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Planning for 2011

Here's what we've been up to

Posted by Elizabeth Kranz at 10:13PM   |  Add a comment

This year marks the fifth anniversary of me officially becoming part of the Ithaca College community. I graduated last year from IC with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Management & Design and I decided to stick around for two additional years in order to get my Master’s degree in Communication Studies.

In the time that I have been part of the IC community I have held a wide variety of jobs on campus and been on number of diverse committees. Due to all the different positions I have held on campus I have gotten to work with people in nearly every department at IC at some random point. However, for the first time in my academic career I have the incredibly unique opportunity to work with all of those people simultaneously.

The National Conference on Undergraduate Research has been a catalyst for bringing the Ithaca College community even closer together. Just last week I was sitting in an NCUR planning meeting and I was in complete awe of how many departments were represented at the assembly. I knew nearly all of the faces in the room for one reason or another and it blew my mind to think that all of these individuals had to work together to make this huge event happen. I mean, how often are you going to see representatives from Public Safety and Catering in the same meeting?

Each department on campus is taking on unique tasks and none of them are more or less important than the rest. For an event the size of NCUR there is no possible way for one department to take care of everything and that is exactly why the Ithaca College community has come together to accomplish the task at hand.

While the day-to-day tasks of preparing for NCUR can sometimes seem scary and overwhelming it is reassuring for me to know everyone else on campus is working just as hard to make sure this event is a huge success.

Posted by Stephanie Piech at 2:48PM   |  Add a comment
LEED Certified Platinum Building: Park Business School

You might be hearing the buzz about the sustainability efforts being put forth for NCUR, but there are so many other aspects of the Ithaca College campus that you might see that are worth mentioning.

LEED Certified Platinum Buildings:
The Park School for Business and the Peggy Ryan Williams Center are both newly built buildings to achieve LEED certified Platinum. Go and check out the many energy saving, sustainable aspects of these buildings while you’re on campus. You will also notice construction on our new Athletics and Events Center, which will also be LEED certified.

CRT Stations:
During NCUR, we will be providing CRT stations around campus. CRT stands for Compost-Recycling-Trash. Ithaca College has an extensive recycling program, which includes composting all pre and post consumer food from the dining halls, and using all compostable serviceware in our retail locations.

What should you recycle?
Metal Cans
Glass Bottles (all colors)
#1-7 plastic bottles (the opening must be smaller than the base)
#5 plastic tubs (with the opening wider than the base)
Milk cartons and drink boxes

What can you compost?
All food scraps
Paper cups/plates
Compostable utensils
Sandwich wraps

For more information, visit /remp/
And look for CRT volunteers in green t-shirts at the conference

Bring your reusable mug to campus to get Spotted:
Bring your reusable mugs for coffee or tea at breakfast or to any retail location on campus and you may be spotted. Volunteers at the conference will be looking for mugs and handing out coupons for free coffee or tea to mug users. In addition, if you purchase a beverage in your mug at any retail location, you will receive $0.15 off of your purchase. If you don’t have a reusable mug, they can be purchased at the campus center food court. Using a mug rather than disposable cups will save the conference a significant amount of waste. Although our coffee cups are compostable, the more we can save, the better.
If you want to know more about sustainability, and what other people are doing, check out the “Sustainability Studies” category of NCUR!

-Stephanie Piech
Sustainability Intern, Ithaca Dining Services
For more information on Sustainable Dining at Ithaca go to:


Posted by Matthew Posillico at 10:28AM   |  Add a comment
Myself at a restaurant in Albany


My favorite restaurant in Ithaca is The Nines in Collegetown. The URL link for the website is listed below. Located on College Avenue, The Nines is an awesome place to go to if you want to just relax with a group of friends over a pitcher of beer and pizza. Their beer selection is great, and their pizza is AMAZING, easily my favorite pizza in Ithaca. When I hear people are going there for their first Nines experience, I always recommend their deep dish pizza. It is huge, you can load it with toppings, and it is delicious.


