IC Honors: Whitewater Rafting

Saturday, August 27 marked our annual rafting trip. Whether you couldn’t make it or want to relive the adventure, check out the slideshow below! Tickets for our upcoming backpacking and rock climbing trips will go on sale September 6 during the noon hour in Campus Center’s Cayuga Lake Room. Our full schedule of events is available on our blog calendar.

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IC Honors: Welcome Dinner Recap

Welcome back, Honorites, and congratulations on completing your first week of classes! Tuesday we celebrated our return to campus with the annual welcome dinner and pairing of Bigs and Littles. Bigs, remember to take your Littles to at least one event this semester! Take a peek at some photos from the event in the slideshow below!

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IC Honors Alumni Spotlight: Addie Davis ’12

Meet Addie Davis, a graduate from the Class of 2012 who currently works as a middle school teacher in Los Angeles, CA. During her time at Ithaca College, Addie majored in English and completed minors in both Spanish and Art History.  Learn more about Addie below!

 

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Current positions:
I completed my Masters in education at Fordham University in 2014. I am currently an instructional coach & teacher at Equitas Academy Middle School in Los Angeles, CA. (where she teachers the 8th grade)

One piece of advice you wish someone had given you in your years at IC:
Never pass up an opportunity to go to the farmers’ market. (Or, in other words, allow yourself to slow down and enjoy yourself.)

Favorite Honors Seminar and why:
Microhistories with Karin Breuer! It was such a compelling and challenging lens through which to see the world. And, of course, it didn’t hurt that Professor Breuer was hilarious and lovely.

One word that sums up your university experience:
It’s cruel of you to limit an English major to one word! My best attempt: inspirational.

 

We’re always looking for interesting students to highlight in our Spotlight series.

Do you know a really cool first year Honors student? Nominate them here!
Do you know a really cool Honors student? Nominate them here!
Do you know a really cool alum of the Honors program? Nominate them here!

Email ropila@ithaca.edu with any comments, questions, concerns or nominations.

IC Honors Advice: Course Materials

booksAdvice: Make sure you have the assigned reading for your courses on time.

Why: It is the student’s responsibility to make sure they have the assigned reading on time.  If you are, understandably, trying to save money by ordering books online, do not go your professor and ask to borrow a copy until yours arrived or ask if you can have an extension on being up to date with reading. Professors don’t have enough copies to lend to everyone and extensions don’t help as students are expected to have done the reading to participate fully in class. Sometimes being penny wise can make the student (appear) foolish.  Faculty know books are an expensive part of college, but they typically remain necessary.  Most of your professors think long and hard in selecting books, so we do have a reason for requiring them. Also, if you use a library book, never mark in it!

IC Honors Introducing: Jess Shapiro

Jessica-Shapiro-HeadshotJess Shapiro is the new Residence Director in Eastman and Lyon Halls and will also be working as the Honors Academic Assistant as well.  She just graduated in May with a Master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University and earned a Bachelor’s degree from Boston College in 2014.  Jess is very passionate about helping students succeed in college and is looking forward to doing so through academic advising and further supporting the Honors Program in other ways too.  Outside of work, Jess loves playing with her cat (Baboo), baking, reading, and watching movies.  If you see Jess, welcome her to the Honors community as well as IC.

Jess will have Honors advising office hours on Tuesday 8:30-11:30 hours in her office (Eastman 100-W) and then Wednesday afternoon (12:30-2:30) in the Honors lounge. You’ll find this listed on the blog resource page.

IC Honors Event: Whitewater Rafting

IMG_1338Tickets for the Whitewater Rafting trip for this Saturday, 8/27, go on sale tomorrow, Thursday 8/25, during the noon hour in the Ithaca Falls room in the Campus Center. Tickets are $25, are sold first come first served, and you may buy two extra tickets for other Honors students. You can only get a refund if we are able to fill your seat on the trip. We leave on Saturday morning at 6:00am and we should be back between 5:00 and 6:00pm.

WHAT TO WEAR: – Bathing suit – Quick-dry clothing (please stay away from cotton garments as they have a tendency to keep you colder) – Old sneakers, watershoes, tevas, etc. (you want something on your foot that can get wet but is not going to fall off)

WHAT TO BRING:- Change of clothes for after trip – Extra shoes – Towel. Leave all valuables at home; jewelry, watches, cameras that are not waterproof, etc.

IC Honors Student Spotlight: Megan Holman ’19

Meet sophomore Physics major Megan Holman from Spencer, NY. A student with a wide range of interests and talents – Megan is about more than just thermodynamics and kinematics. She plays French Horn in the campus band, competes on the soccer pitch for a local Tompkins County club team, and works with Ithaca College’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity, volunteering her time and hard work to help make subsidized housing available to those in need of it. Learn more about Megan below!

