Thursday, March 31, 2005

PreVues was fabulous...

I just got back from tonight's PreVues event, and I have to tell you: We have some pretty amazing -- no, really amazing -- filmmakers in our midst. Tonight's features included animated, experimental and narrative films, and every one of them was compelling, and engaging, and moving -- all the things great films are supposed to be.

This was the first time we've held the PreVues event at home in Ithaca instead of in NYC or LA. We had a great turnout, a terrific screening, and lovely reception at Juna's afterwards -- what a success!

Thanks to Melissa Gattine and April Korpi for all their hard work, and to the members of the PreVues Committee who judged the entries and put the reel together.

And congratulations to all of the filmmakers whose work was judged best of the best!


Tonight, Thursday, is the first annual Ithaca PreVues....

Join us!

PreVues 5
Student Film/Video Showcase
Thursday, March 31
7:15 p.m. at Cinemapolis (on the Commons)
Reception to follow at Juna's Cafe

From an Alum: A PAID summer internship -- and hey, how about free housing, too?

This just in from an '04 grad:

I am a December 2004 TV/R (Ad/PR concentration) graduate of the Park School of Communications, and I am currently working for PNC Financial Services Group in Pittsburgh, PA in their corporate communications office as a communications specialist. I got the job based on the work I did during my internship for them this past summer, and I was informed today that they are still actively looking for a candidate for an intern for this coming summer.

It is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in Public Relations. The position requires good writing skills and involves writing for both internal employee) and external (media) audiences. Most of the internal communication is done through our employee intraweb and external involves pitching by phone and e-mail as well as the occasional news release. The internship pays (last year it was $16 an hour- I have no idea what they're paying this year) and if you live more than 50 miles outside of Pittsburgh, housing is provided for FREE.

If you know of ANYONE who might be interested, have them contact me at my work e mail address

I don't know if you know of people who are still looking for internships, but this is a great opportunity. More information on PNC, for anyone not familiar with the bank, can be found at Thanks!

-Michelle Meredith
TV/R '04

Olympics Internship Applications Now Available


Many of you attended the sessions this week with the NBC Sports representative who was on campus to distribute applications for interns for the 2006 Olympics in Turino, Italy.

If you missed the session, you can pick up an application in the Dean's Office (though if you're a sports media management major, I think you HAD to have attended the session in order to apply).

All applications are due April 15 in the Dean's Office. NBC will return to campus in late April and will interview EVERY applicant. So you'll have a chance to convince them in person as well as on paper.

The internships will run for about six or seven weeks, in late January and throughout February 2006. Interns will stay in the Olympics Media Village and will work as 'runners,' production assistants, and loggers. NBC will help make the arrangements, but interns will have to cover their own costs, including airfare, subsidized housing ($60/night for a double for a room that would typically cost about $200/night), and some food. NBC estimates the total cost at about $2500-$3000.

You should meet with your academic adviser (if you haven't already) to talk about how you can put together a package of independent studies, internship credits, mini-courses and other flexible learning opportunities to ensure that you can still graduate on time. If it's necessary, the Park School will offer a course beginning in mid-March to allow Olympics interns to earn credits; we'll have to see who gets selected and what they need. But in any case, we'll find a way to make this happen for you if you're lucky enough to be chosen.

NBC says they are visiting nine schools, but three of them are hospitality-related, such as Cornell's hotel school. They'll be accepting about 100 interns for the 2006 program.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to be part of the largest global media event in the world, to make new friends, to interact with the nation's most accomplished and famous journalists and sportscasters, and to have the time of your life.

If you're in LA or abroad, let Bonnie know and we'll email you the application. NBC will conduct telephone interviews with you guys.

Yippeee! Wish I were going....

Doing a summer internship? You MUST have harassment training

A new policy established last fall in the Park School requires all students who participate in internships to attend a training session focused on the laws pertaining to and the practices associated with the prevention of sexual harassment.

This semester's session, conducted by Traevena Byrd, Director of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, will be held Tuesday, April 19 from 12:10-1:05 p.m. in the Park Auditorium.

Park students planning to intern during summer 2005 are required to attend if
they have not attended one of the sessions held during the fall 2004 or
spring 2005 semesters. Students who will be participating in our Los
Angeles Program will attend a session held in L.A. once they arrive on
the west coast.

