A task force formed in January to support environmental sustainability issues on Wesleyan’s campus and within the Strategic Plan of the college. The task force is represented by faculty, staff and students from various campus departments: Bonner Scholars, Biology, Campus Life, Community Engagement, Dining Services, Environmental Science, Green Club, Housing, Mathematics, Physical Plant, SIFE and the Vice President of Finance. In addition to supporting this institutional initiative, the task force will also be sponsoring campus events to raise awareness about various issues associated with sustainability, such as recycling and conservation of resources. (http://wvwcsustainability.pbwiki.com)
Monthly Archives: January 2009
As part of a new Serve 2.0 initiative adopted by the Bonner Foundation, the Wesleyan Bonner Scholars recently created a wiki to better serve students and the program by making many of their projects and resources available online. Using the wiki, students can submit reflections, connect with other students’ blogs, and collaborate on planning documents for various projects and events. (http://wvwcbonner.pbwiki.com)
In January 2009, Drs. Kathleen Long, Melody Meadows and Kimberly Yousey traveled to Austria for the Salzburg Global Seminar centered on the practice and integration of international service within travel abroad opportunities. As part of the Mellon Fellow Community Initiative Grant, awarded to Wesleyan in January 2008, the attendees also worked on the GAINS (Global Awareness for Infusing Networks of Service) program that links Wesleyan’s international travel courses with the institution’s new initiative in community engagement to advance its mission of world citizenship. This was the second year that Wesleyan attended the seminar at Salzburg.
In July 2008, three faculty and staff members at WVWC applied for a REAP Grant, funded by the Department of Environmental Protection, to enhance recycling efforts on campus. The team was notified in December 2008 that they had received $6,500.00 for Wesleyan’s recycling initiative. Dr. Kimberly Bjorgo-Thorne, Assistant Professor of Biology, Evey Hepinger, Coordinator of Bonner Scholars and Student Employment, and Brooke Rawson, AmeriCorps VISTA, traveled to Kanawha City, WV to receive the award from Governor Joe Manchin III. The funds provided will assist in the purchase of new recycling bins and liners for campus, as well as promotional materials to encourage the Wesleyan community to increase current recycling efforts.
Pictured above, left to right: Rawson, Hepinger, Bjorgo-Thorne, Governor Joe Manchin III