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New Faculty and Spring 2015 Cohort Begin Their Professional Journey

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by Dodd Galbreath I am blessed in so many ways due to my soon to be eight year affiliation with sustainability education at Lipscomb University. First, I have experienced both peace and excitement seeing the "torch" pass to Professor Stutzman-Jones as our new academic director. Other faculty have shared with me their observations of her wisdom, work ethic and complete openness to input and collaboration. I believe she is the best prepared professional we have...

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Starting off 2015 with Tennessee's Women In Green

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I am tremendously excited to be in my third official week in the academic director’s seat. First off, I want to thank my tremendous colleagues for the ways they’ve supported me in this transition. Much of why January has gone so well is because they laid the groundwork for me. Thank you, Dodd, Rosemary, and Phyllis! A highlight of this month was when I accompanied Danielle Nichols, new student enrollment manager, to the Tennessee Women...

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In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan

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by Sarah Hoots MS Student, 2014 There is a tragedy occurring every day outside your door.  In between the humming of treadmills and tapping of smartphone screens, listen and you will hear it – the sound of empty stomachs crying out for food.  The problem is that nobody eats food anymore.  It’s a lost commodity of the American culture that has been replaced with imitation food, or ‘food like substances’. You see these substances in life constantly: fat-free cheese,...

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Thoughts on the Bioneeers Conference Summit

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by Richard Groves MS Student, 2015 This was the second consecutive year that I attended the Bioneers Summit Conference in San Rafael, California on work-trade, and 2014 was the 25th anniversary of the conference. Bioneers is very different from many other sustainability conferences, and it tends to inspire its attendees to be agents of positive environmental and social change. The conference offers an equal focus on science, technology, people, culture, and underlying social systems. Many of the speakers, and the conference...

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Experiencing Sustainable Farming and Agroecology First Hand

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by Christina Gomez ISP Class of Dec 2014 For nine weeks this summer, I lived on a sustainable farm in northern Indiana with a program called Merry Lea's Agroecology Summer Intensive through Goshen College. Every single day, we spent time in the classroom learning about vegetable crops, soil science, small farm management, and agroecology, then we would work in the gardens to practice the skills and concepts we were learning (I had zero agricultural experience before...

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