IC Honors Senior Sendoff: Alexa Szotka

Untitled1.jpgAlexa Szotka is our first senior we’re featuring in our Senior Sendoff series! She’s a Public & Community Health major, and read a little bit more about what her summer plans are:

This summer from June-August I will be working at Florida International University’s Summer Treatment Program (STP) as a counselor. This is a nationally recognized comprehensive program at the Center for Children and Families in Miami, Florida that helps children with ADHD and related behavioral, emotional and learning challenges. This program is implemented as an eight-week therapeutic summer camp, where individual treatment plans are focused on each child, so that their academic readiness and social skills can improve. STP has been used in clinical trials conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health.

I will be working with the pre-k group as a counselor. As part of this job I will be responsible for delivering the treatment components within both classroom and recreational contexts. Counselors will assist in the following each day: (1) leading an academic center (i.e., English/Language Arts, Math, Science, Writing); (2) leading a sport (i.e., soccer, kickball, teeball); (3) delivery of treatment components during large group instruction periods; (4) assisting in the delivery of an evidence-based reading intervention; and (5) tracking the daily behavioral progress for assigned cases.

After this summer program, I hope to apply to graduate school in clinical psychology specializing in children and trauma, and I hopefully will gain a lot of insight for my future career from this experience. I am so excited to be working with kids, as well as traveling to Miami for the first time, and I can’t wait to see how much I learn and grow from this experience!

IC Honors Student Spotlight: Rebecca Cohen ’17

Meet Rebecca, a junior Athletic Training major from Silver Spring, Maryland! Learn more about Rebecca below:

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Favorite part about Ithaca College: “Its utter tenacity for reaching, and maintaining a sub-zero temperature throughout the month of February. And the professors (shout-out to Mr. Tom J. Pfaff-i-faff).”
Favorite Honors seminar (so far) and why:Rules of Rules. Ethics and logics and torture, it had everything a girl could want. And now I can play Go at a -3 dan level.”
Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program: “Seeing the Opera and Cirque [du Soleil] in NYC. I don’t think they were at the same time, although that would’ve been exciting. Most of the time was spent splashing in puddles in Central Park with some incredible people, that I wouldn’t have known if it wasn’t for living in the Honors Dorm.”
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 Student Spotlight: Efosa Erhunmwunse

Meet Efosa, a sophomore Physical Therapy (Clinical Health Studies) major with a minor in Aging Studies, from the Bronx, NY! Learn more about Efosa below:

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Favorite part about the Honors program:I am able to meet people from different backgrounds and learn about them, as well as, teach others about my background.”

Favorite Honors Seminar you’ve taken so far and why: My favorite Honors seminar I have taken thus far is Cultural Encounters [with Ithaca College] because it gave me the opportunity to be more involved on campus and appreciate the value in live performances.”

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors Program:During my second semester of college I was able to present my synthesis project from my honors seminar titled, “Redesigning the Freshmen Experience at Ithaca College” at the Whalen Symposium.”

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 Spotlight: Architecture of Health: Race, Place and Inequality

Professor Stewart Ayuash, Chair of the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education is teaching a seminar this semester for the third time on the place of intersectionality in the architecture of health! Learn more below:

health-inequalityPlease describe your seminar in one sentence. “We discuss how we think about health and illness from everywhere and every why from beginning to end and in between, or as much as time allows.”

Describe your classroom style in one sentence. “Tutorial: we read, we write, we present, and we discuss, we read again.”

What is one thing you hope students will take away from your seminar? “A larger understanding of health and illness, where they came from, why they mean different things to different people, and what we can do about them.”

What is one piece of advice you would give to students? Ideas have consequences.”  

Want to know more?: “This is the third time I am teaching this course. I think I finally figured it out. Thanks to my former students for the patience and endurance.”

Books for the course will likely come from this list (some, not all):

A. Verghese, My Own Country: A Doctor’s Story

T. Coats, Between the World and Me 

E. Biss, On Immunity: An Innoculation

G. Francis, Adventures of Being Human: A Grand Tour from the Cranium to the Calcaneum

C. Off, Bitter Chocolate: Investigating the Dark Side of the World’s Most Seductive Sweet

S. Johnson. The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic- How it Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World

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

IC Honors Summer Student Spotlight: Zoe Mendrysa

Meet Zoe, an incoming first-year student from Kingston, NY, a Health Science major with a Pre-Med emphasis.

10984571_10204323635391584_5909030596813561409_nThis summer, Zoe has been traveling and exploring! She works at an ice cream shop and a dermatology office in her hometown.

Zoe is most excited to immerse herself in the culture of IC and the Honors program!

I’m really excited to live in Lyon Hall and join Ithaca’s Honors Community! Being around people who are different and unique but with the same mindset to learn and grow, which is important to me. I enjoy to challenge myself and be intellectually engaged, while having new experiences. The Honors Program offers amazing opportunities, who wouldn’t want to go white water rafting or music events? The Honors Program and IC will help me grow and see the world in a new way, preparing me for any adventure!”

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: Kyle James

Meet Kyle James, a rising senior IMC and Sport Studies major!

Kyle is spending his summer working full time at Campus Center & Event Services as a Lead Operations Manager, and is also researching the effects of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games on the infrastructure of Salt Lake City, building off of an independent study Kyle completed in Spring 2015. Thanks in part to a grant from the Honors Program, Kyle will also be spending about a week in Utah delving further into his research!

Kyle’s favorite part about the Honors program is that is pushes you out of your comfort zone.

“What I like most about the Ithaca College Honors Program is that it forces you to get out of your academic school and take courses you never would’ve dreamed about taking. Some of these courses, such as The Ring Cycle & Explosions in a Shingles Factory: French Modernism have proven to be some of the courses at IC that have challenged me the most academically and changed the way I think about and approach complex issues. In addition to the academic benefit, the Honors Program has led me to some of my closest friends and their ‘Bigs and Littles’ program allowed me to be a ‘big brother’ to a bunch of amazing people that are going to do great things in the near future.”

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

Email sguter1@ithaca.edu to be featured.

IC Honors Summer Student Spotlight: Emma DenBleyker

Meet Emma, an incoming Speech-Language Pathology first-year student!HAITI 446This summer, Emma is headed to Haiti to help construct a school in the Les Cayes region of Haiti, with her school’s chapter of the national organization buildOn. This will be her second time going to Haiti with buildOn (she’s featured with one of the kids from Haiti in her photo!).

“It was such an incredible and transformative experience last year, especially through the experience of living with a host family in the village. I cannot wait to return and work hard alongside the villagers on the worksite to bring education to people who really need it.”

Emma is also excited to participate in Honors seminars once she gets on campus.

“What piqued my interest in the Honors program was the opportunity to take discussion-based seminars. My high school classes that have been taught in this way were always my favorite and I think they are the most valuable in shaping opinions and encouraging an understanding of the views of others. I feel that my college experience would not be complete without being a part of this kind of learning environment.”

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

Email sguter1@ithaca.edu to be featured.