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Most recent events in the Center for Environmental Studies

Gerron Scott Welcome & Congratulations to Gerron Scott! - Congratulations & welcome to Gerron Scott, our new ENVS Senior Advisor in Environmental Studies! New Award! The National Academic Advising Association Mid-Atlantic (NACADA) Region 2 just announced that Gerron has been selected for the Region 2 Excellence in Advising - Advisor Primary Role Award! He will be recognized at the upcoming NACADA Region 2 Conference! The NACADA Excellence in Advising – Advisor Primary Role Award recognizes individuals whose primary role at the institution is the direct delivery of advising services to students. The Selection Committee evaluates applications/nominations on the evidence of qualities and practices that distinguish the nominee as an outstanding academic advisor. Such evidence may include, but is not limited to: Interpersonal/human relations skills, professional practices, documented success, and documented advisor development. The award comes with a professional development stipend, complimentary early registration to the upcoming Region Conference, and a complimentary one-year NACADA general membership. Background in Advising Excellence We are very excited about the skills and experience Gerron brings to our program. Gerron has an advanced degree in Counseling, a Bachelor's degree in Biology and is pursuing a PhD in Educational Leadership. He has four years of experience as an academic advisor at VCU in an allied field,… Read More
Winter trees Welcome Back! Spring Semester 2022 - Welcome back to classes! Spring 2022 is upon us and classes are (mostly) back. We are all very excited about the opportunities we've been cultivating and cannot wait to share them with you. Be sure to read over your syllabi and take a look at the student safety guidelines. Read More
Gerron Scott Welcome Gerron Scott - It is with great pleasure that the Center for Environmental Studies welcomes Mr. Gerron Scott as the Senior Academic Advisor in the Center for Environmental Studies. Mr. Scott has his Bachelors of Science in Biology, a Master of Education in Counseling (both from the University of West Georgia), and is currently working on his Ph.D. here through the School of Education focusing on Educational Leadership. He has four years of academic advising experience here at VCU in an allied field, Biology. In 2020, he was awarded the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences Leadership in Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Staff and Adminsitor Award and in 2021 received the VCU University Academic Advising Board’s Outstanding Advisor Award for 2021. Gerron's experience outside of Biology is also considerable. He has served as both the VCU University Academic Advising Board Annual Conference Chair in 2019-2020, is currently serving as the Advising Board Vice-Chair, and is also the Region 2 Chair for the National Academic Advising Association’s Diversity, Inclusion, & Engagement Committee. We are very excited to have Gerron on board and look forward to how his expertise may improve the advising experiences for students in programs associated with Environmental Studies. Read More
Fall Semester Commencement - It is that time of the year again when we gather and celebrate the accomplishments of those students who have fulfilled the requirements for a degree from the Center for Environmental Studies.  This semester we have two individuals receiving their Masters degrees, 22 receiving a Baccalaureate degree, and two individuals who have completed the Certificate in Sustainable Innovation. This semester we will be holding an in-person Commencement Ceremony on 12 December 2021.   If you are graduating and wish to attend (read the emails you've been sent) and fill out this form and I will forward you more information. I look forward to seeing all of you at the ceremony. Read More
New ENVS students take to the wilds! - The Center for Environmental Studies and the Outdoor Adventure Program hosted a backpacking trip in the Blue Ridge for first year and transfer Environmental Studies students this past weekend. The goal of the trip was to provide new students a chance to explore natural areas, meet each other, and participate in programming focused on leadership and career development. Fourteen students participated, led by OAP student guides Lucy Bolin, Rose Brown, Kristin Dippolito, and Brenner Malo. Professors Dan Albrecht-Mallinger, who teaches our ENVS gateway courses, and James Vonesh, director of the ENVS undergraduate program, also participated in the trip.  The trip explore the Appalachian Trail between Jennings Creek and the Cornelius Creek Shelter/Blue Ridge Parkway, hiking over Floyd Mountain at > 3500 ft elevation along the Bryant Ridge and overnighting at the Bryant Ridge AT shelter. Read More
