Friday, November 6, 2015
11:30 a.m.   Registration & Lunch (College Center, Villard Room)
1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.   Field Trips & Workshops
    The following trips and workshops are offered at both 1:00pm and 3:00pm unless otherwise noted (*). Participants should meet at the Villard Room (College Center) at least 15 minutes prior to start time to find leader and ensure timely departure.

Lunch is optional - be sure to select the add-on meal when you register for the conference.
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T1 History of the Poughkeepsie Waterfront and Downtown
Harvey Flad, Professor Emeritus of Geography, Vassar College
T2 Walkway Over the Hudson
Fred Schaeffer, Director, Walkway Over the Hudson
T3 Edith Roberts Ecological Garden and Vassar Campus Tour
* 12:45pm only
Meg Ronsheim, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies, Vassar College
T4 Vassar Conservation and Environmental Engagement Cooperative (VCEE COOP) * 3:00pm only
W1 Leveraging GIS in the Classroom
Kytt MacManus, Geographic Information Specialist, CIESIN, Earth Institute at Columbia University
W2 Incorporating Data Analysis with Excel into the Classroom
Larry O’Connell, Adjunct Professor of Economics, The New School
W3 Mapping the Hidden Campus Landscape
April Beisaw, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Vassar College
W4 Where Animation and Citizen Science Collide
Ann LePore, Associate Professor Fine Art: 3D Design & Animation, Fine Art, School of Contemporary Arts, Ramapo College of New Jersey
5:00 p.m.   Reception (College Center, Rose Parlor)
6:00 p.m.   Dinner (College Center, Villard Room)
7:00 p.m.   Presentation of The Great Work Award, in honor of Thomas Berry
Honoree to be announced.
Saturday, November 7, 2015
8:00 a.m.   Registration, Breakfast and Poster Set Up (College Center, Villard Room)
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Inaugural Student Congress (The Aula)
9:00 a.m.   Welcome (College Center, Villard Room
    Keynote: Educating for an Ethic of Place: Insights from Curriculum for the Bioregion’s First Decade (College Center, Villard Room)
Jean MacGregor
Senior Scholar and Director, Curriculum for the Bioregion
Washington Center for Undergraduate Education
The Evergreen State College
10:30 a.m.   Break
10:45 a.m.   Breakout Session 1 (College Center: Rooms 204, 223, 237, 240)
12:00 p.m.   Lunch (College Center, Villard Room)
12:45 p.m.   Film Screening: Creating Sustainable Communities (College Center, Room 223, Multi-Purpose Room)
Hosted by Rik Scarce (Producer)
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Skidmore College
1:45 p.m.   Breakout Session 2 (College Center: Rooms 204, 223, 237, 240)
3:00 p.m.   Student Congress Report Out (College Center, Villard Room)
3:30 p.m.   Posters Session & Reception (College Center, Villard Room)
4:00 p.m.   Adjourn
Breakout Session Overview

SESSION 1 (10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

SESSION 2 (1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

1A Teaching Sustainability Across the Curriculum

Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum
Fredrica Rudell, Iona College

Curriculum for the Bioregion
Jean MacGregor, The Evergreen State College

Facilitator, Michelle Land, Pace University

2A Natural and Applied Sciences in Interactive Course Projects

Reconstruction of the Mt. Beacon Incline Railway
Frank DiLorenzo, Mount Beacon Incline Railway Restoration Society

Measuring and Communicating the Value of Green Shorelines for Flood Mitigation in Jamaica Bay, NY
Erin Doxsey-Whitfield, Columbia University

Geology of the Hudson Valley: A Two-Week Summer Field Course
Steve Schimmrich, SUNY Ulster County Community College

Facilitator: Ryan Palmer, Sarah Lawrence College

1B Interdisciplinary Curriculum Models

Integration and Utilization of Environmental Information in the Hudson River Valley
Ann E. Davis, Zofia Gagnon, Marissa Porter and Julia Czarnecki, Marist College

Social Responsibility and the World of Nature – Regional waterways as a curriculum tool for inspiring ecological systems consciousness and global environmental citizenship
Lee Frankel-Goldwater, Pace University

Facilitator: Madeline Mignone, Dominican College

2B Integration of Research and Citizenship in Courses

Bacterial Source Tracking in the Hoosic River Watershed
Elena Traister, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Citizen Science and Academic Research in the Sparkill Creek
Bernadette Connors, Dominican College

The Enterococcus Study Group: A Model for Student Involvement
Peter Bower, Barnard College and Columbia University

Facilitator: Elyse Fuller, SUNY Rockland Community College

1C Water Quality Data as a Teaching Tool

Use of Water Quality Data in the Classroom
Gregory O’Mullan, CUNY Queens College
M. Elias Dueker, Bard College

Training future water scientists and stewards through educations and research activities in the Kromma Kill Watershed, Albany, NY 
Kate Meierdiercks, Siena College

Facilitator: Andrew Gascho Landis, SUNY Cobleskill

2C Field Studies and Stewardship

Early detection and prevention of an emerging aquatic invasive species, the bloody-red shrimp Hemimysis anomala, in the Hudson River and Mohawk River basin
Brent Boscarino, Poughkeepsie Day School

Place Placed Teaching & Studies: Integrating Knowledge of the Pocantico River Watershed
Nicholas Robinson, Pace University Law School

Developing a Service Learning Restoration Project Along the Sparkill Creek
Madeline Mignone, Dominican College

Facilitator: Madeline Mignone, Dominican College

1D Promoting Change Through Partnerships

Where do we go from here? Communities coming together to effect change
Stuart Belli, Vassar College

A Multigenerational Learning Partnership
Melissa Everett, Sustainable Hudson Valley
Lucy Johnson, Vassar CollegeFacilitator: Lucy Johnson, Vassar College
2D The Hudson River as a Focus for the Arts

Sustaining This Place (film screening discussion)
Rik Scarce, Skidmore College

Some Personal Poems Inspired by the Hudson Valley
James Finn Cotter, Mount Saint Mary College

An English Professor is converted to Environmental Field Study
Daniel Peck, Vassar College Facilitator: Larry O’Connell, The New School



2E Interdisciplinary Understanding of Watershed Communities

Teaching Complex Issues - The Interweaving of Science, History, Ethics, Aesthetics and Governance
Margie Turrin, Columbia University

Blue Carbon, Blue Skies, and Green Economics – Linking Science, Art, and Value of Hudson Marshes
Dorothy M. Peteet, Columbia University

Learning from our Failures: The Long Life and Tragic Death of the Hudson’s Commercial Fishery
John Cronin, Pace University

Facilitator: Daniel Farkas, Pace University

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