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 The Society of Professional Journalists has named The Ithacan the Best All-Around Nondaily Student Newspaper in the Northeast Region for 2014. The paper received the first place Mark of Excellence Award at the SPJ Region 1 conference April 18 in Hempstead, N.Y.

The paper now goes on to compete against the winners in the other 11 SPJ regions for the national Mark of Excellence Award. The winner will be announced at the SPJ national convention Sept. 18–20 in Orlando, Florida. The SPJ is the largest professional organization of reporters and editors in the country.

In addition, the Ithacan website was named a Finalist in the Best Affiliated Website category.

SPJ last named The Ithacan the Best All-Around Nondaily Student Newspaper in the country in 2012.

(Shown in photo, from left: Assistant Sports Editor Jon Beck, Managing Editor Kira Maddox, Editor-in-Chief Jack Curran, Webmaster Evan Sobkowicz and News Editor Kayla Dwyer with the awards.)

Conger's Out of Bounds interview with Tish Pearlman was recorded Wednesday, April 29 at her downtown studio.

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Sean Eversley Bradwell, assistant professor in the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity, gave an invited talk, SYSTEMS, INSULT AND INJURY: Multiple Biases and Compounding Discrimination, at Charlotte School of Law (NC) as part of the Ninth Annual Meeting Of Law School Diversity Professionals.





A massive earthquake of 7.8 magnitude hit Nepal on 25th April 2015 and has taken away the lives of 4,600 people so far. This number is expected to increase in the coming days. So far 9,000 people have been reported injured. The earthquake has directly affected more than 8,000,000 people across Nepal and more than 1,000,000 children are in urgent need of help. Scarcity of basic needs such as food, shelter and electricity has been the main concern for the earthquake hit areas. Many of Nepal’s historic buildings have been been destroyed by this earthquake. We are reaching out to the Ithaca College community and asking you to help support the victims of the earthquake in Nepal by making a monetary donation. The collected funds will be sent to Nepal through the American Red Cross in support of the international relief efforts. Each penny you contribute to this cause will help save lives in Nepal. Thank you!

Nepali Community at Ithaca College

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On Friday, April 24, Asian American Alliance (AAA) hosted its annual Asia Night event in IC Square. The night offered a celebration of the Asian American cultures and experiences through various booths and activities. Asia Night brought Focus Asia month to a close with free performances, food and raffles. This year, AAA partnered with the first-ever Ithaca Pan Asian American Film Festival and allowed Asia Night to become the final event of the week-long festivities.


To learn more about student organizations successes please read the last edition of Club Hub.


Kudos to the Ithaca College International Club for hosting its event, Liberty in North Korea (LiNK). The event, which took place on Friday, April 24, discussed North Korea as the changing narrative and allowed students to learn about North Korea and its refugees. Liberty in North Korea is a non-profit organization that helps North Korean refugees resettle into either South Korea or the United States in order that they avoid being sent back to their country and punished. LiNK spoke about its mission to raise awareness to human rights issues in North Korea through media outlets and research.



To learn more about student organizations successes please read the last edition of Club Hub.


Did you fall in love with IC at first sight?  If you did, here’s your chance to help incoming first-year students do the same! 

More Love Letters is a national organization dedicated to spreading happiness and love in pure, old-fashioned, written form.  IC More Love Letters (ICMLL) is a chapter of their Campus Cursive project, which aims to spread love on college campuses.  ICMLL spreads love in two different ways: anonymous notes and love letter bundles. 

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Sherry Deckman (Education) recently published a jointly-authored article, “Caricature and Hyperbole in Preservice Teacher Professional Development for Diversity,” in Urban Education (with Mica Pollock, UC San Diego, Candice Bocala, WestEd, and Shari Dickstein-Staub, National Center for Teacher Residences). The article explores a key challenge in professional development for educators focused on racial diversity. Namely, participants may hear unreasonable demands in professional development leaders’ requests to address inequality and limited opportunity in under-resourced schooling contexts. The article goes on to argue that these caricatures require direct acknowledgement by both preservice teachers and teacher educators working in diverse contexts. 


Prof. Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann has received a commission to write a new orchestral composition for the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop.

