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 Seminar Spotlight: Winter Wonderland

Jason Hamilton, Chair of Environmental Sciences & Studies, is bringing back his 1-credit tracking seminar! Learn more below.

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Describe your seminar in one sentence. Learn the ancient art and science of tracking and you will never see the world in the same way again!

Describe your classroom style in one sentence. I set up opportunities for students to interact directly with the earth. Leave me out  of it!

What is one thing you hope students will take away from your seminar? Tracking and nature awareness are your birth right. You ARE a tracker!

What is one piece of advice you would give to students? Relax and have fun. It will come.

Check out the full list of seminars here and the whole list of spotlights here.

IC Honors Student Spotlight: Theodora Weatherby

Meet Theodora, a senior Anthropology and Environmental Studies double major from Homer, NY! Learn more about Theodora below:

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Favorite part about IC:I have really grown to love the strong sense of community across campus, both with students and faculty. I love that professors from freshman year still remember my name, and that I can see so many familiar faces as I walk to and from class. But since almost everyone says something about the community, I also love the coffee and muffins at the pub and watching the fountains at night!”

Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why:It is a tie between my freshman seminar, Lethal Girls and Lady Knights, and Batman: Power and Justice Through Film! I’d take either again anytime!”

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program:The Anthropology department at IC has really given me so much! I was able to go to Hawaii for a winter session class and do my fieldwork (and I’m going back this winter!), I’ve been able to work with skeletal remains, and I’ve done illustrations in the archaeology lab that got published!”

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 Seminar Spotlights: Danger! Understanding Not-So-Natural Disasters

Environmental Studies & Sciences professor Jake Brenner is teaching a 1-credit course this semester on Danger! Understanding Not-So-Natural Disasters. Learn more below!

maxresdefaultDescribe your seminar in one sentence. “The course teaches students how globalization and the environment and their own day-to-day activities are all inextricably linked.

Describe your classroom style in one sentence. “I strive for a conversation that students are sad to leave when it’s over.

What is one thing you hope students will take away from your seminar? I hope students will understand that the environment isn’t just broken, but that environment and society produce each other.

What is one piece of advice you would give to students? “Travel as much as you can, do it respectfully, and pay attention on your trip.

Check out the full list of seminars here and the whole list of spotlights here.

IC Honors Summer Student Spotlight: Jill Weidman

Meet Jill, a rising senior Environmental Science major!

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This summer, Jill has spent her time in Ithaca beekeeping at IC (as featured in her photo above!) and is a manager for the Environmental Science/Studies lab.

Jill is looking forward to spending her final year with the Honors program.

“I’m so glad to have been able to participate in the IC Honors program over the past three years. One of the aspects of the Honors program that is so valuable to me is the nature of the classes offered to us. In my more skills-focused major, I would not have the opportunity to dwell so deeply on a singular subject in the way we are free to do in Honors classes. In Bruce Henderson’s Performing Antigone class, for example, we spent the entire semester on different versions of that one story and by the end, I felt I knew Antigone better than I knew myself! Thanks for the great times, Honors!”

We’re starting to look for more student spotlights for the school year for both current students and alums!

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 questions, concerns, or nominations.

IC Honors Summer Student Spotlight: Ellie Corne

Meet Ellie Corne, an incoming first year international student from Shanghai, China with a major in Environmental Studies!
IMG_3663.1This summer, Ellie is attending Berklee College of Music’s Five Week Performance Program in Boston, focusing on R&B/Jazz/Rock vocals. When the program ends, she’ll be dashing up to Ithaca for the International Orientation on the 18th, so say hi to her there!

Ellie is really excited to explore all the opportunities the Honors Program offers.

“Having grown up in Shanghai as an expat, I have been exposed to many different cultures, perspectives, and languages. This experience has not only taught me how to deal with a society that is constantly in rapid transition, but has also made me an open minded person. I, like many others that have chosen to be in the Honours program, am intellectually curious about so many things, whether it be academically based, philosophical, or cultural. The Honours program will feed my curiousity, by giving me great opportunities to learn about what I’m interested in, while exploring other amazing fields. I have always wanted to be surrounded by similarly minded people with whom I can learn and contribute to mutual growth. I feel that being an Honorite will push me to the highest end of my academic potential and allow me to make an even greater contribution to the college and my classmates. I am excited for the seminar style classes, as I work best in tightly knit, discussion based environments. Lastly, the activities listed in the honours program are fantastic – who wouldn’t want to visit art museums, attend music events, and possibly travel to London?”

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

Email sguter1@ithaca.edu to be featured.