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Jenna Harner, Mike Kaminskas, Jonah Restuccio, and Amy Stiefel received first prize in the "Unscripted Series" category at the College Television Awards ceremony for HOLD THAT THOUGHT, a sports debates show that breaks down the biggest sports stories at the local, collegiate, and professional level.  

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Microfinance been hailed as an effective way to fight poverty, but as more banks enter the industry looking to make a profit, are microloans simply trapping more people in debt? Duncan Duke, assistant professor of management in Ithaca College’s School of Business, is conducting research in northern Mexico in hopes of shedding light on the answer.

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A team of Ithaca College students took Third Place and a prize of $500 at the Manhattan College Business Analytics Competition and Conference, held May 24-27 at Manhattan College. It was the first time Ithaca College sent a team to the event that aims to give students an opportunity to engage in the “art & science” of decision-making, as well as to practice their ability to draw business insights through comprehensive analysis of data in creative ways.

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Maura Stephens, associate director of the Park Center for Independent Media, published an article in the May 2016 issue of the peer-reviewed American Journal of Economics and Sociology (AJES). In “Challenges for Social-Change Organizing in Rural Areas,” she investigates the numerous obstacles faced by rural organizers and activists working on environmental, justice, equity, and human rights issues. Compounding these obstacles is the abandonment of rural areas and small towns by mainstream media. 

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Dr. Matthew Holtmeier (Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Screen Studies) and Dr. Andrew Utterson (Assistant Professor in Screen Studies) recently presented papers at a symposium on Media, Communication, and Film Studies Programs at Liberal Arts Colleges, held at Muhlenberg College, PA.

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The American Film Showcase, a special project of the US State Department, has reappointed Patricia R. Zimmermann, professor of screen studies and codirector of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, as a documentary film and new media expert for their film envoy program.

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Ioanide, author of The Emotional Politics of Racism: How Feelings Trump Facts in an Era of Colorblindness, published a short piece on the role of racism in the current election and in politics more broadly. The IC Community is invited to post comments on the NYT page responding to the debate.

Sunday, May 1, 2016, marked Ithaca College’s 10th induction ceremony of new members held at the Coltivare Culinary Center in downtown Ithaca, NY. The induction featured remarks from faculty members such as Susan Rosenthal, Allison Shields, Hormoz Movassaghi, William Humphrey, and the Dean of the business school, Sean Reid. The distinguished speaker of the night was Brad Treat, Entrepreneur, and Educator, speaking on the topic of “Being the CEO of Your Own Career."

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Assistant Professor of Journalism Anthony Adornato published a paper, Forces at the Gate: Social Media’s Influence on Editorial and Production Decisions in Local TV Newsrooms, in the Electronic News journal. The study reveals that the reliance on social media content has increased the chances that newsrooms will spread misinformation. A third of respondents indicated their stations have reported information from social media that was later found to be false or inaccurate. Despite this, policy has not caught up with practice. One of the more striking findings of this study is, of those newsrooms that have social media policies, nearly 40% said the policy does not include procedures for verifying social media content before it is included in a newscast.  Read the study here

Donathan Brown, Department of Communication Studies, will be the College's next Fulbright Scholar.  As part of the Core Fulbright U.S. Scholars Program, he will spend January through May of 2017 at the University of Maribor in Slovenia.  He will be housed in the Departments of English and American Studies, teaching and creating curriculum related to his research expertise in race and American public policy.  He will give public lectures throughout Slovenia and serve on university committees.

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Three IC chemistry graduates: Jason Diaz ('09), Kellee Rich ('08), Semeret Munie ('08) and Associate Professor of Chemistry Anna Larsen coauthored a paper, which has recently been accepted for publication in Polyhedron Special Issue on Undergraduate Research.

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Professor Barney Beins has been named Historian of the Eastern Psychological Association, the oldest regional psychology association in the country. As part of his work as historian, he will work with the Center for the History of Psychology and the American Psychological Association to archive EPA’s records. In addition, he will be planning EPA’s 125th anniversary celebration.

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A Ph.D. candidate in history at Rutgers University, Raechel Lutz explores in her essay the visual, historical, and scientific significance of a famous mural from the 1939 New York World's Fair.

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Blake Hendrickson, Assistant Professor in the Television-Radio Program, published an article in a prominent study abroad journal, Frontiers,

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Dr. Matthew Holtmeier, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Screen Studies, recently presented research at the Power Dynamics: Media and the Environment conference at the University of California Santa Barbara. 

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Last week, IC Courage hosted a Color Wars dodgeball tournament in the A&E Center to benefit Camp Good Days and Special Times, an organization that provides programming for children with cancer.  Teams of 5 chose a color and competed in fierce dodgeball matches against each other for ultimate glory!

This year marks 10 years for Spit That!, IC’s only spoken word poetry club.  This milestone was celebrated last Friday night at Spit That!’s annual showcase.  Ten of Spit That!’s dedicated poets prepared and performed poetry at the showcase alongside special guest Jaylene Clark Owens, the woman who founded Spit That! In September 2006.  The room was full of emotions as each poet took the floor and wowed the crowd.  Congrats on another successful year!

Congratulations to Colleges Against Cancer for leading yet another successful Relay for Life at Ithaca College!  The event took place this past Saturday, and between online donations, registration for the event, and cash donations made the night of, the student organization was able to raise over $50,000 to donate to the American Cancer Society to be put towards cancer research.  The event itself was also a huge success keeping relayers entertained for 12 hours straight with tons of great performances, music, games, and more.

On Monday, April 28, students, faculty and staff filled Emerson Suites to help honor the most outstanding efforts from students in academics, leadership, service and involvement at the OSEMA Recognition Ceremony. OSEMA staff members and Student Leadership Consultants presented awards to student organizations. Additionally, annual awards for student involvement were passed on to this year’s most dedicated and successful student organizations.

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Bhavani Arabandi, Assistant Professor of Sociology, recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Review of Women’s Studies, Economic and Political Weekly (EPW). EPW is one of India’s foremost interdisciplinary journals with an international reputation.


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