HSHP Conversation on COVID

The School of Health Sciences and Human Performance is pleased to announce that the Spring 2021 edition of Conversation on COVID will continue on Friday, March 26 from 11am- 12.   This event provides an opportunity to hear from two more HSHP Ithaca College faculty 

The guests for this event will be Kari Brossard Stoos of the Dept of Health Promotion and Physical Education and Jennifer Wells of the Dept of Recreation and Leisure Studies

Courtney Gray, Clinical Professor of the Department of Exercise Science and Athletic Training will moderate.

As more vaccines are administered, some have the opportunity to do things they have not done in over a year. Yet, many questions remain about equitable access, long term viability, and emerging variants. 

Programmed every month, Conversations on COVID is a one-hour event that features interviews with featured guests followed by a Q & A with our audience. You can join this meeting using this LINK.

Bios for our guests this week:

Jennifer Wells, M.S. is Assistant Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. She is an outdoor recreation enthusiast, educator and professional as well as an entrepreneur, leader, and educator in the outdoor recreation industry and teaches our future professionals 

          Her entrepreneurial spirit has driven Jennifer to create several outdoor recreation businesses, including Paddle-N-MoreFinger Lakes Adventure Camp and Outdoor Transformations. As a professional outdoors person, Jennifer harnesses the power of adventure and outdoor recreation to help others grow both personally and professionally. She became a community example of an organization that implemented strict protocol in response to COVID. More than ever, outdoor recreation became a necessity for many, and Jennifer wanted to make sure outdoor recreation was accessible to all. 

Kari Brossard Stoos, PhD is Associate Professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education. She has been studying noncommunicable and communicable diseases since 2001. At IC, she shifted her focus to center more around public health and the importance of prevention, and detection of diseases.

             The main focus of her current research studies understanding impacts on wildlife health and also human health as a result of human encroachment in the tropical forests of Costa Rica.  Additionally, she is part of a research team developing diagnostic and screening tests for the detection of human pathogens.  She also serves on the IC Health and Safety Advisory Group and the Public Health Task Force. She was a key developer of the Student Health Emergency Liaison program (SHEL), an internship program designed to give students interested in public health hands-on field training to care for current on campus students requiring COVID quarantine or isolation. 

The pandemic constitutes a historic moment for students enrolled in health degrees. They can study the current disruptions and begin to rethink how to challenge the health status quo in order to produce more equality in the health system and to reduce systematic racism in health institutions and practices.

For more information and requests for accommodations, please contact Dr. Stewart Auyash, auyash@ithaca.edu

McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine Summer School

Greetings from McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine!

The application deadline for the 8th Annual Regenerative Medicine Summer School, June 7-11, is 2 weeks away — April 1. The School will be held on a virtual basis, as it was last year, when it was met with great success.  Due to its virtual nature, we were able to increase the number of undergraduate students who participated in the program, from across the country, to over 50.  We are anticipating being able to reach a larger number of students this year and are asking for your help in spreading the word. We are also planning on offering an in-person, paid, 7-week,  internship opportunity to 10 students who complete the 1-week virtual summer school.  

Additional information can be found here: https://mirm-pitt.net/professional-development/summer-school/

Work for IT!

IT is hiring for fall 2021! We are committed to providing IC students with professional work experience in a positive environment. We employ students across all majors and have openings in a variety of positions that match different skill sets.

Applications are due Tuesday, March 30th at 8:30am. For more information and links to apply, please visit our hiring website. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Robyn Leary at itstudentemploy@ithaca.edu with any questions!

Scholarships Available – Apply by Friday, March 19th

Walter Bradhering ’79 and Daniel Kluchinski Scholarship
The Walter Bradhering ’79 and Daniel Kluchinski Scholarship has been generously created by Walter Bradhering ’79.

This scholarship is awarded to one sophomore, junior or senior in the Roy H. Park School of Communications in good academic standing with academic promise and financial need. Recipients must show demonstrated service, leadership or commitment to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. Preference will be given to a self-identified LGBTQ student.

The next award will be made for the 2021-22 academic year. If you think you qualify, please submit your name, e-mail address, and a paragraph detailing your service, leadership or achievement to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community by Friday, March 19, to Luca Maurer at lmaurer@ithaca.edu.

Nathan L. Lewis Memorial Scholarship
The Nathan L. Lewis Memorial Scholarship has been generously created by Robert S. Lewis and his family in honor and memory of his father, Nathan L. Lewis.

This scholarship is for a student who has studied in a Jewish day school for a minimum of four years and a maximum of 12 years, and who has demonstrated financial need.

The next award will be made for the 2021-22 academic year. If you think you qualify, please submit your name, e-mail address, and the name of the Jewish day school where you studied by Friday, March 19 to Jessica Fernando at jfernando@ithaca.edu.

Erin Marie Masling Memorial Scholarship
The Erin Marie Masling Memorial Scholarship was generously created by Erin’s family in her memory.

This scholarship is awarded to a sophomore, junior, or senior with a grade point average of 3.0 or greater. It was established to support and assist a student to live his or her life to the fullest, having overcome or managed a chronic illness or physical disability, as Erin did. Financial need is not a consideration.

The next award will be made for the 2021-22 academic year. If you think you qualify, please submit your name and email by Friday, March 19, to Jessica Fernando at jfernando@ithaca.edu.  

