On January 21, 2017, two teams of Saint Joseph’s College CASE Scholars participated in the Maine Student Water Challenge. The Maine EPSCoR, in partnership with Maine Campus Compact, invites College teams from around the State of Maine to participate in developing an action plan to address a water-related problem. Saint Joseph’s was represented by two teams. Students Nhu Vo, Rebecca Barulli, and Taylor LaPoint presented on the Sustainability of Aquaponics, winning the award of “Most Innovative Action Plan” based on their creativity and original thought, on research-based ideas that SENCER promotes, and on the potential for meaningful and unique collaborations with the community. Aliyah Gregory, Graham Ratner, and Kyle O’Keefe presented a project on Ocean Acidification: A Closer Look at the Ocean, and were recognized for one of the best curricula designed for high school freshmen and sophomores.
Saint Joseph’s College actively supports students who show extraordinary commitment to environmental sustainability and community by offering CASE scholarships. These CASE Scholars not only receive a monetary award but also join an exciting community-based learning program while pursuing a minor in sustainability and/or Leadership and Community Engagement. Scholars will increase their service and leadership skills while studying in one of the most rapidly growing fields of the 21st century in preparation for productive futures in the emerging green economy. CASE Scholars participate in special classes, workshops, seminars, and off-campus community-based projects. They also mentor and lead students from all disciplines who are interested in making the world a better place.
Pictured (from left to right): Aliyah Gregory, Rebecca Barulli, Nhu Vo, Taylor LaPointe, and Graham Ratner. Missing: Kyle O’Keefe
The photos below show an ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Kit, functioning and on display at the event. The kit and it’s resident blue tilapia have been added to the marine biology lab.