Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Two FREE weeks in France? How's that for the opportunity of a lifetime?

OK, so it’s been awhile since we’ve offered you the opportunity of a lifetime – but we’ve been working on this one for six months. At least.

Here’s the deal:

The Park School has a partnership with the Burgundy Business School in Dijon, France. Under the terms of the agreement, a Burgundy student receives tuition assistance to study at the Park School; in exchange, a group of 20 Park students is invited to visit Dijon (and Paris, Geneva, and Strausbourg) for two weeks at the end of May – all expenses paid. In the past, the trip was reserved for particular groups of students. This year, for the first time, we are offering the chance to participate in this amazing opportunity to all full-time Park students.

Here’s how the trip is going to work:

-- The trip leaves New York May 15, 2006, returning May 29 or May 30, 2006 (we're still finalizing the itinerary).
-- The group will fly from New York City to Paris. Participants will be responsible for paying their own round-trip airfare. Today, for example, it’s $628 through Expedia, but you could get much cheaper fares on the student travel sites.
-- The Burgundy Business School will be responsible for all other expenses (except, of course, your discretionary spending money). It will pick you up at the airport in Paris, and take care of you for two whole weeks -- including lodging, food, transportation, and a full itinerary of events and activities.
-- The schedule will include museum tours, day trips, media visits, lectures and social events with international students studying at Burgundy.
-- The schedule also will include a three-day ‘free’ weekend, during which you will be free to explore Dijon and surrounding areas OR travel to London, Amsterdam, Munich, etc. Your expenses on that kind of wider European excursion would be your responsibility, but your expenses if you stay in Dijon will be covered by the school.
-- The schedule will also include a two-day visit to Paris. Burgundy will cover all of your expenses on that trip.
-- The group will be accompanied by April Korpi, who will be coordinating the trip over the next six months and during the two weeks you’re in France. In addition, a faculty member will accompany the group.
-- The trip will be offered as a learning experience that DOES NOT require you to enroll for academic credit. We are doing everything we can to keep the costs as low as possible, and we are sensitive to the fact that many students cannot afford to buy a summer-school credit. Those students who need or want academic credit can make arrangements with the faculty member for independent study.
-- In exchange for this opportunity, you will agree to participate in a project documenting your experiences while in France. Those materials will be used to promote the trip in future years. AND you will promise to be the absolute best representatives of the Park School you could possibly be so we will continue to enjoy this partnership with the Burgundy Business School for many years to come.

This year, we can take up to 20 students to France. Obviously we expect many more students to express an interest in participating. So here’s what we’re going to do:

This morning (Tuesday), AFTER 10 A.M., there will be forms in the rack OUTSIDE the Dean’s office on the third floor of Park. Stop by, fill out the form, sign it, and hand it in to Gwen at the front desk in the Dean’s office.

We’ll be accepting forms until 5 p.m. Wednesday. No exceptions.

If you're studying abroad or in LA, you can email April Korpi at akorpi@ithaca.edu, expressing your interest and providing her your name, address in Ithaca, telephone number, class, and the type of documentary work you are best able to produce (writing, video, photography).

Questions about the trip should also be directed to April, but ALL students currently on campus in Ithaca must submit the paper form to the dean's office. If you're not here, you're sick, you're working an internship and can't get to the dean's office, ask a friend to fill out the form for you. Sorry, no exceptions on this one; we're trying to be fair to everybody.

On Thursday, we’ll review the forms, make sure we have all the information we need on each form, and put them all in a box.

We’ll select 20 forms – lottery-style. By applying, you're committing to the trip, so please don't apply unless you're sure you can go.

And the winners will be off to France in May!

Isn't that amazing?

Sunday, November 27, 2005

WABC-TV offers great summer internship!

Here's a note from an alum who is now working at WABC-TV in New York City. Sounds like a GREAT internship...

7 On Your Side is simply the best internship at WABC-TV. I’m biased though - I’m Steve Livingstone - 7 On Your Side Producer. If you intern with me, I’ll be your boss, colleague and mentor.

First - let me tell you about our unit. 7 On Your Side is the consumer/troubleshooting unit of Eyewitness News. We air segments approximately 3 times a week. (each runs about 1:30 in length.)

As a result, we need a steady supply of good story ideas. That’s where the interns come in. It’s the interns’ job to transform viewer emails and voicemails into story ideas - which I approve. Next - interns call the subjects of these approved story ideas and get all the information and documentation in order to see if the idea is worth pursuing. This work is akin to what a paid researcher/booker might do. We also have logging to do, shoots to go on, and edit sessions to observe. Also, if interns show initiative - I encourage them to write sample story scripts that I edit.

