Honors Kudos: National Collegiate Honors Council Conference

Congratulations to Zoe Mendrysa ’19, Elena Piech ’19, Honors Academic Assistant/Eastman-Lyon Residence Director Jess Shapiro and former Honors Academic Assistant/Eastman-Lyon Residence Director Katie Hellman on their recent presentations at the National Collegiate Honors Council’s (NCHC) 52nd annual conference.

IMG-1961At the conference, held in Atlanta, Georgia,  Jess Shapiro and Katherine Hellmann (now Honors Coordinator at University of Texas at Tyler) co-presented their session entitled, “A Look at Diversity Education in Honors” on November 10, 2017. Their research highlighted how educating honors students on diversity and social justice issues can be fraught with lack of time, understanding, and uncertainty. They examined how Ithaca College and the University of Texas at Tyler created and implemented a developmental diversity curriculum, and shared assessment data and educational materials.


Zoe Mendrysa presented a session entitled, “Chlamydia Virulence Factors Subvert Host Cell Apoptosis” on November 11 2017. The presentation focused on how Chlamydia trachomitis and host cell interactions by using hypothetical proteins to determine organelle localization.


IMG-1969Elena Piech’s session, “Teaching Activism in Honors Courses,” took place on November 12, 2017. Her research explored how attending activist movements and protests can better enhance students’ understanding of social movements.

While in Atlanta, Elena and Zoe explored the city of Atlanta through NCHC’s City as Text Program, networked with other honors students and faculty from across the country and around the world, and celebrated the unique community created by honors education.The national submission process for the NCHC annual conference is highly selective, with hundreds of students and faculty submitting proposals each year.

We’re so proud of our talented and engaged Honors students and staff, and congratulate them again on their outstanding work.

IC Honors Kudos: Dr. Pfaff’s “Last Lecture”

A few weeks ago, Dr. Pfaff gave his last guest lecture to the Honors students living in Lyon Hall. This was the first of many lasts as Dr. Pfaff transitions out of the role as director of the Honors Program.

Over these next few weeks, consider visiting Dr. Pfaff in his office in the Honors Lounge (Muller 212) to thank him for all that he has done for the program. He will certainly be missed.

For more information about Alicia Swords, associate professor in the Department of Sociology and the newly appointed director of the Honors Program, check out this Q&A published by The Ithacan a few weeks ago.

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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 Kudos: Bob Sullivan and Tom Pfaff

Congratulations to Honors faculty Tom Pfaff and Bob Sullivan for their contribution to Present Successes and Future Challenges in Honors Education which was published this past August. This book was published by Rowman & Littlefield as the first of three monographs that examines the proliferation and future of honors programs in American higher education.

Dr. Pfaff, the current director of the IC Honors Program, and Dr. Sullivan, the former director of the program, coauthored a chapter entitled “Seminars, Curricula, Rigor: Paradoxical Constraints on the Future of Honors”

The second book in the series, Continuity and Innovation in Honors College Curricula, is available now, and the third, Structural Challenges and the Future of Honors Education, will be published in December.

IC Honors Kudos: Hannah Basciano

Congratulations to Honors senior Hannah Basciano for her work in helping to produce Passfire: A Film About Fireworks Culture Across the World!

As the Assistant Producer for the film Hannah has worked with Ithaca-based filmmakers Jesse and Jeremy Veverka and fellow IC students James Manton and Patrick McMahon to bring together a story about the world’s most amazing fireworks, the people who make them, and the cultures behind them. The film “travels to twenty-three countries on six continents to feel the explosions of the world’s greatest fireworks and celebrations.”

Hannah has been working on this documentary for quite a while now. In the summer of 2015, we posted a Summer Student Spotlight about Hannah and her work on the film. At that time she was an intern for the Veverka brothers’, travelling to screenings of the rough cut in Wyoming.

If you’re interested in seeing the documentary, Cinemapolis will be showing it on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. More information about the showing can be found here.

IC Honors Kudos: Lisa Famularo and Amanda Lee take 3rd Place in Business Competition

BAC-Comp-2016Congratulations to recently graduated Honors students Lisa Famularo and Amanda Lee for taking Third Place at the 2016 Business Analytics Competition at Manhattan College On May 26. This was the first business analytics competition experience for students in the business school.  Nice work setting the bar on the business schools first contest.

IC Honors Thanks: Margaret Eckerson

IMG_1985If you have been in the Honors Lounge in the last few weeks you should have noticed the photos on the walls. We now have a completed set of historic photos of Ithaca along with a photo taken this spring. They are really interesting. The older photos come from Historic Ithaca and the new ones where taken by Maggie Eckerson. A  big thanks to her for volunteering to do this for Honors. The photos are great.

IC Honors Kudos: Lisa Famularo, Samantha Guter, Kyle James & Dom Recckio

66745_full.jpgCongratulations to our four senior Honorites who are recipients of the 2016 Campus Life Award! This prestigious award is given to 10 graduating seniors to recognize outstanding achievements to the campus community through participation in various areas of campus life. We’re very honored to have four of our Honorites are receiving this award this year, so if you see them around campus, be sure to congratulate them.

These four seniors are:

Lisa Famularo, School of Business, Business Administration

Samantha Guter, Roy H. Park School of Communications, Journalism

Kyle James, Roy H. Park School of Communications/School of Health Sciences and Human Performance, Integrated Marketing Communications/Sport Studies

Dominick Recckio, Roy H. Park School of Communications, Communication Management and Design

If you’re interested in learning more about the campus life awards, check it out here, and see the Intercom announcement with all 10 seniors here. Congrats to Lisa, Sam, Kyle and Dom again!