Thursday, September 29, 2005

Who do you love? ICB!

Who says we're not better than the pros?

Nobody who listens to ICB.

Pick up a copy of this week's issue of the Ithaca Times, and you'll see that the people who would know -- our listeners -- voted WICB as the best radio station in Ithaca in the newspaper's "best of Ithaca" competition.

We know we're the best. But it sure feels good to know that everybody else knows it, too -- doesn't it?

Hurrah ICB!

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Eat well, do good

Eat Well and Do Good: a bunch of Park students are organizing a fundraiser THURSDAY, SEPT. 30 for hurricane victims. It's called "A Commons Cause" and they've partnered with downtown restaurants and bars for the evening, which will be donating a percentage of their profits to the Red Cross. So head to the Commons Thursday night, eat and drink well, and feel good about making a difference.

THE Game Guy is coming to Park

Ever wonder how they design those video games you and your friends love to play? Ernest Adams, one of the country's real experts on video gaming, will be at the Park School next Wednesday, October 5. He'll be in Ithaca all day, and will spend the morning at Park and the afternoon over at Cornell, presenting the same workshops on both campuses, with a public lecture on Wednesday night.

Here's the schedule -- and if you're interested, let Melissa know asap. Space is limited.

Game Design Workshop with Ernest Adams
Wednesday, Oct. 5
9-11 a.m.
Park 220
Registration required as space is limited. Sign up with Melissa Gattine in Park 378
This workshop is designed for faculty, staff, and students who are familiar with games and are interested in the design process.

Public Lecture
"The Future of Computer Entertainment, 2005-2050"
Wednesday, October 5,
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Room B17, Upson Hall, Cornell Univ.

Brief Bio:
Adams has been in the game design industry since 1989 and is the author of two books, Andrew Rollings and Ernest Adams on Game Design
and Break into the Game Industry: How to Get a Job Making Video Games. He was most recently employed as lead designer at Bullfrog Productions
on the Dungeon Keeper Series, and for several for several years before that, he was the audio/video producer on the Madden NFL Football product line.
He has developed online, computer, and console games for everything from the IBM 360 mainframe to the Playstation 2.
He was the founder of the International Game Developers' Association and is a frequent lecturer at the Game Developers' Conference.

This is REALLY cool!

Zack Wilson has been working for months on a really amazing project that collaboration and communication and connection -- right here at IC. Here's Zack's description:

We'd like to introduce you to "the nZ Network" - which is an idea from a group of students at Ithaca College about allowing people to collaborate and communicate in the creative arts with others involved.

It can be found at

This is something new. Kind of like a Facebook for media students and producers - except designed for people to collaborate, share their own work to display and to get feedback, have a past history of productions available, get to work with people you'd never have had the chance to before, and help people to REALLY get to know the media in every aspect - even outside of your concentrations.

Some of the features and areas are :

"My Productions" - where all of the productions you are currently involved with can post their schedules, scripts, photos, rehearsal times, etc and are only available to people within the production.

"My Profile" - an area where you can showcase your previous experiences, production interests, abilities, and photos. Others and yourself can access this information and find people who might be interested in areas of productions

"Want Ads" - This is a section where upcoming productions can post positions needed in crew and acting. Also if you are seeking any sort of crew or acting position, you can place an add as well.

"Show Us Your Stuff" - Where people can post their work and receive feedback from the community.

"Knowledge Base" - An area where if you run into a technical problem, or are looking for advice or sources of information - you can find it.

Why are we doing this? Simply because we want to network, learn, display, connect, and see what happens. You probably do too - or you wouldn't be in media.

The more we know as we graduate, the better we are when we get into jobs. The better we are when we get jobs, the more employers and the media industry will recognize our college and our networks as valuable. The more our college becomes recognized, the most valuable your degree and experience at them are. We go to one of the best communications schools, have some of the best acting abilities, the best designers, the best journalists, the best musicians - take advantage of it! This can give you the ability to network with the best - which a lot of us know is half of the battle.

We encourage both students, faculty members, and community members interested in any sort of media or art form to join the network. The best way to learn in the creative arts is to build on each others knowledge and to collaborate with other talented individuals.

