Celebrating Scholarship and Engagement: Sustainability

04-23-12 - The schedule of events for April 23rd now available.

Celebrating Scholarship and Engagement
Monday, April 23, 2012

Schedule of Events

outdoor activities shown in green; participants are urged to dress for the weather


“Sustainability Works!” panel discussion     9:00–10:00 am
Art Exhibit Room
Students and staff share perspectives on sustainability at Wells with a focus on current work & possibilities for the future. Melissa Fortin ’13 (“Green Handbook” for Wells); Peter Quinn-Jacobs ’12 (Campus Greens); Mike Butler ‘14 (Sustainable Design); Laurie Rocker (Wells and garden projects); Kurt Pipa (Ithaca’s EcoVillage). Panel Moderated by Professor Milene Morfei.


Environmental Studies Senior Thesis Presentations     10:30 am–12:00 pm
Stratton 209
Alissa Kent ‘12, “Assessing the Effectiveness of a Middle School Field Trip on the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom”
Sharon Vitello ‘12, “Steps to Charting a New Energy Future in Caroline, NY: Facilitating and Evaluating a Public Participation Process”
Colin Evans ‘12, “Refining a Transesterification Process: Examining Different Protocols for Converting Waste Vegetable Oil into Biodiesel”


Cayuga Lake Watershed Network Open House     10:30 am–12:00 pm
Zabriskie 2nd Floor
Watershed Steward Hilary Lambert will be available to discuss the many ongoing functions of the CLWN, with information on how you can help protect the future of Cayuga Lake.


Campus Bird and Nature Walk
11:00 am–12:00 pm and 2:30–3:30 pm
Visiting Associate Professor of Biology Mark Witmer will lead the group; meet in Stratton 318 for prompt departure. Some binoculars will be provided, or bring your own if you have a pair.


Lunch Featuring Local, Natural, and Organic Foods     11:30 am–1:30 pm
Dining Hall


Sustainability in the Finger Lakes 1848-1851: 'The Genesee Farmer’     12:00–12:30 pm
Stratton 209
From protest against careless farming to practical observations on growing familiar and forgotten crops, the nineteenth-century periodical "The Genesee Farmer" opens a window on a time when organic farming was the only kind. Did Henry Wells take some of its wise advice in planning Glen Park? Come to Professor Emerita Linda Schwab’s presentation and find out.


Sustainability Day Keynote: A Finger Lakes History and Legacy     1:00–2:00 pm
Stratton 209
Dr. Bruce Gilman, Professor of Environmental Conservation and Horticulture at FLCC, will discuss the formation of the Finger Lakes over 10,000 years ago, the exploitation of their resources as humans domesticated the landscape, and the hope of sustaining essential ecological services and delicately balanced natural communities for the future. Dr. Gilman is Director of the Environmental Studies Program at FLCC as well as Director of the college’s Muller Field Station.


An American Smallholding: Glebe Farm Tour
2:30–3:30 pm and 3:30–4:30 pm
Intern Amanda Kelly ’12 will lead a tour of Glebe Farm, which includes a four-season garden, livestock (incl. sheep, chickens and ducks), small fruits and a forest, and a new native fruit orchard. Meet in front of Main Building for the college van or walk to 318 Main Street. Glebe Farm shares the driveway with Mandel House behind the old church. Please wear sturdy shoes.


Campus grounds work and beautification
2:30–4:00 pm
Take a hand in making sure the Wells campus stays beautiful and well-maintained—join Working Ground Foreman Jim Button, Professor of Physics Scott Heinekamp, Professor of Anthropology and Religion Ernie Olson, and the B&G staff with weeding, planting, tree removal and whatever else needs doing. Meet in Woods Lot; work gloves provided.


Campus clean up
2:30– 4:30 pm
Take an opportunity to get out and pick up trash around campus while getting to know the Campus Greens environmental club. Dress for outdoor work; garbage bags, gloves, and snacks all provided by Campus Greens! Meet outside the east door of Zabriskie Hall.


Weaving Sustainability into the Fabric of Community     3:00– 4:00 pm
Stratton 209

Dr. Gay Nicholson will give a brief tour of sustainability in Tompkins County and explore some of the factors to consider when starting a local sustainability organization. Since 2004, Gay Nicholson has led Sustainable Tompkins, a supporter of growing sustainability and social justice movements. She works with partners to build the capacity for more sustainable ways of living.


New Student Garden Tour
3:00–4:00 pm
The students of Lena Masur's sustainable design class last semester designed and constructed a new & improved Wells Student Garden according to permaculture principles. Come take a tour, learn about the design, and join the discussion about how to jump-start and continue food production on campus. Meet in Stratton 318.


Beckman Lecture: Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology, and the Fate of the Nation      4:30– 6:00 pm
Phipps Auditorium

Accomplished author, social critic, and urban planning expert James Howard Kunstler’s multifarious talk will address the topics of his recent book, bringing in perceptions and realities of the problems facing our society and pairing a thorough critique of greater culture with reasoned hope. Don’t miss this informed, entertaining talk!


History Senior Thesis Presentations     7:00–8:00 pm
Stratton 209
Mary Corbett ’12, “The Causes of the 1845 Potato Famine”
Shane Knezevich ‘12, “Effects of the Temporal Revolution: An Examination
of Time in Antebellum America”



For information, contact Professor of Psychology Milene Morfei, 315.364.3255, mzmorfei@wells.edu, or Professor of Environmental Studies Niamh O' Leary, 315.364.3279 noleary@wells.edu.