Saturday, January 31, 2009

Going Green on PBS: Make a doc for national screening on public television

Parkie freshman Brad Kolodner emailed today to let us know about a PBS program called "Planet Forward," a great opportunity for you guys to produce work for national television.

Here's the scoop:

"The program, which will be a compilation of brief student-made pieces (1-3 minute mini-documentaries)) will air on PBS in April. The deadline for submissions is February 20th, 2009.

The website gives lots of detailed information about the project:

I hope this is something that students in the Park School or the IC community as a whole would be interested in."

Thanks, Brad! I hope so, too!

ONE MORE TIME: The circle of ..... well, OK, life. And careers....

EDITORIAL NOTE: I first published this in early January. Since then, I've asked at least 50 seniors whether they plan to participate in this program. With few exceptions, they looked sort of startled and then (hey, they're talking to the dean), they all said, "oh, yeah, right, sure, of course I am, I'm working on it...." Here's the thing, guys: This is an opportunity to reach out to a professional and establish a mentoring relationship that could be the most valuable "step up" you have going for you in May, when you're looking for a job. We created this program to be sure that we're all taking full advantage of our extraordinary network of alumni -- hundreds of whom are really excited about this program and really want to help. So why WOULDN'T you participate?

I talked to Eloise on Friday afternoon. A small number of you have already applied. The deadline is MONDAY.

You need to fill out the form, get a faculty recommendation, and an unofficial transcript.

It's not too late.

And it may be the best job opportunity you'll have all semester.

One more time, here are the details:

If you're a senior Parkie,

and you're thinking about landing that dream job (and if you're not thinking about that....why not?),

have we got a deal for you!

We're going to set you up this spring with a successful professional mentor.

And you're going to have the opportunity to ask all those questions you're too embarrassed to ask in a job interview....things like what should go ON in a job interview, how you make a good impression, what kinds of questions you should ask, and how do you connect with people in a professional network, anyway?

It could easily be the most valuable and important "career starter" of your life (to date).

And it's designed just for you -- from one Parkie to another.

Here are the details:

Participating seniors will be matched one-on-one with successful alumni who have agreed to participate. Seniors will meet with their mentors three times during the spring semester; these discussions usually take place on the telephone, but some mentors and students do get together in person (particularly if the mentor is working in New York). The conversations focus on a different topic each month: Resume/Portfolio critique, Interviewing, and Networking.

As you consider whether to apply for this program, please remember that our alumni’s time is among the most important assets they have; it’s pretty amazing that they’re willing to give so much of it to you. That means you really need to be available (on time!) and prepared for every meeting as scheduled; it’s a commitment that matters to you, to your future, and to the Park School (they won’t do it again next year if you don’t respect their generosity this time!).

If you’re interested and can make the commitment:
Eloise sent you an application by email, or you can get one from her up on the third floor of Park (NW corner!). You fill it in (TYPED, please), attach your resume and unofficial transcript to it, and return it to Eloise by MONDAY, Feb. 2.

You also need to pick up a Recommendation form and give it to the faculty member or student media adviser who likes you the best, so he or she can say wonderful things about you. Ask them to do that, and turn that in to Eloise by Monday, Feb. 2, too.

Eloise is available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to stop by her office (Park 335).

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Be Part of a Radio Show That Makes a Difference

This just in from the folks at WICB:

Your Impact is the award-winning WICB talk show with a sustainable focus, and we're looking for new members.

Your Impact discusses issues of social equity and the environment, and communicates to our audience ways that they can have an impact in their every day lives. Whether it is interviewing members of the Ithaca community or discussing subjects of national interest, we cover all aspects of sustainability.

To join the Your Impact team, there is no experience needed. Although background in radio, audio production and/or an interest in sustainability is preferable, it isn’t a prerequisite. Also, not a lot of time is required of the project. The emphasis is quality over quantity, so the time spent will be focused on producing great segments, ones that could go to your credit. You may find that your experience with the show is more rewarding than you expect: besides being able to put "assistant producer of an award-winning radio show" on your resume, you will also gain the satisfaction that you are influencing others to make a difference.

