IC Honors Kudos: Hannah Basciano

Congratulations to Honors senior Hannah Basciano for her work in helping to produce Passfire: A Film About Fireworks Culture Across the World!

As the Assistant Producer for the film Hannah has worked with Ithaca-based filmmakers Jesse and Jeremy Veverka and fellow IC students James Manton and Patrick McMahon to bring together a story about the world’s most amazing fireworks, the people who make them, and the cultures behind them. The film “travels to twenty-three countries on six continents to feel the explosions of the world’s greatest fireworks and celebrations.”

Hannah has been working on this documentary for quite a while now. In the summer of 2015, we posted a Summer Student Spotlight about Hannah and her work on the film. At that time she was an intern for the Veverka brothers’, travelling to screenings of the rough cut in Wyoming.

If you’re interested in seeing the documentary, Cinemapolis will be showing it on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. More information about the showing can be found here.

IC Honors Advice: Beginning Networking II

PrintAdvice: Put a picture of yourself, a clear up close headshot is best, on your Ithaca email account.

Why: By doing this every time you send an email your picture will be visible. This makes it much easier for people on campus (faculty, staff, & other students) to connect your name with your face.  This is easy enough to do. When you are in your myhome email click on the top right and follow the directions.

IC Honors FYI: Graduate & Professional School Fair

Have you ever thought about going for a masters degree in education or applying to law school? This Wednesday, September 28th from 3:30-5:30pm, Career Services is hosting a Graduate and Professional School Fair in Emerson Suites. Last year, more than 140 schools and organizations attended the event.

Click Here for the complete list of participating schools and programs!

Even if you aren’t a junior or a senior, this can be a great opportunity to meet with representatives from schools across the globe and get an idea of what your options are.

If you ARE in the process of applying for graduate or professional schools, see if any of the schools you are submitting applications to are. Meeting the representative from your prospective school could give you ideas for your application or answer any remaining questions you might have about the program.

For more information about this event, please visit the Career Services website.


IC Honors FYI: Career Services Workshops

Looking to brush up on your professional skills? Career Services is offering a number of great workshops throughout the semester to help you navigate the world of jobs, internships and grad school.

The first workshop starts this afternoon and focuses on graduate school. Do you need it? How do you apply? What program is right for you? The workshop starts at 3:00pm in Career Services (Muller 101).

These could be particularly beneficial for sophomore, junior, and senior Honorites pursuing a Career Readiness Certificate. These workshops also count for SLI credit! If you’re interested in attending, you need to register online in advance using your Handshake account.

  1. Go to: https://ithaca.joinhandshake.com/
  2. Log in using your Netpass information
  3. On the left navigation panel, click on “Events”
  4. Click on the workshop title you wish to attend
  5. Click the “Join Event” button

Fall 2016 Workshops:

Grad School: Do You Need It and How To Apply
September 22, 2016 @ 3:00 PM
If you’ve been considering graduate school, you should come to this workshop! We’ll cover topics like: do you need to go to grad school for your intended career path, what are the benefits, how to find the right program, the application process, entrance exams, and more!

Sophomore Start-Up: A Career Check In
October 19, 2016 @ 3:00 PM

Make LinkedIn Work For You
October 20, 2016 @ 3:00 PM

How to Connect With IC Alumni Mentors
October 25 @ 3:00 PM

Professional Confidence for Women
October 26 @ 4:00 PM

What Comes After the Handshake?: Tips for Connecting with Alumni at Network Nights
November 9 @ 4:00 PM

How to Connect With IC Alumni Mentors
November 14 @ 4:00 PM

For more information about the topic of each workshop, visit the Career Services’ website.

