Honors Faculty/Staff Spotlight: John Fracchia!

Hello Honorites!

IT’S OUR LAST “Honors Faculty/Staff Spotlight” FOR THE SPRING SEMESTER! If you have a Honors faculty member or Honors professor that you want to nominate, please email TTaylor6@ithaca.edu with their name and !

This Honors Faculty/Staff Spotlight goes to John Fracchia! Read below to find out more about him!

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What Honors course(s) do you currently teach? 

JF: Meaning Making in Your Career: Finding the Authentic Story of Your Life’s Journey

 

What sort of morning routine do you have to get jazzed for class? 

JF: I’m the breakfast person in our house, which involves feeding myself, my wife, our seven cats, and a dog. There are lots of moving parts and by the time I’m done, my blood is pumping for an exciting day. Usually I get my Alexa “flash-briefing” while I’m doing everything so that I know what’s going on in the world, and sometimes I play music.

 

Do you have any hidden talents? 

JF: “Talent” is such a subjective word, but I am involved in the arts as part of ComedyFLOPs, a local improv troupe that performs monthly shows at The Haunt. Each month we designate a different community based charity to support, which is particularly meaningful to me. I also wrote and published a novel, Cataclysm: The Myst Clipper Shicaine, which is the shameless plug portion of our program.

 

What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s happened to you in a class? 

JF: Nothing comes immediately to mind (my students might have a different opinion), but my Fall 2018 class met on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the late afternoon and the Biology Department typically had a speaker AND food every Thursday. We would wait until they had moved to the presentation part of their program and then take a break from class to descend on the food scraps like vultures. We nicknamed it Scavenger Thursday and while we probably should have been embarrassed, in truth, we weren’t. Thank you, Biology Department! 🙂

 

If you won the lottery and decided to give up teaching, what would you do instead? 

JF: I would probably start a foundation with the purpose of providing seed money to organizations that need a lift in order to bring great ideas into being. I would also support the arts and set up scholarships for students without enough resources.

 

If you could pass on any wisdom to your students, what would you share? 

JF: Discover what is truly meaningful to you, share it with other people, and look for opportunities to engage with it whenever possible. It may lead you to a fulfilling career and it will almost certainly lead you to an extraordinary life.

Honors Faculty/Staff Spotlight: Laura Amoriello!

Hello Honorites!

As we wrap up the semester we’re doing TWO “Honors Faculty/Staff Spotlights”! (ONE TODAY & ONE TOMORROW) If you have a Honors faculty member or Honors professor that you want to nominate, please email TTaylor6@ithaca.edu with their name!

This Honors Faculty/Staff Spotlight goes to Laura Amoriello! Read below to find out more about her!

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What Honors course(s) do you currently teach?

LA: The Science and Practice of Mindfulness (ICSM)

 

What sort of morning routine do you have to get jazzed for class?

LA: Eating a good breakfast, spending time with my daughter before daycare, and deep breathing when I get to my office.

 

Do you have any hidden talents?

LA: I have a surprisingly good jump shot and am pretty good at bowling.

 

What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s happened to you in a class? 

LA: Being very pregnant, sweaty, and huge.

 

If you won the lottery and decided to give up teaching, what would you do instead? 

LA: Play the piano for fun, get better at tennis, and read all the novels on my bucket list.

 

If you could pass on any wisdom to your students, what would you share? 

LA: Find quiet moments in your day, and take the time to take care of yourself.

Honors Faculty/Staff Spotlight: David Flanagan!

Hello Honorites!

This week we are doing an “Honors Faculty/Staff Spotlight”! If you have a Honors faculty member or Honors professor that you want to nominate, please email TTaylor6@ithaca.edu with their name!

This Honors Faculty/Staff Spotlight goes to David Flanagan! Read below to find out more about him!

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What Honors course(s) do you currently teach?

DF: Cultural Encounters with Ithaca College

 

What sort of morning routine do you have to get jazzed for class?

DF: I review my notes.

 

Do you have any hidden talents?

DF: I play the ukulele.

 

If you won the lottery and decided to give up teaching, what would you do instead?

