IC Honors Student Spotlight: Ryan Bianconi ’17

This week’s Student Spotlight features Ryan Bianconi, a member of the senior class hailing from just up the road in Scipio, NY. An accomplished student of mathematics, Ryan presented his research on The Mean Median Sequence in the Ithaca College JJ Whalen Symposium last April. A week later, he presented at Colgate University for the 75th annual meeting of the Mathematical Association of America Seaway Section on his research into Infinite Series Without Calculus. Ryan is a member of the National Mathematics Honors Society, the Oracle Society, and Phi Kappa Phi. Despite such scholastic achievement, those that know Ryan acknowledge him as a man of kindness and humility, and value him as a friend. Learn more about Ryan below!

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Favorite part about IC:
The people: be it in the Honors program, or in the mathematics department, I have found that they are a lot of wonderful people here at Ithaca College.

Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why:
American Breakdown (with Dr. Hugh Egan): The course presented a fascinating portrait of mental instability through American literature. At the time, I had never had any class like it. Even now, two years later, it stands out as one of the most unique classes I have taken.

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program:
Going to Mathfest: The school of Humanities and Sciences co-funded my trip to Mathfest in Columbus, Ohio this summer where I was able to present some of my mathematical research on integral transforms and take in various presentations by other mathematicians.

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.

IC Honors FYI: Phi Kappa Phi Book Drive

PKPbooks.pngDo you have extra books lying around your room from past semesters that you don’t need anymore? The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is holding a book drive from right now until Friday, March 25. The book drive benefits IC Books Thru Bars, a wonderful on-campus organization that sends books to people in NY state prisons.

Books that are in high demand include mystery/thrillers, western, spirituality, Yoga/Tai-Chi, LGBTQ, self-help, education and writing, but any books will be accepted. You can also bring books back home from over break!

There are bins around campus where you can drop off your books:

• Campus Center (in the Information Desk area)
• Rothschild Place (inside the Academic Advising Center)
• Williams Hall (near the main entrance)
• Park School of Communications (in the main lobby – 2nd floor)
• School of Business (2nd floor)
• Whalen School of Music (outside the main office)
• Center for Health Sciences (by the coffee cart)