Scholarship Opportunities from New York Women in Communications

nywiciEach year, New York Women in Communications — a 501(c)(3) — awards 15 to 20 scholarships to graduating high school seniors and undergraduate and graduate students who intend to pursue or further a career in communications. Current Honors students Jennifer Walsh ’18 and Anna Gardner ’19 received scholarships last year along with Park School students Lexy White ’19, Emma Noblesala ’19, and Emma Beltrandi ’19.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, need and a demonstrated commitment to the field of communications. Scholarships are generally in the amounts of $2,500, $5,000, and $10,000. In addition to general scholarships, NYWICI offers sponsored scholarships with specific qualifications. Most are funded by corporations or foundations that retain the right to impose qualifications, which may include, but are not limited to, a candidate’s declared major, area of study, or demonstrated skill; age or year of study and personal background. The application deadline is January 26, 2018.

For more information, visit the NYWICI Scholarships site at 

FLEFF Blogging Internship Applications Open


Film Festivals and Blogging: FLEFF 2018
Dr. Patricia R. Zimmermann
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Application Process: 

Admission to the seminar and FLEFF blogging internship requires a short application and is competitive.

Requirements:  Must have one full year of courses at Ithaca College and at minimum sophomore standing. Students previously enrolled in the FLEFF Festivals course as FLEFF Fellows or in the Honors seminar in Participatory Cultures have priority as FLEFF blogging interns.  Overrides available for students outside the Honors program for this seminar and internship.

(Note:  students with sophomore standing through credits but who are currently in their first year as Ithaca College students are not eligible.  These students should enroll in the one-credit/P/F FLEFF Festivals that runs during the festival FLEFF Festivals GCOM 12000 CRN 43325, where they will be considered FLEFF Fellows.)

To apply:

Write no more than a one-page letter  (500 words maximum) explaining your major, GPA, your academic interests, why you are interested in participating in FLEFF 2018 as a blogging intern,  and what particular aspects of FLEFF interest you (review the FLEFF website before writing your application).   Also note if you have taken the FLEFF Festivals course or the Honors Seminar in Participatory Cultures.

Send your application letter to:

Applications are now open and will close November 14.  Applicants will be notified of admission to the seminar and the internship on a rolling basis, so apply early.                  

Seminar Description

This advanced seminar engages competitively selected students in an intensive and immersive experience in the 20th Annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) as bloggers and festival ambassadors. Students serves as interns for FLEFF 2018.

The course provides students with a coordinated blend of theory, history, and practice. The course works within an international and transnational focus. It explores and analyzes the histories, operations, politics, creative industries impact, and programming of festivals as a critical nodal point in the entertainment and arts industries through significant books from the scholarly literature.

This seminar provides an avenue to learn professional blogging for film festivals and arts/entertainment organizations, with students writing for the FLEFF blogs in a very public, high profile way, interviewing the festival team and festival guests.  It also provides training in learning how to be part of the staff of a festival by thoroughly learning all aspects of the history of FLEFF, its mission and vision, its financing, partnerships, programming, the current year’s programming, and current year’s goals for audience development and engagement as well as visibility.

Finally, the course probes the purpose of festivals as a place for embodied, meaningful, and significant conversations about issues of importance in the world. Blogging interns have special access to festival guests and special events and convenings.

Special notes:  bloggers need to commit to full immersion in FLEFF during FLEFF week both on and off campus. However, classes come first. These sessions will replace some seminar sessions post-festival as they cover required class meeting sessions. Blogging interns receive a FLEFF staff t-shirt, lanyard, and a complimentary festival pass.

“All Governments Lie” Documentary Screening and Q&A 10/4 in Park Auditorium

Jeff Cohen, associate professor in the Department of Journalism and director of the Park Center for Independent Media, will participate in a Q&A session after a screening of All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone on Wednesday, October 4 at 7:00 in Park Auditorium. Cohen co-produced the film, and key scenes were filmed on the Ithaca College campus. Learn more about the film below!


