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

IC Honors Kudos: Jennifer Walsh

An article written by Honors junior Jen Walsh was recently published in the October 30 issue of Watcher Junior: The Undergraduate Journal of Whedon Studies. The article was an adaptation of Jen’s final paper written for her 2015 first-year Honors Seminar, Wonder Women and Lethal Girls: Feminism in Fantasy and Science Fiction. It compares Xander Harris, a character from Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s  to Shakespeare’s “artificial fool.”

Professor Katharine Kittredge, the professor of Jen’s first-year seminar, calls Watcher Junior the “gold standard for popular culture scholarship.”

Jen is a television-radio major here at Ithaca College. In addition

to her studies, Jen also edits Symposium, Ithaca College’s won undergraduate scholarly journal and is a writer, filmmaker, and actor.

Join us in congratulating Jen for her work in earning this exceptional achievement and for having the courage to break barriers with her writing.

If you’d like to read Jen’s article, you can do so here.

IC Honors Student Spotlight: Julia Zubrovich ’19

Meet fellow honors student Julia Zubrovich from Brooklyn, NY. Julia is a sophomore pursuing a degree in Writing for Film, TV, and Emerging Media; however she is also taking classes towards minors in Deaf Studies and Theater. If you’re a first year student, you may have already met Julia this summer while she was working as a Summer Orientation Leader. Maybe she even took you for a tour of the campus this past  spring as one of the school’s President’s Hosts.

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Favorite part about IC:
The amount of opportunities there are to get involved and interact with others!

Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why:
Wonder Women and Lethal Girls:Feminism in Sci-Fi and Fantasy!!! Granted it’s the only one I’ve taken but it was such an interesting and fun class. I loved my professor, Katharine Kittredge, and my classmates. We did many fun activities, such as take self-defense and belly dancing classes, take trips to the comic book store in the commons, and color!

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program:
Honors gave me the opportunity to become published during my freshman year through the Honors Symposium Journal!!

 

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.