IC Honors Student Spotlight: Zoe Mendrysa ’19

Zoe Mendrysa is this week’s student spotlight. A sophomore biology major from Kingston, NY – Zoe is deeply invested in student affairs while also pursuing minors in deaf studies and health. She is the secretary of the Pre-Medical Society, a member of Students Today Alumni Tomorrow, and a building governor in Residence Hall Association. In addition, Zoe serves as the Chair of the Honors Advisory Board, a group of honors students that are elected to represent their peers in Honors proceedings. Perhaps you’ve also seen her giving tours to prospective students and their parents as a member of the president’s hosts committee. Zoe is an avid hiker and enjoys cooking as well as playing the french horn. One of her like mottos -“if you stumble, make it part of the dance.” To learn more about this thoughtful and intrepid honors student, continue reading below!


Favorite part about IC:
IC offers endless opportunities. You can major and minor in two completely different fields, there are no restrictions or rules. Even in the music school there are ensembles for all different levels and majors so anyone can continue playing or even start playing. Ithaca College isn’t just based in Ithaca, but world wide. The alumni and networking connections are vast and can bring anyone anywhere. The staff and faculty are all willing to help students exceed through all the different resources on campus that are even accessible post-graduation. Even with clubs there are no restrictions. Whether its Students Today Alumni Tomorrow, Residence Hall Association or the Pre-Medical Society, I am connected to so many amazing people and opportunities.

Favorite Honors seminar that you’ve taken and why:
Wonder Women and Lethal Girls: Feminism in Science Fiction and Fantasy with Katharine Kittredge was an incredible class. It was my first-year seminar. We examined female characters in fantasy and science and how it related to feminism. We watched movies like Barabarella, read Herland, and watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer. We learned skills such as self-defense, sexual assault advocacy, and took a belly dancing class. This class taught me new facts about the history of feminism and sexuality. We had the option to design our own final and express our own creativity which really made me think and open my mind. Not only was Professor Kittredge an incredible professor but was truly passionate about her lectures and students. I would recommend this class to ANYONE!

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program:
Being a President’s Host is the coolest job! I am really passionate about Ithaca College and the surrounding community so this position allows me to advocate to prospective students. Every week I have the opportunity to meet families and show them around Ithaca (aka home) and answer all of their questions. Occasionally, I even get to have lunch with prospective students and get to really know them. I have a lot of knowledge about Ithaca so feel free to ask me any questions or catch me walking backwards!

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

IC Honors Alumni Spotlight: Holly Garbacz ’15

Meet recent graduate Holly Garbacz, who majored in Biology with minors in Psychology and the Honors program! She’s currently a scribe at rochester general hospital in the emergency department and a home health care aide at Interim health care, she’s applying to med school for next year. She also worked as our Honors Events Coordinator her senior year, so many of you may remember her; learn more about Holly below!


One piece of advice you wish someone had given you in your years at IC:Take advantage of the culture at IC in every way possible. 4 years goes faster than you think!”

Favorite Honors seminar and why:The wire – incredible show, stimulating political conversation in class (that was outside my area of study completely), overall unique seminar.”

One word that sums up your university experience:Love.”

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 Summer Student Spotlight: Madison Chlebowski

Meet Madison, an incoming Biology student!

FullSizeRenderMadison is spending her summer volunteering in her community for projects such as Relay for Life, tutoring and working at her local food pantry. She’ll also be visiting Long Beach Island in New Jersey on an annual trip to visit her extended family and hanging out with family and friends before she heads to IC in August!

Madison is excited to get to know the Honors community once she gets onto campus.

“I chose the honors program because it seemed like a great place to get to know like minded peers who really want to learn and challenge themselves. Everyone I talked to from past and current IC students to parents and teacher gave it such great reviews. I also feel that the honors program will start me on the right path to reach my goal of getting into medical school.”

What are you doing this summer? Honors wants to know!

Email sguter1@ithaca.edu to be featured.