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03/26/18 by Juanita Teschner

‘For me, it was life-changing’

Chance Ratliff could conceivably divide his life into “before NES” and “after NES.”

Before attending the National Environmental Summit for High School Students at Catawba College in 2015, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with his life; his current best friend hadn’t arrived; and he didn’t have a clue about who ran Environmental Working Group (EWG) in Washington, D.C., or Yellowstone Forever in Wyoming.

Now, after attending the summit for two years, he has a sure knowledge of what he wants to do in his life and his career; his association with another summit participant has engendered a three-year friendship; and Heather White, formerly executive director of EWG and now president and CEO of Yellowstone Forever, has become a treasured mentor.

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03/20/18 by Guest Writer

Catawba College hosts National Geographic Explorer’s presentation on sustainability

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story by Spencer Dixon appeared in the November 21, 2017, issue of the Salisbury Post.

SALISBURY — The Center for the Environment partnered with Catawba College’s department of environmental sustainability to host National Geographic Explorer T.H. Culhane’s presentation “Synergies and System Thinking in the Service of Sustainability” on Monday night.

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03/20/18 by Rebecca Rider

The Power of a Story: National Geographic explorer uses stories to save lions

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story by Rebecca Rider appeared in the February 6, 2018, issue of the Salisbury Post.

SALISBURY — It was 2013 when Dr. Andrew Stein noticed that something was wrong in the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana.

Stein was a carnivore conservationist working in the region at the time when a colleague brought a long, drawn-out fight between the region’s lions and local people to his attention. In 2013 alone, more than 50 percent of the region’s lions had been killed — most by poison.

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11/28/17 by Juanita Teschner

Photo Contest at Catawba College Open to Salisbury/Rowan Community

The Catawba College Environmental Stewards Program, under the auspices of the Center for the Environment at Catawba, will conduct a photo contest that showcases the seasonal changes of the local environment. It is open to both campus and Salisbury/Rowan community members.

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Past Events

04/05/18 (Thursday)

A senior wildlife biologist in Yellowstone National Park will speak Thursday, April 5, on “The Wolves of Yellowstone: The First Twenty Years,” at the Center for the Environment building on the Catawba College campus in Salisbury. Doug Smith, supervisor of the wolf, bird and elk programs, originally served as project leader for the Yellowstone Wolf Project, which reintroduced and restored wolves to Yellowstone National Park. He received a bachelor of science degree in wildlife biology from the University of Idaho in 1985. While working toward this degree, he became involved with studies of wolves and moose on Isle Royale, which led to a master of science degree in biology from Michigan Technological University. His Ph.D. in ecology, evolution and conservation biology is from the University of Nevada, Reno.

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02/15/18 (Thursday)

From search-and-recovery efforts to dinosaur fossil expeditions, drones are revolutionizing the way we do business. Catawba College graduate Kyle Snyder, director of the NextGen Air Transportation (NGAT) Consortium at N.C. State University, will talk February 15 about his work supporting the integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems – drones – into the national airspace for routine, commercial applications. His speech, “How Drones are Opening the Skies for Scientists,” is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Room 300 of the Center for the Environment building on the Catawba College campus.

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02/05/18 (Monday)

Dr. Andrew Stein, National Geographic Explorer and founder and director of CLAWS (Communities Living Among Wildlife Sustainably), will speak Monday, February 5, at 7pm at the Center for the Environment building on the Catawba College campus. His presentation, “Can a Story Save the African Lion?” will discuss his team’s successes and challenges in turning around the slaughter of lions and livestock in Northern Botswana.

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02/01/18 (Thursday)

A West Virginia University professor will speak on “Garbage Humanities: Environmental Thinking and the Future of the Humanities” Thursday, February 1, at the Center for the Environment at Catawba College. The event is co-hosted by the Center and the Catawba College English Department. Stephanie Foote, the WVU Jackson and Nichols Chair and Professor of English, researches and teaches American Literature and culture from the nineteenth century to the present with a focus on environmental issues.

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