IMC's Elizabeth Stoltz Receives Honors at James. J. Whalen Academic Symposium

IMC major Elizabeth Stoltz, '13, was honored by this year's James J. Whalen Academic Symposium for her oral presentation of “Beyond the Pillow Talk: How Gender, Media and Politics Shape the Role and Legacy of First Ladies, 1961-2012” on April 4 at the event held in Emerson Suites at Ithaca College. The symposium featured over 240 presentations from all schools on campus. The projects represent the best student work accomplished at the College and are evidence of the important role that student-faculty collaboration plays in learning at Ithaca. Elizabeth’s faculty sponsor was Adam Peruta, assistant professor in Integrated Marketing Communications in the Department of Strategic Communication.

Elizabeth's paper, “Beyond the Pillow Talk: How Gender, Media and Politics Shape the Role and Legacy of First Ladies, 1961-2012,” examined the degree to which the initiatives of first ladies Jacqueline Kennedy to Michelle Obama have aligned with the respective president's domestic social policies.


Elizabeth said, "This past fall semester, I had the opportunity to immerse myself in public policy research as a student at Cornell University's Cornell in Washington program. This research paper allowed me to explore the intersections of gender, media and politics through the lens of first ladies' activities and exhaustive contributions to the country. It was certainly an honor to present my research at Ithaca College Whalen Symposium, and I am looking forward to presenting it once more at the National Council on Undergraduate Research this April."


Elizabeth has also written a blog post on her semester in Washington that provides more details on her research experience. Her blog can be viewed at:  /parkscholars/blogs/ps:_this_is_it./a_semester_in_our_nations_capital/#.UWSC3ltATUM.



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