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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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Asma Barlas, Department of Politics, was interviewed at an annual festival, "Il tempo delle donne," organized by women journalists of the Italian newspaper, Corriere della sera, on October 1st in Milan. She was asked about Islamic scriptural traditions that, according to ISIS men, permit them to enslave Yazidi women. (A short radio interview with Barlas and her co-panelist, Amina Wadud, on women and Islam can be found here:

 Chrystyna Dail, Assistant Professor of Theatre History in the Department of Theatre Arts, has been invited to speak at the "Spectacles of Labor: Performance and the Working Class" symposium hosted by the Humanities Center at the University of Pittsburgh on October 2nd. Chrystyna is presenting her paper, "Performing for Progressive Votes: Stage For Action and the National Citizens Political Action Committee."   

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Steven Mauk (saxophone), Kim Dunnick (trumpet), and Diane Birr (piano) performed this past July at the World Saxophone Congress conference in Strasbourg, France.

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Naeem Inayatullah (Politics) served as associate editor of the Journal of Narrative Politics, volume 2, (1).  The current issue has a strong Ithaca College connection with essays from, Chris Smith (English and Politics 2017), Emma Kast (Politics 2014), and Matthew Connolly (Writing 2011). 

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 Sara Haefeli delivered a paper, "The Politics of Protest: An Intertextual Reading of John Adams and John Cage," and chaired a panel on "Post-postmodernism" at the recent Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (ASAP) conference in Greenville, SC, September 24-27.



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Ithaca College in the Media

Contributed by Megan Wolk on 09/27/2015 

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Quoted in the Media: Faculty members Stephen Mosher, John Confer, Zillah Eisenstein, Diane Gayeski and Anthony Adornato; students Evan Popp and Luis Torres. For more information on the following articles, please visit the IC in the Media Page

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Jason Hamilton, Chair of IC’s Environmental Studies & Sciences Department, has been observing the behavior of wild animals passing through the IC Natural Lands for several years now. He has a network of trail cameras set up, and has placed sand-filled tracking boxes at some locations to capture a sense of how movement and tracks are related.  

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Ithaca College in the Media

Contributed by Megan Wolk on 09/24/2015 

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Quoted in the Media: Faculty members Rebecca Plante, Scott Hamula, Luca Maurer, Jeff Cohen, Diane Gayeski and Stephen Tropiano. For more information on the following articles, please visit the IC in the Media Page

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On Sunday, October 4 at 11pm on PBS station WCNY will broadcast three documentaries produced in TVR 29900 Nonfiction Production:
Behind the Blue Line, 12:31
By: Meghan Graham, Joshua Margolis, Andrew McManus, Griffin Schultz

If There’s a Will, 17:50
By: Chris Carpenter, Amelia Marino, Peter Quandt, Allison Zdunczyk
Stepping Forward, 14:00
By: Evin Billington, Samantha Weil, Sunita Williams

Behind the Blue Line, profiles Ithaca College professor Katharine Kittredge, who teaches in the English Department at Ithaca College and also competes in a men’s ice hockey league. If There’s a Will tells the story of Will Shishmanian, a transgender man and recent graduate of Ithaca College finding his way in New York City.  Stepping Forward tells the story of Bryan Roberts, Associate Dean in the Park School, and his path forward after discovering he has Parkinson’s Disease.

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IC Circle K International held their first meeting on September 2nd,making dozens of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to donate to a local homeless shelter. With both new and returning members, the student organization is excited to continue their work as IC's collegiate Key Club, focusing on community service, leadership development, and friendship. Andrea Wollin, '17, this year’s Vice-President, states, “Circle K is known for helping out the community, but it has become much more than that to me, because by giving back I have gained a greater understanding of how much this wonderful community has helped me grow and mature as an individual.”

The intersection of personal development and volunteerism is clear in Circle K, where the organization maintains traditions such as playing Bingo with residents of Longview Assisted Living each Monday.

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The J.J. Staff Scholar Award Committee is pleased to announce that four Ithaca College staff members are recipients of the J.J. Staff Scholar Award for the Fall 2015 semester.

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 The Ithacan has once again been named a finalist for the National Newspaper Pacemaker Award and the National Online Pacemaker Award by the Associated Collegiate Press. The winners of the awards — widely regarded as “the Pulitzer Prize of collegiate journalism” — will be announced at this fall's National College Media Convention in Austin, Texas, on October 31. 
 The Associated Collegiate Press is the oldest and largest membership organization of college journalists in the country. 

In addition, The Ithacan has been honored as a National Finalist in the Society of Professional Journalists' 2014 Mark of Excellence Award competition, recognizing the paper as one of the top three non-daily student publications in the country. 
SPJ the country's largest organization of professional editors and reporters.

Field Study is a selection of photographs and videos that examine the indelible relationship between humans and nature.

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Matthew Klemm, Associate Professor of History, presented a paper entitled "The Healing Power of Words, Thoughts, and Intentions According to Peter of Abano (d. 1316)."

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Carlos Figueroa, politics department has just published on article titled "Quaker Political Interventions, and US Puerto Rico Policy Development, 1900 - 1917" in The Journal of Race and Policy, Vol. 11, No. 1 (Spring/Summer 2015), pp. 36 - 54.

Michael Smith's profile of Mel West, the founder of Personal Energy Transportation (PET), appears in the September 7 issue of the Christian Science Monitor in its People Making a Difference section. PETs are three-wheeled, hand-pedaled machines that provide more than 50,000 mobility-impaired people in the developing world with transportation.

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