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Tina Caswell, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, was the featured presenter at a seminar hosted by Upstate Cerebral Palsy at The Holiday Inn - New Hartford on April 10. The title of Caswell's presentation was "Creating Competent Communicators: Let’s Talk! Utilizing Assistive Technology to Support Individuals with Complex Communication Needs."

 On the evening of April 18 two students participated in a public debate for the residents of Longview.  Nicole Ang (Applied Psychology and Legal Studies, ‘17) and Casey Phillips (Legal Studies ‘17) debated over the right to die with dignity.  Morgyn Sattenspiel (Psychology, ’15) served as moderator.  

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Seven math majors presented their research at the 75th annual meeting of the Mathematical Association of America Seaway Section, held April 17-18 at Colgate University.

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Katie Hoover (Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, ‘15), Keely Kirby (History, ’15) and professors Ellie Fitts Fulmer and Sherry Deckman (both Education) presented, “Numbers are not Enough: Critical Examination of Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality, and Ability in Elementary and Middle School Health Textbooks” at the American Educational Research Association Conference in Chicago last week. This roundtable paper presentation focused on Hoover, Fulmer, Kirby, and Deckman’s current research on elementary and middle school textbooks’ depictions of race, gender, sexuality, and ability. This research team along with a collaborator from the Harvard Graduate School of Education are preparing a manuscript for peer review for an equity-focused education journal that they will submit prior to the end of this academic year.


It’s Africa Week 2015, and IC African Students Association is in the middle of an amazing lineup of events to celebrate.  IC ASA is dedicated to spreading political, social, educational, cultural and media awareness about the continent of Africa.  On Monday, they hosted their inaugural speaker, Solome Lemma, a philanthropist, activist and organizer, who spoke about the ways in which we can engage and promote diverse, nuanced, and dignified narratives of the continent of Africa.  There are many other events taking place this week including a movie screening, a panel, and a fashion show. 

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This past weekend, 14 members of Ithaca College Humans vs. Zombies Social Club traveled to Pennsylvania State University to compete in the 6th annual Penn State Humans vs. Zombies Invitational.  The day was filled with 12 hours of blasting, tagging, and camaraderie.  On campus, this student organization promotes a week-long game each semester where "zombies" try to chase and tag "humans" who then try to fend off the "zombies" with Nerf blasters. The game only takes place outdoors.  If you are interested in getting involved with this exhilarating game or meeting other players in the area, join the Ithaca College Humans vs. Zombies Social Club group on Facebook.

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On Friday, April 3, IC Women in Communications hosted IC’s first ever Dance-A-Thon in Emerson Suites.  Teams of 2-5 people signed up pledging to have at least 2 members out on the dance floor at all times during the three-hour event.  In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, all proceeds from the event were donated to The Advocacy Center, a local resource that has provided support, advocacy and education for survivors of domestic violence since 1977, survivors of child sexual abuse since 1982 and survivors of adult sexual assault since 2003.  IC Women in Communications is dedicated to addressing many other issues women face, especially within the context of the communications industry.  If you are interested, stop by one of their weekly meetings on Wednesday nights at 8:00 in Park 279.

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Did you know that IC has an organic garden on campus?  Organic Growers of Ithaca College is a group of IC students interested in growing organic produce, and they are the student organization that takes care of this 3,600 square feet garden located down past the compost facility.  Ever since 2008, Organic Growers of Ithaca College has been using many sustainable farming techniques including permaculture design, crop rotation, companion planting, four-season food production, and heirloom seed saving.  This past week, the student organization hosted a talk with the owners of Plowbreak Farm, an organic farm owned and operated by two IC grads.

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Student Volunteers for Special Olympics is a student organization made up of students volunteering their time to help individuals with a wide range of disabilities participate in competitive sports within the Ithaca Community to improve their quality of life.
This student organization was founded when president Katie Deitz was a freshman in 2011. When Katie went to a “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign focused around ending stigmas and difficult dialogue surrounding those with disabilities, she knew she found something in which she was interested. When the student organization was formed, the members began attending sporting practices, acting as assistant coaches in a variety of different sports including basketball and swimming. Now, three years later, the club has grown and a family has been formed between the athletes and the volunteers.

