Monday, February 27, 2006

E! Networks offers 20 summer you

Career Services is pleased to announce that E! Networks has made 20 summer internship opportunties available for Ithaca students.

Internships are available in the following areas:


Students interested in more information or in applying for these opportunities can do so through their eRecruiting account.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Wanted: Park students who make music


I'm in the process of working with a Web guy to create a Park School space on As you all know, sites on myspace can incorporate streaming video, chat, IM, and streaming audio.

We're setting up a page for music -- music created by Park School students. And we're looking for the bands of Park students that might be willing to let us post their original music.

Once it's finished, we're hoping the PS myspace will serve as an online community where you -- current Park students -- will have a chance to connect with future and former Park students: For newly accepted students, it'll be a chance to find out what Park is really all about. For alum, it'll be a chance to check in and see what you're all up to now. And for current students, it'll be a place to make connections with alumni...that networking thing.

But first we have to build it (ever watched Field of Dreams? If you build it, they will come.....we hope). And we have lots of video already; we'll be in touch to ask your permission to post it (or you can submit your work, if you want to).

But I know that some of you are in bands, and that those bands make some great music -- and this would be a way to get some exposure....who knows? I may be able to talk our most successful alum -- including the VP of Sony Studios -- to stop by and listen.



Thursday, February 23, 2006

Unicorn Boy takes top honors...

ICTV's first cartoon, Unicorn Boy, has won top honors in two categories in the PEGASYS local access awards presented by Time Warner Cable.

The program was named winner of the "Best Educational Access" and the Best Comedy/Variety awards. Time Warner will send Unicorn Boy to represent Ithaca in a national competition, the Hometown Awards, to be announced in July in Boston, Massachusetts.

If you haven't seen Unicorn Boy, you should (where's your TiVo?). In the meantime, here's a description from ICTV:

Unicorn Boy stars Dwayne, an awkward middleschool student who had the unfortunate luck of being born with a horn growing out of his head. Dwayne just wants to fit in with everybody else, but things just never seem to go his way. Maybe it's because of his best friend Perry, an acerbic nerd whose hairbrained plans always seem to end in disaster. Maybe it's because of Uncle Kev, his seventeen year old uncle / guardian who is on a constant a power trip. Or maybe it's because of his basketcase friend Fat Tom or the talking balloon Squeaks who Dwayne always relies on for advice. Naaah, who are we kidding? It's because he has a friggin' horn growing out of his head!

The winning episode was produced by Mike Wechsler and Pete Berg.


Congratulations to our Prevues winners!

The PreVues Committee is pleased to announce the program selected for this year’s student video and film showcase. The following eight selections were chosen from the hundreds of works produced each year at the Park School.

PreVues 6:
Pipe Dreams by Christopher Wnuk
Strongest Ever by Jacqueline Willemsen, Colleen Evanson, and Chris Lavigne
Rose-Colored by Justin Talbott
Studio Walk promo and Work In Progress opening by Rob Edwards
Colorblind by Samantha Karp
The Aging Young Rebel by Jay Kantor
Chasing the Fly by Kevin McInerney
The Melding by Vincent Versace

PreVues 6 will premiere at the Cinemapolis on Thursday, March 23 followed by a reception at Juna’s Cafe. Please mark your calendars now and be there to celebrate.

Shhhhh....want to tell somebody your secrets?


One of our students, Claire Tam, is doing her Nonfiction film project on confession, guilt, and the need to confess.

She needs your help:

Need to share something with someone but don't want to be judged? Have an
anonymous, confidential conversation with someone who is willing to listen

Thursday 2/23: 10-noon Park 140
Friday 2/24: 3-5pm Park 281
Tuesday 2/28: 3-4pm Park 281

Don't have time to meet? Visit

Howard Stern Film Festival....? You got it.

One of our alum, Kate Kennedy, is working in New York at iN DEMAND Networks, which is sponsoring the first-ever HOWARD STERN FILM FESTIVAL. Winners will receive cash, prizes and the chance to have their work displayed on the Howard Stern On-Demand Service. They'll also be invited to a red-carpet celebrity fiflm premiere featuring the winning short films.

Interested? Details at

Now that would be one for your resume......

