IC Honors Alumni Spotlight: Addie Davis ’12

Meet Addie Davis, a graduate from the Class of 2012 who currently works as a middle school teacher in Los Angeles, CA. During her time at Ithaca College, Addie majored in English and completed minors in both Spanish and Art History.  Learn more about Addie below!

 

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Current positions:
I completed my Masters in education at Fordham University in 2014. I am currently an instructional coach & teacher at Equitas Academy Middle School in Los Angeles, CA. (where she teachers the 8th grade)

One piece of advice you wish someone had given you in your years at IC:
Never pass up an opportunity to go to the farmers’ market. (Or, in other words, allow yourself to slow down and enjoy yourself.)

Favorite Honors Seminar and why:
Microhistories with Karin Breuer! It was such a compelling and challenging lens through which to see the world. And, of course, it didn’t hurt that Professor Breuer was hilarious and lovely.

One word that sums up your university experience:
It’s cruel of you to limit an English major to one word! My best attempt: inspirational.

 

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!
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Email ropila@ithaca.edu with any comments, questions, concerns or nominations.

IC Honors Alumni Spotlight: Jason Diaz ’09

Meet Jason Diaz, a special Alumni spotlight! Jason will be speaking at the Senior Banquet next week – he graduated from IC in 2009 with a degree in Biochemistry with a Politics minor, went on to complete his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014 and is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the same university. Learn more about Jason below:

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Current position/grad school: “Completed a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology, with a focus on virology, at the University of Pennsylvania in Dec 2014. My advisor was Dr. Jianxin You.

Am now a post-doctoral fellow, still at Penn, under Dr. Kim Gallagher. I study how proteins move from cell to cell to establish developmental programs in plant roots.”

One piece of advice you wish someone had given you in your years at IC: “Looking back, I don’t think there was anything I wish I had been told – I feel like I had a lot of people offering me sound advice and I ended up having an incredibly fulfilling experience at IC. If I were to give what I felt was the most important advice to students now, I would encourage you all to really immerse yourself. Make strong connections with both your peers and your faculty, get involved with groups that interest you, take classes that ignite your passion or explore something interesting, study abroad and explore Ithaca outside of campus!”

Favorite Honors seminar you took and why: “Picking a favorite one is really hard, so instead I’ll cheat and say which one was the most life changing: Sexing the Gender of War, with Zillah Eisenstein, Spring of 2006. This course introduced me to basic feminist theory, deconstructed concepts of sex and gender, and then tied these fluid concepts to militarization. Zillah has a particular play with language in her writing that really opened my eyes to the power of words. What was particularly life changing about this course was the book Sexing the Body, by Anne Fausto-Sterling. This book opened my eyes to the political structures underlying the research of biology and especially sex, taught me about the incredible variety of sexual development in humans (something not covered in my basic biology class!) and ignited my passion for the intersection of biological science and politics. This personal experience of bridging the humanities and the sciences really exemplified what the Honors Program was designed to do, and fundamentally affected my development as a scholar and a global citizen.”

One word that sums up your university experience: “Immersive.”

We’re always looking for interesting students to highlight in our Student Spotlight series.
Do you know a really cool Honors student? Nominate them to be a Student Spotlight here!
Do you know a really cool alum of the Honors program? Nominate them to be an Alumni Spotlight here!
Email sguter1@ithaca.edu with any comments, questions, concerns or nominations.

 

IC Honors Alumni Spotlight: Samantha Mosher ’03

Meet Samantha Mosher from the class of 2003! Samantha was an English major with a Speech Communication minor and is currently a Middle School Learning Specialist at the UN International School in NYC as well as an adjunct professor at a few colleges in the city. Learn more about Samantha below!SamanthaMosher_0318

Current positions: “I am currently one of the Middle School Learning Specialists at the United Nations International School in NYC. I work with a student population that is highly mobile (moving every 3-5 years, sometimes sooner, as diplomatic postings changed), multilingual, and multicultural. My job is to work with teachers as an instructional coach to help them choose classroom strategies and methods that will help all students in the class learn, as well as to assess struggling students and interpret the data, and to design and implement intervention plans for students. I spend a lot of time trying to determine the differences between slow academic language acquisition and an actual language-based learning disability. I’m also co-teaching an English class this year, which is exciting.

I’m also an adjunct instructor at a few colleges in the city. I teach special education courses at CUNY Hunter and LIU-Brooklyn to students in the NYC Teaching Fellows program. I also teach students in the Reading Specialist program at Teachers College, Columbia.”

One piece of advice you wish someone had given you in your years at IC:Take advantage of everything. Most importantly take courses outside of your major that you’re interested in, especially in areas where you might not be as strong or where you’re afraid you might not get a good grade. Your GPA isn’t as important as you think it is, and college is absolutely the time to discover new passions (or confirm that something isn’t for you).”

Favorite Honors Seminar and why:Chance Concepts with Jim Conklin. I had a really bad experience with Pre-Calc in 11th grade and had declared I would never, ever take a math class again. My advisor, former Honors Program Director Hugh Egan, told me that I should take this course for my math gen ed requirement and my Honors Seminar. He told me we’d figure out the probability of there being a certain number of green M&Ms in a bag and it would be “no big deal.” It was actually a real stats for social science course, but slowed down a bit with more time for investigation and experimentation. Not only did I have a great time in the class, I also rediscovered the love of math I had before 11th grade. The class left me completely prepared for the educational measurement and stats classes I had to take in grad school.”

One word that sums up your university experience:Questions like this are why I never agree to do these things for the school newspaper…

Uncomfortable, but in a good way. I learned how to be comfortable with being uncomfortable–in new situations, with challenging ideas–and that’s how you learn new things.”

