Do You Need Scholarly Achievement Points? Present at the Whalen Symposium!

Attention Honorites!

There will be an information session on October 26, 2017, from 12:10 PM to 1:00 PM, in 102 Textor Hall, for faculty and students who have questions or need more information regarding participation in the James J. Whalen Academic Symposium on April 12, 2018.

The session will introduce students and faculty to the Symposium, the application process, the abstract guidelines, and presentation options.  Please follow the link to sign up: Register Here

Pizza and soda will be provided for lunch.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact or (607) 274-3113 at least two weeks in advance.

Annual Holocaust Lecture on October 23rd @ 7pm!

The Jewish Studies Program at Ithaca College presents
Monday, October 23, 2017, 7:30 pm
Clark Lounge, Egbert Hall
Ithaca College
Dr. Roald Hoffmann, emeritus professor of Chemistry at Cornell University and Nobel Laureate in Chemistry (1981), will speak on October 23 at 7:30 pm in Clark Hall.
Dr. Hoffmann was born in 1937 to a happy Jewish family in Złoczów, Poland (now Zolochiv, Ukraine). His talk will recount the story of how his family survived the Nazi attempt to exterminate the Jewish people. The personal goodness, amidst much evil, of a Ukrainian family, played an essential role in his family’s survival. Only a few Jews in Zolochiv (200 out of 4,000) survived the Nazi genocide. After some years of wandering, he and his family finally arrived in the United States. Dr. Hoffmann will speak of the complexity of Ukrainian-Jewish relations, the role in the war of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic church, and the struggle to establish memorials in Zolochiv and surroundings. His story is a personal one, embedded in the geography and history of the people cohabiting that contested piece of the earth. Ultimately it is a story of the choices for good or evil that people must make in the worst of times.
Roald Hoffmann was born in 1937 in Złoczów, Poland. Having survived the war, he came to the U. S. in 1949, and studied chemistry at Columbia and Harvard Universities (Ph.D. 1962). He has been at Cornell University since 1965 and is now the Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters Emeritus. He has received many of the honors of his profession, including the 1981 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (shared with Kenichi Fukui).
Dr. Hoffmann’s lecture is sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program at Ithaca College.
For more information about Dr. Hoffmann’s lecture, please contact Rebecca Lesses, Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Jewish Studies Program at or 607-274-3556.
Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should also contact her as soon as possible to make arrangements for attendance.

Are You Interested in Sustainability? Check out the Center for Ecological Living and Learning (CELL) for Study Abroad Programs!

Hello Honorites!

Are you interested in learning how to live sustainably while being of service to others? CELL’s interdisciplinary study abroad programs will inspire you with a new vision of what is possible and will spur you to become the change you wish to see in the world.

If you are interested in having an adventure of a lifetime while celebrating what is right in the world and being a part of real-life solutions to the problems we face, join CELL for an unforgettable adventure that will empower you to make a difference in the world.

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For more information, check out CELL’s website at:  Have questions? Email

The program has space available in their Spring 2018 semester programs in Iceland and Central America; in their three-week Maymester programs in ScotlandEcuador  and Iceland in May/June 2018; and their Fall 2018 program in Iceland.

Feel free to contact Dave Oakes, the Co-Founder and Co-Director directly!

Dave Oakes, Ed.D.
Tel. 207-230-4025 

IC Honors Student Spotlight: Jordan Stecker ’21

Hello Honorites! We are so excited to be spotlighting freshman, Jordan Stecker! He is an Integrated Marketing Communications major and is originally from Syosset, Long Island! Learn more about Jordan and his experiences in Honors below!


What’s your favorite thing about IC?

My favorite part of IC is the amount of student life programs it has. Joining clubs like Chabad, Community Council, EPIC (Event Planners of IC), and other clubs have allowed me to explore my passions and train me for “real life”.

What’s your favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why?

I love the Golden City Course I’m currently in. I’m learning about mythology and some history while learning how century old stories correspond to today’s society! It’s awesome!

What’s the coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC/the Honors Program? 

My coolest opportunity thus far was a mini-course I took through the Park School. The course was about Crisis Communication. In it, I was featured in a press conference simulation in front of 40 people, where I was asked a series of questions, had to give answers about a real situation, a with very little prep time. I truly enjoyed it and realize that I may want to go work in the crisis communication field after I graduate.


We’re always looking for interesting students to highlight in our Spotlight series.

Do you know a really cool first year Honors student? Nominate them here!
Do you know a really cool Honors student? Nominate them here!
Do you know a really cool alum of the Honors program? Nominate them here!

Email with any comments, questions, concerns or nominations.

Be Featured In A Student Spotlight!

Hello Honorites!

Student Spotlights are back! These posts spotlight all of the awesome things Honors students do like research projects, volunteer work, internships, etc. If you would like to be featured in a spotlight, copy and paste the link below into your web browser and fill out this short form!

In addition to filling out the form, send a photo of yourself to my email ( This is a great way to introduce yourself to other Honors students and feel like a local celebrity.!

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While you are still here, I would like to encourage you to follow Honors on social media to stay up-to-date with the program and our blog. There’s a great lineup of events and trips this fall you won’t want to miss!

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