The Substance of Sustainability: Sara Sample's Semester in France
One important lesson Sara Sample, '15, learned in France was the importance of history to 21st-century sustainability. "We went out with landscape scientists to look at the landscapes and guess why things were where they were," Sample recalled. "For instance, we looked at an old hunting ground that had high hedges and saw that the hedges were there because of the pheasant hunting that used to go on in these places."
Good Soil Growhouse Adds to Student Farm Sustainability
Even autumn had a good time as the Albion College Student Farm dedicated its new hoop house October 27. The crowd included the family of Linda and Rich Baird, '78, who presented the Good Soil Growhouse in honor of daughter Jessie Baird, '11, one of the Student Farm founders.
ABC News' Blakemore Appears on WJR Radio Ahead of Albion Visit
Veteran ABC news correspondent Bill Blakemore was the latest guest for Kirk Heinze, '70, on his "Greening of the Great Lakes" radio show. ABC's primary reporter on climate change, Blakemore discussed the significance of Hurricane Sandy and his own Northern Michigan history. Blakemore's radio appearance also previewed his upcoming visit to Albion College November 19-20. Blakemore was featured, with history professor Geoff Cocks, in the new documentary "Room 237," an exploration of the Stanley Kubrick classic "The Shining." The film will be screened November 19 on campus, and Blakemore and Cocks will anchor a panel discussion following the show.
Hiday, '13, Participates in FURSCA Summer Research
Aaron Hiday, '13, has studied turbidity in Rice Creek for the past two years with professor of geology Thom Wilch.
"FURSCA has given me the opportunity to get two summers of field experience," Hiday says. "In the geology world, that's big."
"For many students, FURSCA research will lead to national presentations and publications," Ian MacInnes, English professor and FURSCA director, says. "These can help them enroll in graduate programs and succeed in their fields."
Hiday was honored for his research by winning the Best Student Poster Award at the 2011 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting. He hopes to write a departmental thesis on his research this year.
MacInnes says FURSCA helps students plan and study independently, and to problem solve over the course of their summer research. That independent project management experience is a hallmark of the liberal arts, he says.
"All of this will hopefully add up to put me in a good position to get a good job after I graduate," Hiday says.