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On November 18th, 2019 Food Management named Ithaca College the Innovator of the Month for the successful navigation from a contracted food service model to an in-house dining program. (Read more here:

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Patricia Zimmermann, Professor of Screen Studies and Co-director of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, delivered three invited presentations at the Human Rights Film Festival in Los Angeles November 1 and 2, 2019.

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Each month members of the residential life professional and para professional staff recognize people from across campus for their amazing work. This October's campus winners are below. These winners will be submitted to the Northeast regional affiliate of the National Association for College and University Residence Halls.

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Aaron Weinberg, Professor of Mathematics, presented "Identifying Students' Attentive Fidelity for Calculus Instructional Videos" at the 41st annual conference of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, held November 14-17, 2019.  This was collaborative work done with several investigators including Matt Thomas (Assistant Professor of Math) and students Jessica Tornai '20 and Kimberly Newman '19.   

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Megan Martinez, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, presented "Bijections between permutation and inversion sequence classes" at the Fall Meeting of the AMS Southeastern Section, held at the University of Florida on November 3, 2019.  

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Cristina Gomez, Associate Professor of Math and Education, gave a presentation at the Fall Conference of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State on Saturday, November 16, in Rochester, NY.   The 60-minute presentation was titled "Organizing a Math Fair".  

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Elizabeth Medina-Gray, Assistant Professor in the department of Music Theory, History, and Composition in the School of Music, has published an article on video game music in Music Theory Online, a peer-reviewed flagship journal of the Society for Music Theory.

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Ithaca College was recently recognized by the Institute of International Education as a “Leading Institution for Study Abroad” for Master’s Level Institutions in the category of “Mid-Length Study Abroad” experiences. IC is identified as number four in the nation for institutions of this type and in this category, reflecting only those study abroad experiences that result in academic credit. 

The team at the Office of International Programs and Extended Studies, led by Assistant Provost Dr. Tanya Saunders, is due credit and congratulations for their diligent efforts to make study abroad experiences accessible to IC students and to support them before, during, and after their study. Please extend thanks to Dr. Saunders, Rachel Gould, Diana Dimitrova, Mimi Wright, and Martha Van de Wall not only for the variety of ways they help students’ dreams of experiencing international programs become reality but also for their support of our international student population here at IC.

Staff members from the Office of State Grants attended the HEOP Professional Organization's Annual Conference and 50th Anniversary Celebration November 6-8th. Director Lynn Cortese and Assistant Director Tiffany Valentin presented on Transparent Leadership in Summer Programs, and Counselors Sihaya Moraleda and Denise Polanco presented with Cornell University colleagues on Crafting a Student-Centered NYSOP (New York State Opportunity Programs) Conference. Valentin and Cortese also received service recognitions for their 5 and 10 years of service to the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program.

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Gary Sforzo, retired Professor of Exercise Science and Athletic Training, attended and presented at the Annual International Conference of the Medical Fitness Association in Orlando, FL.  At this meeting on October 15, 2019 he presented a 60-min seminar entitled "Evolving Evidence: Compendium of Health & Wellness Coaching Literature."  The presentation essentially described a comprehensive review of the health coaching literature he published in May in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine in collaboration with Sebastian Harenberg (ESAT Assistant Professor), Laura Cobus-Kuo (Librarian-Health Sciences), and Kyle Costello ('17). 

The article describes "Attentive Reading with Constrained Summarization-Written" (ARCS-W), a multi-modality writing treatment.

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 Rachel Paparone (Modern Languages and Literatures) gave an invited presentation at the biannual meeting of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS) in Montreal. As an alumna ('18) of the Canadian Studies Teaching Institute sponsored by the University of Maine, she was asked to present successful strategies for incorporating Canadian Studies in French courses at the post-secondary level. Her talk, titled "Teaching Québec in an Atlantic Francophone Seminar," identified Canadian content that could be easily integrated into courses covering Francophone Caribbean literature and culture and highlighted approaches to student engagement with Canada that have been successful in French courses at IC. 

Andrea Yzaguirre and Charlotte Kane, both senior English majors, are finalists for the top undergraduate award presented by the Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Conference in 2021.


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Eight IC students presented their original research at the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association’s annual conference on November 7-9.


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Gordon Rowland, Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence, presented at the Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD8) conference at the Illinois Institute of Design in Chicago. His talk was titled, “Developing Systemic Design Tools,” and he introduced a model of planned change in organizations that he developed in his work as a CFE faculty member in residence from 2014 to 2017.


The office of New student & Transition Programs, home of the First-Gen Center, is proud of the accomplishments of Assistant Director, Lia Muñoz, described in her blog post for the NASPA Center for First-Generation Student Success blog. Read her blog post at:

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Marella Feltrin-Morris and Annette Levine (Modern Languages and Literature) presented at a panel, co-organized by Feltrin-Morris and María Constanza Guzmán (York University) on Teaching Literary Translation in the 21st Century at the Annual Conference of the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) in Rochester, NY.

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Chip Gagnon presented an invited paper, "Nationalism in Serbia: Change as Continuity in 1989 and After"  at the conference "1989: Reconsidering the Nation and its Alternatives in Central and Eastern Europe" at the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at Notre Dame University on November 9.

One of the section leaders was one of her former conducting students, James Park who teaches choral music in Houston, Texas. 

 Kris presented a lightning session at the Fall meeting of the Music Library Association's New York State-Ontario Chapter at Syracuse University on October 25, 2019. Her session, titled "The Case of the Missing Britten," examined how the act of pulling a resource from electronic access can convince researchers to doubt its very existence, despite clues to the contrary.

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