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As one of the top scholars on the subject of lynching and mob violence in the post-Civil War U.S. South, the Journal of American History invited Dr. Trotti  to contribute a response to an essay by historian Michael Pfeifer. In "The Multiple States and Fields of Lynching Scholarship" Journal of American History 101(December 2014): 852-3. Dr Trotti offers a review and critique of Dr. Pfeifer's essay “At the Hands of Parties Unknown? The State of the Field of Lynching Scholarship.”  


On December 2, the Student Activities Board (SAB) hosted it's annual Extreme Gingerbread Making Competition in IC Square.  Fifteen teams competed to win gift cards to local stores and restaurants using various assortments of candy, icing, and graham crackers. Many impressive gingerbread houses were built!  Congratulations to Nora Noone and the other members of the firs place team.  Great job everyone!

SAB is a student organization that works to provide events such as comedy, films, music, speakers, and special events to educate and entertain the Ithaca College community.

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On November 18, IC Sketch held its fall showcase entitled You Can't Stop the Beet.  Members were able to submit sketches beforehand, and seven were chosen to be performed live that night along with one digital short.  Over 40 people attended the event, and overall it was a great success.

IC Sketch is a student-run sketch comedy club that is open to students in all majors.  The student organization puts on multiple shows each semester giving members many opportunities to submit sketch ideas and perform.

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On November 17 and 18, the IC National Residence Hall Honorary held their annual Krispy Kreme Donuts Fundraiser in the North Foyer to raise money for their service and recognition projects. This year they sold 540 donuts and made over $300.

IC NRHH is a chapter of a national organization that recognizes individuals living in residence halls who have been of outstanding service, and who have provided important leadership in the advancement of the residence hall system and/or the Ithaca College community.

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The IC Amani Gospel Singers held its fall concert on Saturday, November 15 in Emerson Suites. Twelve of the group members performed seven songs that were selected by the members in the student organization.  Some songs featured included "Blessed Assurance," "Expect the Great," and "I Feel Your Spirit." Congratulations to Xavier Edwards, who performed a solo song he chose himself and prepared over the course of the semester.

Amani Gospel Singers is a student-led vocal group on campus  focused on spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ through songs of praise and worship. Individual members and small groups of members have the opportunity to practice pieces on their own and perform in concert as well.

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Do you know someone with MS (multiple sclerosis) or have a close friend or relative who knows someone dealing with MS? Looking to join an organization that positively impacts the IC community? Check out ICMSA (Ithaca College Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Club)! Under the leadership of Julie Donner (President), ICMSA has become a powerful force on campus that brings awareness to the student body on MS (Multiple Sclerosis). Julie, like other members of the organization got involved because someone close to her had been diagnosed with MS and she wanted to know what she could do to help.


As an organization, ICMSA is dedicated to raising awareness for MS as well as funding research and supporting community members affected by the disease. Their weekly meetings consist of discussions on why they are members of the organization, how they can fundraise and why it is so important to spread awareness.

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Luca Maurer, program director of the Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Education, Outreach, and Services, presented at the National Sex Ed Conference in Meadowlands, NJ. The Center for Sex Education’s National Sex Ed Conference is the largest gathering of sexuality educators in the world.

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Claire Gleitman, Professor of English, will publish two articles in upcoming issues of The Arthur Miller Journal.  Her research article "Saint-Mamas Strudel and the Single Man in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman" will appear in the journal's spring 2015 issue, and her review of IC's spring production of The Crucible is available in the present (fall 2014) issue.

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2014 De Luca, PA, Stoltz, JA, Andrade, MCB & Mason, AC. Metabolic efficiency in courtship favors males with intermediate mass in the Australian redback spider, Latrodectus hasselti. Journal of Insect Physiology. In press.


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On November 21st, Project Look Sharp’s Chris Sperry, attended the 94th NCSS Annual Conference in beautiful and historic Boston, Massachusetts. The NCSS Conference is the world’s largest and most comprehensive social studies professional development conference. The event allowed people to gain new ideas, resources, and skills while being engaging and exploring rich and varied learning opportunities. More than 3,000 people across the United States and the world attended the conference to share the most current knowledge, ideas, expertise and research in social studies education.  

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On November 26 Dr. Paul De Luca presented a seminar of his research documenting arthropod diversity at The Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve, on Eleuthera Island, in The Bahamas. Dr. De Luca was invited to present his findings as part of the Fall 2014 Levy Preserve Lecture Series. He has been working at The Levy Preserve since 2012 at the request of The Bahamas National Trust which oversees the management of the national park system in The Bahamas. In the 2 years since he has been working there he has identified over 300 species of arthropods, including the recent discovery of a new species of katydid which he is currently describing in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Toronto.

Janice Elich Monroe presented a session entitled, BREATH Pathway to Personal and Professional Success: An exploration and Application of Mindfulfulness and Relaxation Techniques utilizing Multi-Sensory Environments at the International Snoozelen an Multi-sensory Environments XII World Conference in Hameenlinna, Finland on October 31, 2014.

Monroe was instrumental in planning the conference as an English reader, manuscript reviewer for the E-Journal and published an article by the same title in the journal. The conference included trip to a variety of treatment facilities for individuals with disabling conditions that specialized in providing multi-sensory environments.

Faculty, graduate students, and alumni from the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology presented at the ASHA Convention November 20-22. With over 12,000 attendees, the Annual Convention is the prime professional development event for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists.

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During the semester prior to graduation, all Leadership Scholars present a Senior Capstone to highlight who they have become as a leader and a scholar during their time at Ithaca College. The scholars present on a variety of experiences that have helped them develop leadership skills, and they are asked to discuss the impact of these experiences on their plans after IC, as well.

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Congratulations to Lisa Famularo ’16, on her recent achievement of earning Microsoft Office Specialist certification for Office Excel 2013.

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Angela Koivula, Ph.D., Psychologist at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) recently participated in a panel discussion on November 21st at the 21st annual conference on depression at Tompkins County Public Library.

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On Nov. 19, 2014, the Anthropology Department and Kuikapiko (the anthropology student club) hosted a talk by Professors Rossen and Hansen titled "Engaged Anthropology and Revitalization in the Haudenosaunee Homeland."

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Sherry Deckman’s (Education) work, “Beyond the Numbers: Institutional Influences on Experiences With Diversity on Elite College Campuses,” appears in the current (December 2014) issue of Sociological Forum. The paper, co-authored with Natasha Warikoo (Harvard University), draws on 77 in-depth interviews with students from two elite universities. The paper argues that though the schools have demographically similar student bodies, different institutional approaches can have significant impact on students’ campus diversity experiences and reflects Sherry’s larger research agenda focused on diversity in education.


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 The article, "Contextualizing the Immigrant Experience: The Role of Food and Foodways in Identity Maintenance and Formation for First- and Second Generation Latinos in Ithaca, New York," is based on research that Weller carried out while a student at Ithaca College. Weller's original paper won the prestigious Christine Wilson Award, presented to outstanding undergraduate and graduate student research papers that examine topics within the perspectives of nutrition, food studies and anthropology.

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IC Voice Faculty Deborah Montgomery, Marc Webster and Ivy Walz will perform Mozart Requiem with Blackstone Valley Community Chorus, directed by mother of alum. They will also lead a singing master class for Boston area high school student singers.