Tuesday, January 26, 2010

want $100 and some great knowledge?

having trouble connecting the dots? We have the one-weekend solution

ICIC 10000 Integration: Connecting the Disciplines

This fun and powerful mini-course about systems thinking is part of President Rochon's
(IC)2 initiative. It will help you make connections among what you are studying in different courses, and make your learning useful in meeting complex real-world challenges in all sorts of contexts.

* one credit, pass fail

* offered over one weekend; February 26-28 (section 1); March 26-28 (section 2); April 9-11 (section 3)

* all hands-on learning activities; no lectures

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Generous benefactors have committed funds to help support students currently enrolled in the Park School, and to recognize student excellence. Descriptions of these annual awards are at http://www.ithaca.edu/giving/scholarships/named/communications.php

Application for 2010-2011 Park School Endowed Scholarships is open through March 8. In previous years the application was paper-based and cumbersome. We are rolling out an online application process, focusing on criteria that the donors have emphasized. Note that all of the scholarships require financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office, with the exception of the Kaplan and Krashesky scholarships. Here is the application http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/79TPRSR


Park Scholar Rising Junior Award applications are due February 1, 2010. Please check the web site for eligibility requirements and information regarding how to apply: http://www.ithaca.edu/parkscholars/award/rising.php

Monday, January 25, 2010

profs and alums in action around the globe

Park faculty and alums have been busy all around the globe these past weeks.

Alum Peter (Steinhaus) King (TV-R '78) has been reporting live
for CBS radio from Haiti:

So Long, Haiti - World Watch - CBS News

Mara Alper, Assoc. Prof in TV-R has been in Japan doing screenings of her video work.

See her interviewed here:


Professor Janice Levy from the Cinema, Photography, and Media Arts
Department in the Park School was part of a four-member team in Saudi
Arabia for ten days in January conducting workshops on academic
leadership. Professor Levy’s workshops on chairing an academic
department were for women from Princess Nora Bint Abdlurahman
University, King Saud University, and Al-Imam Muhammed Ibn Saud Islamic
University, all in Riyadh.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

vote for '09 film grads' entry in Slamdance!

Robert McHugh '09 cinema and production wrote to me from Utah where he is running publicity for classmates Tim Pfeffer and Peter Corina, whose senior thesis film, "Mixtape," will be competing in Slamdance's short film competition. (The film was also screened this summer in Locarno, Switzerland.) They tell me they're having an awesome time out there, soaking up the sun, snow and amazing atmosphere, as well as catching a few other screenings and of course promoting the Park School!

Their film will be screening this Monday and Wednesday (1/25 and 1/27). After their first screening at 6:00pm EST, you can help by rating the film through their personal page on the Slamdance website. You can follow their journey on twitter, facebook and the Pier Pictures website.


Monday, January 18, 2010

Casting call! Jan 22

The winning student screenwriting and
production team of the David Ames

Award is hosting a casting call on Jan. 22.
They are looking for two

boys (one age 8-12, one age 13-16)
and two adults to play parents.

The Ames Award is designed to inspire creativity and recognize the
talents of young scriptwriters and filmmakers. Thanks to the generosity
of David R. Ames '72 and matching funds from the Park School this award
provides funding up to $10,000.00 to produce the winning original script
selected by a panel of faculty judges.

The film, "The Knights of Death Metal" is about a boy whose dreams come
true, wreaking havoc on his house while his parents are away.

Parts Include:
Noah (lead, male, age 8-12)
Dylan (lead, make age 13-16)
Parents (man and woman, age 30-45)

Filming will take place March 12-21. Actors need not be available for
entire duration.
Casting call will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Jan. 22 in Williams Hall,
Room 225 or by appointment.
For more information, contact Alysa Turner at 315-868-9174 or

Sophomores: apply for Park Scholar Rising Junior awards by Feb 1

Park Scholar Rising Junior Award applications are due February 1, 2010. Please check the web site for eligibility requirements and information regarding how to apply:

Watch Park alums' new TV show tonight

There's a new TV series debuting tonight (Monday, January 18) on THE CW entitled "Life Unexpected," which is receiving terrific reviews (TV Guide describes it as "Gilmore Girls Meets Juno.")

The series was created by Liz Tigelaar '98, an IC grad and a grad of the Ithaca
College Los Angeles Program!