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When it comes to living spaces on college, there are a number of organizations that work to promote residence hall events and address student concerns. The Residence Hall Association is a student organization committed to making the campus's residence halls a fun, safe place to live.
 
Secretary Julie Erickson, who has been involved with RHA since her first semester of freshman year, said she works on the campus change committee within RHA to help solve residential hall issues and work on improving sustainability-related initiatives. 

Erickson said she was first impressed by the RHA's influence on campus. She said RHA's mission is to cater to both the residents and the on-campus community.

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 Beatriz Montilla (Spanish) and Dr. Sherry Deckman (Education) recently published a jointly-authored chapter, “Being Tall Isn’t the Same as Being Black: The Challenges of Critical Perspective-Taking in a Nearly All-White Classroom,” in Jennifer L. Martin’s, Racial Battle Fatigue: Insights from the Front Lines of Social Justice Advocacy. The chapter explores Beatriz’s and Sherry’s perspectives on cultivating empathy in race-focused higher education classes. The two discuss the inherent benefits and challenges for, as well as the rights and responsibilities of, faculty members and students in such courses.

 

LINCOM Academic Publishers has recently published Prof. James Pfrehm’s (Dept. of Modern Languages & Literatures) book Austrian Standard German: Biography of a National Variety of German (http://lincom-shop.eu/shop/article_11347%2520ISBN%25209783862885886/LSGL-29%3A-Austrian-Standard-German.html?shop_param=cid%3D253%26aid%3D11347%2520ISBN%25209783862885886%26)

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James Mick, assistant professor of music education, traveled to Tuscaloosa, Alabama this past weekend to guest conduct the Alabama All-State Consort Orchestra. Middle school and high school string students from across Alabama auditioned in the fall semester to participate in the festival, which was hosted by the Alabama Orchestra Association. Rehearsals were held at the University of Alabama on Friday and Saturday with the culminating performance occurring on Sunday, February 15, 2015.

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Associate Professor Cathy Crane’s work will be featured as part of the American Originals Now series at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

A selection of Crane’s 16 mm short films spanning the last twenty years will screen on February 21, 2015. The following day, Crane will screen Pasolini’s Last Words (2012)
followed by excerpts from The Manhattan Front, her current project. Many of The Manhattan Front's conceptual design elements were developed with Ithaca College students in a Practicum Course on the Art of Preproduction. To view images from the class, click here.

Crane teaches in the Department of Media Arts, Sciences, and Studies, and has won numerous awards and recognition for her professional work including a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship in Film and Video and a 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship.

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Associate professor Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann was awarded a Fulbright grant to conduct creative work in Valencia, Spain, in late spring and summer of 2016.

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Photography Professor Ron Jude will give a lecture about his work and involvement in book publishing at the Photography Studies College in Melbourne, Australia on Tuesday, February 17th. He was invited to lecture as a part of the Photobook Melbourne Festival.

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This month, Paul Hansom, Assistant Professor of English, will publish his newest work of fiction and appear as a featured performer in a local production of one of William Shakespeare’s history plays.

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Jennifer Tennant (Economics) received funding from the Social Security Administration, through Mathematica’s Disability Research Consortium, for a study entitled “Did the 2010 VA PTSD Rule Change Have a Spillover Effect on the SSDI Program?” (with Yonatan Ben-Shalom and David Stapleton).  In July of 2010, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) changed their regulations with regard to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The new rule applies to all veterans, including those who served prior to 9/11, and simplifies the process for obtaining disability compensation for veterans with PTSD. We will examine whether the change in the VA PTSD rule led to an increase in self-reported cognitive disability and VA disability compensation receipt for veterans who served in combat zones.

 

Naeem Inayatullah (Politics) presented “Apprentice Collaborators: How to Get Students to Produce Their Best Work,” at a workshop on “Embedding Student Research into the Curriculum,” Department of Political Science, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY, February 11, 2015.

Dr. Derrick Fox, assistant professor of music education/choral, will be presenting his session entitled: “50 Shades of Grading: Implementing Assessment in the Choral Classroom” at the 2015 American Choral Directors Association National Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Fox’s presentation will offer a myriad of assessment strategies that allow for individual student feedback, aide in the learning of musical repertoire and strengthen student musicianship.

The American Choral Directors National Conference offers a comprehensive educational and performance experience for choral music professionals to enhance their skills in the areas of rehearsal techniques, literature, pedagogy, and technology. The American Choral Directors Association is the professional association for choral directors.

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Paul Wilson, Assistant Professor of Art History, has recently had an article published in the journal Photographies.  The article, “The Photographic Object: Utopia in Zwelethu Mthethwa’s Interiors,” examines a series of photographs that depict residents inside their homes in an informal settlement of Cape Town.  If you’d like free access to the article, contact him (pwilson@ithaca.edu).

Article link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17540763.2014.974286

The community-based project is a field pilot that will be conducted in collaboration with an Ithaca-based company. 

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As part of her work with the Committee on U.S. Latin American Relations, Celina Foran co-authored an article on Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador. The article," 'If they kill me, I will be reborn'-Oscar Romero nearer to sainthood," appears in the CUSLAR newsletter and in the Venezuelan news service, TeleSUR. A History and Sociology double major, Celina is an intern with CUSLAR.

The Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs would like to congratulate the following junior and senior students who were selected to receive the Peggy Ryan Williams Award for Academic and Community Leadership this year. The award is given to students who excel academically, perform service to the College community and nation, and represent an exemplary level of accomplishment. They will be recognized in this year's publication of the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges.  Please welcome us in congratulating these students!

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James Pfrehm, Assistant Professor of German, had his play “Death by Dictionary” published in the Winter 2014/15 issue of The Fourth Wall Review. 

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On the weekend of January 23-25, Ithaca College students and members of the wider Ithaca community came together for the exciting 48-hour "Global Game Jam," an international event where designers from around the world join up at different locations to make games. The Ithaca College event site was sponsored by the video game trading service Leap Trade and by Comics for Collectors, a local comic book and game store. The event was hosted by the IC Game Developers Club and the Department of Computer Science. Fourteen developers worked over the weekend to create three innovative video games around this year's theme: "What do we do now?"

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 Senior Athletic Training Major Kyle MacKinnon honored by EATA with Kent Scriber Sholarship

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Lisa Barnard, Assistant Professor in Strategic Communication, has had a paper accepted for presentation at the 2015 ICA (International Communication Association) Conference.

The title of the paper is "The cost of creepiness: How online behavioral advertising affects consumer purchase intention." It is based on her dissertation and focuses on behaviorally targeted advertising on Facebook. The conference takes place in San Juan, Puerto Rico on May 21-25, 2015.

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Implementing Comprehensive Reform of Introductory Physics at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution: A Longitudinal Case Study Michael Rogers, Luke D . Keller, Andrew Crouse, and Matthew F. Price Journal of College Science Teaching, Vol. 44, No. 3, 2015

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