Besides the pizza and the beer, I also really enjoy The Nines’ atmosphere. It is a basic bar and pizzeria, nothing fancy, and they have live music and other activities happening at the bar almost every night. Thus, while you are hanging out with friends, eating pizza, and drinking a beer, you can also listen to some local talent or participate in a trivia night. Ultimately, I love The Nines, and I would recommend it to anyone!



Posted by Heather Mueller at 2:37PM   |  Add a comment
Man reading long list

Hello NCUR followers!

Right now, the National Conference of Undergraduate Research 2011 has over 63 abstract topics, and counting! We even expect to add more to the list as we come closer to the end of the registration period.

Not only are there a lot of topics, the topics significantly vary, from biochemistry to sport management, from communications to astronomy, from dance to sustainability, from African American studies to nursing, including many MANY more.

One abstract, entitled "An Analysis and Presentation of Duke Ellington's 'Satin Doll,'"explains how jazz music is about the combination of a simple melody that has complex harmonies.

Another abstract, entitled "Fruity Pebbles, Fruit by the Foot, and Pop Tarts as a "Good Breakfast": Using Media Literacy to Help Young Children Make Sense of Nutritional Messages in TV Commercials" dives into how children need to think critically about TV commercials, especially those pertaining to nutrition.

Want to learn more about these awesome abstracts? Then register NOW for NCUR 2011!!

There definitely won't be a shortage of topics this year at NCUR. So I have a challenge for you, see how many topics you can learn about at NCUR this year! Can you do that?

Until next time....


Posted by Bailey Reagan at 4:51AM   |  Add a comment
Get excited!

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Hey NCUR Participants,
I have taken a break from Ithaca College this semester and I am studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland. I'm having a great time here, but I sometimes think about all of you and how excited you must be to be arriving at Ithaca College for NCUR in a few short weeks. It feels like just yesterday we started planning for the conference.
I just wanted to remind you all again about the three fun and relaxing post-excursions we have for the conference. If you haven't signed up for one yet, I suggest that you do! You definitely won't regret it!

We invite you to take part in our Downtown Excursion where you will be able to shop, dine, and play! SHOP: Shop at our over 110 specialty shops and services. You can find clothing from Urban Outfitters to Evolution, record stores, books, souvenirs, gifts, jewelry, art galleries, craft stores, and so much more! Discounts will be given to a majority of our downtown stores! DINE: Ithaca has more restaurants per capita than New York City! Dine in one of our 50 resturants. We have cuisine ranging from vegetarian, to Thai, to Indian, to American, Austrian, Mexican, Chinese, and Mediterranean. Ithaca is also filled with delis and cafes. For this excursion you will we receiving numerous discounts to all of our restaurants. PLAY: Ithaca is a center for live music and entertainment. We have the historic State Theater, Cinemapolis Movie Theater, and many other music, art, and theatrical venues. For this excursion, we have planned a documentary screening at Cinemapolis (Ithaca's non-profit independent arts cinema) and Ghost Tours! Oh wait, did I mention we would be having a chocolate reception? YUM

If you're interested in the environment, want to learn more about sustainability, or like hiking then this excursion screams your name.
Sign up for this excursion and get ready to see why Ithaca is "gorges." This excursion will be a bus tour around Ithaca with a few "hot spots" that focus on the environment and sustainability. You will take stops at Ithaca Falls, Cayuga Lake, Montezuma Wildlife Refuge, take a hike of Taughannock Falls, and eat at the EcoVillage. This excursion will be a learning experience, but a whole lot of fun. Plus, anything you learn you can bring back to your campus and make a large difference in our world.

The last excursion will give you a chance to let your creative side loose! Corning, NY is known for their glassmaking past, present, and innovative future. The Corning Museum of Glass holds the world's best collection of art and historical glass and features hands-on exhibit experiences that tell the story of the science and technology behind glass creations. In addition to the guided and interactive tour though the museum, participants have the chance to participate in a glassmaking activity where they will be sandblasting their choice from an assortment of glasses! For more information, check out their website!

Again, congratulations on getting accepted to the conference and good luck with your presentations! Make sure you sign up for one of the above excursions before time runs out!

Until Next Time,

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