Weekly Events Roundup – 11/28 to 12/5

Now that we’re back from break, the semester is racing to its end. Here are some events on campus this week to help you learn, laugh, or de-stress as your workload amps up.rivero

Bolivian author Giovanna Rivero will read from her short story collection, Para comerte mejor, tonight at 6 p.m. in the Handwerker Gallery. Rivero is an author and Assistant Professor in the werner.jpgDepartment of Modern Languages and Literature.

Artist and physicist Werner Sun will give a lecture with a workshop to follow on Wednesday from 2 to 3 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Art Department, will be held in Ceracche 127.

The Ithaca College Contemporary Ensemble will perform on Wednesday, November 29 at 7:00 p.m. in Hockett Family Recital Hall.


Park Distinguished Faculty-in-Residence A. Van Jordan will host Mason Richards and Dion Graham for a panel entitled “Using Cultural Iconography in Screenwriting and Media Production” on Friday, December 1st at 3 p.m. The event will be held in Park Auditorium, and is part of the Micheaux Visiting Filmmaker Series. Find more information on the event’s Facebook page.

Ithaca College’s Handbell Choir will present their Winter Concert on Friday at 5:00 p.m. in Muller Chapel. rdIC’s two handbell choirs will play a set of pop, holiday, and classical songs.


Routine Disturbances, Ithaca College’s show choir, will perform a fall preview in Emerson Suites at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

The IC Department of Physics and Astronomy will hold a public viewing night at the Clinton B. Ford Observatory from 8:00-10:00 p.m. Friday. To attend, show up at the vehicle ‘turn around’ in front of the entrances of Smiddy Hall and CHS (F lot side).  A shuttle van will make regular runs to convey people up to the observatory and back down.

ICTV will premiere its new scripted series, The Legend of South Hill, on Sunday, December 3 in Park Auditorium. The screening will begin at 7:00 p.m. following a red carpet beginning at 6:00 p.m. More information can be found on the event’s Facebook page.



Public Viewing Night at Ford Observatory Friday 11/3

Interested in astronomy? Come view the night sky with the IC Physics Department at the on-campus Clinton B. Ford Observatory this Friday from 8:00-10:00 p.m. Here’s how to attend (for free!):

Show up the vehicle ‘turn around’ in front of the entrances of Smiddy Hall and CHS (F lot side). A ‘shuttle van’ will make regular runs to convey people up to the observatory and back down. Please note that there is NO parking available up at the observatory and that the access road is NOT lighted. For your own safety, please do not walk up.

Bad Weather Plan
The “go/no-go” decision for any public night will be made at 3:30 p.m. on the scheduled date. The IC Physics web page and the recorded message at the observatory will be updated shortly thereafter to reflect the decision for that evening. If you check the website or call the observatory at 607-274-3012 after 4:00 p.m., you will get the final decision for that evening.


IC Honors Student Spotlight: Megan Holman ’19

Meet sophomore Physics major Megan Holman from Spencer, NY. A student with a wide range of interests and talents – Megan is about more than just thermodynamics and kinematics. She plays French Horn in the campus band, competes on the soccer pitch for a local Tompkins County club team, and works with Ithaca College’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity, volunteering her time and hard work to help make subsidized housing available to those in need of it. Learn more about Megan below!


Favorite part about IC:
I love the people, the professors and students especially. They are all very supportive and want you to achieve your goals, whatever they might be. I haven’t ever had a bad interaction with anyone at IC. I also really love the view, I never get tired of it. If you’ve never looked out over Cornell and the lake from the end of the Emerson parking lot you really should, it’s amazing. Between the people and the classes and all of the events, IC just makes me feel at home.

Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why:
I’ve only taken two honors seminars so far, but my favorite has been the Winter Wonderland tracking course.It taught me a lot about nature and the natural world, and has made me feel more connected to my environment. It also gave me a good excuse to spend a few hours in the Natural Lands every week.

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program:
I have had so many amazing opportunities through IC and the Honors program, from the honors trips, to research opportunities, to being able to continue playing the French Horn and soccer, to OSEMA events about leadership, everything I have done has taught me something and helped me grow into the person I am today. There’s no way I could pick just on opportunity as the coolest.


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 Seminar Spotlight: Simple Machines

Physics specialist Jennifer Mellott is bringing back her unique and wildly popular Simple Machines seminar. Learn what it’s all about below:

IMG_3103Describe your seminar in one sentence. “
A seminar that keep students engaged and working with their hands as well as their minds in individual and group situations.”

Describe your classroom style in one sentence.I like to give enough information for students to have questions, no spoon feeding.”

What is one thing you hope students will take away from your seminar?The self confidence to try and attack any project or problem with a whole new tool box.

What is one piece of advice you would give to students?Be mindful of how much time projects can take.”

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

IC Honors Summer Student Spotlight: Madison Mangano

Meet Madison, a rising senior Physics major!

10358560_10206735425083514_4412821114529086646_nMadison is spending her summer right here in Ithaca, working on completing her senior thesis research. She’s working with a program that turns spectral data (graphs of the light of stars) into sounds so they can reach a wider range of audiences.

“It involves understanding it myself as well as building other programs that will allow others to understand how it works. I hope to be able to make edits to the sounds the program puts out as well as make it a bit more graphically exciting in the future.”

Madison’s favorite part of the Honors program is the community it fosters and the friendships it makes!

“We’re a bunch of kids who want to actually make a difference, and we improve ourselves and the world around us in order to do that.”

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

Email sguter1@ithaca.edu to be featured.