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Marie Sanford, Clinical Associate professor in the Dept. of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and Class of 2015 graduate students Alexandra Fish, Erin Gatti, Maria Sanchez-Freeman, and Dana Sharabi presented their work at the 18th Annual Conference of the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Their paper, entitled “Comparing Instructional Approaches for Attaining Oral Proficiency in Adult English Language Learners,” examined articulation, rate of speech, and intonation features of instructional materials that incorporated functional and work-related vocabulary compared to academic and curriculum-based vocabulary.

Sanford also presented a poster session co-authored with Ithaca College's Jana Waller and

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On Sunday, February 7th, Ithaca College Hillel hosted an a'capella concert in IC Square to bring people together on the cold day. This all a'capella show featured New York City's Maccabeats, an all male Jewish group, as well as Ithaca College's Premium Blend and VoiceStream groups. Over 100 people including students and community members came out to enjoy the show. Kayla from Ithaca College Hillel says, "With crowd favorites, like "Keep Your Head Up," "Candlelight," and "All About That Neis," students were out of their seats and dancing to the catchy tunes." IC Premium Blend and Voice Stream also brought great performances; be sure to check these groups out on campus later in the semester! Kudos for a fun show with a great turn out!

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During the week of February 2nd, mental health awareness group, Active Minds, held daily events encouraging students to focus on their well-being. The events included “Real Facetime”, “Bracelet Making”, “Planting Seeds of Positivity”, and a screening of the Australian television show “Please Like Me”. The first event, “Real Facetime”, consisted of students unplugging from their electronic devices and enjoying time spent with loved ones in a face-to-face setting. “Planting Seeds of Positivity”, as pictured, was an event designed to spend time planting greenery to spend time in a relaxing manner. The successful week of events brought people together to relax and converse about mental health.

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On Thursday, February 12th, IC Project Sunshine teamed up with Active Minds to host a community service event in IC Square to spread positivity around Valentine's Day. The groups organized an event to make uplifting cards for children in healthcare facilities. The cards were completely blank on the outside and said "Sending You Sunshine!". The only rule of the game was that people were not allowed to add additional words to the cards, just creative illustrations to make a child's day a little bit brighter. Many people came out to color and have a relaxing night inside while supporting a great cause. As a result of the event, nearly 100 children will have cards to brighten up their stay in a health facility.

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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