An Advertising Honor: Alpha Delta Sigma inductees

Congratulations to all of our IC seniors who were recently inducted into the national Advertising Honor Society, Alpha Delta Sigma: Christine Dorney, Sean Connacher, Nicole Steenburgh, Amanda Cobb, Molly McElroy, Yvone Chun, Lauren Hill, Lindsay de la Rigavdiere, Meghan Mosher, Mark Darwak, Rebecca Smith, Mary Nhotsavang, Ryan Wistreich, Kristen Barry, Kimberly Cooper, Devon Malcom, Sylvia Hlakusheva, Erin Coyne, Jennifer Herbolsheimer, Natasha Bhagat, Thomas Sears, and Lindsey Kolbe.

Alpha Delta Sigma is a national honorary society sponsored by American Advertising Federation (AAF) that recognizes and encourages scholastic achievement in advertising studies

Radio Journalist Mara Liasson is coming to Park!

It has been a semester of amazing events and programs, and we're not finished yet:

Mara Liasson, the national political correspondent for National Public Radio, will be on campus Thursday, April 7, as this year's Jessica Savitch Distinguished Journalism Lecturer.

Liasson will present a public lecture entitled, "A View From Washington: Covering Hot-Button Issues." The lecture is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in the Park Auditorium. Seating will be limited, so please arrive early.

Mara Liasson provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, DC -- focusing on the White House and Congress -- and also reports on political trends beyond the Beltway. Prior to her current assignment, Liasson was NPR's White House correspondent for all eight years of the Clinton administration.

Prior to joining NPR in 1985, Liasson was a freelance radio and television reporter in San Francisco. She was also managing editor and anchor of California Edition, a California Public Radio nightly news program, and a print journalist for The Vineyard Gazette in Martha's Vineyard.

You asked for it, you got it: Longer hours in Park

About a month ago, at a Park Advisory Council meeting, several of you asked why Park closes at 11 p.m., and why we couldn't find a way to involve students in monitoring the facility so the building could stay open until 1 a.m.

I took that request to David Priester, the man who almost always says yes when I ask him to take on a project of this kind.

And sure enough, he has managed to figure it out.

THIS IS A PILOT PROJECT -- meaning we're going to try it out the last month of the semester (crunch time for many of you). If we have *any* problems, we'll go back to the 11 p.m. closing hour. So please: let's all work together for the benefit of all of us.

Here's the program, as described by David:

1) The building closing time will be extended through 1:00am Sunday through Thursday from April 3 through April 28.

2) Most facilities will be open these extra hours. The notable exceptions will be the sound stage, the two television studios and Master control which will shut down at the usual time.

3) The dark rooms and 2nd floor computer labs will be open according to their usual procedures with a student assistant in attendance.

4) PPECS will be closing at the usual time, 11:00.

5) Other cinema, audio and video editing and post production facilities will remain open with the expectation that those using the final two hours will already be booked into the room by master control before 11:00pm. The assistant may not be able to operate WebCheckout. There will be a student assistant supervising the use of the building working out of a temporary office next to Master Control in room 160. This individual will be responsible for the final securing of the building each night.

Next time you see David, please take a minute to thank him. And here's hoping it works so we can give you more time to do the work you love.


And Speaking of Correction: A Humble Apology


Well, even good journalists make mistakes once in awhile. And ethical ones admit to them.

Here I am, being ethical (and sorry):

Last Sunday, in a very late-night flurry of blog postings, I congratulated many of our students who participated in the 50 Hour Marathon. I told them what a great job they had done and what an important effort it was. And I addressed all of that praise and thanks to the WRONG STATION. I KNOW that 106-VIC does the marathon; in fact, it was going on last year when I came to campus as a candidate for the dean's job, so it was the first major student event I was introduced to at Park. But the hour was late and my concentration was....well, not very concentrated. And I made the mistake.

106-VIC: I am sorry.

And great work on the marathon.


Wednesday, March 30, 2005

A correction: It's THURSDAY night

Hey everybody,

I posted the following announcement on Sunday, but I got the date wrong. TONIGHT is the Park Advisory Council meeting; TOMORROW night is the meeting for students interested in talking about the Antigua travel writing course. is so hectic these days, it can be hard to keep track of all the meetings and events!

Here's the corrected posting:

A quick update on plans for the travel writing course in Antigua in May:

I just heard back from Lonely, which is going to work with us to update their Antigua travel guide, and we'll be meeting in an online chat with Jill Agostino, travel editor for the New York Times, before we go.

We'll be writing and photographing both places and people while we're on the island. When we return to IC, we'll produce a magazine of our work, which we'll publish for distribution to the schools, libraries and government offices of Antigua.