Mindfulness Meditation for Challenging Times

Do you want to learn how to meditate and how to build a regular meditation practice? The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life is offering a class on just that — a basic, nuts-and-bolts, “how do I?” meditation class starting on Wednesday 03/31. The class is a 6-week series offered online. It is open to all members of the IC community.  

If a 6-week commitment is not an option for you right now but you’d like to give meditation a try, feel free to join the drop-in meditation sessions offered by Mindful IC at noon on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays – the link is available on the Mindful IC website.


Mindfulness Meditation for Challenging Times
Mindfulness is our ability to be present and aware of ourselves. By paying attention to what is happening in and around us, we can make space for our emotions. This presence becomes more natural when we engage in a daily practice. Over the course of this 6-week class, we will learn a Mindfulness Meditation technique and work on cultivating a daily meditation habit. This 45 min. online class will meet at 6 pm on the following Wednesdays: 03/31, 04/07, 04/14, 04/21, 04/28, 05/05.

Open to students, faculty and staff. This class is for beginners as well as for those looking to refresh their existing practice. Sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and Mindful IC.

Please register here and we will send you the Zoom link for the class. 

For more information, please email ddimitrova@ithaca.edu.

Ithaca City of Asylum Presents: ODYSSEYS

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“Odysseys” continues March 16
Please join us on Tuesday, March 16 at 7 pm for a reading and conversation with novelist Sorayya Khan and journalist Raza Ahmad Rumi. Both began their journeys in Pakistan and found their way to Ithaca.The session is the second of four monthly readings in “Odysseys: Ithaca Writers on Exile, Wandering, and Searching for Home.” The series is organized by Ithaca City of Asylum and cosponsored by Buffalo Street BooksGlobal CornellCornell MigrationsIthaca College Department of WritingOdyssey BookstoreStory House Ithaca, and Tompkins County Public Library.
Sorayya Khan is the author of the novels NoorFive Queen’s Road, and City of Spies, which received the Best International Fiction Book Award from the Sharjah International Book Fair. She is the recipient of a U.S. Fulbright Research Grant, a Malahat Review Novella Prize, and a Constance Saltonstall Artist Grant. Her work has appeared in GuernicaLongreadsThe Kenyon Review, North American ReviewJournal of Narrative Politics, and other publications. She is currently at work on a memoir.
Raza Ahmad Rumi is director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College and visiting faculty at the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs. He is the author of Delhi by Heart: Impressions of a Pakistani TravelerThe Fractious Path: Pakistan’s Democratic TransitionIdentity, Faith, and Conflict; and Being Pakistani: Society, Culture, and the Arts. He co-edited a volume of essays entitled Rethinking Pakistan that was published by Anthem Press in September 2020. Raza was Ithaca City of Asylum’s writer in residence from 2014 to 2017 and now serves on the ICOA board.
Ithaca College associate professor of writing and ICOA board member Barbara Adams will moderate.You can register for future readings in the “Odysseys” series by clicking the session below. Please feel free to share the links with friends.·  Session 1 (watch on YouTube): Gail Holst-Warhaft and Aoise Stratford·  Session 3 (April 13, 7 pm): Valzhyna Mort and Raul Palma·  Session 4 (May 18, 7 pm): Minfong Ho and Kenneth McClaneFor more information, please see the article on our website. If you have questions, contact David Guaspari at dguaspari@gmail.com.
Ithaca City of Asylum provides refuge for writers and artists whose works are suppressed, whose lives are threatened, whose cultures are vanishing, and whose languages are endangered. We also advocate for human rights and freedom of expression.ICOA is an all-volunteer project of the nonprofit Center for Transformative Action. Donating is easy online via GiveGab. You can also make out a check to “Center for Transformative Action” and mail it to Center for Transformative Action, PO Box 760, Ithaca, NY 14851. To make sure your donation reaches us, please write “ICOA” on the memo line. Donations are tax deductible. We will send donors who give $500 or more a copy of Forbidden Voices, a handsome coffee-table book that features our former writer-in-residence Sonali Samarasinghe.
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24th Annual James J. Whalen Academic Symposium, IC’s annual showcase of students’ mentored scholarship, research, and creativity


We encourage you to participate in the 24th Annual James J. Whalen Academic Symposium, IC’s annual showcase of students’ mentored scholarship, research, and creativity. This year the symposium will be held virtually over the course of several days:

April 19–21, 2021| 4–7 pm (ET)
Monday, April 19 | School of Health Science & Human Performances
Tuesday, April 20 | Schools of Business, Communications & Music
Wednesday, April 21 | School of Humanities & Sciences

Students may present a digital poster, give an oral presentation, or showcase their visual, musical, or performing arts  masterpiece.  Abstracts may be submitted starting January 4, 2021.

Head to the Whalen Symposium Website for the submission linkFAQs and other information as the event nears. Email whalen@ithaca.edu if you have any questions.


Honors Video Project


My name is Jordan Stecker, I am a Senior in the IC Honors Program. I and a few other students are working on a video project for the honors program website. We are currently looking for other honor students and faculty members who might be willing to be a part of it. 

The commitment would solely entail contributing a small 3–5-minute video where individuals would discuss what they liked about the program and cool things they have done as honors community members. This can even be done at home with a cellphone/computer!

Students who are interested in being a part of this should email me directly. If you are also interested in participating, please let me know! I would love to include all the wonderful members of our community. 

Thanks ahead of time!