Being from New England, I havenâ€™t traveled too much â€˜round Dixie, but last week I got to visit a number of beautiful colleges in Southern Virginia, and I had a great time. Highlights:
The University of Virginia, Charlottesville
I met with members of UVaâ€™s University Environmental Coalition, including representatives from the Student Council Environmental Sustainability Committee, Student Environmental Action, and Green Grounds Group.
It is refreshing to meet students who not only have an interest in saving the planet, but act on it, undertaking the responsibilities of their causes in addition to their own studies. Theyâ€™ll be telling people about EarthVision, and Iâ€™m sure weâ€™ll see some UVa representatives that weekend.
College of William & Mary, Williamsburg
Williamsburg is lovely and W&Mâ€™s buildings are, too. I was really impressed with the Volunteer Services Department, a great resource for students who want to donate their time to good causes. Working in that office is one Trevor Buckley, a SCA alumnus (Denali, AK â€™06), who will be promoting EarthVision to students looking for a weekend of service!
Another Alaskan Alumnus I met, Stephanie Roussel, served at Matanuska Glacier Park while in high school. Now a senior, she is majoring in biology and environmental science, and is the president of W&Mâ€™s outdoor club. Alumni like Stephanie who have kept up the momentum from their high school SCA experience(s) well into their college years set the example for everyone.
More updates to come! Current college students reading this: SCA alumni or not, EarthVision is too important to miss. Tell your friends, write your environmental sciences department, and head to Washington this April. See you all thereâ€¦