What Happening on Campus this Week?

This week, with the start of classes underway, Ithaca is celebrating MLK all week long. Martin Luther King Jr,’s legacy is why we had yesterday off from classes, and we hope you had a chance to attend the events yesterday. If not, no problem, several more events are coming this week. For example today, Tuesday, January 22nd there is a keynote address given by John Sims at 5pm in Emerson Suites. Many more speeches and workshops are occurring this week, and we encourage you to check them out. You can see the description of each event on the Ithaca homepage.

In addition to the MLK week events, there is an IC Radio Recruitment Night on Wednesday, January 23rd at 7pm in the Park Auditorium. So if you have an interest in on-air DJing, news, sports, production, or other aspects of radio, check this event out. No radio experience is even required, and you could be any major with any class standing.




Welcome Back Honorites!


Welcome back, everyone! The honors program hopes you all had a terrific break.

With the start of every semester, comes new beginnings. We wish all of you the best of luck on your first day of classes. As a reminder, if you ever need a calm, quiet place to study or relax, come down to the Honors Lounge in the Garden Level of PRW.

Once again, we hope you had a great break and the very best of luck to everyone on this upcoming spring semester!


Pippi to Ripley: Fantastic and Feminist Pop Culture Conference

Would you like to present at next spring’s Pippi to Ripley: Fantastic and Feminist Pop Culture conference?  For details see the attached CFP. In the past, students have presented on TV shows, films, contemporary music, video games, comics, podcasts, children’s literature, fairy tales, and YA literature—and this list can be expanded to include other forms of pop culture.

Presentations are 15 minutes long and usually include a powerpoint. There are three ways that you can prepare to present:

  1. Sign up for Advanced Studies in Feminist Science Fiction – ENGL 48300 01  (3 spaces still available)
  2. Do an independent study with a faculty mentor in your field.
  3. Work with Professor Kittredge in a Block II one-hour-a-week, one credit Conference Prep class (Time and course number TBA)

If you are interested in presenting, please send an e-mail to Katharine Kittredge at kkittredge@ithaca.eduprior to January 1, 2019.  We will discuss possible topics, how you should prepare, and intermediate goals.


Congratulations to the Following Honors Students for Presenting at the Popular Culture Conference!​

5 IC Honors students presented the original scholarship at this year’s Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association, held in Baltimore November 8-10. The Honors program would like to congratulate the following students!



Zoe Merod (Art History, ’19) worked with Associate Professor of Art History Jennifer Germann to prepare her presentation: “The Iconography of King James and the NBA’s Political Bible: One Man’s Power in Shaping the Image of the Institution.”

These students worked with Katharine Kittredge (Professor of English):

Alexandria Paul (English, ’19) “The Missing Diva: The Transformation of Broadway Diva Archetype in Sondheim’s Passion

Angelina Randazzo (English Education, ’21) “’My Heart is Infinite’: Multiple Families in The Girl who Drank the Moon

Abigail Rogers (English, ’21) “SKAM: Norwegian vs. American Depictions of Sexual Assault for the Teen Audience”

Andy Yzaguirre (English, ‘20) “Anyone Can be a Super Hero: Moving Beyond the Straight White Alter Ego in Web Comics”

Once again, congratulations to these students, and thank you for representing the Honors program so well!

If you or anyone you know in the program have any noteworthy accomplishments you’d like to be shared on the blog, email me @ Jseidman@ithaca.edu. We’d love to share what you’re doing with our fellow Honor students!




Forums for August Orientation!

Ithaca College is holding an open forum to hear from you, students and faculty, on orientation. If you have any ideas about orientation, or just want to listen to what others thoughts are, come by!

New Student and Transition Programs and the August Orientation Committee Chairs will be working together to host four open forums in November/December to share initial updates, draft ideas, and gather information from our campus partners regarding our transition to a fall orientation model. These sessions will be:


August/Fall Orientation Open Forums:

Faculty Session: November 30th 10a-11a in Taughannock Falls

–      Expected Discussion Items: Advising, Registration, & Academic Programming (though all topics and questions are welcome)

Student Session: December 4th 12p-1p in Emerson A

–      Expected Discussion Items: Programming, Schedule, & Supporting Students from Different Identify & Affinity Groups (though all topics and questions are welcome)

Staff Session: December 7th 3p-4p in Taughannock Falls

–      Expected Discussion Items:  Programming, Schedule, Summer Communication & Contact Initiatives, Staffing, and Logistics (though all topics and questions are welcome)

Open Session: December 14th 3p-4p in Roy H. Park School Auditorium

–      All topics and questions are welcome!


Sessions are not restricted to a certain population, however with an assumption that faculty, staff, or students will ask questions most relevant to their own focus area or lens, we wanted to provide a space that allows for more in-depth discussion about topics most relevant to each group. We encourage anyone who is unable to attend their specific affinity group session, to join the open session for all, if possible, then any of the other sessions. We look forward to hearing from you, gathering feedback, and sharing our ideas and excitement with you.

CSCRE Discussion Series Presents: Reclaiming Space

Please join Nanibah Chacon (Diné and Xicana), a muralist and community engaged public works artist as she talks about her current work based upon the insertion of indigenous presence into the colonized urban landscape.  She will use imagery to provoke questions connecting us to landscape, traditions, and people.

She will be in the Handwerker Gallery on Tuesday, November 13 at 6 PM.


Chacon was raised in Chinli, Arizona, and Albuquerque, New Mexico.  She began as a graffiti artist at 16 and continued as such for the next 10 years.  Chacon is using her art to place a spotlight on the injustices being brought on women of color.  She shows her work across the U.S. and internationally.  She created the largest mural in New Mexico called “Resistance”.  She holds a B.A. in Art Education from the University of New Mexico and has received numerous awards.  She hopes to continue working on large-scale, site-specific murals to expand and diversify her audience and to build upon the social perspectives conveyed through her art.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Penny Bogardus at pbogardus@ithaca.edu or (607) 274-1056. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.