It is both an individual and a team effort. The shows air every Sunday at 4:40 p.m., and although it is not essential that you be there, it is highly encouraged, and expected that work before the show be done (like preparing and producing a segment to be played during the show).

If you are interested, contact us at

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Earn some $$ doing freelance Web design...with/for an alum!

This just in from one of our '08 IMC grads, who is happily and gainfully employed at a marketing firm in Dallas (I told him we're supposed to have 10 inches of snow by tomorrow night.....):

Hi Dianne,

...I graduated last year with a degree in IMC, and I've been working the past 6 months as an Internet Marketer for a small interactive agency in Dallas. We're in the process of updating our list of freelance web designers, and figured this might be a great opportunity for some Ithaca students - earn a little money, and get some resume experience - what's not to like?

.....Interested students can send an e-mail to with samples of their work and a description of their web design background/experience.

Also, as an IC/Park School Alum, please don't hesitate to contact me if there's anything I can do to help out current students - be that job advice, or just another contact who's in the workforce.

Hope Ithaca isn't too cold this year!

-Colin Alsheimer

I also told him that this is what makes the Park School such a great place to be: our alumni remember what it's like to be a student, and they turn around to lend a helping hand whenever they have the chance.....

Ever dream of being a film critic? Meet one of the best in the world....

The Writing Department's annual Writers Series is bringing to campus one of the world's most renowned film critics: A.O. Scott.

Here's his bio from the Times site:

A. O. Scott joined The New York Times as a film critic in January 2000. Previously, he was a Sunday book reviewer for Newsday, and a frequent contributor to Slate, The New York Review of Books and many other publications.

A. O. Scott graduated with a B.A. degree in Literature (magna cum laude) from Harvard College in 1988 and was a grad-school dropout (from Johns Hopkins, in American Literature). He has also served on the editorial staffs of Lingua Franca and The New York Review of Books.

The details:

WHEN: Tuesday, February 3, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Klingenstein Lounge (over in the student center)
WHAT: Public lecture: Criticism as a Way of Life

This guy is reallly (really really) interesting. If you like movies, good writing, and dry wit, this is one you don't want to miss.

He was born on July 10, 1966 and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.

Obama Inaugurated! Professor Steve Seidman compares this month's historic events to...well, historic events!

Steve Seidman, chair of the Department of Strategic Communication, will give a presentation titled, "Obama Inaugurated! But How Did the 2008 Campaign Compare to Past Election Campaigns?" on Thursday, January 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Park 277.

The event is sponsored by the Ithaca College Chapter of IABC (International Association of Business Communicators), but open to everyone.

The talk will include illustrations from Seidman's new book, Posters, Propaganda, and Persuasion in Election Campaigns around the World and through History.

This just in from Park's SPJ....

SPJ-ers and Journalism Majors!

(it's got a nice ring to it?)

Welcome back for an exciting year in journalism at the Park School. This coming Monday, Feb. 2, at 7 pm in Park 140 we will be having our first informational meeting and pizza night! There will be SPJ prizes & freebies, free pizza ( of course) and people just as crazy for journalism!

This Monday is a time for YOU to tell US what you'd like to see this semester. We were so excited with our large turnout in the fall, we'd like to tailor a new and (hopefully) fun-filled schedule that would interest all of you. Come with ideas for lectures and workshops in 2009, and we'll bring along a few of our own too ;).

This will be a time to meet our newest SPJ Executive board members too, and volunteer for any helping positions we may open up over the next few weeks.

Also, don't forget to check out (AND JOIN!) our Facebook group, "SPJ - IC Chapter," as well as our SPJ blog,

We look forward to getting reacquainted with all of you and DON'T FORGET!

You can sign up as a national SPJ member at this meeting, bring a check and fill out a form while you're here (or print one out online at The student fee is $36 per year or $100 fee for four years. You will receive a SPJ member card in the mail as well as your own copy of the Digital Quill delivered to your inbox for the time of your membership.

We look forward to seeing all of you there, this Monday, Feb. 2, at 7 pm in Park 140!

And invite your Parkie friends!


the SPJ E. Board

May the best Parkie win!

