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!

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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!

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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.

IC Honors Introducing: Jennifer Walsh

img_2064Jennifer is a junior Television-Radio major and Theatre minor from Queens, NY and part of the new Social Media and Communications Team for Honors. She is an associate producer for The PAs, premiering this season on ICTV, and also a Park School Dean’s Host and editor for Symposium: The Honors Undergraduate Scholarly Journal. Her paper “The Why and the Wherefore: Xander, Shakespeare, and the Artificial Fool,” originally presented at the 2016 Whalen Symposium, will be published in the Fall 2016 issue of Watcher Junior: The Undergraduate Journal of Whedon Studies. When she’s not busy on set or writing her next project, you can find Jennifer searching for great brunch spots, doing crossword puzzles, and re-watching Arrested Development on Netflix.  We are thrilled to have Jennifer on the Honors team and If you see her let her know what you think about the Honors Social Media Empire (ok a bit of an exaggeration).

IC Honors Event: Shaw Festival Ticket Sales

john_tenniel_-_illustration_from_the_nursery_alice_1890_-_c03757_07Tickets for the Shaw Festival trip will be sold during the noon hour on Tuesday Sept 13 in the Buttermilk Falls room in the campus center. Tickets are $25, first come first served, you may buy two extra tickets for other Honors students, and you will only get a refund if you seat can be filled.

The trip will be on Sat Sept 17. The bus will leave at 6:00 am and head to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. You must have a valid passport or enhanced drivers license to go on this trip. There will be a workshop related to the show, Alice in Wonderland, at 11:00 am followed by lunch and the show at 2:00. The bus will return by 11:00 pm.

 

IC Honors FYI: Job and Internship Fair Monday Night

fall16jif_palmcardThe annual Fall Job & Internship Fair is on Monday September 12! The event will be held from 4:30 to 7:00 PM in Emerson Suites, and there are currently about 51 employers registered. (To view the full list of employers, you can log-in to Handshake, select “Fairs” from the left hand navigation bar, choose “Ithaca College Fall 2016 Job & Internship Fair” and select “View Employers”.)  Even if you aren’t look for a job or internship now, you should go so that you know what options may be available to you in the future.

IC Honors Advice: Living in Ithaca II

untitled-2-copyAdvice: Be considerate as you travel to and from downtown, especially by way of Hudson Street.

Why:  It is easy to forget that not everyone who lives along the path to downtown is a college student.  Recognize that there is an elementary school, South Hill Elementary (do you recognize the photo?), and side streets with families who have children of varying ages who also live in these neighborhoods. Nothing is more upsetting to a parent than someone driving too fast past an elementary school or students walking down or up (think late night) the hill setting a poor example for children in the community. Remember–you are ambassadors of the student body of Ithaca College every time you enter the wider community.