Monday, March 31, 2008

Parkie (Senior) Power....Let me introduce you to Team ReNew


We're all members of the larger Ithaca College community, and we all know that Park is just one aspect of our involvement in and commitment to IC.

That said, I always feel a certain responsibility -- OK, I admit it, a certain GLEE -- in supporting Parkies who are doing something big or brave or important or just plain fun (and just to remind you, every school has a dean, and every dean can support his or her students, and you happen to have it's all fair.)

In that spirit of collegiality with a particular dash of Park spirit, this just in from the Parkies who are running for senior class leaders:

Welcome to Team ReNew:

The campaign has officially started, and let me tell you: Team ReNew is absolutely excited to be here. We've spent an incredible amount of time planning and designing exactly what we wanted our party to stand for...and how we wanted to communicate this to the Class of '09. We chose the name "Team: ReNew" for several different reasons. First, we wanted to stray away from the word "party" because we believe that the word "team" clearly communicates how we a team. Not only have we committed ourselves as an Executive Board to work as a team, but we also believe that it is EXTREMELY important for the E-board and the rest of the class to function that way as well. We care DEEPLY about individual opinions and have worked hard to incorporate this value into our platform, and then exactly how we were going to carry-through this value into office. But I digress...

Team ReNew is about renewing what it means to be a senior. In other words, we're renewing what we call "The Senior Experience." We plan on being innovative with our event planning, volunteer opportunities, and other programming to bring you and UNFORGETTABLE Senior Experience. Below, you will find an extended breakdown of what we couldn't type in 100 words. It's an SGA thing I guess.

Yeah, a nice way of saying "parties." Team ReNew believes that the hard working Class of 09 deserves to play as hard as they work! We will offer both alcohol optional and alcohol free events to cater to everyone. Either way you decide to party, know that we will make these events innovative, fun, and memorable.

Job hunting. I think it's just a little scary that we will be searching for jobs in 8 months. Really scary. But no fear! Team ReNew is all about helping you out in the process. We're all in the same boat, so why not? Right? We plan on sending out a weekly "ReNewsletter" which will include job and internship opportunities that we have been notified about. Additionally, we plan on conducting networking nights, resume and cover letter writing sessions, and mock interviews SPECIFICALLY for graduating seniors. This is for real.

Giving Back:
Our class has been exceptionally good at giving back to IC and our surrounding community. Team ReNew plans on highlighting this great point and offering opportunities for you to continue to do so as a senior. We plan on teaming up with some of IC's volunteer student organizations to make sure these are one-of-a-kind. What's better than hanging out with your closest friends and giving back? It'll happen next year...

Your Opinion:
Team ReNew recognizes that we all want our voices heard. Especially when it comes to our last year at Ithaca. We have implemented a polling page on our website (to be released shortly) which will enable us to pick and choose how we spend our last year together. Your voice counts, and we know that you will let us hear it!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

In the "Where are they now?" department....

Kelly McPherson graduated from Park in May 2005, and since then, has been a reporter at WIVT in Binghamton and at News Channel 9 WSYR in Syracuse.

She just emailed to let us know that she'll be moving to CBS WJZ News 13 in Baltimore this week (AND closing on her new house!).

And it didn't hurt to be a Parkie:

"By the way---there are two IC alums working at my new station. One is the the General Manager. Yes, that helped break the ice during my first phone interview with him. He quizzed me on IC, Ithaca and Syracuse trivia. Thankfully, I passed. :)"

Congrats, Kelly!

The New Yorker: The Death of the American Newspaper

This week's New Yorker offer's Eric Alterman's astute analysis of the state of American matter what your career goals, it's a great summary of a complex situation. Worth the time.

IC's STAND and CU's STAR join forces, bring NY Times columnist Nicholas Kristof to both campuses

Ithaca College’s chapter of STAND, the national student anti-genocide coalition, and Cornell University’s anti-genocide group, STARS, host “Dream for Darfur: A Two-Day Academic Symposium on the World’s Darkest Olympics” on Saturday, April 5, and Monday, April 7, at both educational institutions.

