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College Briefs April 22

Documentaries from five countries awarded prize at local film festival

The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) announced the Best of the Fest Programmers’ Picks for 2021.

The five narrative and documentary films are from the United States, Morocco, France, Mexico and China. They deal with demolition, gentrification, migrants, narcos, Agent Orange, toxic waste, women’s friendship and more.

The titles are “Adam” by Maryam Tourani, Morocco, 2019; “Identifying Features” by Fernanda Valadez, Mexico, 2020; “One Says No” by Dayong Zhao, China, 2020; “The People vs. Agent Orange” by Alan Adelson and Kate Taverna, U.S., 2020; and “Rouge (Red Soil)” by Farid Bentoumi, France, 2020.

All of the all are available to watch at https://watch.eventive.org/fleff.


Campus groups work to provide students with Ramadan meals

Ithaca College Dining Services and the IC Muslim Student Association (MSA) are working to provide students with halal-friendly iftar meals for Ramadan.

The meals include two hot to-go boxes and one cold to-go for suhoor, and can be picked up at Kosher Korner in Terrace Dining Hall. If students do not have a meal plan, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life will cover the cost of the meals. Students can visit @ithacamsa on Instagram and follow the link in its bio to sign up for the meals, or email Katie Stone, Terrace Dining Hall manager, at kstone@ithaca.edu.


Community members encouraged to share information on surveys

The Retention and Engagement Strategy Team (REST) is gathering information on students and faculty being surveyed.

REST is conducting an inventory to understand why and when students are being surveyed and what kind of information campus community members are gathering. 

REST is creating a feedback system to analyze input on students’ experiences at Ithaca College. The system will span student’s college life from pre-orientation to graduation by engaging them at regular intervals that are incorporated into the college calendar.

The purpose of the inventory is to coordinate with other surveys needed to prevent redundancy and survey fatigue among students. REST will streamline instruments to avoid repeatedly asking the same questions, share findings with students to show that they are being heard and that action is being taken to meet their needs, and to share data with campus partners to maximize the impact of interventions and analytics.


Caregivers and children invited to participate in COVID-19 survey

Students in the Ithaca College Department of Psychology and Judith Pena-Schaff, professor in the Department of Psychology, are conducting a study of caregivers and their children’s (ages nine to 18) experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The purpose of the study is to explore the effects of the pandemic on caregivers and their children in the United States, especially one year after the start of the pandemic. The researchers are also interested in learning about the coping strategies that different families are using to try to maintain a sense of normalcy.

The survey asks questions about people’s responses and feelings to pandemic challenges, mood and emotional state, activities people and their children are doing to cope and perceptions about how people’s children are doing.

The survey also asks caregivers to consent to allowing children between the ages of nine and 18 to participate in a survey asking about their experiences over the past two months related to life changes due to the pandemic.

Participants in the survey can enter a raffle for a $75 Visa gift card. At the end of the survey, participants can click a link that will redirect them to the raffle site. The link to the survey is https://ithaca.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_elDRIGmSgHpsazk.


The Ithacan wins awards from New York State Press Association

Ithaca College’s student newspaper, The Ithacan, has received multiple awards from the New York Press Association Better College Newspaper Competition. All awards were presented in Spring 2021 for the 2020 calendar year.

The Ithacan won Best College Newspaper in New York state for 2020. This is the 19th time the paper has won this award. The Ithacan also won Best Sports Coverage, Best Use of Social media, second place for General Excellence, second place for Editorial Writing, second place for Design and second place for Best Website.

Senior Jill Ruthauser won first place for Best Photography. Junior Mikayla Rovenolt won second place for Best Photography. Sophomore Caitlin Holtzman won second place for Best News Story for “Fall 2020 Enrollment Drops as Hundreds Take Leaves and Defer,” published Oct. 1, 2020. Senior Ashley Stalnecker won third place for Best News Story for “Music Students Struggle with Demanding Culture and Courses,” published Feb. 6, 2020.


Office of International Programs to hold study abroad sessions

The Ithaca College Office of International Programs is continuing to offer information sessions and drop-in study abroad advising for the rest of the spring semester.

Study abroad drop-in office hours are being held at 12:10 p.m. April 22 and at 4 p.m. April 27. Students can join the Zoom waiting room during the one-hour window and will be let into the room once there is an advisor free. Students should bring questions they want answered as the drop-in sessions are not presentation sessions. Interested students should also talk with their academic advisor.

Students can learn more about the Ithaca College London Center is having an information session at 4 p.m. April 29. The session will provide students with information about studying in London either during the summer or during a semester.

The Institute for the International Education of Students (IES Abroad) is having an information session titled “IES Abroad: making the Most of Your Time Abroad” at 3 p.m. May 6. IES Abroad ambassadors, former study abroad students, and staff will discuss topics like making friends abroad, inexpensive ways to experience your host city and meeting locals.

Students can also schedule an appointment with a study abroad advisor to find the program that is right for them.

The Ithacan can be reached at ithacan@ithaca.edu or via Twitter: @IthacanOnline