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Issue #34, July 11, 2012
Do you have news that should appear in the Community Bulletin? Please email it to Jan Fiderio
([email protected]) and Susan Harlow ([email protected]).
Table of Contents
Briefly Noted
• AUNE’s Environmental Studies Master’s Programs Earn PSM Designation
• AUNE’s Wild Treasures Program Gets Funding
• Please Don’t Forget the Hungry!
• New Faculty Members Join AUNE
• Wanted: Good Writing for the Next Whole Terrain
• Security and Sustainability Forum Spotlights Keene and AUNE
• Jack Merselis is New Board Chair
• Two More Policy Workshop Pilots Held
• First Grants Awarded by CAI
• Here to Make Our Composting System Even Better
AUNE Out and About
Events
The Community Bulletin will be published monthly, on the second Wednesday of each month. The next
issue will come out August 8.
Briefly Noted
AUNE’s Environmental Studies Master’s Programs Earn PSM Designation
The two master’s degree programs in Antioch University New England’s (AUNE) Department of
Environmental Studies — Resource Management and Conservation (RMC), and Environmental Studies
—have been approved for affiliation as Professional Science Master's (PSM) degree programs by the
Council of Graduate Schools.
All of the master’s programs and their concentrations in the department now have PSM affiliation.
A master’s degree concentration within the ES program, Sustainable Development and Climate Change
(SDCC), was approved for PSM in 2010.
Find out more here.
AUNE’s Wild Treasures Program Gets Funding
Wild Treasures: Sustainability, Naturally, a full-year sustainability education
program, was awarded a $7,500 TogetherGreen Innovation Grant from the
National Audubon Society, with funding from Toyota. Wild Treasures was created
and is managed by Jimmy Karlan, director of AUNE’s Science Teacher Certification
program. Using real problem-solving science, students investigate their school's
sustainable practices, create and present proposals for change, and then turn their
proposal into action.
Find out more here.
Please Don’t Forget the Hungry!
Donations to food banks and community kitchen are always small in the summer. Donations to AUNE’s
Food Pledge boxes have dropped dramatically too.
If you have taken the Perpetual Food Pledge, please recommit yourself to fulfilling it. If you haven’t,
please sign up. You’re promising to purchase one item for the hungry each time you shop. It’s a small
but important pledge that can make a big difference in the lives of our neighbors. Find the pledge site,
then drop your donations in the food boxes around AUNE or at grocery stores or churches.
New Faculty Members Join AUNE
Barbara Andrews, core faculty member, joins the Applied Psychology Department as
associate professor of clinical mental health counseling and director of clinical training.
Barbara is returning to AUNE from Adams State College in Colorado with considerable
experience. She has a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision with a doctoral minor
in applied statistics and research methods from the University of Northern Colorado.
Paula Denton, affiliate faculty member, returns to the Education Department. A
graduate of AUNE’s Integrated Learning Program, she taught children for seventeen years before
focusing full-time on teacher education. Author of two books and co-author of a third, Paula
has an EdD from the University of Massachusetts, and was manager of program development at
Northeast Foundation for Children.
Sue Gentile, affiliate faculty member, returns to the Environmental Studies Department
to teach and advise students in the Environmental Education program. Sue has an MS in
Environmental Studies with Environmental Education concentration from AUNE. She is
managing editor of Whole Terrain, and also teaches research methods online for Antioch
University Los Angeles.
John Lloyd, affiliate faculty member, joins the Environmental Studies Department. A senior research
ecologist with Ecostudies Institute, Mt. Vernon, Washington, John has a PhD in
wildlife biology from the University of Montana, and will be teaching in the master’s and doctoral
programs.
Daniel Smith, affiliate faculty member, returns to the Environmental Studies Department to teach
qualitative methods and political economy and sustainability in the master’s and doctoral programs. Dan
has a PhD from Yale University. He also teaches for Antioch University Los Angeles.
Wanted: Good Writing for the Next Whole Terrain
Whole Terrain, AUNE’s literary journal of reflective environmental practice, has put out a call for
submissions for its 2012/2013 volume. The theme is “Heresy.”
Deadline for submissions is December 31, 2012. Find out more about submissions here.