Cool, huh?

About a dozen of you have expressed interest in participating, but most of you are worried about the costs (can't blame you; it is expensive...).

We've scheduled a meeting this week to talk about the program and the possibilities. If you're at ALL interested, please join us:

WHERE: Park 279
WHEN: Thursday, 5:50 to 7 p.m.



Tuesday, March 29, 2005

So what's on YOUR mind? Come and let me know....

Some of you are worried about classes and registration. Some of you are worried about gaming. And some of you are dying to go to the Olympics in 2006.

Whatever you're thinking about about, maybe I can help. And even if I can't, it's nice to be heard....

The Park Advisory Council is meeting Wednesday night, 7 to 8 p.m., in Park 285. We moved it from Tuesday or Thursday night so the NewsWatch folks could join us if they want to....

Please; Stop by, share your ideas and suggestions, and help us make Park a better place for all of us....

I look forward to seeing you.


Sunday, March 27, 2005

ImPrint Meeting TONIGHT

This just in from the college's new online magazine, ImPrint:

iMPrint Magazine: College Life’s Internet Magazine will be holding its first planning session for the Fall 2005 on MONDAY, MARCH 28 AT 7 P.M. IN PARK 322 (conference room on the third floor).

To become an official Park Media outlet means incorporating the ideas and skills of students across campus, but especially in the Park School.  This is a time for students to become involved with iMPrint and have a direct impact on its future.  Whether it is written content, web features, flash elements, online promotions, web editing, web design, photography, online gaming or something we haven’t even thought of yet, we want to incorporate your ideas into iMPrint’s new design.

With funding for next year and a professional site overhaul, iMPrint is poised to become Ithaca College’s premier online outlet for literary and long-form journalism, as well as convergence audio/video features and creative works (poems, short stories, etc).

iMPrint not only strives to provide useful and entertaining content, but also the tools for students to become actively involved in areas that they are passionate about.

People aren’t remembered for their intentions, but for their actions.  Leave your iMPrint at the meeting March 28 at 7 p.m. in Park 322 and during the coming years.

For more information, contact Chris Baxter, Editor in Chief, at

Intern at Disney next summer?

Hi everybody,

This just in from John Fracchia in Career Services:

I am writing to alert you to an internship opportunity that
may be of interest to you. Walt Disney World Resorts are
offering PhotoPass Photography Advanced Internship.

They recently e-mailed me the following information:
Your students will have an opportunity to gain real life work
experience and valuable knowledge through our Advanced
Internship. Students will be assigned a Nikon D-70, SLR to
use during their internship. They will have the opportunity to
earn the Nikon D-70 through our photographer incentive

We have found in our first two semesters of interns that
students with photography, film, video or fine arts
backgrounds seem to be our strongest candidates. We are
focusing on colleges and universities with these programs,
which is why we're hoping to have students from your school
join next semester. Students do not need to be alumni of the
Walt Disney World® College Program to apply for Disney's
PhotoPass Photography Advanced Internship."

More information about this opportunity can be obtained at
the Job & Internship Fair on March 29 (4-7 p.m. Emerson
Suites), or at the Disney College Program information
session that same evening in Textor 101 (7 p.m.).

From one blogger to another: Check out LA!

You guys,

Suds is out in LA, blogging his life as an intern/Parkie living in the city of big dreams and fast cars (lots and lots of both).

For those of you who have already been to the LA program, it'll make you nostalgic for the sunshine, the traffic, and the Hollywood Hills.

For those of you still planning to go, it'll give you a sense of why everybody RAVES about the experience...

The headline of this entry is a live link, but fyi, the URL is

Way to go, Suds! sleep, lots of pizza, and $3,300 for charity: Way to go, 106-VIC! (AND BOY, AM I SORRY....)

NOTE: This posting originally said WICB instead of 106-VIC. And I KNEW that VIC does the marathon...but last night, in the rush to post about a dozen blog notes, I had a meltdown and got it wrong. No excuses. But a HUGE apology to VIC. Mea culpa. I am sorry.

A few days have passed since 106-VICs annual marathon for charity, but it's not too late to acknowledge and congratulate all the people who worked so hard to stay up, stay psyched, and raise thousands of dollars for a very worth charity.

(Drum roll......)....and their names are:

The hosts of the Marathon were Peter Davis and Kristen Zatina.

The "Street Team" of station manager Meaghan Schick and Ryan Whitcomb stayed up almost the entire 50 hours.