Events on April 5 feature speeches by Adam Sterling, director of the Sudan Divestment Task Force and star of Darfur Now, and Mohamed Yahya, executive director of the Damanga Coalition for Freedom and Democracy. Presentations are held at Ithaca College in Textor Hall 102 at noon; and at Cornell's HEC Auditorium, Goldwin Smith at 2:30 p.m.

The symposium culminates on April 7 with a visit and speech from Nicholas Kristof, an internationally acclaimed New York Times columnist and Darfur activist. Kristof speaks at Cornell in the Anabel Taylor Hall Auditorium at 4:30 p.m. and at Ithaca College in Textor Hall 102 at 6:30 p.m.

The speakers aim to emphasize the constructive role that China can play in ending the ongoing atrocities in Darfur, Sudan. The symposium is tied to a national movement called "The Dream for Darfur Olympic Torch Relay," which has also traveled internationally to countries with a history of genocide and mass atrocities. The movement aims to urge China – which has multiple roles as Sudan’s chief diplomatic sponsor, major weapons provider, and largest foreign investor and trade partner, and as host of the 2008 Summer Olympics – to use its unique position to lead the world in bringing an end to the ongoing violence and humanitarian crisis in Darfur.

“We’re holding this event today for the Darfuri people hoping that it will cast a needed light on their suffering – suffering that the world cannot ignore,” said Mandy Kessler, STAND co-president. “We implore China to bring the Olympic dream to Darfur. The symposium will shine a light on the role that China can and must play to ensure that the violence and suffering in Darfur come to an end.”

The symposium is funded in part by the SAFC, Cornell University Near Eastern Studies Department, The Bartels Family, Cornell University Peace Studies Program, Cornell University Office of the Vice-Provost, Cornell Hillel, Ithaca College Residence Hall Association, Ithaca College Student Government Association, Ithaca College Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, and the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Life.

For more information, please contact Rachel Merkin at 617-470-1324 or Mandy Kessler at 617-939-4932.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

If you love radio...let the Bayliss Foundation help pay for college!

Love radio? One of the scores of students who spend long and wonderful hours working for VIC and WICB?

The Bayliss Foundation wants to give you a college scholarship (even if you don't have financial need!).

Juniors and seniors who have maintained a 3.0 GPA or better are encouraged to apply.

Although financial need is a consideration, students of merit with an extensive history of radio-related activities are given preference.

Please make sure you include an original AND four photocopies (five total copies) of your application form, essay, and resume. You must also include their original school transcript and three letters of recommendation.

All application materials must arrive at the Bayliss Foundation office by Wednesday, April 30, 2008.



Scouts Are Cancelled U.S. premieres is part of FLEFF

Mark your calendars for Saturday April 5th at 4pm and join your fellow Parkies for the US premiere of Professor John Scott's SCOUTS ARE CANCELLED (72min) at The Cinemapolis Theatre in downtown Ithaca.

This is just one of the really amazing features of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival; check it out:

A few press comments about SCOUTS ARE CANCELLED:

“It’s Brilliant.”

Glenn Sumi, Now Toronto

“It's a literary portrait you won't soon forget.”

Henrietta Walmark, The Globe and Mail

“Scouts Are Cancelled is … one of the best filmed poetry books ever …”

Todd Swift, Eyewear

“… one of the best literary biographies I’ve ever seen.”

Ron Foley-MacDonald, Infomonkey

“A stylized look at the life of a man who thrives on chaos …”

Jason Buchanon, &

“… a moving portrait of a significant voice on the Canadian literary scene.”

Rob Mclennan, Ottawa Poetry Newsletter

“Watching John Stiles … is like watching someone lost in a trance. He squeezes his eyes shut,
channels the voices of his speakers and loudly emits sounds of growling dogs,
wailing sirens and non-verbal whoops of joy and despair.”

Geoff Pevere, The Toronto Star

“…utterly absorbing … A fascinating portrait of a fascinating subject.”

Tom McSorley, Director of The Canadian Film Institute

“Scouts Are Cancelled is one the best contemporary literary biographies of the last decade.”

The Atlantic Film Festival

Awards & Distinctions:

Rex Tasker Documentary Award at The Atlantic Film Festival

Top Jury Award for Documentary at the University Film and Video Associations Juried Screenings

Hot Pick at The Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival

Hot Pick at The Atlantic Film Festival


The Documentary Channel 2007-2010, Canada

Festivals & Screenings.

