Dr. Claude Cohen, Cornell Prof, To Share His Family’s Refugee Story on 9/24 at 6:30pm in Taughannock Falls Room in Campus Center

Hello Honorites,

Dr. Claude Cohen was only a university-aged student when his family was forced out of 20180918100144628_1.jpgEgypt due to rising anti-Jewish sentiment. Decades later, Dr. Cohen still remembers the hatred his family felt, and the millennium-old community that was utterly displaced in the span of a few short years.

Today, refugees from the Middle East are once again compelled to flee to areas far from their homes, and many represent minority religious communities. Dr. Cohen’s personal story will shed much needed light on the larger history of displacement and persecution of religious minorities in the Middle East during the 20th century. In addition to sharing his family’s story, Dr. Cohen will explain a few unique customs associated with the former Egyptian Karaite Jewish community.

Traditional Karaite food will also be served, and a selection of music featured.

The program will take place in the Taughannock Falls Room of the Campus Center at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, September 24th. 

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Austin Reid at areid1@ithaca.edu. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

CSCRE Discussion Series: ON NATIVE LANDS Decolonization, Solidarity, Resurgence Presents: THE FUTURE STILL: Constellations of Indigenous Resurgence on 9/26 @ 6pm in Clarke Lounge

Hello Honorites!


Please join Iokepa Casumbal-Salazar (Kanaka Maoli), Assistant Professor, CSCRE, in a conversation about settler colonialism, solidarity, and decolonization.

When Indigenous peoples fight against giant telescopes or oil pipelines on sacred lands, we are not obstructing “progress” or “inventing traditions.” These stereotypes affirm white heteropatriarchy in America by casting defiant Indigenous peoples as backwards-looking and trapped in a romanticized past. And if Native claims to land and sovereignty should reject the racializing structures of capitalist liberal inclusion, the settler state renders Indigenous peoples as irrational, even criminal. This happens across the empire, from Mauna a Wākea to Oceti Sakowin, Iroquoia to Guahan: erasures, distortions, and real-time mythmaking that trivialize and prevent Native survival abound.

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.

ICUnity Professional Careers Conference Call on 9/20 @1pm!

Hello Honorites!

Join ICUnity for an online conference call with successful IC alumni! 20180918161735434_1.jpg

They will discuss their careers and conduct a Q&A session to answer your questions about getting your career started.

Thursday, September 20
1-3 p.m.
Join via Zoom at – https://ithaca.zoom.us/j/562800114.
Students on campus can enjoy free pizza in Williams 323 while on the call.

Participants include:
Elijah Greene ’18, Analyst, BlackRock, Inc. and Former IC Trustee
Alexi Harding ’02, Senior Managing Director, The Opes Group
Traci Hughes ’85, VP, Human Resources, Colgate-Palmolive Company
Kristin Muenzen ’00, University Counsel, Princeton University and IC Trustee

Moderating the conversation will be: Nick Wharton M.S. ’90, Director, IC Educational Opportunity Programs (1985-1995) and Avery Santiago ’19.

PLEASE REGISTER ON FACEBOOK or email Jeanette Rivera-Watts at griverawatts@ithaca.edu.

ICUnity connects Ithaca College’s underrepresented groups—including but not limited to students, alumni, families, and other campus community partners who have been historically underserved due to identity, orientation, ethnicity, disability, national origin, or religion, or who are the first generation of their families to attend college. ICUnity provides a network of dedicated academic and business professionals, opportunities for inclusive social interaction, and ways to improve intercultural communication between its members and allies.

Everyone is welcome! Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Jeanette Rivera-Watts at griverawatts@ithaca.edu or (607) 274-1431. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

Register to Participate in the R.A.D. Self-Defense Courses

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Registration is currently open for the Fall offering of the R.A.D. self-defense course for women. Spaces still remain available for this class, which will be conducted in four 3-hour sessions on Wednesday evenings during October from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  This course is open to any student, faculty or staff member who identifies as female.

Participants must be able to attend all four class dates (10/3, 10/10, 10/17 & 10/24) in order to receive certification.  Course registration is $15; however, this fee can be waived in cases of financial hardship.

As just one component of the College’s broader S.H.A.R.E. sexual assault prevention strategies, R.A.D. seeks to support all women on campus who feel they would be further empowered through training in physical defense.  The course is intended to be welcoming and accessible to any experience or ability level.

The requirement to make the specific R.A.D. curriculum open to women only is a stipulation of the national R.A.D. office. However, Ithaca College recognizes that sexual violence can impact anyone, and that any community member may seek opportunities for self-defense training.  Men on campus who are interested in such training can contact the Office of Public Safety to discuss options.

