IC Honors Student Spotlight: Sam Castonguay ’18

This week’s Student Spotlight features Sam Castonguay, a junior transfer student from Mullica Hill, NJ. Sam is a Sociology major with minors in Neuroscience and Environmental Science. Her passion for her studies led her to commit this past summer to conducting research that explores female sexuality and the social influences of boy-bands. On campus, Sam is an Resident Assistant in Terraces, the event coordinator for Tau Sigma National Honor Society, and the Vice President of Ithaca College’s beloved Quidditch team. You may not have known that this passionate lover of ice cream also plays bass guitar in a band and volunteers as a storm spotter for the National Weather Service. Learn more about Sam below!

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I’m one of the only transfer students in the honors community. I’m doing some pretty cool research over the summer! One project is about female sexuality, boy-bands, and social control. I am also helping my advisor rewrite one of her textbooks about sexualities! SO FUN! I’m currently recording new music with my band (I play the bass guitar). I’m the VP of the Quidditch Team, event coordinator for Tau Sigma National Honor Society, a volunteer storm spotter for the National Weather Service, an RA in Terrace 11………and a passionate lover of ice cream!

Learn more about Sam below!

Favorite part about IC:
You mean I have to pick one? I’ll go rapid fire. First, the Quidditch Team! They complete me and fuel my inner (and outward) nerd. I have never met such a wonderful and inclusive group of people in all my twenty years of life. Second, Chef John of Towers Dining Hall. He never fails to brighten the darkest of my days…and he makes a delicious hamburger. Third, ResLife! I absolutely love serving as the RA for Terrace 5, First Floor. My residents are truly incredible individuals who inspire me on a daily basis. They are so involved, talented, kindhearted, intelligent and fun! My fellow staff members are also quite incredible. I can always count on them for support and sarcastic comments that make me laugh for weeks to come!

Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why:
Due to the ridiculous amount of classes I need to take for my major and minors, I’ve only had the opportunity to take one Honors seminar: “Why are We Here? The Purpose of College”. It was a favorite class of mine though! I appreciated the discussion-based classroom environment and Elizabeth Bleicher (the instructor). Elizabeth always made us feel as though our opinions were valuable and able to contribute something to the world we live in. I also very much enjoyed the opportunity to conduct real sex-education research, learning all the ins and outs of college and student life, and (of course) the free food.

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program:
The “coolest” opportunity I’ve had through the Honors program is, by far, white water rafting! I absolutely loved the entire experience (even falling out of the raft). The coolest opportunity I’ve had at IC overall has to be everything I’ve done with the Environmental Studies and Sciences Department. I learned how to start my own fire, make a friction-fire kit, build a shelter, identify absurd amounts of tree species, survive in the wild, etc. I even had the opportunity to eat and drink weird plants exclusively found in the forests of Tompkins County: fire-grilled cattail roots, hemlock tea, hot chocolate brewed inside a pumpkin, lots of unique berries, and so on. Overall, I most enjoyed my time spent on a research cruise of Seneca Lake.

 

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: Marieme Foote ’18

This week’s student spotlight is Marieme Foote, a junior from Silver Spring, MD. Since her first semester on campus, she’s been working to improve this college as a member of the Student Government Association. This past spring, she was elected to represent the student body as the president of SGA. However, anyone who knows Marieme, has seen that her concern for community and humanity extends far beyond this campus. As a Martin Luther King Scholar and a double major in Environmental Studies and Political Science, Marieme is committed to the pursuit of social justice and making the world a better, more humane place. Learn more about Marieme below!

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Favorite part about IC:
I love the amazing people I’ve been able to meet and befriend. I’ve gotten to know people from all walks of life with amazing and inspiring stories. From Faculty, Students, and Staff I’ve been able to gain a larger perspective of life on and off campus and the people that occupy those spaces.

Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why:
My favorite honors seminar would have to be American Breakdown with Professor Hugh Egan. I loved the course and how it looked at literature from different lenses in relation to social perceptions of mental illness and the way it has affected communities and individuals.

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program:
Last year I went on the day trip to Ottawa Canada and I thought that was pretty cool since I had never been there. I got to see a lot of really cool sites like the longest ice skating rink named the Rideau Canal which is the longest ice skating rink. I also got to buy a lot of maple syrup candy and tea which is always fun!

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 Seminar Spotlight: Eating Sustainably

For our final seminar spotlight, professor John Hopple in the Environmental Science and Studies department is offering a seminar on sustainable food! If you’re interested in learning more about how to be more sustainable or natural in your food choices, or just curious about what kind of natural foods are out there, check this seminar out!

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Describe your seminar in one sentence. “Eating Sustainably is a discussion-based seminar about our food and its relationship to sustainability and the environment in which we prepare one whole-food plant-based meal each class session (and then eat it).”

Describe your classroom style in one sentence. “Each class session we will cook a whole-food plant based dish then follow this with a discussion of a food-related topic while we eat the dish we prepared: so cook then discuss/eat.”

What is one thing you hope students will take away from your seminar? As conscious eaters we can make decisions regarding our food that ultimately better both ourselves and the planet.”

What is one piece of advice you would give to students? “Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly plants. (From Michael Pollan’s book In Defense of Food.)”

Some extra info: “Students need to provide their own transportation for the two field trips we will take: one to Plowbreak Farm near Mecklenberg and the other to Greenstar Coop on the corner of Buffalo and Elmira Rd. We will be reading Sherry Colb’s book Mind if I Order the Cheeseburger? and Other Questions People Ask Vegans.

Check out the entire list of seminars here and all the seminar spotlights here.

IC Honors FYI: South Hill Syrup Open House

11141111_1130159527024322_1279173764887748683_n.jpgTomorrow, Saturday, April 16 from 10am – 3pm, head to Sugarbush to eat some delicious pancakes with syrup made by ENVS students as well as some awesome music and tours of Sugarbush. There will be pancakes, syrup, spoons, soaps, and mushrooms for sale.

Sugarbush is at the end of Rich Road and carpooling is encouraged, OR there will be shuttles running every half hour from the Park School to Sugarbush. Hop a ride and come check out some of the wonderful work by the students involved in South Hill Forest Products!

IC Honors Summer Student Spotlight: Samantha Castonguay

Meet Samantha, an incoming transfer student from SUNY Albany who plans to major in Environmental Sciences and Health Education (with plans to attend grad school for Health Education, hopefully becoming a Human Sexuality professor and/or researcher)!IMG_20140905_190144

This summer, Sam is taking a break after her exhausting first year of college! She recently started working at a local state park as a campsite greeter and park maintenance worker. Besides that, her band plans to record their first album (she plays the bass and sings alongside a guitarist/vocalist and drummer) and she’s excited to be able to learn to work with sound recording software and equipment. She’s hoping to relax and continue her passion of baking and cake decorating as a hobby (and small business she runs out of her home kitchen) on top of music and work!

Sam is excited to continue her Honors experience at IC in the fall.

“The main reason why I chose to apply and participate in the IC Honors Program was to continue my original plan for college. I was really quite excited to write a senior thesis and conduct research with a professor in my field(s). The fear of not having this opportunity was really influential on my decision to transfer to IC. I enjoyed all of the opportunities offered by the Honors Program at SUNY Albany and was really hoping to keep them when transferring. However, after applying, I was even more pleased with and surprised by the IC Honors Program. Drawing me in to both the program and Ithaca College was the sense of community and camaraderie among the students and faculty. The program and college feel more like home and I’m so excited to share it with everyone this fall!”

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

Email sguter1@ithaca.edu to be featured.