The Society of Professional Journalists has named The Ithacan the Best Weekly Student Newspaper in the Country in its annual Mark of Excellence Awards competition. 

The award, in the Best All-Around Non-Daily category, is for calendar year 2011 (Spring editor in chief Libby Sile ’11; Fall editor in chief Aaron Edwards ’12). Papers submitted issues on or near three dates specified by SPJ. This year’s issues submitted were published on March 3, October 6 and December 1, 2011. The Ithacan won First Place in SPJ’s Northeast Region in March, and then went on to compete against the winners in SPJ’s other 11 regions for the national award.

The award will be presented at SPJ’s national convention in September in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. SPJ is the largest professional organization of journalists in the country.

Congratulations to all the editors and staffers who made this the most successful year in the paper’s history.


Rachel Allen ’12, a communications management and design major, and Diana Cirullo ’13, an integrated marketing communications major, were selected to participate in the American Association of Advertising Agencies’ (4A’s) Multicultural Advertising Internship Program (MAIP). 

Through this program, racially and ethnically diverse college students have the opportunity to spend 10 weeks during the summer working at 4A’s member agencies.  Rachel will intern in account management at DraftFCB New York, and Diana will intern in the digital media department at The Martin Agency in New York City this summer.  The 4A’s is committed to helping multicultural aspiring advertising professionals break into the industry. 


Mara Alper’s video art Silent Echoes will screen at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London on April 19. It is part of Artists’ Film Club: Work from the Experimental TV Center Archive, a curated program “celebrating the great works that have been made at the Experimental Television Center over the years.” Alper has garnered numerous artist residencies and grants from ETC. Silent Echoes (1990) is a poetic exploration of issues of diversity in the workplace in the life of a spirited Haitian dancer.


Violet Senderai, a sophomore cinema and photography major, had her film, “Kuvuka Daraja” selected for the International Black Women’s Film Festival.

Her film is a psychological journey of an international student from Tanzania at Cornell University, dealing with being away from home, her love for dance and the sudden illness of her mother. The film is featured in both English and Swahili.


Jacqueline Wild '12, Gena Mangiaratti '13, Tanisha Graves, Kalok Lai '12, Hana Raskin '12, and Catherine Skovron ’12 will represent Ithaca College at the Conference for Undergraduate Research in Communication held at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) on April 18.


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