Environmental Studies Students and Alumni

Here's a snapshot of some of our current ES senior students!


Dana RotzDana Rotz

Dana is a senior Environmental Studies major concentration in International Sustainability with an English Minor. She recently studied abroad in New Zealand for a semester, where she was able to take two environmentally focused courses, including Environmental History of New Zealand, and War and the Environment. For her Senior Seminar: Creating a Sustainable Society project, she is looking at the process of implementing recycling programs for apartment complexes in Normal, IL. In the past, Dana served as an intern to the Sugar Grove Nature Center, where she maintained the grounds and also helped out with events, field trips, and homeschool classes. After graduation, Dana has hopes of joining Green Corp or AmeriCorps, or working for a regulatory agency along the west coast. Contact Dana



Mark HansenMark Hansen

Mark is a senior Environmental Studies major from Oswego, IL. He chose to study Environmental Studies after falling in love with northern woods and lakes of Door County, Wisconsin, near his hometown. While on campus, he has volunteered for both the Ecology Action center and Peace Garden and has also worked with GREENetwork and the Sierra Student Coalition. In the summer of 2013, Mark worked as an intern for Wisconsin Environment, where he participated in their Save Our Lakes campaign. For his Senior Seminar: Creating a Sustainable Society project, Mark is working on water behavior use within Illinois Wesleyan University’s resident halls, and looking at strategies to lower students’ water usage. After college he hopes to pursue a career in Coastal Environmental Management. Contact Mark




Carolyn AshleyCarolyn Ashley

Carolyn is a senior Environmental Studies major with a concentration in Ecology and a minor in Biology. Her focus areas of study include plants as well as conservation and restoration ecology. Currently, Carolyn is very involved with work at the IWU Peace Garden, where she currently holds the position of Peace Garden Manager. During her time with the garden, she developed an educational program for a nearby preschool and participated weekly in the Uptown Normal Trailside Market with Peace Garden produce. Her interests in local food have greatly developed, and she was able to create a Senior Seminar project based on this topic. Carolyn is active with many other groups on campus as well, including the Peace Garden RSO, the Sierra Student Coalition, and the VVV (Vegetarians & Vegans, Victorious). Contact Carolyn


 Jinny AlexanderJinny Alexander

Jinny is a senior studying Environmental Studies with a focus on Ecology and a minor in Biology and German. An active student on campus, Jinny is a member of the Sierra Student Coalition, Tri-Beta, and also the German honor society. In the Spring of 2013, she studied abroad in Freiburg, Germany with the IES Environmental Studies and Sustainability Program. Having researched the effect of fire on soils in Central Illinois prairies before her trip to Germany, she was able to further develop her research skills as a research assistant for the University of Freiburg Department of Biometry. She has had experience working for an environmental consulting group in British Columbia, and is currently researching the susceptibility of trees in Maxwell Park to future invasive species outbreaks as well as concerns about the use of lead shotgun slugs and muzzleloader bullets on the Parklands Properties. Contact Jinny 


Mack RivkinMack Rivkin

Mack is a senior Environmental Studies (International Environmental Sustainability) and English Writing double major. He was hired as a Sustainability Educator through the Office of Residential Life as a sophomore, and studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark with the DIS program during the fall of his junior year. While abroad he enrolled in the "Sustainability in Europe" core course, which gave him the opportunity to travel throughout various sites in Denmark, Sweden, and Germany to study sustainability-related movements first-hand. He returned from his travels to begin work as a gardener for the IWU Peace Garden, and continues his work by conducting research to determine the feasibility of implementing a mushroom cultivation program on campus. In addition to his garden work, he is currently seeking Research Honors in the field of Ecopoetry. After graduation, Mack hopes to teach English in Asia and volunteer with the Peace Corps through a Masters International program. Contact Mack



Check out what some of our ES alumni are up to.

NOTE: If you are an IWU Environmental Studies alumnus, let us know what you're up to! Feel free to contact our ES Student Assistant Brittany Brady - bbrady@iwu.edu.