Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Alexandra Klee hits the Web on BlogTV

This just in from Parkie Alexandra Klee:

I am working for a company called blogTV, and we are launching our .com site on May 15 th. blogTV is a live interactive video blogging environment. Its technology enables anybody with a web cam or a 3G phone to create their own video show and broadcast it over the internet without any need for special software or hardware. I thought it might be a great platform for some of the park students who want to show off projects they have been working on, promote events going on at IC or just to use it as a discussion forum. Anyway, if you have a minute take a look at www.blogTV.com.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Park goes global..."Now is the Winter" is truly one of the coolest things our faculty has ever done

Photography Professor Nick Muellner has been working for a year on this international artistic project. It's an extraordinary contribution to the Park School's international reputation this summer, and an opportunity for you to engage directly with the artists at the Park symposium in the fall:


Exhibition: Now Is The Winter
Curated by: Nicholas Muellner and Mikhl Sidlin
Location: Proekt_Fabrika, Moscow, Russia
Dates: May 24 to June 24, 2007
Website: http://www.ithaca.edu/rhp/niw

Nicholas Muellner and Mikhl Sidlin are pleased to present Now Is The Winter, an exhibition of new works in video, painting, photography and installation at Proekt_Fabrika in Moscow. This project brings together contemporary artists from the United States and Russia to explore current states of experience in the cultures
of late empire. Contrary to Dada's angry, explosive response to a cruel and rapacious modernity, it is the thesis of this exhibition that contemporary art practice can point to moral, political and social crisis through the presentation of disappearance – disappearance of logic, of narrative, of emotion and knowledge. Susan Sontag
famously described the act of photographing as "a soft murder, appropriate to a sad, frightened time." Now is the Winter offers artwork that maps our soft terror – the abduction and discrete internment of the subject – across the terrain of visual experience.

This show builds upon diverse strands of international art practice that enlace cultural and historical representation with a pervasive sense of icy remove – evoking the evacuation of meaning, in word and action, that a moral freeze implies. These artists employ a wide array of media and tactics to variously attack, mourn
or mock the silent tyranny of reactionary socio-political culture. An associated program of experimental film and video work from the United States, curated by Michael Robinson, will screen concurrently at Proekt_Fabrika, the State Contemporary Art Centre and the The Meyerhold Theatre in Moscow.

Exhibition artists include:
Miles Coolidge, Sharon Hayes, Ron Jude, Nebojša Šeric Shoba, Natasha Struchkova, Paul Swenbeck, Rostan Tavasiev, Gleb Vyshaslavsky and Marian Zhunin.

This project is supported by the Trust for Mutual Understanding, CEC Artslink, and the generous underwriting and organizational support of the Park School of Communications, Ithaca College. The Moscow program will be linked to an international symposium and screening program addressing intersections of media, art and politics, hosted by Ithaca College in October, 2007.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Provoke: News1 Journo students cover the cops

Mike Scully's News1 class spent the semester covering the Ithaca cops and putting together a site that highlights their accomplishments, challenges and professional perspectives -- in everything from video to slideshows.

Nice work!

Dr. Fee is in the Building (so congratulate him when you see him!)

You got it: Our own Matt Fee, director of the Park Scholars program and leprechaun expert extraordinaire (see below) was this week awarded his PhD (with distinction) in the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University.

The title of his dissertation? "Of Leprechauns and Tigers: Fantastic Cinema and Irish National Identity."

Give the doctor a pat on the back when you see him....he's earned it!

So....still deciding what to do this summer? How about a PAID internship in DC, NYC, San Francisco....?

Many of you have already firmed up your plans for the summer....but before you make a decision to go back to that job at the beach or the restaurant, you may want to think about doing something that could make all the difference in your career preparation and planning:

I'm delighted to announce that the Park School will once again be providing a group of students with the opportunity to work a paid internship at some of the nation's best independent media organizations. This is the third year for the Progressive Media Internship program, and students who have participated in the past have said it was one of the most valuable and transformative experiences of their college careers.

The list of sites includes:

Alternet, San Francisco, CA

Center for Media and Democracy, Madison, WI

Center for Public Integrity, Washington, DC

DemocracyNow!, New York City

FAIR, New York City

Free Speech TV, Boulder, CO

Media Access Project, Washington, DC

MediaChannel.org/GlobalVision, New York City

Public Education Center, Washington, DC

Working Films, Wilmington, NC

The internships pay $2500. For more information: http://www.ithaca.edu/rhp/community/internships/progressive/

Submit applications to Eloise Greene (Park 126, eloise@ithaca.edu). For questions about individual internship sites, contact Brandy Hawley
(Park 258, bhawley@ithaca.edu).

Monday, May 07, 2007

Three Parkies earn Campus Life Awards: We're SO proud....

The Campus Life Awards Committee has met and selected the recipients of the 2006-2007 Campus Life Awards. Ten graduating seniors, who have made significant contributions to the College community, will be honored this year.

