FLEFF Blogging Internship Applications Open


Film Festivals and Blogging: FLEFF 2018
Dr. Patricia R. Zimmermann
CRN 43244 HNRS 20051 T 6:50-9:30 

Application Process: 

Admission to the seminar and FLEFF blogging internship requires a short application and is competitive.

Requirements:  Must have one full year of courses at Ithaca College and at minimum sophomore standing. Students previously enrolled in the FLEFF Festivals course as FLEFF Fellows or in the Honors seminar in Participatory Cultures have priority as FLEFF blogging interns.  Overrides available for students outside the Honors program for this seminar and internship.

(Note:  students with sophomore standing through credits but who are currently in their first year as Ithaca College students are not eligible.  These students should enroll in the one-credit/P/F FLEFF Festivals that runs during the festival FLEFF Festivals GCOM 12000 CRN 43325, where they will be considered FLEFF Fellows.)

To apply:

Write no more than a one-page letter  (500 words maximum) explaining your major, GPA, your academic interests, why you are interested in participating in FLEFF 2018 as a blogging intern,  and what particular aspects of FLEFF interest you (review the FLEFF website before writing your application).   Also note if you have taken the FLEFF Festivals course or the Honors Seminar in Participatory Cultures.

Send your application letter to:  fleffblogging2018@gmail.com

Applications are now open and will close November 14.  Applicants will be notified of admission to the seminar and the internship on a rolling basis, so apply early.                  

Seminar Description

This advanced seminar engages competitively selected students in an intensive and immersive experience in the 20th Annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) as bloggers and festival ambassadors. Students serves as interns for FLEFF 2018.

The course provides students with a coordinated blend of theory, history, and practice. The course works within an international and transnational focus. It explores and analyzes the histories, operations, politics, creative industries impact, and programming of festivals as a critical nodal point in the entertainment and arts industries through significant books from the scholarly literature.

This seminar provides an avenue to learn professional blogging for film festivals and arts/entertainment organizations, with students writing for the FLEFF blogs in a very public, high profile way, interviewing the festival team and festival guests.  It also provides training in learning how to be part of the staff of a festival by thoroughly learning all aspects of the history of FLEFF, its mission and vision, its financing, partnerships, programming, the current year’s programming, and current year’s goals for audience development and engagement as well as visibility.

Finally, the course probes the purpose of festivals as a place for embodied, meaningful, and significant conversations about issues of importance in the world. Blogging interns have special access to festival guests and special events and convenings.

Special notes:  bloggers need to commit to full immersion in FLEFF during FLEFF week both on and off campus. However, classes come first. These sessions will replace some seminar sessions post-festival as they cover required class meeting sessions. Blogging interns receive a FLEFF staff t-shirt, lanyard, and a complimentary festival pass.

Applications Open Online for 2018 Whalen Symposium!


whalensymThe online submission process for faculty sponsors and students to submit an abstract for the 21st Annual James J. Whalen Symposium is now open.  Honors students can receive Scholarly Engagement points for presenting at the Symposium.

STUDENTS: Interested in participating?

  • Develop your presentation skills.
  • Include your presentation on your resume and graduate application.
  • Win a gift certificate to the Ithaca College Bookstore if yours is an award-winning presentation.

Submit the online submission form or contact your faculty collaborator to have them fill out the form.

FACULTY: Have your student submit their abstract.

Once the form(s) is/are submitted, you and your student(s) will receive an e-mail detailing next steps.

The Symposium will take place on Thursday, April 12, 2018. It is the premier academic event at Ithaca College and features student presentations on research and creative works that are developed in collaboration with faculty.

Please contact Karen Walls at (607) 274-3113 or whalen@ithaca.edu should you have any questions.

Weekly Events Roundup: 11/8 – 11/14

On November 9 at 8:15 p.m. in Ford Hall, Paul Lewis will perform as part of the Rachel S. Thaler Concert Pianist Series.

seniorsashesStudents Today, Alumni Tomorrow and the Class of 2018 will host the “Seniors and Sashes” Pageant in Emerson Suites on Thursday 11/9 at 7:00 p.m.

The Department of Theatre Arts’ production on Wonderful Town will give its final performances on November 9, 10, and 11, all at 8:00 p.m. in the Hoerner Theater.wonderfultown

A Muslims and allies gathering and discussion will take place in Muller Chapel on 11/10 from 1:45 to 3:00 p.m. immediately following Juma’a prayers. All are welcome, and refreshments will be provided.

On Saturday, 11/11 at 11:45 a.m. in the Fitness Center, the Residential Life Substance Free Communities will host a substance-free Cortaca watch party with food, games, and a broadcast of the match.

