Senior Sendoff: Jennifer Walsh

Hi everyone! If you don’t me, I’m Jen, a senior Television-Radio major and Theatre minor. Since May 2016, I’ve been working with Honors as one of our Social Media Coordinators. It’s been quite the journey, and I’m so grateful to have been part of such a wonderful program. However, I’m graduating this semester, and that means that this is the last post I’ll write for the Honors blog. IMG_3714

I want to thank everyone who’s made my time in Honors so wonderful – Alicia Swords, Kathi Powers, our former director Tom Pfaff, my Honors classmates, and my neighbors in the Lyon Hall RLC from the fall of 2015 to the spring of 2017. I most especially want to thank my former co-coordinator Ryan Opila and my fabulous current co-coordinator Tynesha Taylor, who will be continuing on next semester.

I wish the best of luck to all of our Honors students as we head into finals week, and thank you for letting me share what makes this program special on social media.As much as I’ll miss Honors, I know that it’s prepared me well for my next adventures. This community is truly incredible, and I’m so thankful that I am a part of it.

2017 Holiday Celebration Photos

Thank you to all of our Honors community members who joined us last night in Emerson Suites. The Holiday Celebration was a huge success, and we hope you had a great time. Check out our photo gallery from last night below! If you share any pictures of you and your friends, be sure to tag us (@ichonors on Twitter and Instagram, and Ithaca College Honors Program on Facebook)!

Info Session for Short Study Abroad in Malawi Thursday at 12:10

Ever dream of going to a country in Africa to learn about a new culture, way of life and healthcare system? Then this short term study abroad trip is for you! malawi.jpg

Come to the Info Session to learn more about Malawi (The Warm Heart of Africa): Thursday, December 7th at 12:10pm in CHS 207

Trip details: The goal of this trip is to immerse students in various aspects of healthcare in Malawi through experiential learning including: actively participating in mobile medical clinics and pediatric rehabilitation centers, visiting hospitals and crisis care nurseries, and interacting with local community members and healthcare providers.

When: May 22nd – June 5th

Where: Malawi, Africa

Who: Ithaca College Students and Healthcare Staff and Faculty

Estimated Costs: $5,900 (includes tuition fees, flights and all in country costs)

Weekly Events Roundup: 12/5-12/12

Welcome to our weekly events roundup! The campus is bustling as the semester draws to a close – here’s a sample of what’s happening this week.

redandbrownwater.jpgThe Ithaca College Department of Theatre Arts will present In the Red and Brown Water, written by Moonlight screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney, from December 5-10 in the Clark Theatre. Tickets are available at or in person at the box office in Dillingham Center.

The Campus Choral Ensemble will perform tonight at 7:00 p.m. in Ford Hall. The Woodwind Chamber Ensembles will also perform at 7:00 in Hockett Family Recital Hall.

The Campus Band and Campus Jazz Ensemble will perform Wednesday at 7:00 in Ford Hall. Piano/Instrumental Duos will perform in Hockett Family Recital Hall at 7:00.

ICTV’s Blinded, a new dating show, will premiere at 8:00 p.m. in Park Auditorium.

iamjazzA reading of “I Am Jazz,” a children’s book about a transgender child based on author Jazz Jenning’s personal experiences, will take place in the Handwerker Gallery at 12:10 p.m. on Thursday, December 5. The event is sponsored by the LGBT Center, Handwerker Gallery, and the Ithaca College Library.

twelfthnight.jpgAt 6:00 p.m. Thursday in the Handwerker Gallery, students, faculty, and alumni will perform in a staged reading of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare.

At 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Hockett Family Recital Hall, the Intergenerational Choir will perform.

hifashion.jpgAt 8:00 p.m. in Emerson Suites on Thursday, HiFashion Studios will present “The Fifth Element,” its latest fashion show.

The Jazz Repertory Ensemble will perform Thursday at 8:15 p.m. in Ford Hall.

Friday from noon to 4:00 p.m. in Studio 1, students in Musical Theatre Workshop: Repertoire & Style will perform ten-minute cabaret acts. Come and go as you please; audience members do not have to stay the whole time.

IC Stand-Up, IC Sketch Club, Acahti Players, and IC Comedy Club are performing downtown at the Community School of Music and Arts Friday at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door.

IC Voicestream will host their Block II concert at 8:00 Friday in Emerson Suites.


unbound.jpgIC Unbound will perform their fall dance showcase Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in Emerson Suites. Pre-sale tickets will be sold in Campus Center from December 6-8th for $3.00 and tickets will also be sold at the door for $5.00.

On December 13 at 7:00 p.m. in Textor 102, Handle with Care, an ICTV scripted comedy, will premiere.

The Writing Center will host a “Cocoa and Cram” event from 7-10 p.m. in Smiddy 109. Snacks and walk-in writing help will be provided.

One Week Till Our Annual Holiday Celebration!


We are a week away from our annual Holiday Celebration, featuring food, games, crafts, raffles, and more! This can’t-miss event is sure to be a blast, especially with our all-new Ugly Sweater Contest! Wear your tackiest sweater and win some exciting prizes. Please join us next Tuesday, December 13th, from 7:00-9:00 in Emerson Suites as we celebrate the holiday season, end of the semester, and YOU, the Honors community! We can’t wait to see you there.

