Friday, July 15, 2016

Paved Paradise

By Serena Musselwhite

When I went to interview the focus group They Paved Paradise and Put Up a Parking Lot, Dr. Fish was discussing the score for their song. Dr. Fish's focus group intended to add elements of Mei Lander's ukulele (seen in picture with ukulele).

Focus Groups

By: Julia Vaughan, Delaney O'Connor 

 Go Ahead: Change Your Mind, Dr. Holtzman

Learning techniques and skills from the professor.
(Katie Allen, Jennifer Elizalde Martinez, Misa Harashima, Katie Knotek, Cinthia, Moncada Soto, Autmn Ulrich)

Using physical objects to teach and learn.
(Katie Allen, Jennifer Elizalde Martinez, Misa Harashima, Katie Knotek, Cinthia, Moncada Soto, Autmn Ulrich)

Water Wars?, Dr. Feeney

Campers being taught about wars against water.
 (James Dunbar, Jennifer Horsburg, Devin Kehoe, Cameron Marsh.)
Taking in notes and information.
(James Dunbar, Jennifer Horsburg, Devin Kehoe, Cameron Marsh.)

A Backbone for Conservation, Dr. Poston

Learning and discussing the different turtle types. (Robby Cogburn, Evan Dorsi, Sincere Hargrove, Shauna Hendrie, Patrick Lowder, Lexie Burns)
Dr Posten notching a turtle to keep track of it.

Green Reporting, Mrs.Wittum

Students are updating and working on the blog and stories. 

Invasive Alien Plants and Animals: Friend or Foe to the Environment?, Dr. Bolin

Carolyn Kasper, Sarah Stern, and Dr. Jay Bolin are creating wind chimes out of bamboo.
Holly and Mary Kuhn are working on their wind chimes.

They Paved Paradise and Put Up a Parking Lot, Dr. Fish

Edgar Contreras-Hernandez, Mei Lander, and Makayla all work on their song with Dr. Fish.
Camper, Mei Lander, is playing the ukulele to work on the song with her focus group.

Heather White Speaks to High School Students at Environmental Summit

By: Emilee Rae Hibshman

Heather White is a leader in sustainability and an expert on environmental policy. Heather's first lecture was called "Communication 101", which taught about nonverbal and verbal communication, as well as how to present your content.

Heather White guides the students in an activity about communication.

Heather showed the students tricks that she learned from a TED talk about "power posing." The idea of power posing is to pick a pose that makes you feel confident or powerful, then stand in it for two minutes in private before an interview. She also showed the students how to sit properly for both an interview and a TV appearance!

Another speech that Heather gave was titled "Mentors: How to Find Them, How to be One, and How to Listen to your Inner Voice." She gave three main points to both find a mentor, and be one.

The first step was "Make your own mentors." Heather advised the students to introduce themselves to people, initiate a conversation, and ask for an informational interview. "The more people help you, the more people actually want to help you," Heather stated (when telling students to make sure to ask questions).

The second point Heather discussed was to "write down goals and create a road-map." But Heather also advised students to be open-minded and allow their goals to adjust and change with experiences.

Heather's final point was centered around being a mentor to others. "Share your story." Though it seems simple enough, she expressed that the people's stories you relied on helped you, so you could help someone else discover their goals by sharing. "The power is yours," she told the students.

Heather White also did a Q&A with Dr. John Wear and Jocelyn Lyle, where they all spoke about their own mentors and environmental experiences that helped them to shape their paths. All three were asked to share the best career advice they had ever received. Heather told students, "Take initiative. Enthusiasm and initiative count for so much."

Jocelyn Lyles and Heather White before speaking to the students.

"Get to know who you work with... establish a network," Jocelyn advised the group. She also shared the need for young women to not be intimidated by their strong female leaders. "Ask questions," she said.

Finally, Dr. Wear shared a message that was very simple. "You can learn a lot of the things you think that you can't learn to do." He explained further that just because you start out doing poorly at something doesn't mean that with practice you cannot get better at it.

Writing and Performing Music: Paved Paradise

Makayla Utt, Danbury, NC
By Serena Musselwhite

This small National Environmental Summit focus group, "They Paved Paradise and Put Up a Parking Lot," is setting out to make a big impact.

Dr. David Fish, the Associate Professor of Music of Catawba College, is leading his group to help them create an environmental song to "Spread a message with music," said Mei.

We asked if the group would all say any one thing about their work or the song. Makayla said, "Our message is about hunger for change," and Edgar said, "This song is a metaphor."

I'm sure when they present their final product to the rest of the National Environmental Summit, it will be a memorable hit.