Monday, November 30, 2009

Congrats to these winning advertising seniors

Congratulations to the three IC seniors who have been accepted into the 2010 American Advertising Federation Most Promising Minority Student Program:
  • Stacy Gilbert (TVR/IMC minor)
  • Ata Movassaghi (IMC major)
  • Elizabeth Wolbach (IMC major)

In the past six years, a total of 14 IC students have been part of this highly competitive, national program.

Sign up for spring mini-courses

Looking for some specific new skills? A couple of extra credits to get ahead?

We have a slate of fantastic mini-courses for the spring -- and you can sign up now. Most of them are 1 credit and are offered on a couple of evenings and weekends.

Our mini-courses include:

In the area of film and video production:
  • Lighting Workshop
  • Sound Design Fundamentals
  • The Making of an Independent Film
Of specific interest to those of you who may want to explore our new documentary studies major, or looking for new applications of media:
  • Exploring the Documentary - offered in Block I and again in Block II: An introduction to the documentary with an emphasis on history and appreciation, useful to consumers and producers who would like to learn more about the form. Topics include documentary
    “truth,” genres, production styles, and the evolution of documentary from cinema to video and the internet.
Are you a journalist or photographer? Check out:
  • War Photojournalism: Image and the Formation of Public Opinion
For those of you specifically interested in using media for environmental awareness, sustainability, and social change, we're offering three related but separate mini-courses:
  • Entrepreneurial Applications of Media to Social Marketing
  • Environmental Journalism
  • Media for Social Change - this mini-course will be taught by TV-R alum Andy Orgel, who is one of the founders of MTV and the A&E Network. He's currently CEO of One Degree Media and Entertainment. This mini-course will kick off with a presentation and challenge by some noted experts on the environment. Then students will form groups based on their majors and interests and will work with alums who are executives in TV, Radio, advertising, educational and non-profit media, and journalism. The groups will create a media concept to address a major social / environmental issue and 'pitch' it to these executives.
To register, just go to Homer. Need more info? Check with Tracy Frenyea in the Dean's office.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Freshmen: Come have breakfast with me on Tuesday

Freshmen - can you believe your first semester is almost over? I'd love to hear how it's been going.

Drop by Park 220 on Tuesday December 1 anytime between 9 and 10:30 for coffee, juice, and bagels -- my treat. Nothing official -- just one way we can get to know each other better.

Park's IABC chapter features speaker on gvt and community relations

Ever wonder what you can do with a degree in communications? Specifically communications management & design (CMD)? Find out this Wednesday night.

The Ithaca College chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is pleased to present a special guest lecture from Anthony Hopson, Ithaca College’s recently appointed Assistant Vice President of Community and Government Relations. The program, “Expanding Footprints: The Essence of Community Relations,” will be held Wednesday, December 2, 2009, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 279 of the Roy H. Park School of Communications. This exciting and educational event is free and open to all, and light refreshments will be available.

In his new position, Hopson provides strategic direction and leadership in promoting community relations within the college and local community as well as the state and federal governments. Hopson previously served as associate dean on the Worcester campus of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, as assistant dean of students at Clark University, as assistant director of minority affairs/outreach programs at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and in student and administrative services positions at Capital Community College and the University of Connecticut–West Hartford. He holds a bachelor’s degree in general studies and master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Connecticut.

Founded in 1970, the International Association of Business Communicators provides a professional network of over 15,500 business communication professionals in over 80 countries, with members holding positions in public relations, corporate communications, public affairs, investor relations, government relations, marketing communications, community relations, writing, editing, training, advertising, photography, video production, graphic design, human resources and teaching. The Ithaca College chapter is the only student chapter in New York State.

Monday, November 16, 2009

casting call for new reality TV show

MAFIA is a reality game show that tests your skills of perception and deception. Eleven strangers will live together, but two of them are part of a secret mafia. Could you discern fact from fiction while living with ten people you've never met before? If you're up for a once in a lifetime opportunity, then try out for MAFIA!

Cast call is November 18th and 19th from 7:30PM to 11PM

Ithaca Falls Meeting Room in Campus Center

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

We not only PLAY games, we MAKE games!

This past weekend, our students who are taking courses with Professor Kim Gregson on video game design and programming held a 24 hour 'jam'.

Paradoxical Irony is a platforming puzzle game governed by 4 rules - You can't walk through walls, you can't touch fire, you can't breathe in water, and you die if you are shot. You have the ability to disable any one of these four rules at a time.

This game is one team's end result of this Game Jam. Except for the character sprite, which is courtesy of's resources, everything you see in this game was created within the 24 hour period.

Have a peek!

vote for the Rozatones

Chris Wilson, an'08 Parkie, is working on promoting The Rozatones, who happen to be former IC alums as well. Revi Roza, the band's lead singer was featured live on Good Morning America with her band after winning a contest last year, and now the band is up for another big contest. The Magic Hat Brewing Company is sponsoring a band on tour, and The Rozatones were announced today as one of 10 remaining finalists from over 200. The voting form can be found here, , and more of their music can be found here, .

Please help give some IC alums an edge in this competition, and we'll hope that they book Ithaca as part of their winning tour!

Park Profs active in documentary productions

Three of our Park School professors have upcoming screenings of their documentary work:


Thursday, November 12th, 2009

at The History Center

film screening: 5-6pm Panel discussion: 6-7pm

401 E. State Street, Suite 100

Ithaca, NY 14850

The Jungle’s Edge is a documentary about daily life in the Jungle, the wooded area near Ithaca's Inlet that for decades has served as a home for the homeless. The film was produced by Gossa Tsegaye, Assistant Professor of Television-Radio at Ithaca College.

Notes On Liberty, a new short documentary directed by Professor John Scott and produced by adjunct professor Karen Rodriguez will screen as a part of Ad Hoc: Inconvenient Films 2009. This human rights festival travels to three cities in Lithuania in late October and early November. It will also screen at the Cucalorus Annual Festival of Independent Film in Wilmington, NC 2009 in mid-November. And Blackbird, an online journal of literature and the arts has selected it for its inaugural video essay feature slated for its spring edition.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

TV-R Chair named Fellow at TV Program Executives Foundation

Nancy Cornwell, Professor and Chair, Department of Television-Radio has been selected as a 2010 Faculty Fellow by the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Educational Foundation. NATPE is a global non-profit organization dedicated to the creation, development and distribution of televised programming in all forms, across all mature and emerging media platforms. As part of the fellowship, Dr. Cornwell will attend the 2010 NATPE Market and Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. During that time, she will participate in a range of faculty sessions focused on television programming, distribution, advertising, audience measurement as well as emerging issues facing the television industry.

ICTV wins big in Austin!

ICTV was honored as a national winner 
for Best Newscast and Best Sportscast at the annual National Student
Production Competition at the Collegiate Broadcasters Inc. conference
held on October 30th in Austin TX.

In addition, ICTV was named a national finalist for Best Special
Broadcast for ICTV's 50th Anniversary Celebration; Best Website for; Best Promo for; Best Live Sports Production (2
nominations, 1 for football, 1 for basketball); and Best
Entertainment Show for Entertainment 16.

ICTV's 8 nominations led the entrants. The next closest school
received 4 nominations. That makes ICTV the best student run television station in
the country.

Makes me proud!