If you have any questions - please feel free to contact me at

Zack Wilson - 2007 TV/Radio

Today in the Park School

Hey everybody,

Eloise Green came walking into the dean's office today holding "another plaque" -- this one a community award for ICTV. She laughed when I observed that we must have a stack of these things a mile high by now. That's just how it is at ICTV.

Speaking of Park and television, here's some news about "Walking the Line," the documentary produced by Jeremy Levine and Landon Van Soest: clips of the doc will air on Free Speech TV at 8 pm Oct. 9. The film has been accepted at 15 film festivals and was a finalist in the Angelus Awards, which “honors student filmmakers whose work explores the complexity of the human condition with creativity, compassion and respect.” The piece also received top prize in the “Human Rights/Human Dignity” category at the Ohne Kohle International Film Festival in Austria/Germany.

The next local screening of Walking the Line will be at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19 at Uris Hall, Cornell University as on part of the Latin American Film Series. For more information about Walking the Line, visit

If you haven't seen it, you should. Cornell is just a couple of hills away....

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Lunch, great ideas, lunch, and more great ideas

Hey everybody,

We had the first meeting today of the Park School's new Dean's Host Committee, a group of Park students who will be the leaders of our new Outreach Program for prospective students.

The group will meet over the next six weeks to develop a new approach to the way we interact with our prospective students -- from Park and college tours, to overnight visits, to phone-a-thons to accepted students (we agreed they'd be OK, but ONLY if we got a bunch of Park kids together, representing all majors, and let them do the calling together...AND if we let the accepted students know in advance that we'd be calling....) I bought lunch, and boy, what a great investment! I already have a list of great ideas and possible program changes, and we're just getting started.

We're planning our next meeting in a couple of weeks -- I'm ordering fajitas, they're the best Sodexho lunch there is -- to keep the conversation going. After that, we'll come up with a set of important ideas and talking points that all Park tour guides will use in their presentations -- developed by students, FOR our prospective students -- and we'll start holding training workshops for all of our tour guides. We agreed that we want to talk to prospective students about LIFE in the Park School -- not about the technology, but about how and why we use it the way we do.

I left the meeting feeling so great about the talent, energy and commitment of our's amazing.

If you missed the first meeting and want to join us, let me know by contacting April Korpi, my assistant, at, or by calling 4-3895.


Be a photographer, right here in Ithaca

I just got this from the Ithaca Times, the local arts and entertainment some spare time and want to build your portfolio? Here's your chance:

The Ithaca Times is seeking a student(s), who would be interested in an unpaid photography internship. The intern would work directly with our photographer to take on assignments that fit his or her schedule. It is a deadline-oriented position where the intern would be responsible for taking the assigned photos, downloading them into the newspaper’s system and then performing all the necessary Photoshop requirements for reproduction. The person should be an independent worker with strong photography skills.

Be a photographer, right here in Ithaca

I just got this from the Ithaca Times, the local arts and entertainment some spare time and want to build your portfolio? Here's your chance:

The Ithaca Times is seeking a student(s), who would be interested in an unpaid photography internship. The intern would work directly with our photographer to take on assignments that fit his or her schedule. It is a deadline-oriented position where the intern would be responsible for taking the assigned photos, downloading them into the newspaper’s system and then performing all the necessary Photoshop requirements for reproduction. The person should be an independent worker with strong photography skills.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Congratulations to Emmy Award–Winning IC Alums

So talk about being in great company.....

Ithaca College graduates Chris Regan ’89 and Mike Royce ’86 were among the winners at the 57th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony, held Sunday,September 18, in Los Angeles. Four other IC alums had also been nominated for awards for their work in television over the past year.

Regan, a writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, picked up his fourth Emmy in the category of outstanding writing for a variety, music, or comedy program. He is a five-time nominee and this is the third straight win.

Royce took home his second Emmy statue as executive producer of outstanding comedy series winner Everybody Loves Raymond. Royce had also been nominated in the outstanding writing for a comedy series category for his work on the show’s final episode. A five-time nominee altogether, Royce won in 2003 as the show’s supervising producer.

