Also see GREENetwork for more environment-related events.
Environmental Studies Department Annual Picnic
Sunday, September 7, 20144:30-6:30 pmSugar Grove Nature Center
The Environmental Studies Program will host its annual picnic at the Sugar Grove Nature
Center. This is a great time to gather outdoors, meet new people, and enjoy some down
time with your ES faculty and fellow students.
The ES program will provide basic staples for burgers and veggie burgers, as well
as drinks. Faculty and students are encouraged to bring a potluck item to share. In
years past, this has been an opportunity for a great feast. So come and join in on
"Vernon Smith, Economic Experiments, and the Visible Hand" Dr. Don L. Coursey, Ameritech Professor of Public Policy at the University of Chicago’s
Harris School of Public Policy Wednesday, September 10, 2014 7 pm Hansen Student Center
Having studied under Nobel Prize-winner Vernon L. Smith, Dr. Coursey has applied the
techniques of experimental economics to investigate natural resource issues and seeks
to understand ‘alternative institutions’ impact prior to implementation. Coursey’s
work has significantly expanded economists’ knowledge of such issues as endangered
species protection, the marketing of water, and understanding insurance behavior under
different risk conditions for natural disasters.
“From Major to ES Career: Next Steps” Wednesday, September 17, 2014 11am- noon Welcome Center Auditorium
Preparing for the future? Stop by to hear Robyn Walter discuss information including
how to: explore ES career paths, identify and learn from professionals in a field
of interest, get your feet wet and gain practical experience, apply for internships,
begin a job search, and also things to consider if graduate school is on the horizon. Sponsored
by the Environmental Studies Department and Robyn Walter of the Hart Career Center
“Graduate School Essentials” Thursday, September 25, 2014 4:00 pm Welcome Center Auditorium
Applying to grad schools can be a part-time job! Learn how to find good programs,
what tests to take and when, soliciting good recommendation letters, and write descriptive,
articulate, and strong personal statements!
"People's Climate March: A Report from the Front Lines" Tuesday, September 30, 2014 4:00 pm State Farm Hall 102
Join Professor Tom Lutze and local high school students Nate Jahiel and Christian
Prenzler, who recently returned from the 2014 People's Climate March in New York City,
the largest climate march in history! They will share their first-hand experiences,
show photos and videos, discuss the political significance of this march, and compare
this march to other mass demonstrations that have taken place since the 1960s. Co-sponsored
by Sierra Student Coalition, Environmental Studies Program, and the Center for Human
Rights and Social Justice
IWU Peace Garden's Harvest Festival Friday, October 3, 2014 4-6pm IWU Peace Garden
Illinois Wesleyan University's Peace Garden is hosting it's annual Harvest Festival!
There will be live music from the Red Scarves, organic and sustainably sourced food,
and a bonfire to follow.
“Exploring the Nature of Illinois”
Dr. Michael Jeffords and Ms. Susan Post Tuesday, October 7, 2014 7 pm Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) C101
Dr. Michael Jeffords and Ms Susan Post will present their explorations of the stunning
landscapes of the prairies, lakesides, river bottoms, and woodlands of Illinois.
These findings were highlighted in their recently published book, Exploring Nature in Illinois: A Field Guide to the Prairie State. Dr. Jeffords is the retired education/outreach director for the Illinois Natural
History Survey (INHS) and was staff photographer for The Illinois Steward magazine.
Ms. Post is a retired INHS research scientist and staff writer for The Illinois Steward
magazine, and author of Hiking Illinois. They are co-authors of Illinois Wilds. Sponsored by the JWP Audubon, the IWU Biology Department, and the IWU Environmental
"The Story Behind Pollination" Mr. Tom Pankonen Tuesday, October 28, 2014 7:00 pm Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) C101
Join local beekeeper Tom Pankonen of Honey Pimp Apiaries as he shares his knowledge
of beekeeping and the great importance that bees have as pollinators. Honey Pimp Apiaries
provides products such as honey, bees wax, lip balm, honeybee consulting, and honeybee
education for the Central Illinois region. Co-sponsored by the IWU Sierra Student
Coalition and the IWU Environmental Studies Program.
"Butterflies of the American Prairie" Dr. Doug Taron Tuesday, November 4, 2014 7 pm Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) C101
Dr. Doug Taron, the Curator of Biology and Vice-president of Conservation and Research
at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum of the Chicago Academy of Sciences, will talk
about "Butterflies of the American Prairie." Dr. Taron will explore the ecology of
prairie butterfly species and highlight the special relationships between caterpillars and
their host plants. He will also discuss his regional butterfly conservation efforts
undertaken at the museum, including rearing and releasing locally imperiled butterfly
species. Dr. Taron coordinates the Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network, a volunteer-based
organization that monitors the health of butterfly populations on nature preserves
throughout Illinois. Sponsored by the JWP Audubon, the IWU Biology Department, and
the IWU Environmental Studies Program.
America Recycles Day Saturday, November 15, 2014 8:00 am-1:00 pm Hansen Student Center Parking Lot
The Ecology Action Center and Illinois Wesleyan University are teaming up to host
a MegaRecycling event. On America Recycles Day, residents can recycle: electronics,
compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), household batteries, clothes, textiles and shoes
(usable or not), plastic garden pots, and TerraCycle items. There will also be free
and confidential paper shredding services. Please note that CRT style TVs and monitors
as well as hazardous waste items will not be accepted at this event. For more information
or to volunteer, visit the Ecology Action Center website. This Event is sponsored by State Farm and brought to you by Home Sweet Home Ministries,
Springfield Electric, C.O.P.S. Confidential On-Site Paper Shredding, the Illinois
Plastic Pot Recycling Project, Illinois Wesleyan University, and the Ecology Action