IC Honors Student Spotlight: Hannah Cohensmith

Meet sophomore Hannah Cohensmith, a Vocal Performance major with an outside field in Politics from Longwood, Florida! Learn more about Hannah below:
Favorite part about IC:It’s a tie between the welcoming atmosphere (which is why I chose IC) and the professors. Every professor I’ve had has not only been extremely knowledgable in their field, but also so helpful and inspiring on a personal level.”
Favorite Honors Seminar you’ve taken and why:The Golden City with Bob Sullivan! I never thought I’d be interested in reading Plato and Herodotus, but this class proved to be my most engaging one. Not only has what I learned in there been applicable to almost every class I’ve taken since, but the class also challenged me enough to write a 20 page research paper about ancient Athenian education that was good enough to present at the Whalen Symposium last spring during my freshman year.”
Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors Program:The Honors trip to Ottawa last semester for Winterlude. It was my first time really out of the country and even though I’ve never been as freezing as I was during that trip, I can’t thank the Honors program enough for providing such a cool opportunity basically for free. I ice skated (terribly) on the Rideau Canal and got to walk all around the capital in just one day, which is something you wouldn’t expect to do on a regular Saturday.”
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 sguter1@ithaca.edu with any comments, questions, concerns or nominations.

IC Honors Summer Student Spotlight: Yena Seo

Meet Yena, a rising sophomore Journalism and Politics double major!

image3This summer, Yena is interning with the Brookings Institution in their Foreign Policy division as well as tutoring North Korean refugees in English through an e-mentoring program.

Yena has had a lot of awesome experiences in the Honors program so far!

“My favorite part of the Honors Program is tied between two: the first would be living in Lyon Hall, and the second would be the Honors classes I’ve been able to take through the program. Living in Lyon was really beneficial for me because it allowed me to share a residential space with like-minded people and to make friends who had a lot of similar goals and priorities as me. While I was nervous at first about living in an all-Honors dorm, I met some of my closest friends at Ithaca in Lyon, and living in Lyon really made my college transition much easier. I’ve also loved the Honors classes that I’ve been able to take: Why Are We Here? with Tom Pfaff and Staging History with Claire Gleitman. While the two classes were very different in their course material, both of them allowed me to think critically and question my own beliefs. I loved Why Are We Here? so much that I’ll be serving as a Peer Mentor for the class in the fall!”

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

Email sguter1@ithaca.edu to be featured.

IC Honors Alumni Spotlight: Jesse Katen ’05

Meet Jesse Katen from the class of 2005! Jesse was a politics major and currently owns a school of dance in Binghamton, NY, has a position as a professional dance judge and is an adjunct Professor of English at SUNY Broome Community College. Check out more about Jesse’s life since being at IC below!

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Current positions: “Owner, The Jesse Katen School of Dance, Binghamton, NY.
Adjunct Professor of English, SUNY Broome Community College.
Professional Dance Judge, Sophisticated Productions National Competitions (in the springtime I travel every weekend to cities all over the country to judge dance competitions).

Volunteer activities:
Member of the Board of Trustees, Broome County Public Library
World Services Chair, Binghamton Rotary Club

After IC, I went on to graduate school and earned an MA in Philosophy Interpretation, and Culture from Binghamton University in 2007.”

A piece of advice you wish someone had given you in your years at IC: “Two things: First, remind yourself how fortunate you are to be able to take advantage of everything IC has to offer and stay in touch with the people you meet there. They will be some of the best friends of your whole life. Second, have a plan and be focused, but also leave some space for serendipity to play a role in your life. Sometimes you will find yourself pushed in a direction that you didn’t expect and that might open the door for marvelous opportunities you wouldn’t have ever imagined otherwise.”

Favorite Honors Seminar you took and why: “I will never forget Professor Naeem Inayatullah’s seminar The Origins of Global Fury, which I took in the fall of 2003. His seminar changed my life and how I viewed the world in which we live. The discussions were impassioned and profound. It prompted me to major in Politics and shaped the academic interests that I hold to this day.”

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

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!