Regional high school choirs will perform on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in Ford Hall in the Choral Composition Festival Concert.

tensor.pngMath and science writer Evelyn Lamb will give a talk on 11/13 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in Williams 320 entitled “Building a Creative Career in Mathematics.” The presentation, the latest in the Tensor Lecture Series, will discuss the intersection between communications and STEM.

The Karel Husa Memorial Concert will take place at 7:00 p.m. in Hockett Family Recital Hall on 11/13.

From noon to 1:00 p.m. on 11/14, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier will bring its Mobile foodpantry.jpgFood Pantry to the A&E Center. The food pantry is open to all members of the IC community and provides fresh groceries free of charge.

The Residence Hall Association’s annual Sex Fest will take place in Emerson B on 11/14 from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. The event will feature materials related to sex education from Planned Parenthood, the Advocacy Center, and more, as well as games, and performances by Spit That and IC Comedy Club.

The Flute Choir will hold an elective recital in Hockett Family Recital Hall at 7:00 p.m. on 11/14.

whalenAt 8:00 in Ford Hall on Tuesday, Music for the Mind: Mental Health Awareness Concert will take place, featuring performances from Marc Webster, Ivy Waltz, Patrice Pastore, Voicestream, IC Choir, IC Unbound, Rock Hard Dance Co., and more.

The Gerontology Institute and Project Generations will host a screening of The Age of Love on 11/14 at 6:30 in Textor 102. The screening will be followed by a discussion with filmmaker Steven Loring.

Have an event you’d like featured on the blog? Email jwalsh5@ithaca.edu or ttaylor6@ithaca.edu.

Honors Presents: Book Launch 11/7

Screen Shot 2017-11-02 at 3.23.01 PM.pngThe Honors Program and Department of Sociology are sponsoring a book launch and discussion for Spontaneous Combustion: The Eros Effect and Global Revolution, featuring Contributing Editor Andrew Thompson, a Visiting Assistant Professor of Social Movements and Social Change in the Department of Sociology. The launch will be held in Klingenstein Lounge at 5:00 on Tuesday, November 7, and refreshments will be served. Honors Program Director Alicia Swords will moderate the discussion.

About Spontaneous Combustion:

We are living through a period of massive social upheaval. Why, at given historical moments, does resistance to oppression seem to emerge spontaneously from multiple points around the globe despite differences in conditions on the ground? How can that resistance be understood, and how can it be furthered?

Spontaneous Combustion: The Eros Effect and Global Revolution (SUNY Press 2017) addresses precisely these questions.

Books will be available for purchase at a special launch price.

Attention Park Students: Rising Junior Park Scholar Applications Now Open

The application for the Park Scholar Rising Junior scholarship awards is now online: https://www.ithaca.edu/parkscholars/award/rising/

Applications are due February 2, 2018.


The Park Scholar Program offers much more than a scholarship; it creates a dynamic learning community that develops future communications leaders who engage critically, act globally, and perform ethically. Park Scholar Awards cover the entire cost of attendance (tuition, room, and board) at Ithaca College and include stipends for living expenses, books, and a one-time technology purchase of $2,500.

Applicants must be enrolled in a major in the Roy H. Park School of Communication, and have a GPA of 3.5 or above.

For more information, go to: https://www.ithaca.edu/parkscholars/ or contact Nicole Koschmann at nkoschmann@ithaca.edu

Info Session with Pizza for Summer Journalism Course in Italy


What’s it like to report in a foreign country? Build your portfolio of work and expand your digital storytelling skills while immersed in Italian life and culture. Journalism professor Anthony Adornato will be teaching a four-week multimedia journalism course in Urbino, Italy. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and a former White House photographer also teach as part of the Urbino program. The course is open to journalism and non-journalism majors.

An information session will be held at 12:10 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7 in Park 283. Alumni from the course will chat about their experiences. Pizza will be provided.

Students will study photography, international reporting, and video, and will produce a website about the people, places, and culture of the region.Read all the students’ stories on the 2017 Urbino Project websiteStudents live at the University of Urbino and collaborate with Urbino students who serve as translators and interpreters in the field.

At this session, learn more about the course, part of the Institute for Education in International Media, which focuses on study abroad opportunities for communications students.

More info here: https://faculty.ithaca.edu/aadornato/italy/

Contact info: aadornato@ithaca.edu

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Anthony C. Adornato at aadornato@ithaca.edu or (607) 274-7022. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

Ithaca College has no responsibility for the Multimedia Journalism Summer Study Abroad course in Urbino, Italy, offered through the Institute for Education in International Media (ieiMedia) and publicized by Ithaca College Assistant Professor Anthony Adornato.  This trip is being planned, directed and sponsored solely by ieiMedia and is NOT a College sponsored, sanctioned or approved program. Professor Adornato is publicizing this trip based upon his participation as an instructor in the ieiMedia program and not in his role as assistant professor at Ithaca College.