22nd Annual Whalen Academic Symposium on April 2nd from 8am-4pm!

Hello Honorites!

On Tuesday, April 2nd, is the James J. Whalen Academic Symposium in Campus Center from 8am to 4pm!

The Annual James J. Whalen Academic Symposium provides a forum for students, faculty, and the community to discuss cutting edge research topics and to examine the connection between research and education. The Symposium includes poster, presentation and creative (visual, media and performing arts) sessions by students from all academic disciplines. The Symposium is open to all students, with separate categories for undergraduate and graduate students.


“A Peace of My Mind” – Be part of a portrait for a campus-wide project!

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On April 1-4, the office of Religious and Spiritual Life will host the exhibit, “A Peace of My Mind,” a multimedia installation that uses art and storytelling to engage diverse communities in the big questions of life. Photojournalist John Noltner will set up a studio to take portraits of IC students, staff, and faculty and ask, “What is your responsibility to create community?”

Please encourage your students to drop by the studio on April 1 (Taughannock Falls Room, 11-5:30) or April 2 (Muller Chapel, 1-6), as Noltner will select one student portrait to include in his next book. 

Original photographs from “A Peace of My Mind,” will be on display in Campus Center and Muller Chapel. April 4, IC portraits will be revealed at a public lecture (Emerson Suites at 5 PM). A reception with refreshments will follow.

workOUT for a Cause TOMORROW, March 30th @ 11:30am-12:15pm at the Fitness Center!

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Please join the Ithaca College Fitness Center for their first annual workOUT– an inclusive workout event that will serve as a fundraiser for the OUT Foundation.

When: Saturday 3/30/19, doors open at 11am, workOUT from 11:30am – 12:15pm

Where: The Fitness Center’s Mondo Gym

Who: All Ithaca College students, faculty, and staff are invited

Registration: $5 Online or at the Fitness Center front desk

In addition to offering a great workout we will be hosting a resource fair featuring both on and off campus organizations including; The Center for LGBT Education, Outreach and Services, The Center for Health Promotion, and The Southern Tier AIDS Program.

The Ithaca College Fitness Center aims to:
• Provide an LGBTQ+ inclusive workout
• Raise awareness about LGBTQ+ participation in sports and fitness
• Fundraise for the OUT Foundation

The OUT Foundation strives to “remove the barriers that block LGBTQ+ individuals access and participation, ensuring their success, [and] are dedicated to nurturing, empowering, and celebrating LGBTQ+ bodies and minds.” They support LGBTQ+ individuals through a variety of outreach programs, including paying for gym memberships, financing gender affirming surgeries, and educating gym owners.

More information about the OUTFoundation can be found at their website, https://iamout.org/outwod/.

Participants can sign up now at recreation.ithaca.edu or at the Fitness Center front desk. Come out and sweat for a cause!

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Fitness Center staff at fitnesscenter@ithaca.edu or (607) 274-3294. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

The Ithaca College Department of Journalism Presents: WOMEN MAKING MEDIA Ni Aqui Ni Alla (Neither Here Nor There) on March 31st @ 3-5pm in the Park Auditorium

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Join The Ithaca College Department of Journalism for a panel discussion and documentary screening about the challenges of dual identity facing Latinx-Americans.



Alumna Lisbeth Perez will screen her documentary short Mi Isla about a Puerto Rican teenager whose family sends him to the Bronx during the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. He finds a place for himself in a boxing club there and it changes his life.

Lisbeth Perez is a Latina multimedia journalist from New York City. She graduated from Ithaca College with a bachelor’s in journalism and earned a master’s in journalism at Columbia University, where she was selected for the third semester documentary specialization. As a student in the program, she co-produced, shot and edited a short film, Mi Isla. She is currently working as a news associate fellow in Washington, D. C.

Before the screening, Dr. Rocío Núñez Shea will give a brief presentation discussing the subject of dual identities, focusing on children and teens.

Shea is a filmmaker and lecturer at Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications Department of Journalism. She received her master’s and doctorate degrees in communication from the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania and bachelor’s in English from Duke University. Her documentary works focuses on women and people of color in the media, with a special emphasis on the hidden impacts of underrepresented populations.

After the screening and presentation, James Rada, associate professor and chair of the journalism department will lead the panel discussion.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation, please contact Brandy Hawley at bhawley@ithaca.edu or 607-274-3590 as soon as possible. 

Honors Faculty/Staff Spotlight: Kathayrn Howd Machan!

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This is a new segment that we are starting on the Honors Blog called “Honors Faculty/Staff Spotlights”! If you have a faculty member or Honors professor that you want to nominate, please email TTaylor6@ithaca.edu with their name!

Our first Honors Faculty/Staff Spotlight goes to Kathayrn Howd Machan! Read below to find out more about her!


What Honors course(s) do you currently teach? 

KHM: Women and Fairy Tales & also Writing for Yourself


What sort of morning routine do you have to get jazzed for class? 

