Honorites visited the American Museum of Natural History, saw Matilda on Broadway, and explored the city during the spring 2013 trip to NYC!
Students in the Honors Program traveled to see Winterlude, Ottawa's annual winter festival, complete with ice sculptures, a snow playground, and the world's largest skating rink. Students also had the opportunity to view top Ottawa attractions such as Parliament Hill, the Chateau Laurier, and the Museum of Civilization; practice their French; ice skate on the Rideau Canal; and eat a poutine!
Here are some photos from this year's trip to the Cayuga Nature Center.
This past summer, two Ithaca College students, Madison Vander Hill and Ethan Rubenstein participated in Partners in the Parks. Partners in the Parks is an outdoor experiential learning program sponsored by Southern Utah University, Cedar Breaks National Monument, and the National Collegiate Honors Council. Ten day seminars led by university faculty and park personnel explore historical, scientific, cultural, and other important areas unique to a given park. The program that Madison and Ethan went on was the Olympic National Park program, although there are programs all over the country, including Grand Canyon, Denali, and Acadia.
Residents in the Honors Residential Learning Community 2010-2011
For the first time in 2010, the Honors Program piloted a whitewater rafting trip, taking students of all grade levels to conquer the Black River in Watertown, New York.
During Spring Break of 2011, the honors program took 18 students on an immersive week-long trip to London, exploring the city with a focus on British theatre and performance.
The annual Honors Holiday Banquet serves as a break from studying and an excuse to dress to impress. Students and faculty alike come to eat and enjoy each other's company.
During the Fall 2010 semester, the honors program offered "Experiencing Teatro" a new 1-credit course which culminated in a theatrical production of I Don't Have to Show You No Stinking Badges by Luis Valdez. The show, which explored Hispanic culture, was produced entirely by the students, from acting to directing to design.
Back in September, the Ithaca College Honors Program held its first ever photography contest to adorn our brand spanking new, but yet barren, lounge walls. Submitters strove to capture the ethos of the Honors Program within one single image. The winner chosen by our selection committee of fellow honorees was Adrienne Petro, with honorable mentions going to Matt Prokosch, Gary Chin, and Julia Becker for their noteworthy pieces. We are proud to display their works on our webpage, but please check out the new lounge to see them in person!
This spring, Honors once again sponsored a daytrip to New York City. Once arriving in the city we had the opportunity to explore the celebrated Museum of Modern Art, which featured two exciting exhibits. We saw Monet’s Water Lilies,a collection of the French artist’s beautiful depiction of the flowers present in his home garden. Amazingly, several of these famous works he painted while suffering cataracts. The second exhibit celebrates an entirely different kind of genius. The Tim Burton exhibit presents a kooky collection of multimedia from the man most noted for his flavorful cinematic visions which include The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Corpse Bride, and the much anticipated Alice in Wonderland. We got the chance to dine, shop, and generally explore the city until dusk when the group met back up at the majestic Lincoln Center Opera House to enjoy Puccini’s La Boheme.This beloved opera is about a group of near-destitute artists who band together in the struggle for survival (a story that has since been modernized by Jonathan Larson into the hit Broadway musical Rent).
In the fall of 2009, Professor Michael Twomey's, "The Mythic Truth Seminar",made a trip to Washington D.C. to continue studying mythology as one of the most ancient and enduring forms of cultural expression. The seminar considered anthropology, art history, history, literature, philosophy, psychology, and religion as contributing factors to modern ways of thinking about mythology. In D.C., the seminar continued their classroom considerations on the origin and oral transmission of myths and gained helpful insight through the use of historical resources in the United States capitol.
The Cartographic Impulse Honors Seminar, taught by Professor Anjeli Nerlekar, took a trip to Cornell University's Rare Map Collection this fall, where they got hands-on experience in dealing with the very material they were studying in class. Most students in the seminar would agree that such visits assist in meeting the course goals of being able to examine and destabilize the assumptions about the factual character of a map, and explore the cultural, political, social contexts in which maps are made and circulated.
On November 15, 2008, a group of honors students took a day trip to the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York. The museum explores every facet of glass: its unique place in art, history, culture, science and technology, craft, and design. The Museum is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of glass--more than 45,000 glass objects, spanning 3,500 years of glassmaking history. Visitors can also explore the science and technology of glass in a hands-on exhibit area, see live narrated glassmaking demonstrations and try their hand at glassworking in short daily workshops.
Many thanks to Clarissa Plank for the wonderful photographs.
Every year honors students are invited to Ithaca's Purity Ice Cream to enjoy a fun and delicious night out.
Every year the entire Honors Program, faculty and students, gathers for a welcome back barbecue.