Thursday, April 27, 2006

in a band? want to do the Itunes thing, but on campus?


The college is developing a partnership with a company called Snocap, which will serve as a sort of local iTunes, AND provide access to low-cost downloads of major artists' work as well.

SNOCAP was founded by Napster founder Shawn Fanning. They have deals with all of the major record lables and will have the largest music library on the net. They want to use Ithaca as their model for how to work with colleges and the local music scene. This is a HUGE opportunity for local/college bands and musicians.

Tom Torello, director of Marketing Communications, says this is what you need to do if you're interested in getting your music on the Snocap system:

Have a representative (not the whole band) show up at Friends 110 at 1:00 on Wed. May 3. That person willl meet with a representative from Snocap who will help them get their music into the Snocap library. It's free to register. You'll set your own prices and control your own rights. You'll receive a much higher return than any other music library. And there is no risk/cost to you.

If you have questions, you can contact Tom at or call me at 592-7606 so I can fill them in on the details.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Want to have breakfast with Al Franken?

We have eight tickets for the breakfast with Al Franken at 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. You don't have to come the whole time; it's a "stop by and say hello" event and you need a ticket to get in.

The breakfast is downtown at the Hilton on Seneca Street.

If you want to go, stop by the dean's office tomorrow between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. and put your name in the drawing. We'll announce the eight winners tomorrow afternoon, right here on the blog.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

What a week!

Life in the Park School is always full of energy and amazing events, but this week had to be one for the record books. Not only did we host the premiere of Strongest Ever, the new full-length documentary produced by students and Professor Ben Crane, but we also inducted our inaugural class of students into our new honor society, Lambda Pi Eta, and we hosted the first (annual) Rod Serling conference.

Every single event was as excellent as the one that preceded it.

I called "Strongest Ever' one of the best documentaries in the history of the Park School. And the audience clearly agreed with me. The auditorium was packed; I'm not sure I've ever seen it that crowded. And the standing ovation lasted at least an hour...well, OK, but it seemed like an hour. Being part of a community that embraces its members' accomplishment with that kind of exuberance is a privilege, and it makes this place what it is.

On Thursday night, we inducted almost 100 Park students into the new honor society, a chapter of the national communications honor society. Associate Dean Virginia Mansfield-Richardson took the initiative this year to get the chapter established, and she and Gwen Benners from the dean's office worked like crazy to make the event as special as it was. Lots of parents showed up to congratulate and celebrate their students' achievements. It was so inspiring to see that many brilliant Park students in one place.

And the Rod Serling conference started on Friday afternoon. We brought in participants from all over the country, and on Friday we announced to Carol Serling that we have renamed Studio B the Carol and Rod Serling Studio in recognition of all they have done for the college and for the school over the years. It was an incredibly successful event, culminating tonight with a "Twilight Zone Marathon" screening the group's favorite episodes (I got to introduce "The Obsolete Man"; if you haven't seen it, you definitely should.

All in all, a pretty exciting week in a pretty exciting place.

Next week, we'll be welcoming Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review, and Al Franken, progressive radio talk show host -- PLUS a whole slate of student awards, screenings, and end-of-year celebrations.

I love this time of year!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

The World Premiere: Strongest Ever

Ithaca College announces the world premiere of Strongest Ever,
an hour-long documentary profiling Becca Swanson, the strongest woman in the world

Strongest Ever is an hour-long documentary profiling Becca Swanson, the strongest woman in the world. The premiere will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2006, at 7:30 p.m. in Park Auditorium. The screening is free and open to the public. The film details the passion, pain, and endless dedication necessary to become the strongest ever.

Production began in 2004 in the course, Documentary Research. After completing a 14-minute pilot on the sport of Strongman, Jacqueline Willemsen '06, Chris Lavigne '06, and Colleen Evanson '06 decided to continue their research into strength sports beyond the classroom.

The students eventually formed Big Deal Productions with Emmy-winning producer and Park School professor, Ben Crane. The topic shifted when they decided to concentrate on Becca Swanson, a world-class powerlifter. The production traveled to Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, and Helsinki, Finland, documenting Becca’s quest to become the strongest woman in history.

While enrolled in Video Workshop with Park School professor Peter Johanns, the students created an 8-minute trailer for Strongest Ever, honored by selection for PreVues 6, the Park School’s student film and video showcase.

Big Deal Productions received partial financial support from Ithaca College, through grants provided by the Roy H. Park School of Communications and the Office of the Provost.

Willemsen, Lavigne, and Evanson are TV-R majors.

Monday, April 10, 2006

NBC Sports is looking for interns. PARK interns.


I just heard from our contact at NBC Sports, who was so impressed by the work of our Olympic interns that she wants to work with us to fill several internship positions at NBC Sports this summer.

