SUST updates: Scholarly highlights

The Sustainability Studies program has been growing and thriving in its first year. Courses have been added, a blog shares news regularly, and enrollments continue to increase. Some recent scholarly highlights are especially worth noting:

Associate Professor Mike Bryson wrote an excellent essay entitled “Sustaining Sustainability” in the Roosevelt Review about the college’s Sustainability program, sharing issues regarding conservation and how his own experiences led to his co-creating the new major. In the same issue, Laura Janota shared ways that Roosevelt is becoming a “greener” campus.

Similarly busy, Assistant Professor Carl Zimring presented a paper in New York City at a conference engaging the topic of “Dirt.” As Zimring states on the SUST blog, he “presented his paper,  ‘How Do You Get Them So Clean and White? Race and Hygiene in Gilded Age America,’ [which] examined racist soap advertisements distributed between 1880 and 1914 and [then] related them to changes in waste management practices during the period.” This presentation is part of the fascinating work Zimring is doing for his upcoming book.

Equally interesting is the Environmental Nutrition article written by 2010 BPS graduate Valencia Montgomery. As the SUST blog shares, Montgomery’s article developed from her research and writing in her Senior Thesis class, the capstone course for all Professional and Liberal Studies students.

The SUST major is active and alive–check into it!

2011 Faculty Forum: Student Connections and Retention

Last Friday, almost all of RU’s faculty turned out for the annual Faculty Forum–a time for professors to get together and discuss a topic important to Roosevelt, while re-connecting with colleagues. This year’s topic was student retention and it was extremely informative. Sam Rosenberg, Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Administration, started the discussion by sharing fascinating and sometimes-startling statistics about RU’s current student retention. The conversation was wide and varied, with faculty members asking questions, offering new suggestions, and making comments.

Professor Margaret Policastro, Professor Steven Meyers, Assistant Professor Sheldon Walcher, and Associate Professor Brad Hunt shared ideas for increasing student connections with faculty.

Next, a panel of various faculty members offered ideas for increasing retention and connecting with students. ETSCPS’s Associate Dean Brad Hunt shared how the new advising system in the college encourages faculty to follow advisees throughout their college career, as well as mentioned a new Criminal Justice program aimed at getting CJ students more active in their discipline earlier and in exciting ways (more on those events soon).