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Favorite part about IC:
I love the people, the professors and students especially. They are all very supportive and want you to achieve your goals, whatever they might be. I haven’t ever had a bad interaction with anyone at IC. I also really love the view, I never get tired of it. If you’ve never looked out over Cornell and the lake from the end of the Emerson parking lot you really should, it’s amazing. Between the people and the classes and all of the events, IC just makes me feel at home.

Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why:
I’ve only taken two honors seminars so far, but my favorite has been the Winter Wonderland tracking course.It taught me a lot about nature and the natural world, and has made me feel more connected to my environment. It also gave me a good excuse to spend a few hours in the Natural Lands every week.

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program:
I have had so many amazing opportunities through IC and the Honors program, from the honors trips, to research opportunities, to being able to continue playing the French Horn and soccer, to OSEMA events about leadership, everything I have done has taught me something and helped me grow into the person I am today. There’s no way I could pick just on opportunity as the coolest.

 

We’re always looking for interesting students to highlight in our Spotlight series.

Do you know a really cool first year Honors student? Nominate them here!
Do you know a really cool Honors student? Nominate them here!
Do you know a really cool alum of the Honors program? Nominate them here!

Email ropila@ithaca.edu with any comments, questions, concerns or nominations.

IC Honors Event: The Welcome Dinner

PrintThe annual Welcome Dinner (or really a Pizza Party) is tomorrow, Tuesday August 23. Students that volunteered to be a Big will meet their Little in T102 at 5:00 and then head over to the fitness center quad for pizza and conversation. Even if you aren’t a Big or Little you are welcome to join us for Dinner.

Upcoming: Whitewater rafting tickets go on sale on Thursday during the noon hour for a Saturday trip. Keep your eye out for further info. Welcome Back.

IC Honors New Student Spotlight: Clare Nowalk ’20

Meet this week’s new student spotlight, Clare Nowalk. A first year Exploratory student from Culver, IN, Clare is looking forward to taking classes in politics or business and is particularly interested in foreign affairs. She’s excited about joining one of the a cappella groups on campus this fall and although she’s unsure about her academic interests, she does know that wants to travel the world. Learn more about Clare below!

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What are you most excited for about Ithaca College?
I am SO excited for the classes. As an exploratory major, I have a lot of flexibility with my schedule and time to decide what I really want to do.I can’t wait to delve deeper into my passions and beliefs while learning about not only the world, but what my role in it could potentially be. I’m also very excited to get to know everyone, get involved in clubs, and explore Ithaca.

What have you been up to this summer? Do you have a favorite memory?
This past summer was a pretty busy one for me because I was focusing very heavily on some health setbacks I have had over the past year. But when that was all said and done, I spent a lot of time outdoors hanging with friends and family. One of my favorite memories from the summer was when I went to Baltimore for my cousin’s wedding and explored the city with my big, loud, lovable family!

What are you passionate about? What do love to do?
I’m passionate about everything from singing to protecting the environment! I have always figured it’s better to explore multiple passions than focus on one. I love to travel, volunteer, help others, perform, and advocate for my beliefs. In my down time, I enjoy reading, journaling, watching Netflix and the news, doing yoga, and drinking copious amounts of tea.:)

 

We’re always looking for interesting students to highlight in our Spotlight series.

Do you know a really cool first year Honors student? Nominate them here!
Do you know a really cool Honors student? Nominate them here!
Do you know a really cool alum of the Honors program? Nominate them here!

Email ropila@ithaca.edu with any comments, questions, concerns or nominations.

 

IC Honors Student Spotlight: Julia Zubrovich ’19

Meet fellow honors student Julia Zubrovich from Brooklyn, NY. Julia is a sophomore pursuing a degree in Writing for Film, TV, and Emerging Media; however she is also taking classes towards minors in Deaf Studies and Theater. If you’re a first year student, you may have already met Julia this summer while she was working as a Summer Orientation Leader. Maybe she even took you for a tour of the campus this past  spring as one of the school’s President’s Hosts.

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Favorite part about IC:
The amount of opportunities there are to get involved and interact with others!

Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why:
Wonder Women and Lethal Girls:Feminism in Sci-Fi and Fantasy!!! Granted it’s the only one I’ve taken but it was such an interesting and fun class. I loved my professor, Katharine Kittredge, and my classmates. We did many fun activities, such as take self-defense and belly dancing classes, take trips to the comic book store in the commons, and color!

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program:
Honors gave me the opportunity to become published during my freshman year through the Honors Symposium Journal!!

 

We’re always looking for interesting students to highlight in our Spotlight series.

Do you know a really cool first year Honors student? Nominate them here!
Do you know a really cool Honors student? Nominate them here!
Do you know a really cool alum of the Honors program? Nominate them here!

Email ropila@ithaca.edu with any comments, questions, concerns or nominations.