But one caution - this is not an easy internship. You won’t be asked to go on errands, make copies or get coffee. Our internship is a serious job, with serious responsibilities. I usually say this is the first job you’ll have in television. I promise - you will learn a lot and you will work hard.

WABC-TV's internship night is sometime in the spring; I'll keep you posted, or you can contact the station directly and get the information you need.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Cheney sidesteps travel disclosure rules

BuzzSaw editor Kate Sheppard worked last summer for the Center for Public Integrity, and her story about ways Vice President Dick Cheney has refused to disclose the details of his travel appears on the organization's Web site today: http://www.publicintegrity.org/report.aspx?aid=760. It's a great story, well researched and well written. Here's an excerpt;

WASHINGTON, November 16, 2005 — Vice President Dick Cheney and his staff have been unilaterally exempting themselves from long-standing travel disclosure rules followed by the rest of the executive branch, including the Office of the President, the Center for Public Integrity has discovered.....

Congratulations, Kate!

Mike Potter makes MTV-U

The Park School is back on national television, thanks to Mike Potter's profile on MTV-U. His work on a gaming simulation for OT patients is amazing -- as is the footage of the Park School!

Take a look:

If you go to http://www.mtvu.com and look toward the bottom of the main
page you'll see a title "video game week" and under that you'll see a link
to a pop-up with the title "Watch how games can be more than just
entertainment" ...click on that. You might need Internet Explorer
on a PC to watch it.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

International Film Fest at IC

The Office of International Programs is having a film festival on campus tomorrow (Wednesday) starting at 6pm in CNS 112. The festival features work made by International students at Ithaca and should be very interesting. There are exciting door prizes for all who attend including an iPod Shuffle sponsored by our very own Dean Lynch from the SoC and movie tickets to Cinemapolis and Fall Creek Pictures. So come by for an evening of short and very foreign films. For further information contact Suds at iamsuds@gmail.com
Time: 6-8pm, Place: CNS 112.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

This just in -- time to mark your calendars!

Career Services is pleased to once again announce its co-sponsorhip of the annual Career and Internship Connection (CIC) series of Career Fairs.

Held over Winter Break, CIC events will take place in Boston, Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. Students may apply for job and internship opportunities with employers in these cities and possibly be pre-selected to interview at the corresponding CIC event.

The application deadline in order to be considered for a pre-selected interview is: November 28, 2005.

Students may also attend the events without being pre-selected for an interview.

CIC Dates
January 4, 2006, Wednesday - IN NEW YORK CITY (Times Square)
January 5, 2006, Thursday - IN WASHINGTON D.C. (Capital Hill)
January 6, 2006, Friday - IN CHICAGO (Cityfront Plaza)
January 9, 2006, Monday - IN BOSTON (Copley Square)

For a list of companies scheduled to participate, contact the Career Services office.

Ed Cohen makes the NY Post...talk about making an impression

A few weeks ago, I posted a quick story about Ed Cohen's latest job opportunity.

Turns out I'm not the only journalist who took note of it. But even I didn't remember ever talking to Cohen in the past, especially as long as six years ago.

New York Post sports columnist Phil Mushnick did. And he wrote about it in Sunday's newspaper. It's at http://www.nypost.com/seven/11132005/sports/54142.htm, registration required.

Here's what Mushnick had to say:

Six years ago we ran into Ed Cohen, a junior at Scarsdale High, at an LPGA/media luncheon (if it isn't catered, it isn't journalism!). He told us that someday he was going to do play-by-play for living. A lot of sports-minded, dream-headed kids say that, with no understanding of what it takes.

But there was something about the way this kid said it.

Last week, Cohen, a 2005 Ithaca College grad, was named Manhattan College's basketball radio play-by-play man.

How's THAT for making an impression?

You're a professional communicator, and you can't design a Web site?

Knowing your way around Web site design is a fundamental professional skill in today's digital world. Whether you're putting together a personal site to promote your extraordinary qualities to prospective employers, or writing content for online presentation, or posting your original film or documentary work to the Web -- you have to know how.

The Park School's OCLD department is offering a course called Web Sites that Work next semester -- Tuesday/Thursday mornings -- that's open to the whole school, and that could make all the difference in your Web savvy.

Take it from somebody who has worked in online media for a decade: it's worth your time and energy.


In the "Wish I'd Thought of That..." category

Interested in animation? Here's a new outlet for your creative talents: (OK, so I usually restrict these posts to Park programs and events, but hey, lots of Park students will be really interested in this....so what the heck):

Hello all, So, after 25 years of launching networks for others, we've finally decided to do it for ourselves. Welcome to Channel Frederator. (www.channelfrederator.com) Today, we're announcing the creation of the world's first cartoon podcast, Channel Frederator.