IC Honors Alumni Spotlight: Matt Prokosch ’13

Meet Matt Prokosch, a graduate from the class of 2013 who majored in Social Studies education and is now a social studies teacher at Ithaca High School! Learn more about Matt below:

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Current positions: “[I am currently a] social studies teacher at Ithaca High School. I teach 9th and 10th grade global history. I did my Master’s at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland (the university where Prince William and Kate Middleton went to). My degree is in Modern European history.”

One piece of advice you wish you had been given at IC: Since I was an internal transfer, I wish I was in the program when I was a Freshman. I would have loved to have been in the Honors housing. Also, purposely take Honors seminars that are different from your major. Being a teacher, I have to have to be knowledgable about a wide array of non-history subjects.”

Favorite Honors Seminar you took and why:Tom’s seminar, Oil, Energy and the Future of Society. This was one of the most beneficial courses I took at Ithaca College because I consistently reference knowledge I gained from that course while teaching. Heck, I even use excerpts from Jared Diamond’s book, Guns, Germs and Steel, in my Global 9 class! Overall, I enjoyed how Tom pushed us to connect the energy crisis to every walk of life. I’ve used this macro to micro analysis in my own teaching.”

One word that sums up your university experience:Eclectic.

We’re always looking for interesting students to highlight in our Student Spotlight series.
Do you know a really cool Honors student? Nominate them to be a Student Spotlight here!
Do you know a really cool alum of the Honors program? Nominate them to be an Alumni Spotlight here!

IC Honors Alumni Spotlight: Logan Tracey ’03

Meet Logan, a member of the class of 2003! Logan was a B.A. Drama major with minors in dance and the Honors program, and moved directly to NYC after graduation. She now works as the Business Development Coordinator at Alston & Bird LLP. Learn more about Logan below!
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Current position(s): “Business Development Coordinator at Alston & Bird LLP. Living and working in NYC since graduation from Ithaca College, I pursued a career in film, television and theatre until 2012 when I was lured into the intriguing world of legal marketing. Now at Alston & Bird, I work with the large and talented business development team as the lead on events and special projects in NYC and as support to all practice groups in NY regarding pitches, RFP’s, and research. My primary practice group responsibilities fall to our Real Estate group, as I support the practice firm wide.”
One piece of advice you wish someone had given you in your time at IC: “I wish someone told me to take more business and communications classes. They will always be useful and serve you well in no matter what career you end up pursuing.”
Favorite Honors Seminar and why: “I took a class called Trauma in the 20th Century my senior year that was one of the most challenging of my academic career. It was troubling and deep and one of the classes that made the biggest impact on my life. It increased my own awareness of human trauma, both major and mundane, in all people’s lives and it widened my scope of empathy. It was amazing.”
One word that sums up your university experience: Life-changing
We’re always looking for interesting alumni to highlight in our Alumni Spotlight series.
Do you know a really cool Honors student? Nominate them to be a Student Spotlight here!
Do you know a really cool alum of the Honors program? Nominate them to be an Alumni Spotlight here!
Email sguter1@ithaca.edu with any comments, questions, concerns or nominations.

 

IC Honors Alumni Spotlight: Sari Stifelman ’15

Meet recent grad Sari Stifelman from the class of 2015! Sari majored in Theatre Studies with minors in Deaf Studies and the Honors Program, and is currently am doing a Marketing Apprenticeship at Roundabout Theatre Company in Manhattan, which is a Broadway and Off-Broadway theatre company (Who produces 8 shows a season!). Learn more about Sari below:
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One piece of advice you wish you had been given during your time at IC:It’s okay to change your mind.”
Favorite Honors seminar and why:Staging History with Claire Gleitman. Claire is such an incredible human being and her class was the one honors seminar I took that allowed me to delve deeper into texts and subjects surround my major. So that was awesome.”
One word that sums up your university experience:Frigid (Ithaca is COLD). No but actually, the word I choose is, rewarding.”
We’re always looking for interesting alumni to highlight in our Alumni Spotlight series.
Do you know a really cool Honors student? Nominate them to be a Student Spotlight here!
Do you know a really cool alum of the Honors program? Nominate them to be an Alumni Spotlight here!
Email sguter1@ithaca.edu with any comments, questions, concerns or nominations.

IC Honors Alumni Spotlight: Melissa Littlefield ’00

Meet Melissa Littlefield from the Class of 2000! She is currently an Associate Professor in the Departments of English and Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign! Learn more about Melissa below.
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One piece of advice you wish someone had given you in your years at IC: “In the midst of it all, when you feel the most energized by classes, professors, clubs, sports, parties, friends, part-time jobs, studying abroad . . . take some time to slow down, look around you, enjoy the moment and think about what you want for yourself. It’s easy to be caught up in the progress of the degree, the needs of your friends, even the stress of working and studying at the same time. So remember to ask: what do I want out of all of this? what can I do to make this time, this experience align with my own hopes and dreams for the future?”

Favorite Honors Seminar you took and why: “Dr. Joe Tempesta’s history seminar–we designed our own governments (after reading various treatises for weeks and weeks)! I think we even surprised Dr. Tempesta with some of our choices. It was one of the first classes in which we were asked to really apply the knowledge we gained during the semester. Dr. T was brilliant, generous, and tough–the best kind of teacher.”

One word that sums up your university experience: “Transformative.”

We’re always looking for interesting alumni to highlight in our Alumni Spotlight series.
Do you know a really cool Honors student? Nominate them to be a Student Spotlight here!
Do you know a really cool alum of the Honors program? Nominate them to be an Alumni Spotlight here!
Email sguter1@ithaca.edu with any comments, questions, concerns or nominations.