All Career Services workshops will be offered in the Career Services Resource Center in Muller 101 (unless noted otherwise)



IC Honors Student Spotlight: Ngan Tran ’18

This Student Spotlight features Ngan Tran, a junior Politics major from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. In her time here at Ithaca College, Ngan has committed herself to serving her classmates both as a resident assistant and as a Diversity Peer Educator. As an advocate for social justice, she serves as the president of IC Books Through Bars, a student organization dedicated to providing books for incarcerated men and women across the northeastern region of the country. Ngan is also a member of the IC Ping Pong Club and dreams of one day visiting Man United’s home stadium, Old Trafford and taking a picture with Cristiano Ronaldo. Learn more about Ngan below!


Favorite part about IC:
My favorite part about IC is the people – my friends, professors, and co-workers. My friends give me shopping advices, are willing to listen to me, and are there when I need help. All of my professors are very approachable. I can visit them during their office hours and share with them what I have been thinking about. Most of the time those thoughts are academically related or thoughts that are central to who I am and my viewpoints about the world.

Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why:
Definitely International Scholarly Conversation with Naeem Inayatullah and Jason Freitag. I discover a lot about myself through writing and different concepts that were presented in the readings. One idea that I remember clearly is the concept of sameness leads to differences and differences lead to sameness (Ghassan Hage’s “Comes a Time We Are All Enthusiasm”: Understanding Palestinian Suicide Bombers in Times of Exighophobia). For example, when thinking or talking about terrorism, the first thing that comes to one’s mind is immediate condemnation. One does so without thinking or hesitation. One must starts off by declaring that terrorism is wrong and it shouldn’t be allow in any shape or form. By doing this, one misses the opportunity to allow themselves to think about the circumstances that coerce terrorists to act the way they do. What caused the terrorists to act like that? Do they have any motives or are terrorists simply crazy people? All of those questions were forgotten because one only thinks about criticizing terrorism. Denouncing terrorism might means that there is something that deeply connected a “normal” person to a terrorist. The hidden secret, but not a secret at all, is that we (both terrorists and a “normal” individual) are human beings. If one accepts that terrorists are also people, one would be horrified because they could act violently against other people when pressured into a deadlock situation. One thinks that terrorists are actually different from them in many ways and finds it very uncomfortable to view terrorists as human beings. This is what I called differences leads to sameness. In other words, one believe terrorists are different than them but it might not be true. We can’t accept that terrorists are human beings because doing so means there is a possibility that can act like that some day and that is not acceptable. Therefore, we can’t think that they are the same as us which lead me to conclude that sameness is not okay so one must view terrorists as something different, at least not human beings. This is what I called sameness leads to differences.

*The above is my interpretation of the Hage’s reading and may or may not align with the professors’ viewpoint.

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program:
I got to spend an entire day in New York City with my friend Tian. We watched The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, had good food, walked a lot, and enjoyed each other company.

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: Beginning Networking I

PrintAdvice: Visit your professor during their office hours

Why: Even if you don’t need help in a course or don’t think you will need help, it is still worth stopping in and introducing yourself to your professors during office hours. You can also stop by once in a while to say hello. This helps you form a relationship with them and you never know when you might need help or advice.

IC Honors Student Spotlight: Ryan Bianconi ’17

This week’s Student Spotlight features Ryan Bianconi, a member of the senior class hailing from just up the road in Scipio, NY. An accomplished student of mathematics, Ryan presented his research on The Mean Median Sequence in the Ithaca College JJ Whalen Symposium last April. A week later, he presented at Colgate University for the 75th annual meeting of the Mathematical Association of America Seaway Section on his research into Infinite Series Without Calculus. Ryan is a member of the National Mathematics Honors Society, the Oracle Society, and Phi Kappa Phi. Despite such scholastic achievement, those that know Ryan acknowledge him as a man of kindness and humility, and value him as a friend. Learn more about Ryan below!

13001081_1713301472216946_5358161456876540671_n(Ryan with his advisor, Professor Osman Yurekli from the Math Department)

Favorite part about IC:
The people: be it in the Honors program, or in the mathematics department, I have found that they are a lot of wonderful people here at Ithaca College.

Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why:
American Breakdown (with Dr. Hugh Egan): The course presented a fascinating portrait of mental instability through American literature. At the time, I had never had any class like it. Even now, two years later, it stands out as one of the most unique classes I have taken.

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program:
Going to Mathfest: The school of Humanities and Sciences co-funded my trip to Mathfest in Columbus, Ohio this summer where I was able to present some of my mathematical research on integral transforms and take in various presentations by other mathematicians.

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 Introducing: Ryan Opila

20160817_142935Ryan is a junior Integrated Marketing Communications major from Phoenix, AZ with a passion for learning, social justice, and outdoor adventure. He’s a part of the new Social Media and Communications Team for Honors. His participation in Honors also includes a position on the Advisory Board. Outside of his responsibilities to Program however, Ryan is a Young Life leader, a youth soccer coach, and a marketing consultant for local nonprofit organizations. We are thrilled to have Ryan on the Honors team and, if you see him, let him know what you think about the Honors Social Media Empire (ok a bit of an exaggeration).

IC Honors Student Spotlight: Sam Castonguay ’18

This week’s Student Spotlight features Sam Castonguay, a junior transfer student from Mullica Hill, NJ. Sam is a Sociology major with minors in Neuroscience and Environmental Science. Her passion for her studies led her to commit this past summer to conducting research that explores female sexuality and the social influences of boy-bands. On campus, Sam is an Resident Assistant in Terraces, the event coordinator for Tau Sigma National Honor Society, and the Vice President of Ithaca College’s beloved Quidditch team. You may not have known that this passionate lover of ice cream also plays bass guitar in a band and volunteers as a storm spotter for the National Weather Service. Learn more about Sam below!


I’m one of the only transfer students in the honors community. I’m doing some pretty cool research over the summer! One project is about female sexuality, boy-bands, and social control. I am also helping my advisor rewrite one of her textbooks about sexualities! SO FUN! I’m currently recording new music with my band (I play the bass guitar). I’m the VP of the Quidditch Team, event coordinator for Tau Sigma National Honor Society, a volunteer storm spotter for the National Weather Service, an RA in Terrace 11………and a passionate lover of ice cream!

Learn more about Sam below!

Favorite part about IC:
You mean I have to pick one? I’ll go rapid fire. First, the Quidditch Team! They complete me and fuel my inner (and outward) nerd. I have never met such a wonderful and inclusive group of people in all my twenty years of life. Second, Chef John of Towers Dining Hall. He never fails to brighten the darkest of my days…and he makes a delicious hamburger. Third, ResLife! I absolutely love serving as the RA for Terrace 5, First Floor. My residents are truly incredible individuals who inspire me on a daily basis. They are so involved, talented, kindhearted, intelligent and fun! My fellow staff members are also quite incredible. I can always count on them for support and sarcastic comments that make me laugh for weeks to come!

Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why:
Due to the ridiculous amount of classes I need to take for my major and minors, I’ve only had the opportunity to take one Honors seminar: “Why are We Here? The Purpose of College”. It was a favorite class of mine though! I appreciated the discussion-based classroom environment and Elizabeth Bleicher (the instructor). Elizabeth always made us feel as though our opinions were valuable and able to contribute something to the world we live in. I also very much enjoyed the opportunity to conduct real sex-education research, learning all the ins and outs of college and student life, and (of course) the free food.

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program:
The “coolest” opportunity I’ve had through the Honors program is, by far, white water rafting! I absolutely loved the entire experience (even falling out of the raft). The coolest opportunity I’ve had at IC overall has to be everything I’ve done with the Environmental Studies and Sciences Department. I learned how to start my own fire, make a friction-fire kit, build a shelter, identify absurd amounts of tree species, survive in the wild, etc. I even had the opportunity to eat and drink weird plants exclusively found in the forests of Tompkins County: fire-grilled cattail roots, hemlock tea, hot chocolate brewed inside a pumpkin, lots of unique berries, and so on. Overall, I most enjoyed my time spent on a research cruise of Seneca Lake.


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.