Starring in the movie are independent journalists who’ve exposed government deception, including Amy Goodman & Nermeen Shaikh (Democracy Now!), Matt Taibbi (Rolling Stone), Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill (The Intercept), Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian (The Young Turks), Carl Bernstein (Watergate), Michael Moore, John Carlos Frey and the legendary I.F. Stone. (Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 91%) More info:

IC Honors Senior Sendoff: Kyle James


Kyle is the president of the Honors Advisory Board and a double major in IMC and Sport Studies! He’s headed to NYC after graduation.

After graduation I will be taking a week to explore Istanbul and Prague. Following my passion for experiencing unique bars and similar establishments, I will be visiting a beer spa as well as a bar with a rock wall inside of it while I’m there. After my week abroad, I will be spending my summer interning at Havas Media in New York City as a part of my IRTS Media Fellowship! In addition to interning, the fellowship provides me with opportunities to network with hundreds of media leaders across NYC and learn how to create more access in the media industry to marginalized groups that are underrepresented.  

IC Honors Student Spotlight: Dominick Recckio ’16

Meet Dom, SGA president, Honorite and our spotlight of the week! Dom is a senior Communication Management and Design major from Port Byron, NY. Learn more about Dom below:578077_722623561100412_1819207495_n.jpg

Favorite part about IC:Ithaca College has been an absolutely amazing place for me to grow, my favorite part has been the community of friends that has proliferated for me. I have had the opportunity to grow alongside some truly magnificent people, and would not trade that for the world.”

Favorite Honors seminar (so far) and why:American Breakdown with Hugh Egan was a great class in which we read many texts delving into psychological breakdown and American literature. Professor Egan was an engaging professor, and led our class through some of the best discussions I’ve had at IC.”

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors Program:Hands down the opportunity to teach The Dark Knight, Power and Justice Through Film. This will be the third year that the class is on the books, and I am beyond excited to co-teach it again. This class was born in Elizabeth Bleicher’s Why Are We Here class, and has become something wonderful, with great class discussions and debates on Batman and our larger world.”


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 with any comments, questions, concerns or nominations.

IC Honors Student Spotlight: Francesca Esce ’17

Meet Chessie, our student spotlight of the week! Chessie is a junior Integrated Marketing Communication major with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from Liverpool, New York. Learn more about Chessie below:


Favorite part about IC:No matter where you are at IC, unless you’re in the Job hallway, there is always something beautiful to look at. You can take just a few steps outside of Sub Connect and BAM: view of Cayuga Lake. It also isn’t hard to take a short walk to Muller Pond between classes, frozen or not. There is always new territory to explore in the natural lands, gorges, and beyond. I love that at IC there is always a new place to study, appreciate, and reflect. Hey, and most of the people aren’t too shabby, either. “

Favorite Honors seminar (so far) and why:Women and Fairy Tales with Katharyn Machan was one of the most fun courses I’ve taken at IC. Dr. Machan is such a spirited character and we learned about fairytales, their history, and got to create some kick-ass lady characters of our own. Our whole class bonded through each others’ work, and I felt inspired by every piece I heard. That class and Dr. Machan gave me the motivation to continue writing poetry!”

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or Honors:This past semester I was fortunate enough to study in London, and with the help of the Honors Program I got to spend five days in Edinburgh for the annual Fringe Festival. My time in Edinburgh was something I’ll remember the rest of my life. I experienced so much theatre, art, and culture in such a short amount of time. Those five days made me want to experience even more, and in the next four months I explored 15 different cities in 10 different countries around Europe.”

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 with any comments, questions, concerns or nominations.

IC Honors Alumni Spotlight: Sara Gardner ’13

Meet Sara, a 2013 graduate who majored in TVR with a concentration in Video Production! Sara is currently the National Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator for The ONE Group. Find out more about Sara below!


Current positions: “I am currently the National Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator for a lifestyle hospitality company called The ONE Group, based out of the corporate offices in New York City. Our company develops restaurant concepts and operates food & beverage for hotels across the US, UK and Europe. I write a lot of press releases, plan a lot of awesome events (I’ve been to the Super Bowl, SXSW, Coachella and Tribeca Film Festival this year!) and develop marketing and branding initiatives for our restaurants across the globe!”

