Conservation Biology Advocates for Change in Food Service Menu
Having students apply classwork in their lives is a rewarding outcome for professors; having students use their classwork to change the campus, and even the world, makes that outcome even sweeter. Recently, students in Sheila Lyons-Sobaski's Conservation Biology class took a project to the College's Dining Services. As a result of the class's advocacy, orange roughy has come off the menu in Albion's dining hall.
Professor Emeritus Jeff Carrier had raised the issue regarding orange roughy with Dining Services Director Todd Tekiele, who asked for student input on the matter. Lyons-Sobaski and her class took up the request, with support from Carrier, who joined them from the Florida Keys via Internet technology. "It was a fun, valuable project for students," said Lyons-Sobaski. "It helped to show that to really do conservation, you must take action."
Students provided a range of information on the orange roughy, including details about reproduction, habitat, life history, and commercial harvesting techniques, in making their case that it's not a sustainable food source for humans. Orange roughy are widely distributed throughout the world's oceans, are relatively easy to process commercially, and are popular with diners. Unfortunately, they are also slow to mature and congregate for mating, making them both an attractive and especially vulnerable target for commercial fishing.
"Presenting and working on orange roughy conservation allowed me to experience what it really means to be a conservationist," said student Seth Everson. "Not only do you have to gather information in a meaningful way, you also have to communicate it to people who have little understanding of the subject, and get the point across in a way that avoids just being a biology lesson."
Beyond detailing the reasons why orange roughy shouldn't be eaten, students also researched alternative, more sustainable choices, considering reproduction rates, fishing practices, taste, and cost of various species. Canadian Atlantic haddock, pollock, halibut and yellow perch were among their choices.
Following the student presentation, Tekiele and staff agreed that orange roughy should not be served on campus. "Having students give compelling arguments, with fact-based research behind it, provided us with enough knowledge to make an informed decision," said Tekiele, who also is co-head of Albion's Sustainability Committee. "As we continue to improve our sustainable practices, the opportunity to bring students, faculty, and staff together in this environment was a memorable experience that yielded real results."
"Our aim is to continuously improve the overall experience for our diners," Tekiele concluded. "We are always open to feedback and willing to develop our program with the assistance of our campus community."
"I think the campus will gain moral satisfaction knowing that they are not eating a fish that is unsustainable," concluded student Heidi Richardson. "People on campus are concerned with all aspects of sustainability, and this project will help educate people on how we can be sustainable [beyond actions like] recycling."
Ornithology Returns to Magee Marsh
Dr. Dale Kennedy's Ornithology class visited Magee Marsh (Ohio) on April 29 and was rewarded with sightings of 49 different bird species in spite of cold weather. The trip has become a regular field trip to close the semester's study of bird life. The photograph clearly reveals the hectic pace of students' observations.
Live in I-Space!
The deadline to apply to live in the I-Space for this semester has passed; however,applications for next semester will soon be called for. To apply to live in I-Space, go to www.albion.edu/reslife, click on building information, click on I-Space, then click on I-Space application.
THE I-SPACE PREPARES FOR “SPOOKTACULAR”
Albion College is hosting another Halloween Spooktacular for the community. The event aims to bring the Albion community and the College together, as children from the town will partake in activities with students and staff before going trick-or-treating on a designated route through campus.
The Spooktacular is a student run-event and will take place on Halloween, Saturday, October 31, 2015 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Children and their parents will meet up in Upper Baldwin before going in groups led by students involved in Greek life to trick-or-treat. Campus organizations, Greek life, athletic teams and other student volunteers will be passing out candy along the route.
To learn more about the Spooktacular and other Thriller Day events, click here.
A Language Learning and Living Area for Students and Teaching Assistants
Albion College offers language-learning housing for foreign language teaching assistants and language students in French, German, and Spanish. This residential space, called the I-Space, serves as a "living laboratory" where Albion College students can practice their conversational skills with fellow students and native speakers.
Students pledge to speak the intended language within their living quarters. Eligible students can earn .25 unit for residency in I-Space for one semester and active participation in weekly programs in the student's respective language house as well as in cultural events for all I-Space residents. Students add this course during the first week of classes, once they have moved in.
In fall 2012, the I-Space relocated to Fiske House on the corner of Cass and Ingham streets.
For more information, as well to apply online, please visit the Office of Residential Life's I-Space page.
Students (and a Prof) Honored at 2012 Honors Convocation
Psychology named the winners of several departmental awards at the Honors Convocation, held on April 19, 2012:
Cari Drolet was this year's winners of the Heston Award, given to the outstanding psychology senior.
Ryan Walker and Cari Drolet were named as co-winners of the David K. and Patricia B. Hogberg Award for Excellence in Research in Psychology.
Katlyn Foster won the Kirsten Metalonis Memorial Scholarship (given in memory of Kirsten, who died shortly before she was to graduate in 1999).
Zach Kribs was awarded the Kirsten Metalonis Summer Research Fellowship.
In addition, the Neuroscience program awarded Emily Stephens the Ned Garvin Prize for Neuroscience, and the Human Services program awarded Lauren Berardo the Excellence in Human Services Award.
In addition, Jacque Carlson was named the Students' Choice Professor of the Year!