Nicholas Kristof, columnist for the New York Times, has just announced this year's "Win a Trip" competition, in which he takes a college student to Africa on a reporting trip with him.....sounds like a project that has "Parkie" written all over it.

Here's the text of his column, which you can also find on the Times site:

I’m pleased to invite you to apply for the 2009 Win-a-Trip contest. As I wrote in my column, I will take a university student with me on a reporting trip to Africa, giving the student a chance to blog for and to file videos to The Times and Youtube.

Just to get you in the right frame of mind, here’s how Michael Kinsley envisioned the trip in one of his columns in The Washington Post a few years ago:

It’s the middle of the night. We’re in a small tent pitched on the rocky slope of a mountain trail: me, Nick, our trusty guide, three prostitutes we’ve rescued from a life of sex slavery and four local businessmen unjustly accused of insider trading on the village’s primitive, hand-pumped stock exchange. Outside, the jackals are yelping. Inside, nature is calling. Urgently. Am I man enough to face the jackals, or masochist enough to wait until morning? Answer: Whatever. I’m tough. I can handle either of these. But ultimately, the jackals are less terrifying than the thought of one more minute listening to Nick’s tales of all the real adventures he’s been on that make this one seem like a game of patty-cake. I flee the tent, am devoured by the jackals and Kristof gets a column out of it.

Actually, we’ll stay away from the jackals on this trip. I’m not sure where we’ll go, but some possibilities are Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Liberia and/or Ghana. The coup in Guinea is still sorting itself out, so we’ll see how that develops.

The contest is open to students at American universities – either undergraduates or graduate students – who are 18 years old or over. I know I’ll get indignant letters from other people, but right now I’m confining it to students. Please consult the full rules, which explain more about eligibility.

You can apply either with an essay or with a video, or both. Send the essay to Post the video on my Youtube channel,, next to my own video invitation for applications. In either case, just explain why I should pick you.

So what kind of a person am I looking for? The truth is, I’m not entirely sure – except that I want someone with excellent communication skills, who can blog and vlog in ways that will capture the interest of other students. If you’ve done blogging, vlogging or journalism, be sure to mention that. Ditto for anything else that makes you special or will make your voice more memorable.

The first winner I chose, a journalism student named Casey Parks, interested me because she had never been outside the U.S. and had grown up poor, in the deep South. I wondered how she would compare Mississippi poverty to African poverty, and I thought that she would bring a useful perspective that I lack. The second student winner, Leana Wen, was a medical student, and I thought it would be interesting to see her take on health care in a country like Congo. For the second trip, I picked a teacher as well, Will Okun, and I chose him partly because he was a superb, funny writer and partly because he was a talented still photographer. So…there you have it…more madness than method, and that will probably be true of this year’s selection as well.

The International Committee of the Red Cross will sift through the applications, written and video, and help narrow them down to a group of finalists. Then I’ll work with my assistant, Natasha Yefimov, in picking a winner. We may want more information or references from some people (confirmation, for example, that you don’t snore).

The application deadline is midnight eastern time on Feb 13. I hope to choose the winner by mid-March and then travel in April or May. The trip will be a week or ten days, probably, and will include a Times videographer to help with the videos. To some extent, I can try to work with the winner’s schedule, and my hunch is that likewise professors will be accommodating, but if you know that you simply can’t take a week or ten days off in the late spring, then it would be best not to apply.

So read the rules and perhaps look at the fruits of the previous trips. You can do that by clicking the links above or going to the Times home page and searching for “Casey Parks” or “Leana Wen.” Their blog posts and videos will come up.

One other thing. Only one student is going to win this trip, but there are lots of ways you can go and spend some time in the developing world. Many organizations accept volunteers, as English teachers or helping in other jobs, and I strongly encourage you to think about work like that next summer or in the next school year.

The possibilities are vast, but here are a few alternatives. Two of the best development organizations based in the developing world are the Self-Employed Women’s Association of India and BRAC in Bangladesh, and both accept some volunteers. Or if you have an interest in health, there’s the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital in Somaliland, Africa, a remarkable institution. Or teach English to brothel children in Calcutta at an anti-trafficking organization called New Light, run by Urmi Basu, another of my heroes. Or just poke around a bit on the Internet, and you’ll find many, many other possibilities. If you’ve had an interesting volunteer experience abroad, post a comment about it, or if you work for an NGO in the developing world and could use a volunteer, please note that with your contacts.