Hot Docs 2007, Toronto

The Canadian Film Institute, 2007, Ottawa

Festivaletteratura (Italy) 2007, Mantova

University Film and Video Associations Juried Screenings, 2007, Denton, TX

The Atlantic Film Festival, 2007, Halifax

Indie Cinema Series, 2007, York University, Toronto

Al Gore, John Scott, and Your Video: What could be better?

Thanks to a partnership Professor John Scott has negotiated with Current TV (Al Gore's new national network), students in his TVR Nonfiction Production course next fall will have the opportunity to work with creative execs to produce final projects for airing on the network.

And here's the kicker: work selected by the network will be.....purchased!

You got it: paid for. Bought. As in, students will SELL their work to Current TV....

How's that for a classroom experience?

Very cool.

Submitted for your approval: CNN promos Serling play in Park!

The Serling Conference in the Park School includes a reading of an original, unpublished script by Rod Serling. The event is drawing national media attention, including a story on CNN today and a story Sunday morning on NPR.

Check out the CNN story:

Here's the lead on CNN:

Submitted for your approval, finally.

Rod Serling tried to dramatize the Emmitt Till story, but his attempts were changed due to outside pressures.

More than a half-century after it was twice censored by network television, Rod Serling's story on the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till and his message about prejudice will finally be told the way Serling wanted.

The original stage script of Serling's "Noon on Doomsday" will be read Saturday at Ithaca College during a conference on Serling's life and legacy. The award-winning writer-creator of "The Twilight Zone" taught at Ithaca from 1967 until 1975, when he died.ill

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Jive Talking....Parkie Style

David Muir: Parkie and Men's Vogue "Marathon Man"

Parkie David Muir is one of the rising stars of network news -- and he always manages to mention the fact that he's an Ithaca College grad: ... take a look at the profile in Men's Vogue:

"Now, though, Muir's been sent to the other side of the state — along with his laptop, a fearless producer, and a rental car equipped with GPS — in search of Hillary Clinton. In a shrinking news industry, on-air talent are increasingly called on to do everything — shoot footage, write a blog, anchor a webcast — and Muir has embraced multitasking with the enthusiasm of NBC's Brian Williams, to whom he is often compared, and the élan of the late Peter Jennings, whose encouraging words he still carries with him. Like both men, Muir got his start young, as a teen gofer for a local station in Syracuse. While still attending Ithaca College, he both anchored and produced a weekend newscast there, timing segments at the anchor desk with a yellow stopwatch even as he was delivering them — and then driving 60 miles to meet his buddies for Saturday night's last call."

Today Show's Natalie Morales comes to Park

Natalie Morales, “Today” show national correspondent and co-anchor of the NBC program’s fourth hour, will be this year’s speaker in the Jessica Savitch Distinguished Journalism Lecture Series at Ithaca College.

Morales will discuss her career, the changes in journalism and the importance of covering the elections on Thursday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Park Hall Auditorium.

Morales joined “Today” as a national correspondent in 2006 and was named a co-anchor in 2007. She also fills in regularly at the news desk. She had previously been an anchor and correspondent at MSNBC since March 2002, during which time she contributed to the network’s coverage of such stories as Hurricane Katrina and the recovery efforts, the 2004 tsunami disaster in Asia, the death of Pope John Paul II, the 2004 presidential election, the war in Iraq, and the Columbia space shuttle explosion.

Prior to joining MSNBC, Morales spent three years as a morning news co-anchor and correspondent at NBC’s WVIT in Hartford, Connecticut. She also co-hosted and reported for the Emmy-nominated documentary “Save Our Sound,” a joint production with WNBC on preserving Long Island Sound. She began her on-air journalism career at News 12 in the Bronx after spending two years working behind the scenes at Court TV.

Morales earned a dual degree in journalism and Latin American studies from Rutgers University. She has received the “Groundbreaking Latina in Media” award from “Catalina” magazine and the National Association of Latina Leaders, while “Hispanic” magazine named her one of the “Top Hispanics to Watch” in 2005 and “People en Español” named her one of its “50 Most Beautiful People” for 2007.

