Campus Sustainability Spotlight
October Spotlight: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is the largest of Grand Valley's colleges. Our students choose from more than 50 bachelor degrees (and a growing number of advanced degrees) in the natural and mathematical sciences, the fine arts and humanities, and the social sciences. In fact, all GVSU undergraduates build the foundation for their major studies in general education courses offered by our College.
Dean Frederick J. Antczak
Department Seminars –
- Kristi Klomp, Executive Director of the Timberland Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc. will be speaking on Tuesday, October 9 from 1 to 2:15 in 262 PAD. Space is extremely limited (standing room only).
- Paul Rogers, MDNR Forest Fire Office, will be speaking on Tuesday October 23 from 1 to 2:15 in 262 PAD. Space is extremely limited (standing room only).
TEDx Energy event
The Frauenthal Center’s Beardsley Theatre
October 11, 2012
9:15 am to 5:00 pm
$30 Registration Fee ( $5 will go to benefit our community.)
Visit tedxmuskegon.com to register.
CLAS Faculty Research Colloquium
October 19, 2012 at 2:30-5:00 p.m.
Room 308 Padnos Hall
- Chuck Pazdernik – “’The Fates have given men an enduring heart': An ethic of sustainability in archaic Greek poetry.”
- Peter Wampler – “Sustainability of water supply in Haiti and capacity building through scholarships for Haitian students.”
- Sheila Blackman – “Seed banking as a critical tool in sustaining managed ecosystems.”
- Heather Van Wormer – “Extinctions, Environmentalism, and Ecovillages: Sustainability in New Zealand.”
CLAS faculty from a range of disciplines will make presentations on the theme of sustainability.
CLAS Mindgating at Homecoming
October 20, 2012 at 4-6:30 p.m.
Homecoming Expo, Outdoor Basketball Courts
Sustainability will be featured in the activities at the CLAS table.
Zero Waste at Homecoming Football Game
October 20, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Student groups (SWCS, BIO club, SEC etc.) and other volunteers will work to ensure as close to a zero waste Homecoming football game as possible.
Sustainability in the Spotlight throughout CLAS Activities
In October, CLAS publications and meetings will feature sustainability content highlighting what CLAS is accomplishing and might accomplish in the future.
- CLAS Acts (October 1)--faculty e-newsletter. Featured article on sustainability (interview with James Moyer) - link
- Some past articles related to sustainability - http://gvsu.edu/clas/faculty-features-330.htm
CLAS Student Advisory Committee Meeting (October 5)
The CLAS Student Advisory Committee advises the Dean and the CLAS Dean’s office on matters of direct relevance to students and identifies current issues relevant to students. At this meeting the committee will discuss sustainability programs they think are making a difference at GVSU and what types of sustainability programs GVSU should consider doing or doing better.
CLAS Alumni Board Meeting (October 6)
The CLAS Alumni Board advises the Dean and the CLAS Dean’s office on matters of direct relevance to alumni as well as advice on challenges facing the college. At this meeting the board will discuss sustainability issues and hear a presentation by Al Steinman of AWRI on the Blue Economy.
CLAS Distinguished Alumni-in-Residence Luncheon (October 19)
Through the CLAS Distinguished Alumni-in-Residence Program, departments invite outstanding alumni of their undergraduate programs back to campus to share with the GVSU community their post-graduation experiences and insights about what constitutes strong academic preparation for students. Our luncheons feature local, inclusive, and sustainable choices.
Every month faculty of the college are features on the Shelley Irwin WGVU radio show. Many of these share information on projects with direct relevance to sustainability.
- In the most recent Chemistry Department Newsletter, the department's sustainability work is described on page 11. Here's a link to the newsletter.
See what twelve anthropology students had to say about their two week stay at Wilderland, a centre for sustainable living on the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand.
Peter Wampler (GEO) gives a talk about the hazards of fracking:
Examples of Sustainability Focused Classes
ANT 111 Peoples of the World
ANT 307 Local Field school
ANT 311 Native Peoples of North America
ANT 320 Culture and Disease
ANT 340 Culture and Environment
ANT 345 Perspectives on Globalization
ANT 355 Migration in the Americas
BIO 109 Plants in the World
BIO 308 Wildlife Ecology
BIO 319 Global Agricultural Sustainability
BIO 407 Biology and Society: Study Abroad
BIO 470 Conservation Biology
BIO 651 Emerging Issues in Water Resources
BMS 100 Human Health and Disease
CHM 311 Green Chemistry and Industrial Processes
CMB 150 Biotechnology and Society
GPY 324 Urbanization
GPY 335 Geographic Patterns: Global Development
GPY 361 Historical Geography of the Amazon
GPY 362 A Geography of World Agriculture and Farmers
GPY 363 World Forests and Their Use
NRM 150 Introduction to Natural Resources
NRM 407 Natural Resources and Society: Study Abroad
NRM 451 Natural Resource Policy
NRM 462 Forest Ecosystem Management
NRM 495 Trends in Natural Resources Management
PHY 200 Physics for the Life Sciences
PHY 303 The World After Einstein
PLS 102 American Government and Politics
PLS 103 Issues in World Politics
PLS 207 Introduction to U.S. Environmental Policy
SOC 377 Globalization: Structures and Movements
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