Assistant professor of history Michael Smith was one of only 20 academicians from around the world to be chosen for the 2005-6 Carnegie Scholars Program, administered by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Smith was selected for his work using service learning to enhance history education.
Professor of politics Zillah Eisenstein was named the eminent scholar of 2005 by the International Studies Association. The author of nine books and hundreds of articles, conference reports, essays, and op-ed pieces, Eisenstein was honored for her work in feminist scholarship.
Chris Sperry, director of curriculum and staff development for Project Look Sharp at Ithaca College and a longtime teacher at Ithaca's Lehman Alternative Community School, was honored this spring by Cable in the Classroom as one of the nation's most innovative education leaders.
Teach for America accepted eight graduating Ithaca College students, who will teach in low-income communities across the nation this fall. IC has 27 alumni currently working with the program. . . .
IC's Students in Free Enterprise team took the championship at the SIFE USA regional competition. The team won for its community service projects, which taught about budgeting processes and the dangers of unethical business practices. . . .
School of H&S dean Howard Erlich and his wife, Ann, were honored with the 2005 Volunteer Recognition Award from the Ithaca Area United Jewish Community.
President Williams gave the welcome keynote at the Ithaca College-hosted conference "Courageous Leadership: Women as Agents of Change." More than 150 female leaders -- presidents and senior-level administrators -- from 38 universities and colleges attended. The event was hosted by a regional arm of the American Council on Education; H&S associate dean Janet Reohr was the College's point person.
School of Music
Dominick DiOrio '06 was one of four finalists in the American Choral Directors Association national undergraduate student conducting competition. Master's candidate Elizabeth Swanson was one of four finalists in the graduate division of the competition. Ithaca was the only school to send two students to the final round. . . . Twenty-three IC voice students competed in the annual National Association of Teachers of Singing statewide competition at SUNY Fredonia in April. Nearly half the college division places were won by Ithaca College students of Randie Blooding, Deborah Montgomery-Cove, and Patrice Pastore.
Landon Van Soest '04 will leave his job at the Sundance Channel this fall and return to Kenya, where he'd spent a semester abroad as a cinema and photography major. He plans to produce a documentary on Lake Victoria and the lingering effects of colonialism on the African people and their environment. . . .
Janet Williams '05, who graduated in May with a degree in organizational communication, learning, and design, has been awarded a Fulbright grant for the 2005-6 academic year. She will teach ESL at a public school and work at a women's center in Madrid, Spain.
Indy Media Awards
IC's student publication Buzzsaw Haircut won big in this year's Independent Press Association's Campus Journalism Awards. "This creatively designed news magazine offers an impressive blend of national and community-centered reporting . . . always based in a foundation of well-researched investigative reporting," the judges wrote. The magazine won "best independent campus publication of the year with a budget under $10,000" and the top award for political commentary, for a two-part piece on right-wing political strategies by Matthew Corley '06, Jeremy Levine '06, and Kate Sheppard '06.