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Project Look Sharp’s Executive Director Cyndy Scheibe presented at the NYS Educational Media Technology Association’s Spring Media Literacy Conference on March 25th.

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Enrique Gonzalez-Conty, Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, presented the paper "7 días en La Habana: The (Dis)-Enchanted City" at the American Comparative Literature Association Conference in March, 2015. He also presented a paper titled "8-A: Orlando Jiménez Leal's Counter-Cinema" at the MACLAS Conference last weekend here at Ithaca College.

The Park School Writing Award Committee is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2014 Faculty Award. Andrew Utterson was recognized for his article, "Early Visions of Interactivity: The In(put)s and Out(put)s of Real-Time Computing" in Leonardo, a highly competitive and peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by MIT Press.
 
The committee felt his work displayed "a highly original connection of media/arts and technology, simultaneously fitting well into the historical literature on human-machine interaction and forging a new perspective on relationships to the arts … and exemplified a balance of scholarly substance and accessibility to a wide audience."

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The Leadership Scholars program recognizes students with a demonstrated record of academic and co-curricular achievements. Students enter the program during their first year at Ithaca College and take on new leadership challenges every semester until they graduate. Components of the program include service projects, professional development, and leadership in student organizations that is recorded in leadership portfolios that are presented to administrators and peers every semester.

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Stephen Tropiano, associate professor of screen studies, received a Service Award for his nine years as a Lifeline Counselor for The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people.

Katalin Lustyik gave an invited guest lecture entitled "Media Studies in the 21st Century: Researching Children's Media Culture" hosted by the Department of Communication at Corvinus University, in Budapest, Hungary on April 20, 2015.

Lustyik is an associate professor in the Department of Media Arts, Sciences, and Studies (Television-Radio Program).

Dr. Orlando-Marquez C. Kittrell, Manager of IC’s Office of State Grants (HEOP and CSTEM) in the Center for Academic Advancement, recently presented at the Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the Tri-State Consortium of Opportunity Programs.  His workshop, entitled “Make it Happen! Creating Connections for ALANA Student Development in STEM” was selected from a record number of submissions. 

 

 Deborah Rifkin presented a workshop, "Aiding Grading: Team-Based Learning and Peer Evaluations," at Loyola Marymount University's Center for Teaching Excellence on April 20, 2015. cal.lmu.edu/event/aiding_grading_team-based_learning_and_peer_evaluation#.VTexpKZp_st

 

 

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The Ithaca College chapter of the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association hosted its annual conference on campus last weekend. This year's conference was titled "Counseling Skills for SLPs: Unleash your Full Potential as a Clinician" and the special presenter was Dr. Hope Reed, an Associate Professor in the Communicative Sciences and Disorders Program at Alabama A&M University. 

The conference was sponsored by the Ithaca College chapter of the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association, the SUNY Cortland Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association, and the Central New York Area Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Tina Caswell, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, was the featured presenter at a seminar hosted by Upstate Cerebral Palsy at The Holiday Inn - New Hartford on April 10. The title of Caswell's presentation was "Creating Competent Communicators: Let’s Talk! Utilizing Assistive Technology to Support Individuals with Complex Communication Needs."

 On the evening of April 18 two students participated in a public debate for the residents of Longview.  Nicole Ang (Applied Psychology and Legal Studies, ‘17) and Casey Phillips (Legal Studies ‘17) debated over the right to die with dignity.  Morgyn Sattenspiel (Psychology, ’15) served as moderator.  

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Seven math majors presented their research at the 75th annual meeting of the Mathematical Association of America Seaway Section, held April 17-18 at Colgate University.

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Katie Hoover (Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, ‘15), Keely Kirby (History, ’15) and professors Ellie Fitts Fulmer and Sherry Deckman (both Education) presented, “Numbers are not Enough: Critical Examination of Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality, and Ability in Elementary and Middle School Health Textbooks” at the American Educational Research Association Conference in Chicago last week. This roundtable paper presentation focused on Hoover, Fulmer, Kirby, and Deckman’s current research on elementary and middle school textbooks’ depictions of race, gender, sexuality, and ability. This research team along with a collaborator from the Harvard Graduate School of Education are preparing a manuscript for peer review for an equity-focused education journal that they will submit prior to the end of this academic year.

