First Generation Student Celebration Today!

Ithaca Firsts (from the Office of New Student and Transition Programs) is so excited to celebrate First Generation Student Celebration Day on Thursday, Nov. 8!

We can’t wait to celebrate all of the wonderful achievements of our first-generation community at Ithaca College.

At Ithaca College, first-generation college students are those who will be the first in their family to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a four-year residential college. Being the first in your family to attend college can come with many challenges but it also comes with resilience, independence, and motivation to succeed.

In Ithaca College’s student population, 848 students identify as first-generation. We are so proud of the work that you have done so far and we can’t wait to see all of the great things you will do in the world!

Ready to celebrate all things first-gen? Check out tomorrow’s events below:

  • Meet some Ithaca Firsts and learn more about the first-generation community on campus at our table in the Campus Center Lobby Thursday, from 9am-12pm
  • Join us for a dessert reception in Klingenstein Lounge on Thursday, Nov. 8th 12:00-1:00pm to receive some Ithaca Firsts giveaways and mingle with other first-generation students, faculty, and staff members in our community.

Internship Panel Tonight!

On Wednesday, November 7 at 7 p.m. in the Emerson Suites, IC’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will be hosting the 7th Annual Internship Panel! Hear the experiences of students who have interned at Nickelodeon, Time Inc., S’well, Atlantic Records, The Today Show, 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the Mystics, Warner Brothers Music, DSP Shows (Cayuga Sound), Dr. Phil and Late Night with Seth Meyers. Students from all majors and schools are welcome to learn about the ins and outs of the internship process from Ithaca College’s own communications and business students. SLI credit is also available on IC Engage for attending this event!

SAVE THE DATE & RSVP for the Honors Holiday Banquet on December 10th @ 7-9pm in Emerson Suites!

“He puzzled and puzzled till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. Maybe” he should attend this year’s Honors Holiday Celebration on Monday, December 10th, from 7:00-9:00 PM in Emerson Suites.

This Year’s Holiday Celebration will be featuring food, crafts, raffles, and more! 

This can’t-miss event is sure to be a blast, especially with our Ugly Sweater Contest!
Wear your tackiest sweater (store bought or DIY) and win some exciting prizes. We celebrate the holiday season, the end of the semester, and YOU, the Honors community!



Please use the link below to complete your RSVP to this event!! to let us know if you will be attending. We want to make sure that there are enough cookies and Hot cocoa for all!

 RSVP for Honors Holiday Banquet

Please complete this survey by 12:00 pm on Wednesday November, 28th, 2018.

First Generation Student Celebration Day on November 8th (TOMORROW!) Read below to find out how IC is celebrating this day!

Hello Honorites!

The National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the Council for Opportunity in Education recently announced that November 8th to be First-Generation Student Celebration Day. This day was created to celebrate their first-generation student populations and strengthen the first-generation community by bringing students, faculty, and staff together.

How are we celebrating at IC?

On Thursday, November 8th:

Meet some Ithaca Firsts and learn more about the first-generation community on campus at our table in the Campus Center Lobby from 9am-12pm!

Join us for a dessert reception in Klingenstein Lounge on Thursday, Nov. 8th 12:00-1:00pm to receive some Ithaca Firsts giveaways and mingle with other first-generation students, faculty, and staff members in our community.


Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Grace Terry at We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

CSCRE Discussion Series Presents: Reclaiming Space on November 13th at 6pm in the Handwerker Gallery!

Hello Honorites!


Please join Nanibah Chacon (Diné and Xicana), a muralist and community engaged public works artist as she talks about her current work based upon the insertion of indigenous presence into the colonized urban landscape.  She will use imagery to provoke questions connecting us to landscape, traditions, and people.