The Jessica Savitch Distinguished Journalism Lecture Series is sponsored by the Roy H. Park School of Communications. It honors the 1968 Ithaca College graduate who became an Emmy Award–winning NBC News anchor and correspondent. Previous speakers in the series have included Andrea Mitchell, Ann Curry, John Seigenthaler, Mara Liasson and Cokie Roberts.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

In the "Wish We Were There" category...

Jon Bassinger-Flores, our LA special programs coordinator extraordinaire, has posted a slideshow featuring our Parkies doing (some of) what they do in LA.

Next year's class just got their letters of acceptance (congratulations!). Here's at least some of what you have to look forward to (gee, I think I will come and visit...)

The Ithacan does it again! (WAHOOO!)

Once again The Ithacan was presented with the "Apple Award" for Best of Show at the Spring National College Media Convention in New York City. This year’s convention took place March 16–18 at the Marriott Marquis hotel.

The "Apple Award" is the convention's Best of Show award, presented in various categories for newspapers, magazines and yearbooks. The award is based on the entry of a single issue of the publication submitted at the convention. The Ithacan has won this award five times in the seven years it has been offered.

Attending the conference were Editor in Chief Erica Hendry, Assistant News Editor Libby Sile, Assistant Accent Editor Patrick Doyle, Assistant Design Editor Alexis McNutt, Online Media Editor Nick Santos, Sales Manager Kiersten Timpe and Michael Serino, the paper’s adviser.


Tuesday, March 18, 2008


FLEFF 2008 is LIVE! Check it out...


Proud of a paper? a project? a presentation? SUBMIT IT.

This just in from Lambda Pi Eta:

We are now accepting papers for the annual LPH Mock Communications
Conference 2008!

Attention Park students. If you have written a paper, made a
presentation, or created a project related to communications, please
consider submitting it to our conference. We will be accepting past and
present work for our communications conference.

All entries will be judged by a panel of professors from the Park School
and given feedback. We will be displaying the works on Tuesday, April
15th from 12:10-1pm in Park 220. At this time, we will award prizes to
the top three entries and also serve up some refreshments.

If you are interested, please e-mail a 100-word abstract along with your
paper/project or a 250-word description of your presentation/project if
not available on the computer, to

This is a great opportunity to show your work, see what others are doing,
and get some professional advice from our knowledgeable professors!

Entry deadline is Tuesday, April 1st so get writing!

Melissa M. Gattine

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Welcome Back! And now get ready....

If you've done it before, you remember what the spring semester is like (and if you haven't, well, it's going to be nothing but a blur...):

You get back from spring break (we missed you), and you feel relatively relaxed, happy to be back on campus, ready to pick it all up and get going again...

And then it hits:

How IN THE WORLD are we ever going to get everything done between now and the end of April?

We're only talking about six weeks here, and that includes the distractions of Easter (for those of you who celebrate that holiday) and Purim and Passover (for those of you who celebrate those)...not to mention the warm breezes and sunny afternoons of spring in Ithaca.

And in the midst of all of our own projects and pasttimes, the Park School has an amazing line-up of special events scheduled between now and the end of the semester.

I mean it: Amazing (and yes, I know I use that word all the time, and I know I have just a tad of a tendency to be somewhat, sort of, kind of hyperbolic...but really. This time I mean it. Amazing.).

See for yourselves (and please, mark your calendars: how crazy would it be to miss the chance to meet these folks?):

Natalie Morales, NBC's Today Show

Jessica Savitch Distinguished Journalism Lecturer
Thursday, March 27
7:30 p.m.
Park Aud.

2008 Rod Serling Conference

Friday, March 29-Saturday, March 30
There will be events/presentations that are open to students such as the Twilight Zone Marathon

The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival
March 30-April 6

Christiane Amanpour
(CNN's chief international correspondent) and James Rubin (foreign policy adviser)
Park Distinguished Visitor Series
Wednesday, April 9
7:30 p.m.
Location TBA

Rick Frishman '76
Park School Writing Award Lecture Series
"How to Get Published in America"
Wednesday, April 16
7:30 p.m.
Emerson Suites

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Way to go, Tommy! Inman takes top honors in photo contest!