The Award recipients, their major and school, are as follows:

Kreg Adamsen, Business Administration, School of Business
Ebony Blue, Business Administration, School of Business
Katherine Cooper, Occupational Therapy, School of Health Sciences and Human Performance
Laurel Dreher, Journalism, Roy H. Park School of Communications
Zachary Ford, Music Education, James J. Whalen School of Music
Nicholas Fusco, Television/Radio (Audio Production), Roy H. Park School of Communications
Danielle Goren, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, School of Health Sciences and Human Performance
Kristen Leising, Organizational Communication, Learning, and Design (now Comm Management and Design), Park School of Communications
Doreen Mashu, Accounting, School of Business
Laura Teeter, Physical Therapy, School of Health Sciences and Human Performance

Our thanks to Laurel, Nick and Kristen for all they do -- for the school, the college and the community. And way to make us proud!

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Go Bombers: Help a fellow Parkie

This just in from a fellow Parkie....who's trying to help a fellow Parkie....

So a fellow Ithaca Alum is attempting to be a part of Real World 20...why? Well, with the new innovations happening in the media world, MTV has created a viral effort to choose who will be starring in RW20...and I'm thinking that with your help, we can get one of our own on the show. Hoping you all will take a minute out of your day today (and, if you get bored, any other day) to check out the link below and click on the "vote" button on the top left hand corner. Feel free to pass along to your friends too...he's a good buddy of mine and I really want to see him live out his dream.Thanks for your help -- go Bombers.



Parkie to develop sustainability course....(and did I mention she's a STUDENT)?

Now, this is what I call stepping up and doing your part -- for the school, for the college, and for the environment.

Congratulations -- and thanks -- to Sarah Brylinsky, who wrote to tell us about the new course she's developing this summer:

I was just reading the latest article on your blog, about alumni connections, and wanted to share my own story about "going out and getting the opportunity" most recently.

At Ithaca College, there is a cooperative grant committee between I.C. Faculty and EcoVillage who gives 8 grants each year to either faculty or village members who propose to develop a sustainability-related course for the college. Each year about 50 people apply, and the top 8 proposals chosen receive a $1,000 grant to develop the course over the summer.
The Park School is the only school from which a faculty member has never applied. When I found this out, I decided that it was time Park offered a really sustainable-oriented course that could put the unique talents of students in my major (CMD) and other sectors to good use. The communication of sustainability is as important as its' concepts and practices, after all.

So, I set out to apply for a grant that was only offered to faculty. I put together the proposal, and went and talked to the professors here at I.C. who sit on the grant board. I pleaded my case to them: "I've developed many programs and 'coursework' before for a myriad of jobs, projects in my major, as being a first-year program RA, and am currently working on a project developing a study-abroad program for an
international NGO in Ecuador. With a little help, I could definitely create this class."

I pitched it, submitted the proposal, and guess what? I was one of the 8 grant recipients this year! So this summer, I will be researching and developing "Strategic Sustainability: Intersections and Immersions", a course which focuses on examining the failure of the sustainable movement to communicate goals and possiblities clearly, how sustainable relations can be an integral part of corporate communication, etc... The full proposal, and course description, can be found attached. The course will be taught by Cory Young in the spring semester; she and Tammy Shaprio have agreed to be my mentors during the project's development.

I am hugely excited to be working on this project, and just wanted to share another great story with you about how your communication students are out there shaking up, starting early, and inventing possiblities for themselves!

In peace,
Sarah Brylinsky

Top ten reasons you're proud to be a Parkie?

This just in from May '06 grad Justin Talbott, founder of a community website designed to identify the top ten....everything.

Here's what he has to say:

Tenning.com is the newest spin on the social community website, in that it is based around user creation of top ten lists. Aimed at the creative and knowledgeable web user, Tenning.com gives members an outlet to share their expertise, humor, and discoveries with their friends and community.

Lists can be composed of anything from creative writing, to pictures, to links, to Youtube videos and other embed-able media. Members vote on each other's lists to decide what makes it to the front page. Unlike most community websites, Tenning.com really lets its users' personalities shine through in the lists they create.

I launched Tenning.com in February and it is continuing to gain momentum. Many of the sites 200+ users are Ithaca students and alumni too!

...I am very proud of how the site has grown and I'd love to get the word out to even more Ithaca students and faculty. (Even one of my favorite professors Simon Tarr has created a list!) It can be a very powerful tool for spreading knowledge, sharing opinions, and simply keeping in touch with peers.

Here's an idea: How about the Top Ten Reasons You're Proud to be a Parkie?

Friday, May 04, 2007

Another amazing year...because of all of you

Hi everybody,

I'm in Portland, Oregon, at a meeting of the national accrediting council for mass comm schools; I'm on the council, and they picked this week (of all weeks) to hold our spring meeting.

Back home, the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and you're all finishing your final class day for the year.

Wish I were there.

But since I can't be, I want to take a minute here, to thank you all for making the Park School such a great place to be a dean. It was an extraordinary year -- from the food cart in the lobby to the Ithacan awards to Dan Heffner and the Great Race -- and it has been my privilege to be a part of it.

Have a wonderful summer, knock 'em dead on your finals, and be in touch.