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NEH Summer Stipends

Contributed by Colette Matisco on 08/11/20 

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Summer Stipends for 2021 are available for research projects in the humanities. Two projects can be nominated per institution. The stipends are $6000 for two months work. If you are interested, please review the description of eligibility, criteria, and so on at the following link:

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A panel of the National Advertising Review Board (NARB), a division of BBB National Programs, has recommended that S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. (S.C.Johnson) discontinue the claim “non-toxic” on package labeling for its Windex Vinegar Glass Cleaner. However, the panel determined that a properly qualified non-toxic claim, which clearly and conspicuously discloses the nature of the health risks from product misuse, would be acceptable. The advertising at issue had been challenged by competitor The Procter & Gamble Company (“P&G”) before the National Advertising Division (NAD). Following NAD’s decision (Case No. 6353), S.C. Johnson appealed NAD’s finding on this issue.

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The webinar, “Why Virtual Choirs: Philosophies & Pedagogies of Virtual Ensembles,” was held on Monday, August 3.  

The panel included composer Eric Whitacre who created the idea for virtual choirs which turned into a global phenomenon 10 years ago.  He recently completed a virtual choir that included 17,562 singers from 129 countries and was featured on CBS’s “Sunday Morning”.  

The panel also included moderator Joey Martin, and panelists Nicole Aldrich, Jason Max Ferdinand, Janet Galván, and Tesfa Wondemagegnehu.  The panel discussed the pedagogies and philosophies of virtual ensembles.


Now that IC has migrated to the new Finance and HR Cloud system, most people will no longer have a need to log into the old Parnassus system. 

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Please save the date for our next virtual All Staff Meeting on Monday, August 24, 2020, from 1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern. Virtual meeting details will follow.

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The next virtual All-Faculty-and-Staff Gathering is from 12:10 – 1:05 p.m., Tuesday, August 18. Faculty and staff are invited to submit their questions in advance via this form until 3:00 p.m. on Friday, August 14.

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Happy August from the Office of Student Engagement (OSE),

OSE would like for you to join us by presenting SLI workshops for our students seeking to develop leadership skills through a multitude of topics relating to the four tracks of SLI: Leading Self, Leading Others, Leading in a Diverse World, and Leading at IC. 

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Learn About Arab Culture?

Contributed by Faten Houissa on 08/08/20 

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Want to learn about Arab culture? Studying Arabic this fall will offer you a more nuanced understanding of Arab culture. The knowledge of Arabic will give you access to a growing market and jobs.


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Saviana Stanescu (Associate Professor of Playwriting and Theatre Studies), Courtney Young (Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre and Dance), and Walter Byongsok Chon (Assistant Professor of Dramaturgy and Theatre Studies) present at the ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education) conference, which was held virtually from July 20 to August 1. 

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 The New Jim Crow Reading Group welcomes faculty, staff, and students as new members. 

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Ellen J. Staurowsky, Ed.D., former coordinator of the Ithaca College Sports Media program is returning to Ithaca this fall as a full professor in the Park School of Communications. She is an expert on social justice issues in the sport industry and college sports in particular. She just co-authored a report with Ramogi Huma, executive director of the National College Players Association, who is the advisor for the PAC-12 football players who initiated the #WeAreUnited Campaign in protest against unsafe work conditions and unfair treatment. The report, entitled How the NCAA's Empire Robs Predominantly Black Athletes of Billions in Generational Wealth has received wide-spread media attention since its publication on July 31, 2020.

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Over the weekend of August 15th - 16th Information Technology will be updating 150 Windows classroom computers across campus. 

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Join other IC staff for a break and informal conversation.  Invite a colleague!  We'll meet on Wednesday, 11am-11:30am. 

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Honors Program Rapid Response Salon on COVID-19:  
Food Insecurity and the Right to Food

Friday August 7, 2020  
11 AM in Eastern Daylight Time (US and Canada)



Dr. Alicia Swords, Associate Professor, Sociology

Dr. Joseph Piko Ewoodzie '06, Malcolm O. Partin Assistant Professor of Sociology, Davidson College

Natasha Thompson, President & CEO, Food Bank of the Southern Tier

Moderated by Yolanda Clarke, Tutoring Services and Health Promotion and Physical Education, Ithaca College

In partnership with the Ithaca College Honors program, join our faculty and alumni experts in our latest Rapid Response Salon conversation that focuses on food insecurity and the right to food around the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear their insights in an engaging live format meant to provide expert commentary.

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Please save the date for a virtual Town Hall Forum: Classroom Technologies on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 from 12:00-1:00 pm EST. 

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Believing Women in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur’an (University of Texas Press, revised edition, 2019) by Asma Barlas, professor of Politics, has been featured in the books in Islamic Studies segment of the New Books Network, a new media public platform. Asad Dandia’s (35-minute) interview with Barlas can be found at


Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) majors, Adri Ustick ’22, Laura Heppes '21 and Cassidy Kosta '20, have been awarded Media Fellows Scholarships from Washington Media Scholars Foundation.


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Conversations Across Screen Cultures, a new online initiative featuring live interviews and discussions with film and media scholars, media artists, and programmers in the Central New York region, launches on September 15, 2020.

This initiative will feature Central New York scholars interviewing guests about their new books, recent publications, current research, curatorial projects, and the state of the discipline.

The one-hour sessions will be held on alternating Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sessions will feature open discussion and dialogue with students and faculty in attendance.

The initiative is a collaboration between faculty from Ithaca College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF), the Cine con Cultura festival, and the Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival (SUHRFF).

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Dr. Steven A. Seidman, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Strategic Communication, has published the lead chapter in a book released by Routledge Press, titled The Political Portrait: Leadership, Image and Power, edited by Luciano Cheles and Alessandro Giacone. 

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Joe Cleveland '20 and his research advisor Prof. Doug Turnbull (CS) presented their work on using triplet neural networks to model acoustic music similarity at the Machine Learning for Media Discovery Workshop (ML4MD) as part of the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) on July 18th, 2020. 


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