And may the best applicant win!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Sophomores: YOU can be a Park Scholar. The time is NOW.

Hey everybody (well, mostly sophomores):

Ever think about what it would like to be a Park Scholar? (Me, too: it's awesome....)

But the diff between me and sophomores in the Park School is that I don't have the opportunity or the chance -- and you do.

The deadline for applications for the "Rising Junior Park Scholar" awards is next Friday, January 30.

You can find all the details here.

You do the work. Reap the benefits. It's SCHOLARSHIP TIME.

It's that time of year again:

The Park School is now accepting applications for 2009-2010 Park Endowed Scholarships.

These scholarships are possible through the generosity of Park School community members -- alumni, families, faculty -- who want to make it possible for YOU to be able to afford an extraordinary undergraduate education.

(Every year, I am amazed that so few of you take the time to apply for these awards.....which is great for those of you who do!)

Here are the details:

Applications may be submitted to the Dean’s Office Reception through Friday, March 6. The list of available scholarships, with criteria and applications, is at

These scholarships, gifts from generous benefactors, must be applied for by students each year. Some, like the Cerrache and Savitch, are long-established; others, like the Gagliardi and Hilton, are new. Each has slightly different criteria depending on the intent of the donors. All except the Kaplan require financial need.

For your information, the New York Women in Communications Foundation offers scholarships available to permanent residents of NY, NJ, CT, or PA. Their deadline is Jan. 30. See

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

We're looking for a few good Parkies to represent us at the Sleepless in Lake Placid Film Festival

Last year, a team of Parkies won the Audience Choice Award at the Lake Placid Film Forum's "Sleepless in Lake Placid" 24-hour filmmaking competition.

This year, we're looking for a few good Parkies to do it again!

Here are the details:

WHAT: "Sleepless in Lake Placid" brings together students from regional film schools to participate in the experience of creating a short film within the constraints of a 24-hour deadline. Films are screened on the closing night of the festival, and two pri the Robin Pell Emerging Filmmaker's Award (including a cash prize of $500) and the Audience Choice Award. The feedback we have received from past participants competition has been overwhelmingly positive.

WHO: This year's competition is tentatively scheduled to feature teams from 6 schools: Emerson College (last year's Robin Pell Award winner), Ithaca College (last year's Audience Choice winner), Syracuse University, Burlington College, and two new participants: Middlebury College and Ohio University.

Teams will consist of 4 students enrolled in undergraduate programs at their respective schools, plus 1 team advisor. Teams will be expected to arrive in Lake Placid on Wednesday, June 10, and team advisors will be housed at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts Artist-in-Residence Housing. The cost for participating teams is $600, and provides participating students and advisors with all the privileges (admittance to screenings and selected events) of a festival pass holder.

Interested? Put together a team, and write me a brief description of your talents, your experience and your interest. We have to let them know by January 30, so please submit that to me by Wednesday, January 28.

You're BRILLIANT. Really. I mean it.

So guess what?!?

The National Conference on Undergraduate Research -- an event that draws hundreds of research proposals from students all over the country -- just announced the names of the undergrad scholars whose work has been accepted for presentation at the conference this year.

Of those, 22 are from Ithaca College.

And of those 22, eight (count 'em, EIGHT) are from the Park School.
Here's the list:








Laura Rowett, CMD,

All of the students will receive support from the Provost's Office to help defray the costs of the conference -- and of course, we'll do everything we can here in Park to be sure these brilliant Parkies can make the trip.

Congratulations! We don't just make great media in the Park School. We also know how to think and write about it as well....

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wants YOU (A PARKIE!) as an intern this year!

I'm always talking about how great our alumni are....

....and how many opportunities you have simply because you ARE a Parkie.

Here's a GREAT example:

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- owned by one of our alum -- has established an internship specifically for our students. Meaning you.

