Environmental Studies
Holloway Hall

ENVR News and Events

Thurs 6 pm, Wicomico Room, Guerrieri Center. Poet, playwright and artist Bunky Echo-Hawk inaugurates SUšs third annual Native American Heritage Month celebration with an interactive live art demonstration. A designer for Nike, Echo-Hawk has exhibited in New York, Chicago, Denver and Santa Fe, as well as in Germany. Echo-Hawk is the co-founder and former executive director of NVision, a non-profit collective of Native American artists, musicians, community organizers and professionals who focus on Native American youth empowerment through multimedia arts. In addition, Echo-Hawk is a traditional singer and dancer of the Pawnee Nation and an enrolled member of the Yakama nation. Sponsored by the Native American Heritage Month Planning Committee, admission to his SU presentation is free and the public is invited.

Thurs 5:30-8 pm, Environmental Studies House Party and Potluck  The Environmental Students' Association would like to invite you to our second annual Halloween Party & Potluck! Take some time to celebrate Fall and mingle with some of your favorite ENVR folks.

Saturday November 1: ENVR 102 Classes go to Pickering Creek for Service day See Mr Nelson or Dr Ransom for details

Saturday November 8 Make-a-Heron Workshop #2 at ENVR House, 10-3 pm Form a team and enter the contest to make the most appealing Heron sculpture out of found and recyclable objects and help to promote Salisbury's "Stash Your Trash" anti-litter campaign! Winning sculptures will be selected at the November 3rd Friday.

Wednesday, November 12• Henson 243, 7 pm Trees and the City                                                    Featuring Charles Murphy, of Tree Baltimore  Trees have been shown to have a number of positive impacts on cities, from regulating heat to providing habitat for insects, birds, and other animals. Murphy will discuss his experiences working to increase tree cover in Baltimore.

 Wednesday, November 19 • Henson 243, 7 pm  Panel Discussion: Environmental Regulations and the Local Farm Movement                                                                                                                                 Salisbury farmer Ted Wycall  and his Greenbranch Farm has been a leader in the sustainable local food movement.  Often held up as a model of sustainable farming practices, Wycall has nonetheless found  some environmental regulations – from storm water to nutrient  management – intended to help the cleanup efforts on the Chesapeake Bay to have unexpected and perverse impacts on his attempts to make a living growing food.  This panel will consider the relationship between environmental regulations and the local farm movement, using Wycall’s experiences as a case study.


Monday, November 24, 6-8PM Worcester Room in Commons: ENVR Studies Networking Night hosted by Career Services. Great opportunity to talk with potential employers! The EPA, Echo Hill Outdoor School, hopefully Delaware and Maryland State Parks, Baltimore Aquarium, Fish and Wildlife, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, and other area environmentally-oriented organizations will be on hand to meet with you and answer questions.


Second Semester Offerings

Study Abroad Experiences

Wednesday, February 4

Henson Science Hall 243, 7 p.m.

Students share their study abroad experiences from the past year. Come hear their stories and learn about possibly opportunities for travel!


Environmental Protection in Brazil: the Brazilian Forest Code Considered

Wednesday, February 18

Henson Science Hall 243, 7 p.m.

Visiting scholar and Brazilian graduate student Thais Muniz Ottoni Santiago will discuss the impact of the Brazilian Forestry Code and describe her research comparing the Brazilian code to that of other nations.


What’s Happening In Your City & County?

Wednesday, March 4

Henson Science Hall 243, 7 p.m.

Jake Day, President of Salisbury’s City Council, and Lee Beauchamp, Director of Wicomico County Public Works, will share current and future environmental initiatives at the city and county levels. The discussion will highlight new renewable energy projects (wind, solar, biomass) that the County and City are working on together.


To Be Or Not To Be: Scale Matters

Wednesday, March 25

Henson Science Hall 243, 7 p.m.

Continuing the environmental studies tradition of pairing faculty from diverse disciplines in a conversation on a common theme, Dr. Michael Folkoff from Geography and ENVR’s own Dr. James Hatley will explore a case study of ponds in Wicomico county and the questions of scale and its significance that emerge whenever one engages in environmental thinking.


Thinking in Place: Traditional Knowledge and the Humanity of Ecological Wisdom in Niitsitapi Creation Stories

Wednesday, April 15

Henson Science Hall 243, 7 p.m.

Dr. Nimachia Hernandez, a member of the Anishinaabe Nation, independent scholar and former fellow in the Women's Studies in Religion Program at the Divinity School of Harvard University, will share insights gained in her long-term research on her people's traditional stories focusing on modes of knowing arising through attentive interaction with place.


Songs of the Chesapeake: Music and Stories of the Chesapeake Bay

Wednesday, April 22

Lawn of Seagull Square, 6:30 p.m. (rain location HS 243)

A special Earth Day treat! Musicians Teresa Whitaker and Frank Schwarz perform songs from and about the Chesapeake, hosted by Tom Horton.