Other key people:

Josh Scollins, promotions director;
Jennifer Dame, marathon sales manager.
Maggie Brockmann, technical coordinator who set up almost all the remotes.
Jeff Cohen, music director, who also organized the battle of the bands at Castaway's, which brought in over $900.
Bobbielee Hubbard, production manager, who did a some of of the pre-production, plus the highlight tape.
Dan Henning, WICB's production manager, who did a ton of work, such as promos, good luck messages from the staff and IDs.
Heather Curtis, news director, who produced the information segments during the marathon.

And finally, Chris Wheatley, station adviser.

Congratulations -- and great work!

PreVues: A Park Gala!

OK, so this week is probably the busiest of the semester so far, but we ALL have time to stop, celebrate, and enjoy one another's company...don't we?

Tonight (Thursday)is the first (annual) PreVues Gala in Ithaca, and I hope you'll all put on your snazziest gala clothes and join the fun.

We'll start at Cinemapolis on the Common at 7:15 for an hour (plus) screening of the best student work of 2003-2004. The party will then adjourn to Juna's across the Common for a little food, conversation and celebration.

As you may know, PreVues has in the past been held in NY or LA, which meant that only a very few Parkies could attend. This year, we decided to move it a little closer to home as a way of reminding all of us of our collective talent and creativity.

The event is free and open to the public, but it's really a Park party. Please be sure to join us.


Speaking of Antigua: Summer internships, anyone?

And speaking of Antigua...

Several representatives of the Antiguan media and government will be on campus in the coming weeks, and they're interested in recruiting Park students to work as summer interns at their film production company, newspaper, radio and television stations.

The internships would be non-paying, credit-bearing learning experiences. Participants will stay in the homes of local residents and will work full-time at their respective internship sites.

If you're interested, please contact Janice Levy at to let her know, and if possible, attend this week's organizational meeting:

WHERE: The Park Auditorium
WHEN: 12:10 p.m. Thursday

Travel writing in Antigua: Lonely Planet, NY Times, and Publishing your Work

Hey everybody,

A quick update on plans for the travel writing course in Antigua in May:

I just heard back from Lonely, which is going to work with us to update their Antigua travel guide, and we'll be meeting in an online chat with Jill Agostino, travel editor for the New York Times, before we go.

We'll be writing and photographing both places and people while we're on the island. When we return to IC, we'll produce a magazine of our work, which we'll publish for distribution to the schools, libraries and government offices of Antigua.

Cool, huh?

About a dozen of you have expressed interest in participating, but most of you are worried about the costs (can't blame you; it is expensive...).

We've scheduled a meeting this week to talk about the program and the possibilities. If you're at ALL interested, please join us:

WHERE: Park 279
WHEN: Thursday, 5:50 to 7 p.m.





As promised, representatives from NBC Sports will be on campus Monday to recruit interns to work at the 2006 Olympic Games in Italy.

Information sessions will be held from 4 to 5 p.m., and again from 7 to 8 p.m. in Textor 103. (The sessions will be repeats, so you need to attend only one). Applications will be distributed.

NBC will return to campus later this spring to interview finalists.

If you're interested, here's what you need to do:

1. Attend the information sessions.
2. Meet with your academic adviser NOW (if you haven't already) to put together a package of independent study, internship, and mini-course credits that will allow you to complete a full semester's worth of credits. You'll be in Italy for at least six or seven weeks, so you'll need to be creative and persistent in order to make this happen and still graduate on time.

I've heard from several of you who are either in LA or abroad and are interested in the opportunity. Not to worry: I'll get the application forms for you and will be in touch Tuesday with the information you need to apply. I'll find out from NBC how they want to handle interviews.

This is a great opportunity -- a first! -- for the Park School and for Ithaca College. I'll see you at the meetings!


Scholars gather for Occupied Spaces

Dear Park,

I'm pleased to invite you to attend all or part of the first Occupied
Spaces Symposium which will be taking place on April 8-9 at Ithaca

Occupied Spaces is a research symposium featuring a series of
talks, roundtables, research sessions, performances, and panels
unpacking gendered and racialized communication and representational
contours of geographic and/or symbolic occupations both nationally and

Initiated and organized by a diverse group of Park faculty, and
featuring scholars, artists, and performers from the College and around
the country, Occupied Spaces promises to be a stimulating and exciting

I hope to see you there.

No way...NG?