One piece of advice you wish you had been given at IC: “Don’t take your courses and experiences for granted. While I feel so well-prepared coming out of IC, I really wish I had savored what we were learning a little more and took the time to step back and appreciate it, to read and re-read the articles/books/etc. that were given to me. College is truly an unparalleled experience, and it’s about just that – the experience. Learn to enjoy all aspects of collegiate life – your dorm, the classes, the campus, studying abroad, internships, writing papers, walking around the Commons – all of it. I also wish I had saved all the suggested book lists and movie lists that I got from professors…”

Favorite Honors Seminar you took and why: “That’s a tough one! I took two courses with Carla Golden, I feel like those classes opened me up to see gender and sexuality in a completely new way. Our discussions were always so open and frank, and I always walked in to the classroom excited and left the classroom inspired.

My ultimate favorite course was with Bill Sheasgreen at ICLC [Ithaca College London Center] which was London As Text. I have never walked so much in my life, but I have never felt a city’s history come alive around me and feel so tangible. I also did a theatre-focused trip to London through the Honors Program, and though I would hardly call myself a theatre buff, it really was inspiring for me and definitely helped me realize that I wanted to pursue studying abroad there.”

One word that sums up your university experience: “The beginning.”

Another fun fact about Sara is that we featured her little sister, Anna, who is a first-year student, in a Summer Student Spotlight earlier this year!

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!

IC Honors Student Spotlight: Sarah Logsdon

Meet Sarah, a junior Cinema & Photography Major with a minor in Communication Management and Design from Evansville, Indiana! Sarah is currently abroad at the Ithaca College London Centre, and you can learn more about her below:

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Favorite part about IC: “Since I love IC so much, here’s a list!
1. The peeps. People are great, but especially the people of Ithaca College.
2. The energy and passion of the students. Hearing all of the various passions of the students is simply inspiring.
3. The weather….in the summer.”

Favorite Honors Seminar you’ve taken and why: “Most definitely would be the Civic Engagement course with Pat Spencer. Not only is Pat great, but having a space to talk about effective volunteering was a hoot of a time. Also, meeting various alums and civic leaders of the Ithaca area really help me develop my own civic engagement.”

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors Program: “Coolest opportunity that I’ve had through IC is simply having the opportunity to live in such a socially aware place. Coming from a rather conservative town and not being exposed to various social justice topics, it has been great to be able to hear so many more opinions from people of Ithaca.”

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 with any comments, questions, concerns or nominations.

IC Honors Summer Student Spotlight: Kelsey McKim

Meet Kelsey, a rising senior Journalism major!

_IGP2432Kelsey is spending her summer interning in New York City in publishing at the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency and Pegasus Books publishing house.

One of Kelsey’s favorite things about the Honors program is that it allows her to read some awesome and different types of literature.

“I’m a huge bookworm, so my favorite part of Honors has been the opportunity to take classes because they have interesting book lists. So far I’ve read dystopias, graphic novels, and literature about madness for my Honors courses.”

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 with any questions, concerns, or nominations.

IC Honors Summer Student Spotlight: Annalise Haldeman

Meet incoming TVR major Annalise!IMG_0146

Annalise is taking this summer to explore her hometown of Bloomington, Indiana as well as going on a mission trip to Philadelphia, PA, a trip to Denver, CO to visit a friend and attending Lollapalooza in Chicago at the end of the summer.

Annalise is looking forward to all the opportunities the Honors Program offers!

“I am looking forward to explore new idea and possibilities with the Honors program. In high school you are stuck with a bunch of people who have to be in school. But know we are at a place that we chose. We decide to apply here and decided to accept when Ithaca offered us a spot in the class of 2019! And with the honor program it’s exciting that I will not only be with people who want to be at this school but want to learn and want to have discussions and widen their horizons. It’s all just so exciting!”

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

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