IC Honors Student Spotlight: Brianna Hoody ’19

Meet our student spotlight this week, sophomore Brianna Hoody from Bergen County, NJ. Brianna is a biochemistry major with a minor in music. She works for Residential Life as a resident assistant and is a member of the Symphony Orchestra. She also participates in a number of on campus organizations including the Adoption Support and Awareness Alliance Club, IC Big Brother Big Sister, and the Residence Hall Association. Last year, Brianna worked with a group of Ithaca College Honors students to organize and implement Clean Up Stewart Park, a project to pick up trash around the public facility. In addition to her involvement on campus, Brianna also teachers violin lessons to children in the Ithaca Area. She hopes to someday work in a medical profession. To learn more about Brianna, continue reading below!


Favorite part about IC:
My favorite thing about Ithaca College is the community that surrounds the college. Ithaca NY and Ithaca College work together to make a wonderful college community where so many friends and memories are shared. Everyone that I have met at IC has been so friendly and welcoming, which has allowed for an amazing transition into Ithaca College and into my second year at IC.

Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why:
My favorite honors seminar that I have taken was my first year seminar, Why Are We Here. This class was able to teach me new ways of thinking and new ways of approaching problems. Having this class as one of my first at IC challenged me to understand new concepts in new ways that have helped me in all of my classes after.

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program:
The trips that are sponsored by the honors program have allowed me to meet so many new people and explore so many new things and experiences. These trips are one the most beneficial parts of the honors program as we are able to meet more and more people on campus that are also part of the honors program and excited to explore more parts of the world with us.

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 Kudos: Dr. Pfaff’s “Last Lecture”

A few weeks ago, Dr. Pfaff gave his last guest lecture to the Honors students living in Lyon Hall. This was the first of many lasts as Dr. Pfaff transitions out of the role as director of the Honors Program.

Over these next few weeks, consider visiting Dr. Pfaff in his office in the Honors Lounge (Muller 212) to thank him for all that he has done for the program. He will certainly be missed.

For more information about Alicia Swords, associate professor in the Department of Sociology and the newly appointed director of the Honors Program, check out this Q&A published by The Ithacan a few weeks ago.

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IC Honors FYI: Guest lecture on the Fourth Estate

20161117160853569_1More great learning opportunities this week! Remember, you can also attend these events to fulfill your cultural engagement requirements.

This Tuesday, November 29 at 6:30pm in CNS 112, Atul Singh will speak about the recent evolution of media and journalism and the important role it will play in shaping future global discourse. Atul is the Founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Fair Observer, a section 501(c)(3) nonprofit media organization that aims to inform and educate global citizens through its journal and teaching programs. He also teaches Political Economy at the University of California, Berkeley and at the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar where he also teaches World History.

“These days the fourth estate is not doing so well. Apathy and ignorance have proved to be tougher enemies than repression and censorship. Shortening attention spans in the era of mobile phones do not help. Nonstop stimulation of the mind via social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat has turned people away from deep explanatory journalism. Besides, the Internet has destroyed the business model of newspapers and there are now five jobs in public relations for every job in journalism. People are also retreating to echo chambers where they only hear what they agree with in an age of increasing social fragmentation.”

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This event is cosponsored by the Roy H. Park School of Communications, the Department of Journalism, and the Honors Program.

Other learning opportunities this week:

IC Asian American Alliance hosts a discussion on mixed race identities
Monday, November 28 | 8PM-9PM | Friends 207 | Intercom

Majors in the Department of Physics & Astronomy present for the Fall Seminar Series
Tuesday, November 29 | 12:10PM | CNS 206B | Intercom

SKYWARN Storm Spotter Training Session
Tuesday, November 29 | 4:00PM | Textor 103 | Intercom

IC Honors Student Spotlight: Allison Taylor ’17

This week’s student spotlight is a senior English major from Harleysville, PA. Allison Taylor is also pursuing a minor in Anthropology. In addition to her studies, Allison is a teacher for SpeakEnglish.Asia, helping students learn the English language online. She’s studied abroad with the Ithaca College London Program and is a member of the Oracle Honors Society. Learn more about Allison below!


Favorite part about IC:
The professors, by far. I have never met a professor that did not have time to meet, whether for a specific reason or just to chat. I have grown as a student due in almost entirely the mentorship of various faculty members.

Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why:
Probably Claire Gleitman’s “Staging History.” There were great class discussions and ideas were brought up that would later inform the direction of my thesis.

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program:
I think the best opportunity that I have had would be the Edinburgh trip. I was able to see so many plays performed by people from all across the world. And to do so with other Honors students. It was an amazing experience.

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: Submitting Work by Email II

PrintAdvice:  When you submit a paper or project electronically, save the document with your full name in the document title and make sure your name is in the document.

Why:  Faculty get 20 or more files per class per assignment and you don’t know what will be done with the file. It may get saved to a folder for future reading or it may get printed. Either way you want to make sure your name is associated with your work. It also helps to include the assignment name in the file name, for example, save the file as LastName-FirstName-AssignmentName.

Honors FYI: Learning Opportunities this Week


It’s Monday and this might be the last thing that you’re thinking about, but this week, there are a so many exciting things going on around campus. OSEMA has organized two additional lectures in conjunction with Native Native Heritage / First Peoples Month, music and theater students are performing all throughout the week, and various Departments have organized guest lectures and panel discussions on a variety of topics.

