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Stephen Tropiano, associate professor of screen studies and director of the Ithaca College Los Angeles Program, is serving as a judge for the 38the College Television Awards sponsored by the Television Academy Foundation. 

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 Naeem Inayatullah attended the 58th annual meeting of the International Studies Association in Baltimore, February 22-25.  His participation included the following: 

  • “Out of Crushed Hope” for the roundtable, Disciplining International Relations: Race, Gender, and Eurocentrism in International Relations;
  • discussant for the panel, National consciousness, which is not nationalism: anti-colonial imaginaries and postcolonial settlements; 
  • panelist representing “Narrative Approaches” in the Critical Methods Café; and, 
  • chair for the panel, Music and the Critique of Modern International Relations.

 Congratulations to Lauren McGrath (EM, '17), Lauren Suna (EM, '20), Mia Kimmich Mitchell (CS,'18) and Tea Mdevadze (CS, '20) for winning the "Best Hardware Hack" at the RIT WiCHacks event held February 25 and 26 in Rochester, NY.

Psychology Associate Professor Leigh Ann Vaughn has published "Foundational tests of the need-support model: A framework for bridging regulatory focus theory and self-determination theory" in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

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IC Voicestream

Contributed by Theresa Johnson on 02/23/17 

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Voices carry. The voices of IC Voicestream's ensemble rattled and shook Emerson Suites this Saturday as part of their first major concert this semester. Congrats to them on a wonderfully entertaining event with an immense turn-out!

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  Mary Ann Rishel, Emerita Professor, Writing, 2017 CCCC Outstanding Book Award (article) 

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Theatre Arts Assistant Professor Lindsay Gilmour has been awarded a Fulbright grant to study Tibetan ritual dance in nunneries in northern India in the spring of 2018.


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IC Progressives has launched a movement to channel Ithaca College's interests into more environmentally friendly energy. With much of Ithaca College's energies coming from fossil fuels, IC Progressives has sparked conversations including one with sophomore Mike Hanlon last week in the IC Library where he encouraged a small group of seniors to embrace the movement. This is a big step forward in better energy use by our community, thanks to IC Progressives! 

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After Dark is Super!

Contributed by Theresa Johnson on 02/21/17 

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Super Bowl Sunday is one of the most important cultural events in the United States. It is such a big event that did you know roughly 28,000,000 pounds of chips, 1.25 billion chicken wings, and 8,000,000 pounds of guacamole are consumed during the Super Bowl. IC After Dark's screening of the Super Bowl last Sunday was just as big as the event itself. There were many students who cheered and roared for their favorite team. A big thanks to IC After Dark and its E-Board, members, and team for putting on an excellent event!

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Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) is a student organization at Ithaca College whose mission is to make connections between students and alumni while promoting school spirit and philanthropy. The student organization works in conjunction with Office of Alumni Relations, the Alumni Association Board of Directors and various other Ithaca College community members to reach their mission. Some of STAT’s previous work this past semester is promoting the Cortaca Jug through IC Spirit Week and help with Alumni Weekend and First Bomber’s Weekend.


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María DiFrancesco, Associate Professor of Spanish and Chair of Modern Languages & Literatures, recently traveled to Trinity University (San Antonio, TX) to deliver an invited lecture entitled, “Space and the Body in Pedro Almodóvar’s La piel que habito.” During her trip to Trinity, Prof. DiFrancesco also taught a guest class on Alejandro Iñárritu’s film Biutiful (2010). Prof. DiFrancesco’s visit was facilitated by the “Mexico, the Americas, and Spain” (MAS) program, which supports opportunities for intellectual engagement with Hispanic language, life, and culture.

Dr. Orlando-Marquez C. Kittrell, founding director of the Office of State Grants (OSG), will present “Make STEM Education Great Again: The Challenges of Creating an Intentional and Transformational Pipeline for Historically Underrepresented College Students” at the NCORE 2017 conference which will be held May 30th through June 3rd in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Kittrell’s presentation will examine the reasons why now more than ever, historically underrepresented high school students (i.e., those who identify as African-American, Latino/Hispanic American, Native American and Alaskan Native) in the United States are seeking to explore professions in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

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The 2017 Campus Life Awards committee is seeking nominations from faculty, staff, and students to recognize outstanding graduating seniors who have made a difference in their roles as student leaders on campus.

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Submitted on behalf of Assistant Provost Tanya Saunders

I am pleased to announce that two faculty members from the School of Humanities and Sciences have been selected for the 2017-18 London Sabbatical Program. I thank the members of the faculty review committee for the gift of their time over winter break and the sabbatical -eligible faculty who applied with such worthy proposals.

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Inside Higher Education recently published an article by James Pfrehm, Assistant Professor of German. The article, "Finding Brains in Blood and Brawn," describes how Pfrehm found new inspiration for his career through the interdisciplinarity, collegiality, and inclusiveness of MMA training.

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Associate Professor Joshua Bonnetta will present three new works at the 2017 Berlinale (Berlin Film Festival) taking place from Feb. 9-19.

Lago, developed in response to former Associate Professor Ron Jude's photo book Lago, is a multichannel sound installation of two compositions comprised of field recordings collected in the Sonoran Desert. The work will be accompanied with a 4-channel video installation Land of Thin Air. These two works will be exhibited for the duration of the festival in the Marshall McLuhan Salon at the Canadian Embassy. Land of Thin Air was co-edited with current Ithaca College student Jacob Schaffel-Scherrer.

El Mar La Mar is a feature length film co-directed with Northwestern University Assistant Professor John-Paul Sniadecki. The film is explores at a highly politicized area of the south-western Sonoran desert along a stretch of the Mexico/US border.

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     English Department chair Dan Breen, Associate Professor, has published an article titled “Shakespeare and History Writing” about the historiographical dimension of Shakespeare’s plays.  The article appears in Literature Compass, a highly-regarded online journal focusing on cutting-edge literary criticism. 

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The 2017 Campus Life Awards committee is seeking nominations from faculty, staff, and students to recognize outstanding graduating seniors who have made a difference in their roles as student leaders on campus. 

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Ithaca College Aging Studies Fieldwork Instructor Lisa Kendall and Dr. Nancy Kusmaul, University of Maryland, discuss the possible impacts of traumatic experiences as people transition into older adulthood. They describe specific applications of a trauma perspective with elders and what helping professionals might observe in their clients to warrant further assessment. Dr. Kusmaul and Ms. Kendall highlight the distinctive opportunities and manifestations for re-traumatization with the older adult population, and the trauma-informed care implications for organizations and caregivers serving older adults. 

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Professor Srijana Bajracharya presented a paper at the 13th Annual International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on January 19th, 2017.

Srijana Bajracharya, from the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education, presented a paper titled, “A Cross-cultural Assessment of Pro-environmental Behaviors (PEB) from Two Communities: A Pilot Study”.  This study was a part of her sabbatical leave activity.  The purpose was to pilot test the study and see if the methods including the instrument is adequate.  Additional purpose was to see if there is a relationship between individual’s perceptions about themselves and the nature and their pro-environmental behavior with special focus on reducing solid waste and also see if there is a cultural differences between populations living in two countries, London and Tompkins County.

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