Excellent is as excellent does, as my grandma used to say.

And what, exactly, does that mean?

It means that the quality of a person is expressed in his or her actions.

Take Tommy Inman, for example. You all know Tommy as the guy who solves all the problems and answers all the questions in our photo labs.

What you may not know, though, is that Tommy is as talented a photographer as he is a helpful and knowledgeable TechOps staffer.

Proof? His photo just won one of two major prizes at the State of the Art Gallery's 19th Annual Juried Photography Show in downtown Ithaca.

The judge awarded six prizes this year... two major prizes of $150 each and four minor prizes of $50 each.

Tommy's winning photo was titled "Orangutan Hand" that he took at the Erie, Pennsylvania Zoo in 2006.

Ithaca College was well represented in the show, as usual, with students Julie Chung and Billy Feldman having pieces accepted as well.

The State of the Art Gallery show runs through March 29th. You can check
them out at

Congratulations, Tommy! Yipppeeeeee!

And another one...and another....

This just in from Matt Portman...

I just saw your post about Silvia Briga's music video starring Zach Capp. I thought I'd let you know that Zach was also in Erika West's music
video over a year ago
which has since gotten over 120,000 views on youtube
and he made one of his own.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Great first newspaper job open in Canandaigua...

This just in from Stephanie Bergeron, who is leaving her job at the Daily Messenger in Canandaigua....

I will be leaving Messenger Post Media in late April to get married and
attend graduate school in Sweden. This means that the company will have a
reporter opening right around graduation time. Here's a little more about
the position. It was definitely a great first job for me and I encourage
any new graduates to apply. Alum Bryan Roth '07 also works as a reporter

Messenger Post Media, owned by Gatehouse Media, includes the Daily
Messenger in Ontario County and 10 high-quality suburban weeklies in the
Rochester area. Our award-winning Web site,, features video
and breaking news stories. Reporters work full-time from a Canandaigua

Contact: Robert Matson, 73 Buffalo Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424 or

Stephanie Bergeron

Education Reporter
The Daily Messenger
Canandaigua NY
(585)394-0770 ext. 255

Thanks, Stephanie, for remembering what it's like to be thinking in March about your first job-after-college in May!

Music videos in the Park School: Feeling Good...

Students in TVR prof Gossa Tsegaye's class just finished a music video they've been working on for weeks.

He shared it with me,

and I thought I would share it with you.

Anybody else doing work you want to share with the Park blog?

Parkie Dan Henning ('06) takes top radio industry honors...

Parkie alum Dan Henning ('06) has just been named as the 2008 recipient of the Bayliss Horizon Award, one of the most prestigious awards in professional radio.

Dan was WICB Station Manager when he was in the Park School and was a 2005 Bayliss Radio Scholarship winner.

The award recognizes his contributions to the radio industry since he graduated from college, thereby honoring the memory of radio executive John Bayliss. It will be presented at the Bayliss Radio Roast, an industry gala in New York City, on April 2.

Dan is the Associate Producer for the nationally syndicated radio program, The Bill Press Show, based in Washington, DC. In addition to co-hosting, Dan books guests, produces imaging, screens call-ins and maintains the web site. He is also a part-time on-air personality for Citadel Broadcasting's stations, WRQX/WJZW.

Way to go, Dan! We couldn't be prouder!

Watch for the guys in the pink jumpsuits...and make a difference in your world

Who says you can't be stylin,' socially engaged, and sustainable all at the same time? Take a look at ICan, the student group that dons pink jumpsuits and donates bottle-deposit money to charitable organizations.

They'll be coming to campus locations near you this month (OK, well, not until you get back from spring break...) to collect your recyclable cans and bottles. They'll take your toss-aways, redeem the deposits, and donate the funds to ICare’s Relay for Life teams. (Relay for Life is a 12-hour benefit event for the American Cancer Society on March 29, 2008 at Barton Hall – Cornell University. Every cent redeemed from the ICan initiative will go to this cause.)

ICan will also be tabling at various locations throughout the month of March to collect recyclables as well.

If you cannot participate in the Saturday collections, take a minute to email ICan at, and they will come get your collectibles at your convenience.