Security and Sustainability Forum Spotlights Keene and AUNE
The city of Keene and AUNE were highlighted recently on the Security and Sustainability Forum website
as an example of sustainable city planning for climate change.
Read more here.
President Caruso in NHBR Roundtable
AUNE President David Caruso was part of a recent roundtable of Keene area business people gathered
by the New Hampshire Business Review. In the article, called “What Makes the Monadnock Region
Tick?”, Caruso talks about AUNE’s regional impact and the university’s strong ties with the business
community. You can find it here.
Jack Merselis is New Board Chair
John (Jack) G. Merselis Jr., MD, was elected as the new chair of the AUNE Board of Trustees at the
board’s May meeting. Jack has been a member of the board since its inception in September 2009 and
has served on the academic affairs, institutional advancement, trustee leadership, and executive
committees. He is chairman of CSR Corporation, an author, a former Antioch University trustee, a
retired physician, and an alum of AUNE's Department of Management.
Two More Policy Workshop Pilots Held
The Center for Academic Innovation presented two more pilots of its Translating Research into Policy
workshop in June.
Jim Gruber, left, core faculty member in the Department of Environmental
Studies, and Carolyn Bartholomew, visiting professor at AUNE, presented
Translating Research into Policy: Making Science Matter at the Council of
Environmental Deans and Directors, in San Jose, California, on June 20.
Another version of the workshop, Translating Research into Policy: How to Participate Effectively in
the Policy Process, was presented at the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences conference
on June 21, in Santa Clara, California. Gruber, Bartholomew, and David Blockstein, senior scientist and
director of education with the National Council for Science and the Environment, presented this
workshop.
Bartholomew worked at senior levels in the U.S. Congress for seventeen years, most recently as chief
of staff to former Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi. Bartholomew is also a
commissioner and former chair and vice-chair of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review
Commission and a director of the Kaiser Aluminum Corporation.
The workshops followed the initial pilot workshop, held in January as a preconference session to the
twelfth annual National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment: Environment and Security.
First Grants Awarded by CAI
The Center for Academic Innovation (CAI) has awarded two initial rounds of grant funding:
• Six Rapid Action Innovation Grants were awarded from a total of nine proposals, for the academic year
2011-2012. These projects, designed to get the CAI process off to a quick start, have been wrapped up.
• Three Innovation Grants for the year 2012-2013 have been awarded, out of seven proposals.
Find out more here.
Here to Make Our Composting System Even Better
AUNE's Sustainability & Social Justice office is hosting 2012 Upward Bound participant Zach Hodge.
Monica Foley, AUNE’s solid waste coordinator, is working with Zach to maintain and strengthen AUNE's
composting system. This is Zach's second summer with AUNE through the Upward Bound program,
based at Keene State College and coordinated by AUNE alum Beth Zinn (O&M).
AUNE Out and About
Michael Simpson, chair of the Department of Environmental Studies, went to
Boulder, Colorado, July 6, to discuss his climate change adaptation research with
the lead authors for the synthesis chapter on climate change impacts for the
Third Assessment Report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
and the U.S. National Assessment on Climate Change Impacts, and faculty from
the University of Colorado.
On June 9, Simpson gave a presentation to the New England Chapter of
North American Lake Managers Association at the University of New Hampshire
in Durham. His topic was the impact on aquatic organism passage by changes in
land use and projected climate change.
Polly Chandler, left, chair of AUNE’s Department of Management and head of
the MBA in Sustainability program, was featured in a Champions Moment” in the
July issue of the Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock Keene
newsletter. Read it here.
In “Look, Don’t Touch,” an article he wrote for the July/August issue of Orion,
David Sobel, core faculty member in the Department of Education, parses some
of the reasons why many children today are alienated from nature, and lays
some of the blame on environmental education itself. Orion’s website also
includes a discussion between Sobel and Andrew Blechman, managing editor of Orion, about outdoor
education and how to make nature exciting for children. Find out more here.
Events
Thursday, July 12
11 a.m. to noon, Community Room
Open meeting with new Antioch University Chancellor Felice Nudelman.
Tuesday, July 24
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Community Room
Accelerated MBA students will present their practicum projects to the community. All are welcome.