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Sophomore Sarah Kessler's essay in a new book, Open My Eyes, Open My Soul: Celebrating Our Common Humanity, was highlighted on NBC's Today show in January. Kessler is a music performance major and Martin Luther King Jr. scholar

Ithaca College's Catholic Community was selected as one of the top seven exemplary campus ministry programs across the country and honored by the Catholic Campus Ministry Association, the National Association of Diocesan Directors of Campus Ministry, and National Catholic Student Coalition

Physical therapy major Elizabeth Ruckert '05 was awarded the 2003 Robert A. Famighetti Undergraduate Student Scholarship from the Society on Aging of New Jersey

Professor of television-radio Wenmouth Williams was selected as the College's new NCAA faculty athletics representative

Seamus Levine-Wilkinson '04 and Michelle Walter '04 received Beta Beta Beta Research Foundation awards to work with biology faculty

Cinema professor Patricia Zimmermann has been named to the Robert Flaherty Seminar 50th anniversary curatorial team

Associate professor of art Raymond Ghirardo and associate professor of TV-radio Megan Roberts received an artists grant from the New York State Council on the Arts for the creation of their new DVD installation work, Rain/Fall

Professor of speech communication Bruce Henderson received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Communication Association's performance studies division

Assistant professor of chemistry Scott M. Ulrich received a Research Corporation Cottrell Science Award of $38,148 to work with students on his project "Generation of allele-specific histone deacetlase inhibitors." The award will be supplemented by $9,000 from Ithaca College

The Ithacan was a gold medalist for the fall 2002 and spring 2003 semesters in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's annual college newspaper critique, and ICTV's Newswatch 16 took "best of show" honors from the Associated Collegiate Press for its newscast of October 16, 2003

The National Science Foundation has renewed funding for the COMPASS project for the seventh consecutive year, in the amount of $1.7 million. Directed by the math department's Eric Robinson, Margaret Robinson, and John Maceli, COMPASS is a high-visibility national project that works with schools, teachers, administrators, parent groups, and other constituencies to improve secondary school mathematics education

The language lab in Gannett now provides international television programs

The art department is offering a B.A. degree program in art education, designed for students who want to become certified teachers of art education in grades K-12

Assistant professor of cinema and photography Simon Tarr has been named chair of the board of the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers, the largest national organization representing independent media artists working at all levels across all genres

Sazi Guthrie '02 and Jake Upwood '02 signed professional contracts with the San Diego Padres. Both were four-year pitchers with the Bombers baseball team

This March politics professor and chair Asma Barlas gave an invited talk at the Library of Congress as part of a two-year series on Muslim women and globalization. She also recently presented her work on aspects of Islam at places as far-flung as Toronto and Alexandria, Egypt.

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A. Ozolins, Ithaca College Office of Publications, 30 April, 2004