IC Honors: Thank You!

PrintAs the semester comes to an end along with my term as the director, I want to take this moment to thank those that deserved to be thanked. First and foremost, the program doesn’t run without the help of students. Emily, Erin, Jen, and Ryan have been working to keep Honors functioning well all semester. I thank the four of you for your effort and being a pleasure to work with. Thanks to the Honors Steering committee for keeping the program going.  Thanks to the Honors Student Advisory board for their input and energy. Thanks to all the RAs and Jess the RD of Lyon Hall for maintaining the best RLC on campus. Thanks to the Honors Faculty for the great courses they teach. Finally, thanks to all the Honors students who truly make the program what it is. This is my last post and I’ve sincerely appreciated my time as your director. I wish all of you the best. Cheers, Tom


IC Honors Student Spotlight: Jenna Mortenson ’19

This week, our student spotlight features Jenna Mortenson, a sophomore communication management and design major with a minor in journalism. Jenna is from Harveys Lake, PA and works on campus as a resident assistant and a president’s host tour guide for the Office of Admissions. She also works as a Dean’s Host, giving comprehensive tours of the Park School of Communications. Jenna is a passionate member of the Ithaca College Residence Hall Association, serving as its Vice President. She is also a member of the alumni relations organization Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT). She is interested in some day working in the fields of marketing, corporate communication, or public relations. In order to learn more about Jenna’s experiences as an Honors student, continue reading below!


Favorite part about IC:
At IC, I love that you can get involved in whatever you are interested in, even if it isn’t directly related to your major. I’ve worked on ICTV, written for the Ithacan, and participated in student organizations like Students Today Alumni Tomorrow as well as the Residence Hall Association. These activities have allowed me to meet countless students with a wide variety of interests. IC doesn’t restrict you to a certain set of extracurriculars or classes that directly relate to your specific area of study. Instead, everyone at the college encourages you to grow and take part in initiatives and activities that span across the entire campus.

Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why:
Wonder Women and Lethal Girls: Feminism in Science Fiction and Fantasy, my first-year seminar, was by far my favorite honors seminar. I loved discussing the topic of feminism through the years through the lens of female representation in works of science fiction! The discussions in the class were fantastic and allowed me to look at the world of feminism with a fresh perspective. We read works like Herland, and we watched documentaries on Wonder Woman and Buffy the Vampire Slayer as feminist works. Our final project allowed us to condense our most important takeaways in a creative lens that was most interesting to us. Our professor, Katharine Kittredge, was extremely knowledgeable and clearly passionate about everything we discussed, which only added to the experience of the class overall. The entire seminar was incredible, and I’m so glad I got the chance to take it during my first semester!

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program:
One of the coolest opportunities I’ve had at IC so far has been working as a President’s Host tour guide in the Office of Admission! Connecting with prospective students and showing them around campus has been an incredible experience that’s given me a new understanding of why IC is such a unique place. It’s great to be able to meet high school students from across the country and answer their questions about my school. It’s also fascinating to be able to learn so much about the school in general — I now have lots of fun facts about IC in the back of my mind at all times!

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: Writing Effective Course Comments

PrintAdvice:  Be thoughtful and specific when doing course comments.

Why: Your comments about courses are taken seriously by faculty and administrators. They do want to hear your thoughts on the course and how to make it better. Comments such as “this instructor rocks” or “this instructor is the worst ever” aren’t particularly useful.  You should provide clear examples with details to get your point across. Take some time to think about what you have to say and articulate it carefully. Written comments with numerous grammar and spelling errors aren’t taken entirely seriously. Remember, course comments are your opportunity to provide meaningful feedback and so don’t pass it up.