Less than a year after McPherson College successfully joined the Ecological Society of America with a SEEDS Campus Ecology Chapter, two MC students have been honored with having all their expenses paid to attend the organization's annual leadership meeting in February 2013 in New Orleans.
Emily James, senior, Westminster, Colo., and Torey Fry, senior, Wichita, are founding members of the McPherson College SEEDS chapter, which stands for “Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability.” James and Fry were two of just 30 college students nationwide to be selected to attend at no cost.
“It is a joy to share such good news about the academic performance of our students,” said Jonathan Frye, professor of natural science.
The theme of the national meeting will be “Ecological Recovery and Prevention of Environmental Disasters: Harnessing Science and Building Social Resilience.” The meeting will focus on a larger aspect of SEEDS called “action ecology” — ecology that leads to positive social change. This meeting will focus on deeper understanding of natural disasters, the role ecologists can play in preventing and recovering from environmental disasters, ways to effectively communicate science to the public and public officials, and how to work with others in multiple disciplines to create change.
James is the student representative of the MC chapter of SEEDS and is an environmental stewardship and applied communications double major. She spent spring and summer of 2011 studying and working in Tanzania and Togo.
Torey Fry is a founding member of SEEDS at MC and is an environmental stewardship major with a minor in sociology.
James and Fry are working on senior research that involves studying wheatgrass in partnership with scientists at The Land Institute. In January 2013, the two MC students will be members of a new interterm class at MC as they study the human and environmental history of Puerto Rico and spend more than two weeks on the island.