For additional information about R.A.D. and the course registration link, please visit www.ithaca.edu/safety/rad.  For additional information about the overall S.H.A.R.E. program, please visit www.ithaca.edu/share.

Stuti Singh ’21, an International Student from Nepal, travels to Singapore!

Hello Honorites!

Your fellow Honorite, Stuti Singh, is a sophomore, Business Administration major and is an International student from Nepal! This past summer, she traveled back home and Stuti and her family visited Singapore! Continue reading below to her learn about her experiences!

My trip to Singapore:  Stuti Singh


Did you know that in approximately half an hour, you can travel from East Singapore to West Singapore? I learnt that over the past summer when I visited this city state. 

August was the month of travel for me. After spending two months in Ithaca and New York City, I traveled back to Nepal to visit my family and friends (I am from Nepal). Having returned after a year away from home, my family and I decided to spend some quality time exploring places further East in the world. 

I spent 6 days in Singapore and I was blown away.

My preteen self-thanked me when two of my days were spent touring Universal Studios and Image-4.png.jpeg  reliving my childhood as I entered castles, pet tyrannosaurus eggs, rode on The Mummy roller coaster, and visited 3D museums. Playing with the sharks and dolphins and platypuses in the Underwater World was another highlight of my trip, where I got introduced to interesting details of marine life. While we are on the topic of water, I also got a chance to experience a panoramic view of the Lion City on Boat Quay, “drank water” from the Merlion (a hybrid of mermaid and lion, the official mascot of Singapore), and visited Marina Bay Sands, a hotel with the world’s longest infinity pool atop the city. Words can never justify how magnificent the view from the top is! 


What also is of a great remembrance to me is taking pictures with world leaders such as Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth, celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Leo DiCaprio, and dearest E.T. as their wax figures stood in pride and glory in Madame Tussauds, Singapore. In addition, the inner dove in me was delighted to view the entire city through the Singapore Flyer, the world’s second tallest Ferris Wheel.

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My stay in Singapore was an enriching experience in that I not only enjoyed, but also educated myself. So, if you are planning a vacation anytime soon, you know where your next stop is!


Have you had any recent interesting travel experiences? Are you impacting your community in a meaningful way? Do you have something that you love to do and want to share that with the Honors community?

Email Tynesha Taylor, Honors Program Social Media Coordinator, at ttaylor6@ithaca.edu if you want to share your story or bring attention to any of your causes!

Learn about HEOP, CSTEP, & CSTEM Programs at the Office of State Grants Open House on 9/21 @ 1-4pm!

Join OSG for food, raffles, and to learn more about the HEOP, CSTEP, and CSTEM programs on September 21 from 1:00-4:00pm in Towers Concourse 110. Mix and mingle with OSG staff and students. All are welcome! 

The Office of State Grants houses the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP), and Careers in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (CSTEM) program. More information about their office can be found here!

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact John Yao at jyao@ithaca.edu or (607) 274-1267. They ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

*HEOP and CSTEP activities are supported, in whole or in part, by the New York State Education Department.

Apply for the 2018 Social Action Leadership Retreat by September 30th!

Hello Honorites!

Applications are available now for any Ithaca College student who is interested in  20180913162558709_1.pngparticipating in the 2018 Social Action Leadership Retreat. The retreat takes place from 4:00pm on Friday, November 9 until Noon on Sunday, November 11. The deadline to apply is Sunday, September 30 at 11:59pm.

This event is a two-night retreat off campus where students can focus on the leadership skills required to be an effective community organizer and social justice activist. During the retreat, the entire group will participate in a series of educational sessions and discuss issues as a large group, as well as in smaller, informal conversations.

The Social Action Leadership Retreat will help any Ithaca College student develop skills and knowledge to drive positive social change for more socially just communities. No matter the issue or cause you are advocating for, it takes leadership to create change. All Ithaca College students belong to a multitude of different cultures including areas of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status and many more. Therefore, we are looking for a group of people that come from many different cultural backgrounds, including those in the “majority.” Every Ithaca College student is eligible and highly encouraged to apply!

SALR is held off-campus at a retreat center. Lodging, meals, transportation and retreat materials are provided for all attendees; there is no cost to participate. SALR begins on Friday afternoon and concludes on Sunday morning. All participants must travel with the group and must attend the program in its entirety. This retreat counts as 3 Leading in a Diverse World sessions toward that track in the Student Leadership Institute.

Click here to apply for the Social Action Leadership Retreat. Applicants must complete and submit the application before 11:59pm on Sunday, September 30 to be considered for SALR.


Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Student Engagement at ose@ithaca.edu or (607) 274-3222. They ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.