Please join me in congratulating Elizabeth Quill, who was notified last week that she will work this summer in Washington, D.C. as an intern for National Geographic. As you all know, the NG internship is one of the most competitive and prestigious professional opportunities available to college students, and we're pleased and proud to know that a Parkie (of course!) is among them.

Hurrah, Elizabeth!

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

A Gaming Collaborative with Cornell. You in?


As I said in my last posting, we are working on creating a collaboration with Cornell University that would include a course taught at Cornell but attended by Park students. The course, which would meet twice a week, would explore the development and production of video games; Park students would contribute their expertise in narrative and multimedia, and CU students, drawn from the Computer Science department, would be responsible for more technical aspects of the projects.

Sound like fun? Please contact my assistant, Bonnie Ryan, at and let us know. We'll schedule a meeting before registration begins to give you the information you need to decide if it's something you'd like to do.


Monday, March 21, 2005

Gaming? In Park? NO WAY. (But yes, it's true...and isn't that SO cool?)

Hey everybody,

There are so many great things happening in Park these days that I can hardly find the time to stop and blog it all for you...this one is really important, so PLEASE: Stop. Read. And share the information with the students you know don't read the blog.

First, one of the most exciting and important projects underway in Park is an initiative to establish a gaming degree program in the school. Yup. Games. But SERIOUS games: An academically rigorous, intellectually engaging, and WAY exciting degree program that will teach our students to understand, analyze, critique and produce immersive technologies in the form of games.

Interested? Then respond to two different invitations:

The first is an invitation to participate in a course with Cornell Computer Science students who share your interest in gaming. Parkies will provide the expertise in media, in narrative, in interface presentations, and CS students will work on the coding. It will be a team effort, a collaboration between and among the creative and the code. It's the first such course we've considered offering through Park, I'll pay for the shuttle to take you to class, and you'll have the chance to be a part of something brand new -- and truly extraordinary.

If you're interested, please contact me at, or Dr. Tammy Shapiro in the OCLD department. We'll have details in the next week or so.

And in the meantime, be SURE to attend the organizational meeting of the gaming initiative here in Park. Here's an invitation from the faculty who are spearheading the program:

Do YOU like video games?
Do YOU want to create games?
Do YOU want to study games?
Do YOU want to work in the game industry?
Do YOU think Park should have courses devoted to games?

If you answered YES to any of the above YOU should attend the

Student Input Session
Working Group on Video Games at Ithaca College
March 31 @ 12noon in Park 220

Topics to be discussed:

-Bring together students who want to be involved in research involving games
-Make students aware of resources, faculty, and students interested in games
-Host discussions, panels, forums on topics and issues surrounding games
-Bringing in guest speakers from the game industry
-Hosting a conference on games
-Creating courses or workshops on game design and creation
-Bring together students interested in collaborating on creating games

Interested students should contact Kim Gregson ( or
Dennis Charsky ( for more information.

Hope to see you on Thursday March 31st at 12noon in Park 220!

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Power to the [Doc Research] People!

In an editorial in yesterday's Louisiana Weekly, editor Edmund Lewis writes about the murder of Levon Jones, a 25-year-old African-American who was killed at a New Orleans bar on New Year's Eve. The story quotes many of Jones' friends and family, who are struggling to understand his death; Jones was beaten to death by two white bouncers at the club after he intervened when his friend failed to meet the bar's dress code.

Here's what Lewis had to say about the event:

In fighting for justice for Levon Jones and his family, we are fighting for ourselves. If it happened to Levon, it could happen to any of us, our children or grandchildren.

The good news is that six college students from Ithaca, New York were in New Orleans last week working on a documentary about the murder of Levon Jones. While the New Orleans Police Department reportedly has refused to talk to them, community activists and organizers have given them an earful. Since we talk all the time about young people who are self centered and apathetic, these young people should be commended for giving up their spring break to work on a documentary about a racially charged murder.

All power to the people.

Makes you proud to be a Parkie, doesn't it?


Egads...Where have I BEEN? (Plus: How to get a job, and other words of wisdom...)

Hey everybody,

I'm BACK! Actually, I'm least not physically. I'm writing this from a hotel in Manhattan, where I'm spending the afternoon catching up on my email and finding out how things are going back home at IC. (I spent the early afternoon at an advisory council meeting of NYC alum; more on that in a minute....)