There are two of them every year: one in the summer, and one in the fall (during the football season!). Interns will need to relocate to Tampa (obviously -- and we can help figure that out if you apply and are selected), and will work full-time in the team's Public Relations department.

Here are the details, straight from the Buccaneers:

2009 Internship Program Overview and Timelines – Public Relations

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization works collaboratively with colleges to offer internships to highly motivated and committed students who wish to build upon their college education with practical work experience in the fast-paced, results driven world of the National Football League.

The internship program is a comprehensive and flexible strategy of applied learning incorporated into the college curriculum to enable the student to define, evaluate and achieve career-related objectives. This learning is based upon supervised work experiences in departments throughout the organization.

The internship program offers students opportunities for personal, technical and professional development and practical, “hands on” experience working under the guidance of our department heads. Students learn technical skills, knowledge and behaviors critical to successful performance on the job. Interns also have the opportunity to work and network with industry professionals and local business leaders.

Specific objectives for each intern are established by closely examining the intern’s background, selecting those areas of professional development that need greater emphasis, and working collaboratively with the intern to establish training objectives that will integrate, supplement and enhance the student’s academic program.

We accept candidates from all major areas of study for internships; however, we attempt to match appropriate majors with the department offering the internship. Candidates must be current college students and must receive academic credit for the internship. Candidates must have housing available in the Tampa area and must be willing to work long and flexible hours including work weeks, Buccaneers home football games and Buccaneers events.

The public relations intern will act as a liaison between local, national and international media and members of the organization. Responsibilities include conducting daily content analysis of the organization among local and national media sources, coordinating post-practice interviews, organizing weekly information to media containing game day information, player features, media guides and weekly release books. Assists with content for weekly notes, game day program and transcription of press conferences. Also serves as liaison to NFL Network and works with game day staff for all home games.

Week 1
• Staff Introductions
• Organizational and departmental policies and procedures
• Facility Tour
• Stadium Tour
• Clip/Player File Training
• Player/Coach Introductions

Week 2
• Begin to develop notes for weekly release
• General Intern Duties (Prepare Press Clips, Maintain Player Files, Facilitate Player/Coach Interview Requests, Shoot BRoll and send to NFL Network)

Week 3
• Assist with media opportunities at organized team activity sessions
• General Intern Duties

Week 5
• Work on media guide for upcoming season
• General Intern Duties

Week 6
• Work on yearbook for upcoming season
• General Intern Duties

Week 7
• Assist with media opportunities at team mini-camp
• General Intern Duties

Week 8
• Help prepare training camp release
• General Intern Duties

Week 9
• Develop story ideas for game day program for upcoming season
• General Intern Duties

Week 10
• Organize NFL team media guides as they arrive at facility
• General Intern Duties

Students can apply by submitting a cover letter and resume to the dean's office through April Johanns, External Relations Coordinator, 379 Park Hall or

Finalists for the position will be required to interview in person in Tampa, FL.

Cool, huh?

In the "Parkies are Scholars, too,"category: Lambda Pi Eta Paper Competition (Come on, you guys: You're briliant!)

It’s time for the 2nd Annual Lambda Pi Eta Academic Paper Competition. If you have written a paper or created a project related to communications in calendar year 2008, please consider submitting it for this schoolwide academic competition. We will be accepting past and present work.

A panel of Park professors will judge all entries, select three top submissions and provide feedback. The three winners will be recognized at a ceremony in March and at LPE’s annual induction ceremony in April. The top submissions also will receive a monetary award.

If you are interested, please e-mail, and submit your work as an electronic attachment.You must include:

1. Cover Page with your name and title of project
2. 100 word abstract
3. Paper or project, not to exceed 30 pages, including all citations and tables

Entry deadline is Jan. 30, 2009.

Digital Photography....Developing Television Programs....Broadcast News.....You name it, we've got it!

So you're a journalism major who really wishes you could spend more time developing your broadcast news skills....

....or you're really interested in radio, and wish you had just a little more experience with the business end of the industry....

....or you'd just love to develop some expertise in documentary film and television, but Doc Research is .... well, it's pretty life-absorbing (but worth it....).....

