Community Briefs for 09/09

Sep 082010
Authors: Collegian Staff Report

Distinguished ecologist to present on climate change

With 45 years experience working as a tropical ecologist and conservation biologist in the Brazilian Amazon Forest, Thomas Lovejoy comes to CSU today to discuss the impact of future climate change.

A guest of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Lovejoy is the founder of the public TV series “Nature” has worked as the assistant secretary for Environmental and External Affairs for the Smithsonian Institution and has served on advisory councils in the administrations of former Presidents Ronald Regan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

His lecture will focus on how wild ecosystems are crucial to the mitigation of higher carbon dioxide levels.

“It is very exciting to have such a distinguished pioneer of biodiversity research speaking on the CSU campus,” said Diana Wall, director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability, in a press release. “His unique vision of climate change mitigation will surely spark interesting dialog.”

Lovejoy will be in Ammons Hall, Rm. 123 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Workshop to educate on leadership techniques

For students unsure of how to head organizations, youth groups and more, Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement is hosting a seminar today that will explores a leader’s role.

From 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Lory Student Center, Rm. 211E, want-to-be leaders can learn about building community, strengthening relationships and guiding the group toward a specific vision using various resources, according to the CSU event calendar.

Through interactive sessions, participants can expect to discuss the idea of being inclusive and learn to work with different leader characteristics and styles.

Creative Writing Reading Series brings award-winning author

As part of the Creative Writing Reading Series, award-winning author Ana Maria Spagna will read from several of her non-fiction works.

Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Spagna is the author of “Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus: A Daughter’s Civil Rights Journey,” winner of the 2009 River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize, and “Now Go Home: Wilderness, Belonging, and the Crosscut Saw,” named a Seattle Times Best Book of 2004.
Her writing on nature, work and small-community life appears regularly in the High Country News, Mountain Gazette and the Oregon Quarterly, among others.

She lives in Stehekin, Wash., a remote area of the Pacific Northwest where there are no telephones, not even cell phones, according to her website, http://www.
She earned her undergraduate degree in Oregon and her graduate degree in creative writing at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz.

*CSU to host third annual Green Market *

Looking to pick up some sustainable products as part of a “green lifestyle?”

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., vendors will be in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom to sell environmentally preferable products and services as part of the third annual Green Market.

Attendees will be given scavenger game cards that require the signatures of vendors throughout the market. Prizes will be awarded to certain game participants during the last hour of the event.

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