And you can watch for ICan event updates on Facebook...right HERE.

So collect your cans and bottles, bag 'em up, and call or email the folks in the pink jumpsuits.

It couldn't be much easier to make a difference in your world....

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

In between the exams and the packing and the!

OK, I know this is the craziest week of the semester, and I've already started to see some of you dragging big suitcases full of swimming suits and suntan lotion into your cars....but before you head off to wherever it is you're going for break, please take two minutes to help out a fellow Parkie....and you know what I'm going to say: We'd do it for you!

I just got an email from three cinema students who have entered their work in two different festivals that are in part determined by viewer votes (that's you).

Brock Cerny, John Tegan and Sean Elligers have entered a music video in the Babelgum International Online Film Festival. The prize is roughly $30,000 and a trip oversees to meet Spike Lee.

OK, so it does require that you download the new Babelgum viewing software, but the link is right on the page and it doesn't take long.
That link is HERE.

The second contest is called 'Sketchies II' on YouTube. They need views, votes, comments... That prize is $25,000. Just think what a difference that would make in the lives of three film students -- Parkies! The link for that is HERE.

Please - take the time. You know they'd do it for you. (They promise!)

Jobs? In Television? At CBS?

This just in from alum Aaron Inver (thanks, Aaron!), who works as a writer/producer at KDKA in Pittsburg; this CBS News Apprentice Program goes on all over the company.
2008 News Apprenticeship Program
Interested in pursuing a career in TV news? If you're a 2008 college graduate (December 2007 grads may also apply) who would like to work behind the camera and eventually become part of a newsroom management team, you should apply for the 2008 News Apprenticeship Program!

• To develop strong newsroom leadership skills for those interested in the behind the scenes editorial opportunities

• To attract a diverse pool of talented individuals who will contribute to our story selection and execution

About the Program:
The CBS Television Stations Group implemented a News Apprenticeship Program in 2005 and most of our television stations across the country have sponsored these programs over the past two years.

In 2008, CBS Television Stations in the following markets will be sponsoring a News Apprenticeship Program: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, Dallas, Minneapolis, Miami, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and Baltimore.

The Program will expose candidates to the various disciplines of broadcast journalism from the assignment desk to newscast writing and producing, promotion writing, news editing to special projects. Apprentices will be working side by side with News Department professionals, learning their craft and gaining valuable experience and knowledge. This is truly a unique opportunity for a 2008 college graduate (or, in some cases, a December, 2007 graduate) who has a serious interest in pursuing a career in TV News. We are seeking individuals who are looking to work "behind the camera" with an ultimate goal to be part of a Newsroom management team.

Each News Apprenticeship will be of a six-month duration. Candidates who are selected will be paid an hourly rate of pay - from $10.00 - $16.00 per hour - depending on market size. Stations will make every effort to find employment for those candidates who successfully complete the program either within the station where the apprenticeship took place or at another CBS Television Station. However, successful completion of the program does not necessarily guarantee future employment. Apprentices will be considered "at will" employees and the Program can end at any time during the six-month period at the Station's sole discretion.

• Candidates must be a December, 2007 college graduate or will be graduating this year.
• Only those individuals who are highly motivated and are self-starters need apply.
• While a degree in communications or journalism is not required, strong writing skills are essential. Candidates will be required to take a broadcast writing test and will be asked to submit, with their application, a one-page, single spaced essay on why they want to go into broadcast journalism.
• Participation in college radio/TV stations/newspapers or literary magazines will be taken into account. Also, membership in any professional organizations such as RTNDA or other Journalist Associations will be considered.

Interested Candidates:
Mail or fax the completed application form to:

KDKA-TV News Apprenticeship Program
One Gateway Center
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
ATTN: John Verrilli, News Director

Fax: 412-575-2227

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Photography Should be Seen and Not Heard (Explored)

Photography Should be Seen and Not Heard Explored
Calling all Ithaca College photographers: Display your work for EarthWeek @ IC

Do you have an interesting, moving, poignant, funny, touching, or realistic piece of work which explores the connections between human populations and the Earth? Did you take the most incredible shot of a natural area recently, or have a picture that shows humans and nature interacting? The EarthWeek Planning Committee would like to announce the "Photography Should be Seen and Not Heard Explored" photo contest for entries which demonstrate a unique perspective of the natural world and/or how humans interact with it. Participants are encouraged to submit single photographs, or series of work, new and previously published.

