University Expands Program to Meet the Demands of Interested High School Students
PLEASANTVILLE, N. Y. – October 17, 2002 – Pace University will host nearly 300 local high school students from Sleepy Hollow High School, John Jay High School, Woodlands High School, Hastings High School, Suffern High School Horace Greeley High School, Byram Hills High School, Brewster High School, Chester High School, Tuckahoe High School and Roosevelt High School for the annual Environmental University Day(s). This year to accommodate the large number of interested students the University will duplicate the program on two consecutive days, Wed. Oct. 23 and Thurs. Oct. 24, beginning each day at 8:30 a.m. in the Gottesman room of the Kessel Campus Center, on the Pleasantville campus.
Environmental University Day, held annually since 2000, is designed especially for high school students wishing to explore environmental issues and concerns that affect their daily lives, the lives of their families and communities, and who wish to take an active role in the future of the environment.
Jeff Main, noted ecologist and field naturalist, will open the day’s events at 9:10 a.m. with, Think Globally…Act Locally: Addressing the Biodiversity Crisis at Home.
“Biodiversity deals with the different populations of organisms that inhabit our biosphere and ways of protecting them to sustain a healthy natural environment,” said Angelo Spillo, director of the Pace Environmental Center. “Our hope is that these students will gain an understanding about how their behaviors including consumption and energy use can have an irreversible impact on these species and the future of their planet.”
The Ethics of Conservation, panel discussion will be moderated by Robert Chapman, professor and coordinator of environmental studies, with panelists Gus Karam, economics and environmental studies and Larry Hundersmarck, philosophy and religious studies.
Field Studies will be held outdoors throughout the campus. Topics include: Where Have All the Natives Gone, What are Female Frogs Like, Surface Water Quality Analysis, The Web of Life, and Stream Insect Identity Search.
Students will also witness a “Birds of Prey” demonstration by Master Falconer James Eyring.
Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County, and a Hudson Valley Center located at Stewart Airport in New Windsor. Nearly 13,500 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School.