No worries.

This spring, the Park School is offering more than 20 one-credit mini-courses -- most of them scheduled over a single weekend, others one hour per week over several weeks -- on everything from television script development to installation art and lighting. Many of them are already fully enrolled, but more than a dozen still have seats.

Here's the list. Pick one. You'll be glad you did (and yes, you enroll for them just like you would for any other course, on Homer....)

Planning the Live Remote Broadcast Audience Event (NLA)
Introduction to Motion Graphics/After Effects (NLA)
Executing the Live Remote Broadcast Audience Event (NLA)
Radio Sales and Marketing
Introduction to Motion Graphics/After Effects (NLA)
Workshop in Stop-motion Model Animation (NLA)
Basic Color Management & the Craft of Digital Photographic Printmaking (NLA)
Portrait Photography in the Studio and on Location (NLA)
Lighting Workshop (NLA)
Introduction to Post Production (NLA)
Minicourses in Communication: Documentary and Media Art Archival Retrieval (NLA)
Installation Art Practicum (NLA)
Editing Tracey Fragments (NLA)
Minicourses in Communication: Painting with Light: A Class for the Moving (NLA)
Sound Design Fundamentals (NLA)
Minicourses in Communication: Vocal Techniques for Multimedia Journalism (NLA)
TV Program Development & Management Seminar (NLA)
Broadcast New Reporting
Grant Writing for the Arts (LA)
Exploring the Documentary (Block 1)
Exploring the Documentary (Block 2)
Communications in Entrepreneurship (NLA)

My Culture + Your Culture = ?....and a free trip abroad.....

Enter the ExchangesConnect Online Video Contest for a chance to win a two-week, expenses-paid International Exchange Program trip. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Adobe Youth Voices, its mission is to create an online community of people dedicated to bridging cultures and making a positive difference in the world.

Videos must be under three minutes in length, English-speaking, and convey the theme and title of the contest, "My Culture + Your Culture = ?" The videos need not be professionally shot; amateur videos suited for Web sites such as YouTube are welcomed.

The two age groups for the contest are 14-17, and 18 and older. For details, click here.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Flash Cards Extraordinaire: Charles Woodard, Ron Jude and the art and history of photography....

Once in awhile, life is actually synergistic....which means that its disparate pieces come together to create a complete picture, one that is actually larger than the sum of its parts.

The History of Photography in Pen & Ink, produced by Charles Woodard and published by A-Jump Books, is just such a picture.

Here's the story: Charles Woodard is a Parkie, a senior B.F.A. photography student.

During the semester when he took Nick Muellner's History of Photography course, Charles got into the habit of creating pen-and-ink drawings on 3x5 flashcards to help prod his memory about the details of various images and artists (you know: What was that photo by Paul Strand in 1916? What did it look like? Where was it produced? That kind of thing.....)

Ron Jude and his wife own a publishing imprint called A-Jump Books, dedicated to "assigning an identity to some artist book projects we wanted to do." Over time, those projects expanded to include projects by other artists -- including, as it turns out, Charles Woodard.

Ron and Charles have been working on the project for the past 18 months, and the books came back from the printer a few days ago. They're truly amazing: quixotic, whimsical, and somehow profound. Here's the description from the A-Jump Books website:

In a set of forty-three pen & ink line drawings, Charles Woodard levels the history of photography through his own unique brand of stylistic primitivism. Originally produced as pragmatic study aids for a 19th and 20th century history of photography survey course, these comical (and sometimes tragic) ball-pen ink drawings seamlessly bring together photographers as stylistically disparate as Robert Capa and Ed Ruscha. By bringing these crude renderings into the context of the book format, Woodard asks us to consider not only the humorous aspect of these flash cards, but also the reductive nature of image recall and how that relates to our more profound engagement with the world through memory.

Congratulations, Charles. Nice work, Ron. And everybody buy one, will you? Really, they'd make great gifts.....

Parkies are so darned cool, aren't they?

They really are.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Happy 2009!!

So say it quickly.....what do you get?

Happy New Year to Parkies everywhere....2009 is going to be our best year yet!