Free weekly episodes of submitted cartoons, for distribution on the new Apple video iPods, Sony PlayStation Portables (PSP), or other portable video devices. You can subscribe directly from the iTunes Podcast Directory, or by download, or RSS (whatever that means).

Previews began Friday afternoon, and we've already #1 on Apple's Arts & Entertainment Podcast Directory (and #17 overall out of all the podcasts in the world); that's more than 10,000 downloads of our first episode. We're incredibly excited about our network, and based on what preview viewers have told us, we're hoping you will be too. FILMMAKERS remember, Channel Frederator is all about cartoons submitted by you. If you're interested in the possibility of being included in future episodes, submit your films here: www.channelfrederator.com/submit . It's a free podcast. Please let us know what you think,

The (Channel) Frederator Team

ESPN-U airs Park coverage of Cortaca Jug

This just in from Tara Draper....turns out Park is all over the national media these days....

"Myself and Adam Bartow '06 have been working together on a project on the Cortaca Jug football game for one of our classes. ESPNU (the version of ESPN that concentrates solely on NCAA sports) called ICTV to see if they could send a package to air about the game, since it's such a big and exciting rivalry between the two schools.

Since Adam and I are already doing the project, we did an additional package, and sent it off to ESPNU on Monday, and it's actually going to air this Thursday night between 7 and 7:30 during their show The U, which will air before a football game. I think it's pretty cool that the Park School (and especially ICTV) will be represented on national TV like this, and it's definitely something that most other college students (especially ones at bigger schools like USC or Syracuse) won't have the
opportunity to do!"

- Tara Draper '06

MTV-U is back at Park!

Three times in a month! MTV-U has discovered the Park School.

In October, Zack Wilson traveled to NYC to interview Park alum Mark Romanek. He did a fabulous job, the tape is great, and Zack got to meet Romanek. Very cool.

Two weeks ago, MTV-U came to Ithaca to profile Mike Potter, who is working on a gaming simulation designed to help students interact with their PT/OT patients. The two guys who were here for the shoot said a whole bunch (if people come in bunches...) of the production staff at MTV-U in New York are Park grads...they're rooting for us when it comes to story development.

And it's working.

Last week, the MTV-U crew was back on campus, this time to profile 'The Screening Room,' and the ICTV crew that produces it. This just in from Ryan Regan;

The producers from mtvU have come and taped our show already, and
everything went absolutely amazing. Thank you for your offer for help.
If you know of any way we could get the word out about TSR being on
mtvU, that would be great. The show is going to air from this coming
Tuesday to the following Monday, airing once if not twice a day. The
show will also be available on demand on mtvu.com for anyone who wishes
to watch it. Again, thank you for your offer for help. This was a great
experience, and I am so excited to see our ICTV show air in front of a
national audience.

Me, too!

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Greetings from LA!

Hello Everyone,

Let me start by saying that despite the fact that I went to the beach on Halloween, I really do miss Ithaca this time of year. I hope you are all well. I just wanted to write and give a heads up on my time in LA so far. I moved out here the end of September and was lucky enough to find a job and an apartment in one week. I have been doing freelance camera assistant work and so far I have worked on six projects. All non-union, the most legitimate ones being a new sho for Spike TV and a pilot for Nickelodeon. So things are good! A lot of my park school graduating class from IC has been in touch with each other- which is great. Mark Book and Jason Seekamp live on my block in Burbank and Pete Ambrose liked my complex so much that he moved in down the hall. We submitted TVP (The Vanishing Point) to Sundance- no word yet. Once we hear either way from them we are going to submit to other fests. I would love to keep in touch with all of you and I am
sure I will need some advice in this crazy business.

take care,
Megan Ulrich

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Short IS beautiful (and profitable, too)


In case you haven't seen the promo on the college's entry page, the Park School's latest virtual project is underway: CellFlix is now accepting submissions. It's the first college/high school film competition for work shot on cell phone and designed for mobile delivery. Grand prize is $5,000 cash. Take a look: www.cellflixfestival.org.

And if you're into short (SHORT) films, the college's Marketing Department is looking for short works (20-30 seconds) that are creative, silly, and compelling that it could distribute online to potential students and their families. Nothing serious, nothing overly promotional. Just clever short films...just for the fun of it. If you're interested in contributing, contact Tom Torello in Marketing; ttorello@ithaca.edu.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

I'm always amazed....

at the extraordinary energy and commitment IC students express to help others less fortunate than we are.

Two clear examples -- and ways YOU can help:

The Red Cross is putting on a holiday party for Ithaca residents on Tuesday, December 6th at the Women's Community
Building. They are looking for someone to help with some of the live entertainment: someone with knowledge of microphones, speakers, and operating a mixing board. If you can help, email me and let me know; I'll pass your name along to the organizers.