Madrid is incredible, OCLD degree invaluable

This just in from Janet Williams, an '05 grad who is in Spain this year on a Fulbright fellowship -- proof positive that if you haven't thought about applying for a post-grad Fulbright, you should:

> Dear Dianne,
> How are you? I hope this e-mail finds you well. I was delighted to
> receive a Park Alumni e-mail this past week and see all the wonderful
> things that were happening in Park this year. Parkies never cease to
> amaze me with all the impressive things they do. I also saw the
> CellFlix festival, which seems absolutely incredible.
> I am doing very well in Madrid and having an amazing experience. My
> Fulbright has been an incredible opportunity. I am working in a high
> school right outside of Madrid as an English teacher. I am helping to
> implement a new initiative by the Community of Madrid to start a
> bilingual classroom program in the Spanish educational system. Even
> though I spend most of my days teaching English, I am also using my
> OCLD degree constantly! I have been helping to create an
> organizational identity and operational policies for our new bilingual
> department. My students right now this week are working on creating a
> classroom newspaper (more Park influences!), so I am delighted that I
> can apply my degree in so many different ways.
> My job keeps me very busy, but I have found some time to travel around
> Spain and to see a little bit of Europe. I really do enjoy Madrid,
> but I must say I miss Ithaca! It is too dry to snow here, so I
> actually find myself missing ice on my car every morning and snow on
> the sidewalks (crazy I know!!), although I heard the winter this year
> wasn't so bad in Ithaca. I do hope you are doing well. I can only
> imagine how busy you must be with all these wonderful events,
> programs, and awards coming out of Park. I just wanted to drop you a
> line and let you know how nice it was to receive the Park Alumni
> update.
> Take care,
> Janet

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

"a familiar voice....Tom Brokaw....": A day in the life of an Olympics intern

This just in from Annie Grappone, one of our interns at NBC Sports in's this for cool?

Hello one and all!

Another quick note from torino. I was at the mens speed skating event yesterday where the USA won a silver and a gold. I posted those pictures on my website in the speed skating album, along with some pictures of where I sit at work, and what happens when I get a script to deliver. Those pictures are in the album titled "Where exactly I work, and what it is I do there..."

Another quick side note, yesterday I was sitting at my desk watching the ladies figure skating, which was AMAZING, and I felt a hand on my shoulders and a familer voice ask me if Sasha Cohen, the American, had skated yet. Without turning around, I recognized the voice at that of Tom Brokaw. I answered his question, and then he shook my hand and thanked me, and walked on down the hall. It was so surprising, but amazing at the same time. I didn't even know he was in Torino.

Anyway, thats all from the Olympics. Can't wait for the finals for figure skating tonight!!

I have added some links that my school has made about our experiences here, check them out if you want.


Sunday, February 19, 2006


We've just received word that Bryan Roth's entry in the Sportscaster category of the BEA Festival of Media Arts Student Audio Competition has been selected as the 3rd place winner.

The award will be presented in a special awards ceremony sponsored by the Student Media Advisors Division this April in Las Vegas at the BEA convention.

Some people say that winning awards in Park is just business-as-usual -- but every single time it happens, I'm struck once again by the extraordinary excellence of the work you all do. Each recognition is just one more example of your exceptional performance when measured against that of your peers, at institutions all over the country.

Congratulations, Bryan!

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Some professional advice, from a guy who would know...

This just in from one of our most successful alumni...isn't that amazing?

Dear Dean Lynch,

I hope this email finds you well.

Just wanted to suggest something for the IC students.

There's a great industry newsletter, Cynthia Turner's Cynopsis, that covers the television/entertainment beat on a daily basis. It's free, and it's an easy read. The newsletter has a couple of added benefits. There are several job postings which should interest everyone. Second, once a quarter, the newsletter publishes stories written by college students, which should especially interest IC's journalism majors. Just click on this address to register:

I've attached today's issue to give you an idea of the format.

Hope all is well with you.



Thursday, February 09, 2006

I need your help. Yes, you.


As you may have heard, the Park School is in the process of deliberating a series of proposals I introduced to the faculty and staff in January. They are designed to redesign the Park School's organizational structure and processes, ensure that all students graduate with a firm grounding in the liberal arts, and provide much better opportunities for students to take classes in Park outside their major -- or to be able to take two different concentrations in two different areas in Park.

As we make these decisions, it's absolutely essential that we get input from students. Toward that end, we're going to devote most of tomorrow night's Advisory Council meeting to the development of a series of questions that will become a student survey. I'll post that survey online and send you a link so you can access the page and give us the feedback we need to make well-grounded decisions.

If you can make the meeting tomorrow night, PLEASE come. The greater number of voices, the better chance the survey will really measure the issues and concerns of our students.



Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Mark your calendars: John Stauber is coming to Park

I wanted to give you all a head's up as early as possible that John Stauber, founder of the Center for Media and Democracy and the magazine PR Watch, will be in the Park School on Thursday, March 16, for a reception and a public presentation.

The reception will begin at 3:15 p.m. in Park 220, followed by his remarks and a q-and-a in the Auditorium from 4 to 5 p.m.

