IC Honors Student Spotlight: Jenna Mortenson ’19

This week, our student spotlight features Jenna Mortenson, a sophomore communication management and design major with a minor in journalism. Jenna is from Harveys Lake, PA and works on campus as a resident assistant and a president’s host tour guide for the Office of Admissions. She also works as a Dean’s Host, giving comprehensive tours of the Park School of Communications. Jenna is a passionate member of the Ithaca College Residence Hall Association, serving as its Vice President. She is also a member of the alumni relations organization Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT). She is interested in some day working in the fields of marketing, corporate communication, or public relations. In order to learn more about Jenna’s experiences as an Honors student, continue reading below!

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Favorite part about IC:
At IC, I love that you can get involved in whatever you are interested in, even if it isn’t directly related to your major. I’ve worked on ICTV, written for the Ithacan, and participated in student organizations like Students Today Alumni Tomorrow as well as the Residence Hall Association. These activities have allowed me to meet countless students with a wide variety of interests. IC doesn’t restrict you to a certain set of extracurriculars or classes that directly relate to your specific area of study. Instead, everyone at the college encourages you to grow and take part in initiatives and activities that span across the entire campus.

Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why:
Wonder Women and Lethal Girls: Feminism in Science Fiction and Fantasy, my first-year seminar, was by far my favorite honors seminar. I loved discussing the topic of feminism through the years through the lens of female representation in works of science fiction! The discussions in the class were fantastic and allowed me to look at the world of feminism with a fresh perspective. We read works like Herland, and we watched documentaries on Wonder Woman and Buffy the Vampire Slayer as feminist works. Our final project allowed us to condense our most important takeaways in a creative lens that was most interesting to us. Our professor, Katharine Kittredge, was extremely knowledgeable and clearly passionate about everything we discussed, which only added to the experience of the class overall. The entire seminar was incredible, and I’m so glad I got the chance to take it during my first semester!

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program:
One of the coolest opportunities I’ve had at IC so far has been working as a President’s Host tour guide in the Office of Admission! Connecting with prospective students and showing them around campus has been an incredible experience that’s given me a new understanding of why IC is such a unique place. It’s great to be able to meet high school students from across the country and answer their questions about my school. It’s also fascinating to be able to learn so much about the school in general — I now have lots of fun facts about IC in the back of my mind at all times!

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!
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Email ropila@ithaca.edu with any comments, questions, concerns or nominations.

IC Honors Student Spotlight: Brianna Hoody ’19

Meet our student spotlight this week, sophomore Brianna Hoody from Bergen County, NJ. Brianna is a biochemistry major with a minor in music. She works for Residential Life as a resident assistant and is a member of the Symphony Orchestra. She also participates in a number of on campus organizations including the Adoption Support and Awareness Alliance Club, IC Big Brother Big Sister, and the Residence Hall Association. Last year, Brianna worked with a group of Ithaca College Honors students to organize and implement Clean Up Stewart Park, a project to pick up trash around the public facility. In addition to her involvement on campus, Brianna also teachers violin lessons to children in the Ithaca Area. She hopes to someday work in a medical profession. To learn more about Brianna, continue reading below!

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Favorite part about IC:
My favorite thing about Ithaca College is the community that surrounds the college. Ithaca NY and Ithaca College work together to make a wonderful college community where so many friends and memories are shared. Everyone that I have met at IC has been so friendly and welcoming, which has allowed for an amazing transition into Ithaca College and into my second year at IC.

Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why:
My favorite honors seminar that I have taken was my first year seminar, Why Are We Here. This class was able to teach me new ways of thinking and new ways of approaching problems. Having this class as one of my first at IC challenged me to understand new concepts in new ways that have helped me in all of my classes after.

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program:
The trips that are sponsored by the honors program have allowed me to meet so many new people and explore so many new things and experiences. These trips are one the most beneficial parts of the honors program as we are able to meet more and more people on campus that are also part of the honors program and excited to explore more parts of the world with us.

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.