Ithaca College's Top 10 Moments of 2013

ITHACA, NY — 2013 was a big year for Ithaca College. From documenting the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington to helping children with autism learn to communicate, the college broke new ground both on and off campus. The college also earned countless accolades and honors including being named a top producing school for Fulbright students.

Here are the top 10 Ithaca College stories from 2013 in random order:

With Horses and iPads, Children with Autism Learn to Communicate
Clinical faculty member Tina Caswell, together with Southern Tier Alternative Therapies, Inc. (STAT), is addressing the verbal communication challenges children with autism face by combining equine therapy and assistive technology through an exclusive program called Strides©. 

Slug Glue Could Replace Stiches
Professor Andrew Smith’s work with slugs and snails is paving the way to that day in the not-too-distant future when a needle and suture, or staple, are obsolete. “Gel like this would make an ideal medical adhesive," Smith says. 

Ithaca College Business Students Bring Big Ideas to Life
Students in the Business Idea Competition brainstorm ideas for new products or services, create professional business pitches, and connect with distinguished alumni and community members to make their dream a reality. Read more about their award winning ideas.

Would You Ride a Levitating Roller Coaster?
Professor Matthew Sullivan and his students have spent the last year researching the electromagnetic properties of superconductivity that could be the key to floating roller coasters in the future.

Not All Performance Enhancers are Illegal: Betaine Could Be Your Booster
According to a study supervised by Ithaca College’s Exercise and Sport Sciences Chair Thomas Swensen, betaine—a nutrient found in shellfish and beets—boosts athletic performance by nearly six percent when added to a sports drink.

Ithaca College Builds Its Own Integrative Core Curriculum
Ithaca College’s Integrative Core Curriculum facilitates the integration of not only a student’s curricular experiences (major, general education, electives), but also contributes to the integration of a student’s entire developmental experience while at Ithaca College.

Ithaca College School of Music Lands at Lincoln Center
The Ithaca College Choir and Symphony Orchestra performed at the prestigious Lincoln Center, one of the most prestigious venues in New York City, showcasing the School of Music's high level of innovation and artistry. The performance featured works by Poulenc, Britten and Lutoslawski.

Ithaca College Recognized as Top Producer of Fulbright Students
The U.S. Department of State recognized the colleges and universities that produced the most student Fulbright award winners in 2013–2014, and Ithaca College is among them. The success of the top-producing institutions was highlighted in the "Chronicle of Higher Education.”

Park School Students Document the March on Washington
Professor James Rada traveled to Washington with 13 students from the Park School to conduct interviews for the weekend edition of “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt.”

Actor David Boreanaz Delivers Commencement Address
Television and film actor David Boreanaz returned to his alma mater on Sunday, May 19, to deliver the main address to some 1,610 graduates and their guests at Ithaca College’s 118th commencement ceremony. Boreanaz earned his degree in cinema and photography in 1991 from the Roy H. Park School of Communications.

Originally published in IC News: Ithaca College's Top 10 Moments of 2013.