Scholarship Opportunities from New York Women in Communications

nywiciEach year, New York Women in Communications — a 501(c)(3) — awards 15 to 20 scholarships to graduating high school seniors and undergraduate and graduate students who intend to pursue or further a career in communications. Current Honors students Jennifer Walsh ’18 and Anna Gardner ’19 received scholarships last year along with Park School students Lexy White ’19, Emma Noblesala ’19, and Emma Beltrandi ’19.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, need and a demonstrated commitment to the field of communications. Scholarships are generally in the amounts of $2,500, $5,000, and $10,000. In addition to general scholarships, NYWICI offers sponsored scholarships with specific qualifications. Most are funded by corporations or foundations that retain the right to impose qualifications, which may include, but are not limited to, a candidate’s declared major, area of study, or demonstrated skill; age or year of study and personal background. The application deadline is January 26, 2018.

For more information, visit the NYWICI Scholarships site at 

2018 H&S Summer Scholars Applications Now Open!

Summer ScholarsStudents in the School of Humanities and Sciences are now able to apply for the 2018 H&S Summer Scholars Program online. Through a new, streamlined application process, all H&S students will now apply through a single application portal. More information is available on the revamped Summer Scholars web page.

We have scheduled an information session for interested students next week, on Tuesday, December 5, at 12:10 in Business 301, at which a few Summer Scholars from 2017 will share their experiences in the program.
Two additional information sessions will be held during the first week of classes, on January 25 – we’ll announce those again at the start of spring semester.

All students complete the same first page of the Summer Scholars form form; the form then diverges, asking different questions depending on the student’s major and/or the type of project proposed. Through this single application, students will be considered for all available positions regardless of funding source. This includes Dana Internship positions.
While financial aid eligibility is a requirement for some of these positions (such as the Dana Interns, the Emerson Humanities Collaboration Award, and a few department-based scholarships), most of the positions are open to all students, regardless of financial need.
4) Summer Scholars will be paid $10.40/hour for full-time work (typically 40 hours); most positions are for 10 weeks, but some can be for 8 weeks, as negotiated between the faculty mentor and the scholar.
5) Subsidized campus housing will be available for interested Scholars through the campus summer housing program. This year, there will be no limitation to weekly work hours, up to the maximum of 40 hours/week, if students receive housing through the program.
For detailed information about eligibility and expectations for Scholars, please consult the complete guidelines for the program available on the website.
The deadline for proposal submission is February 12th @ noonAwards will be announced by March 9, 2018.
Questions? Contact

Honors Kudos: National Collegiate Honors Council Conference

Congratulations to Zoe Mendrysa ’19, Elena Piech ’19, Honors Academic Assistant/Eastman-Lyon Residence Director Jess Shapiro and former Honors Academic Assistant/Eastman-Lyon Residence Director Katie Hellman on their recent presentations at the National Collegiate Honors Council’s (NCHC) 52nd annual conference.

IMG-1961At the conference, held in Atlanta, Georgia,  Jess Shapiro and Katherine Hellmann (now Honors Coordinator at University of Texas at Tyler) co-presented their session entitled, “A Look at Diversity Education in Honors” on November 10, 2017. Their research highlighted how educating honors students on diversity and social justice issues can be fraught with lack of time, understanding, and uncertainty. They examined how Ithaca College and the University of Texas at Tyler created and implemented a developmental diversity curriculum, and shared assessment data and educational materials.


Zoe Mendrysa presented a session entitled, “Chlamydia Virulence Factors Subvert Host Cell Apoptosis” on November 11 2017. The presentation focused on how Chlamydia trachomitis and host cell interactions by using hypothetical proteins to determine organelle localization.


IMG-1969Elena Piech’s session, “Teaching Activism in Honors Courses,” took place on November 12, 2017. Her research explored how attending activist movements and protests can better enhance students’ understanding of social movements.

While in Atlanta, Elena and Zoe explored the city of Atlanta through NCHC’s City as Text Program, networked with other honors students and faculty from across the country and around the world, and celebrated the unique community created by honors education.The national submission process for the NCHC annual conference is highly selective, with hundreds of students and faculty submitting proposals each year.

We’re so proud of our talented and engaged Honors students and staff, and congratulate them again on their outstanding work.

Save the Date! Honors Holiday Celebration 12/13 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

You are cordially invited to the annual Honors Holiday Celebration. Please join us in Emerson Suites for snacks, raffles, surprises, and more! This year we’ll be holding an ugly sweater contest (more details below). We look forward to celebrating all of the hard work the Honors community has done this semester, and look forward to seeing you there!

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Film Screening and Discussion with Honors Professor Carla Golden

IC Feminist United will host a screening of “I Was a Teenage Feminist” in Textor 103 on Thursday, November 30 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. A discussion moderated by Professor Carla Golden will follow about how the documentary, made in 2005, holds up today.


Here’s the film’s synopsis: “Why is it that some young, independent, progressive women in today’s society feel uncomfortable identifying with the F-word? Join filmmaker Therese Shechter as she takes a funny, moving and very personal journey into the heart of feminism. Armed with a video camera and an irreverent sense of humor, Shechter talks with feminist superstars, rowdy frat boys, liberated Cosmo girls and Radical Cheerleaders, all in her quest to find out whether feminism can still be a source of personal and political power.”