IC Honors: Congratulations Graduating Seniors

PrintCongratulations to the Honors Students that will graduate tomorrow. At the risk of accidentally leavings someone out and including a few December grads, the list of graduating Honors students is below.  Good luck and we look forward to your continued engagement with the program as Ithaca College Honors Alumni.

Elizabeth C Adams, Robert H Adler, Jessica B Afrin, Brianne E Akers, Nathan J Antonacci, Holly Y Athas, Erica L Bachand, Kathryn R Beaule, Bronwyn A Bishop, Gianna  M Boccanfuso, Kimberly N Capehart, Emily E Conklin, Linda E Crandall, Samantha L Cripe, Tyler J Denn-Thiele, Rachel A Dick, Tessa E Duke, Elise N Edmonds, Lisa M Famularo, Geneva M Faraci, Michael F Farsi, Colleen C Feeney, Nicholas S Filippini, Taylor K Flynn, Kelsey G Fons, Delaney R Gaetano, Madeline M Gerbig, Lauren E Gervais, Taylor B Graham, Samantha J Guter, Lawrence L Hamacher, Sara E Harmon, Luke R Heisinger, Andrew R Hinkley, Gretchen C Hohmeyer, Megan M Hooley, Kyle D James, Hannah Jeon, Rebecca W Kaebnick, Megan L Kelleher, Sara E Klusky, Jamie M Kronenberg, Julia H Kuhlberg, Amanda J Lee, David M Lesnefsky, Katelyn M MacDonald, Madison L Mangano, Emily M Martin, Jameson T Martin, Brenden K McKim, Brianna M Meddaugh, Morgan M Meese, Madeleine C Menges, Deidre Mollura, Zachary D Mota, Andrew P Muse, Nora B Noone, Sierra S Olson, Katrina  M Piemonte, Kaloyan V Popzlatev, Jason T Potel, Nicole A Pouy, Dominick S Recckio, Taylor M Reeves, Michael A Rizk, Samuel B Russell, Rachelle A Sartori, Kristin K Schultz, Jessica R Schweizer, Elise M Steele, Alexandra M Szotka, Benjamin H Tolles, Theodora G Weatherby, Jill V Weidman, Cindy Yong, Rida N Zahid, Megan E Zart.


IC Honors Senior Sendoff: Kyle James


Kyle is the president of the Honors Advisory Board and a double major in IMC and Sport Studies! He’s headed to NYC after graduation.

After graduation I will be taking a week to explore Istanbul and Prague. Following my passion for experiencing unique bars and similar establishments, I will be visiting a beer spa as well as a bar with a rock wall inside of it while I’m there. After my week abroad, I will be spending my summer interning at Havas Media in New York City as a part of my IRTS Media Fellowship! In addition to interning, the fellowship provides me with opportunities to network with hundreds of media leaders across NYC and learn how to create more access in the media industry to marginalized groups that are underrepresented.  

IC Honors: Thank You Honors Students

PrintAs the semester is nearly over I want to make sure I thank and congratulate as many of you as I can remember. I continue to say that it is the students that make the Honors Program the great program it is. If you follow the blog, and you should, you already know, for example, about our four 2016 campus life award winner (Lisa, Sam, Kyle, and Dom), our Fulbright winner (Taylor), or that we had a student publish in Newsweek (Kayla). We also had three students finish the new Honors Program a year early (Jamie, Kristin, and Tyler), which included completing a thesis project. Of course, as soon as I start naming names I will undoubtedly forget to mention someone and so I’ll stop there and simply say Congratulations to all Honors students for your accomplishments. Thank you to those of you that helped out in some way this year. Also, thanks to all of you for being a great community of students..

Behind the scenes I need to thank two graduating Honors students, Sam and Kelsey. Sam, our Hugh Egan award winner, has made the social media world of Honors immensely better. Farther from the spotlight is Kelsey, who was critical in organizing our trips and events for the year and making sure you had food on those trips. Meanwhile, Yena has been supporting many of the administrative tasks that keep Honors running and I thank her for all her hard work. If you see any of these three students then please make sure you thank them. Again, thank you Sam, Kelsey, and Yena for all your hard work on behalf of Honors and being an absolute pleasure to work with.

