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Student Spotlight: For the third time in five years, IC accounting students won the Jeopardy! Challenge over St. John Fisher, SUNY Oswego, and Le Moyne College.

Recreation management major Jennifer Best ’06 received the 2006 Fran Tokar Scholarship Award from the Central New York Recreation and Park Society in recognition of her leadership and volunteerism.

Zahida Sherman ’07 won the anthropology department’s Fitchen Prize for her paper on slavery in Ghana, where she spent a semester studying under the auspices of the School for International Training. The prize is named after Janet Fitchen, a cultural anthropologist who taught at IC for many years and passed away in 1995.

Faculty Focus: Politics professor Zillah Eisenstein has become a board member for the W. E. B. Dubois Center in Accra, Ghana. She also spoke at International Women’s Day festivities in Ankara and Istanbul, presented a plenary address at the National Association of Women’s Studies conference, and lectured in Cape Town.

Sandra Steingraber, the distinguished scholar in residence at Ithaca College who has been heralded by the Sierra Club as “the new Rachel Carson,” received a 2006 Heroes Tribute from the Breast Cancer Fund. The honor is awarded for work that has significantly contributed to eliminating the environmental causes of the disease. Steingraber focuses on the connections between the environment and cancer.

School of Music: Ithaca College musicians performed at the conference of the North American Saxophone Alliance. Professor Steven Mauk presented a master class and performed his colleague Dana Wilson’s composition Liquid Gold for soprano saxophone and piano. Four of Mauk’s students, Joel Diegert ’05 (soprano), Timothy Rosenberg’05 (baritone), Heidi Bellinger ’06 (alto), and Allison Dromgold ’06 (tenor), performed at the conference. Diegert and Chris Anderson, M.M. ’04, were awarded first prize in the conference’s solo classical competition.

Sports: Seniors Jad Duca, Matthias Keib, and Robert Stubbs were named all-Americans at the 2006 NCAA wrestling championships, where they each won individual titles (at 157, 174, 184 pounds, respectively). Keib and Stubbs were also named Division III National Wrestling Coaches Association scholar all-Americans, along with senior Brian Lockard and junior Nick Calandrino. Stubbs and Calandrino were also scholar all-Americans in 2005.

For the sixth time in seven years, the women’s swimming and diving team won the New York State Women’s Collegiate Athletic Association title. The team also took the Empire 8 championships, for the seventh straight season. Coach Paula Miller was named NYSWCAA coach of the year, her fifth time in nine years, and Empire 8 coach of the year (her second time receiving the honor). Competitor Lauren Botterbusch ’09 was named Empire 8 rookie of the year.

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