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IC After Dark executed a program on the evening of Sunday, August 23rd before the school year even started as a part of the first-year social for Fall Welcome! Open to every incoming first year student, this humongous block party featuring an inflatable obstacle course, crafts, candy, and first-year reflection activities. This event was a feat in itself, but extra kudos to the expertise, communication, and planning used by IC After Dark to pull this event off without meeting in person! For more information on student organizations achieving greatness please read the next issue of Club Hub:

At 2:30 on August 25th, the Ithaca College Natural Lands (ICNL) led all interested first-year students on a hike across South Hill as part of the Fall Welcome program. This event was coordinated before Fall Welcome even began! Incoming students were exposed early on to some of the 560 acres of undeveloped land surrounding campus by some really passionate students. For more information on student organizations achieving greatness please read the next issue of Club Hub:

“Live every day to the fullest.” Have you heard this quote before? It’s a life motto that lots of people share; everyone wants to make the most out of each and every day. Front Row is a new student organization on campus that was founded last year by a group of four students interested in showing their classmates that adhering to this motto can lead to happiness and success. The Ithaca College chapter of Front Row is one of the first collegiate chapters of Front Row Foundation, a national organization that provides opportunities for people with terminal illnesses to be in the front row of a sporting event with their favorite team, concert by their favorite artist, or other form of live entertainment. The focus for Front Row on campus will be more about showing students how to “live their lives in the front row.” The student organization plans to have fundraisers for the national foundation, but their main focus will be encouraging people to see every day as an opportunity to live life to the fullest. They hope to be the first of many collegiate chapters founded to share this mission.

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 Thanks to Ithaca College Students!  Over the weekend several IC students volunteered to help with the annual One World Market Fair Trade Rug Sale.  

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Erika Bucior, Ithaca College, won the Best Poster Presentation Award for “The physiological responses of Brassica rapa (Fast Plants) to nutrient and drought stress” Co-author: Peter Melcher. Presented at the 2015 Botanical Society of America Annual Meeting held in Edmonton, Alberta Canada for the Physiological Section.

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Syracuse University Press features new book in their series The Iroquois and Their Neighbors


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Enrique Gonzalez-Conty, Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures, published an interview to Brazilian film critic Ivana Bentes in the LL Journal of the Graduate Center at CUNY. The interview goes over the status of Brazilian film criticism today and the main figure of Cinema Novo: Glauber Rocha. You may read the interview (in Spanish) here:

Paula Twomey, Spanish instructor in the Department of Languages and Literatures, has published ¡Improvisaciones!: 101 Skits With a Point of View en español with Teacher’s Discovery. This resource book fosters speaking skills in which each participant in a given situation presents a different point of view. This technique forces them to respond as that person. ¡Improvisaciones! holds students responsible for higher learning skills in addition to developing new vocabulary and grammatical structures. Each improvisation has a Reflection (writing component) that invites students to make a personal connection to the activity. Other titles by Twomey include Un-Classic Fairy Tales in Spanish with a Twist, Aesop’s Fables in Spanish With a Twist, Hablemos: 25 Dialogues in Spanish, Escribamos, Reflexiones and forthcoming in 2016, Greek Myths in Spanish With a Twist.

The Department of Communication Studies is pleased to announce the release of a second book by Dr. Donathan Brown.  The new book, "Voting Rights Under Fire: The Continuing Struggle for People of Color," is published by Praeger (2015) as part of their well known series, "Racism in American Institutions." Written as a political and legal analysis of the rise of voter identification laws in correlation with shifting racial demographics, this book engages many debates surrounding the right to vote. We are especially pleased to add that one of Brown's advisee, Holly Athas, was awarded an Emerson Humanities Collaboration Award to work alongside her advisor. Holly provided excellent research and editing skills, and her name  appears in the acknowledgment section of the book.  


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Andrew Utterson recently contributed an invited essay to the Library of Congress’s National Film Preservation Board (NFPB) National Film Registry (NFR).

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Star Wars Epic Yarns: A New Hope, a board book co-illustrated by Jack Wang, associate professor in Writing, and his brother, Holman Wang, has been selected by the Society of Illustrators for The Original Art exhibit at the Museum of American Illustration in New York City. The exhibit, which will feature an original piece of art from the book, runs from October 28 through December 23, 2015.

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The National Film Registry of the Library of Congress has featured Patricia R. Zimmermann’s essay on the amateur film “A Study in Reds," on their newly developed extended film essay site.  Zimmermann is professor of Screen Studies and codirector of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival.

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Phoebe Constantinou, associate professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education, published an article entitled “The Impact of International Student Teaching Experience on Teacher Identity and Cultural Competency” in the peer-reviewed journal, The International Journal of Diversity in Education, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp.17-32.

This study examined the impact an international teaching experience had on pre-service teachers’ identity and cultural competency. A convenient sample of 17 (N=17) college students was used for this study. Data were gathered through participants’ pre- and post-self-reflective papers and two weekly reflective journals completed while abroad.

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Phoebe Constantinou, associate professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education, recently presented a paper titled “Instructional Assessment Methods” at the 22nd International Conference on Learning in Madrid, Spain.

As teachers adjust their instruction to diverse students’ learning styles, assessment methods must also be aligned to similar principles if the students’ learning is to be truly measured. Assessment is an integral part of the instructional process. It can provide valuable information to both students and the teachers. Assessments can be a vector to quality corrective instruction, a second chance for struggling students to demonstrate success, and a means to provide a more complex challenge for advance students. Assessments enable teachers to determine what students need along their journey to learning and achievement in school. 

Constantinou's paper discusses the step-by-step process of applying various formative assessment tools for individual, partner, small group and whole class assessments.

 Matthew Holtmeier Writes on El Norte for National Film Archive

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Two former research students in Jean Hardwick's lab were co-authors on a manuscript published in the American Journal of Physiology in July.  In addition, Jean Hardwick had another paper, based on research performed with collaborators at ETSU and UCLA, accepted for publication in the American Journal of Physiology. 

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On June 5th-15th, Michael Twomey (English, Dana Professor) and Steven Hartman (English, 1987) taught environmental humanities in the Svartárkot Culture-Nature Program based in Kiðagil, Bárðardalur, Northern Iceland.  The course, titled “Understanding the Human Dimensions of Long-Term Environmental Change: Transformations of Iceland From the Viking Era Through the Late Medieval Period (CE 850-1500),” brought an international faculty in literary criticism, archeology, environmental history, visual landscape studies, historical climatology, and ecology together with 10 graduate and post-graduate students from England, Greenland, Japan, Sweden, and the USA.

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Patricia Zimmermann, professor of Screen Studies and codirector of the Finger Lakers Environmental Film Festival, was the invited featured speaker at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan, May 14-17, 2015.

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Kathleen Mulligan (Theatre Arts) was a featured speaker at the inaugural Statera Foundation Conference on August 1, 2015 at the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, Utah.

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Asma Barlas, professor of Politics and director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity taught a summer course on Islam as part of SUNY and St. Petersburg State University's annual Institute on Linguistics, Cognition, and Culture, in St. Petersburg, Russia, in July.

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