The blog will slow down as we head into summer, but it will still be active. Be sure to let me know what you are up to for our summer spotlights. Enjoy the summer, and if you are a graduating senior then I wish you the best of luck.  Cheers, Tom

IC Honors Thanks: Margaret Eckerson

IMG_1985If you have been in the Honors Lounge in the last few weeks you should have noticed the photos on the walls. We now have a completed set of historic photos of Ithaca along with a photo taken this spring. They are really interesting. The older photos come from Historic Ithaca and the new ones where taken by Maggie Eckerson. A  big thanks to her for volunteering to do this for Honors. The photos are great.

IC Honors Senior Sendoff: Samantha Cripe

This is Sam Cripe, an senior Honorite with a double major in Legal Studies and History, and you can learn about her volunteer plans for next year here:12961485_10154025399308168_8141300492269836029_n.jpg

Next year I will be a corp member, volunteering for City Year in Boston. This organization is part of the AmeriCorps umbrella. I will be working with inner city students on attendance, behavior, and grades all while encouraging them to do well in schools and find a passion for learning. I am so excited to work with youth and begin a possible career in the field of education. I am hoping that this year will help me decide if I want to continue on and get a teaching certificate, or if I want to continue on to Law school. Either way, I am excited to begin working with youth and making an impact on the Boston community!

IC Honors Student Spotlight: Yena Seo ’18

Meet sophomore Yena Seo with a double major in Journalism and Politics (International Policy concentration) from Fairfax, VA! Yena is part of the Honors Advisory Board, she slays on Model UN, recently represented IC at the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference in Annapolis, MD, and is a huge fan of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Learn more about Yena below!


Favorite part about IC:The people. Whenever you need a helping hand, you can count on someone to be there for you!

Favorite Honors seminar (so far) and why:Terrorism and Insurgencies with Chip Gagnon and Why Are We Here? with Tom Pfaff. I’m currently in the Terrorism and Insurgencies class, and given current events, it’s been incredibly interesting to learn about different theories regarding terrorism, historical events, as well as the numerous terrorist organizations and insurgency groups around the world. I always knew I wanted to go into national security policy at some point in my life, and this has sparked my interest even more. Why Are We Here? was my first-year seminar and it provided me with long-lasting friendships and was a great introduction to all that the Honors Program had to offer. I loved it so much that I served as a Peer Mentor for the Why Are We Here? class this past fall.

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors Program:I just recently attended the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference in Annapolis, Maryland! The Honors program sponsored me to attend the conference, and the theme this year was focused on closing the global gender gap. I was fortunate to meet and make friendships with students, cadets and midshipmen from all over the world, enjoyed some delicious food (and even went to a croquet match!) in downtown Annapolis, and engaged in stimulating discussion and debate. We were even lucky enough to hear two of my favorite female role models speak (among many other notable speakers) – Michele Flournoy, the former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Policy, and Samantha Power, the current U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations! It was a truly unparalleled experience and I encourage every IC Honors student to make the most of whatever opportunities come their way.”

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 Senior Sendoff: Lisa Famularo

Here’s Lisa, a senior Business Administration major with a concentration in Management, and a Campus Life Award recipient for this year. Check out her awesome grad school plans:Lisa About.Me_3.JPG

After graduation, I will be attending a two-year graduate program at the University of Connecticut to earn a Master of Arts in Higher Education Student Affairs while also completing an assistantship in the Center for Career Development and a series of practicums in other Student Affairs offices.  Throughout my experience at IC, I have definitely recognized the importance of involvement during college, especially due to all the amazing resources IC provides that are not available everywhere else, and I want to help other students take advantage of the resources available to them in a similar way that I did.  I have developed a strong passion for student development, and my goal is to play a direct role in helping college students recognize their unique strengths and realize their full potential.