Speaking of email, do you all have a GMail (Google) email account? Hate to sound like a bad ad, but if you don't, you should. It comes with a GIG of storage space (who says you can't send those megafiles?); it has the most astonishing archiving and search engines (go figure, it IS Google); and it's F-R-E-E. The only catch (and it's really just a snag, not a full-fledged catch) is that you have to be recommended for an account by somebody who already has one. So ask your friends and relatives -- or ask me. me at And I'll sign you up...

Now, back to the NYC Advisory Council. This is a group of amazing alumni who are very successful in a wide variety of NYC media organizations. For example, Cindy Vannoy is VP of advertising and promotion at ABC Sports; Stuart Zimmerman is VP of sales development at Columbia Tri-Star; Art Moore is VP of programming for WABC-TV in New York; Bob Scinto is a director for ABC television; and David Lebow is VP of AOL Media Networks -- just to name a few.... These are people who remain committed to the Park School and to Ithaca College, and they're willing to continue to donate their most valuable assets -- their time, their insights, and their expertise -- to making the school an extraordinary learning environment for all of us.

We had a great conversation about what THEY think a Park grad ought to know. It was like "How to Get a Job 101," and their suggestions included the following:

1. Learn how to write. Writing, they agreed, is the most important talent and skill a communicator can possess. It doesn't matter what platform, or what kind of media you're working in. If you can write, you're going to be way ahead of the game.
2. Don't pad your resume. When you're writing your resume, be sure to include the relevant information -- but don't spell out every detail. Remember: your readers are busy. They want to know the facts, not the fluff.
3. Include your references. Regardless of other advice you've received, include the names of your references with your resume. "Why would anyone write "References provided upon request?!" said one alum. "Why would I ever bother to take the time to track down YOUR references? If you want me to have them, send them to me!"
4. Pay attention to the environment you're working in. Every organizational culture and workplace is different; each has its own expectations and practices. If everybody around you is working 10-hour or 12-hour days, that's a signal to you that you, too, will be working that long and that hard...and if you're interested in succeeding, that's exactly what you'll plan to do.
5. Be interested. All of the alum described interacting with Park students at one point or another who exhibited no energy or interest in the meeting. Regardless of whether the person you're talking to is exactly the employer you want to work for, "everybody knows people in this town." Do everything you can to impress everyone you meet. "You never know who I could send your resume to," said one alum.
6. And once you have an internship or a job, be aware of how you can expand your skills, take advantage of new opportunities, and move up in the company. That doesn't mean being pushy or aggressive; it means being sensitive to what's happening around you, and being willing to step up and do what needs to be done. One alum described one of our current Park students as "extraordinary, she got it, she was always right there, willing to do it -- we would have hired her in a minute."

Great advice, from people who know - so I thought I would pass it along.

Tomorrow, I'm headed to a black-tie dinner (no red clogs at this affair...) sponsored by the Bayliss Foundation (we're talking 450 people in tuxedos and evening gowns....). It's an annual fundraiser, but this year, the Foundation will announce the creation of a new program of scholarships and fellowships for a select group of ten colleges and universities -- the best of the best in college radio. And you guessed it: I'm there not because I feel like getting dressed up with 449 people I've never met. (Though that could be fun, too...) I'm there because the Park School is among those programs, and will be recognized tomorrow evening as a recipient of the new scholarships and internships. I wish Chris Wheatley and all of you who actually DO radio at IC could be here with me...and I wouldn't even care if you weren't wearing a cumberbund (ok, so who knows what a cumberbund is?). Really.

What else is new? Well, I've been hearing from people who want to take the travel-writing course in Antigua in May. It IS expensive, so we're thinking about fundraising and other creative possibilities. I am So looking forward to it.

The bus is leaving (has left) for Ann Arbor, loaded up with David Gatten and his trusty band of film fanatics. As many of you know, the AA trip is an annual tradition at Park, and according to those who have made the trip, it is a transformative and deeply important experience.

Speaking of which, Seymour Hersh is on campus next Thursday. Be sure to come early; it's going to be standing room only.


Thursday, March 10, 2005

Following up on later Park hours


I just read the comments on the posting about keeping the Park School open until 1 a.m. during the last month of classes. (See, I do read your comments on the blog...)

I want to clarify that we're not talking JUST the second floor. Sorry for the confusion. We're talking about most of the labs on the first and second floor, with the exception of the television studios and a few other low-demand spaces.

The debate is whether it's worth trying. I'm convinced it is.

Are you?


Travel Antigua...with the Dean


Ever thought about being a travel writer? a magazine writer? a literary journalist? (How about an explorer, an adventurer, a vagabond?)