Recruiting for River Studies & Leadership Certificate Program - We are now recruiting for the VCU - River Management Society "River Studies and Leadership Certificate"! This program can be pursued as either an undergraduate or graduate student. If what you read below is of interest, get on our interest/mailing list, or reach out to the VCU RSLC coordinator - Prof. James Vonesh - jrvonesh@vcu.ed https://youtu.be/NKMcKYffrNo Why Rivers? Rivers play a central role in shaping landscapes and creating biologically diverse and unique ecosystems; they also form the foundation of cultures, economies, and communities.  Indeed, rivers connect us to nature, to our past, and to each other. Leaders of the future with an understanding of the fundamentals of river sciences, river-related policy and management, and river-based recreation and education will be best equipped to make sustainable decisions about future uses, studies and management of river systems around the world.  A new generation of young leaders is essential to create a brighter future for our nation’s rivers. VCU has partnered with the River Management Society (RMS) to offer the "River Studies and Leadership Certificate" program, awarded upon completion of river-focused coursework and a river-related professional project by RMS. VCU is one of only 12 schools to offer this program nationwide. Here are some… Read More
Fall Semester 2021 - Welcome back everyone!  I hope that this past summer has allowed you to pursue your passions and get recharged for this new academic year.  To all incoming first-year students as well as transfer students, "Welcome to CES!"  For those of us who have been here a while, it is wonderful to see you again. This academic year, we are on the rebound after on-line courses in 2020/2021.  We have some very exciting opportunities on the horizon for in-person and hands-on learning experiences.  Some examples include: Into the Wild - Incoming student Welcome Camping Trip.  Like 2 years ago (we had to cancel this past fall), we are holding a welcome camping trip for all incoming first-year and transfer students.  Spaces are limited, so sign up early here. A new Certificate in Outdoor Leadership.  This semester is the first one we are able to offer this new undergraduate Certificate (VCU News Article).  Go check it out, it will probably fit into your undergraduate schedule nicely. Welcome Mr. Karl Schmidt, who is joining CES in a shared capacity with his home unit in the Outdoor Adventure Program.  Karl will be teaching courses in conjunction with the Certificate in Outdoor Leadership and providing… Read More
Shows students on last orientation trip Into the wild – outdoor adventure to welcome incoming students - Center for Environmental Studies has partnered with the Rec Sports' Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) to a offer a 2-d wilderness backpacking trip to all interested incoming CES first year and transfer students. This optional, peer-led, adventure-based experience is designed to help prepare students for life at VCU while building friendships with those who share similar academic interests. Program orientation trips offer participants opportunities to meet other incoming environmental studies students & faculty while challenging themselves through adventure in the outdoors. No prior experience necessary– CES & OAP strive to meet accommodation needs and will coordinate with individuals so that students of all abilities may participate. ENVS program orientation trip-2 Read More
Students sampling for fish How VCU’s Center for Environmental Studies is emerging as a national leader in hands-on freshwater education - An article by Brian McNeill at VCU News about experiential education in freshwater studies in CES was just posted today. The National Science Foundation has awarded a $497,000 grant to Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Environmental Studies faculty member James Vonesh who will lead a collaborative network of more than 100 professors across 35 states focused on providing undergraduate STEM education through inclusive, interdisciplinary and immersive field studies on the nation’s rivers. The NSF grant follows a separate but similar significant grant awarded last fall to a team of researchers including Daniel McGarvey, Ph.D., an associate professor at the Center for Environmental Studies. That five-year $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to the Society for Freshwater Science will fund a project, Emerge, that aims to support training and experiences for underrepresented minority students and early career scientists in freshwater science. Read the full article on VCU News.   Read More
Fording a river New Outdoor Leadership Certificate! - This fall the VCU Center for Environmental Studies will launch a brand new SHEV-approved undergraduate Outdoor Leadership Certificate open to all majors. The certificate is the natural outgrowth of eight years of successful collaborative programming with the VCU Outdoor Adventure Program. The new certificate is featured in this week's VCU news.  More information can be found here. Read More