Whalen Symposium: April 19-21, 2021

Students! Consider presenting at the 24th Annual James J. Whalen Academic Symposium, IC’s annual showcase of students’ mentored scholarship, research, and creativity. This year the symposium will be held virtually over the course of several days: April 19–21, 2021| 4–7 pm (ET)Monday, April 19 | School of Health Science & Human PerformancesTuesday, April 20 | Schools of Business, Communications & Music Wednesday, April 21 | School of Humanities & Sciences Students may present a digital poster, give an oral presentation, or showcase their visual, musical, or performing arts masterpiece. Abstracts may be submitted until March 17, 2021 at 11:59 pm. Head to the Whalen Symposium Website for the submission linkFAQs and other information as the event nears. Email whalen@ithaca.edu if you have any questions

McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Greetings from McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine!

We are holding the 8th Annual Regenerative Medicine Summer School this year from June 7-11. The plan is to offer the School on a virtual basis, as we did last year, when it was met with great success.  Due to its virtual nature, we were able to increase the number of undergraduate students who participated in the program, from across the country, to over 50. If conditions allow, we will also offer the Summer School in-person, and an announcement will be made by the end of January regarding this. Again, as conditions allow, we will offer a paid, 7-week internship opportunity to 10 students who completed the summer school.  

Website and application link: https://mirm-pitt.net/professional-development/summer-school/

TONIGHT! Unpacking Election 2020: A Panel Discussion

The Park Center for Independent Media is hosting a panel discussion following the results of election 2020 on Wednesday, November 18, at 7–8:30 p.m. EST. This election yielded record turnout and confirmed the deep polarization among American voters. Our panelists will discuss voting trends, narrow margins in many states, and if the impacts of COVID-19, racial injustice, and the economic downturn affected electoral behavior. The evening will explore what lies ahead, from the January transition of power to key issues facing the American public.

Register for the Zoom webinar HERE: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YW2bQHrKRk2IOb-vHuPGyg


§  Jeff Cohen, Founder of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) and Founding Director of PCIM

§  M. Nicole Horsley, Ithaca College Assistant Professor of the Center for Study of Culture, Race and Ethnicity

§  RahK Lash, Director of the Center for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Social Change (IDEAS) at Ithaca College

§  Tom Shevory, Ithaca College Professor and Legal Studies Program Coordinator of the Department of Politics.

§  Peyi Soyinka-Airewele, Ithaca College Professor of the Department of Politics.

The panel will be moderated by Raza Rumi, Director of PCIM.

See more about the speakers here. Learn more about PCIM at parkindymedia.org. Join the Facebook event here.

Event & Course Roundup

TVR 29310-01: Women in Media, Film and Television (CRN 43297)

This mini-course will meet twice over Zoom this spring:

  • Saturday, February 6th, 10-4pm, The day will being with class introductions and group assignments. It will transition into a mini-conference with guest speakers and screenings.
  • Saturday, March 6th, 10-4pm, The day will begin working in groups to finalize the research project assignment with the final presentations in the afternoon.

Writing Center Workshop: Procrastination – Wednesday, 11/18 at 7PM

While we often name our difficulties with getting school work done “procrastination,” the root of these challenges may be emotions management more than time management.

A free workshop with Writing Center peer tutors will explore ways to identify and combat both sets of problems in the age of Zoom, recognizing what happens when they dovetail. 

Wednesday 11/18 7-8 PM at https://ithaca.zoom.us/j/94505869639?pwd=cFEyZXFJaG5GOGM1MGdubGFLa1lYQT09 (password is “writing”).

WRTG-34500: Writing as a Critic (CRN 43238)

Can’t stop talking about movies • books • tv series • art • photos • music • plays • dance • games ???

Speak out in Writing as a Critic
3 credits • Spring 2020 • Junior/Senior standing
Tues & Thurs 2:35-3:40 pm

for more information, contact
Barbara A. Adams   (she/her/hers)
Associate Professor, Writing
Director, Internship Program in Writing & Publishing


Helpful tips to have a smooth sign-up

  1. Timestamps (aka Time Ticket) for registration will be posted on Friday October 30th after NOON. They can be found under Registration Notifications in the upper right-hand corner of HomerConnect.
  2. Make sure you don’t have any holds on your account that will prohibit you from registering.
  3. Registration status is based on COMPLETED credits and does not include those that are currently being taken.
  4. PARK students DO NOT NEED A RAC -unless you are a dual or double major.
  5. Be sure you hit the SUBMIT button when adding a class. If it says PENDING- that means you are NOT registered!
  6. Waitlist IS NOT A GUARANTEE! Watch the other sections, in case a seat opens up.
  7. Course Overrides WILL NOT allow you to go over cap in a class! They will only lift restrictions for pre-requisites, class standing or major/minor restrictions. If a class is at capacity and a course override is approved, you will only be able to register for the waitlist, if there are still openings.
  8. Capacity Overrides– You must submit a Capacity Override Exceptional Issues (Found on the Registrar’s website) – These will be highly scrutinized and are ONLY to be used if you feel this will affect your graduation date.
  9. Electronic forms for change of major, change of concentration, and the course override form can be found on IC Workflow.

