Summer on the River with Faculty Members and Students from Institutions Throughout the Region

media are invited to spend a day on the Hudson River with, or to interview, faculty members and students in the sixth year of a unique summer floating seminar that travels the river by ship, creating college curriculum units.


Chris Cory, Pace University, 212-346-1117, cell 917-608-8164,

Alyssa Vine, Barnard College, 212-854-7907,

Media invitation:

Summer rolling on the Hudson by 55-member college consortium produces curriculum modules ranging from environment to art

Media welcome aboard next week

Next week (July 19-23), media are invited to spend a day on the Hudson River with, or to interview, faculty members and students participating in River Summer, a program in the sixth year as a unique summer floating seminar that travels the river by ship, creating college curriculum units.

A fetching photo of participants on deck in life jackets, catching up on their common reading with the Hudson in the background, is at

Next week’s sessions start in Poughkeepsie, but participants are available by phone. River Summer is a program of the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities, a consortium of 55 colleges and universities in the Hudson watershed. So far nearly 300 students and faculty members have participated in the program since its inaugural launch in 2005, and participants have created interdisciplinary modules that are posted at The modules cover subjects ranging from marsh ecology to the Hudson River painters and urban development. Insights also go into participants’ research and teaching.

Next week’s onboard topics range from managing fisheries to the St. Lawrence Cement Company.

The formation of the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities was spearheaded by Pace University and is now headquartered at the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies. Major grant funding for River Summer has been obtained principally by Barnard College of Columbia University from the Andrew Mellon Foundation and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. River Summer is coordinated by Tim Kenna and Margie Turrin of Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory.

Please call either of us to make arrangements. See and details below.

Schedule for next week:

The focus is on options for the future of the river and its communities.

Embark: Poughkeepsie, Waryas Park

Disembark: Poughkeepsie, Waryas Park

Monday 7/19/10 –Poughkeepsie to Kingston

1000 Module 2 participants Arrive

1100- 1430 – Kathy Hattala, DEC Fisheries Unit – Managing our fishing resources, Brian Jensen, College of St. Rose

Title of curriculum: Fisheries – trawling, seining

1500 – 1700 Stuart Findlay, Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies

Title of curriculum: The changing role of the marshes in the Hudson River – and

Sea Level Rise

1700 Transit to Kingston

View marshes along the river

Evening – Discussion Layout

Journaling – group


Tuesday 7/20/10 Kingston

0900-1700 – Steve Schimmrich – SUNY Ulster

Title of curriculum: The Geologic resources of the Upper Hudson – Shale,

Titanium, Cement etc. & the role in the Hudson Valley long term


Wednesday 7/21/10 Kingston

0900-1700 – Jennifer Schwartz Berky, Bard College

Title of curriculum: Kingston tales of resistance and resilience & Climate Action



Thursday 7/22/10 – Kingston to Catskills

0700 Transit to Catskill

0900-1300 Ted Eismeier, Hamilton College –

Drop Hudson City Boat Launch at the foot of Water Street

Title of curriculum: The story of St. Lawrence Cement Controversy –

Hudson NY

1300-1700 – Ann LePore, Ramapo College

Title of curriculum: – 3-D Data Modeling – using art to convey your message


Friday 7/23/010 Transit Catskill to Poughkeepsie

0900 – 1500 Module 3 participants final wrap up of project

1500 Students depart

Hudson-based curricular components completed or nearing completion

• Brian Jensen – Fisheries Biology

• Carol Rietsma – Marsh Ecology

• Steve Schimmrich – Geology of the Lower Hudson Valley

• Dan Farkas – Introduction to Using GIS Mapping

• Marilyn Powers – New Urbanism, the Political Economy of the Hudson River Valley and a Walking Tour Case Study

• Elizabeth Hutchinson – The Hudson River School of Art

• Michelle Land/Lee Paddock/Alex Dunn – An Environmental History of Law in The Hudson Valley

In progress: (Many preliminary presentations and lectures are posted)

• Tim Kenna – Visualizing estuarine circulation

• Ted Eismeier – Political Economy of the HV

• Margie Turrin/Karl Kehde – Community Planning/Brownfield Redevelopment in the HV

• Susan Fox Rogers – Free Writing

• Roger Panetta – Panoramas

• Howard Horowitz – Land Use in the Hudson Highlands

• Lucy Johnson – Early Man Decision Making Grid linked to a field guide of the historic uses of Denning’s Point

• Geoff Brackett – The Hudson River as a Literary Source

• Bruce Selleck – Using GPS and GIS for data collection and display

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