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  News from the Rubenstein School March 2014
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Interim Dean Jon EricksonDuring the spring semester I have the privilege of talking to prospective students and their families during Admitted Student Days. After reflecting on how it seems like yesterday when I was in their seats (with Van Halen loaded in my Walkman and an 80s mullet to match), I provide a brief sketch of their future studies at the Rubenstein School. Ten minutes to highlight the big takeaways of our School's content and character. Why join the Rubenstein School?
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Larry Forcier Retires from RSENR After 36 Years of Leadership at UVM

Larry Forcier in Glacier Bay, AlaskaAssociate Professor Lawrence Forcier confessed in a recent interview that he had violated his personal 70-Rule. Larry had vowed he would do no more teaching after he reached the age of 70. But he had only taught NR 103, the Rubenstein School’s Ecosystem, Ecology and Environment course, once before he turned 70, and he wanted “one more crack at it.” So, fall semester 2013, he taught the class once more before retiring after a very full 36 years of leadership and teaching at UVM.
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LANDS Offers Experiential Learning and Other Perks to Undergrads and Recent Grads

LANDS interns add a plant to their species list at a wildlife management areaEach summer—and starting in 2014, each fall semester — LANDS brings together teams of college students and recent graduates to solve real-world environmental problems throughout Vermont.... LANDS operates through a unique partnership between the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR) at UVM and the Student Conservation Association (SCA).
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Nathan Reigner Named UVM Transportation Research Center Student of the Year

Nathan Reigner receives awardNathan Reigner was named the University of Vermont Transportation Research Center 2014 Student of the Year. Nathan is a PhD. candidate in the Park Studies Laboratory in the Rubenstein School. His research focuses on informed transportation management in the context of parks and public lands, in particular looking issues of crowding, conflict and carrying capacity.
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Students Create International Design Competition, Rebrand a Learning Community

Walter Poleman, GreenHouse faculty directorUniversity of Vermont undergraduates took a course last fall called Catalyzing Ecological Design. In it they created, designed, branded, brilliantly marketed and organized logistics for a real design competition, called Living Place, that focused on three design-challenged sites in Burlington: an eroding slope near the main entrance to Burlington High School, a patch of grass on the southwest corner of Lake and College Streets and the underutilized courtyard at GreenHouse residential learning community at UVM.
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Ibit Getchell Receives Outstanding Staff Woman Award

Ibit GetchellElizabeth (Ibit) Getchell, the Student Services Coordinator for the Environmental Studies Program, has received a 2014 Outstanding Staff Woman Award from the UVM Women’s Center. This award honors staff women who have made significant contribution to the lives of women on campus through service, advocacy, and feminist programming.
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