Still have questions?

Upcoming events

Pro-Semitism Series with Jewish Student Union

The Pro-Semitism series focuses on encouraging both advocacy and allyship for both the IC and global Jewish communities. What is also important about these workshops is that they are meant for Jewish and non-Jewish students, faculty, and staff members. Basically, we are hoping to create an open space where people can learn more about our community in an effort to make positive social change.  

The first of these workshops starts on Thursday on 10/22 at 4pm (see attached). The remainder of the workshops will be at different times/days and cover different important topics (see the second attached thing). Anyone who is interested in attending any events should RSVP via this link: https://forms.gle/d9oPjpn3QqD9Q26k9 .

Izzy Award

To celebrate excellence in independent media from 2019, the Park Center for Independent Media will host the 12th Izzy Award on October 28 at 6:00 p.m. EDT. The 45-minute ceremony, hosted by PCIM Director Raza Rumi, will feature a speech from each of the three award recipients.

The ceremony will take place virtually via Zoom Webinar on October 28 at 6:00 p.m. EDT.To attend, please register via Zoom.

Join the Facebook event here. For more information on the Park Center for Independent Media, please visit parkindymedia.org.

Events Roundup

Honors Program Rapid Response Salon on COVID-19:  Racism, Athletic Activism, the Sports Industry 

Friday, October 16
11 AM in Eastern Daylight Time (US and Canada) REGISTER HERE: https://ithaca.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OyL4_8pgRwqWO-2FLLTMSA

In partnership with the Ithaca College Honors program, join our faculty, alumni, and community experts in our latest Rapid Response Salon conversation that focuses on racism, athletic activism, and the sports industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear their insights in an engaging live format meant to provide expert commentary. 

Ongoing Anti-Racist Workspaces for White-Identifying Students

Ithaca College Students of Color have called on White-Identifying students, faculty, and staff to do the internal work necessary to be anti-racist. These ongoing workspaces are designed for White-identifying students to understand the many layers of systemic racism in order to dismantle them, and to understand their role in this anti-racist work.

Dear students,

We have created a year-long plan to host anti-racist workspaces for white-identifying students to be in community to learn, grow, challenge one another, and strive to shift from “I am not racist” to truly understanding what it means to be anti-racist in thought and practice. Whether you are just beginning your journey of understanding racism and what it means to be anti-racist or are well-practiced and disciplined at interrupting the script of white supremacy, you are welcome and encouraged to participate. This series was created in collaboration with the Center for IDEAS, and will be among the SACL Signature Events. 

For the fall semester, workspaces will be held on Fridays from 11am-12pm EST unless otherwise noted. While you can chose which workspaces you would like to RSVP for, we encourage you to attend as many as possible as these concepts are all interrelated. You can view and register for all upcoming events on the Center for IDEAS engage portal or on the White-Identifying, Anti-Racist Workspaces engage portal. You must register for each event individually to receive important resources and the Zoom link. Click on “View More Events” to see the entire series. 

Please consider registering for the next three upcoming workspaces:

We also have a newly created website to share resources and opportunities for further learning. Here you can see the list topics for all upcoming workspaces. 

If you have any questions, concerns, or requests for accommodations, please email selebiary@ithaca.edu

Please join us in this work.


Samantha Elebiary, BOLD Program Director, selebiary@ithaca.edu 

POC Academic Awards Celebration

Register in advance for this webinar:


Park “Election Credit” Internship 

FALL 2020 (October/November/December)

Voting is a fundamental right for all Americans and exercising that right in all elections, local, state, and national, can help create meaningful change. Any difference in a community starts at the ballot box, and voting allows citizens to affect the most important issues to society.  The Roy H Park School of Communications at Ithaca College will observe this by providing an opportunity for its students to secure .5 to 1 for credit internship credits.

“The Park School wants to do more than just prepare the storytellers of tomorrow. We want to produce model citizens, and I can’t think of a better way than having our students engage in the political process.” ~ Dr. Jack Powers, Interim Dean, Roy H Park School of Communications, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY

Engage & Earn “Experience” credit for your election activities Fall 2020! We’ve created both academic and nonacademic credit categories.

