ICTV Shows Garner Honors
Ithaca College Television won a 1997 bronze Cindy (Cinema in Industry) plaque in the student productions/dramatic category for "The Day Room." Cindy is the premier international audiovisual competition for both linear media and interactive multimedia and drew more than 2,300 entries from 17 countries. "The Day Room" has an original script written and produced by Gabriel Lewis '97, Russell Tucker '97, and David Nadelberg '97. The half-hour show features a cast of dysfunctional puppets in a rehabilitation center run by humans. Tucker designed and made all of the puppets himself.
Two ICTV programs were acknowledged in February as best overall educational access programs in the annual Ithaca Time Warner cable access programming competition. The productions were children's show MooShnew's Corner, produced by Lori Buffing '98, and "Bombers Football Year in Review," produced by Brigid O'Rourke '98, Mark Schwartz '99, and Mason Diedrich '98. Both programs will be entered by Time Warner in the national hometown video competition.
Service, Fun, Games, and the Zone
The Ithaca chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America has been busy this semester. True to the spirit of commitment to service, the group sponsored a basketball tournament -- called Hoops That Help -- to raise money for the American Red Cross. PRSSA is also helping Challenge Industries, a nonprofit organization downtown, develop a new public relations campaign. In addition, the society raised $225 in a "pizza taste-off" contest to fund a trip for some members to the regional Public Relations Society of America conference at Susquehanna University.
In February the Ithaca College chapter of the National Broadcasting Society hosted "Twilight to Midnight," an evening celebrating Rod Serling and The Twilight Zone. The evening featured eight episodes of the show in its original format. Refreshments were sold to benefit the campus organization Caring and Sharing, which supports needy families in the community.
The Ithaca College chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists conducted an essay contest in March for high school students in the six Tompkins County school districts on "What a Free Press Means to America." The local winner received a cash award; the winning essay was forwarded to the national SPJ contest.
Guests on Campus
The communications graduate program cohosted with the State University of New York at Buffalo the second annual Northeast Graduate Student Miniconference in April. Several Ithaca College graduate students, including Amanda Harris and Ulises Mejias Butron, gave presentations on their research. Students and faculty from 11 universities across the Northeast attended the conference.
The corporate communication department speaker series presentations for spring included Elan Shapiro, founder of Sustainable Living Associates and an environmental and health educator, who gave a lecture on "Communication Keys for Sustainable Organizations," and Sue DeWine, a consultant for more than 25 years to some of the nation's top corporations and governmental and educational units, who spoke on "The Craft of Consulting: How Does Communication Theory Inform Practice?"
The Park school has once again served as host for the Central New York Region Media Arts Show. The show, coordinated by associate professor of television-radio Megan Roberts, provided an opportunity for New York State elementary and secondary school students to exhibit their creative works in the areas of computer art, creative sound, holography, film, video, mixed media, and photography. Highlights of the 1998 show included student media art project presentations and discussion; video, photo, and computer arts competition and awards; audition opportunities for students applying for the New York State Summer School of the Media Arts; and tours and demonstrations of TV and radio studios and digital audio, video, nonlinear editing, and photo facilities.
In February Rich Morris '81, of Fel-Pro, Inc., conducted a minicourse on integrated communications for a group of corporate communications students. The minicourse helped students integrate corporate resources into the development of training, advertising, and image programs.
Photographer/artist Daniel Lee came to IC in February at the invitation of assistant professor Daniel McInnis. Lee presented his digital photography work in the Park auditorium during a public lecture, in which he highlighted some of his recent work, including a portrait series called Manimals. He also held workshops for senior photography majors and critiqued their work.
Networking Out East
Many alumni made our inaugural Boston Network Days program during winter break a tremendous success. Fifteen junior and senior communications students broadened their career perspectives by visiting communications organizations in the Boston area. The program introduced students to the fields of news production, advertising, video production, and corporate communications consulting. The hosts: Douglas Weisman '78, producer/director of Weisman Video Productions; John Giusti '87, associate account executive, and Evan Epstein '97, new-media analyst, at Bronner, Slosberg, Humphrey, Inc.; Henry Berman '74, program design consultant at Solutions by Design; and Joe Murray, producer, and Jennifer Berryman '94, associate producer, at WCVB-TV News.
January marked the New York Network Days program's fifth successful year of introducing students to the fields of network news, TV advertising sales and promotion, communications research, and advertising and direct marketing. Hosts for this year's program were Jeffrey Hark, father of Jason Hark '99 and director of production at New York City's Fox news channel; Michael Kaplan '85, account supervisor at Bozell Advertising Worldwide; Steve Seidmon '79, president of Seidmon Associates communications research firm; and Jay Linden '72, vice president/director, daytime/late-night sales at NBC.
West Coast Travels
Dean Thomas Bohn, special assistant for programs Danah Moore, M.S. '98, and former cinema and photography professor Skip Landen spent a week in Los Angeles in February. Their agenda was full and included meetings with many alumni: Charles Bachrach '68, Gary Bettman '78, Alex Ben Block '68, Michael Brockman '63, Mark Burg '81, Peter Burrell '68, William D'Elia '69, Michael DiGaetano '76, William Froehlich '74, Jonathan Heap '80, Sean Manton '91, Judith Marks '81, Gregg Moscot '94, Michael Nathanson '78, Kevin O'Neill '83, Barbara Palmer '88, Matthew Papish '83, Christopher Sheldon '75, and Robin Winter '71. In addition, Bohn, Moore, and Landen visited five internship sites -- HBO Media Relations, KABC-TV News, Chiodo Brothers Special Effects Studio, Panavision, and Capitol Records -- where they met with the student interns as well as their supervisors. They also spent time at the new Los Angeles center facility on 3800 Barham Road with director Steve Tropiano '84 and assistant director John Vasquez. Finally, they helped to host an all-College reception at Planet Hollywood in honor of President Peggy R. Williams. The event was a huge success, with over 200 alumni and L.A. program students in attendance. The travelers reported back that it was a great week.
Presentations and Awards
Sandra L. Herndon, professor and chair of the communications graduate program, directed and participated in two panel presentations on communication study and practice in the People's Republic of China.. The presentations at the Southern States Communication Association and Eastern Communication Association conventions, both in April, were based on her two-week trip to China last May with 17 other American communications faculty and professionals. Herndon also gave the introductory address at the 1998 Ithaca College Leadership Conference, sponsored by the Office of Minority Affairs on campus in February. Her talk addressed the conference theme, "Why Multicultural Education?"
Bob Harris, assistant professor of TV-R, won second place in the documentary category for his video Coyote in the New Art Program Video Festival. For over two decades the NAP has been inviting cutting-edge videomakers to compete, with entries from 17 states this year. The same piece won a directors' citation at the Black Maria Film/Video Festival.
Associate professor of corporate communication Steve Seidman was honored recently for outstanding service to the Media Design and Production Division of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology in recognition of his efforts in editing the MDPD Curriculum Handbook.
Promotions and Tenure
Faculty members Sharon Mazzarella, television-radio, and David Shapiro, corporate communication, were promoted to associate professor and received tenure this semester. Mazzarella, who joined the College in 1988, holds a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and a doctoral degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has presented papers at International Communication Association meetings across the country and has published on such topics as Generation X and the suicide of Kurt Cobain. Shapiro joined the College as an assistant professor in 1992. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A.T. at the University of Antioch, and an Ed.M. and an Ed.D. from Boston University. He has been published in such journals as Environmental Issues for the 21st Century, International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives, and Educational Technology. In 1997 he was a member of a communication and creative arts panel at the African, Hispanic, Asian, Native American Conference in New York.