I've just emailed all of the details to all Park students; please pass the word to your friends and classmates. We'll also have information in the dean's office, so stop by and pick it up if you're interested.


Sunday, April 09, 2006

More awards....can you believe it!?

ICTV took home a whole slate of awards last week in the Society of
Professional Journalists 2005 Mark of Excellence Awards:

Second Place - Television Breaking News Reporting
St. Pat's Four Trial - Marie Luby & Lindsey Knox

Second Place - Television Sports Reporting
The Cortaca Jug - Colin Bonzey & Nathan Lindberg

Second Place - Television Sports Photography
Bombers Football, Ithaca v. Cortland - Anthony Sabato & Colin Bonzey

Third Place - Television Newscast
The staff of Newswatch 16

Congratulations to you all!

The Ithacan does it again!

We never get tired of saying it; CONGRATULATIONS!

The New York Press Association has named The Ithacan the best student newspaper in New York State for 2005. The award was presented at the NYPA's annual convention in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., April 9.

The Ithacan captured the award for the sixth time in seven years, first winning the award for General Excellence in the weekly newspaper division and then besting the Syracuse University Daily Orange, which won the award for General Excellence in the daily division, for best newspaper overall. Judges reported that The Ithacan had garnered more twice as many points as its closest competitor in the competition.

The Ithacan also won the statewide award for Best Design. The paper was redesigned last fall by design editors Matt Quintanilla ’07 and Nick Barajas ’08.

In addition, Ithacan staff members also also came out on top in a number of individual catetories:
First Place, Feature Writing — Katie Maslanka ’06, "Cutting the Cord," October 26, 2006
Second Place, Feature Writing — Jim Hawver ’07, "Spies Like Them," October 6, 2006
First Place, Column Writing — Katie Maslanka ’06, for columns written while studying in Ireland, Spring 2005
First Place, Photography — Rebecca Gardner ’05, for "Tom O'Cannon," March 31, 2005
Second Place, Photography — Gaby Immarino, "Taking Control," February 24, 2005

In other Ithacan awards news, the paper was awarded the Second Place Mark of Excellence Award for Best Non-Daily Newspaper in the Northeast Region for 2005 by the Society of Professional Journalists at the annual meeting at Rutgers University on April 1.

In addition, Emily Liu ’05 was awarded the SPJ's Second Place Mark of Excellence Award in the Feature Writing category for her story "Immigrant Flees to Protect child," which ran in the January 20, 2005 issue of The Ithacan.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Be a documentarian while you're abroad....

The REALIA project seeks proposals from students who are studying abroad to document aspects of their experience through digital media. Students involved in the project would take images based on specific topics and provide textual descriptions based on criteria set forth by the REALIA project. (No technical expertise or hardware is needed and selected students participate free of charge.)

Students in any major can work independently with professors already involved with the project or are encouraged to work with professors at their home institutions for academic credit.

Students studying in countries where the following languages are spoken are invited to submit project proposals. Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.

About the REALIA Project
The REALIA Project is a nationally recognized, non commercial media project that serves a wide population of foreign language and culture instructors and learners. It recently has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to expand its collection. The collection focuses on digital realia, objects that convey the essence of a culture, such as pictures or sounds of everyday life.
To find out more visit

We invite students who study abroad to submit media in conjunction with an electronic portfolio project.

Possible projects include:
-Provide a visual overview of art, architecture and culture.
Choose a topic, period, or artistic style and document it through photos. Provide textual descriptions as to the cultural / historical / literary significance of that style. Students are encouraged to choose one major movement that can easily be documented or choose several sub topics that relate in some way.

-Detail Regional Specialties
Are you studying in a region that is famous for one particular reason or another? Provide a document of all the regional specialties such as customs, festivals, food, drink, or clothing. Provide an overview of several aspects of that region with detailed descriptions based on interviews with locals.

-Focus on the Unique
Highlight unique aspects of particular cultures. Students should document a wide variety or unique aspects of a particular culture within a given country. Descriptions of the media and should focus on the unique cultural aspects and detail the cultural significance to the target culture. This project is an ideal way to learn about the aspects of a culture that are not found elsewhere and become a subject expert..

Document living history
Use a series of images from your study abroad experience to demonstrate living history. Narrate the images using Realia Project to tie the images together in a particular context. Images can be of everyday life, events, demonstrations, political elections, people, customs, etc.

Collect historical materials
Become a visual archeologist and document images relating to history. Are you interested in a particular historical time or event? Take photos that relate to that event and provide the descriptions of the relevance of the images to that event. Students should have a clear outline of the images they wish to use and provide an overall scope and description to the project.