Take a break of studying and check out one of these opportunities below.

These opportunities can also all be used to fulfill the Cultural Engagement aspect of your Honors requirements. Visit your Taskstream after attending one of the events and submit a 300 word report to earn credit for it.

Color Key:
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For more information about each event, click the title to link to a full description.

MONDAY (Nov. 14th)
Beethoven Violin Sonata Cycle III:  Calvin Wiersma, violin
7:00 PM | Hockett Family Recital Hall

“Re-thinking Thanksgiving – A Native American Perspective”
7:00 PM | Emerson Suites

“LET’S TALK: How did TV news affect the election?”
12:10-1:05 PM | Park Auditorium

Performances of select scenes from Shakespeare’s best-known plays
1:30-2:05 PM | Lee Byron Acting Studio #4 (lower level of Dillingham Center)

Registered Dietician Nutritionist and cancer survivor, Myra Berkowitz to speak about nutrition
4:30-5:30 PM | Ithaca College Wellness Clinic

CSCRE Discussion Series presents “Toward a Liberative Construction of Safety and Healing in Schools:  Responding to the School Pushout of Black Girls”
6:00 PM | Klingenstein Lounge

“Antisemitism in the 21st Century”
7:00 PM | Textor 101

Contemporary Chamber Ensemble
7:00 PM | Hockett Family Recital Hall

Trombone Troupe
8:15 PM | Ford Hall

“Of Land & Bodies: Gendering Colonization, Decolonizing the Indigenous Imagination”
7:00 PM | Williams 222

Ithaca College Startup Idea Demo Day
5:00-8:00 PM | Rev: Ithaca Startup Works – 314 E State St., 2nd Floor (next to Viva Taqueria)
*Must register online in order to attend. To register click here.

On the Verge presents a staged reading of John Webster’s “The Duchess of Malfi”
6:00 PM | Handwerker Gallery

8:15 PM | Ford Hall

IC Honors Advice: Submitting Work by Email I

PrintAdvice: If a professor gives you permission to send him/her written work via email, always put that written work in the form of an attachment, *not* within the body of the email, unless instructed otherwise.

Why:  An attachment is much neater; it can be double-spaced and in other ways appropriately formatted.  Some professors prefer hard copies and attachments will print properly. It looks more professional, in short.

IC Honors FYI: How to Connect With IC Alumni Mentors

Career Services is hosting its final workshop of the fall on Tuesday of next week! This workshop can help you build vital career development skills and counts as SLI credit. Find out more about this workshop below.

How to Connect With IC Alumni Mentors
November 14 @ 4:00 PM
When you leave Network Nights this January in New York City and Boston, will you have made real connections with alumni? Note: Hovering by the food table with your friends isn’t what the event is all about. Come to this workshop to get tips on: preparing for the event, networking in a crowd, and follow up steps to take after Network Nights.

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

For more information about upcoming workshops, 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: Maddy Horowitz ’19

This week’s student spotlight is Maddy Horowitz, a sophomore Health Education and Physical Education double major from Fairport, NY. Maddy is the co-chair of Speak Your Mind – a panel program sponsored by IC Active Minds. These panels allow students to share their stories and experiences surrounding mental health with their classmates with a mission to sponsor dialogue and erode stigma. She is also a resident assistant and an admitted student ambassador. Learn more about Maddy below!


Favorite part about IC:
I love the overall acceptance in our community. I feel like there are no societal boundaries, which can be interpreted both negatively or positively. Regardless, anyone can open up to whoever or whatever they want to be. It sounds so cliche and lame, but being able to function as a human with a strong mental state and well being is huge. Freedom to be who you are is something that Ithaca College accepts every day, and it’s an amazing thing.

Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why:
I’ve only taken 2 seminars, but spring semester of my freshman year I took Power and Justice Through The Dark Knight, and our final was a series of two trials. I played Batman in both trials. Why was this is the best seminar ever? I was Batman, come on.

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program:
I think even though the 25 page synthesis paper I was assigned as a FIRST SEMESTER freshman was so daunting, it’s still something I’m so proud of it. That paper is my child, and is something I presented about at the Whalen Academic Symposium in the spring. The topic I chose turns out to be something very close to my heart, and something I really hope to include in health education curriculum in my class room one day.

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 Kudos: Jennifer Walsh

An article written by Honors junior Jen Walsh was recently published in the October 30 issue of Watcher Junior: The Undergraduate Journal of Whedon Studies. The article was an adaptation of Jen’s final paper written for her 2015 first-year Honors Seminar, Wonder Women and Lethal Girls: Feminism in Fantasy and Science Fiction. It compares Xander Harris, a character from Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s  to Shakespeare’s “artificial fool.”

Professor Katharine Kittredge, the professor of Jen’s first-year seminar, calls Watcher Junior the “gold standard for popular culture scholarship.”

Jen is a television-radio major here at Ithaca College. In addition

to her studies, Jen also edits Symposium, Ithaca College’s won undergraduate scholarly journal and is a writer, filmmaker, and actor.

Join us in congratulating Jen for her work in earning this exceptional achievement and for having the courage to break barriers with her writing.

If you’d like to read Jen’s article, you can do so here.