If so, please consider joining me in Antigua the last two weeks of May for a workshop designed to help you master the craft of writing about place.

What will it involve?

We'll meet first here on campus. We'll talk about the nuts and bolts of magazine writing in general, and travel writing in particular. You'll find out how people get a job at places like Lonely Planet and Fodor's. You'll get a sense of the marketplace, how to pitch a story, and what travel and magazine editors are looking for when they read a proposal. And we'll examine the culture and history of Antigua as a backdrop to your own experiences there.

On May 16, we'll become travel writers. Once on the island, your work will be limited only by your imagination and observation skills. You'll wander. You'll watch. You'll listen. You'll ask questions. And you'll engage with the art of voice -- character, narrative and pacing -- as you capture the stories of an island nation and its people.

And, of course, you'll write. And critique. And rewrite. Until it's perfect.

When we get back to Ithaca, we'll compile your work into a magazine that we will publish for distribution to Antiguan schools and libraries.

If you've ever considered working as a literary journalist, as a magazine writer, as a travel writer....heck, if you've ever considered working as a writer of any kind, this will be an experience worth having.

Here are the details:

When: May 15-28. We'll fly out of JFK.
Tuition: $690/credit (it's a one-credit workshop)
Lodging and food: $1650 (inclusive of taxes and fees and all services at Jolly Beach Resort; based on $110 per person, double occupancy). It's a beautiful place, but this is not an island vacation...this is about work. Hard work. And that's the best part.
Airfare: $399 (inclusive of all taxes and fees) from JFK. Such a deal.

TOTAL: $2739

If you're interested, please email me or contact my assistant, Bonnie Ryan, at, or 4.3895.

Please consider joining me. I can't wait.

All best,

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

PreVues comes home to Ithaca so YOU can be there


As many of you know, the Park School has in recent years sponsored a screening of student work in LA and (on occasion) New York. The events were successful, but they didn't quite meet our goals for a grand celebration of the 'best of the best' student film and video work.

This year, as in past years, faculty nominated the best student work of the 2003-2004 academic year, and a juried panel selected the winners (with help from two special alumni jurors).

And this year we've decided to bring PreVues home. We've rented out Cinemapolis on the Commons, and we'll move the party to Juna's Cafe after the screening.

PLEASE COME, bring your friends, and join us in a gala event in honor of the creativity, talent and accomplishment of a special group of Parkies.

Here are the details:
PreVues 5
Student Film/Video Showcase
Thursday, March 31
7:15 p.m. at Cinemapolis (on the Commons)
Reception to follow at Juna's Cafe

I look forward to seeing you all!


Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Listen to Robots: It's Perfect (Parkie) Sound

Hey everybody,

Check out "Robots" when it hits the theaters next week....and be sure to listen well. That perfect sound you hear is the artwork of alum Sean Garnhart, a sound designer whose credits include "There's Something about Mary"; "Sleepy Hollow"; "Men in Black 2" and "Ice Age."

Every time I turn around, I run into another successful Park alum. This one is just a little....well, noiser than most. (And I mean that in the nicest possible way...)

Park? Open until 1 a.m.??? You got it...with your help


Since my arrival on campus in August, students have been talking to me about the possibility of keeping the Park School open until 1 a.m.

In response to a suggestion by a student at a recent Advisory Council meeting, we've decided to test out a model currently in use by the Music School.

Here's the deal:

During the four weeks leading up to and including finals week in April/May -- crunch time in the Park School -- we're going to pilot a program that will assign student monitors to the labs between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m.

We'll pay them. And they'll keep an eye on the facilities, provide support, and clear the building at the stroke of one o'clock.

(Students who are in the building with their professors will still be allowed to stay as long as the professor stays, as has been our practice in the past.)

As I said, this is a PILOT project. That means if it works, we continue doing it. And if it doesn't, we stop. Like, right away.

The program's success depends upon you....all of you.

We will need at least three 'monitors' between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. every night the building is open -- which looks like Monday through Thursday. That means we'll need a group of you to contact David Priester in PPECS and volunteer to take the jobs (and it would be helpful if at least some of you are really good at Final Cut Pro....) If you're interested, please let him know asap.

We will also need all the rest of you to be polite, cooperative, and compliant when the monitors say it's 1 a.m. and it's TIME TO GO.

I trust completely that this will be a huge success and we'll be able to establish this as 'standard operating procedure' in Park.

Please let David know you're willing to participate.


Egads: News, news, news!