 

It’s Africa Week 2015, and IC African Students Association is in the middle of an amazing lineup of events to celebrate.  IC ASA is dedicated to spreading political, social, educational, cultural and media awareness about the continent of Africa.  On Monday, they hosted their inaugural speaker, Solome Lemma, a philanthropist, activist and organizer, who spoke about the ways in which we can engage and promote diverse, nuanced, and dignified narratives of the continent of Africa.  There are many other events taking place this week including a movie screening, a panel, and a fashion show. 

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This past weekend, 14 members of Ithaca College Humans vs. Zombies Social Club traveled to Pennsylvania State University to compete in the 6th annual Penn State Humans vs. Zombies Invitational.  The day was filled with 12 hours of blasting, tagging, and camaraderie.  On campus, this student organization promotes a week-long game each semester where "zombies" try to chase and tag "humans" who then try to fend off the "zombies" with Nerf blasters. The game only takes place outdoors.  If you are interested in getting involved with this exhilarating game or meeting other players in the area, join the Ithaca College Humans vs. Zombies Social Club group on Facebook.

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On Friday, April 3, IC Women in Communications hosted IC’s first ever Dance-A-Thon in Emerson Suites.  Teams of 2-5 people signed up pledging to have at least 2 members out on the dance floor at all times during the three-hour event.  In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, all proceeds from the event were donated to The Advocacy Center, a local resource that has provided support, advocacy and education for survivors of domestic violence since 1977, survivors of child sexual abuse since 1982 and survivors of adult sexual assault since 2003.  IC Women in Communications is dedicated to addressing many other issues women face, especially within the context of the communications industry.  If you are interested, stop by one of their weekly meetings on Wednesday nights at 8:00 in Park 279.

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Did you know that IC has an organic garden on campus?  Organic Growers of Ithaca College is a group of IC students interested in growing organic produce, and they are the student organization that takes care of this 3,600 square feet garden located down past the compost facility.  Ever since 2008, Organic Growers of Ithaca College has been using many sustainable farming techniques including permaculture design, crop rotation, companion planting, four-season food production, and heirloom seed saving.  This past week, the student organization hosted a talk with the owners of Plowbreak Farm, an organic farm owned and operated by two IC grads.

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Student Volunteers for Special Olympics is a student organization made up of students volunteering their time to help individuals with a wide range of disabilities participate in competitive sports within the Ithaca Community to improve their quality of life.
This student organization was founded when president Katie Deitz was a freshman in 2011. When Katie went to a “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign focused around ending stigmas and difficult dialogue surrounding those with disabilities, she knew she found something in which she was interested. When the student organization was formed, the members began attending sporting practices, acting as assistant coaches in a variety of different sports including basketball and swimming. Now, three years later, the club has grown and a family has been formed between the athletes and the volunteers.

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They are award winners for their research project sponsored by Dr. Nia Nunn Makepeace entitled, "Processing Transformative Discussion: White Students' Responses to Antiracist Work."  Dr. Nia, Alexandra, and Laura also engaged the greater Ithaca area by presenting their research on WRFI community radio Monday, April 13.

 

Srijana Bajracharya, Professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education, presented a paper at the 7th International Conference on Climate: Impacts and Reponses, in Vancouver, Canada on April 11.

This paper described institutional commitment and initiatives to reduce carbon emission by promoting sustainability positive activities among campus community in order to combat climate change. It highlighted a course that was designed to fit in a newly designed campus wide Integrative Core Curriculum (ICC) Themes, “The Quest for a Sustainable Future & Power and Justice” and Perspectives “Social Sciences and Natural Sciences.” This liberal arts course on holistic health focuses on the environmental sustainability approaches with multi-disciplinary perspectives in order to promote overall wellness and quality of life.