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They are award winners for their research project sponsored by Dr. Nia Nunn Makepeace entitled, "Processing Transformative Discussion: White Students' Responses to Antiracist Work."  Dr. Nia, Alexandra, and Laura also engaged the greater Ithaca area by presenting their research on WRFI community radio Monday, April 13.


Srijana Bajracharya, Professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education, presented a paper at the 7th International Conference on Climate: Impacts and Reponses, in Vancouver, Canada on April 11.

This paper described institutional commitment and initiatives to reduce carbon emission by promoting sustainability positive activities among campus community in order to combat climate change. It highlighted a course that was designed to fit in a newly designed campus wide Integrative Core Curriculum (ICC) Themes, “The Quest for a Sustainable Future & Power and Justice” and Perspectives “Social Sciences and Natural Sciences.” This liberal arts course on holistic health focuses on the environmental sustainability approaches with multi-disciplinary perspectives in order to promote overall wellness and quality of life.

"Bees Do It (For Now): Biologist’s Research May Lead to Building a Better Vibrator"

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Peter Melcher (Biology) presented a talk at the American Society of Plant Biology Northeastern sectional meeting in Rhode Island, March 30th, 2014.

Title of talk "A new approach to measure hydraulic resistance in plants"

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Jean C. Hardwick, Shannon E. Ryan (’12), Eric Beaumont, Jeffrey L. Ardell, E. Marie Southerland, Dynamic remodeling of the guinea pig intrinsic cardiac plexus induced by chronic myocardial infarction, Autonomic Neuroscience, Available online 31 October 2013, ISSN 1566-0702,

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One of the winners of the Thirty-Fourth Annual American Book Awards is Will Alexander's Singing in Magnetic Hoofbeat published by Essay Press, of which Writing Department Associate Professor Catherine Taylor is a Founding Editor.

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Kathleen Mulligan (Department of Theatre Arts) has been named a recipient of The International Alliance of Women (TIAW) World of Difference Award for her project "Wheels for Women", which benefits the residents of the Sakhi Shelter for victims of domestic violence in Kerala, India.

"Each year, through the TIAW World of Difference 100 Awards, The International Alliance for Women recognizes up to 100 extraordinary women – and men - from around the world who have contributed to the economic empowerment of women. This impressive group includes recipients from six continents who have supported women’s economic empowerment across a wide range of circumstances, from small communities to large cities, from rural areas the developing world to the business capitals of the developed world.  What they have in common is their outstanding commitment to better the world through the economic empowerment of women." (TIAW Website)

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Sarah Brylinksy, Communications Management and Design ’08, recognized in Sierra Magazine for her “Aha Moment” here at IC.

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A couple of months into a freshman seminar, Sarah Brylinsky sat through a PowerPoint presentation. It wasn't much more than a series of line charts from a 2001 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. But the charts had pluck. Their lines were fire engine red, and they rose fervently up, up, following the perilous trajectory of greenhouse gas concentrations and surface temperatures. The final slide was just a quote from David A. King, the former chief scientific adviser to the British government: "In my view, climate change is the most severe problem that we are facing today--more serious even than the threat of terrorism."

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This month, Ithaca College Summer Music Academy (SMA) celebrated the conclusion of its third successful year. Having enrolled 381 participants—an increase of 19% from 2012—SMA students hailed from 18 states and six foreign countries, including Argentina, Canada, China, Japan, Morocco, and Taiwan. The SMA expanded to offer new programs this year, including an International Division, Performance Track, and Jazz Institute, which each added to the success and prominence of the Academy.

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Dr. Couch read his paper entitled “The Homage: Eben's Analysis of Buxtehude” at The College Music Society’s 2011 International Conference in Seoul and Gyeongju, South Korea (July 3–10, 2011).

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