For requirements and details email: aadams4@ithaca.edu

Upcoming Events Roundup

Park Professional Development Workshops (FALL 2020)* 

*Also available for delivery in an individual class presentation by faculty request

REGISTER: https://ithaca.campuslabs.com/engage/event/6419476

Current dates available for this 1 hour workshop include:

  1. Sunday, September 27, 2020 6-7pm
  2. Sunday, October 25, 2020 6-7pm
  3. Sunday, November 22, 2020 6-7 pm

The 1 Hr Session provides a broad overview of the following:

  • Navigating Linkedin (best practices).
  • Establishing a personal pitch.
  • Exploring Internship Opportunities/Networking.

Park students may also schedule exploration sessions by blocking 1-1 appointments with the professional development coordinator (Ann-Marie Adams via this link: aadams4.youcanbookme.

Engaging with Scholarly Content tutorials

Over the summer a few librarians worked together to create a suite of interactive tutorials that are applicable to all disciplines and levels. The tutorials are stored in Kaltura on a channel called Engaging with Scholarly Content. Each tutorial has a distinct url and embed code both of which can be added into Sakai. Kaltura requires students to login so basic analytics are stored such as the students’ names.  In addition, they designed the tutorials with questions embedded throughout so faculty could receive a report on which students took the tutorial and their corresponding responses. Knowing the faculty are required to provide asynchronous content during the week of Thanksgiving, they thought these might be of use for that purpose.


Wednesday September 30 at 7:30 Dr. Claire Gleitman from English be interviewing Kasia Bartoszynska, assistant professor in the English Department and the Women’s and Gender Studies program, at the first-ever F2F (Feminist to Feminist) salon, sponsored by WGST and the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF).  

This event will be the first of many interviews of faculty by faculty which we hope will take place throughout the academic year. 

The event will feature a conversation between Kasia and Claire, followed (we hope) by some Q&A with those in attendance. It will be 75 minutes in length and the link is below.

Zoom link

Upcoming Events

2020 ‘How to be an Antiracist’ Slow Read for Students

Ibram Kendi’s book’s slow-reads will take place over the academic year with a soft kick-off date in September, a wrap-up date of April 9 (2021).  Students can sign up in groups of no more than 10. Each group with be co-facilitated by either staff or faculty member.  Copies of the book will be provided to students who request one.   

Students may sign up using this form, either individually or in groups:  


A Conversation with Misha Euceph, Executive Producer of The Michelle Obama Podcast

September 30, 2020 | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM 
Register Here: https://ithaca.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEvdemprD8tG9eayXKlRqrvxo96N3Z725wx 

Misha in conversation with Hierald Osorto, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life and Raza Ahmad, Director, Park Center for Independent Media will explore how podcasts lift-up stories of intersecting identities, defining moments, relationship with faith/spirituality, and activism. When we release those stories onto the airwaves (figuratively speaking), how do they change listeners? 

More info here: https://ithaca.campuslabs.com/engage/event/6386109

Reimagining and Remaking Our Nation in Love and Compassion: A Conversation with Valarie Kaur

October 20, 2020 | 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Register Here: https://www.ithaca.edu/religious-and-spiritual-life/sacl-signature-event-2020-elections

Join Executive Director for Student Equity and Belonging and Director for Religious and Spiritual Life, Hierald Osorto in a conversation with Valarie Kaur, renowned Sikh racial justice activist, civil rights lawyer, award-winning filmmaker, educator, founder of the Revolutionary Love Project, and author of the new book See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary LoveTogether we’ll explore: How do we labor for the world we want when the labor feels endless? How do we reimagine and remake our nation in love and compassion? 

Valarie Kaur is a masterful storyteller and seasoned activist, and her talk, including her 2017 TED talk, have garnered millions of views. Please plan to join us for this extraordinary conversation.

Crossing the Line
Please join Ithaca City of Asylum (ICOA) and City of Asylum Pittsburgh for “Crossing the Line,” a virtual (and highly visual) conversation about cartooning, free expression, censorship, and personal risk.


The free online event will take place on Friday, October 2, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Featured guests are internationally acclaimed political cartoonists Pedro X. Molina of Nicaragua and Rob Rogers of Pittsburgh.

Both artists have paid a steep price for their work. Molina (self-portrait above) was forced to flee Nicaragua with his family in December 2018 after his main media outlet, Confidencial, was taken over by government forces during a crackdown on dissent. He won the 2018 Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award from Cartoonists Rights Network International and is now ICOA’s artist-in-residence and a Visiting International Scholar in Residence at Ithaca College.

Join the Ithaca College Speech and Debate Team

The Speech and Debate Team is looking for new members.

This year we are debating about immigration (we get different topics each year).  Tournaments will all be online – debating online works better than most other competitive activities.

You don’t need any previous experience to participate and you’d be part of a long tradition – Ithaca College has had a Speech and Debate Team since the 1920’s.

Contact Scott Thomson from the Communication Studies Department if you are interested.  You can even earn one academic credit per semester being part of the team.

Send an email to pthomson@ithaca.edu