Chacon was raised in Chinli, Arizona, and Albuquerque, New Mexico.  She began as a graffiti artist at 16 and continued as such for the next 10 years.  Chacon is using her art to place a spotlight on the injustices being brought on women of color.  She shows her work across the U.S. and internationally.  She created the largest mural in New Mexico called “Resistance”.  She holds a B.A. in Art Education from University of New Mexico and has received numerous awards.  She hopes to continue working on large-scale, site-specific murals to expand and diversify her audience and to build upon the social perspectives conveyed through her art.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Penny Bogardus at or (607) 274-1056. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

Peer-Tutor Led Workshop at the Writing Center on November 7th @ 5pm! Snacks will be provided!

Hello Honorites!


Come to the Writing Center for a peer tutor-led workshop that will send you off with new tricks for getting a successful paper started without the dread or procrastination!

The workshop will take place on Wednesday, November 7th at 5:00 PM in the Writing Center (Smiddy 107). No appointment necessary, but free snacks will be provided. You can bring questions or something that’s been giving you trouble, or just show up as you are.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Prof. Jaime Warburton at We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival Mini-Courses Block II Spring, 2019!

FLEFF: Disrupting Genres – 42878 – GCOM 10113 – 01

This course explores written, visual, and oral “texts” that cross boundaries of genre and media. Beginning with genres such as creative nonfiction, docudrama, hip hop, podcasts, and spoken word (to name but a few) that were themselves disruptions of the traditional not so long ago, we will move on to examine current examples of images, sounds, and words that call into question the very concept of genre.

Amy Quan Block II, 1 credit, MW at 4:00 – 5:15 Smiddy 113


FLEFF: Disruptive Narratives and Rhetorical Landmines – 42877 – GCOM 10111 – 01

Why do audiences make some films popular and not others? What does that tell us about the kinds of narratives that resonate with mass audiences? How do some films convey messages that function as cultural landmines and others have underlying messages that shift digital, cultural, economic, ideological, social, environmental, and political landscapes? In this class, we discuss how filmmakers function as dominant storytellers through their uses of narratives, words, images and sounds to rhetorically engage current debates and issues. As such, we consider the methods of rhetorical criticism to help uncover their arguments and implications. In this course student will write reflections on required readings and films and attend FLEFF screenings.

Chris House  Block II, 1 credit, W 4-6:30 PM Friends Hall 309


FLEFF: Disruption, Danger and Opportunity – 42953 – GCOM 10112 – 01

This course will delve into issues to help students learn how in disruption there is an opportunity for human relationships to improve/evolve, and what it is about disruption that leads to failure. The Blasey-Ford and Kavanaugh hearings will be discussed along with other ‘disrupting’ events to prepare students for critically viewing films screened during the Festival.

Jerry Mirskin Block II, 1 credit, W 6:50-9:30 pm 3/20 – 4/17


FLEFF: Whitewashing the Overdose Epidemic – Disrupting Racial Assumptions – 42875 – GCOM 10108

The current overdose epidemic in the United States is presented in the media as a new development in rural America that overwhelmingly impacts white people. Federal agencies and community groups have hastened to frame substance users as unwitting passive victims of an overzealous and unscrupulous medical industry, shifting from previous cultural assumptions that positioned other users, mostly urban and black, as junkies and criminals who are better off dead or in jail. This course intends to disrupt these perspectives. It will question how the dominant narrative presents and racializes the overdose epidemic.  We will look at stories, data and films, and interview guests to unpack what is happening to the junkies, criminals, and victims in this epidemic.

Stewart Auyash Block II, T/Th 4-5:15, 1 credit Hill Center G03


FLEFF: Disrupting “H”istory – Asian American Non-Fiction Films – 42954 – GCOM 10109 – 01

Asian American documentaries have long served a subversive role to contest and disrupt commercial media representations of Asians. This class will challenge representations of Asians and Asian Americans in popular media by examining documentaries made by Asian and Asian American filmmakers that serve as a communal history and a history of agency and consciousness.  By learning the rhetorical device of the documentary from professors in different fields of study (Anthropology and Film Theory), students in this mini-course will have a rare opportunity to learn how to unthink Eurocentrism and question race and representation through a critical and interdisciplinary lens.