The Ithaca RHA, and the Cornell RHA are teaming together to put on an event called "Battle of the Cans: Ithaca and Cornell Unite for the United Way". The event will showcase 6 bands, 3 from IC and 3 from Cornell, who will be battling it out to support the United Way's hunger relief efforts in Tompkins County.

The event will be held on December 3rd, at 8pm, on Cornell's Noise Center Builiding, which is located near the freshman dorms on Cornell's Campus. Admission for the event will be either $2.00 or two cans of food. Free bus transportation will be provided from Ithaca to Cornell.

All you have to do for this one is grab a couple of cans of food, or a couple of dollars, and show up! Such a deal.....

Suzanne, a coming-of-age story

You create great work, and you really appreciate the opportunity to share it with an audience.

One way to ensure your fellow artists will turn out for your special events is to show up for theirs.

Thursday night at 8 p.m. in the Park Aud would be a good time to start (or continue, as the case may be....)

That's when Sean and Christof Whiteman (brothers and co-producers) will debut their feature-length coming-of-age story, Suzanne. In Sean's words:

The film is a coming of age story about a kid who goes home for the summer and tries to find anything in his life that is steady and unchanging, something to hold it all together for him.

Mark your calendars and be there if you can. That's what that collegial support thing is all about.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Ideas? Issues? Complaints? And PIZZA


It's time for another Dean's Advisory Council meeting -- which means we'll meet from 7 to 8 p.m. tonight in Park 285. You bring the ideas, I'll bring the pizza...

And please: spread the word....


Thursday, November 03, 2005

NBC Investigative Reporter Speaks in Park Tonight

Come get the inside story: NBC'S Chief Investigative Reporter is Coming to Park
Your most trusted source may have a hidden agenda. He or she may be a "cut-out" for someone else. Your "big story" may be a "dangle" coming out of an intelligence agency or a rogue group within such an agency. Someone inside your news organization may have a big mouth, may violate a confidence, and put you and your story in jeopardy. Or, you may get on the air or in print without any of those problems. You are elated and on to your next story when a subpoena arrives inviting you to a grand jury to tell just how you broke that big story and to identify your sources.

Ira Silverman was chief investigative producer for NBC News. He lived in the world of cut outs, dangles, hidden agendas, and newsroom betrayals. He's had his share of subpoenas, but he's agreed to be "cross-examined" at the Park School without one.

Confidential Sources, Cut-outs, Dangles,
and the Hunt for the Big Story

Thursday, Nov. 3
7:30 p.m.
Park Auditorium

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Corn toss? Wheelchair Handball? Fitness Fix-it-Facts?

iMPrint Magazine: College Life’s Internet Magazine, published from Ithaca College, is proud to announce its second edition of the year, “Fit for College.” www.imprintmagazine.org

Write a paper. Have a drink. Go to the gym. Somewhere between the books and the beer there’s a healthy lifestyle for college students. This month, iMPrint searches for that happy medium. Check out some of the headlines:

Not Your Ordinary Intramurals
By Dan Cassavaugh, iMPrint Writer
“Corn toss, wheelchair handball and inner tube water polo. These intramurals are hitting campuses across the country and growing fast.”

Battling More Than Just Books
By Jamie Saine, iMPrint Writer
“Clair Melville, a fourth-year medical student at Keele/Manchester University in the United Kingdom, works hard to balance class, work and a social life. But recently, Clair, 24, has added headaches, fatigue and frequent medical appointments to her agenda. Clair is not only a college student; she is a cancer patient as well.”

iMPrint Insider: Five Fitness Fix-it Facts
By Alice Pak, iMPrint Writer
“So you’ve been good about hitting the gym, you’ve foregone the late night cheesy pizza to make more or less health conscious food choices, and you still look like you did before you made all those sacrifices. Wait. What?”

A Big Risk to Swallow
By Chelsea Boryca, iMPrint Writer
“Like many students, Megan*, a freshman at University of Wyoming, has made drinking part of her weekly routine. But at what risks?”

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Stories from South Hill: Students help produce IC DVD

What do a mountain top observatory in Hawaii, the financial district of Philadelphia, an orphanage in Antigua, and a rehabilitation clinic on South Hill have in common? They are all locations where students at Ithaca College are honing their skills. Park Productions was there, too, documenting students and faculty as they performed, inspired, and excelled.

An interdisciplinary team of students worked together with alumnus Jason Longo to create a high definition (HD) video and interactive DVD that will be used by the Office of Institutional Advancement in the college’s fundraising campaign.

Don’t miss your chance to join the entire campus community for a special advance screening of the new feature A World of Difference: Stories from South Hill.

Wednesday, Nov. 2
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Textor 102

and again on...

Thursday, Nov. 3
Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Hockett Family Recital Hall
James J. Whalen Center for Music