Friday, August 28, 2009

C-Span Mobile Unit Comes to Park (with alumna aboard) Sept 1

The C-SPAN Civics Bus will roll into Ithaca on Tuesday, Sept. 1, making 
stops on the Ithaca College campus and at the Tompkins County Public
Library. The 45-foot mobile production studio and demonstration center
is currently on a cross-country tour of colleges and universities,
libraries, state capitals and other community venues to share C-SPAN’s
education and civic resources.

The bus will be parked behind the Roy H. Park School of Communications
at Ithaca College from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., and at the Tompkins County
Public Library at 101 East Green Street from 1–3 p.m.

Visitors are invited to tour the bus and learn about the many resources
C-SPAN offers, including C-SPAN Classroom, a free membership service for
educators with downloadable video clips; the C-SPAN Video library; and
C-SPAN’s television coverage of the nation’s capital.

Aboard the bus will be C-SPAN marketing representative Sarah Parker, a
1998 Ithaca College graduate. “We’ve been all over the country with the
C-SPAN Civics Bus, but I’m especially looking forward to bringing it
back to South Hill,” says Parker.

Currently celebrating 30 years as Washington’s political network of
record, C-SPAN was created by America’s cable companies as a public
service in 1979. C-SPAN produces three public affairs television
networks, C-SPAN Radio, and a video-rich website. Its programs can be
seen in over 95 million cable and satellite households. The local visits
are sponsored by Time Warner Cable.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Get out the vote

Matt Baldovsky '10 is a finalist for the "Time's Yours" contest where
the winner will have the opportunity to be a sideline reporter at a
Philadelphia Eagles game. People had to submit a sample brief video and
Matt's was selected as a finalist.

Please go to this site and vote for Matt:

Matt was also the student selected to intern with the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers this summer which was an opportunity we were given by team
owner and Ithaca alum, Ed Glazer '92.

Natl. Comm Association conference FREE registration available

The 2009 National Communication Association convention (Nov. 12-15, Chicago) is a premiere event for scholars, professors, and students in our profession.... and you can get a free registration!
By volunteering for one shift, students will have the opportunity to attend the NCA convention and receive a complimentary registration. The convention is an excellent chance for students to network with professionals in our field, learn more about the discipline, and attend convention sessions. Volunteers are important to the success of the convention.
Volunteer opportunities include working in the convention registration area, the graduate school open house or the job fair, the short courses, and the cyber café. Volunteers are also needed to work as ushers and to assist NCA staff with press and promotion activities. More detailed description of volunteer opportunities are online at

If you are selected as a volunteer, I'll help cover your travel expenses. Go for it!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Park Faculty - International Reputations

We kicked off the new academic year yesterday with our annual retreat for the Park School faculty and staff. Since many of us are not on campus over the summer, I asked them to share what they had been doing ... and as always, the responses were quite inspiring.

While you might think that faculty have the summer "off", this is actually the time during which they can focus more energies on that important part of their job which is scholarly, professional, and artistic work. Space is much too short here to even summarize the recent accomplishments of the faculty, but I'll highlight a few that reach across our national border:

  • Patricia Zimmermann, codirector of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) and professor of Cinema, Photography, and Media Arts, will spend the spring semester of her sabbatical leave as Shaw Foundation Professor, an endowed chair, at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communications at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, the premier school of communications in Asia. She also moderated and presented at the European Cinema Research Forum (ECRF) this summer, exploring the shifting terrains of the national and the international for theorists and practitioners in the context of production, distribution, exhibition, film festivals, new technologies, new business models, and new theoretical models.
  • Arhlene Flowers, assistant professor of strategic communication, and Katalin (Kati) Lustyik, assistant professor of television and radio, presented a paper, titled "Battling Junk Food Advertising in Cyberspace: Positions in the UK and Hungary," at the conference "Beyond East and West: Two Decades of Media Transformation after the Fall of Communism," which took place at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, June 25-27.

    Lustyik presented a second paper, titled "Promoting Regional Content but Raising a Global Consumer: Minimax, a New Regional Children's Television Network in Eastern Europe."

  • Professor Changhee Chun taught this summer at Han-Yang University in South Korea where he has also established an exchange program for students. The contacts he made there have paved the way for a professor and scholar from Han-Yang University to come to Ithaca this year as a guest speaker.
Kudos to these colleagues who help us realize our vision as an international center for imaginative, inventive and intellectual exploration of communication as a fundamental creative source for human betterment.

video contest: Drive $marter

Do you want the chance to showcase your talent with the video camera to win a $5,000 cash prize? Well then, put on your creative thinking caps and check out the Drive Smarter Challenge video contest at

Ithaca College students are invited to submit a two-minute video illustrating one or more of the Drive $marter Challenge campaign's gas- and money-saving tips ( to compete for a $5,000 grand prize. Other prizes include NASCAR and Indy Racing League prize packages and new Michelin tires. The first 80
entrants whose videos meet the contest criteria will receive a $25 ExxonMobil Gift Card and a Car Care Council Car Care Guide.

The contest runs from August 17 through 11:59 pm EDT on September 20, 2009. To view information on additional prizes, rules, and to enter the contest, visit

Monday, August 10, 2009

And yet another winning script

This just in from recent grad, Kristen Snyder:

biggest international screenwriting competition-Scriptapalooza - announced their semifinalists which is the top 50 scripts out of their 4,216 worldwide entries and my script "Man Bank" is one of them!!!! ck it out!!

Congratulations, Kristen. Our students certainly shine!

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Rod Serling Conference - registration now open

Are you a Twilight Zone fan?  Did you know that Rod Serling
taught here from 1967 to 1975?
I can testify to that fact-- I was in one of his classes!
(EEK - I think I just dated myself!)

Registration is now open for the 2009 Rod Serling Conference.

“Celebrating 50 Years of The Twilight Zone” is an interdisciplinary
academic conference dedicated to the works of Rod Serling. The
conference is set for Friday, October 2, and Saturday, October 3, 2009,
at the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College.

For more information on the conference including a list of academic
sessions, registration forms and lodging information, visit:
To follow us on Twitter,

There will also be sessions open to the public throughout the day on
Friday, Oct 2 including a Twilight Zone Marathon at 8 p.m. in the Park
Hall Auditorium.

Ithaca College is also home to the Rod Serling Archives.
The archives include an extensive collection of

television scripts, film screenplays, stage play scripts, films,
unpublished works, and other materials vital to scholarships associated
with the author and television pioneer.

International Journalists learn from IC profs

Eight professional journalists from Africa, Asia, and South America made the long trek to the Park School in late July to participate in our Multimedia Workshop for International Journalists. During their visit, they got hands-on practice with digital audio, video, and interactive systems, and learned the art of multimedia digital storytelling.

Hosted by Journalism Department Chair, Dr. Matthew Mogekwu, the seminar included talks from working journalists and a number of stimulating tutorials from our our own Scholar-in-Residence, Vadim Isakov.

It was a pleasure to meet the participants and to see how enthusiastically they embraced becoming a Park School "alum" after a few wonderful days with us.

We truly are an international center for communications education at all levels-- undergraduate, graduate, and continuing professional education.