Sue-Je Gage and Sueyoung Park-Primiano W 3-4:50 PM Block II, 1 credit


FLEFF: Environmental Disruptions – 42876 – GCOM 10110 – 01 

Images of massive human migration have become more frequent recently, with the latest example found in Ai Wei Wei’s documentary Human Flow (2017). While this film addresses both political and environmental refugees, the course will focus on environmental refugees to examine the impact of climate change. Moreover, sudden natural disasters—such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions—and gradual environmental changes—such as coastal erosion, rising sea-level and desertification—affect the most vulnerable populations for whom the option to migrate is not readily available. In this way, students will compare documentary films on climate change with activist, government, and scientific discourses to understand the complex nexus of the environment and migration.

Sueyoung Park-Primiano Block ll , 1 credit, M 4-6:00 pm Friends Hall 309


Systemic Disruption: Promoting a Peaceful, Just, and Inclusive Society – 43005 – MGMT 10307 – 01

The United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development includes a goal to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development and to provide access to justice. This course will explore that goal by discussing what we mean by an effective and accountable criminal justice system able to combat corruption. Students will study the unsustainability of social injustice, wrongful convictions and efforts to combat corruption through film, selected readings, case studies and guest speakers.

Veronica Fox Block II, 1.5 credits, MW 4-5:15 pm Williams Hall 310

Free Voter Shuttle Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, November 6th is the day the polls open for midterm voting. If you are registered and planning to vote in Ithaca, The Center for Civic Engagement will be providing a FREE shuttle for you to get to the polls. The shuttle will be running from 9am to 8pm, and if you’re lucky you may even have me as your driver.



The voting shuttle will be located at the lower PRW circle, between PRW and Business school (across from the practice football field) and will drive students to the two local polling places that students are registered to vote.

Voting is so important and something we shouldn’t take for granted, so come get this FREE shuttle ride and turn out to vote!

For more info go to

If any students do not know their polling place they can check here:


Need or Want Free TCAT Passes? Read below for more information!

Hello Honorites!

Every bus system is a little different, so riding TCAT for the first  time can be a little intimidating, even for a seasoned rider coming  from another city. You might even be a little nervous about riding the  bus because you are not quite sure how to use the system. This workshop will offer some tips to help you get started and ideas for continuing to use TCAT. All students who register will receive free one-day Zone 2 passes (retail value $4 each) so you can try out the system without spending any money.

This workshop takes place on Thursday, November 8 from 12:10 to 1:00pm in the Ithaca Falls Room. It is free and open to all IC students. Presented by Patty Poist, Communications and Marketing Manager, TCAT Inc. This is part of the Leading Self track in the Student Leadership Institute.

Space is limited to 25 students, and you must register by Tuesday, November 6 to get SLI credit and/or to receive the free passes.  Register here 

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact The Office of Student Engagement at or (607) 274-3222. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

Register Today for the “Leading for a Better World” IC Student Leadership Conference on December 1st!

Hello Honorites!

Do you know of any students who are interested to enhance their leadership skills? What about students who want to learn more about being an effective leader who is committed to serve and support global communities?

If you answered,”yes” to those questions, the Office of Student Engagement and the School of Business is proud to announce this years “Leading for a Better World” IC Student Leadership Conference on December 1, 2018 from 9:45am to 2:00pm.

This leadership conference will focus on assisting all students who are interested to develop effective leadership skills that are needed to become a global citizen who will serve those around the world!

Students will also have the opportunity to attend two workshop sessions and receive Student Leadership Institute credit from the following tracks of their choice: Leading Self, Leading Others, Leading in a Diverse World, and Leading at IC. Last but not least, a served lunch will be provided to students as they listen to a keynote speaker who will talk about what it takes to overcome challenges and succeed as a leader who seeks to serve all for the greater good.

There are no fees for Ithaca College students who want to attend this conference however, there are a limited number of spots available so please encourage your students to register to reserve their spot for the half-day of events!

To learn more about the IC Student Leadership Conference, please click the following link which, the registration form can be found here! 

Have any questions? Please feel free to contact the Office of Student Engage at