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Jack Wang, associate professor in the Department of Writing, has published a short story entitled "The Night of Broken Glass" in the current issue of The New Quarterly: Canadian Writers & Writing.

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Park Productions was recently awarded a BEA “Best of Festival” King Foundation Award in the Student Documentary Competition.  Park Productions’ film, Water in the Cloud Forest, was among the 17 out of 1,300 student and faculty submissions chosen to receive a “Best of Festival” award.  Previously Water in the Cloud Forest won first place from The Smithsonian in Motion video contest in the natural world category.   



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Associate Professor Cory Brown, Writing Department, has published a personal essay in the nonfiction and art magazine South Loop Review, out of Columbia College Chicago. The essay, entitled "Compliance," also won finalist in Missouri Review's 2013 essay competition and will appear later this year in the local literary magazine States of Mind. The essay is about his sister's death. 


Dr. Orlando-Marquez C. Kittrell, director of the Ithaca College program, Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (C-STEM) is headed to the White House on March 6, 2015. 

As Ithaca College’s representative on the STEM Coalition's Leadership Council, Dr. Kittrell will join STEM Leadership Council colleagues to meet with the Office of Management and Budget, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the Domestic Policy Council to provide feedback on the 2016 Fiscal Year Budget for STEM initiatives, and working with the White House on future STEM initiatives.

The STEM Education Coalition, located in Washington, D.C., works aggressively to raise awareness in Congress, the Administration, and other organizations about the critical role that STEM education plays in enabling the U.S. to remain the economic and technological leader of the global marketplace of the 21st century.

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Donathan Brown, assistant professor in Communication Studies and former H&S Diversity Fellow, has accepted a visiting professorship during the summer at the University of Maribor in Slovenia.  Funded by the Ministry of Education, the University of Maribor, and the European Commission, the appointment will be in cooperation with two departments:  English and American Studies.


Dr. Brown will give public talks and guest lectures in his role as visiting professor. These talks will focus on the role that race plays within American public policy,  particularly as pertains to African Americans and Latinos.  He will also engage with the University’s Faculty of the Arts and give a presentation focused specifically on material covered in his 2014 book, When Race and Policy Collide.


Workshops facilitated by Project Look Sharp continue throughout the Syracuse area. On January 22nd, Chris Sperry Director of Curriculum and Staff Development, and 35-year veteran humanities and media teacher at the Lehman Alternative Community School in Ithaca, New York, organized an interactive workshop promoting media literacy in the classroom. 

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 Michael Haaf (Chemistry) presented a talk entitled "Inquiry at the Intersection of Chemistry and Art," at the Dowd Art Gallery at SUNY Cortland on February 18th. The interdisciplinary talk was attended by chemists, artists, and art historians.

Dr. Alejandra Zambrano (Modern Languages and Literatures) presented at the 2015 Lozano Long Conference: Nuevas Disidencias: Youth Culture, Transnational Flows, and the Remaking of Politics in the Americas at The University of Texas at Austin. Her paper focused on the international education programs of La Poderosa Media Project, an organization that promotes youth empowerment, collaborative learning, and cultural empathy through visual arts programs in the Americas.

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On Monday, February 23, 2015, the Department of History inducted 9 students into Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honors Society.  

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The Ithaca College Chapter of the American Marketing Association (ICAMA) was named a semi-finalist in the 2014/2015 AMA International Collegiate Case Competition.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 4 PM in Ford Hall, the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra presents its annual concerto competition concert.

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Luca Maurer, program director of the Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Education, Outreach, Services, authored a chapter in the new book How I Got Into Sex…Ed, an anthology of 60+ essays written by sexuality educators published by the Center for Sex Education.