Selected pieces will be displayed during EarthWeek as part of a stationary presentation on the conflicting and sublime nature of the human perceptions of Earth.
Selected participants will be notified by March 22nd, and asked at this time to submit a short paragraph on thoughts, emotions, or reflection respective to their work.

Submission Criteria
Submission must be made by a current student, staff, or faculty member of Ithaca College.
Submissions are due March 7th to the Student Activities Center (SAC) on the 3rd floor of the Campus Center.
Submissions may be submitted by the following formats: polaroid, prints no less than 8 x 10 with or without borders (matte preferable), and electronic copies of high quality via CD or DVD.
Subject matter may be of any place/time with submissions taken in and around Ithaca, NY and/or during study and travel outside of the United States particularly encouraged.
Please place all submissions in an envelope with your name, local address, email address, and phone number clearly printed on it. Each print should be labeled with date taken and title.

Questions may be directed to Sarah Brylinsky, IC Sustainability Intern, at

Parkies are writers....and winners! Enter the Park School Writing Award competition!

$1500 Park School Writing Awards – Nominations due March 17

The Park School Writing Award is designed to recognize work that demonstrates creativity, impact, originality and masterful writing. Pieces that have been produced in a Park School class or student media organization in 2007 are eligible. Examples include a research paper, a creative work, or a journalistic article.

You can find all the details of the award in an email you received from Melissa Gattine earlier today. If you have a piece of work that meets the criteria, ask a faculty member or media manager to nominate you.

Nominations will be accepted until March 17.

ICTV wins five (count 'em, FIVE) PEGASYS awards for excellence!

This just in from Peter Johanns, ICTV's adviser:

ICTV received a total of 5 awards at this years PEGASYS awards for Cablecasting Excellence for the Public Access and Educational Access channels on Time Warner Cable in Tompkins county. Held on February 29, 2008, ICTV was nominated in 7 of the 10 categories.

ICTV received first place awards for B.S. Detectives in the Comedy/Variety category; NewsWatch 16 for the Public Affairs category; and The Race 2 for the Documentary category.

Additionally, The Race 2 and Bombers Football received the highest scores for educational access programming and will be submitted to the Hometown Video Festival, a national competition organized by the Alliance for Community Media held in Washington D.C this July.

(The Race 2 was the highest scoring program among all entrants in this year's PEGASYS Awards.)

Congratulations to all of the ICTV students who worked hard and contributed to attain this recognition and achievement!

Ditto from the dean: CONGRATULAIONS to you all!

Journalism Scholarship from Syracuse Press Club

This just in from the Syracuse Press Club:

The Syracuse Press Club is pleased to announce its annual DeVesty-Williams Scholarship. This scholarship in the amount of $1000 will be awarded to one, full-time undergraduate student majoring in print or broadcast journalism. The student must also be a permanent resident of one of the following counties in the Syracuse Press Club service area: Onondaga, Madison, Cortland, Cayuga, Oswego, Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Lewis, Herkimer, Oneida, Otsego, Delaware, Chenango, Broome, Tioga, Chemung, Tompkins, Wayne, Seneca, Schuyler and Yates. A student’s college residence is not considered the permanent residence. All students who fit the above criteria are encouraged to apply.

The recipient of this award will be selected based on academic achievement, involvement in extracurricular activities and/or work experience, a personal statement, two work samples and two letters of reference.

The recipient will be invited as our honored guest and will receive the award at the Syracuse Press Club Awards Dinner, which will take place on Saturday, May 17 at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel and Conference Center.

Application Instructions:

1. On a separate sheet, provide your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, college attending, major field of study, extracurricular activities and/or work experience -OR- submit a resume which includes this information.

2. Attach a copy of your most recent college transcript.

3. Provide a one-page personal statement: Why did you choose journalism as your area of study? What role do you feel journalism will play in your future?

4. Enclose two work samples (print or broadcast quality, and/or photographs).

5. Provide two letters of reference. These may be from professors, employers, intern sponsors or others who can attest to your qualifications and achievements.

