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IC Fuse Spring 2016

Written by Fuse Staff
3/9/2016

Cover Image of Spring 2016 Fuse

This issue features amazing things IC students and recent alumni are doing, like the alumnus in our cover story, who started a bow tie company in Lesotho, Africa to simultaneously create jobs and highlight a locally made fabric. You can read about a current student’s successful online campaign to influence Merriam Webster to literally redefine the color “nude.” And the full potential of interacting with a guest lecturer is revealed in a story about an alumnus who got an IC student’s career started in the sports business industry.

Those stories and a whole lot more are all in the latest issue:

Feature Stories:

  • Cover Story Community Ties - Alumnus and Peace Corps volunteer Edward Wycliff '11 tells us how he wound up weaving together a community-powered social business in Lesotho, along with some seriously fashionable bow ties.
  • Using Recreation as a Remedy - It's not just fun and games for Sara Fisher '14, who uses the power of fun to connect with neurological patients and people with disabilities.
  • Nothin’ but Networking - Tom Padula ’15 didn't know how big a role Mark French ’97 would play in his career when French gave a talk about his business to an IC class.
  • Success in the City - Students enrolled in ICNYC program reflect on their exciting NYC opportunities in three different settings.
  • Chica Power in the Jazz House - Music education major Allison Russo '11 is showing school-aged girls it's okay to be noisy, unstructured, and expressive--in other words, a jazz musician.
  • Designing a Dream - Ravi Rakkulchon '15, who studied theatrical production arts at Ithaca College, has always had an eye for opportunity.
  • IC Alumni Get SocialYoung IC alumni tell their stories of working in digital marketing at different companies.

Web Exclusive and Multimedia Stories:

  • A New Harlem RenaissanceJaylene Clark Owens '10 brings her original "poetrical" performance about the gentrification of Harlem to IC's campus. 
  • Theatre for ChangeIn just three weeks, a first-year seminar class researched, wrote, and performed a play about race, mental health, and power dynamics on campus.
  • Gallup's Key College Experiences for Greatness - These six key undergraduate experiences are the source of greatness, according to Gallup polling.

And check out these quick reads and profiles:

Inside Ithaca:

  • From the Sports Field to the Career Field - Leadership Academy teaches student-athletes important skills that not only make them good role models for their teammates, but also prepare them for professional success after graduation.
  • Defending the DreamUmi Selah, founder of the Dream Defenders, gave an empowering speech at Ithaca College's MLK Celebration on January 25.
  • IC Project Sunshine - Sabina Leybold '17 finds her niche at the Student Organization Fair.

Outside Ithaca:

  • Evolving Understanding - Laurel Maley '17 observed real-life examples of evolution while studying abroad in the Galapagos.
  • Breaking Nude - Luis Torres '18 campaigned to change Merriam-Webster's definition of "nude" to remove its implication of whiteness.
  • A Taste of Empathy - Through volunteering to help the homeless, IC students grapple with the complexity of socioeconomic differences.

After Ithaca:

  • Greased Lightning - Aaron Tveit '05 used his acting experience to advise current IC musical theatre students.
  • Serving Global Justice - Alumnus and ally for global justice Malcom Temple '14 earns Princeton in Africa Fellowship.
  • Researching a Cure - Faced with the death of her mother after a battle with melanoma, Haley Coleman ’14 devoted her studies in undergraduate biology to cancer research.

In Class:

  • Here Comes the Band - While their classmates were in lecture halls taking midterm exams, these music students were dressed to the nines and performing at a wedding celebration.
  • Digging Deeper into Learning - Sociology and health professors take to IC's organic garden to teach students about global food systems.
  • Physics of the Future - Physics students working with superconductors have managed to levitate a puck along a Möbius track, making hover board technology that much closer to a reality.


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