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Naeem Inayatullah (Politics) attended the 56th annual meeting of the International Studies Association, in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 18-21, 2015.  He participated in five panels: 

  • “Why Don’t I See the Problem," roundtable presenter for Strategies of Critique for Narrative Approaches;
  • Chair for the panel, Politics of Survival: Debilitation, Precarity, and Resilience;
  • Co-host for “Narrative Approaches,” in Critical Security Studies Methods Café;
  • Roundtable presenter in the panel, Race and International Relations: A Debate Around John Hobson’s “The Eurocentric Conception of World Politics,” and,
  • Chair for the panel “Telling Stories: Migration, Translation, Complicity” 

 Professor and ENVS Chair Jason Hamilton made a presentation on Sustainability Science to faculty and students at the Wells College Science Colloquium on Friday 20 February. 


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Marie Sanford, Clinical Associate professor in the Dept. of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and Class of 2015 graduate students Alexandra Fish, Erin Gatti, Maria Sanchez-Freeman, and Dana Sharabi presented their work at the 18th Annual Conference of the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Their paper, entitled “Comparing Instructional Approaches for Attaining Oral Proficiency in Adult English Language Learners,” examined articulation, rate of speech, and intonation features of instructional materials that incorporated functional and work-related vocabulary compared to academic and curriculum-based vocabulary.

Sanford also presented a poster session co-authored with Ithaca College's Jana Waller and

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On Sunday, February 7th, Ithaca College Hillel hosted an a'capella concert in IC Square to bring people together on the cold day. This all a'capella show featured New York City's Maccabeats, an all male Jewish group, as well as Ithaca College's Premium Blend and VoiceStream groups. Over 100 people including students and community members came out to enjoy the show. Kayla from Ithaca College Hillel says, "With crowd favorites, like "Keep Your Head Up," "Candlelight," and "All About That Neis," students were out of their seats and dancing to the catchy tunes." IC Premium Blend and Voice Stream also brought great performances; be sure to check these groups out on campus later in the semester! Kudos for a fun show with a great turn out!

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During the week of February 2nd, mental health awareness group, Active Minds, held daily events encouraging students to focus on their well-being. The events included “Real Facetime”, “Bracelet Making”, “Planting Seeds of Positivity”, and a screening of the Australian television show “Please Like Me”. The first event, “Real Facetime”, consisted of students unplugging from their electronic devices and enjoying time spent with loved ones in a face-to-face setting. “Planting Seeds of Positivity”, as pictured, was an event designed to spend time planting greenery to spend time in a relaxing manner. The successful week of events brought people together to relax and converse about mental health.

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On Thursday, February 12th, IC Project Sunshine teamed up with Active Minds to host a community service event in IC Square to spread positivity around Valentine's Day. The groups organized an event to make uplifting cards for children in healthcare facilities. The cards were completely blank on the outside and said "Sending You Sunshine!". The only rule of the game was that people were not allowed to add additional words to the cards, just creative illustrations to make a child's day a little bit brighter. Many people came out to color and have a relaxing night inside while supporting a great cause. As a result of the event, nearly 100 children will have cards to brighten up their stay in a health facility.

When it comes to living spaces on college, there are a number of organizations that work to promote residence hall events and address student concerns. The Residence Hall Association is a student organization committed to making the campus's residence halls a fun, safe place to live.
Secretary Julie Erickson, who has been involved with RHA since her first semester of freshman year, said she works on the campus change committee within RHA to help solve residential hall issues and work on improving sustainability-related initiatives. 

Erickson said she was first impressed by the RHA's influence on campus. She said RHA's mission is to cater to both the residents and the on-campus community.

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 Beatriz Montilla (Spanish) and Dr. Sherry Deckman (Education) recently published a jointly-authored chapter, “Being Tall Isn’t the Same as Being Black: The Challenges of Critical Perspective-Taking in a Nearly All-White Classroom,” in Jennifer L. Martin’s, Racial Battle Fatigue: Insights from the Front Lines of Social Justice Advocacy. The chapter explores Beatriz’s and Sherry’s perspectives on cultivating empathy in race-focused higher education classes. The two discuss the inherent benefits and challenges for, as well as the rights and responsibilities of, faculty members and students in such courses.