The other Ithaca graduates in the running for Emmy statues this year were

• Five-time Emmy winner Barbara Gaines ’79, who was nominated once again in the outstanding variety, music, or comedy series category in her role as executive producer of The Late Show with David Letterman;

• Another Letterman contributor, lighting designer Steven Brill ’80, who received his first Emmy nomination for outstanding lighting direction for variety, music, or comedy programming;

• Mad TV production designer John Sabato ’80, who earned his sixth nomination for outstanding art direction for a variety, music program, or special; and

• Three-time acting nominee CCH Pounder ’75, who was up this year for best supporting actress in a drama series for her role as detective Claudette Wyms in The Shield.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

If you haven't had it, you need it: Sexual harassment training for internship-bound students

All Park School students planning an internship during fall 2005 are
required to attend the session being presented by Traevena Byrd,
Director of the Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity
Office, on

Thursday, September 22, 2005
12:10-1:05 p.m.
Park Hall Auditorium

Internships are 'real world' experiences that can include all of the
challenges and problems of the workplace - including sexual
harassment. As a student working in a new professional environment,
it is important that you know your rights and responsibilities. By
attending this informative session, you will know how to define and
identify sexual harassment, know what to do if you are being
harassed, and understand how to avoid common pitfalls to prevent
being a potential harasser.

Leno, tomorrow night. Be there.


I just heard from Brian Herzlinger, star and co-director of My Date With Drew -- and, of course, an alum.

Here's the email:

Hey guys!

I will be on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno tomorrow (Wednesday night) if you wanted to tune in! I will be doing a correspondent piece in the first half hour, so I hope you enjoy it!


Cool, eh? Now YOU can tune in to Leno tomorrow night and say, Oh, yeah, that's Brian. He's a Parkie. Like me.


See you there?

Bill Moyers, one of the country's most respected and important journalists, will speak at 7:30 tonight in the Hill Center's Light Gymnasium. I'm anticipating we'll have a full house, but I want to invite you, our students, in particular. A wide variety of individuals on campus and in the community have asked to speak with him while he's here, and he has basically said no, that's not the purpose of his visit. He is here to talk to you, our students. You're his focus, and his priority, and I am certain you will find him thought provoking and compelling -- whether you agree with his perspective or not.

A few quotes will give you a sense of how he sees things in the world:

Upon his retirement from television in December 2004:
"I'm going out telling the story that I think is the biggest story of our time: how the right-wing media has become a partisan propaganda arm of the Republican National Committee. We have an ideological press that's interested in the election of Republicans, and a mainstream press that's interested in the bottom line. Therefore, we don't have a vigilant, independent press whose interest is the American people."

“It's just a fact: Democracy doesn't work without citizen activism and participation, starting at the community. Trickle down politics doesn't work much better than trickle down economics. It's also a fact that civilization happens because we don't leave things to other people. What's right and good doesn't come naturally. You have to stand up and fight for it — as if the cause depends on you, because it does. Allow yourself that conceit — to believe that the flame of democracy will never go out as long as there's one candle in your hand.”

Hope to see you all there.

Again, again, and again.....Hurrah!

So it had been a couple of weeks since we last announced that one of our students or media have been nominated for an award, and I was wondering what was up...No worries, we're back on schedule, this just in: :-)

Chris Baxter ’08, has been named a finalist in the 2005 Associated Collegiate Press Story of the Year competition. The story ran in the April 21, 2005, issue of The Ithacan and can be found at:

Baxter, a journalism and politics double-major, is one of five finalists in the national competition's News Writing category. Winners will be announced at the National College Media Convention Oct. 26-30, 2005 in Kansas City.

The Associated Collegiate Press is the largest and oldest national membership organization for college student media in the United States.

Congratulations, Chris, and the Ithacan!

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Updates: Zack, and the IC Film Club


Zack is back from New York City, where he interviewed alum Mark Romanek for MTV-U; he says it went well and wonders why we haven't asked Romanek to come to campus. The short answer is that we have, several times, but he's just too booked to find the time. Maybe he'll change his mind now that he's had the opportunity to meet Zack....

