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Sponsored by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and Beyond Benign (a non-profit educational organization based in Massachusettes), the IC Chemistry Department hosted a day-long hands-on workshop on "Green Chemistry" geared toward high school teachers. The workshop, attended by 30 teachers from 16 different counties, emphasized the use of environmentally benign lab activities designed to illustrate important topics in chemical education. Many thanks to all involved for an engaging and innovative day.

 After a screening of the Cuban film Conducta for Ithaca's Cine con Cultura Film Festival, Dr. Enrique Gonzalez-Conty, Modern Languages and Literatures, presented on contemporary Cuban cinema and life. Dr. Gonzalez-Conty's is an expert on Latin American cinema. His  current book project examines the close relationship between post-revolutionary Cuban Literature and Film and their ties to important Cuban state institutions such as Casa de las Américas and the Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC). 



Pena-Shaff, J., & Altman, W. (2015). Student interaction and knowledge construction in case-based learning in educational psychology using online discussions: The role of structure. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 26(3), 307-329.


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Debbie Martin, Professor of Piano and Chair of Performance Studies, and Laura Amoriello, Assistant Professor of Piano, co-presented "What's App? Cool Apps for Every Music Teacher" at the New York State Music Teachers Association Conference on October 10, 2015 at the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY.

Debbie and Laura's research spanned apps for music students of all ages, with emphasis on sight-reading and rhythm. In particular, they explored practical uses of the apps in the music lesson, for both independent and classroom music teachers.

Patricia Zimmermann, professor of Screen Studies,  presented her research "Towards a Theory and Practice of Documentary in Open Space New Media" at Visible Evidence XXII Conference on Documentary in Toronto, Canada, on August 21, 2015.

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Psychology students Maris Krauss and Shannon Rebholz presented the results of their research at the annual convention of the New England Psychological Association on Saturday, October 10.

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 Susan Durnford, SLPA, Janice Elich Monroe, RLS, Catherine Gooch, Program Manager CLS, and Linda Heyne, RLS presented at the ATRA conference September 27-30, 2015 in Albuquerque, NM. 

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Andy Smith's lab published a paper in the Journal of Experimental Biology titled,"'Double network gels and the toughness of terrestrial slug glue".  Alex Wilks ('15), Sarah Rabice ('14), Holly Garbacz ('15) and Cailin Harro ('17) co-authored this paper.


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Matt Clum (Environmental Science '15) won the student paper competition at the Annual Meeting of the Middle States Association of American Geographers this past weekend in Binghamton, NY.  His paper is titled: "HABITAT PREFERENCE OF RAINBOW TROUT (Oncorhynchus mykiss) DURING SPAWNING MIGRATION IN A HEADWATER STREAM". 

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Ithaca College in the Media

Contributed by Megan Wolk on 10/06/2015 

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Quoted in the Media: Faculty members Patrick McKeon, Devan Rosen, Jeff Cohen, Michael Smith, Betsy Keller and Gary Sforzo. For more information on the following articles, please visit the IC in the Media Page

 IC in the Media

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The Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA) held its 2015 North East Regional Conference in Teaneck, NJ from Thursday, October 1, 2015 to Sunday, October 4, 2015. APCA is dedicated to providing leadership training and programming opportunities to students and staff from colleges around the country. Natalie Reed was chosen from a field of candidates to serve as an Intern to the Director of Education and Associate Services at the APCA Conference.

The conference is an opportunity for learning to complement the classroom experience. There are educational sessions addressing such topics as motivation, stress management, communication skills, decision making, ethical leadership and group processing techniques.

The APCA North East Regional Conference is a valuable educational experience for all students who attend. Many of the students return with new perspectives and more definite future goals.

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This past spring the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra’s Willard Daetsch Youth Outreach Program was the recipient of a 2015 Yale Distinguished Music Education Partnership Award.

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Last month Wendy Herbener Mehne, professor of flute in the School of Music, performed on three concerts at the National Flute Association convention in Washington, DC.

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Mara Baldwin, director of Ithaca College's Handwerker Gallery, has been commissioned by Facebook to install a large scale wall drawing in their Astor Place offices in Manhattan, NYC.

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A huge kudos goes out to PODER this week for ALL of the events they have sponsored for Latina/o Heritage Month so far!  Award-winning poet Carlos Andres Gomez kicked off the month on September 16 followed by Kat Lazo, a Latina feminist, on September 21.  This past Monday, there was a Bachata Workshop held in the ALS Room in West Tower where attendees learned traditional Bachata moves led by specialized Bachata dance instructors.  Great job with these events

STAT celebrates IC Alumni

Contributed by Theresa Radley on 10/05/2015 

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Kudos to Students Today Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) for working with the IC Alumni Association to put on a fabulous series of Alumni Weekend events this past weekend!  Events included a class reunion party, the Homecoming game vs. Alfred, the athletic hall of fame induction ceremony, a picnic on Saturday, and a special dinner featuring the 2015 alumni award winners.  Thanks for bringing so many alumni back to campus to celebrate!

This past Saturday, the Ithaca College Chapter of the American Advertising Federation held their 12th biannual Creative Crunch competition.  Teams of 2-4 students had just 2 hours to design 2 print ads and a 3rd ad of their choice for a mystery brand.  All students who participated gained valuable skills in advertising and communications as well as some great alumni networking opportunities. In fact, the judges of the competition were some of our own IC alumni!

Stop Wasting Ithaca's Food Today, also known as SWIFT, is one of the hidden gems of Ithaca College's student organizations. SWIFT ensures that IC dining halls' excess food does not go unused. Every Friday at 4PM, SWIFT members congregate in Towers Dining Hall to take leftover food and save it for future use. The student organization's adviser, Towers Dining Hall service manager Brandon Innerst, takes an active role in the organization by helping students with packaging and storage materials. Every week, SWIFT ends up distributing anywhere between 20-60 meals by bringing them to Rescue Mission in the Ithaca Commons.

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Erika Bucior (ENVS '16) and Stephanie McCulloch (ENVS '16) are the recipients of the ENVS Professional Development awards intended to develop skills, provide professional development experiences, and participate in research projects to help further their post-college careers.   

Erika will travel to Puerto Rico to study the competition between two species of the Scaevola plant, one native and one invasive.  Stephanie will travel to Belize on an immersion course to learn about the Belizean ecology and culture. 


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Kevin Murphy, Professor in the Department of English, has had his essay, “Heaney Translating Heaney: Coupling and Uncoupling the Human Chain,” accepted for publication by Texas Studies in Literature and Language.  Murphy’s essay focuses on Seamus Heaney’s use of translation in his final volume of poems, Human Chain, to address critical elements in his poetic formation.

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