IC Honors Student Spotlight: Erin Doran ’18

After a long break, we’re pleased feature junior honors student, Erin Doran as this week’s student spotlight. Erin is from Canandaigua, NY and studies Television Radio at Ithaca College. She’s also working towards a minor in Communication Management and Design. With a concentration in media production, Erin is highly involved in Ithaca College Television (ICTV) where she’s worked on four television shows including Fake Out, Ithaca College’s original game show. She’s been highly involved as the philanthropy chair and now newly elected president of Ithaca College’s chapter of the Delta Kappa Alpha National Professional Cinematic Society through which she collaborates with other Ithaca students to serve their community through cinema. Erin also serves on the executive board of IC Courage, helping to plan events to raise money for Camp Good Days and Special Times, a summer camp for children and families affected by cancer. Since January, Erin has been living it up on the West Coast, studying in Los Angeles with the ICLA program and interning at CONAN, the late night television show hosted by Conan O’Brien. A lover of dogs, music, theater, and working with kids, Erin is a distinguished member of the honors community. In order to learn more about her experiences as an Honors student, continue reading in her own words below!

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Your favorite part about IC:
“Everyone on campus is so friendly! The Park School definitely has a community feel that promotes creativity and collaboration alongside learning, and the location in the number one college-town in the nation is wonderful. There’s always something to do both on and off campus. Our alumni are also amazing, and with so many networking opportunities offered through Ithaca, I feel more confident pursuing a career in the television and film industry!”

Your favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why:
“Creativity and Madness with Mary Beth O’Connor! I loved the psychological and philosophical aspects of the course, as well as the artistic. When we got to the class presentations, I enjoyed hearing each student’s insight on a selected topic dealing with the connection between creativity and madness. Our class discussions every day were intriguing, and throughout the semester I developed a new level of insight into the world of creativity through the eyes of those regarded by society as “geniuses” or “insane,” and discovered how these words do not do justice to what really may be happening.”

The coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program:
“Right now, I am participating in the ICLA program, and am interning at the late night talk show, Conan! I love living in Los Angeles and having the opportunity to work on set at the Warner Bros. lot everyday alongside other Ithaca Alumni! Everyone is so incredibly nice, and this semester has been a dream come true. Being able to participate in the ICLA program was a huge factor that led to my decision to go to Ithaca. There are so many great opportunities Ithaca provides for its students, both on campus and across the country!”



We’re always looking for interesting students to highlight in our Spotlight series.

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IC Honors Student Spotlight: Jenna Mortenson ’19

This week, our student spotlight features Jenna Mortenson, a sophomore communication management and design major with a minor in journalism. Jenna is from Harveys Lake, PA and works on campus as a resident assistant and a president’s host tour guide for the Office of Admissions. She also works as a Dean’s Host, giving comprehensive tours of the Park School of Communications. Jenna is a passionate member of the Ithaca College Residence Hall Association, serving as its Vice President. She is also a member of the alumni relations organization Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT). She is interested in some day working in the fields of marketing, corporate communication, or public relations. In order to learn more about Jenna’s experiences as an Honors student, continue reading below!

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Favorite part about IC:
At IC, I love that you can get involved in whatever you are interested in, even if it isn’t directly related to your major. I’ve worked on ICTV, written for the Ithacan, and participated in student organizations like Students Today Alumni Tomorrow as well as the Residence Hall Association. These activities have allowed me to meet countless students with a wide variety of interests. IC doesn’t restrict you to a certain set of extracurriculars or classes that directly relate to your specific area of study. Instead, everyone at the college encourages you to grow and take part in initiatives and activities that span across the entire campus.

Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why:
Wonder Women and Lethal Girls: Feminism in Science Fiction and Fantasy, my first-year seminar, was by far my favorite honors seminar. I loved discussing the topic of feminism through the years through the lens of female representation in works of science fiction! The discussions in the class were fantastic and allowed me to look at the world of feminism with a fresh perspective. We read works like Herland, and we watched documentaries on Wonder Woman and Buffy the Vampire Slayer as feminist works. Our final project allowed us to condense our most important takeaways in a creative lens that was most interesting to us. Our professor, Katharine Kittredge, was extremely knowledgeable and clearly passionate about everything we discussed, which only added to the experience of the class overall. The entire seminar was incredible, and I’m so glad I got the chance to take it during my first semester!

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program:
One of the coolest opportunities I’ve had at IC so far has been working as a President’s Host tour guide in the Office of Admission! Connecting with prospective students and showing them around campus has been an incredible experience that’s given me a new understanding of why IC is such a unique place. It’s great to be able to meet high school students from across the country and answer their questions about my school. It’s also fascinating to be able to learn so much about the school in general — I now have lots of fun facts about IC in the back of my mind at all times!

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 Student Spotlight: Elena Haskins ’18

Meet sophomore Cinema and Photography major with a minor in Communication Management and Design from DeRuyter, NY Elena Haskins! Elena is extremely involved on campus, as a Peer Career Advisor, a Student Leadership Consultant in OSEMA and does work with the Ithacan. She’s a feminist, cat-lover, and can rock a red lip. Learn more about Elena below:

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Favorite part about IC:My favorite part of IC is the ability to build a community. Everywhere I go, I feel very comfortable and welcomed. There’s always so much to do, and there is a strong support network that accompanies all of my involvement.”

Favorite Honors seminar (so far) and why:My favorite Honors seminar is Simple Machines because it was very hands-on and allowed me to experience a field that I would have never learned about. The projects were all very interesting and really pushed me out of my comfort zone.

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors Program:I got the opportunity to pitch a TV show to one of the founders of MTV, Andy Orgel at Park Tank.”

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.