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The Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs would like to congratulate the following junior and senior students who were selected to receive the Peggy Ryan Williams Award for Academic and Community Leadership this year. The award is given to students who excel academically, perform service to the College community and nation, and represent an exemplary level of accomplishment. They will be recognized in this year's publication of the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges.  Please welcome us in congratulating these students!

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James Pfrehm, Assistant Professor of German, had his play “Death by Dictionary” published in the Winter 2014/15 issue of The Fourth Wall Review. 

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Global Game Jam 2015

Contributed by Nathan Prestopnik on 02/02/2015 

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On the weekend of January 23-25, Ithaca College students and members of the wider Ithaca community came together for the exciting 48-hour "Global Game Jam," an international event where designers from around the world join up at different locations to make games. The Ithaca College event site was sponsored by the video game trading service Leap Trade and by Comics for Collectors, a local comic book and game store. The event was hosted by the IC Game Developers Club and the Department of Computer Science. Fourteen developers worked over the weekend to create three innovative video games around this year's theme: "What do we do now?"

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 Senior Athletic Training Major Kyle MacKinnon honored by EATA with Kent Scriber Sholarship

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Lisa Barnard, Assistant Professor in Strategic Communication, has had a paper accepted for presentation at the 2015 ICA (International Communication Association) Conference.

The title of the paper is "The cost of creepiness: How online behavioral advertising affects consumer purchase intention." It is based on her dissertation and focuses on behaviorally targeted advertising on Facebook. The conference takes place in San Juan, Puerto Rico on May 21-25, 2015.

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Implementing Comprehensive Reform of Introductory Physics at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution: A Longitudinal Case Study Michael Rogers, Luke D . Keller, Andrew Crouse, and Matthew F. Price Journal of College Science Teaching, Vol. 44, No. 3, 2015

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Counseling center professionals can provide leadership in creating campus networks that benefit students’ academic success and retention. “Expanding Our Reach:  Developing Supportive Campus Community Networks” was recently published in the January 2015 issue of the Journal of College Student Psychotherapy (29).  Meeting the increased demand for mental health services is a topic of concern on college and university campuses across the country.  Over the past decade, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has been forming networks of campus colleagues who support the wellbeing of students through Pathways, the Mental Health Response Team, and other consultation groups connected to the Office of Counseling and Wellness. 

 The Physical Therapy Department would like to congratulate graduate student Candice Brown on being awarded the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP) Scholarship of Excellence.  The purpose of this scholarship program is to recognize outstanding students in the allied health professions who are achieving excellence in their academic programs and have significant potential to assume future leadership roles in the allied health professions.

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Sherry Deckman, Education, presented, “Doing Diversity Differently in One Black Student Organization” at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in Washington, DC in December. This paper presentation focused on Sherry’s ongoing research on diversity in higher education. In the study this paper is derived from, she draws on over a year of ethnographic fieldnotes and participant interviews to document how one black undergraduate student organization at Harvard University negotiates a multiracial membership.

Congratulations to Dr. Orlando-Marquez Kittrell, State Grants Administrator/Manager of the Office of State Grants at Ithaca College.  Dr. Kittrell has been awarded full membership in the STEM Education Coalition based in Washington, D.C., and will represent Ithaca College on the Coalition's Leadership Council. 

Dr. Kittrell joins a select group of educators and decision-makers who work together to inform federal and state policymakers on the critical need, goals, and global benefits for improving of STEM education at every level.  As a member of the Coalition, the Ithaca College Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (C-STEM) Program recently lent its support 

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Maria DiFrancesco, associate professor of Spanish in the Department of
Modern Languages and Literatures, has been elected as the second vice
president of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA). An
inauguration ceremony will occur at the next NeMLA Convention in
Toronto, Canada, to be celebrated in April 2015. After serving one
year as second vice president, DiFrancesco will advance to first vice
president, and then president.

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Associate Professor Elizabeth Bergman, aging studies, will be presenting “Learning Outside of the (Classroom) Box: Experiential Learning Opportunities for Undergraduate Gerontology Students” at the 41st annual meeting of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) in Nashville, TN. Her presentation will highlight several recent specific examples of projects and initiatives with an experiential component carried out by faculty and staff in IC’s Gerontology Institute. Co-authors of this presentation include Mary Ann Erickson, associate professor and chair of aging studies; Rhoda Meador, director of the institute; and Christine Pogorzala, assistant professor.


James Mick, assistant professor of music education, traveled to Dallas this past December to guest conduct the Region 25 Philharmonic Orchestra. The repertoire included works by Berlioz, Bach, and Gershwin. The culminating performance occurred on December 13, 2015 at the recently built $25 million Allen High School Performing Arts Center and included five separate honor orchestras – 3 middle school string orchestras and 2 high school full orchestras. 

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Dr. Paula Ioanide's book, The Emotional Politics of Racism: How Feelings Trump Facts in an Era of Colorblindness (Stanford), has made FLAVORWIRE's "10 Must-Read Academic Books for 2015."  Dr. Ioanide is an associate professor in the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity.

i3º & MT (pronounced "thirteen degrees and empty") is a jazz quartet of music professors at Ithaca College featuring Nicholas Walker, double bass; Greg Evans, drums; Nick Weiser piano; and  Director of Jazz Studies, Mike Titlebaum on alto saxophone. 

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In December, immediately after the end of the fall semester, Jeffery Meyer, Director of Orchestras, traveled to Southeast Asia to conduct the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert of works by Steven Stucky, Brahms and Stravinsky.

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This is the annual meeting of the Mathematical American Association (MAA) and the American Mathematical Society (AMS).
The presentation "Quantitative Literacy for Education Majors" describes her work for one of the courses designed for ICC.

President Tom Rochon has launched his podcast blog, IC Speaks!


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 Chrystyna Dail, Assistant Professor of Theatre History in the Department of Theatre Arts, recently published two articles.  The first, co-written with 2014 Ithaca College Theatre Arts alumna Marisa Andrews, is a review of Arthur Miller’s The Man Who Had All the Luck in the 2014 edition of TheArthur Miller Journal.


Additionally, Chrystyna’s article, “Locating Fascism by Dislocating War: Stage For Action’s Skin Deep” was published in the 2014 edition of Theatre History Studies.

Derek Adams, Assistant Professor of English, will deliver the morning address for the College's Martin Luther King Day celebration on Monday, January 19.  Adams' presentation is entitled "Whose Dream Is It Anyway?" and will take place from 9:00-10:00 am in Emerson Suites.

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