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First-Year Students at University of Hartford to Begin College Experience by Learning about “Our Campus, Our Planet”

Posted 08/20/2010
Posted by Meagan Fazio

The University of Hartford will introduce its Class of 2014 to the college academic experience with "Our Campus, Our Planet," a day of learning devoted to the environment, on Monday, August 30, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Approximately 1,500 students are expected to participate in the experience, which takes place on the third and final day of "Lift Off 2010," the University's move-in weekend event.

"Our Campus, Our Planet" will explore a wide range of topics, from environmental art to green career choices. It includes various activities suitable to different learning styles. Some sessions are academic presentations while others involve hands-on projects; all will encourage students to think of themselves as part of the larger campus and world communities.

The sessions listed below will provide the best opportunities for interviews and visuals. A complete list can be found on To download a campus map, please visit

-Water Quality and Invasive Plants: Exploring the Campus River and Pond 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. or 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Students will meet in the K Commuter parking lot.

Students will take a tour of the Hog River (the northern branch of the Park River that runs through campus) and the campus pond with Bin Zhu, assistant professor of biology in the College of Arts and Sciences. The group will discuss the importance of water, the ecology of rivers and ponds, and invasive species as a type of pollutant.

-River Art 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Students will meet in East Hall, Room 220.

Sherry Buckberrough, associate professor of art history in the College of Arts and Sciences, will conduct an outdoor art workshop along the banks of the Hog River. Students will create works of art from leaves, flowers, sticks, moss, and other natural elements. A brief talk on artist Andy Goldsworthy, who uses elements of nature in his work, will precede the workshop

-Meet the Trees 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Students will meet in the lobby of Hillyer Hall.

Laura Pence, professor of chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences, will lead a tour of the distinctive trees on the University campus. She will help students discover what trees do, how they work, and their enormous variety.

-Hog River History and Ecology 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Students will meet on the steps outside Gengras Student Union

Wick Griswold, associate professor of sociology in Hillyer College, and Margaret Mair, University archivist, will discuss the Hog River's place in the ecosystem, and a history of the river and the land through which it runs.

-e-Cycling 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. or 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Dana Hall Room 204

Ladimer Nagurney, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture, will discuss the environmental impact of discarding personal electronics and computer equipment and the current state of recycling potentially harmful materials used in our everyday personal electronics.