December 2013 Graduating Class in Sustainability Studies Largest in Program’s History

Congratulations to our December 2013 Sustainability Studies graduates, who celebrated the completion of their undergraduate labors last Friday, December 13th, in the famed Auditorium Theater at Roosevelt’s Chicago Campus. This diverse and talented group of 10 scholars represents the largest graduating class thus far in the brief history of the SUST program Roosevelt, which was founded in 2010.

These students had a tremendous impact during their academic careers at Roosevelt — not just because of their scholarship inside the classroom and applied work/research out in the field, but also because of the activism, leadership, creativity, and energy they brought to the SUST program, the university, and the Chicagoland community. While they will be missed here in the halls of RU, we know they will make their mark on the world in their future studies, work, writing, research, community service, and/or activism.

Here are a few pictures of our recent grads and their fellow students from various settings over the past couple of years. Enjoy!

Allison Breeding, Kyle Huff, Ron Taylor, and Mike Bryson (L to R)

Allison Breeding (BA ’13), Kyle Huff, Ron Taylor (BPS ’13), and SUST Director Mike Bryson (L to R) at the inaugural Sustainability Studies Student Symposium held at the Chicago Campus this fall.
(Photo: Brad Hunt)

SUST 350 Service and Sustainability students worked at the Chicago Lights Urban Farm during the spring of 2012. Recent grads pictured here include (M. Bryson)

SUST 350 Service and Sustainability students worked at the Chicago Lights Urban Farm during the spring of 2012. Recent grads pictured here include Joe Zambuto, BA ’13 (back, 2nd from L);  Steven Roberts, BPS ’12 (back right); Conor Swenson, BA/Honors ’13 (back, 3rd from R); Alex Bishay, BA ’12 (middle, 4th from L); Josh Campbell, BA ’13 (middle, 3rd from R); Steph Eisner, BA ’13 (middle, 2nd from R); and Allison Mayes, BA ’13 (front, 2nd from R). Photo by M. Bryson

Photo: M. Bryson

Bryan McAlister, BPS ’13 (center) identifies macroinvertebrates caught in a D-net at the Skokie Lagoons in the spring of 2013, while Conor Swenson, BA ’13 (background) looks on. (Photo: M. Bryson)

Mike Miller, BA '13, worked the Uncommon Ground restaurant and rooftop farm in the summer of 2013.

Mike Miller, BA ’13, worked at the Uncommon Ground restaurant and rooftop farm in the summer of 2013.

Leanne Strickler, BA '13, uses the "color wheel" sampling device to compare a reagent tube's color with that of a blank. Part of the field work done in SUST 220 Water, this technique allows us to calculate the concentration (in mg/L, or parts per million) of key nutrients such as nitrate and phosphate.

Leanne Strickler, BA ’13, uses the “color wheel” sampling device to compare a reagent tube’s color with that of a blank. Part of the field work done in SUST 220 Water, this technique allows us to calculate the concentration (in mg/L, or parts per million) of key nutrients such as nitrate and phosphate. (Photo: M. Bryson)

SUST majors . Photo: M. Bryson

SUST 350 Service and Sustainability students working at the Chicago Lights Urban Farm in the Cabrini-Green neighborhood, L to R: Mike Magdongon, BA ’13; Christian Cameron; Troy Withers, BPS ’13; and Ken Schmidt. Photo: M. Bryson, May 2013

SUST grads Nicole Burns and Josh Campbell did forest conservation work in Tanzania last spring with BIO 369 at RU, and also performed research on fruit bat ecology (photo: N. Burns). See Nicole's essay at http://tinyurl.com/lumu4fq

SUST grads Nicole Burns and Josh Campbell, both BA ’13, did forest conservation work in Tanzania last spring with BIO 369 at RU, and also performed research on fruit bat ecology (photo: N. Burns).

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