KHM: Hot ginger tea in a beautiful mug my husband Eric bought for me from an artist in Slovenia.


Do you have any hidden talents?

 KHM: Nothing hidden about my belly dancing nor my orange-oil brownie baking, but my work cultivating my faerie garden is seen by few.


Who/What is your spirit animal? Why? 

KHM: Both Raccoon and Fox: wild independent fierceness and intelligence. I’ve written many, many poems about both.


What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s happened to you in a class?

KHM: One day when my children were both very young–years and years ago–I was so exhausted I walked into the wrong classroom and, without looking up, began to teach to students who had never seen me before.


If you won the lottery and decided to give up teaching, what would you do instead?

KHM: I don’t want to give up teaching; it nourishes my writing. I would take lottery money and buy 431 East Seneca Street, where I lived in my earliest publishing days, and establish it as a small writers’ retreat for others.


If you could pass on any wisdom to your students, what would you share?

KHM: You can do ANYTHING you want to in your life–as long as you are willing to accept the consequences. Also, truly it IS better to be able to love than to be loved.

Student Volunteers Needed for 2019 Move-In Crew!

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The Class of 2023 will arrive on Tuesday, August 20, 2019.

Upper class students who volunteer to assist will be able to move in to their on-campus housing the day before (Monday, August 19, 2019), and will be required to attend a training session that evening (exact time and location will be confirmed this summer).  The dining halls will be available to all who volunteer on Monday and Tuesday (August 19 & 20).

If you are a member of a student organization or athletic team (club, varsity or JV), your group can all work during the same shift and talk with our new students about becoming involved in your organization!  

By following the link below, volunteers can indicate the shift(s) they will work.  The shifts are two hours long:  9am – 11am; 11am – 1pm; 1pm – 3pm; 3pm – 5pm.  You will need to arrive at a check-in location 15 minutes prior to your shift, where you will be given your location assignment.  Details on this will be provided at the training session.

2019 Move In Crew Registration

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Lynne Pierce at lpierce@ithaca.edu or (607) 274-3846. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible


Apply to be a Jumpstart Leader!

Hello Honorites!


There is still time to apply to be a Jumpstart Leader!

The application will be available until 11:59 pm on March 31.

All applicants will be notified of their status by Friday, April 5. Please check your Ithaca College email for the status of your application. If selected, all leaders must confirm their acceptance by April 12.

Note: The traditional Jumpstart dates have been adjusted to accommodate the new August Orientation schedule:

  • August 16: Leaders move in
  • August 17: Welcome and leader training
  • August 18: Participants move in and program begins
  • August 19: Jumpstart programming
  • August 20: Jumpstart programming and closing

If you have any application questions, please feel free to reach out to Mary Holland-Bavis (607-274-3222).

For program specific questions, please contact the Office of Student Engagement at ose@ithaca.edu or (607-274-3222).


Volunteer with Bilingual Education for Central America (BECA) to Teach in Honduras!

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Bilingual Education for Central America (BECA) is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year.

BECA’s mission is to provide quality bilingual education to the educationally disenfranchised while fostering meaningful cultural exchange. Their model is built on partnership between Hondurans committed to quality, progressive education and international volunteers interested in a truly meaningful cultural collaboration. BECA is made up of 3 community-run schools, 600+ students, 175 graduates, 230+ program alumni.


  • Travel stipends are available on a case-by-case basis as well as needs-based scholarships to ensure that anyone who wants to make this commitment can do so.
  • There is no fee to volunteer with us and applicants need not be certified teachers or fluent Spanish speakers.
  • BECA provides shared living accommodation; a daily food stipend, temporary residency status, 6-week Intensive Summer Teaching Training, ongoing teacher support, and professional development opportunities.

** Volunteers are responsible for their flights to Honduras, health insurance to cover them while they are in country (if needed), and background check costs.

Email: volunteer@becaschools.org

Website: www.becaschools.org

Raise money for the Victim Resource Center of the Finger Lakes by participating in IC Public Safety’s R.A.D. Event on Sunday, 3/24 @ 11am-2pm!

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This self-defense class will be taught by instructors from IC Public Safety’s R.A.D. program who are enthusiastic and want to provide valuable skills while having fun! The instructors are looking to facilitate conversation about self-awareness and teach physical self-defense techniques with the goal of empowering women and making violence unacceptable in our society.

There is a $10 fee for the class which includes lunch catered by local restaurants, and all proceeds with be donated to the Victim Resource Center of the Finger Lakes. They accept cash or Venmo on the day of the event.

All Ithaca College students, faculty, and staff are welcome to join! If you choose to sign up for the full R.A.D. Course in April after attending this event, your fee to that course will be waived.

Get your girl squad together on March 24th and come to the A&E Center VIP Room for food, fun, and valuable skills!

*Please note – this event is currently only for those in the Ithaca community who identify as female.

Please contact Brianna Hoody (bhoody@ithaca.edu) with any questions or accessibility requests.