Honors Faculty/Staff Spotlight: Bob Sullivan!

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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 Bob Sullivan! Read below to find out more about him!



What Honors course(s) do you currently teach?

Bob: Nothing this term, but in past I have taught about six different sems, Slow Reads…etc. My heart is always with my mighty First-Years from Golden City.

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

Bob: I never appear in public until extraordinarily caffeinated.

Do you have any hidden talents? 

Bob: Any talents that I have are so well hidden that I don’t know of them.

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

Bob: Showed up in a class and taught for ten minutes before I realized I was in the wrong room. I blame the students who were too dazzled to say anything.

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

Bob: I know this makes me a wicked dope but my wife and I have talked about this many times before. I’d say, “Whopee!,” tear up my mortgage, tell my daughter to buy her place in Brooklyn, buy a motor scooter, and start prepping for the next day’s classes. My firm expectation is that I will die in Friends 308.

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

Bob: Any real joy you experience in life will come as the result of your relationships with other people. As Forster says in Howard’s End, “Only connect.”

Congratulations to Professor Patricia Zimmerman for publishing an essay in Film Quarterly!

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Patricia Zimmermann, Professor of Screen Studies and Codirector of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF), published an essay in Film Quarterly  Spring 2019 entitled “Insurgent Habitats:  On Media and Environment.”

The essay, which takes the form of a manifesto, was coauthored with Dr. Dale Hudson from New York University Abu Dhabi.  Dr. Hudson has served as the new media curator for FLEFF for twelve years.

The essay is part of a special Film Quarterly dossier of contemporary manifestos probing cinema in a time of urgency. It features eleven writers from around the globe who analyze how screen cultures from analog to digital to performance have changed and must adapt to the changing political landscapes and recalibrations propelled by the current moment.


The Food Pantry is open TODAY + More Dates!

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The on-campus Food Pantry will be open again TODAY, April 19th, 4:00-5:15pm.

The Pantry is located in the DeMotte Room (you can enter using the entrance to Phillips Hall closest to the upper quads – near the stairs that go up to the academic quad). The Pantry is open to any and all members of the IC community. There are no qualifications for this program.

The Pantry will also be open on the following dates/times throughout the remainder of the semester. Mark your calendars!

Thu. 4/25, Noon-1:00pm

Fri.   5/3, 4:00-5:15pm

Thu. 5/9, Noon-1:00pm

Fri.   5/17, 4:00-5:15pm

Because there is limited space and limited supplies, please use the following guidelines:

  • bring a reusable grocery bag if you have one (if not we have some you can utilize)
  • each guest will be limited to one grocery bag so that we can ensure we have enough food to serve all

More information on IC’s ongoing efforts to address food insecurity can be found here.

Ongoing support for the food pantry is always needed and appreciated.  If you are interested in making a gift to support Ithaca College in addressing food insecurity you can do so here. Under “Designation,” please indicate that you would like to “Give to area(s) of your choice,” and then specify “IC Fund to Address Food Insecurity.”

Faculty and staff can also give via ongoing payroll deduction. Faculty and Staff should select “other” and then specify “IC Fund to Address Food Insecurity” to ensure that your gift is used in support of the Food Pantry.   All gifts will be used to purchase food, personal care items, and other supplies needed by our campus community.

Follow the IC Pantry on social media! Intstagram: thepantryIC and Twitter: ICfoodpantry

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact David Harker at dharker@ithaca.edu or (607) 274-7784. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

IC Mindfulness Month: April 15th – May 10th!

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A Month of Mindfulness unfolds one moment at a time! Join in over the next upcoming weeks – April 15 – May 10 – in workshops and meditations as you celebrate life, practice slowing down and reap the rewards of bringing awareness and compassion into our everyday lives.

All are welcome! Connect with nature during a guided woods walk, learn Qigong by the Muller Chapel pond, experience embodied writing, or stretch your mind and body with a guided climb at the IC climbing wall. There are also guided meditation sessions, film screenings and other activities to help you relax, get centered, and cultivate calmness as we move into springtime.

For more information and a schedule of events go to IC Mindfulness Month or contact Julia Lapp – jlapp@ithaca.edu or Kathryn Caldwell – kcaldwell@ithaca.edu

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Julia Lapp at jlapp@ithaca.edu or (607) 274-3943. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

The 5th Pippi to Ripley: Fantastic and Feminist Pop Culture Conference on April 26-27th at Ithaca College!

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Pippi to Ripley is an interdisciplinary feminist popular culture conference with a focus on women and gender in imaginative fiction. They invite papers on a wide variety of media, including comics, films, television, video games, podcast, web-series, folklore, mythology, and children’s and young adult literature.

This year’s keynote speaker is Nnedi Okorafor is an international award-winning novelist of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for both children and adults. Born in the United States to two Nigerian immigrant parents, Nnedi is known for weaving African culture into creative evocative settings and memorable characters. In a profile of Nnedi’s work titled “Weapons of Mass Creation,” The New York Times called Nnedi’s imagination “stunning.” Nnedi holds a PhD in literature/creative writing and is an associate professor at the University at Buffalo, New York (SUNY).

All Pippi to Ripley panels and talks are free and open to the public. Community members are invited to drop-in to hear our speakers, panels, and workshops.

More information about the conference can be found here!

Apply for an 8-Week Urban Ecology Field Lab this Summer!

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The Urban Ecology Field Lab is an 8-week interdisciplinary course that will train students in social and ecological theory and methods that will prepare them to conduct urban ecology research, which they will apply in a practicum project in partnership with a local community-based organization and a land management/public policy agency here in Chicago. This is the fourth year of the program and it’s been a fantastic experience to be a part of. The program is run by scientists and staff at the Field Museum of Natural History.



The program runs from June 10 – August 2. The first five weeks involve methods training, field trips, and overnight immersive experiences. The final three weeks require data collection and analysis, culminating in a presentation of actionable results to local stakeholders doing conservation and social engagement work in the community. While this is a research training program, they are also aiming to generate longitudinal data that will help make an impact in regional conservation practices.

The cost of the program is $1500 (Scholarships are available), which includes:

  • 2 overnight immersive experiences
  • Weekly field trips
  • Equipment for methods training
  • Lunch once a week
  • Coffee and tea once a week
  • Does not cover lodging or food.

Applications can be found on the course website here!  The application deadline is April 30th.

This is an opportunity for students to gain hands-on training and research experience. Their aim is to recruit upper level undergraduates and early phase grad students with some experience/coursework in the social and ecological sciences. They will work with students to ensure the Field Lab can be used for credit in your home institution (most students register the Field Lab as a 3-4 credit internship).