DF: I plan to retire in the next couple of years, so lottery or no, I guess I need to give some thought to this.

 

If you could pass on any wisdom to your students, what would you share?

DF: Be kind to each other.

GOOD LUCK ON FINALS WEEK!

Hello Honorites!

As the week comes to an end, it is time to start thinking about FINALS if you have not already. Study hard, EAT, get some SLEEP, and make sure to stay HYDRATED! And guess what, it is going to be okay because YOU GOT THIS!

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*** Please note that the Honors Lounge/Computer Lab is open 24 hours to HONORS Students! PLEASE use these resources to your advantage! 

REMINDER: IC KICKS BACK IS TODAY FROM 2PM-6PM IN THE A&E CENTER!

20190423152945932_1.jpgIC Kicks Back is a FREE BBQ that features live music (presented by Bureau of Concerts), giant inflatable games and photobooths, fun give-a-ways and sunshine! Join the party on Friday, May 3 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm in the A&E Center!

YOU MUST BRING YOUR ITHACA COLLEGE ID TO GET IN- NO EXCEPTIONS- NO ID, NO ENTRANCE (Faculty, Staff and Students)

NO BAGS, NO WATER BOTTLES, NO CONTAINERS

This event is only open to the IC Community.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Mary Holland-Bavis at meholland@ithaca.edu or (607) 274-3222. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

The Graphic Novel Advisory Board Is Seeking Student Candidates for Fall 2019!

Hello Honorites!

Are you a strong writer, comic/children’s literature enthusiast, or interested in education? Interested in doing book reviews?

The “Graphic Novel Advisory Board” is a group of IC students who get together to review children’s and teen’s graphic novels.  They give presentations at local events, and also share their findings with rural librarians, discussing ways for them to enhance their collections of graphic novels.  Click here to see their website!

This 1.5 credit experimental course (Thursdays 10:50-12:05) is a great opportunity for anyone interested in education, promoting reading, or marketing/publishing graphic novels. The course is called: ENGL 29700 Professional Development Practicum: Graphic Novel Advisory Board.

Interested students can contact Katharine Kittredge for further information at kkittredge@ithaca.edu.

Tips for Finals Week!

Hello Honorites!

It is almost time for the end of the semester and for the beginning of Finals Week! Here are 5 study tips to get you through Finals Week from the Princeton Review!

1. Be the “explainer”.

Explaining something to someone else is one of the best ways to determine what you have down cold, what you need to take a second look at.

2. Have a study buddy? Don’t split the work.

Have a friend make a study sheet for the final exam separately, then get together after you both are done and review the topics together. That way you are less likely to miss something.

3. Turn the TV off and the music on.

Music can help you focus IF you pick the right songs. Forget brand new albums or your favorite songs that might break your concentration when you need to study. Instead, listen to music you already know all the words to, but don’t feel compelled to sing along.

4. Can’t stop singing? Put everything to music!

See if you can make up new lyrics to your favorite songs that incorporate the formulas or historical dates you have to memorize. Things are a lot easier to remember with a good beat.

5. Read it. Write it. Say it.

Go through your notes and pull out the key points by reading them, re-writing them, then saying them out loud. This method really helps some students commit facts to memory.

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***ALSO! Please note that the Honors Lounge/Computer Lab is open 24 hours to HONORS Students! PLEASE use these resources to your advantage! And GOOD LUCK during finals week! 

IC Kicks Back Event THIS FRIDAY, May 3rd, from 2pm-6pm on the Campus Center Quad!

Hello Honorites!

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IC Kicks Back is a FREE BBQ that features live music (presented by Bureau of Concerts), giant inflatable games and photobooths, fun give-a-ways and sunshine! Join the party on Friday, May 3 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm on the Campus Center Quad.

YOU MUST BRING YOUR ITHACA COLLEGE ID TO GET IN- NO EXCEPTIONS- NO ID, NO ENTRANCE (Faculty, Staff and Students)

NO BAGS, NO WATER BOTTLES, NO CONTAINERS

This event is only open to the IC Community.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Mary Holland-Bavis at meholland@ithaca.edu or (607) 274-3222. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.