Pop and youth culture
What are the youth doing in the country in which you are studying? What does it all mean? Take photos relating to pop and youth culture while studying abroad and provide a context to each photo using Realia Project! Get into the mindset of the youth in the country where you will live, interview them, ask them what's cool, what's out, and what's coming. Document it all in fun, lively photos and share it with the world

The Impact of Technology on a Culture
In some countries, the old ways come face to face with the new ways and are in stark contrast. Are you studying in a culture where technology seems out of place or is affecting the culture on a daily basis? Tell the story through photos! Take pictures of the old vs. the new and provide text based descriptions using Realia Project

Literary Sourcing
Are you living where a famous novel took place? Read the novel, photograph the sites, and reference the text for a unique way to experience literature! Additionally, you can document places, architectural styles, dress, history that come from the text. Larger projects can examine one work; smaller projects can be combined to focus on an author.

Does this sound interesting? Send in a project proposal!

Project Proposals Should Include
Student Name
Faculty Sponsor at home institution
Target language collection(s)
Study Abroad Dates
Technical Needs
Project size (range from 50-200 images, but other sizes will be considered as well)
Project Outline

Send project proposals to with subject line: STUDY ABROAD PROJECT PROPOSAL. New project proposals are always accepted, but project proposals should ideally be submitted before departure on a study abroad program.

The REALIA Project provides:

-Editorial supervision by a panel of experts in the field.

-Secure login and digital media repository to edit your project.

-Technical Support

-Permanent server space and project housing.

Project Proposal Process:

Each project will be reviewed by the faculty chief editor responsible for the language collection. Projects selected for approval will be featured on the web site, listing the student and institution name and their complete collection will be available via single click! Participants will also receive recognition and a thank you letter from the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education (


Sunday, April 02, 2006

Looking for a job in LA? Here's how to get one...

How to Navigate the LA Job Market: A practical look at finding work in the entertainment industry
By Sue Reiner, Professional-in-Residence
Two identical talks:
Monday, April 10 at 4:30-6 p.m. OR Tuesday, April 11 at 4:30-6 p.m.
Park 220

Topics will include:
- Definitions of different roles, jobs and functions in the industry
- Finding the first job
- Networking and making that network work for you
- Putting your best foot forward; what interviewers look for in job applicants
- Planning a career path that delivers your goals
- What you can expect to learn about the business in your entry level jobs
To sign up for one of the sessions, please visit Melissa Gattine in Park 378 or e-mail:

Academy Award-winning cinematographer coming to Park this week

Academy Award-winning cinematographer Bestor Cram and sound recordist John Osbornewill be in Ithaca this week to work with students at Park Productions on a documentary titled "Truth & Consequences." They will be in Ithaca April 2, 3, 4, and 5th to shoot scenes for this HDV video about psychological experiments on children.

You are invited to meet them, ask questions, and hear them chat about their work on Tuesday, April 4th at 7pm in Park 220. Refreshments will be served. Please sign up for this event by emailing Karen Wheeler Attendance will be limited to the first 25 respondents.

More about Bestor:

Bestor Cram has over twenty years of experience as a director, producer and cinematographer. Following a tour of duty as a U.S. Marine Officer in Vietnam, he pursued graduate studies at the West Surrey College of Art and Design in Guildford, England. He subsequently established a career as a cinematographer and photographer.

In 1982, after further studies in film with cinema verite filmmaker Richard Leacock and teaching jobs at MIT, Tufts and the Art Institute of Boston, Bestor founded Northern Light Productions. Under his direction, Northern Light has produced over fifty major films, ranging from broadcast documentaries to historical, dramatic, and educational works to Fortune 500 corporate image pieces.

As Director/Cinematographer, Bestor's work has included collaborations in multi-screen image presentations, international co-productions for television, and numerous permanent museum installations. Over the years, Bestor has filmed and videotaped for all the major networks: ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, BBC and CBC. His cinematography credits include the Emmy nominated Discovery Channel special Mysteries of the Sea: Freak Waves, the HBO special Mumia Abu-Jamal: A Case for Reasonable Doubt, a PBS/BBC series on China and the 1995 Documentary Academy Award winner, Maya Lin: A Strong
Clear Vision.

Bestor has been the recipient of many prestigious awards for his and the company's film and television projects including: CINE Golden Eagles, American Film Festival Blue Ribbons, Columbus International Film Festival Chris Awards, Houston International Film Festival Gold Awards and selection for the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center. He is the 1996 recipient of a Massachusetts Media Fellowship, and his latest independent project, Unfinished Symphony, about an antiwar protest by Vietnam Veterans in 1971 that resulted in the largest mass arrest in Massachusetts' history, premiered in the Documentary Competition at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and won first prize at the One World Film Festival in Prague, the Czech Republic, as well as at home in the New England Film and Video Festival.

Bestor is the Massachusetts representative to the International Quorum of Film and Video Producers. He holds a BA in Economics from Denison University.