melissa Littlefield ’00, Jesse Katen ’05, and Lily Shafer ’08. Here is what they shared with us and hopefully some of these stories will help give you guidance as you navigate your time at college and beyond!
Melissa Littlefield was a member of the first graduating class of the Honors program (which only had 27 students!) and she found a great mentor in Hugh Egan, the first director of the honors program. She fondly remembers having arguments with her professors in class and loves that the honors program gave students the opportunity to have conversations that could have a big impact. She strongly advocates finding a supportive community and network wherever you are. At IC she spent a lot of time getting to know the faculty in the English department and she advises us all to “take advantage of your professors, in a good way.” The honors program gave her an advantage and prepared her well for graduate school because she was willing to try new things and be in new situations.
Jesse Katen really loved the honors program because of the friends he made and the learning that occurred. He got over his shyness in his honors seminars and remembers thinking how he, “couldn’t wait until everyone else could shut up so you could say what you wanted to say!” I am sure some of us are familiar with this feeling today! During his college years, sometimes he would get so lost in thought and absorbing new information that he would get confused about reality. A professor enlightened him with this short story, “If you are walking around in Rome and you turn a corner then are suddenly lost, do you panic or say with joy, ‘I’m lost in Rome!’ and keep wandering?” Jesse loved the supreme joy and sublime awe of learning so he continued his education receiving other degrees and then eventually became a professor. He encourages his students to, “have the intellectual fortitude to hold thoughts in your mind for a while and then take the time to decide whether you are going to adopt whole or part into your values.” Our intellectual identity can be thought of as a structure of Legos; it changes from year to year. Jesse finished with a quote from Maya Angelou, “I want you to do it, and I want you to take it. Take it all the way!” and then gave this advice:
- Networking is not a verb. Make friends and develop relationships instead.
- Distinguish yourself, have a connection, seek out mentors that will be able to give strong personal testimonials.
- Be flexible enough to allow for the role of serendipity.
Lily Shafer always knew that she wanted to teach but she wasn’t sure exactly where that passion was going to take her. She grew up in Philadelphia and she worked at a pharmacy in high school. Because her community dealt with a lot of addiction, she learned to handle high stress situations and customer interactions. Lily was able to use this experience at IC to get a job at the help desk. Her academics helped determine her calling; as an English major she discovered that she was really good at explaining things. Her advice to English majors was, “You have a skill set you don’t know yet. You can talk and explain.” And for all you math haters out there, she wants you to think of algebra as the grammar of numbers; “Don’t hate math, it’s English in a different form,” she said. Lily spoke a lot about how learning can occur outside the classroom. She had to take on more responsibility when her boss at the help desk was out for months and in her subsequent jobs after college she learned how to manage up (manage your manager, which is like convincing your parents to do something). Lily moved on from these positions because she was unhappy and now has found a job that she loves. She was able to do this by making the most of every experience, looking for the value in everyday life, and having faith in herself.
We are very proud to have these alumni return and share their stories and advice with us. Remember to be open to happy accidents and realize that the jobs we may have in 10 years might not even exist now. Go out and follow your passions, find the people that support you, and when you are feeling down realize that sometimes the most productive moments come from personal difficulties.
Are you interested in hearing about the transition from college to career or within your career in the future? Come to Clark Lounge this Saturday, February 27 from 1:30-3:30 in Campus Center. They are featuring 5 Alumni speaking about career and career transitions as professionals.
Alumni this year include:
Syrena Shirley’05, Ph.D. Student Accounting, Penn State University
Nathaniel Hemingway’13, Account Executive, Brooklyn Nets
Richard Onyejuruwa’13, Assistant Director of Admissions, Cornell University
Joyti Jiandani’11, Founding Teacher/ Social Emotional Literacy Lead, Ingenuity Prep
Zavier Williams’91, Speech Therapist, Frederick County Public Schools
All students are welcome!
Meet Nora, a senior TVR major with a minor in IMC from Mechanicsburg, PA! Nora is one of the e-board members of the Senior Class this year and has had a lot of cool experiences with Honors – learn more below:
Favorite part about Ithaca College: “I love being able to walk past the Pub, through the Quad, or around the library and recognize as many faces as I do. Whether it’s my best friend or someone I haven’t talked to since freshmen year, I see certain people every day that feel familiar somehow. It’s taken spending semesters elsewhere to realize how comforting that aspect of IC is.”
Favorite Honors seminar and why: “In the Beginning: Origin Narratives in Science, Religion and Fiction, with Nancy Menning & Luke Keller, because it got me thinking in ways I never have.”
Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors Program: “Exploring Ottawa during its Winter Festival!”
Do you know a really cool alum of the Honors program? Nominate them to be an Alumni Spotlight here!
Advice: When you write to a faculty member to request an appointment, it is helpful if you include times that will work for you.
Why: When looking to set up an appointment rather than simply writing: “Can I meet with you to talk about my paper?”, write instead: “I would like to meet with you to talk about my paper. I am free on Monday from 12-3, Tuesday from 10-2, and Friday from 11-3. Do any of these times work for you?” You can also simply say that you are free during the professor’s office hours and ask whether you should just drop in or request an appointment within that time frame. By offering times that work for you, you make it easy for the next email to do the work of setting up the appointment.
This Friday, February 26, we are hosting another Honors Alumni Panel at 4pm in Textor 101. This year we have three awesome panelists – Jesse Katen ’05, Melissa Littlefield ’00 and Lily Shafer ’08. Here’s some more information on each of the panelists:
Jesse Katen graduated from Ithaca College in 2005, majoring in Politics. He went on to earn an MA in Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture from Binghamton University in 2007 and also owns The Jesse Katen School of Dance in Windsor, NY, which is in its twelfth season. In addition to teaching ballet, tap, jazz, and acro at his studio, Jesse also teaches English at SUNY Broome Community College, where he serves on the committee that established and oversees the college’s Honors Program. Jesse also travels regularly as a professional dance competition judge, having adjudicated more than fifty competitions across the United States, including several nationals. In 2015, he one of three dance judges nominated for the Dance Gala Award for Outstanding Judge by the Association of Dance Competitions and Conventions.
Jesse serves on the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Binghamton and chairs the International Service Committee, having successfully completed international projects including establishing a program to feed malnourished children in the Philippines and helping rebuild schools damaged by the earthquake in Nepal. In 2014, he and his 72-year-old student raised more than $7,000 for charity performing a tap dance challenge. He successfully authored a grant for $18,000 to expand the Planetarium programming at the Roberson Museum and Science Center in Binghamton. Jesse serves as President of the Board of Trustees of the Broome County Public Library and is slated to become President of the Rotary Club of Binghamton in 2017. He was recently the subject of a featured story on WBNG-TV entitled “Tales from the Tiers.”
Melissa Littlefield is an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she teaches classes on Science Fiction, Feminist Science Studies, Body Studies, and Literature and Science. After graduating from Ithaca College in 2000, she earned her dual PhD in English and Women’s Studies from Penn State University. In 2011, she published her first book, The Lying Brain, Lie Detection in Science and Science Fiction; in 2012, she co-edited a second book with Jenell Johnson titled, The Neuroscientific Turn: Transdisciplinarity in the Age of the Brain. Melissa is currently writing a book about novel EEG technologies in popular culture, tentatively titled, Instrumental Intimacies: Measuring and Modifying the Brain Through Mobile EEG. She also co-edits Configurations, A Journal of Literature, Science and Technology. Basically, she loves finding interesting connections between science and culture.
Originally from Ithaca, Melissa loves coming back to NY to visit family and spend summers in the small house she built with her husband a few years ago. When she’s not thinking about brains, you can find her knitting and spinning various woolen fibers in Illinois or playing board games with her 11 yr old son.
Lily Shafer discovered a love for technology and learning at Ithaca College in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Her ability to translate technical jargon and computing concepts to students and faculty made her an extremely effective student help desk technician at IC. As a self-confessed technology geek and a English major, Lily believes anyone can and should be able to learn to use a technology effectively and should never be made to feel foolish about their inexperience. This belief compelled her to pursue a MS degree in Information Science: an interdisciplinary field straddling the line between technologies and the people who use them. Lily’s work there inspired her to pursue a career in instructional design to provide the best learning environments for a new generation of teachers and learners in our interconnected age. She began working at The College of Saint Rose in February 2014 and has quickly earned the respect of members of the faculty with whom she has collaborated as an instructional designer, with the goal of providing the best learning environments for a new generation of teachers and learners in our interconnected age.
Outside of work, Lily is still a voracious reader and video game geek, and plays D&D with the most well-dressed group of professionals she’s ever known (who said adults ever had to grow up?). She is also a fiber artist, who dyes, spins, knits, weaves and sews all sorts of works. All of this is done in the company of her two dogs, who are too smart for her own good (and conspire to steal her peanut butter sandwiches).
Come meet them all on Friday at our Alumni Panel!