Stauber is an investigative journalist, an editor, the founder of the non-profit Center for Media and Democracy, and publisher of the newsmagazine PR Watch -- in short, of interest to students throughout the Park School and across campus. I hope to see you all there.


John Stauber founded the non-profit Center for Media & Democracy and its quarterly newsmagazine PR Watch in 1993 and since has served as the Center's executive director. He is an investigative writer, public speaker and democracy activist whose leadership on controversial public issues began in the 1960s when he was growing up in a Republican family in Marshfield, Wisconsin, the home town of President Richard Nixon's Secretary of Defense Melvin R. Laird. In high school Stauber dedicated himself to an autodidactic education and organized to stop the U.S. war in Vietnam and for the first Earth Day. Since then he has begun or worked with many citizen advocacy and public interest groups at the local, national and international levels. They include:
• Coalition for Economic Alternatives, founder (1973-79)
• Peoples Bicentennial Commission, national co-director (1975-76)
• Citizens National Forest Coalition, co-founder (1978-79)
• Friends of the Earth, consultant (1978-79)
• Citizen/Soldier, consultant (1978-79)
• Stop Project E.L.F., co-director (1979-84)
• Wisconsin Coordinating Council on Nicaragua, development director (1985-88)
• Foundation on Economic Trends, consultant (1988-93)
• Neighbors Against Hog Factories, co-founder (1996)
• Center for Food Safety, advisory board (current)
• Organic Consumers Association, advisory board (current)

• Action Coalition for Media Education, advisory board (current)

In collaboration with Sheldon Rampton, he has co-authored five books:
• Toxic Sludge Is Good For You! Lies, Damn Lies and the Public Relations Industry'' (1995)
• Mad Cow U.S.A. (1997)
• Trust Us, We're Experts! How Industry Manipulates Science and Gambles With Your Future (2001)
• Weapons of Mass Deception: The Uses of Propaganda in Bush's War on Iraq (2003)
• Banana Republicans: How the Right Wing Is Turning America Into a One-Party State (2004)

Stauber's articles, op-eds and interviews have appeared in various periodicals and websites including In These Times, The Progressive, The Sun, Alternet, and Common Dreams. He has contributed research and writing to books by others including G.I. Guinea Pigs (1980), Secrets and Lies (1999) and Stop (2003). As an investigator and writer on a variety of issues, he has been featured, interviewed or quoted in the Washington Post, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, USA Today, Business Week, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, NPR, BBC, CBC radio and tv, Democracy Now! and many other news media. Stauber also blogs for the Center for Media and Democracy, and you can view a 2002 video interview with him. He lives and works in Madison, Wisconsin. His email address is: john AT .

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

So where are you hiding that 1976 Mustang? (OK, so she'll take a Toyota....)

You read that right: We need a car from the '70s. Apparently any model will do, as long as it's distinctly '70s-ish, and it runs. Yes, all by itself.

C&P senior Andrea Adams' senior film depends entirely on access to such a vehicle. It should come as no surprise that locating a fully operating 1970's car in Ithaca, New York -- or anywhere else, for that matter -- represents something of a challenge. So I agreed to do what I could to get the word out:

If you know somebody who has a car from the 1970s and would be willing to rent it to Andrea sometime in March, could you please let her know? She would appreciate it. Like crazy.

I'm ba-a-a-a-a-ck...and hurrah for Park!


I feel like I've been away from the Park School forever, but it's actually been only a matter of days....I was in Michigan doing a family thing, and boy: if you've never been to the farthest reaches of the Upper Peninsula, I recommend it. But not in January.

Tonight was the second annual Park Student Celebration, an event designed to acknowledge the extraordinary work -- creative, journalistic, and scholarly -- of many amazing Park students. We saw some terrific television (you gotta love that scene in Solarium with the dead guy on his cell phone), some great promos (I still love the ICTV walk-through), some hard-hitting news programming (not to mention the segment on Amanda Horning's big win on the Price is Right; it was so great to see her so excited), and some extraordinary documentaries (can you imagine what it's like to go to work every day and be a cow killer? and how about those border vigilantes? very.... weird).

I want to thank the faculty who took time out from their busy schedules to participate in the celebration: Doug Feaver, Kim Gregson, Scott Hamula, Meg Jamieson, Peter Johanns, Megan Roberts, Wenmouth Williams, and Patty Zimmerman. It's that kind of support for and involvement with students that makes the Park School the institution it is.

And Mike Potter got his $5,000 check for taking first place in the Cell Flix festival. He was feeling under the weather, but managed to drag himself out of bed long enough to stop by and pick up the prize. Now would be a good time to ask him to invest in that very special project you've been working on....or even to buy you lunch....