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The Ithaca College Department of Occupational Therapy was well represented at the AOTA conference in Nashville, Tenn. last month. A host of faculty and several alums presented at the national conference, which is the largest gathering of occupational therapists in the world. 

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Stephen Mosher, Department of Sport Management and Media, recently presented at the 4th Annual Sport Studies Symposium at Rockford University. His presentation was titled "The Long, Slow, Tortured Death of Sport Studies in American Universities (And Possible Path to Their Resurrection)."

Congratulations to Julianna Kittredge, winner of the inaugural Linden Award for Learning Portfolio Excellence!  Kittredge is a senior health sciences major with a nutrition concentration. During her time at Ithaca College, she has interned with the Cornell Cooperative Extension and has competed with the Ithaca College women’s crew team. 


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Mary Pitti, Assistant Professor in Speech-Language Pathology and Michael Matheny, Associate professor in Exercise and Sport Sciences  presented at the annual New York State Speech-Language Hearing Association (NYSSLHA) conference on April 23, in Rochester, NY.

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Felicitaciones to members of IC Teatro for three consecutive weekends of performances in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Teatro Campesino. Members of IC Teatro coauthored original actos over the course of the 2014-15 academic year and presented them at the College of Wooster on April 10th, the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) on April 18th, and Dartmouth College on April 25th.

Kudos to the members of this spring's Teatro aventura:

Vanesa Cruz, Eddie Dowd, Ria Hall, Linette Goris Jaquez, Julia Katz, Anna Levitt, Max Ocean, Vanessa Reyes, Emma Rizzo, Kiah Simms, Nathiel Tejada, Thomas Williams

And special thanks to Sarah Browne, Beatriz Montilla, and Jeffrey Stewart for their performance assistance at GIAC.


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Nicole Koschmann, Director of Park Scholar Program, screened her film, Fishing for Brad, as part of a compilation of 35mm experimental films curated by the Filmmakers Cooperative.

The screening, ORIGINS AND ENDS: 35MM FILMS FROM THE FILM-MAKERS’ COOPERATIVE, was held at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City on April 29.


Katalin Lustyik, Associate Professor in the Television-Radio Program, gave an invited guest lecture entitled "Music Makes the World Go'Round: The Global Appeal of Disney's Music" at the University of Vienna in Austria.

The event, held on April 21, 2015, was hosted by the university's Department of Communication, one of the world’s largest departments for communication science with almost 4,000 students.


Last weekend, on a perfect – and so rare! – spring day, ENVS students Zoe Miller, Maddie Menges, Sam Donato, Jeremy Poe and Tori Chamberlain participated in the intensive international Cyber-Tracker certification course, which tested their ability to read track and sign in the landscape. They were accompanied by ENVS faculty Jason Hamilton, Tim Drake and Justin Sutera from Primitive Pursuits, as well as three others from the Greater Ithaca community. George Leoniak from Vermont, one of six national evaluators, led the Cyber-Tracker course, which was originally developed in South Africa to qualify trackers for research and ecotourism. It has since grown to become the only international standard for wildlife tracking. 

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Ioanide presented key ideas from her forthcoming book, The Emotional Politics of Racism: How Feelings Trump Facts in an Era of Colorblindness (Stanford University Press) at Hobart and William Smith Colleges on April 23, 2015 in Geneva, NY. Invited by the Political Science, Education, and Music Departments, Ioanide met an engaging and energized crowd of 150 students and faculty members to discuss the emotional and irrational dimensions of contemporary gendered racism and nativism. She concluded her talk with a discussion on ethical witnessing and the significance of protest/cultural creation in the realignment of the emotional geographies of our bodies toward justice. Ioanide’s book was named one of Flavorwire’s 10 Must-Read Academic Books of 2015 and is available for pre-ordering at

Peter Martin, Education, recently presented research at the annual national conference of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) in San Diego, California. CEC is the world’s largest professional association that advocates for research and policies to address issues related to the education of students with special needs.  Dr. Martin presented his case study research, “Qualities of a Master Teacher and Differentiator in an Inclusion Setting."


Deborah Rifkin was recently elected to serve as Member-at-Large on the Executive Board of her discipline's national organization, The Society for Music Theory. ( She will serve a three-year term.

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