And several of you couldn't make it to the IC Film Association meeting last week because you had to attend O'Brien's lecture (which was great, by the way). If you're still interested in the club, you can find all the contact information you need at the club's official college Web page:

Finally, Simon Tarr tipped me off tonight to the fact that the blog was being spammed....I just reset things so you'll now have to do that 'word verification' thing when you post a message. Human beings can do that; spamming bots can't. Thanks for your patience.


A Big Week in Park


This is going to be a BIG week in the Park School, so please: mark your calendars and join us for as many events as possible.

The first Student Advisory Council meeting will be held in Park 285 at 7 p.m. This is just an opportunity to sit down with the dean (that would be me) to talk about your ideas for making the Park School a better place. I buy pizza, you come with suggestions. It's a good deal.

And if you'd rather talk journalism than Park stuff, this just in from SPJ:

The Ithaca College Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will have its first meeting this Monday night, 9/12 at 7 PM in Park 220. This is a great chance to meet other journalists at IC, eat some free food, and talk with the student media managers here at Ithaca College. We'll also be telling you what we have in store for the rest of the semester.

Note from Dianne: Maybe you could make it to BOTH meetings? Twice the food, twice the conversation?

Bill Moyers is one of the smartest and most thoughtful journalists and social critics in America, and he is coming to the Park School to talk about everything from politics to Katrina.

His big public lecture, “Moyers On America” will be held Tuesday night at 7:30 in the Ben Light Gymnasium. We're setting chairs for 2,000 but come early: it will be crowded.

We're having a "Town Hall" open meeting with Bill Moyers from noon to 2 p.m. in the Park School Auditorium. It's open to IC faculty, staff and students ONLY, so bring your ID.

See you then!

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Zack Wilson heads to MTV-U! Wahoo!

How's this for some great news:

Park School junior Zach Wilson is headed to New York tomorrow morning, where he'll do an on-camera interview Thursday with '81 alum and acclaimed music-video director Mark Romanek on a show called "Fifteen minutes with...."

Wilson was among three Park students nominated by faculty after MTV-U contacted me to see if we had any students who might be able and willing to do the interview. Zach was selected by MTV-U after a telephone interview.

MTV-U is a cable channel available on more than 700 campuses nationwide. Unfortunately, it's not available at IC, but we'll see if we can find a way to get the tape, nonetheless.

Congratulations, Zach! Say hello to Mark for us....

And speaking of which, here's a little background on Mark Romanek...another amazing alum from the communications school:

Mark romanek has directed numerous award winning music-videos for such diverse artists as: fiona apple, audioslave, beck, david bowie, johnny cash, eels, macy gray, janet jackson, michael jackson, mick jagger, jay-z, lenny kravitz, madonna, nine inch nails, no doubt, iggy pop, red hot chili peppers, r.e.m., linkin park, keith richards, and sonic youth.

romanek’s music videos have received numerous awards, including over twenty mtv awards, three grammys, a country music association award, and three billboard music awards. two of romanek’s music videos have become part of the permanent collection of new york's museum of modern art.

in 1997, mtv presented him with its video vanguard award for his overall contribution to the medium. it was the first time this award was presented to a filmmaker. (previous recipients have included michael jackson, madonna, peter gabriel, david bowie, and david byrne.)

mark has also directed many tv spots for such clients as: apple, nike, calvin klein, american express, espn, saturn, acura, and cirque du soleil.

more recently, mark directed the feature film, one hour photo, from his own screenplay. the film stars robin williams, connie nielsen, michael vartan, and eriq lasalle. one hour photo had its world premiere (out of competition) at the 2002 sundance film festival. the film received the prix du public, prix premiere, and the prix du jury awards at the 2002 deauville festival of american film.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Convergence? Gimme a break....

OK, so the headline is probably a little dramatic, but you get the point: Convergence is the buzz word of the hour (or the year) among journalists and other media types, but the truth is, there's still a lot of talk and not a lot of converging going on.

Stop by Park 220 at noon on Tuesday to hear Journalism Professor Michael Scully explain why.

Scully is the semester's first speaker in the Ithacan's ongoing "First Tuesdays" series. His presentation, "The Elusive Quest for Convergence" is Tuesday, Sept. 6, from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in Park 220.

