NYFTSA Summit 2021

Ithaca College’s Chapter of New York Film & Television Student Alliance invites you and your students to attend the NYFTSA Summit 2021

The Summit is virtual this year. Registration is free and open to everyone. 

The program and registration form can be found on the NYFTSA website – link below.  


Cierra Glaude, Director of OWN’s “Queen Sugar” is our afternoon Keynote Speaker.

Mackenzie Gabriel-Vaught, Head of Development and Production at Sad Clown Productions, Producer of “Call me Kat” is our evening Keynote Speaker.

Seniors- RSVP for Commencement and Senior Splash by WEDNESDAY, April 14, 2021!!

On Friday, April 3 the Registrar sent an email to all students who have an expected graduation date between October 2020 and December 2021 to RSVP for the Commencement/Senior Splash ceremonies. The final day to RSVP is Wednesday, April 14, 2021. The Senior Splash is also part of the UG RSVP and is reserved only for May 2021 graduates. 

If you can’t find the e-mail, please email mydegree@ithaca.edu. Check your spam/clutter box before emailing to request another link!

If students plan to attend in person, Latin Honor cords and medallions will be distributed prior to Commencement (still working on the details for distribution). If students plan to attend virtually, Latin Honor cords, medallions, and diploma covers will be mailed to the address they provide on the RSVP.

Library Workshop

Good afternoon & happy Friday:

A library workshop for next Friday has been posted to Intercom: https://www.ithaca.edu/intercom/article.php/20210401164855808#.YGdsGUhKhLA.  As part of National Library Week, members of the campus are invited to write together with the goal of submitting a memory to our COVID-19 History Archive. 

We have added some student writing to the Archive to get started: https://libguides.ithaca.edu/digital_commons/History

Students can either:  1. attend the workshop, 2. follow the instructions on our Digital Commons library guide https://libguides.ithaca.edu/digital_commons/History or 3 contact the Archivist to make an arrangement to deposit their work. We are collecting a variety of media types.

JED Foundation Coming to IC

JED Campus is coming to Ithaca College and they want to hear from you!

The JED Foundation is a national organization that offers consultation on how colleges and universities can create and provide community-wide services for Mental Health and Wellness.  You may have recently filled out the Healthy Minds Survey which is part of the JED Campus process for asking students about how Ithaca College supports student mental health.  

Now, the JED campus advisor for Ithaca College is virtually coming to campus to speak to students directly!  

We are looking for 7-15 students to meet with the Campus Advisor on a confidential ZOOM call to have an open and honest discussion about mental health, well-being, and the community culture of IC students. We want to hear your perception of how the College meets your needs.  This is an opportunity to have your voice be a part of positive change at IC!

The meeting will be held on Wed. April 7th from 4:00-5:30pm EST 

If you are interested in attending, please email Brittany McCown atbmccown@ithaca.edu to sign up.  The Zoom link will be sent to you.

Thank you in advance for your participation.  If you have any questions, please contact Brian Petersen at bpetersen@ithaca.edu

Steven Hess, a Survivor and Holocaust Educator, April 6th

Steven Hess, a Survivor and Holocaust educator will share his personal story of survival: 

Tuesday, April 6th 

7:00 PM Eastern Time 


Steven and his twin sister, Marion were born in Amsterdam on January 14, 1938. His parents, Ilse and Karl, fled Germany two years earlier believing that Holland would provide a safe haven. With the invasion of the Nazis in May 1940, however, hope for a neutral Holland was shattered. In mid-1943, his family was taken to Westerbork, the Dutch transit camp that served as a gateway to Auschwitz, Theresienstadt and Bergen Belsen. The following February they were sent to Bergen Belsen where conditions were so horrific that by the end of the year, nearly 15,000 Jews died each month from starvation, disease, neglect, and maltreatment. Marion and Steven were among very few children to stay alive.

Join Hillel at Ithaca College for this important evening in which we will witness the story of one survivor and reaffirm our commitment that genocide should never happen again.

Registration link: https://linktr.ee/ichillel

Academic Mapping Event

Dear Explorer:

Come to our Academic Mapping event tomorrow, Wednesday, March 31st from 7:00-8:00 p.m. or 8:00-9:00 p.m.!

Exploratory Peer Leaders will help you learn how to create a four-year plan to graduation that includes experiences you want to have along the way to on-time graduation. This session includes downloadable instructions, a demonstration of how they work, samples of completed four-year maps, and assistance in starting to create your own. Students who have learned how to map report feeling calmer and more in control of their future since they have a flexible structure to use to move forward. Maps are useful to share with your advisor and to help you make informed choices during fall registration. Co-sponsored by the Exploratory Program and the Retention and Engagement Strategy Team.

Remember, when you come, you will receive:

  • Detailed instructions on how to map
  • Templates to use to help you map your academic 4-year plan
  • First-hand help from peers
  • Sample maps to inspire you

As we near the advising period and registration for fall 2021, it is imperative that you put yourself first on your list of priorities! Plan on success!

To RSVP ahead of time, use this link: https://ithaca.campuslabs.com/engage/event/7019245


Maria DiFrancesco

p.s. Can’t come tomorrow at 7 or 8? Then come at the noon hour on April 8th!  https://ithaca.campuslabs.com/engage/event/7019246

No excuses!

Pedro X. Molina with Barbara Adams at FLEFF Friday, March 26, 12 p.m.

Pedro X. Molina with Barbara Adams at FLEFF Friday, March 26, 12 p.m.
ICOA’s artist-in-residence receives fellowship, will become Visiting Scholar at Cornell
ICOA artist-in-residence Pedro X. Molina, an internationally acclaimed political cartoonist who fled Nicaragua with his family in December 2018, will reflect on his experiences, his cartooning, and current conditions in Nicaragua in a conversation with ICOA board member Barbara Adams on Friday, March 26, from 12 to 1:15 p.m. The online presentation is part of the 2021 Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF). 
In May, Molina will finish his terms as ICOA’s artist-in-residence and Visiting International Scholar in Residence at Ithaca College. In June, he will become a Visiting Scholar in Cornell’s Latin American Studies Program, supported by a one-year fellowship from the Artist Protection Fund. Molina won the prestigious Maria Moors Cabot Award from Columbia Journalism School in 2019 for “career excellence and coverage of the Western Hemisphere that furthers inter-American understanding.” In 2018, he won the 2018 Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award from Cartoonists Rights Network International and an Excellence in Journalism award from the Inter American Press Association.Barbara Adams is an associate professor in the Department of Writing at Ithaca College, a program she helped found in the 1970s. She is a regional arts journalist and co-founding board member of Ithaca City of Asylum.
Valzhyna Mort and Raul Palma headline “Odysseys” reading April 13
Homer’s Odyssey recounts the adventures of Odysseus, king of Ithaca, as he seeks to return home after the Trojan War. In a series of four monthly readings, pairs of Ithaca‑based writers provide their own takes on the theme of odysseys, from the physical to the intellectual to the emotional. The first two sessions are available for viewing on YouTube. You can register now for the final two sessions. Admission is free. Session 1: Tuesday, Feb. 23 (watch on YouTube): Gail Holst-Warhaft and Aoise Stratford, moderated by David Guaspari.Session 2: Tuesday, March 16 (watch on YouTube): Sorayya Khan and Raza Rumi, moderated by Barbara Adams.NEXT: Tuesday, April 13, 7 p.m. (register): Valzhyna Mort and Raul Palma, moderated by Kate Blackwood.Session 4: Tuesday, May 18, 7 p.m. (register): Minfong Ho and Kenneth A. McClane, moderated by Edward Hower.Valzhyna Mort is a poet and translator born in Minsk, Belarus. She is the author of the poetry collections Factory of TearsCollected Body, and Music for the Dead and Resurrected (FSG, 2020). Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, New Yorker, PoetryPoetry Review, Poetry InternationalPrairie SchoonerGranta, Gulf CoastWhite Review, and many more publications. She has been honored with the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry and the Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award. Mort teaches at Cornell and writes in English and Belarusian.Raul Palma is a novelist, short story writer, and assistant professor of writing at Ithaca College, where he serves as the faculty advisor to Stillwater Magazine. His fiction has been included in Best Small Fictions and distinguished/notable in Best American Short Stories. His work has been supported by fellowships and scholarships from the CubaOne Foundation, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Santa Fe Writer’s Conference, Sewanee Writer’s Conference, and Sundress Academy for the Arts. He is working on a novel.“Odysseys: Ithaca Writers on Exile, Wandering, and Searching for Home” is organized by Ithaca City of Asylum and cosponsored by Buffalo Street BooksGlobal CornellCornell MigrationsIthaca College Department of WritingOdyssey BookstoreStory House Ithaca, and Tompkins County Public Library.
Ithaca City of Asylum provides refuge for writers and artists whose works are suppressed, whose lives are threatened, whose cultures are vanishing, and whose languages are endangered. We also advocate for human rights and freedom of expression. ICOA is an all-volunteer project of the nonprofit Center for Transformative Action. Donating is easy online via GiveGab. You can also make out a check to “Center for Transformative Action” and mail it to Center for Transformative Action, PO Box 760, Ithaca, NY 14851. To make sure your donation reaches us, please write “ICOA” on the memo line. 
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