Hey everybody,

It's been four whole days since I last posted here -- an eternity in Park time. That's not to suggest that things have slowed down or there isn't a lot to report; that's never the case, even during Spring Break! (By the way, I hope you're all having a restful, relaxed and safe vacation...and you'll be back next week, ready to go!)

The posters arrived today from NBC, outlining the details of the 2006 Olympics internship meeting: March 28, from 4 to 5 p.m., and again from 7 to 8 p.m., in Textor 103. You only have to attend once; the second session will be a repeat of the first.

I also got some great news from Professor Ben Crane, who reports that Mad Cow Crusaders, one of the films produced by students in his Doc Research course last year, is a finalist in the Video Documentary category of The National Broadcasting Society's 2004-2005 Awards competition.

The awards will be presented in Hollywood Saturday night. The show's producers -- Matt Antalek, Jaime Foster, Dan Shott, and Rachel Webster -- will attend and will send photos.

Congratulations to them, and to Dr. Crane. What an honor, and what a great tribute to an extraordinary learning experience.

Speaking of extraordinary: the works of two Park photo students, Stephanie Meyer and Jason van Staveren, have been included in the 2005 Annual Photo Show of the State of the Art Gallery in downtown Ithaca. The show opened March 4 and will continue through April 8. Congratulations, Stephanie and Jason! And to the rest of you, stop in next time you're downtown and enjoy the show!

I'm off next week -- I know, I know, just in time for you all to be back on campus - to my first meeting of the New York City Advisory Council. It's a group of alumni first established by former Dean Tom Bohn, and I'm very excited about the opportunity to work with such a highly professional and experienced "sounding board" for our ideas and plans.

I'll also be attending the gala dinner announcing the Bayliss Foundation's new radio scholarship/fellowship program. As I've reported here before, Park is one of ten communications programs nationwide to be included in this major initiative, spearheaded by the foundation and supported by the radio industry. The event -- black-tie, evening gowns, I'm going shopping as soon as I hit the city -- is expected to draw as many as 450 radio enthusiasts. It's a testament to the reputation of the Park School that it is so clearly recognized as among the best of the best....

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Let's chat: Park Advisory Council meeting tonight

I know, I know: most of you are heading out for spring break. (Hurrah!) But if you're still on campus tonight, we've got two events worth coming to:

At 6:30, we're meeting in Park 281 for our bimonthly gathering of the Park Advisory Council. I'll have a few updates to report on things like unlocking doors and including students on committees, and -- as usual -- I'll take notes on your ideas and suggestions.

At 7:30, Dr. Ben Crane will be presenting a second showing of the two documentary films produced by students in his Doc Research course. You may have heard about them; now's your chance to see them.

Hope to see you there!

NBC Olympics Internship meeting scheduled

Hey everybody,

I've heard from scores of you who are really excited about the possibility of interning with NBC at the 2006 Olympics in Italy.

Susan Stogel and her associates from NBC will be on campus to make a presentation and distribute internship applications as follows:

Date: Monday March 28, 2005
Times (2) - Two Presentations: 4-5 pm and 7-8 pm
Place: Textor 103

Please be sure to mark your calendars, tell your friends, and talk to your academic adviser about how you might be able to be away from campus for six weeks and still complete your requirements to graduate on time.

See you there!


Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Come join us: The Admin Council needs a student rep


At our last Student Advisory Council, we talked about increasing student representation in Park decisionmaking. There are several ways to do that, and I am supportive of them all.

First, we can invite students to participate in the Park School's governance. That means student representation on our committees.

Today, at the Dean's Administrative Council -- comprised of all the department chairs; Dr. Sandra Herndon, the director of our grad program; David Priester from PPECS; Karen Wheeler, the dean's budget director; and Dr, Virginia Mansfield-Richardson, Associate Dean -- we talked about the value of student participation.

In response to that discussion, I've asked the faculty to consider inviting students onto every one of the Park committees (with the exception of those dealing with personnel issues). Each committee will make its own decision on the issue, consistent with its bylaws.

In the meantime, my Admin Council would like to invite you to apply to become a student representative to the committee. This is my 'leadership team,' which means we're likely to be discussing anything from budgets and enrollments to the qualities of leadership in an institution of higher education. We'll have two student reps, one from the undergrad and one from the grad program.

If you're interested, please email me, explain why you'd be a good representative, and what you'd bring to the discussion. We'll make the appointments for the 2005-2006 academic year.

Please: consider joining us. Your voice matters.