6. Send your application materials to Beth Goldberg, SPC Scholarship Committee, 4621 Pewter Lane, Manlius, NY 13104.

Your application must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, March 28. Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered by the Scholarship Committee.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please call (315) 243-3507 or e-mail:

Meg Jamieson's Films Screen at Cornell! (Be there!)

Cornell Cinema presents
Tuesday, March 4 at 7:15pm
Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts Film Forum in Collegetown
Just $4

Glass of Water in Kenya
6 minutes 16mm
Water is among the most pressing of Kenya's ecological questions. With a form taken awry from Wallace Stevens, this experimental documentary gives the audience time to discover partial knowledge.

Small Weather
12 minutes digital video
Returning home from travel, she found footage on her tapes she had not shot.
Here is to there as first love is to squander.

Bury My Gold in Earth
36 minutes 16mm on digital video
An intimate documentary of cherry farming in Northern Michigan. Filmed over 6 years, the farm widow and her family face all the changes the world can offer.

Who Killed Maggie?
8 minutes fragment from a work HDV
Named for the book which inspired it, this work traces the history of land tenancy, tribal rights and the privatization of resources in Ghana, during the 2007 jubilee, marking the 50th anniversary of Ghana's independence. Made in collaboration with the Ada tribe in Bonikopey, this fragment is a theatrical re-enactment of the deadly conflict between the traditional salt winners of the Songor Lagoon and the foreign-owned Vacuum Salt Company.

Now THIS is what we're talking about: Leveraging the assets of the Parkie community for the good of....the Parkies in our community!

Eddie Lemonier, a CMD major, has come up with one of the best Park School ideas maybe ever...well, at least since another Parkie proposed putting PPECS/TechOps portable equipment processes online (why do you think things around here keep getting better? It's because YOU have great ideas and you take the time to share them so we can make them happen....)

What he's suggesting is a chance for the Park School to act like the media conglomerate it truly is, to leverage the talents and interests of its students for the benefit of....its students!

Here's Eddie's idea:

So here we are…
Saturday morning, mid October. Darting birds are chirping as they swirl
through the crisp autumn air. A group of Ithaca College cinematography
students are shooting a scene for their final project on the IC football
field. The lights are ready, sound is set, and with actors in position
the director grabs her bullhorn.


With this call everything is set in motion. The take is pure dynamite,
great stuff. As cameras, lights and mics are adjusted to capture a new
angle, the director notices a few individuals filing into the stadium.
They’ll be out of the next shot, no need to worry. 30 minutes elapse and
a growing murmur is audible from the bleachers.


Turning her head to the bleachers, the director sees hundreds of Ithaca
College fans in the stands. Out of nowhere a football comes zooming
through the set and smacks the star actress square in the face, breaking
her nose. The IC football team rushes the field, stampeding through the
set, knocking down light stands and trampling sound guys along with the

What chaos. This is merely one example of what can go wrong when a
qualified producer is not involved in the process of making a movie.
Fortunately, a department within the Park School is packed with students
capable of preventing such incidents. You may ask yourself, “what
department is this?” This is the department of Communications Management,
and Design (CMD).

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, CMD students are the most qualified individuals
on campus when it comes to scheduling, communicating, organizing, and
managing events.

Recently a program has been made available to help link students of CMD
with the Department of Cinema, Photography, and Media Arts (C&P).

If you are a C&P or CMD student interested in creating ideal working
conditions for film casts and crews both at Ithaca College and beyond,
then you should come to the Park Auditorium Wednesday night at 8:00 pm for
an informal introduction regarding the collaboration of CMD/C&P.

Following the introduction, the free screening of Didactic Debauchery will
be taking place. Didactic Debauchery is an independent film that is a
shining example of the finished product of C&P and CMD students working
together to produce a great film. The film runs approximately 96 minutes
and the event is free of charge.

Visit the Grandveiw Productions website to catch a glimpse of the Didactic
Dibauchery trailer. Also, check out the Grandview Productions myspace
page, where you can see other completed projects.

Hope to see ya'll there,

Eddie Lemonier (
Roy H. Park School of Comm.
CMD, Corporate Communication