"We've gotten nothing but promises from academics, politicians and corporate bigwigs about this thing called 'convergence," says Scully. "On paper, convergence is the seamless fusion of print, broadcast and the Internet, but so far, none of the business and few of the tech models seem to be working."

The human cost of the Iraq War: Eyes Wide Open coming to Ithaca

This just in from Jason van Staveren, who is asking everybody he knows (and everybody they know) to help get the word out...

Eyes Wide Open, the American Friends Service Committee’s widely-acclaimed exhibition on the human cost of the Iraq War, features a pair of boots honoring each U.S. military casualty, a field of shoes and a Wall of Remembrance to memorialize the Iraqis killed in the conflict, and a multimedia display exploring the history, cost and consequences of the war.

The program and presentation are coming to Cornell on October 6 and to DeWitt Park in Ithaca on October 7-9. Organizers need volunteers; see the event's Web site at

Here's the schedule:

Eyes Wide Open in Ithaca, New York
October 6–9, 2005

Detailed Schedule Information

Pre-Exhibit Programs:

Saturday, September 17
7:30 PM: Benefit Concert for Eyes Wide Open in the Anabel Taylor Auditorium, Cornell University, featuring music by Radio London, Will Fudeman and Susan Lytle, and John Berquist, with emcee and storyteller Lee-Ellen Marvin. There will also be a special guest appearance by Jody Kessler. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Children under 12 are free. Advance purchase at Autumn Leaves (on the Commons in Downtown Ithaca) and Alternatives Library (in Anabel Taylor Hall). For more information, call 273-5421 or write to Meet the per-
formers, virtually.

Monday, September 26–Friday September 30
Portraits of soldiers from New York and Pennsylvania killed in the Iraq War by artist Mary Vallero.

Tuesday, October 4
7:00 PM: Showing of Winter Soldier at Willard Straight Cinema

Wednesday, October 5
Concert for Peace
9:15 PM: Showing of Winter Soldier at Willard Straight Cinema

Exhibit Programs:

Thursday, October 6
10:00 AM–6:00 PM: Eyes Wide Open exhibit open to public, Arts Quad, Cornell University
12:00 PM–1:00 PM: Speakers and Open Microphone at Ho Plaza, Cornell University
1:00 PM–5:00 PM: The Reading of the Names, Arts Quad, Cornell University
5:00 PM–6:00 PM: Interfaith Closing Ceremony
7:00 PM: Showing of Winter Soldier at Willard Straight Cinema

Friday, October 7
Opens 10:00 AM: Eyes Wide Open exhibit, DeWitt Park, Ithaca, NY
12:00 PM–1:00 PM: Opening Ceremony/Press Conference, DeWitt Park, Ithaca, NY
1:00 PM–5:00 PM: The Reading of the Names, DeWitt Park, Ithaca, NY
7:00 PM–8:30 PM: Interfaith Gathering for Reflection
8:30 PM–morning: Candlelight Vigil, DeWitt Park, Ithaca, NY

Saturday, October 8
All day: Eyes Wide Open exhibit open to public, DeWitt Park, Ithaca, NY
1:00 PM–5:00 PM: The Reading of the Names, DeWitt Park, Ithaca, NY
7:00 PM–morning: Candlelight Vigil, DeWitt Park, Ithaca, NY
7:30 PM–9:00 PM: "Voices in the Wilderness," speech by Kathy Kelly, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Ithaca, NY

Sunday, October 9
Through 4:00 PM: Eyes Wide Open exhibit open to public, DeWitt Park, Ithaca, NY

Wanna hang out with people who love movies as much as you do?

Interested in film -- watching it or making it? The Park School Film Club is open to all IC students -- Parkies and non-Parkies -- and it will hold its first meeting Thursday at 7:30 PM in the lobby of Park (they're moving to Studio D when everyone gets there).

The rest of Park's student media held their 'rush nights' last week, and hundreds of you showed up to get involved. If you missed an event and are interested in participating, just contact the editor/manager/producer/director and volunteer; everybody is always looking for more help!