IC Honors Student Spotlight: Erin Doran ’18

After a long break, we’re pleased feature junior honors student, Erin Doran as this week’s student spotlight. Erin is from Canandaigua, NY and studies Television Radio at Ithaca College. She’s also working towards a minor in Communication Management and Design. With a concentration in media production, Erin is highly involved in Ithaca College Television (ICTV) where she’s worked on four television shows including Fake Out, Ithaca College’s original game show. She’s been highly involved as the philanthropy chair and now newly elected president of Ithaca College’s chapter of the Delta Kappa Alpha National Professional Cinematic Society through which she collaborates with other Ithaca students to serve their community through cinema. Erin also serves on the executive board of IC Courage, helping to plan events to raise money for Camp Good Days and Special Times, a summer camp for children and families affected by cancer. Since January, Erin has been living it up on the West Coast, studying in Los Angeles with the ICLA program and interning at CONAN, the late night television show hosted by Conan O’Brien. A lover of dogs, music, theater, and working with kids, Erin is a distinguished member of the honors community. In order to learn more about her experiences as an Honors student, continue reading in her own words below!

'18 Erin Doran

Your favorite part about IC:
“Everyone on campus is so friendly! The Park School definitely has a community feel that promotes creativity and collaboration alongside learning, and the location in the number one college-town in the nation is wonderful. There’s always something to do both on and off campus. Our alumni are also amazing, and with so many networking opportunities offered through Ithaca, I feel more confident pursuing a career in the television and film industry!”

Your favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why:
“Creativity and Madness with Mary Beth O’Connor! I loved the psychological and philosophical aspects of the course, as well as the artistic. When we got to the class presentations, I enjoyed hearing each student’s insight on a selected topic dealing with the connection between creativity and madness. Our class discussions every day were intriguing, and throughout the semester I developed a new level of insight into the world of creativity through the eyes of those regarded by society as “geniuses” or “insane,” and discovered how these words do not do justice to what really may be happening.”

The coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program:
“Right now, I am participating in the ICLA program, and am interning at the late night talk show, Conan! I love living in Los Angeles and having the opportunity to work on set at the Warner Bros. lot everyday alongside other Ithaca Alumni! Everyone is so incredibly nice, and this semester has been a dream come true. Being able to participate in the ICLA program was a huge factor that led to my decision to go to Ithaca. There are so many great opportunities Ithaca provides for its students, both on campus and across the country!”

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: Weekly Learning Opportunities

Hello, Honorites! Here is a roundup of some of the workshops, lectures, and performances happening on campus this week. These are great opportunities to pick up new skills, engage with the campus community, and even pick up Cultural Engagement points.

  • On February 23, City Year will host a screening and discussion of All the Difference in Park Auditorium at 2:00. Michael Cohen, a City Year recruiter, will be leading the discussion. Students can register via Handshake for the event.
  • The Handwerker Gallery will hold a talk with artist Linn Underhill at 6:00 on February 23 to discuss her photo exhibit “Last Standing.” The exhibit runs through March 5.
  • The Spring Career Fair will be held in Emerson Suites on February 22 from 4:30-7:00. Business casual attire is recommended.
  • Career Services and OSEMA will present Multicultural Career Connections 2/25 from 1:00-2:30. This event will feature a panel discussion with distinguished Ithaca College alumni, followed by the chance to network.
  • The Department of Theatre Arts will present La Clemenza de Tito from February 22 to March 4. Tickets and showtimes are available at  Ithaca.ticketforce.com.
  • On 2/20 at 7:00 in Ford Hall there will be an Organ Faculty and Studio Recital performed by Jean Randice and friends.
  • Darren Stokes and the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers will perform at 7:00 in Hockett Family Recital Hall on 2/21 as part of Black History Month.
  • The Wind Ensemble will perform in Ford Hall on 2/22 at 8:15.
  • A Student Showcase will take place in Hockett Family Recital Hall at 7:00 on 2/23.
  • A Black History Month concert will take place in Ford Hall on 2/25 at 8:15, featuring the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers, Alhassan Iddirsu, the Worlds of Music class, and the African Drumming and Dance Ensemble.

Honors FYI: Partners in the Parks


Hello Honorites!

Coming soon, you can sign up 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. This year, trips include Mount Rainier, Sequoia, and the Grand Canyon!

Come to the Partners in the Parks Information Session on WednesdayFebruary 22 at noon, (Room TBA) to learn more and talk with students that have participated.  
You can also read more about the program here: https://www.nchchonors.org/events/partners-in-the-parks
This year three students will be selected to travel via an online application.  If selected, you will pay the cost of traveling, but Honors will pay the registration for the program for three students!

Please feel free to email Addie Dlott adlott@ithaca.edu if you’d like to learn more.  (If you can’t make it to the information session, please email Addie.)  We’ll write again soon to let you know where the info session will take place. 

Enjoy the weekend!

Alicia and Addie 

Honors FYI: Symposium Call for Submissions

Would you like to have one of your papers published? Now is the time to submit your creative or academic work to the Honors Symposium Journal! 
Papers must be submitted to ichonorssymposium@gmail.com in Word Document format by Monday, March 6th to be eligible for publication. If your paper is selected to be published you will be eligible to receive scholarly engagement points! Creative work is eligible, as is academic work from any discipline.
For additional questions please email ichonorssymposium@gmail.com.  For questions about scholarly engagement points, please contact aswords@ithaca.edu.

Honors FYI: The End of the Patriarchy

University of Texas professor Robert Jensen will be giving two talks on his new book, The End of the Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men, this weekend. The first talk will be at 7:00 in the Clarke Lounge on 2/16, and the second will be at Buffalo Street Books on 2/18 at 3:00. The book’s synopsis is below:

The pathology of patriarchy, the idea that one group of people should control another—even own them, own even life itself—is at the core of today’s crises.

 The End of Patriarchy asks one key question: What do we need to create and maintain stable, decent human communities that can remain in a sustainable relationship with the larger living world? Robert Jensen’s answer is feminism and a critique of patriarchy.

He calls for a radical feminist challenge to institutionalized male dominance; an uncompromising rejection of men’s assertion of a right to control women’s sexuality and reproduction; and a demand for an end to the violence and coercion that are at the heart of all systems of domination and subordination.

Honors FYI: Standing Rock Sioux Nation Chairman at Cornell Tomorrow 2/16

This Thursday, Feb. 16 @ 3:30pm Chairman David Archambault of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation is leading the seminar titled “Standing Rock: The Violation of Indigenous People(s) Rights” in 146 Stocking Hall, Cornell University. Hosted by the Department of Natural Resources seminar series, this event is free, open to the public, and an incredible opportunity to learn about a pressing sociopolitical issue. The event link is here: