Pippi to Ripley: Fantastic and Feminist Pop Culture Conference

Would you like to present at next spring’s Pippi to Ripley: Fantastic and Feminist Pop Culture conference?  For details see the attached CFP. In the past, students have presented on TV shows, films, contemporary music, video games, comics, podcasts, children’s literature, fairy tales, and YA literature—and this list can be expanded to include other forms of pop culture.

Presentations are 15 minutes long and usually include a powerpoint. There are three ways that you can prepare to present:

  1. Sign up for Advanced Studies in Feminist Science Fiction – ENGL 48300 01  (3 spaces still available)
  2. Do an independent study with a faculty mentor in your field.
  3. Work with Professor Kittredge in a Block II one-hour-a-week, one credit Conference Prep class (Time and course number TBA)

If you are interested in presenting, please send an e-mail to Katharine Kittredge at kkittredge@ithaca.eduprior to January 1, 2019.  We will discuss possible topics, how you should prepare, and intermediate goals.


Volunteer with Loaves & Fishes of Tompkins County this Saturday, 12/15 from 10am-2pm!

Hello Honorites!

This Saturday, December 15th, from 10am to 2pm, there will be students volunteering at Loaves and Fishes of Tompkins County!

“Loaves and Fishes is a Christian ministry which provides a place for free meals, hospitality, companionship and advocacy for those in need, regardless of their faith, beliefs, or circumstances.” At the site, you will be doing a deep clean of the kitchen, a task they do a few times a year to ensure the kitchen is sanitary. A free lunch will be provided to the volunteers!

For more information on this great Civic Engagement opportunity please contact Arianne Joson at ajoson@ithaca.edu!

2018 Honors Holiday Celebration!

Hello Honorites!

Thank you to everyone who came to our Holiday Celebration on Monday night and we hope that everyone had a wonderful time! It was a night filled with holiday cheer, an ugly sweater contest, FOOD & HOT CHOCOLATE, gifts and raffles, and so much more!

The Honors Program also wants to say a special thank you to President Shirley Collado, Provost La Jerne Cornish, Sean Reid, Dean of the Business School, John Fraccia, in Career Services, Bruce Henderson, & Johnathon Ablard, for joining us!

And of course, a great thank you to Kathi Powers, Adminstrative Assistant for the Office of Civic Engagement, the Honors Program and the Provost, for coordinating the event, and thank you to our program leaders, Jessye Cohen-Filipic, Acting Honors Program Director, and Cory Young, Acting Assistant Director of the Honors Program!

Enjoy the pictures below!

Applications Are Now Being Accepted!!!!

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Apply to be a part of one of the coolest opportunities the Honors Program has to offer!

Partners in the Park is an outdoor learning program coordinated through the National Collegiate Honors Council, which allows students to travel and explore national parks with other honors students from across the country.

Please click on IC Honors Partners in the Parks to get to the application.

The deadlines to apply for this awesome outdoor experiential learning experience is Thursday January 3rd, 2019.


Fast Web’s 20 Tips for Surviving Finals! Happy Studying!

Hello Honorites!

Below are some tips to survive finals week brought to you by Fast Web!


1. Create your own study guide.

While many teachers provide a study guide, creating your own can help you understand the material better. Outlining the important information you need to learn can be helpful, both in creation and to refer to during your studies.

2. Ask questions.

Your professors and TA’s are there to help! Ask them questions regarding the material and the exam so that you’re prepared when exam time arrives.

3. Attend the review session.

Review sessions offer vital information on exam format, what will be on the exam and key concepts you should be focusing your studies on.

4. Start early.

If you always start ahead of schedule, you’ll never be cramming the night before an exam. You’ll almost always perform better in doing so!

5. Organize a group study session.

It can be helpful to study in groups – sometimes. Evaluate whether or not studying with others will be beneficial to the subject as well at your learning process.

6. Study things not on the study guide.

Study guides aren’t always comprehensive – they’re just suggestions of the main concepts to learn. Use your study guide for its intended purpose: a guide. Be sure to fill in the blanks with related information.

7. Take breaks.

You won’t be able to memorize or comprehend all the material at once. Balance is key – ensure that you reward learning with break times to recharge and relax.

8. Stay well-rested.

There’s a lot to be said about a good night’s sleep. Make sure you’re well-rested so that you can be fully focused during your exams.

9. Create a study schedule – and follow it.

Splitting the material into chucks you can actually achieve can be very beneficial. That way, you can keep track of what you’ve accomplished instead of looking at the big picture and getting overwhelmed.

10. Prioritize your study time.

Some exams will be more difficult than others, some you may find easier to study for. Some may be worth more of your grade than others. Make sure to evaluate all of your exams to consider and determine all of the involved factors so you can study accordingly.

11. Study for the style of exam.

If it’s multiple choice, you’ll need to know definitions and concepts. For essay exams, focus on your understanding of all the concepts presented, with examples in mind.

12. Quiz yourself.

If you think about and create actual exam questions, you will likely become more familiar with what you need to study and, in the meantime, familiarize yourself with the type of language that will be on the exam. Draft potential exam questions and quiz yourself so that you can set expectations of what you need to focus on.

13. Meet with your professor or TA.

Often times, meeting with an instructor, whether it’s a professor or a TA, can give you helpful hints for what to study and ways to prepare for the exam.

14. Reorganize your notes.

Evaluate and reorganize your notes into what’s important, outlining important concepts, formulas dates and definitions so they’re easy to understand.

15. Pace yourself.

Make sure you stay focused and don’t burn yourself out. A great way to do so is to pace yourself rather than opting for the dreaded all-nighter. You can easily pace yourself by following tips like starting early, creating a study schedule and taking breaks when necessary!

16. Teach classmates.

Learning by teaching is a method that really works! If you work with a study buddy and explain concepts to one another, you’re re-learning the material all over again. It’s a great way to reinforce what you’ve learned and help someone in the meantime!

17. Revolve your focus.

Switching up your subjects is a helpful way to learn everything for your exams while preventing burnout on one topic. Make sure to switch it up beforeyour eyes glaze over! That way, you can keep studying for longer periods of time while maintaining your focus.

18. Color code it.

Create a system that allows you to color code material that’s going to be on the exam by what’s most important, less important, etc. This will help you focus on the most pertinent information and prioritize the material.

19. Visualize.

If you’re a visual learner, it can help to create mind maps or diagrams to visualize how the concepts you’re learning relate to one another. This is especially beneficial when learning concepts that build upon the understanding of one another, like in science courses.

20. Make it fun.

It’s easier to focus if you adapt to studying by quizzing yourself, creating acronyms or rewarding yourself for a job well done. Create a game plan – literally – that allows you to accomplish tasks and be rewarded for each.

Do you have a passion for the written word, editing skills, or an urge to get involved with an honors activity?

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Join the editorial staff for the Honors Symposium Journal today!

Come help us select and edit the submissions to be placed into this yearly honors publication!

Please email a resume and a short statement or paragraph of why you are interested in joining the Symposium staff to ichonorssymposium@gmail.com no later than Wednesday January 30, 2019 .

Reminder Partners in the Parks Meeting Today!!

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One of the coolest opportunities the Honors Program has to offer!

The informational meeting for Partners in the Park is today at 12:10 pm in the Honors Lounge.

Come and learn about this  outdoor learning program coordinated through the National Collegiate Honors Council, which allows students to travel and explore national parks with other honors students from across the country. This year, trips include Glacier National Park, Harper’s Ferry, and Olympic National Park!